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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:45

Ubly man rides his horse across the state

(UBLY) -- A Thumb area educator who for years pondered riding a horse across Michigan decided at age 70 that the time was right. Richard Holdship of Ubly made the 225-mile ride from the Mackinac City Horse Camp on Lake Michigan to Oscoda on Lake Huron on the Michigan Trail Rider's Association Shore-to-Shore Riding Trail. Holdship says health issues inhibited him from taking the ride sooner but turning 70 re-invigorated him. He says he got his first horse when he was 10. Holdship set out on September 6 on the 10-day ride atop Rudy, his 13-year-old Missouri fox trotter. His wife, Ricki, drove from camp to camp setting it up and tearing it down each day.