While it’s very tempting to blow off 2009 as a horrifically crappy, overwhelming year, that just wouldn’t be entirely true. Yes, many aspects of my life were very overwhelming, and still continue to be so, hence my lack of posting in the latter months of the year.
While I might not have gotten to near the number of rides I would have liked, I did have a successful ride year. 4 rides, 4 completions, 175 miles. 3 50s, 1 25. 2 near-turtle finishes, 1 mid-pack, and 1 top ten (that weould be the 25). 3 rides for Mimi…all 50s, one ride on a friend’s horse. That includes finishing the notoriously difficult Man Against Horse, with ponies that were still bright-eyed and pulling at the finish.
These horses, and endurance rides, are my refuge, sanctuary, and therapy. I would truly be lost without them, and all of my endurance friends. I’m so grateful for the connections I’ve made…enduring friendships that I hope will last a lifetime.
So, then, to recap:
January: Mimi spent the latter part of 2008 cogitating on whether or not she really wanted to be an endurance horse, and therefore wasn’t fit for Wickenburg. We did pull ribbons after the Valley of the Sun 3 ride, but that was one of our few outings for the month. I took friend Cindy Brown up on her offer to ride her horse Harley in the 25 at Wickenburg. We had a fabulous ride, and even Top Tenned, coming in 9th. I got along really well with Harley and enjoyed riding him. School resumed again for me, after enjoying a five week break.
February: Mimi got her head (and hocks) aligned, and we got several really good training rides in, enough to feel comfortable going for the 50 at the Valley of the Sun 4 ride. We finished, although she could have looked better when we got home…she was dehydrated from the unexpected heat, and a little bit crampy. She recovered within an hour of getting home, and was bright-eyed the next day.
March: Lots of training rides, filled with spring-fever energy.
April: brought warm temperatures, snake sightings, and the opportunity to go crew at Tevis.
May: meant more warm weather, and a good excuse to take the ponies down to the river and ride around the water. Mimi turned 16, and we celebrated with a great training ride. School recessed for a three-week period, then resumed after Memorial Day.
June: was hot, as is expected in the AZ summer, but we still did a lot of riding. I took Mimi barefoot in the back for the first time of what would soon become an almost-every-ride occurence. We took a weekend camping trip to Little Elden Springs with a few other endurance friends. (I went to look for the link to this story, only to realize I never finished it.)
July: Tevis!!! Spent lots of time talking to rider Lucy Trumbull about crew odds ‘n’ ends, and hoof boots, then hopped on a plane for a week of Tevis fun. I never did do the full write-up (my computer ate it), but I do have the cliffnotes, and will someday produce a full write-up of my adventures. The next-best things are the photo albums on Facebook: riding Foresthill to El Dorado Creek and back; Tevis; and the rest of the week.
August: was quiet, and hot. I had a few weeks off school again, and spent the time hibernating. T’was also my birthday this month, and I got new tights from Evelyn at Just for Horsin-Round. I have two pairs, and they’re fabulous…I’ll be ordering more soon.
September: Didn’t exist (according to my blog, at least…nothing worth reporting got blogged about.)
October: In a last-minute flurry of avtivity, we decided to go to Man Against Horse and try the 50 again. We finished, and in fine form this time. Both ponies looked fabulous at the end, and never lost that sparkle in their eyes.
November: Let’s go gangbusters and do a ride two months in a row! Valley of the Sun Turkey Trot 50 was a good ride, with another sparkly-eyed finish. Two great rides like that in a row was a good confidence booster for me. Thanksgiving, and the start of the holidays.
Decemeber: Mom and I took a trip back to New York while the ponies got a break. School again let out for another 5-week break. Christmas shopping was once again easy, as there were horse things Dad needed. Let the new ride season begin.