Sunday, July 21, 2013

Not the Tevis and Some Videos

So, the Tevis Cup race happened yesterday. For those of you who are not familiar, it is an 100 mile race from Tahoe, NV to Auburn, CA, and was my professed goal when I started talking about getting a horse and the main reason I wanted an Arabian. The temps in the canyon were 120 degrees and most of the ride was above 100. One horse was put down during the race yesterday after falling off the trail. 47% of the riders and horses that started the race, completed.

I was following the race on FB and reporting to J the posts I was reading. She told me I'm not to ride that race. I think she's right. The three reported falls this year all occurred with experienced riders and horses. I'm not willing to risk either myself or my horse. I'm thinking we need to do something other than endurance. Trail riding for sure. There is a group based in Denver that does backcountry riding and camping that might be fun. I'm just going to have to see.

Spent the day with my family and N's. At a pool. It was a lot of fun and T had a great time horsing around with R and J. N's Mom was in town and it was great to meet her. After the pool, we went back to N's house for dinner and then over to the barn to let Ashke and Cali run.

They seemed pretty happy to be able to play. After they tore around for a while, I demonstrated to N and the watchers how Ashke has learned to go over the little crossrail. J videoed it.

1 comment:

  1. You might want to look into Competitive Trail Riding--it has the long distance aspects of endurance, (40-50 miles in two days) but isn't a race. Riders are timed out at intervals and have to come in within a certain time as well. Horses are vet checked along the way. Riders are judged on how well they help their horse get through the course.