By Carol Ryczek
Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange 

Endurance rider will be back on the trail; Swiatek cancels her retirement


January 25, 2024

Carol Ryczek, Laramie Boomerang

Bonnie Swiatek hopes to add to her collection of ribbons and trophies as she returns to endurance racing this year. More than the trophies, though, she looks forward to being back on the trails and competing with friends.

LARAMIE – Endurance riding is a matter of balance.

For Bonnie Swiatek, balance was both the reason for retiring from the sport she loves, and the reason to return to it.

Endurance riding is something of a marathon on horseback. Riders can travel from 25 to 100 miles, through mountainous terrain, sometimes at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet. The trails are rugged and demanding.

According to the American Endurance Riders Conference, which organizes these rides, to finish is to win.

Late in 2022, Swiatek announced that she would be retiring from the sport she enjoyed for 22 years with more th...

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