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[RC] Favorite Rides - rides2far

*I* can't believe nobody's listed Million Pines! :-) If I only do one
ride a year on a borrowed horse this is the one. It just feels *wrong* to
be at home when you know the Million Pines family reunion is going on.

It's in SE Georgia and the manager Wesley Crowe parks 200 big rigs in his
front yard snaked in between 10,000,000 pine trees. He has a beautiful
Colonial home with a circle brick drive in front where the awards dinner
is set up on his lawn. The entire police force of Soperton, GA (about 3
of them) is on duty during the ride to monitor traffic at our road
crossings. The ladies of Wesley's church  fix the delicious home cooked
awards dinner. There's 200+ riders but he hires every ride vet in the SE
and it runs smoothly. The trail is marked to perfection (as if it
matters, my horse knows every turn by now) The trail is all on private
land and it's nice to never have that "government land" feeling. You
canter along on firm sand between rows and rows of production planted
pine trees in long corridors and down packed sand dirt roads. After the
ride there's a big lake behind Wesley's house and everyone wanders down
and walks their horses around it in the evening. A few brave kids will
jump in the water with their horses even though it's April. Wesley is a
very talented shopper and always manages to come up with extremely nice
prizes embroidered with his ride's logo...jackets, vests, travel
bags...the best awards I know...and BC is a beautiful hand built wooden
tack trunk.  NOBODY does it better than the Crowes.



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