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Re: [RC] Mr. Robie - Judy Houle

I was lucky enough to have my first buckle handed to
me by Wendel in '83, the last time he showed up for
the awards before his health kept him at home.  I was
so relieved and thankful to have finished my first
ride that I had given no thought to ever doing it
again.  When I went up to get my buckle he said loudly
and forcefully, "SO? WAS THIS YOUR FIRST RIDE?" I said
yes, and he said, "WELL? ARE YOU COMING BACK NEXT
YEAR?" I couldn't possibly say no to him, so I nodded
and said, "yes, I think I will!"  By the time I got
back to my seat the idea had gelled in my mind that if
I played my cards right, I could get 10 rides in on my
horse Shatir before he got too old.  And that's
exactly what I did, in '94 I earned my 1000 mile
buckle and retired Shatir with that.  He is 29 and
still sound and rideable.  So I thank Wendel for
inspiring me.  

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