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    04-27-2014, 08:52 PM
Green Broke
No Frills - Va

This weekend, DH and I went down to Virginia for the No Frills ride. The ride is in Star Tannery, Va and is the first leg of the Old Dominion Triple Crown. The plan had been to take George and Dream, but unfortunately for me, Dream is still lame. [Thinking/hoping its a stone bruise as the farrier found some bruising when he pulled her shoes.. so few weeks off and we shall see what happens.] So DH took George and I rode a friend's horse.

For the first time, this ride was 2 days. Plan was for me to volunteer Friday while DH rode, then he would volunteer Saturday while I rode. After we arrived at camp on Thursday, I went out with one of the ride managers to help set up the away vet check.

After getting as much of that set up as we could, I got to take a friend's horse out for a pre-ride, as she is a vendor and wanted to be around to peddle her wares. I have ridden this horse several times before and he is great fun.

Friday morning, DH and George and some other friends headed out to tackle the 55 mile trail. Day started out well, with the sun shining..

I headed out to the vet check to finish setting up and wait for people to arrive. Did a bit of everything during the day, from holding horses to scribing for the vets to card running.

At the end of the day, DH (in the red) and our friend Nancy (green on the left) won the ride and Nancy's horse got BC.

Saturday it was my turn on the trails. I was riding a friend's older horse as a 'babysitter' for my friend, who had her appendix out only a month ago! While she was cleared to ride by her doctor, we wanted to make sure she didn't have any issues during the day. We had a BLAST!!

Both my friend and the geldings had a great day. We did lose a shoe which lost us some time (and left us walking on foot for about 2 miles to the next hold!), but at the end of the day we tied for 3rd.
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    04-27-2014, 10:59 PM
Congratulations, well done both of you.

I love the scenery with hills everywhere. I think I'll add this ride to my bucket list.
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    04-28-2014, 05:10 PM
Green Broke
Congrats to George and your DH!! And congrats to you and your friend! I really wonder if the doc understood exactly what your friend meant when she got permission to "ride her horse" but so glad it all went so well.

Parts of the trail looked pretty rough, it looks like a fun trail when the weather is good.

Everytime I watch one of your videos, I am ready to hit the trail running.

What was with the runner & rider headed the wrong way?
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    04-28-2014, 08:00 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
What was with the runner & rider headed the wrong way?
Those 2 people were doing the Ride & Tie.. which is 2 people, 1 horse and a set distance (in this case, 30 miles). One person starts our running. The other person rides a ways, then gets off and ties the horse to a tree, then runs. Meanwhile the first person runs until they get to the tied up horse, then get on and ride until they catch the runner. Then they swap and the cycle repeats until they have covered all the distance.

Personally, I think they are crazy.. but I can't run from here to the other side of the property.
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    04-28-2014, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, sounds crazy to me too. One step up from running in a 5K...also something I did once and don't care to repeat.
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    05-06-2014, 04:52 PM
Looks like a blast!

Ride and Ties seem like fun....but then I remember what running that much feels like and I'm like "Nope." Former track/cross country runner here...I've done my fair share of running.

Also I picture tying Amira up and then leaving her there by herself and that picture doesn't end well. It always ends with her pulling whatever I tied her to out of the ground and then chasing after me with it following behind her.

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