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Tevis Cup canceled

Sun Staff reports

The annual Tevis Cup, also called the Western States Trail Ride, has been canceled due to unhealthy air conditions coupled with the closure of the Foresthill Road.

The 100-mile horseback ride was scheduled to start on July 19 at 5:15 a.m.

The following is a release sent out Thursday by the Western States Trail Foundation Board of Governors:

“After much deliberation and careful assessment, the Western States Trail Foundation Board of Governors regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2008 Tevis Cup Ride.

‘It was a difficult decision,” reports WSTF President Tom Christofk. “But after in-depth discussion today with the U.S. Forest Service, we have decided that any level of risk was not appropriate. The Forest Service has graciously offered us some options for re-routing around the now-closed Foresthill Road, but with that factor, coupled with current air quality issues and the ongoing fire situation, we opted to make the conservative decision of cancelling the ride. Protecting the safety and health of the horses and people involved with this historic event takes precedence over everything else.’

Further updates regarding this decision will be posted on the Tevis Web site (www.teviscup.org) later. Ride Management and the Executive Committee are working on a demobilization plan. A definitive Refund Policy will be announced early next week.”