Friday Jun 20 2008
Ride and tie title on the line
By: Journal Sports Staff
Loomis’ Johnson hoping to repeat at world championships in Taylorsville
Defending champions Tom Johnson and Rufus Schneider will mount up Saturday to defend their Ride and Tie World Championship in Taylorsville. Johnson, from Loomis, and Schneider, from San Diego, rode Koona to victory last year at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. A former Western States Endurance Run champion, Johnson won his first world championship at Taylorsville in 1991. Schneider meanwhile is looking to make more history after becoming just the second woman to win the world championship. The Taylorsville course, which is northeast of Quincy, features roughly 35 miles of remote trails, part of which run along the historic Hosselkus Creek Trail. “Runners are in for a real treat this year,” race director Dennis Miller said in a press release. The sport of ride and tie combines trail running, endurance riding and strategy as the two runners and the horse must complete the course by alternating riding and running. The three start together and the rider goes ahead before tying the horse to a tree and continuing on foot. The team member who started out on foot then unties the horse, mounts up and rides past the runner before tying the horse up again. The leapfrog continues through the finish line. Prize money for Saturday’s world championship includes $1,000 for the top team in each category: man/man, man/woman and woman/woman. There is also a new $1,000 prize for the best condition award given by the veterinarian staff.