Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fort Howes Endurance Ride - Day I

Saturday June 12 2010

This is the 14th year for the Fort Howes endurance ride put on by the Stevens on their Circle Bar Ranch near Ashland, Montana. The ranch has been in their family for 6 generations now. Beautiful place in the rolling hills of the Ashland Ranger District. Cloudy and cool all day till afternoon when it started raining... then dumping rain... but as they say, if you don't like the weather here in Montana, wait five minutes and it will change.

Here are some photos from Day 1 (a 35, 50, and 75 mile ride).

Sue Hedgecock on Amazing Kon. I rode this guy 2 days in Utah last year. He's a fun horse. They finished the 50 today... but got pulled at the finish because he was stiff in a hind leg. bummer!

Tennessee is telling some tall tale.

This gal almost went over the other side of her horse when she mounted! Then they had a good laugh.

Vet Ray Randall vet checking a horse.

Heading out on a loop under darkening clouds!

Darolyn Butler from Texas.

Trotting out at a vet check.

Nicole Chappell and her gorgeous horse. I saw them last at the Mt Adams ride when they finished the 100. They're doing the 100 here tomorrow.

Smiling in the rain!

And P.S. - no, I didn't ride! (Brought my helmet and chaps and The Raven just in case, though : )


  1. What a stunning place! Great photos too!

    Did you ride?

  2. Beautiful photos... gonna be 91 here today, so strange to see coated riders.

  3. Horse people are a hardy bunch aren't they!

  4. You guys are quite the determined riders. Once again, I admire the stamina....

    What beautiful country to ride in.

  5. So much fun Merri! Loved all the shots and the laughing smiles..That horse is gorgeous! he is big for endurance..what are her times like?Or is it about Just doing it for her?

  6. Look how green it is! Beautiful country.

  7. sandra fretelliereJune 14, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Amazing Kon is a half brother to Twist :-))

  8. very nice thanks for sharing with us all.