Saturday July 14 2012
It sure wasn't hot temperature-wise today, but it was hot in a lightning kind of way! It started out with a cool overcast day, and around noon the thunderstorms hit us. Terrific downpour in camp. One lightning bolt dropped within a couple hundred yards of camp; another hit closer. Spooked horses. Two got loose (were quickly caught). Spooked people (ME!!!). Bolts dropped a couple hundred yards from riders out on trail - including the German Canadian Bates Creek Team! Rushcreek Mac, with Katrin riding bolted and reared, and was forever after shaking and jumping with every crack of thunder. He comes from the Rushcreek Ranch in Nebraska, where thunderstorms can be fierce. A while afterward, Katrin farted in the saddle (oh… she is going to kill me for saying this : ) and it scared Mac so bad he crouched down.
But everybody survived, and pretty much had a great ride.
Here are a few pictures from the day:
Karen and Thunder - one of the 3 4-day horses on the 50's.
This junior, one of the Church kids, rode the 25 with her sponsor - bareback and with just a halter - and won! These kids know how to RIDE!
German Canadian Tie-Dye Bates Creek Team!
Endurance riders in City of Rocks National Reserve.
Anya and Jose! Twin Sisters in the background.
Katrin on Mac explaining the terrifying bolts of lightning. Anya said Jose only flinched when the bolts hit.
Above: Dave Rabe (55,000+ miles) and White Cloud (5000+ miles). They were one of the three 4-day horses on the 50's.