2012 Retrospect

December 29th, 2012 by Debbie No comments »

Not much of a Happy New Year greeting, but this is a respectful look back at some of the losses of this year from HorseChannel.com.

In Memoriam:  2012

Tri-State Draft Horse & Mule Sale Fall 2012

October 14th, 2012 by Debbie No comments »

October 18 – 20, 2012

Washington County Fairgrounds, Abingdon VA

More details here from ruralheritage.com.

Thursday, 12:00 p.m. & Friday, 9:00 a.m.—Tack Sale

Friday, 5:00 p.m.—Buggy, Wagon, and Carriage Sale

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.—Sale of Draft Horses, Mules, Buggy Horses & Haflingers

Spring sale bids ranged from $50 – $2950, and only about 63% of the entries actually sold, so will be interesting to see how the Fall sale goes.

09.30.12 Kent’s Ridge Ride

October 2nd, 2012 by Debbie No comments »

Now talk about your perfect weather, this ride was in perfect weather.  Not sure who ordered it, but God sure answered the request beautifully.  Did I mention the weather was great?

The plan, formed at the conclusion of the previous day’s ride, unfolded marvelously.  Again, we met at the church.  From there we rode toward HQ, but left down to and across the river.  That was followed by a lazy stroll by the river for a ways before we crossed a beautiful field and began our ascent in the woods.  That would be the dangerous territory. » Read more: 09.30.12 Kent’s Ridge Ride

09.29.12 No Nursing – Vanilla Wafer Ride

October 1st, 2012 by Debbie No comments »

Well, it was a good ride.  The weather not so good, although it was definitely one of the more pleasant rides I’ve had where it rained the whole time.  Normally I don’t like to start out in the rain.  If I’m riding and it starts raining, then I’ll live with it.  It’s just real hard to get ON in the rain and head out.  This was just an exception to the rule I guess.  No, it wasn’t raining really hard, and never did rain really hard.  It was a constant, fickle drizzle.  Sometimes it was a heavy drizzle, and sometimes a very slight, soft drizzle, but always a drizzle. » Read more: 09.29.12 No Nursing – Vanilla Wafer Ride

09.22.12 Clifton aka Rue de Morte, Revisited

September 25th, 2012 by Debbie 1 comment »

Something about best laid plans, and some mice or some men or some such comes to mind when reviewing this ride.  Hmmm.  We had thought to ride the ‘ridge’ which is a simply spectacular ride, but some mice (disguised as horses, and I’m sure put there by men) interfered with our plans.  So we opted for the lazy There and Back Again, Not a Hobbit’s Tale instead.  We stayed to the farm road for the day which did mean we rode out and then back in the same way, but seeing as how I hadn’t ridden there in about TEN years, I didn’t mind at all.  There were flashes of bulls and their herds, hounds and their voice, hunt whips being used in non-traditional manners and the accompanying sound tracks for that, and many other scenes playing in my head throughout the day.  It was almost magical the way the hills came alive in my mind.

The weather was superb, windy – but still superb.  It wasn’t a bad windy; was a really nice windy.  I had to concentrate to hear the voices in my head over the wind.  It was very nice to get to ride with Bee / Pep, and Carol / Tobë.  Lots of good memories there.  I hope we can get to the ridge sometime soon, too.  Thanks very much to you all for a great day.

My pics are here; as always the wench has pics but refuses to share her loot.  At least she’s good with gates.