Posts Tagged ‘riding’

Novice cross-country started shortly after dressage. The best spot to see it was up on spectator hill:

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The white tent in the upper left was where the riders started

I ended up walking the path around the hill. It went alongside the course and offered good views of everything.

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He *did* make it over this jump, luckily!

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CC_17All in all it was a fun way to spend a few hours! I’m hoping I’ll get the chance to go back next year, because I’d really like to see some showjumping. 😀

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Every year there is a big three-day event at Rebecca Farm in Montana. Even though this is only 30 minutes from home (and just across the highway from my school) I have never been able to go, and I’ve lived here for over 7 years!

However, this year I was finally able to check it out. I showed up right after my class, and figured I’d spend an hour or so before heading home to pack for the live show and work on homework.

I ended up staying for over four hours, hahaha.

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It was a gorgeous day, but windy and a bit cold. A lot was going on. I mostly wandered around, taking pictures and trying to stay out of the way. I watched some dressage riders in the warm up rings for a while…

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This grey was gorgeous:

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I also got to watch a few dressage tests in the various arenas. There were several going on all at once.

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I liked how several of the riders were smiling the whole time! 😀 According to the schedule these were FEI levels and National Horse Trial levels? I’m not sure, it’s a bit confusing to me.

Novice cross-country was next!

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Last Friday a group from my college took a horseback riding trip up in Glacier National Park. I didn’t know anyone, but since the price was incredibly reasonable (and I DO need to get out more) I decided to go along. Besides, I hadn’t been around horses in well over a year… it would’ve been silly for me to skip it. 😀

The horses were mostly Haflingers:

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But there were others, including a few draft crosses.GlacierRide06

GlacierRide04Unfortunately the wranglers specifically asked us NOT to take pictures while riding, which makes sense. I do have a few more I swiped off Facebook though.

GlacierRide02My horse was a buckskin gelding named Rue. (Roo? honestly I don’t know…)

The ride was mostly under the cover of the trees, and since it was cloudy we wouldn’t of been able to see the mountains anyway. There were a few points on the trip where I could look back and see the mountains disappearing into the clouds, which in a way was just as beautiful.

The water level is very high right now as well. We crossed a few bridges and walked along steep banks that overlooked the river. It’s fast and violent and dangerous, which made crossing the bridges a bit nerve-wracking. (at least for me… the horses are all, “meh, I do this everyday…”) I wish I had pictures! It’s amazing how powerful the water is.

About halfway through the ride it started to rain. We didn’t get caught in a downpour, but it rained steadily for quite a while. I’m glad I chose to wear a helmet… it kept the water out of my face. XD

You can’t tell much, but I’m soaked in this picture. My shoes are still drying out.

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GlacierRide01Even with the rain, everyone still had a good time and no one was complaining or anything. I know I had a good time… usually school events conflict with my schedule so it was nice to get out and do something different for a while.

I am so sore though. SO sore. Every joint is protesting movement!

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