The Ride Photographer at Bare Bones, Cassidy Rae - did a great job of getting us those photos that we all cherish so much after a ride, here are my favorites~
|Butch trots Farah for BC judging|
|Our tough mare!|
|Rascal demonstrates "bored"~|
One of the things about Endurance that keeps the diehards coming back - is the constant learning curve that it entails. There's no way that you can possibly learn all there is to know. Many, many books have been written - most good & all with differing points of view as to the best way to approach the sport.
What you don't often hear, is about the rides themselves... Each, at least in my opinion, is an entity into itself - new rides have their challenges. Rides that have history - usually have that history because they've established a reputation for either their beauty or toughness.
The sport continues to change & molt as time goes by... The real old-timers were the toughest of the tough - jeans, duct tape & grit... "May the Best Horse Win!" We who are the aging second generation of riders, finally started wearing helmets, bought the new GPS gadgets & the new bio-thane, brightly colored tack. Now - I see more riders who run ahead of their horse - at least on the downhills & cross train at Ride & Tie, etc.
Me? I still prefer saddle time. Taking pride in finishing a ride with a sound & happy equine athlete. After all ~