In the sports world, a career spanning over two decades is nothing short of incredible. In the horse world, it's almost unheard of. Arabian gelding LV Integrity+/ entered his first endurance competition in 1999 as a six-year-old, and is still competing today at age 25! In endurance competition, horse and rider pairs complete courses of 50+ miles over challenging terrain. Before, after, and during the ride, the horse must pass physical examinations and be deemed "fit to continue."
"Ritz" has racked up the achievements over the years, including winning the Arabian Horse Association's 100-Mile High Point Arabian Endurance Award three times, and the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) National Hundred Mile Award twice. In 2015, he was inducted into the AERC Hall of Fame.
His pinnacle achievement was being named a Perfect Ten Equine by the AERC in 2017. To receive this honor, the horse & rider pair must complete 10 years of competition, 10,000 miles, 10 first place finishes, and 10 best condition awards!