May 18, 2013, USA ~ The USA Endurance world has lost another great rider. Deborah Reich passed away March 2013 after losing her battle with cancer.
Reich was a lifelong rider, originally competing in hunter/jumper trials. In 2005 Reich discovered competitive trail and endurance riding and focused her passion and enthusiasm into long distance riding. Reaching outside of successful National competitions, Reich distinguished herself on her mare, DJB Juniper, by being the only US rider to complete the 2010 Kentucky World Endurance Games (WEG) 160km endurance ride. She then helped win a Silver medal for the USA Team at the Pan American Endurance Championship in Chili riding her horse, Pandor.
“She was a wonderful, giving, thoughtful women and a fierce competitor. She never gave up and was tough as nails,” said fellow competitor, Jeremy Reynolds.
Reich was 53. She is survived by her husband and son of Rolling Stone Farm at Croton on Hudson, New York.