𝗣𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘 𝗜𝗧: horse riders flying across wintry Free State grasslands, hundreds of horses encamped with their riders, support teams and spectators gathered round fires each night to discuss the glories and tragedies of the day, and riders getting up at midnight in freezing conditions to check on their horses.
This is the legendary Fauresmith Endurance Ride – the highlight of the South African endurance horse-riding calendar – where Union High School, Graaff-Reinet Grade 9 learner 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻 𝗛𝗼𝗽𝗲, is currently competing.
𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘑𝘶𝘭𝘺, 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘢𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 201𝘬𝘮 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘯, 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘩 200. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘥 (𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴) 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘢𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘣𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘥 – 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵-𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦!
Tristan – we are incredibly excited on your behalf that you qualified for this prestigious race and can’t wait to hear that you successfully crossed the finish line! 𝗕𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗢𝗙 𝗟𝗨𝗖𝗞 for the next couple of days!