Monday, June 01, 2009

Hunter Pace Award

Yesterday, I took my thoroughbred on a hunter pace. This is a marked trail ride that you try to do at the speed of a hunt. It is timed and the closest to the optimum time, unknown to the riders, wins. Everyone wears a number and there is a start judge and a finish judge. I've yet to do well. This time I was determined to finish in a "feel good" place.

My horse, Rustic, decided about a third of the way through that we were going entirely too slow. When I made him walk, he cantered in place, when I made him trot, he cantered almost in place, when I let him canter he sighed with contentment. "At last," I could feel him thinking, "she's gotten the message. Beautiful day, wonderful trails, it's time to thank God by using all the talent He's given us."

How did we place? In our minds we won the biggest smile and happiest horse award, definitely a "feel good" performance. In the minds of the judges, we were way too fast.

4 comments:

JohnOBX said...

Phooey on judges. You ride for your pleasure, not theirs. (Unless there is a pro-rate, royalties and a movie deal...oops, slipped into a different through-stream there for a moment).

Anyway, been peeking in now and again and glad to see you posting again.

--John

DeborahB said...

Why thank you, John. Such a nice surprise to see you here. :)

J. M. Strother said...

Glad you enjoyed the ride. The race format sounds a bit arcane to me, but at least you get to have fun doing it.
~jon

Linda said...

I missed this... what a great story. The journey IS the destination. You had fun with your horse - of course. I believe you are happiest in the saddle... peace, Linda