Tuesday October 4 2011
Liz and Neil Smallwood, managers of the Old Selam endurance ride, came all the way out to our Owyhee Canyonlands 5-day ride just to have dinner and visit one night, and to give out a few awards from their ride that didn't get handed out there.
One was for JOSE VIOLA!
We'd finished 10th in the 50, and showed for Best Condition, though we had no shot at that (BC is based on vet scores of condition, on the CRI - cardiac recovery index, weight carried, and finish time) - we really showed just to do it and because I was able to trot Jose out all the way to the cone!
On the final results tabulations, Jose had tied for High Vet Score (which doesn't take weight or finish time into account)!! Jose's name had just been overlooked, and I didn't find out till after the ride. Just knowing he got High Vet Score was exciting enough, but Liz and Neil had brought an award for him - a cool Rhythm Bead Necklace! Red, of course, for Jose's favorite color.
Additionally, for his 5-day Best Condition award here at the Owyhee Canyonlands, he was awarded a new bridle/breastcollar/reins donated by Nancy Mitts at Stablegear Tack.
I think it all looks pretty smashing on him, but then, I might be a bit biased.