Fort Valley, VA 50 & 30 milers
Last weekend, DH and I went down to Virginia for the last leg of the Old Dominion Triple Crown: Fort Valley. Sultan was in the running for the Triple Crown and I was lucky enough to find a couple horses to ride for friends.
On Friday, I rode a friend's 6 year old mare in her 2nd 50 - the mare is Gamer's half sister!! I was super honored to be asked to ride her (her owner was up for the triple crown with her other horse, so needed to ride him).
The OD trails are tough but gorgeous. This ride in particular is one of my favorites, as the views are fantastic. This year, with some new trail, was no exception. While there were still plenty of OD rocks, there was lots of nice footing too.
At the end of the day, we finished the ride with great vet scores and a youngster who found her "downhill" gear. I couldn't have been more pleased with how she handled herself all day. To finish tied for 14th (much higher up than we expected) was just an added bonus.
On Saturday, I rode a true trailmaster (over 5100 endurance miles!) with DH in the 30 miler. Nobody told my horse he was supposed to be semi-retired and taking it easy and we burned up the trails, having a blast.
At the end of the day, DH and Sultan were 9th and I was 11th (I just happened to let the junior rider we spent some of the day with get to the pulse area before us :wink:). Not only did Sultan get his Triple Crown, he got high vet score!!
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Fort Valley 30 mile Limited Distance ride - YouTube
WooHoo! What a ride! Congrats to you and your DH, Sultan and your catch rides too. I am guessing you are super eager to get back to Gamer's training after riding her half-sister
Beautiful scenery on that ride; what's the elevation? Definately higher up than in 'Bama, but similar views.
I have got to get up on Chivas tomorrow, the heck with the schooling!
PS - that Chestnut does not look semi-retired at all, what a handsome boy, I am drooling over his picture...I have a soft spot for a red horse :D
According to my Garmin, we had a max elevation of 1931 feet on the 50, with a total elevation gain/loss of 7069 feet total. The max elevation on the 30 was 1752 feet, with a total gain/loss of 4163 feet.
I do look forward to getting back to working with Gamer. Unfortunately, my work schedule and mother nature are not cooperating currently (I have today off and its raining, of course). Weatherman says the rain may clear by this afternoon, so I am hoping!
I hope the rain stops for you.
That really awesome and lovely seeing the horses in such good shape. The last ride I went to...whoa. There were some really thin horses there...and I don't mean just lean mean machines. It made me sad for them. The vet was very complimentary on my gelding's condition coming in, his demeanor at the vet checks and his condition afterwards. I did speak with him for a bit since when I came in it was slow. He gave me some advice and pointers and said I was doing it right by taking my young horse along easily at his pace and speed :). I wish I lived back towards the northeast. The elevations are just beautiful :)
Are those trails open to the public or just for endurance races? If they're open to the public, do you know their names or website?
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Great pictures phantomhorse. OD was on my bucket list already, even more so now! That's definitaly my kind of trails!
Congratulations on Sultan's Triple Crown. HVS: that's a great accomplishment.
Your 50 miles' horse was on Gloves on all for? No gait rubbing or anything? With tape on the hoof or not?
From what I have seen, so much of success with boots depends on finding ones that fit the feet correctly. The friend I was riding with had hind boots on that horse but had him shod up front because he would lose front boots all over the place. After trying multiple kinds and having no success, she went for some nails. :wink:
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