Pirque - Chile
Emirates Endurance World Masters Ride - August 31st 2002
Pirque - Santiago - Chile
A Ride report by Antonio Llompart Cosmelli
Pirque is without doubts, one of the most challenging mountains
circuit, similar to the Tevis Cup in opinion of experienced riders.
Altitude differentials measured in meters above sea level, where
loop 35 Km 750 mts (Base camp) _ 1,100 mts _ 450 mts (external vet
nd 32 Km 450 _ 980 _ 750
rd 35 Km 750 _ 1,000 _ 750
th 18 Km almost flat.
three weeks of intermittent rain, trails where all deep mug, stones
where a precious thing where to step in. Thanks to Got, the day
of the race we had a clear sky that allowed a superb view over Andean
Mountains covered by snow and an intense green mountains of the
race. Also previous rains provided of frequent natural water streams
that where very helpful for horses.
race tested riders_ ability of administrating horses resources in
order to plan optimally completion strategy.
conditions made that horses lost an average of one shoe. Manuel
Jose Ossandón, former Pique_s major and actual major of nearby
Puente Alto lost two shoes during second loop, said about this race
_it was a defeat for both horse and rider imposed by mother nature,
but ride management provided an excellent marked trail and all accommodation
for horses, riders and visitors_. Ossandón was third riding
Farik, horse that completed in 1998 Dubai Word Cup, mounted by Marcial
Taverne, external vet check manager on this race .
loop was exiting, Marcelo Cortez riding Anglo Arab Donatello left
five minutes before Juan Pablo Schiappacasse riding pure breed Arab
Alborada Forastero, other riders where more than twenty minutes
behind. _When I left base camp I decided to ride fast and reached
Marcelo at Km 3, I overtake him and continued riding alone for roughly
half an hour. Then Marcelo reached me and continued riding together.
After the last stream before finish line we walked side-by-side,
knowing that first place was between us. We shacked our hands deserving
good luck each other, and started trotting, then cantering and finally
base camp spectators saw both riders entering together at the last
2 km of the trail, in the final sprint Donatello took easily 20
meters to Forastero. Finally, Juan Pablo decreased speed but the
race was over. After 14 minutes Forastero was presented by the rider
and was in good conditions, lately got Best Condition. Then Donatello
was presented but was unfortunately lame, and was eliminated. Second
place was 18 years old Pilar Torrealba riding Uruguayan gelding
7 horses of 21 starters completed the race, with an average speed
of 13.21 Km / hr for Forastero and 10.51 for last competitor.
ride manager I want to express my thanks to all horses, riders and
people that worked on this challenging race. Especially to Elizabeth
van Schelle, Gerson Acedo and Atilio Costa that came from their
countries for making this race technically perfect. Also riders
Gabriela Costa, Larrere and Sanchez brothers, that came from Argentina
and Yvette Vitton from Canada.
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