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Karen Sweaney firstname.lastname@example.org
The 20 Mule Team 35/65/100 went great this year.
Jackie and her crew put on a great ride. The
weather was very nice - partial clearing during
the day with cloud cover at night. The breakfast
was great with biscuits and gravy, potatoes, ham,
eggs, juice, and coffee.
The trail was well marked even with the mud and snow.
The surrounding mountains had a nice white blanket
that provided some spectacular views. The desert
rides in the Ridgecrest area usually have sand, but
sticky, slippery, shoe sucking mud, clay, and snow
are a bit unusual! I enjoyed the change and found
that it was a lot of fun to ride in the snow.
Fortunately, the wettest part of the trail came
before the lunch check while there was plenty of
daylight to see the footing. I sure wouldn't have
wanted to ride through there in the dark. The
last 35 miles of the 100 didn't have any of the
mud found on the first loop. Well, I don't
think there was any but since it was dark,
it's hard to know for sure :0).
There was plenty of water on the trail with
troughs and all of the many puddles. All
the water stops had hay and super friendly number takers/volunteers.
There were around 58 horses who started the
100 with 42 or so finishing. The 65 miler
had somewhere near 70 horses start with 50 something
finishing (I think) and the 35 miler had about
65 start with all but 3 finishing. I am
guessing at these numbers so don't quote me.
Dave Nicholson, head vet, warned all riders
to be extra careful as the vet crew was limited
this year. I heard that there were 3.5 vets for
about 200 riders. I was really pleased with the
P&R and vet staff. I never had to wait for a
vet and when someone thought I was waiting,
all I heard was "so sorry to keep you waiting."
The vets were all friendly, knowledgeable, and
very concerned with my horse's well being.
Thank you Jackie for putting on such a great ride!
Karen Sweaney & Montoya DSA (who just got her 1000 miles )
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