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Bar H day 1 ride report

There were 30 riders the first day of Bar H with 28 finishers.  First was Suzie Kelly with a ride time of around 5:15, and BC was Jonathan Bowman.  The weather was fabulous, very warm (hot for those of us not from around here–around 80′s) with beautiful blue skies.

Today was the hardest endurance ride that Bo has ever completed.  Dave Rabe said this was also the hardest ride his horse (White Cloud) has

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Today was a blurr!

Busy day – several of us marked trail today and got an early start.  Dave R. and I got to do one of the loops which had already been marked but now needed remarking and checking since ribbons had been pulled down and rearranged. It took us a while because ribbons were going both directions when they shouldn’t have and we had to sort out the correct direction and make sure everything was right

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The horses got the royal treatment today

Our Nevada horses aren’t sure what happened, all of a sudden they are in 70 degree temps in sunny beautiful weather AND getting baths on a nice washrack!  Here is my Bo-bo getting bathed by Dave Rabe.  After my two got done we did Dave’s two Okay and White Cloud (who was definitely NOT white when we started and had some issues getting his first bath ever, lol), then the Duck’s horse Rosie.

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Bar H Camp

Made it to camp for the Bar H ride today in gorgeously green Perris, CA – weather is beautiful!  Currently showing Grit my photos and watching the latest car chase (UHaul truck, actually) on the LA news – never a dull moment in SoCal!

Bo and Chief have corrals and will get all of their mud bathed off of them tomorrow.  It may get close to 80 degrees so they’ll probably also get a

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New ride for PS Region – DVE Warmup

The DVE Warmup ride has been sanctioned for December 12 & 13, 2009 and is now on the online ride calendar.  It is a 25/50 each day.

http://www.doublejoy.com/erol/Calendar/RideDetails.asp?rideID=4821

Some basic info on the ride is on the Sunrise Ranch website as well.  http://sunriseranchrides.com/DVEWarmup.html

The regular Death Valley Encounter ride will still be on the same dates – December 28-31, 2009.  We’ll apply for sanctioning and get more info about it online as soon as

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Original XP Poetry – “Layers” by Russ Faure-Brac, the XP Poet

More XP Poetry can be found on the xprides.com website.  This was written by Russ at the Grand Canyon XP last fall.

Layers

by

Russ Faure-Brac, the XP Poet

October 2008

The majestic Grand Canyon is a sight to see

You can even fly over for just a small fee

But most striking of all, and based on

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Upcoming Endurance Rides – PS Region, California

There are lots of rides coming up!  In fact, I’ve got several friends who will be riding at two different rides tomorrow – the Fire Mountain ride in Ridgecrest, CA and the Land of the Sun ride in Wickenburg, AZ.  Looks like both rides will have nice weather and hopefully good turnouts.  Wish I could be at one of the rides!   I can’t wait to get updates from friends that are there, they’ll either

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The devil and horseshoes – do you know why we hang horseshoes for good luck?

This article that appeared in Bridle and Bit.  This part you may find interesting:

Once upon a time there was a wise old horseshoer working away in his shop making horseshoes. The devil happened by and was attracted by the ring of the anvil. The devil thought it might be good to get his own hooves shod. He made a deal with the wise old horseshoer to shoe him, but the wise old horseshoer

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True equestrian art quotation

Karen and Rocky in Nebraska

For true equestrian art there are no recipes and no tricks, regardless of what saddle we ride in. One has to learn that the greatest attention must be paid to the seemingly easiest things and that that is often the most difficult thing. One of the most important principles for a rider is always to put the horse first, in other words, to look out for his wellbeing

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American Endurance Ride Conference Annual Convention to be Held February 20 & 21, 2009 in Louisville, KY

So who is going?  Now is a good time to start shopping for the best deals on airfares.  I sure would like to see them do more education wise in the seminars with multiday endurance rides! Hoofcare would be a great topic too.

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Endurance riders and equestrians interested in checking out the “ultimate distance riding sport” are invited

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