Wow! So far we have some interest in the distance race which will be pretty well scattered across the various regions of the country. I have only had one person propose riding multiple horses so far. So if we get more folks that sign on for riding multiple horses we will have two divisions.
Division 1 will be called Cavalry. One rider, one horse, pitted against 365 days of unlimited distance.
Division 2 will be called Pioneer. One rider, multiple horses, ridden for the year. In order to have the Pioneer Division we will need at least four solid entries.
As for the tracking...I'm still thinking on that. I'm leaning towards having you post up your rides in the comment section of the Big Bad Bloggers Distance Ride blog, then I can post monthly on the standings. I may keep a spreadsheet...or would it be better to keep everyone's current mileage SECRET and just post up placements?
A couple of people have offered to supply a prize for the contest. That's so nice! Of course I'll give the wondorously ginormous (or not) winning prize to the BIG BAD BLOGGER who proves they have the stuff.
Now the bad part.
The entry fee.
Ha! When racing on this course, the entry fee is FREE ☺.
To keep it social and connected I'd like to limit Cavalry to 20 entries. And Pioneer to 10. Currently we are up to 7 in Cavalry and 1 entry for Pioneer.
It is still so hot here you can barely move. I don't know what it is about oppressive weather but my pitiful joints are nearly in lock up. We also have the most aggressive horseflies in recent memory. Our senior horse Cree is a blue roan and the flies are drawn to his dark color. He frets, and he loses weight as he hides out under the shed rather than graze with the girls. The only spray I'm finding does any good at all is Equisect and I'm running very low on it.
The girls are mesmerizing. Phebes has finally met her match, and has a perpetually puzzled expression on her face. Journey loves her nearly TO DEATH. She is either herding her, kicking at her, biting her, or using her for a scratching post, while on the other hand; she is so hooked up with Phebes that she about has a nervous breakdown if Phebes is out of her sight for two seconds. Where you see one, you see the other. No if and or maybe. They are like tandem spinning wheels on a cart. I think Phebes would be very glad for Journey's company if not for the drama. If they were people, Phebes would have an anxiety disorder, and Journey would be a tad borderline, ummm hmmm.
Hoping you all have a great weekend. If the heat breaks, I'm riding!
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association