Wednesday, November 30 2016
Pictured above: Jeremy's solution to losing an arm on his sunglasses mid race.
Well I am running behind on my blogs. We have been racing every weekend for the last 6 weeks. Finally we have the upcoming weekend off so I am catching up. We did the Boggy Creek ride three weeks ago. (On the way to the race Jeremy told me the only thing he wanted out of the weekend was to see a bear! He had seen a couple at this ride last year.)
It was a lot of fun, as usual. Our friend Sydney Vale was in the area and wanting to do an endurance ride so she and I rode Deen and Treasure on the 30 while Jeremy took Gus on the 50. The ride is always a class act. It is held at the beautiful Boggy Creek Kids Camp. The ride meeting was fun paired with a nice dinner. There is also a big raffle and silent auction which goes on throughout the weekend.
We had the fun treat of not having our LQ to stay in. It has been in the shop as not just one, but BOTH of the slides went bad on it. Super... The trailer guy said that our trailer has the top of the line slides "that never go bad". Whoever designed this amazing thing failed to have a plan if the slides go bad. You actually cannot access one of the two slides without literally dismantling the living quarter walls and cabinets. We requested that just the one slide (the one that could barely be accessed) be fixed and to disconnect the second slide and that we would deal with it and sort that out later (as we have so many races going on at the moment that we just want the trailer back).
Saturday morning Jeremy took off on Gus. A while later Sydney and I rode the 30 on Treasure and Deen. Our start was uneventful and the trail was a lot of fun. The two mares did great. This was there "after foal" race. They got through the first loop with ease. We were just keeping an easy trot. There was a bit of sand but it wasn't bad.
At our lunch stop we saw Jeremy. He and Gus were having fun. Sydney and my second loop was fun and the weather was super too. It was a bit on the hot side but there was a nice breeze. In the end we got back to camp and the two that were ahead of us had not recovered yet. We went to cool our horses and walked over at the same time as the other two riders. Treasure tied for first with one of the other riders. Deen came in 5th (there was another rider who came up just a hair after us.)
A short while later Jeremy and Gus won the 50. Somewhere out on the trail Jeremy lost an arm on his sunglasses. He improvised!! He looped a piece of baling string around his ear! He also saw 4 bears!!
The awards and dinner were fun once again with more raffle prizes. I would put this ride on your calendar for next time.