|Milwaukee Endurance Ride|
|Pre-Ride Vet in - Butch, Khari, Dick Root DVM & scribe|
|Connie on Khari, Chris on Pistol, just before the start~|
|We leave in a jolly mood!|
|Khari sees "Dad"! :-) Coming into the VC at 21 miles|
Out on time, it had taken us longer than we expected to do those miles, ahead was the long 21-mile uphill 2.2% grade back to Ride Camp. Khari soon started outdistancing Pistol, Chris told me to move on, knowing that my goal was to be done & out of the heat/sun that is my usual enemy. Khari moved out - our only companion was a Coyote that bounded up a hill ahead of us. Finally, in the distance we saw two riders! Wow! Someone out here besides us! Khari picked up the pace & we caught up to Kathy & Sarah - riding her first endurance ride on Kathy's great mare Sinnamon. They were kind enough to allow me to accompany them. So much nicer to have someone to talk to! We made it to the check-point & water at 33.2 miles. The horses began tanking up! Suddenly we heard a sound! Looking back the way we'd come was an amazing sight to see. Pistol was coming up the hill at us from a distance of at least a mile in his Full "Brio" Paso Fino gait! Chris sitting there like she was resting in a favorite easy chair! Chris reined Pistol up in a cloud of dust to our loud cheers! :-)
The four of us continued on & on & on, the never-ending trail... In the rocky areas, Chis & Pistol would outdistance us like we were standing still, but once the footing improved, we'd catch up. Pistol would stay with us for a while, then drop back from the speed. Eventually - the welcome sight of camp was ahead, we came in to the second vet check at 1:26 p.m.
Sarah, Kathy & I leaving the water tank, not realizing that Chris was coming in behind us! Too good a sport to hail us to wait!
|Heading out on the last loop~|
Sarah & I started "gabbing", getting to know each other - finding we had friends in common at the track. With rock, paving, holes in the grass, neither of us wanting to risk a completion on the last miles. We went under I-90 & returned to the trail that circled camp.
|Coming in to camp - the final mile :-)|
|Cinnamon & Sarah, Connie & Khari - we Finish!|
It was a Good time! I made a new friend, got quality time with old friends & rode Khari to her 21st. completion! I've decided after much thought & soul searching - to give up 50-mile rides & - as the term is defined as rides of 50-miles or longer... therefore to give up Endurance~
I've ridden well over twenty competitive years & have had a "been there - done that" feeling in my gut for a while now. My husband has been so supportive of my personal endeavors all these years, that it's time for us to do some of the things that we've been putting off. Butch wants to take the son-in-laws & grandsons fishing in Canada. Maybe a nice "room" on the ocean once in a while? A "room"??? With a bed? With a shower??? What would that be like? :-) Horse camping with friends, more time with the grand-kids & more time working on our place - the never-ending projects that we both enjoy doing together.
Farah too, deserves her chance to become a good working horse & find her niche. She's so fun, so smooth & so eye-catching that we might try that new-fangled "Cowboy Dressage".
It's been a Fine ride! I've ridden some fine horses, seen some fine country, met some fine people & enjoyed some fine rides. I'm going to look for the perfect home for Khari. Our best time was the multi-day at Bryce. Khari just loves new country & having a real job. She's ready to move onward & upward with a rider that can take her new places & ride her the many miles that she is capable of going! I would be thrilled to see her name someday at one of those larger milestones of 3,000 or above.