|Ride Camp - Late Fri. afternoon|
|Done with the trot-out|
|Dad's flag flying~|
|Nice & calm while waiting for Brandi :-)|
|We wake to ominous clouds~|
|We warm up~|
|6:49 a.m. both mares had a good drink!|
No photos from me during the ride - I was busy! I knew that Jessica Anderson would be taking photos at the next creek crossing, she had a sign up to let riders know. We'd been moving forward & had passed several riders. Jessica got a Great photo of us!
We came in - third - but hot & high. From what I was hearing - all the horses were same. It was getting hotter by the minute & the humidity was incredibly high after a week of rain. Pulsing in at 80 - I thought - well - let this be a lesson to me! This mare doesn't have enough Arab to do the amazing recoveries that Khari had made look easy for so many years!
|25-mile by GPS|
At the next water tank, we'd caught up with the first place rider - she was leaving as we came in. I played with the idea of going after her - Farah was drinking like a champ & had gotten stronger after the VC. But I knew this was a horse with years of experience, preparing for Tevis - so why bother? My goal was to at least take a shot at BC! I could do that just as readily from a few minutes behind - since it all comes down to that final pulse!~
It wasn't very long & camp was ahead! Guy told me he planned to trot in & untack - exactly my plan too - so we crossed the line to the cheers of our waiting friends :-)
|No Stress! As we wait Joyce's word!|
For the next hour, Farah ATE - while Butch cleaned her up & I took a badly needed shower! The humidity was so high that even with cool clothing - I was soaked. We headed back for judging, Dick fit the three first place finishers into the line. I told Butch I wanted Animation at the trot! That can be a double edged sword - more animation - higher CRI... But I like to see a horse that can do a final trot-out with some style! My husband & my horse did a nice job of splitting the difference with a final CRI of 44/48 & all A's as I found out later.
Dinner was fantastic as usual. Just as we were finishing up - another big thunderstorm rolled in - sending everyone running for cover. It soon passed & awards began. When it came time for BC... four horses had shown. Farah had been awarded Best Condition! I've ridden competitively for over twenty-years & had never come close to BC. Butch had always kindly shared his beautiful BC coolers with me :-) Now... We have our Very OWN! Thank you to my husband - who's support & encouragement has kept me going through some tough years.
But finally & most importantly - a hug & Thank YOU to my mare... She had proven to me that she is my partner - willing to do what it takes, dig deep & keep going when the going gets darn tough! Tough it was & proud of her I am!
Our final time was 3:19. Garmin Stats~