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June 1, 2009

Michelle Detmer's ride at Top of the Rock

Michelle wrote this to me in a reply, but I felt it should be up here where folks could see it. If she wants to wring my neck I'll take it down, but she did a great job and I wanted to share:

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Laura and I got 4th and 5th respectively. Saw Chris E. there. I think she completed and got 19th. It was a tough race for top 5. The first loop we were all bunched together. And went faster than we probably should have. I didn't realize it but we did the first loop in an hour and about 5 minutes. (15miles) I had a watch but I thought we were closer to an hour and a half because we were supposed to start at 7:10 but Nicole said it was about 7:30 when we started.

We came in 4th and 5th with the crowd but Jazz (my husband's horse) was the first to pulse down. So proud of her. Stormy pulsed down 3rd about 6 minutes behind her.

Going out Laura waited to start with me and we missed going out late even by my time by at least 5 minutes. My boots fell off my saddle as soon as we started trotting so we had to waste time tying them back on. (in the first loop only took a couple big muddy spots to loose one boot, and then a few more and I lost the other) I was wearing the new renegades I just got her in the front only. Jazz had on her epics and didn't loose them at all. (it was really muddy) so we took them off for the last 10 mile loop. But I wanted to take Stormy's since she did the whole first loop barefoot. Since I knew there was about 3 miles of gravel road near the end of the 10 mile loop. But by the time we got too it I had my boots tied on so well they were in a knot and I couldn't get one of them off. So instead of wasting any more time we just walked the 3 miles off on the side as best we could. We slowed down a lot anyway on that loop but still came in 4th and 5th.

Perfect weather, and besides being a little muddy in spots, okay alot of spots, it was perfect.

Great ride! We stood for BC but I doubt we got it because we left shortly afterwards. When I turned the horses out in their pasture they ate for a little while but before I even got the trailer unloaded the started running around. My father-in-law mowed there pasture and I think they were excited about being able to run on it easier. (it was over my head in spots)

Michelle Detmer

5 comments:

  1. No, I don't mind. Wish you could have been there. But you've got many more years with your girl and many more Top of the Rocks down the road.

    Michelle Detmer

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  2. Michelle,

    Who was the woman that won the LD? I was looking at those photos and was floored how much that horse looks like Phebes, taller, but OM Gosh! It could be a twin by looking. I'd like to write her and see what that horse's breeding is out of curiousity.

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  3. I don't remember her name. You could email Lois McAfee and ask her or wait until the results come. She said she conditions a lot there so she probably lives nearby Henryville. She said it was her husbands horse. He was a little high strung especially at the start. And had one of those trots where his back legs go to the outside of the front legs because he over-reaches so much he has to do that so as not to interfere. I guess. He can really trot! He was trotting when all the rest of us were cantering. Very reminiscent of the Amish standaredbred horses I grew up with in Norther IN. They could fly at the trot!

    Michelle Detmer

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  4. Tracy Culberson got first.

    Cindy Young just wrote me on Facebook and said who got 1st, 2nd and 3rd. So there you go. You can look on my facebook page to see it. She said she knew those 3 ahead of us were FLYING.

    Michelle Detmer

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  5. I know Tracey, we've spoke a number of times. Her husband usually rides that horse, that is why it didn't occur to me that it might be her, thought it was someone else. That gelding does resemble Phebes. Phebes spent the whole down time in her pen at C.C. making gooey mare eyes at him, and their stallion. Have you seen her stallion? He is beautiful, and very level headed. Wish I could cross my Puddin' to him. But feeding three is enough.

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