BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 543

Mustangs compete in Tevis Cup

a woman rides a horse high in the hills
Judy Houle rides Sweetie along the trail.

A buckskin mustang mare crossed the finish line Sunday with 11 minutes to spare in the 57th Tevis Cup.

In the Tevis Cup, riders have 24 hours to cover the 100-mile trail from Robie Equestrian Park near Truckee to Auburn. “Sweet BLM Gold” or “Sweetie” was the last horse to cross the line by the deadline. Sweetie is owned by Sue Walz of Greenwood and was ridden by Judy Houle of Penn Valley. Although it was Sweetie’s first Tevis Cup, this was the 14th successful finish for Houle.

Walz said Sweetie finishing Tevis was a dream of her late father, Bob. In 2001, Bob went to an adoption at the Litchfield corrals. “He just went to watch, but got swept up in the bidding and ended up with her,” Judy Walz said. “She would follow him around like a puppy.”

Two other mustangs were among the competitors, Dodge is owned by Joan Taylor and was ridden by Cheryl Dair. Mattie was ridden by owner Phyllis Keller. Both withdrew from competition part way through the race.

a woman pets her horse
Cheryl Dair with Dodge

a woman stands with her horse
Phyllis Keller stands and her horse, Mattie

two women stand with a horse
Judy and Sue show Sweetie.

- David Christy, BLM Central California District Public Affairs  (August 2012)

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