Back in July 2017, we published the “AERC National Awards” and featured stories about remarkable horses and their riders who had been recognized for completing various feats in endurance racing. The story of Willy and Don Bowan, recipients of the Pard’ners Award, is a story of heroism and true companionship. Several years ago Don and Willy had a fall off the Tevis trail necessitating Willy’s rescue by a helicopter using a prototype harness developed by U.C. Davis.

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