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Winter weather, yay for the snow!

We’ve been getting a good amount of snow with this storm.  It’s great!  The horses are total characters.  Whenever they see me they come running for the barn.  The funny part is that they are all coated in ice.  Their backs, rumps, manes and faces are layered in ice and icicles!  What if the wind comes up?  I’m such a worry wart.  I finally gave in and decided that I couldn’t let the horses

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Riding in sand, High Desert endurance ride, lucky ride #7

I took this video at the High Desert ride in October.  I rode Bo both days there and this was some of the trail on the second day.  We finished in the top ten that day and were 1st in our weight division, so there aren’t a lot of tracks ahead of us – I would guess after more horses went through it got even more beat up.

Bo has had a fair

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Grand Canyon XP Ride Photos – All 5 Days!

Click on each day in the list below to see a separate photo album.  I have previously posted the 3rd days photos, but the rest were all just put up this morning.

This year, on day 1 we had a light rain in the morning followed by some snow flurries after lunch.  After that, it cleared up and we had gorgeous weather the rest of the week.  This is a really gorgeous ride –

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Video from NAEC – Kentucky Mud anyone?

and this…is what it looked like before the mud…

High Desert Endurance Ride 2009

[Show picture list] jQuery(‘#ngg-slideshow-6c963b79b9cb727b5cb0f552d5573944-16305865830-image-list’).hide().removeClass(‘ngg-slideshow-nojs’); jQuery(function($) { jQuery(‘#ngg-slideshow-6c963b79b9cb727b5cb0f552d5573944-16305865830’).nggShowSlideshow({ id: ‘6c963b79b9cb727b5cb0f552d5573944’, fx: ‘fade’, width: 640, height: 480, domain: ‘http://www.karenchaton.com/’, timeout: 4000 }); }); The High Desert endurance ride this year was especially colorful. The fall colors were really nice this year – we rode through tons of yellow and orange cottonwoods.  What a great ride!

I decided to take only Bo to this ride.  Chief had just done four days at the Grand Canyon XP

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Congratulations to the 2009 XP Medal horses!

Heather and Corbin

Jill and Walker

Kerry and Rio

Karen and Chief

Here is a list of the XP Medal horses for 2009.

Photo of each of the Gold Medal horses with their barn names and riders are above.  Thanks to Steve Bradley for the use of the photos!

In order to qualify for Gold, Silver or Bronze level the same horse and rider must complete the following at any

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Grand Canyon Wrapup: Good Karma

Karen and Chief on the Rim, Day 5. Photo by Steve Bradley

It’s always good to get back home after a long ride.  Yet, it’s also kind of sad that it’s over already.  It seems like the multidays just fly by sometimes and this one was no exception.  I always like riding at the Grand Canyon even in the years when the weather doesn’t cooperate.  This year we only had bad weather on

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Grand Canyon Day 5: It’s over already, wow!

Another great day. I ended up riding Bo one day – the fourth day, and Chief the other four days, days 1-2-3 and 5 for a total of 250 miles between them. The weather ended up cooperating very nicely for us. Steve Bradley got some great photos. I also have quite a few that I took while riding. I can’t believe how quickly the week went by! My propane ran out last night –

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Karen and Tigger’s Virginia City 100 Endurance Ride Story, Pt 4

I didn’t know it yet, but this part coming up was going to be the best part of the ride, and the worst part of the ride for us.  I always try to look at everything as positively as possible.  For example, I knew that we had 22 mile left to go.  Why, that’s not even a LD ride!  Plus, all I really need to think about is that if I go 11 miles

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Karen and Tigger’s Virginia City 100 Endurance Ride Story, Pt 3

We left Washoe and the 39 mile vetcheck and got onto the nice singletrack trail.  Tigger saw Jerry and Erasmo ahead of us and thought it would be fun to catch up to them.  They were stopping for something and we went on by then started climbing up.  Some of this trail was supposedly new but I hadn’t done the ride in so long that I didn’t know the difference.

Fortunately the day had

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