Of all the blog posts I’ve set out to write, this one, about Evelyn Baig and Rella has taken me the longest to complete. Full confession—I am a procrastinator! But I swear—in this instance—my tendency to start a project, but not see it through to the end, is not a factor.
What is a factor is that Evelyn and Jeff Baig and their string of horses, just don’t stop! It was in 2014 that Evelyn and Jeff bought a horse that had been trained at the William George Agency for Children’s Services! That mare, GJR Miss Amadeus, was just the beginning. Soon to follow were Denise BF and GJR Obsidian! And then, in 2017, just when Evelyn thought she was all done acquiring horses, she discovered yet another at WGA, GJR Bella Cinderalla.
Rella started her training just like we do all our horses with tons of ground work including lunging and long lining!
A twelve-year old mare at the time, Rella had been raised her entire life on the WGA campus and had been a part of the WGA equine program in a variety of ways, from teaching horse training techniques (such as lunging and long lining) to being used as one of the lesson and recreational trail riding horses for the residents. At the point that Evelyn met her, Rella simply needed a more challenging job!
Rella had led a very sheltered life at WGA, so it was up to Evelyn and Jeff to introduce her to the big, wide world of endurance racing! And just like they did with Miss Dee, Dulce and Dart, they’ve done an amazing job developing Rella. She’s come on fast and is developing into a monster of an endurance horse! By November of 2017, Rella finished 3rd in the 100 mile Carolina ride. She started out 2018 by placing first in the Old Dominion 55 mile No Frills Ride in April.
In June, Evelyn and Rella took on one of the toughest rides in the nation, the Old Dominion 100. Held in June in Virgina, among endurance racers this ride is known as the Beast of the East because of its challenging heat and humidity.
Because Evelyn loves a challenge (or is a glutton for punishment) she made the decision to enter the Old Dominion 100 riding in the Cavalry Division, which means being a crew of one—no pit crew! Everything she needed for the 100 miles, Rella carried and everything that needed done for Rella, Evelyn took care of! Rella and Evelyn not only finished the “Beast of the East”, placing fifth overall, they won the Old Dominion Cavalry Division AND the Old Dominion Award.