The Chronicle of the Horse

Identifier

WWP16957

Description

This article, accompanied by a photograph, tells of Mrs. Herbert Wadsworth’s famous long distance ride on horseback.

Source

Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia

Language

English

Text

MRS. HERBERT WADSWORTH, a photograph taken on the day ofher famous distance ride.

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212 MILES IN 15 HOURS

Now that trail riding and distance riding is becoming so popular, it might be interesting to recall a famous ride which was made by Mrs. Herbert Wadsworth of Geneseo, NY on June 15, 1910. Riding sidesaddle and using 14 different horses, Mrs. Wadsworth started this ride at 3:30 in the morning and ended at 11:49 in the evening, a total time of 20 hours and 19 minutes. During these 20 hours she stopped for 5 hours and 12 minutes, making the actual riding time 15 hours and 7 minutes, during which she maintained an average speed of 14.2 miles per hour for the 212.3 miles covered. Mrs. Fletcher Harper of The Plains, Va., who supplied us with these details, said that Mrs. Wadsworth never felt tired in the saddle and made the ride in order to see whether she could achieve such a feeling. She rode a circular course of about 10 miles, each circle being timed. Apparently the trip could not have tired her too much because the round of 10.7 miles which she completed in 38 minutes at 7:08 P.M. was one of the three fastest of the day.

Original Format

Article

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/D00501.pdf

Citation

“The Chronicle of the Horse,” 1961 August 11, WWP16957, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.