Seventeen riders crossed the finish line of the 100-mile distance, while six completed the 75 miles at Battle Creek.
Covering the 100 mile course in the fastest time was Suzanne Hayes of Ovando, Mont., in 15 hours and 25 minutes. The second horse and rider team, Ken Wolgram and Awesome’s Fire N Ice from Craig, Colo., crossed the line in a time of 16 hours and 31 minutes. Third place finisher was Rusty Toth of Durango, Colo., and coming in fourth was Kim Abbott from Phoenix. Kevin Waters of Montrose, Colo., crossed the line fifth, followed closely by Kevin Myers also of Durango, Colo. Finishing out the top 10 was Vicki Weiper of Bridger, Mont.; Sue Lyke of Powell; Lisa Cook of Burlington and Marirose Six of Newcastle.
Others completing the distance were Cindy Simcox of Riverton; Cathy Bartuksek of Las Vegas; Jolynn Maynard of Lund, Nev.; Beth Buzis of Evanston; Bruce Burnham of Manti, Utah; Ralph Tronstad of Rozet and Niki Beck of Gillette.
This was the first 100 mile ride for both Ralph and Niki, who finished with five minutes to spare, arriving at the finish line at 3:55 a.m.
The coveted Best Condition Award, meaning the horse most able to continue, was Greenbriar Al Jabal, ridden by first-place finisher Hayes.
Those completing the 75-mile distance were Bill Hobbs of West Jordan, Utah; Andy Brown of Midway, Utah; Paschal Karl of Rapid City, S.D.; Kelcey Young of Pukwana, S.D.; Christine Long of Pukwana and Ronda Eden of Laramie.
Only nine riders attempted the 50-mile distance, and all nine took home a completion award. In order of completion, they were Anglie Mikkelsen of Scranton, N.D.; Patsy Hoffman of Canton, Texas; Kathy Arnold of Basin; Scarlat Kaplan and Jennifer Kaplan of Arlee, Mont.; Greg Rose of Phoenix; Myna Cryderman of Boissevain, Manitoba; Lisa Baker and Lyric Baker of Manley, Neb.
Myna, Lisa and Lyric were three generations riding together.
Sham, ridden by Jennifer Kaplan received the Best Condition Award.
Cheri Hoffman of Lovell rode Sunrise’s Double Trouble, the first horse to recover to the ride criteria on the 25-mile distance. She was also awarded the Best Condition Award.
Other finishers were Connie Follensbee and Joan Campetro of Buffalo.
Head veterinarian for these rides was Lyle Bischoff of Powell, assisted by Allen Gotfredson of Otto and Irina Weese of Greybull.
Numerous volunteers made the ride possible, as did the land owners who gave permission for the ride to cross their property. BLM and Forest Service lands were also used for this event.