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    03-30-2014, 03:26 PM
Green Broke
Rabbit Run event - New Jersey

This weekend, DH and I went to our first AERC ride of the season in Pemberton Township, New Jersey (central Jersey, in the pine barrens). Jersey is known for sand, pine trees, and not-so-nice weather and this year was no exception.

We got lucky on Friday, as the forecasted rain was kind enough to hold back to just sprinkles. It would have been pretty darned warm (temps in the low 50s!!) except for the 20-30 mph cold wind. It made being outside not only chilly, but a spa-experience as the sand blasted any exposed skin.

The next morning, we got everything ready and the rain started to fall as we climbed on to warm up before the start. So much for the forecast that claimed it would be dry till lunchtime!

George's opinion of the weather:

Leaving the hold wasn't as bad as I expected, as it was much warmer riding than standing around in the wind!

By the second hold, the rain was really ugly. It was so tempting to just crawl back to the trailer and hide!!

Luckily the ground was enough sand it didn't get too slippery, but water was definitely everywhere and everyone was soaked, regardless of "waterproof" clothing.

In the end, the 3 of us tied for 6th. I was tickled to death to be riding Dream again. What a nice start to the season!
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    03-30-2014, 03:39 PM
Awesome video Dawn...Dream looks like she's going strong! Congrats on your placing!
    03-30-2014, 06:33 PM
Green Broke
Congrats on finishing in the top ten! Cool video, good camera test!

I did wonder what the horses were thinking...George's face says it all!! "of all the hare-brained ideas!!" and sweat Dream "just humor them, they are only human"
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    03-31-2014, 04:44 PM
Phantom, Great pictures and video. Congrats on placing so well. I have never seen an endurance run much less ridden in one but I'm sure I could not hack 50 miles. The trip across that levy was pretty neat!
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    03-31-2014, 09:06 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Herosbud    
The trip across that levy was pretty neat!
Those are actually cranberry bogs! This time of year there isn't much to see, but the harvest in the fall is fascinating - they still use boards and do it the "old fashioned way." If you drink Ocean Spray juices, you may well have drank juice from cranberries that grew in one of those bogs.
    03-31-2014, 09:31 PM
Green Broke
A picture of one of the bogs from a previous year:

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    04-04-2014, 04:37 PM
You have my admiration. You start from "it was cold, and wet, and windy, and we wanted to crawl back in bed... "
To "What a nice start to the season" !!

You have the real endurance spirit: "That was really painful and miserable, let's do it again soon"

Nice pics and video and congratulation on the placings. How many starts-finish in the 50? Do you have a Matrix pad? If so, which inserts did you choose and why? (I'm shopping for one...)
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    04-04-2014, 05:15 PM
Gah, all that rain! I don't think I could do it xD

Congratulations on your placing 8D
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    04-07-2014, 07:52 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Eole    
How many starts-finish in the 50? Do you have a Matrix pad? If so, which inserts did you choose and why? (I'm shopping for one...)
Only 22 starters this year, which is down from the normal 40ish (between the terrible winter not letting anybody condition, entries were down.. and then with the horrible forecast, they lost 8 starters the days right before the ride!).

We do use Matrix pads for George and Sultan, no inserts. So far, their saddles fit well enough to keep their backs happy. The friend we were riding with also uses a Matrix pad, with the thinnest inserts as that is just enough to keep her sensitive-backed pony happy without altering the fit of her saddle.
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