|Waiting to Vet|
|The Big Tree!|
|Blooming Vanilla Leaf|
Ride meeting, dinner & to bed for us! 4:30 a.m. came too darn early for me! Our plan was to lounge Farah rather than me trying to ride her for the warm-up. (That almost had me bucked off last year!) Butch said she did plenty of bucking on the line, but by the time I was ready to mount up, she stood solid as a rock - eyes on the starting area.
Our first loop was Snow King. Riders were leaving on the open trail almost before we knew it! Farah was on the make & within the first mile or two things sorted out as they usually do, with about six riders leading & arriving at the first water tank together. Soon, we were down to four horses, then three. Dick, Becky & me. We discovered that our three traveled well together, Farah leading on the flats & hills, Becky's great gelding on the downhills, Dick's mare Ali - anytime she could find a way around the other two!
|We arrived back in camp at 7:42|
|8:18 - waiting to head out on the 2nd loop!|
|Becky & I coming in at 9:55 & 31 miles|
|Away we go headed for the Ghost Loop! 10:47 a.m.|
It was this loop we had a huge laugh at my expense! Farah was cruising along in the lead when around the corner was a water tank, manned by two of the ham radio operators. She literally dove her face into the tank - with such a sudden stop that I almost went off over her head! In the next second, Ali ran right into her butt & again I was almost sent flying into the tank! Dick was laughing so hard he could hardly apologize! :-)
|Coming in off Ghost Loop 12:10 p.m. 10 miles to go!|
|Leaving for the final loop - Morrison|
|12:42 p.m. - Dick & I head out - with the well wishes of the volunteers!|
I shouldn't have worried, because suddenly - Farah's ears went up & she moved right up into her trot, then leaped up a section of rock & into a gallop! Around a corner & there they were at the water tank! Farah stuck her nose in - before whirling to lead the way! We again had that long stretch of road & we FLEW! All three horses galloping along easily! (I was so happy to have those pads on her feet!) She remembered where we were & knew how close we were to finishing!
Becky said her grand-kids were going to be waiting at the finish line - they of course thought of it as a horse race & Becky was hoping to give them a little excitement :-) I told her that a race in was fine with me, but that I planned to take first. Our agreement was reached!
|1:25 p.m. Here we come!|
|Butch trots Farah for BC|