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Trail Log: 6-27-2017

  • Trail: Mann Creek – Adams Creek
  • Miles: 5.75
  • Ave speed: 2.9
  • Max speed: 6.5 mph
  • Riders: Self – Jon
  • Horses: J’Lo – Jack
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes: Headed for the timber to beat the heat. A short ride up Adams creek (Mann Creek area). We rode into a thunderstorm with booming thunder and a nice downpour. Soaked us pretty good but we dried out about the time we got back to the trailers.  Jon rode Jack so I didn’t have to pony J’Lo. Nice evening for a ride despite the  creepy cannibalistic migrating Mormon crickets. *shudder* Hank enjoyed chasing them – at least somebody was entertained by them.


Trail Log – 6-23-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 12.02
  • Ave speed: 3.4
  • Max Speed: 8.2
  • Riders: Self – Teri – Angel – Susan
  • Horses: Jack – J’Lo – Woody – Dixie – Cheyanne

Notes:  A little buggy in spots but not terrible. We rode in the evening to avoid the heat of the day. Left the dogs at home thinking we might long trot/lope but ended up at a good brisk walk most of the way. The dogs would have been fine.

The girls made up stories as if they were transported to 1867. One was an orphan riding the trail of revenge in search of outlaws who killed her family. Two fur trappers turned in their snares for masks and took to robbing banks. I guess by 1867 the fur trade had dwindled. The other, a former pony express rider turned gambler after decommission of the Pony Express in 1861.

There really is something about the WRT that sparks the imagination.

Trail Log: 6-17-2017

  • Trail: IMO – Gilmore Ranch – Owyhee desert
  • Miles: 13.65
  • Ave speed: 3.7
  • Max speed: 15.5
  • Riders: Self – Jones – Dusty – Teri
  • Horses: Jack – Shooter – Honor – Woody
  • Dogs: Stayed in camp: Hank – Shade – Dealer – Savannah – Olivia

Notes: Expanded our team by two guest riders – Teri M. and Kathy. Teri became a member and we look forward to seeing her at future races. We placed second – finding all five markers in 4 hours, 14 minutes and 44 seconds. Circle 4 rocks! The ride managers (Christine and Lee) put on a super fun and creative ride with a cowboy theme complete with Roy Rogers, cowboy boots, hats,  bandanna’s and an empty bottle of Jack Daniels as bearing points. The best part was a cooler full of Icy-Pops free for the taking at marker #5 for hot and tired IMO’ers.


Trail Log: 6-14-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail – Midvale section off Shoepeg
  • Miles: 6.31
  • Ave speed: 3.1 mph
  • Max speed: 12 mph
  • Riders: Self – Jones – Dusty
  • Horses: Jack, J’Lo – Shooter – Zeke
  • Dogs: Hank and Shade

Notes: I’m calling this the “repair and ride.”  Stopped at Jones and Dusty’s to fix their computer. Windows 10 wasn’t recognizing the CD/DVD. Registry hack solved the problem. Rode a section of the WRT a few miles from their house. Zeke was a little tender footed so Dusty took him back to the trailers while Jones and I rode on. Gorgeous evening for a quick ride.

Trail Log: 6-5-2017

  • Trail: Hague Rd. Midvale
  • Total miles: 5.58
  • Ave speed; 3.3
  • Max speed: 14.6
  • Riders: Self – Jones – Dusty
  • Horses: J’Lo – Honor – Zeke and Raycine (ponied)
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank – Dealer and Savannah

Notes: Quick ride after work around Jones and Dusty’s place in Midvale. Took J’Lo to get her out of the arena. Horses can get arena sour. Teaches them confidence and to pick up their feet. She would much rather be a trail horse than a shooting horse anyway and just looks happy out on the trail. Hank got himself a fat gopher – he was proud.

Trail Log: 6-3-2017

  • Trail: Mountain Home – Tollgate Road – IMO
  • Miles: 17.19
  • Ave speed: 2.9
  • Max speed: 13.1
  • Riders: Self – Jones – Dusty
  • Horses: Jack – Shooter  – Zeke
  • Dogs: Hank – Shade – Dealer – Savannah – (stayed in camp – too hot)

Notes: An IMO ride along a section of the Oregon Trail. A challenging course in beautiful country. Only three teams found their markers – of which we were one of them. We may not be fast – but we are determined. Technically speaking – we took 2nd. as we helped the rider who came in 2nd find markers. That’s what it’s all about though – helping each other and having fun doing it. The team that took first helped us find 1 of our markers that was incorrectly tagged. Who knows if we would have found it on our own or not. We took it pretty slow. Jack started out  a little gimpy from new shoes and Shooter is an older horse. We opted to not take any shortcuts down the steep draws and stay on more level terrain. Jack did awesome. I swear, even tender footing that horse just loves being out there.

Trail Log: 05-20-2017

  • Trail: Kane Springs – Owyhee Desert. An IMO ride
  • Miles: 21.1
  • Ave speed: 4.7
  • Max speed: 13.9
  • Riders: Self – Jones – Dusty “Circle 4”
  • Horses: Jack – Shooter – Raycine
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank – Dealer – Savannah

Notes: It was quite the adventure. Dusty had open heart surgery 9 weeks prior to the ride. He’d been riding a few times since surgery – 5 or 6 miles max. We ended up riding 21.1 miles on the first hot day of the year. Raycine tied up due to dehydration. We got her through it and  Dusty back to camp without further incident and still ended up with 3rd place! We would have taken second if we had not helped another team heading in the wrong direction. Out of 8 teams, only 3, including ours,  found all the markers… and we were taking it easy! We Rock… 🙂

Trail Log: 05-13-2017

  • Trail: Hwy 201 – Loves Reservoir Rd.
  • Miles: 9.01
  • Ave speed: 3.4
  • Max speed: 11.3
  • Riders: Self – Jones
  • Horses: Jack – Shooter
  • Dogs: Shade – Hank – Savannah

Notes: A little stormy at times. On the way back the wind picked up and it started to blow. Jack flipped around in the trail and turned his butt to it like horses do. Aside from a little storm here and there – a really nice day to ride and we made it back to the trailers before the big thunder storm rolled in.


Trail Log: 05-10-2017

  • Trail: Weiser River Trail
  • Miles: 8.20
  • Ave Speed:  3.9
  • Max speed: 13.4
  • Riders: Self
  • Horses: Jack and J’Lo
  • Dogs: Shade and Hank

Notes: Took the horses for a quick ride after work. Trying to get them in shape. Only rode 8.2 miles but loped/long trotted most of the way. The snakes are really out. Fortunately for the rattler that buzzed us – he wasn’t very pretty and wouldn’t look that great on my saddle.

Me and Jack’s version of a selfie.


Practice Videos

I bought a GoPro – mostly to use with mounted shooting so I can see what I’m doing wrong – or right, should that occur.

Having fun playing with the features and editing software so if my videos seem to a little special effect overload – that’s why.

I’m finally able to get into my arena after the winter from hell. This is of my first at home practice wearing my giant hat I bought for a costume later in the year. A bit reminiscent of the flying nun. It’s a good thing J’Lo and I don’t go very fast or we might take flight. Sort of like Mary Poppins with guns!