All the holds were with all tack off, which ate into our total ride time significantly and the 40 minute hold as well as you had to tack back up. Barely time to pee, and eat!
Waiting for the pack to disappear into the forest....Journey did well day one. The field was rather small (maybe 12 riders) and we placed seventh and she was invited to stand for BC. I had no illusions of actually winning that but figure Journey could use the experience. We had a nice dinner served up of deep friend chicken, hojo potatoes, and baked beans, won a cool mug and our completion t-shirt. Ka-ching! 25 points for The Green Machine.
I got Journey settled in for some chow and a good nights rest. Climbed up into my bunk and was just starting to doze off when BOOM big clap of lightening. I came bailing out of the trailer and looked outside where it was just going dark and a hot streak of lightening explodes from the sky...and my horse...is standing next to a steel trailer, in an open field, and it is going to pour rain besides the threat of electrocution. I had the foresight to rent a stall but had not used it as I wanted her to be able to wiggle around a little so she would not stiffen up over night. Not to be! I had to grab the pony and run full tilt through the field to the barn with lightening cracking and the rain starting to pour down. (did you ever notice that rides and rain are a common theme with me here in the Midwest?). I cram The Spotted Wonder into her stall and she looks at me like ARE YOU CRAZY? There are no horse buddies anywhere in this row of stalls WHAT THE FRIG ARE YOU THINKING (yes, I read her mind), so I stand with my spotted goofball while the wind picks up with a bit of hail, and then the heavens literally poured buckets of rain for hours. Kiss those dry trails goodbye sister!
Day 2If you look hard at the photo you will see my shirt says "I'm here for the Win" I thought it was rather funny since I have about zero interest in in where I end up as long as we ride to our App-titude, enjoy the trail, and complete.
End of trail...