put in a lot of miles,” he says. In fact,
Remington has accumulated 11,450
career-competition miles. “That’s in
the top- 10 of all time, all horses,”
Parke says. “He was inducted into the
American Endurance Ride Conference Hall of Fame, the first and only
“The AERC values longevity, so
they have an award called the Decade
Team award. We’re a double Decade
Team, and we’re the only team in the
world that’s both a double Decade
Team and over 10,000 miles.”
But Parke says it’s more a tortoise-
and-the-hare approach to endurance. “Icelandics are never
going to be a threat to win the ride on speed,” he says. “On
the other hand, they’re incredibly sturdy. Remington keeps
piling up the completions over and over again. He hasn’t
been pulled from an endurance race in well over 10 years.
“I guess if you define your success in terms of winning a
given ride and being the most competitive, then that would be
a con [to riding an Icelandic],” Parke says. On the plus side, riding an Icelandic
gets him a lot of attention: “Everybody knows my little horse!”
Remington’s experience and reliability on the trail make him a valuable
community asset. He and Parke sweep the trail as safety volunteers during
the Santa Barbara 100-mile ultra marathon, and last year they saved three
exhausted runners who were stuck and cold on the trail at night.
“People were so impressed with Remington,” says Parke, who has also rid-
den another Icelandic in endurance and has no intention of switching breeds.
Trainer Jim Hitt
reining and then
loves cow work.
ARABIAN IN WESTERN SPORTS