By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The SUN
“I would have paid double and driven twice as far to ride this event,” enthused Dawn Dobbs at the final vet check of Saturday’s inaugural Pagosa Springs Endurance Horse Ride. Dobbs finished after 13 hours in the saddle in the 75-mile distance.
Horses and riders braved a scorching 88-degree day to ride in Saturday’s inaugural Pagosa Springs Endurance Horse Ride. GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) hosted the event as a fundraiser.
Well known for its athletic trail events, GECKO branched out to endurance horse riding because of a personal interest from Mike Le Roux, GECKO’s race/ride director.
“I have ridden endurance ride events for the AERC’s Mountain Region over the past 18 months and I have had to travel between 8 and 20 hours to get to these. The southwest corner didn’t have any scheduled events and I thought Pagosa Springs would be the ideal place to stage one,” said Le Roux.