So, if I do this, what kind of speed am I expected to be able to maintain? It is only 25km / 15miles. I can do that with my horse any day of the week, but we generally walk 80% of it or more, so it's a 5 hour ride. For the competition, if I can walk 1/2 and trot 1/2 is that acceptable or do I need to set a higher goal? I have almost 4 months to prepare if I decide to do this. Right now without any training we can easily walk/trot an hour at 40/60 ratio.
I don't want to upset the competitors by being too slow and everyone at the stations having to wait too long for me. But I also have absolutely no intention of trying to place near the front runners. Just somewhere in the hind end of the masses.