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WOW ! I just got home from
Virginia City, and giving the award saddle to the best performance horse of the
2001 XP Pony Express Ride. It was a great experience for me to participate on
such a unique level. I haven't gone thru my ridecamp E/mails yet, so in
case you haven't herd, the Best Performance horse the one who went the most
miles and was still fit to continue, was a little wiry tuff Mustang. I will
leave all the exact details to someone who will be more accurate than my memory.
Some of the horses had lost weight, but most looked pretty darn good.
There were a few saddle sores, and some other various ailments, that you will
see at any mutedly ride. But It was all in all a remarkably fit herd of mighty
fine horses. I had the opportunity to look very closely at probably all or most
of the horses that were still there, and talk to many of the riders, crew
people, and friends and family of the riders who came to the Grand Finale. I was
very impressed, and I am really not easily impressed. I was in awe of the
spirit of the entire event. The camaraderie, closeness, and family attitude of
the riders, and all their people involved was something you rarely see in any
group of people. I am proud as I can be to have given the trophy saddle for the
Best Performance Horse. I am also extremely proud to call those
riders my friends. I have been involved in Endurance for many years and horse
events of one kind or another all of my life, I have never felt the spirit of
the horsemen like I did at the end of that event. I don't even have the words to
describe it. It was truly a very moving experience. Would that we all
could test ourselves that way at least once in our lives. Annie G.
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