It's Tevis Cup Time! We are two weeks away from the 63rd running of the most difficult 100-mile horse race in the world.
Time Magazine compiled a list of the Top Ten Endurance Competitions in the World. The list contains the 24 Hours of Le Mans, The Tour De France, Dakar Rally, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Cannon Ball Run, Four Deserts, The Tevis Cup, Marathon des Sables, La Ruta de los Conquistadores and the Vendee Globe.
The Lead Pack at the 2012 Tevis Cup.
As you look through the list of ten competitions there are several that stick out and peak my interest. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has always fascinated me because of the difficulty and the bond that the humans have with their dogs. To travel 1,150 remote miles through difficult winter conditions as a team is hard to fathom. The Tour De France is another mind bender. Over 2,000 miles on a bike lasting roughly 20 days. And on the Marathon des Sables six-day, 150-mile run across the blazing hot southern Moroccan Sahara, runners must carry they own food and water for the entire run.
The 100 Mile Tevis Cup is the only equine event on the list and is the start of endurance events around the world. Have you ever wondered why you receive a belt buckle for finishing a 100-mile run or a 100-mile mountain bike race? The belt buckle awarded at the Tevis Cup has been adopted by events like the Western States 100 Mile Run and the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. The Tevis Cup helped kick-start many of the events the endurance junkies dream to one day conquer.
My inner legs after the Tevis Cup.
Here's what Time Magazine had to say about the Tevis Cup:A 24-hour, 100-mile horse ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, California, the Tevis Cup was first held in 1955. The important thing to know about this race is found on the Tevis Cup FAQ: "The weather conditions from year to year are mostly the same: HOT and DUSTY." One of the major difficulties here is not just getting your horse to the finish line, but making sure your horse is still "fit to continue" when it reaches the finish line. If you do so, no matter what place you come in, you get a silver belt buckle. That's right: 100 miles in 24 hours. For a belt buckle.
Lisa Ford climbs Cougar Rock. Note the difficult footing.
For EasyCare the Tevis Cup has a special place. The Tevis Cup is where we go to test our products. The rocks, dust, distance, climbs and descents put extreme demands on the equine hoof and the hoof protection used. It's just a matter of time before your horse steps on the perfect sharp rock and your ride is over. Over the past 63 years roughly 50% of the riders that have started the race have finished. The majority of the non finishes are because of lameness and the challenges caused by the rough trail.
EasyCare started placing emphasis on the event in 2009 and used the event to test our urethane hoof protection. My goal was to have our products excel at the toughest equine competition in the world. It's an event where you can't fake results, and where results trump marketing - it really tells you if something works.
Easyboot Tread after the difficult 100-mile Tevis Trail.
EasyCare has found that not only have our unique urethane hoof protection products worked, but they have helped horses excel. Since we started recording the stats at the Tevis Cup for horses wearing Easyboots back in the 2009 we have found the following:
1. From 2009 to 2017, horses wearing Easyboots finished 63.64% of the time. Horses not wearing Easyboots finished 50.77% of the time.
2. 6 out of the last 8 Tevis winning horses used Easyboots.
3. 7 of the last 8 Haggin Cup winning horses used Easyboots. The Haggin Cup is the horse that is deemed the most fit to continue and able to do the 100 miles again.
The 63rd annual Tevis Cup is two weeks away. Everyone at EasyCare would like to wish all the riders and safe journey and to keep the urethane side down! Enjoy the trip, enjoy the trail!