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Find Your Adventure: Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 2016: Practice Failure and Success

We are back from our great adventure to Burbank and Pasadena where my two horses, Granite Chief and Pro Bono had the honor of performing in Equestfest on December 29th, and then were ridden in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2016.  I thought it would be fun to do some blog posts detailing our adventure and how the trip went.  It was truly a once in a lifetime experience on so

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2014 20 Mule Team 100: One horse, one rider and a dog–a story of 100 miles through the desert with a happy ending

I always say that getting to the ride can often be the hardest part.  Last year I missed 20 MT because of my truck.  This year I was really determined to make it to the start line.  The obstacles this time weren’t as insurmountable as the last time – I only had to replace two tires on my trailer a few days before the trip.  Could have been worse, right?

You know you are

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Pro Bono’s 3rd Tevis – What a Ride! Part 3

Every vet check, every step forward on the trail meant that we were getting closer to Auburn and to our goal of another Tevis completion.  I had a lot of confidence as we left out of Foresthill because our vet check there had gone so well.  We trotted through town, past a lot of cheering onlookers and residents.

I don’t remember for certain if I caught up to two other riders, or if they

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Looks like I am going to Tevis this year!

Bo shows off his Tevis browband at City of Rocks. Photo by Steve Bradley.

Ughhhh, what can I say – I changed my mind due to certain bad influences whom shall remain nameless.    I had originally been planning on going to Tevis this year.

Heck I was even on a “Tevis” diet with goals to get to a certain weight by August 4th!  I’ve done a pretty good job of dropping the

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Bar H 2012 Ride Report

I’ve been behind on blogging due to being at rides for the last three weeks.  I rode Bo and Chief both two days at Eastern Mojave, then from there we moved over to the Bar H ride in Perris, CA.

It was a great trip overall and I was happy to get back home.  It was quite a change going from 80 degree temps on Sunday to being home where it’s 20 degrees and

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Death Valley Warmup, December 10 & 11, 2011

We had a pretty good time last weekend.  I rode Chief on Friday to mark trail along with Sue Wilkie and her horse Rocky.  Then, I rode Bo on the first day of the ride in the 50, and Chief in the 50 on the 2nd day.  The weather turned out great, and all things considered the turnout was decent – though still down over the previous year.  I think that may just be

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Outlaw & Virgin 2011 – 155 Mile Pioneer Ride

The 155 mile Pioneer Outlaw and Virgin ride was September 18, 19, 20, 2011. It was a point to point to point ride on the first day. We trailered from the new camp back over to the camp where the Bryce XP ride was held. From there we rode around that area before heading over for the new camp.  The ride was really nice that day with pleasant weather and moderate difficulty.

The second

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Eastern Mojave Scenic 2011

Day 4, after lunch

The results from the Eastern Mojave Scenic ride are posted online.  Click here to view the daily results and click here for the overall results.   The weather ended up being quite nice for the majority of the ride.  On the 4th day we had a bit of snow in the first half of the ride.  This is one of the few rides that has long sections of excellent footing

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Hoof Photos: Granite Chief+/ – February 2011

These were taken during and after the Eastern Mojave Ride of Chief’s hooves on February 17 and 19, 2011. I rode Chief on days 1 and 3 of the ride plus marked trail with him. I rode him completely barefoot for marking trail (the footing was excellent), then during first days ride he did approximately half of it barefoot and half with four Renegades on.

On the second day that I rode Chief (day

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OMG! Australia and misc. musings….

The OMG part is in regards to the fact that tomorrow….I’ll be on my way to….Australia!  I can’t believe that it’s time already and I am sooo looking forward to it!   It will be a long trip but what a fun and exciting thing to get to do.

I’m going to be attending the Functional Hoof Australian Conference where I will be speaking about endurance riding and management of my barefoot horses.  I’ll also

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