[RC] [Guest] 100 Mile Rides - Ridecamp Moderator
Wendy Merendini wendy.merendini@xxxxxxxx
"...My greatest thrill in this sport was my first 100 when my mare did is
this and put away the last 10 miles in 45 minutes. Rider, what rider, I
was a passenger! Tired - not me dad."
I remember when I was doing my first 100 with Flikka and I was coming off
the 55 mile loop and Shirley Delsart on Dusty was going out on her last
loop. Dusty was full of energy, head up, ears perked moving off at a
strong trot. He did not look like he had gone eighty miles! I remember
thinking that it must be awesome to have your horse look like that at the
end of a 100 mile ride. And, two years later I was the lucky lady to
experience just that feeling as Flikka canter easily and stongly over the
finish line winning her first 100 mile ride on that same ride.
As for dark - When I did the Cosequin 100 in 1999, I rode TK
FireNGold. The ride started at 4:00 am and the first loop was pitch
black. It was still dark at the first vet check - I did not even put my
bridle down, I would not have been able to find it. The second loop was in
the woods and it was still very dark, I was a bit apprehensive as the trees
are so close and I am used to riding in the desert where there are no trees
at all. I told Fire "Buddy, it is all on you". And it was great, I just
steered him towards the glow bars and he took care of the rest! I just
relaxed and enjoyed the ride.
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