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Re: [RC] [RC] Cougar Rock Now & The - Crysta Turnage

Actually, I believe the new Tevis movie they are working on having produced will include some footage of Wendell Robie and the very first trail "crew" riding DOWN Cougar Rock, leading a pack mule!  =)  I hope Dawn Simas sees this since I "think" I picked that bit of info up from her and she can confirm.

~ Crysta
On 7/31/07, heidi larson <ribbitttreefrog@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
It's the cheering, clapping and photo-taking that worry me!
I ride a spook-fest and that might send him over the
edge!!!  My husband and I watched the video - he
(non-horsey) was horrified.  I thought the view from down
low made it look so EASY, but the upper view IS scary
looking!  Funny what an angle can do?  I guess we can all
be glad that the trail goes up it, rather than down!

Heidi and Kalasha (who doesn't appreciate applause!)

--- jeanne pepper <pepperja@xxxxxxxxx > wrote:

> The first time I rode over the rock was in 1980 at my
> first endurance race,which happened to be the Tevis...I
> know,don't ask! But at that time I was totally surprized
> by all the people standing on the rock ,watching,taking
> photos etc. to even pay much attention to the climb.I had
> trained my horse in preparation to jump up or go over
> anything I pointed him at & had a lifetime training in
> jumping that really helped me stay balanced & not
> interfere with my horse's forward movement.
>   The second time over the rock was 25 years later.This
> time I was surprized by how small the rock seemed but
> also it was much smoother surfaced with less "footholds"
> to use for traction.Again,my horse had been well-schooled
> to "go forward" up & over anything I presented to him &
> he is a natural climber so he never missed a beat heading
> up & over,even earned applause & cheering by the folks
> watching.The entire trail offers dangers & all you can do
> is to know your horse as well as you can & what he's
> capable of & give him the best preparation for responding
> to the challanges and go for it.Like jumping,you never
> look down..always forward to where you're going & throw
> your heart over.
>   Oh yeh,if i do Tevis again...I'll go over the rock.
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[RC] Cougar Rock Now & Then, jeanne pepper
[RC] Cougar Rock Now & Then, heidi larson