Last month I was particularly privileged to be included on a competitive trail ride in Santa Fe on a fine summer day with new friends horse and human alike. On a beautiful Saturday morning, we met at 4:30 AM in Belen to load horses and drive to Santa Fe for a 10 mile trail with 8 obstacles under a mild Autumn sun and gorgeous NM high mesa backdrop.
this is our group at the starting gate ready to set out
I have to say, we were a pretty impressive looking posse.
Both horse and rider were judged on 8 different timed obstacles placed at intervals through out the 10 mile course. Our group won 4 of the top 6 places.
Donna and Peppy took first place.
Lilly and Yeller took third.
Robin and Squirt took fourth place
and Jennifer and Chief took sixth.
It was a monumental day! Horseback riding doesn’t get much better than that. By the time we got home that evening I was exhausted, starving and ecstatic and ready to do it all again. Yiska and I didn’t bag any prizes this time but we did come away with a grand adventure and one hell of a good time! We can’t wait for the next ride.