Needs improvement.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Our official grade at the end of the Iron Mountain ride was an “A-“. I am so pleased that Khaleesi and I completed the ride, finished in time, healthy, and in good spirits even if we were close to the back of the pack. I took a few days to just baskContinue reading “Needs improvement.”

8 feet on the ground

From Friday, August 28, 2015 With everything loaded in we hit the road on Thursday and though my poor truck was loaded down, we made it to Ivanhoe mid-afternoon to set up camp on the New River. It was the first big weekend for my new trailer which is so nice to have! My truckContinue reading “8 feet on the ground”

The Alleghany Trail

Friday, August 7, 2015 Friday the “gang” did 24 miles on section 2 of the Alleghany Trail from Durbin to Cass/Dunmore. Except for the few grassy ridge trail sections it was muddy, mountainous, rocky and rough. The excessive rain this year not only created deep mud sucks in the valleys and stream beds, but alsoContinue reading “The Alleghany Trail”

Training the athlete

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 I had the whole day and decided to drop myself off on the road to Wilson Mountain and ride home from there along the ridge. It’s a beautiful ride and one that passes through a hunt camp that is off-limits during hunting season so I wanted to ride through there againContinue reading “Training the athlete”

Flying

Week of July 20, 2015 I am heading out of town next week to teach at a wonderful music camp in Charleston, SC so I’ve tried to pack two weeks of riding into one. I’ve made a valiant effort and we had a great week. Monday I wrote about our anniversary ride, then Tuesday IContinue reading “Flying”

Just… Not… feelin’ it

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 My original riding plans fell apart for a few reasons. Then I woke up to dark skies and light rain (of course. It’s rained every day this summer) and though I knew it was supposed to clear up, I seemed to have a hard time re-grouping. After stalling with PR work, grant paperwork,Continue reading “Just… Not… feelin’ it”

H52611

 Saturday, July 11, 2015 We have officially committed! I’ve registered Ireland’s Khaleesi as an AERC Grade Horse. Considering she has 4 different breeds, we decided to basically call her an equine mutt, which is what a Grade Horse is. Because she does have 1/4 Arab I could have chosen to list her as an Arab Cross,Continue reading “H52611”

Two people. One horse. One tough race.

Friday, July 10, 2015 Today Kate and I finally made a date to practice a ride & tie. We’d been tossing the idea around since May, and we decided to make a goal of the Iron Mountain Jubilee ride weekend at the end of August- so that meant we really had to get out thereContinue reading “Two people. One horse. One tough race.”

On track

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 As for our riding and training, I have to say there isn’t anything particularly exciting to report right now. I’ve taken a few rides since I last posted and for the most part they’ve been good and uneventful rides. I enjoyed an exploratory ride on Faygo over the weekend. We mapped outContinue reading “On track”

A horse, a dog and a hammock…

June 29-July 1, 2015 This week we spent 3 days in Camp Creek State Park in WV. It was a really nice park and we had the horse campground all to ourselves. After the mare squabble a few rides ago we’d decided I would ride with my friend and the 3 hour haul in theContinue reading “A horse, a dog and a hammock…”