Winning Entry for the Dreams Don't Die Tevis Essay Contest

Posted Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:06pm

Congratulations to Lorna Christopherson of Salem, Oregon for winning a free entry to the Tevis Cup 100-Miles-One-Day Western States Trail Ride (Tevis)!

Lorna Christopherson and Alley-Bugs of Salem, Oregon
Lorna Christopherson and Alley-Bugs of Salem, OR


Lorna has endurance in her blood with a family history of distance riding even before she officially started the sport.  She just turned a frisky 61 and has been down many trails with her mare Alley-Bugs, a former rescue horse.  She and Alley-Bugs started their endurance career in 2008 and, after a few initial hurdles, have been going strong ever since.  The team just won and received Best Condition at the Klickitat Trek 75 this month.  This team is ready to hit the Tevis trail.


An anonymous donor stepped forward earlier this year with an idea to sponsor an entry for someone who had a dream to ride Tevis but the years got away from them. The essay contest was limited to people that had never ridden the Tevis Cup ride before, who would be qualified to enter the Ride as of May 1st and they had to be at least 60 years of age.

The essay requirements were: To enter the contest, in 500 words or less tell us about yourself, your horse and your journey together as a team.  Please share the experiences that you feel have prepared you for this challenge.  Let us know the impact this entry will have on reaching your dream of participating in the legendary Tevis Cup. 

Entries had to be postmarked by May 20th, 2017. On June 7, 2017 it was decided that the entry would be awarded to Lorna Christopherson. We look forward to seeing Lorna on the trail and you can follow all of the riders this year on the Webcast at on August 5th!