Hackleys team up for Tevis

Foresthill family keeps tradition alive as young Bryce earns his buckle
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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For the Hackleys, endurance riding is a family affair. Last week siblings Bryce and Rylee Hackley set out to complete the Tevis Cup 100-Mile Endurance Ride with their mom Peg Hackley. Each of the Foresthill family’s Arabian horses is also related. Bryce, a Foresthill High sophomore, finished the prestigious race for the first time. “By that time I was just too tired, but after, maybe two days after, it felt pretty good to know that I’ve finished it. It’s strangely addicting,” Bryce said. “You can’t forget the shiny belt buckle.” Peg and Rylee, a senior, were each just miles from the finish before the horses were pulled for lameness. Loose horseshoes were to blame for the soreness their horses’ experienced, according to Peg, who has completed seven of her 11 Tevis starts. The night before Tevis, Peg, a veterninary consultant for biotechnology companies, said she held off on having the horses re-shoed because she thought the race would be called due to the snowpack in the Sierra. When it looked like all systems where a go for an Auburn start, the Hackley’s decided they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride. “It was such a crazy year,” Peg said. “I’ve been doing the ride on and off since I was 13. Our family has been involved with the trail and ride a very long time. This is the third year we’ve competed as a family.” The Hackleys go to endurance rides around the state throughout the year to get ready for Tevis. Rylee and Bryce opted to compete in Tevis, rather than attend their Homecoming Dance. Bryce also sacrificed the annual Father/Son camping trip with his dad and brother The Hackleys were able to ride together until mile 80, where Peg stopped. At that point, Bryce and Rylee took off with a father and daughter duo from Washington. Rylee’s journey ended at mile 89, while Bryce continued on to the finish. This year, the Tevis Cup started and ended in Auburn, rather than the traditional start near Truckee. Peg said that made for a different experience altogether. “It wasn’t a trans-Sierra. It wasn’t a true Tevis,” Peg said. “You didn’t get the sun rising as you pass the Squaw peak.” It was also difficult to give any time estimates to their crews because of the unprecedented course. Rylee said the dramatic change this year did make the ride easier, although it was missing some hallmarks. “It was kind of a bummer not riding the El Dorado Canyon and Devil’s Thumb Canyon,” Rylee said. “Those are such quintessential parts of the ride, even more so than Cougar Rock.” Bryce said he hopes to finish another Tevis, so he can get a picture at the famed Cougar Rock. When he’s not hitting the trails on horseback, Bryce plays football for the Wildfires. Rylee, a basketball and soccer player is busy applying to colleges. She said she hopes to attend Stanford or UC Davis and major in molecular biology. In the mean time, Peg said she continues to enjoy horseback riding with her kids and hopes to take on the challenge of Tevis for years to come, come what may. “It’s been a great thing to do with my kids. My husband doesn’t ride, he is a hunter guy. It was a beautiful day,” Peg said. “Normally Tevis is dust and heat and this was just really enjoyable. We don’t just do this for shiny things; we also love doing it.” Reach Sara Seyydin at