|Butch trots Khari out for completion~|
One of my goals since starting the sport - was to have my horse reach 1,000-miles. Jas & I competed for ten-years & missed it by 50 miles & a grade 1 lameness. We also had over 300-miles in pulls, (most at 40 or 50 miles - the heartbreaking kind.)
Khari has been totally different. Big, strong & forward - she has learned her job well & enjoys getting out, seeing her friends & even the competition. She does so much better when Butch is with us & takes care of her, giving me time to take care of me. Last year - the rides really started smoothing out for us. We found a routine that worked. With the slow start this season - it was really tough to get my mind back in the right place. I knew I hadn't done the conditioning miles that we both needed & I know well that Renegade is a race to respect. I never plan a ride in advance - I just try to go with the flow. Each ride is so different & this one was no exception.
I was surprised when a young friend asked if I would sponsor her in the 50. Never having sponsored before & with my own goal so close - I wanted to refuse, but she has such a sweet smile... My biggest concern was that Nikki's horse wouldn't be able to keep up with Khari - even though I planned to take this ride easy & set a pace based on Khari's recoveries throughout the day.
|Our Finish! Nikki & Boggie, Connie & Khari|
My knees wanted to quit, my lower back wasn't happy - but there's just no better way to spend a day than in beautiful country, with great friends, on a good horse!