Finisher Statistics

Tailing up Cougar Rock
robie_silo_small From 1955 through 2011, there have been 9,278 starting entries, of which 5,066 (54.6%) finished.
Statistic As of 2009, the Ride has been completed by 2,360 individual riders.
Statistic A combined total of 134 finishes have been logged by 104 Junior Riders as of 2009.
Statistic The Most Finishes by a Junior Rider is five times: Rebecca Greene, 1983 thru 1987.
Statistic A minimum weight of 150 pounds, rider and tack, was required for all entries from the early 1960's through 1972.
Statistic There were no weight restrictions at all from 1973 through 1975.
Statistic A minimum weight of 165 pounds (74.8 kg) for rider with tack was required of winners of the Tevis Cup and Haggin Cup from 1976 through 1998. Contenders had to declare their intent to compete for the "top ten" and were weighed with their tack upon vet-in. If necessary, the rider was given added weight -- sandbags -- to carry during the ride. There are no weight requirements in effect beginning with the 1999 Ride. Riders continued to weigh in with their tack for statistical collection purposes until around 2010.
Statistic The least number of riders was the first Ride in 1955: five riders -- Wendell Robie, Bill Patrick, Nick Mansfield, Dick Highfill, Pat Sewell.
Statistic The most riders to start was 271 riders in 1987.
Statistic A limit of 250 riders was established in 1989.
Statistic Ride dates through the year 2020 are already determined.
Statistic The first woman to compete, Ina Robinson, completed the Ride in its second year, 1956.
Statistic The oldest rider to complete the Ride was 80 years old in 2005: Jim Steere, DVM.
Statistic The youngest rider to complete the Ride was 11 years old in 1964: Gail Gilmer. The minimum rider age of 12 years was established in 1958. Gail Gilmer's actual age was not learned until after the 1964 Ride.
Statistic Seven people have completed the Tevis Cup Ride 20 or more times,qualifying for the 2,000 Mile Buckle Award: Roxanne Greene, Julie Suhr, Barbara White, John McCullough, Hal V. Hall, Sandy Schuler, and Potato Richardson.
Statistic Many people have completed the Ride multiple times each. Those who have completed 10 times, qualify for the 1,000 Mile Buckle.
Statistic The largest family group to complete the Ride in one year was the McCrary family with five completions. In 1979 six members of the McCrary family set out to finish The Tevis. Members of the family were Frank "Lud" and Barbara McCrary and their children Ellen, Janet, Susan McCrary Huff and Butch Huff.. Only Ellen did not finish. Five members of the family completed together a second time in 1981, only this time Ellen took Frank's place on his horse after her own horse failed the initial vet in.
Statistic The record for completions by one horse is thirteen times, set in 1998 by Pat Chappel on Thunders Lightning Bar, a 20 year old Quarter Horse mare.
Statistic Six horses have completed the Ride ten times or more - Buffalo Bill (Nick Mansfield), Rainraff (Sally Dargie), El Karbaj (Hal Hall), Rocky (Merv Pyorre), Shatir (Judy Houle) and Thunders Lighting Bar (Pat Chappell).
Statistic The oldest horse to complete the Ride was Ace's Wild, a 26 year old quarter/grade, ridden by Moire Donald in 1980.
Statistic The youngest horse to complete the Ride was Capella, a 3 year old 3/4 Arab mare, ridden by Drucilla Barner in the late 1950's before the minimum age requirement of 5 years was established.
Statistic The heaviest horse to complete the Ride was an Arab/Percheron called Nugget, owned by the Mayor of Reno, Nevada. Nugget finished in 1958, weighing an estimated 1,600 pounds and standing between 16 and 17 hands.
Statistic The tallest horse to complete the Ride was Chief, a Saddlebred gelding,ridden by Joan Dowis in 1982. Chief is 17'2hh.
Statistic The smallest equine to complete the Ride was most probably a hackney pony ridden by David Jay, Jr. in the late 1950's, called Bandleader, at under 13 hands. Reportedly a shetland pony also completed in the late 1950's, but this claim is unconfirmed.
Statistic Wendel Robie's horse, Bandos, that won the first Ride in 1955, sired horses that won the Ride in 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, and 1969, and the Haggin Cup in 1965: Bandos sired Molla, Chagitai, Chief of Tahmaroo, and Hailla. Bandos is also the recordholder for oldest horse to win. He was 16 when he won in 1956.
Statistic One rider, H. Gordon Ainsleigh, was granted a completion without a horse! He finished 3 times: twice on horseback (1971 and 1972) and once on foot (1974). This unique accomplishment became the basis for the now-famous Western States Endurance Run, the world's premier ultra-runner trail event. The Run continues annually to this day, using most of the same trails as the Tevis Ride, and is held on the last weekend of June, a few weeks prior to the Ride.