Endurance Racing, Rider - Solstice

First ride of the season

The first ride of the season was a great success. We left for the ride site at nine in the morning Saturday, getting to the ride site at eleven thirty. We stopped a couple times along the way to check on the horses and get some snacks. When we finally go to the ride site everyone was glad to get out and stretch. Saturday I didn’t ride, I pit crewed and set up things up for the next day.  I pit crewed a girl and her dad that were doing Ride’n’tie on one of my horses. They came third out of five because two teams got lost.

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Camp site

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View from camp

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Sunday morning wasn’t as early as usual. I woke up at six with a ride start time of seven thirty. There were eleven riders competing in the first ride of the season, witch is a lot compared to some seasons. I started out in a sweater and safety vest with a camel pack, finishing the ride with a t-shirt and camel pack. The last loop both my horse and I were very tried and didn’t want to go any more. Luckily we matched up with someone, so I they pulled me though.

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Pit Crew area


loop two vet check


going out on last loop

I ended the ride taking 6 hours exactly, with the high of the day being 28C. It was very hot and by the end of the day I was almost ready to give up. I had slight heat stroke because of the heat of the day, but I learn the best trick to fight heat stroke, take a bag of ice and hug it. Angel had a get end pulse of 13/11 at ten minutes after crossing the finish line.

Eleven riders started and eleven riders completed witch is really amazing considering it was so hot and the first ride of the season. I ended up coming 3rd and got high vet score. We packed up and headed out around 7:30pm and got home at 10:30pm. It was a long day, but a great first ride of the season.


Finish line




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