Monk and Dr. Lindsay Fisher Awarded Haggin Cup at 2019 Tevis

The 17-year-old gelding finished ninth in the 100-mile Tevis Cup. This was his fifth consecutive Tevis, and he’s never finished out of the Top 10.
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Monk and Lindsay Fisher Awarded Haggin Cup at 2019 Tevis
Monk, ridden by Lindsay Fisher, DVM, and owned by Chris Martin, finished ninth overall in the 100-mile Tevis Cup and claimed the Haggin Cup for best condition. | Photo: Ron Osborn

At the conclusion of the 2019 Tevis Cup, head ride veterinarian Mike Peralez, DVM, named ninth-place finisher Monk, ridden by Lindsay Fisher, DVM, of Napa, California, and owned by Chris Martin, of Penn Valley, California, the recipient of the Haggin Cup. The Haggin Cup is awarded to the finishing horse with the best condition during the Tevis awards banquet, in Auburn, California.

Peralez, who practices at Foothill Equine, in Arcadia, California, explained how the entire Tevis vet crew evaluated the Top 10 finishing horses. Each horse trots out and back, and then the rider or a designated handler runs alongside the horse around a chalk outlined 60-foot circle, allowing veterinarians to judge their impulsion and gait. The setup allows for spectators to view the judging, as well.

“We looked at soundness, metabolic recovery, and condition, and then we gathered and discussed our findings,” Peralez said The panel relayed their opinions to members of the Cup Committee. Committee members had also observed the horses and riders in action along the 100-mile trail

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Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.

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