... I started giving Smokey light exercise after his rest to get him ready for the Quilty. He was a very tired horse after coming 1,300 miles, but I entered him in the ride to get some publicity for the Trail Riders Association, even if I had to walk the 100 miles. ... Well the day of the ride arrived and the weather was great. The horses paraded for the pre-start vet check; I was keeping my fingers crossed that Smokey would get through OK. ... Well, he did.

Dan Seymour

1973