Monday, May 31, 2010

2010 Owyhee Fandango - Day 3

Sunday May 30 2010

Almost perfect weather for Day 3 of the Owyhee Fandango. Jose took the day off while I helped with the ride.

The out vet check for all the distances was at the Sierra del Rio ranch close to the Snake River. The Oregon Trail came right through here, as this was one of the few spots where there was easy access to the river. Today's riders rode over part of the Oregon Trail to get here, and they took the Oregon Trail back out.

The further out vet check for the 80 and 100 milers was at Celebration Park, Idaho's first (and only) archaeological park. The park is littered with boulders that have petroglyph carvings, estimated to be 5000-11,000 years old.

The park is right on the Snake River.

Riders crossed the old Guffy Bridge. It was originally built in 1897 to carry ore from the mining town of Silver City in the Owyhee mountains, to Nampa to be smelted. Now it's been preserved and renovated to allow foot and hoof traffic.

Dave Rabe (nearly 48,000 endurance miles (!!!), and made the AERC Hall of Fame last year) trotting out White Cloud at the vet check. Dave wears shorts while riding, no matter the weather (including when it's snowing, and the rest of us wimps have 5 layers on!)

Karen and Thunder, Lynn and Agnes heading back out after 40 miles.

Dr Peterson checking a horse.

A junior, Granger, and his pony after completing the 30 mile ride.

Many more photos from the 3-day ride here on


  1. Looks like more great weather for the ride. All the horses look to be in super condition. I have the greatest respect for every single team out there.

  2. Buen 3ยบ dia y buena vuelta a la casa.
    Saludos de Gabriel.

  3. Wow! Gorgeous photos! 48,000 miles?! On the same horse, too?Impressive!

    I'm impressed that all different ages can compete together, too.


  4. Just to clarify: Dave has 48,000 miles on many different horses. The horse in endurance with the most miles is Tulip (mostly ridden by Les Carr, unless he's recovering from busted ribs...), with over 21,000 miles - and at 21 years of age, he's still going strong!

    Elmer Bandit (who died at 38 years of age in February) holds the mileage record for competitive trail riding at 20,780 miles.

    Also, Janine Wilder (she might be living around Boise now) recently wrote a book "Trail Riding" published by Western Horseman, and she's logged over a hundred thousand miles of riding trails for pleasure - and that was on one or two horses - sheesh!

  5. What a fabulous place to ride!