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Farm and Country: Event will push competitors to the limit.

For details of the Snowdonia ride, call Mrs Korn on 01286-650754.

ACCORDING to Augustus Hare, a 19th Century English author: ``Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.'' Competitors who take part in the sport of endurance riding have time to contemplate this maxim when pushing themselves and their horse to the limits of their ability.

Next week, on Saturday, October 25, the fifth Snowdonia Endurance Ride takes place in Gwydir Forest, starting at the Swallow Falls Hotel, Betws y Coed. It is the biggest winter equestrian event in North Wales.

Endurance rides can be from 25 to 100 miles in length and can be spaced over two days. At the end of each phase, riders must wait until the horse's pulse returns to an acceptable rate, then have the horse formally checked by vets for pulse rate, heart rate, weight and overall condition.

Mary Korn, Waunfaur, is North Wales' leading advocate of the sport. ``When it's blowing a gale, raining buckets and you've still got 60 miles to go, you do sometimes wonder why you do it. But it's a sport that brings you incredibly close to your horse.''

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TESTING TIME: Mary Korn believes endurance riding brings an extra dimension to horse ownership
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2002
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