Stories from the Trail, Day 2- Part 3 by guest blogger, Sheila Christiansen
OK, so after we filtered through the scavenger bags we had to get going on the scorecards. Very time-consuming chore is that. Again, thanks to Shari, we managed our way through it, though it took longer than expected. TV kept the crowd at bay by doing drawings for prizes while we worked on numbers.
Almost everybody stayed for the dinner and the awards. The food was great; KFC chicken with three kinds of salad, beans, and some homemade cakes volunteers had brought for dessert. Nobody left hungry, that's for sure! Some of our Horsetalers placed in the obstacles competition!
Each judge got to give a Judge's Choice Award to whoever they chose. I chose Christine Shenefield and her mule. Honestly, they were faultless on their sidepassing, both directions. Great horsemanship (mulemanship?), great execution.
When it was all said and done and the last trailer pulled out we sat around a campfire and rehashed the day. Fun, fun, fun!
If you want to have a great horsey time I would suggest you get involved in volunteering for one of these trails events. The more involved you are the more fun you'll have. It's true! Better yet, dream up an event yourself and call for volunteers to help you!
It was so nice to spend time with friends, working to put on a "party" for the rest of our friends, plus do something good for Nebraska trails. If you haven't ridden at Branched Oak trail, I highly recommend it-- those are some NICE trails. Soon there will be pens built in their horse campgrounds, and I think water and a bathroom, too (right?).... almost all the comforts of home!
I was too tired to get loaded up and drive home an hour in the dark. Tammy offered her nice trailer again, so I took her up on it. It was wonderful to get a good night's sleep and then pack up and head for home this morning!
It was a wonderful weekend!
Thank you, Sheila, for sharing your story with us. It truly was a great horse weekend! ~tv