July 22, 2018
2001 City Slicker Endurance Race Biggest Yet by Kevin DeBusk Riders came from as far away as Maine March 24 to compete in the 2001 City Slickers Endurance Ride at Shelby Farms, in Memphis, Tennessee. The competition consisted of a twenty-five mile limited distance ride and the fifty mile endurance ride. "We were very pleased," said Rudy Watkins organizer of this event. "This was our sixth year of racing and it was the biggest ever. We had sixty-six riders from eleven states. "We had some of the top riders and horses in the United States competing here." With response like this Rudy added they are already planning on having a seventh City Slicker Endurance Race next year at about the same time. "I love the sport and love to ride," said Doug Sandlin of Franklin, Tennessee. "I won here in 1999. I didn't get best condition but I got the win. Best condition was what I was shooting for. The best condition win is better than the win itself. You take a horse and do the win but you take a horse and get the best condition out of the top ten horses and that's a filling." Kathleen Walker of Ooltewah, Tennessee finished two minutes behind the winner of the fifty mile race but won Best Conditioned Horse. Dawn Blankenship of Alabama won the 50 mile event with a time of 4hrs. and 10 minutes, while 1999 winner Doug Sandlin finished second in a time of 4 hrs. and 11 minutes. Charles McCravey took the twenty-five mile event in a time of 1 hr. and 56 minutes.
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