Tate Memorial Endurance Ride set for weekend

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Annual equestrian event adds fun ride for participants

The 23rd annual Jo Tate Memorial Endurance Ride will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Flag Springs Conservation Area, west of Washburn.

The ride is the only equestrian endurance ride in Missouri held on Conservation Department-owned land. Last year, 29 riders participated in the first day of the event.

The ride includes three separate 50-mile loops to provide significant variety for the participants. There will be a 100-mile ride for the most ambitious riders, beginning at 4 a.m. Riders going 50 miles will start at 6 a.m. Other riders can go 15 or 25 miles, and they will leave after the 50-mile riders leave camp. The 15-mile introductory fun rides will be new this year.

Veterinaries Leon Self and Jeanie Hauser will be on hand for the event.

Jodi Hess-Schlup will return as ride manager, a role she has had for every year of the event. The event will open with a pot luck supper on Friday.

The camp is located south of Cassville, heading west off Highway 37 two-and-a-half miles to Highway UU, then follow the signs for two more miles to the conservation area.

Participants are asked to make reservations with Hess-Schlup by calling 417-850-9589 or jotatemem@yahoo.com.

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