|2:24 p.m. Trot out for Dr. Jennifer|
|Farah settled in~|
|3:30 - Ride Camp|
|2002 My second completion|
I was awake with the first light - just in time to realize that the alarm hadn't gone off! We were up, I tried to eat a piece of toast & an energy drink that Joyce loves, but it just didn't want to settle with me. I decided to forgo the drink in favor of a few pears. We had Farah saddled, she was calm & ready, so I headed down to were I was to meet Marie. That was a Big Mistake! Spotting Marie, I tried to head that direction when the first of the bucking fits started! Out of nowhere, here came the big buck! The next one, the front legs came up off the ground, there was a slight rear before the buck & a big grunt! With the other three horses around me - I thought she'd calm down, but no - another bucking fit & we headed for the starting line!
Butch filmed the start, (first loop - Snow King - 15-mi.) I don't think it was too pretty for several of us poor riders on fit horses... Even though it looks like I was on my own, Marie & Leslie were just ahead. We went down the trail in a loose group - dodging other horses who were having tantrums. Once on the single track trail, Farah instantly settled. The Canadian rider in the lead - missed a turn - he & his companion tried to blow past us to re-gain the front. I let them know as they passed me on both sides - that if Farah kicked them to kingdom come - they'd deserve it!
Finally - things started to settle down, we too missed a turn - but then my friends wanted Farah in the front & once she was there - we were moving out! Marie & a friend dropped back, Leslie stayed with me & we were able to find clear trail, move out & enjoyed each others company.
|8:20 a.m. coming in off the first loop with Leslie|
|Farah w/Butch at one of the VC's - Thanks again Jessica Wynn!|
|Gotchen Loop 9:54 a.m.|
|Coming up on Jessica & her camera!|
|Mare on a Mission! :-)|
|Back to camp at 11:06|
|11:59 & ready to leave on the third loop|
|1:36 & we're back for the final VC!|
|1:55 p.m. Leaving on the Final Loop|
Again - we were on our own, after we left camp & moved past all the riders coming in off their various loops - the trail cleared & we started the climb. Not the climb from hell that I'd done in 2010 with Khari - when the trail was covered with snow & I'd hiked about half of that 15-mile loop. This time, we made the turn to head down in what seemed like short order. Soon though - I could hear riders coming up behind us & we came out on the open stretch of road. As with every intersection all day - I took the time to be sure of the flagging - or to find it! :-)
As we turned down the road, I didn't look back, but could hear a horse picking up speed behind us. Farah was more than up to the challenge & moved so smoothly that she just extended her trot as the other horse galloped along side. Finally, she broke to the gallop & we galloped to where the trail turned back to single track. As I slowed to make the turn - we weren't cut off. Farah made the turn - still in the lead. New to 50's - this rider said she wouldn't race me to the finish & asked about how that worked - since her experience was with LD's. I told her that I was not going to give up my position & we left it at that.
Farah hit that trail with a purpose & I knew that I had more than enough horse to maintain our placing. What else I knew - was that I'd just used up energy that could have been better spent showing for BC, rather than a short race in the last loop - that would only make one place difference in the final results.
|Our Finish at 3:05 p.m.!|
|Final Trot-out for BC|
|Sunday morning - us with our Loot! 6th Place!|
We had a few things that could have been better, I'd replaced the nose band on her Mylar combination bit & forgotten to shorten the cables that go to the chin strap, so all I had was the bit - which I didn't realize until the second VC. I didn't want to take the time to fix it. The saddle too - which I do love - sits just a little too low in front - which gave Farah waves on the withers & made it really hard for me on the downhills - my lower back felt it.
In closing, a heartfelt Thank You to Mary Nunn for giving me those electrolytes! It was so nice to finish feeling strong! Of course my husband - who's been my go to man for over 30-years now - takes amazing care of Farah & we both can't say how much we appreciate him! Not to forget Justin Foss - our Farrier! The padding stayed in until the final VC - when Mike noticed that the RF was partly Gone! :-)
This morning when I walked (a bit stiffly) up to the barn, my girl greeted me by putting the side of her face against mine & holding it there... Then did her usual strut out to the pasture!