Saturday, November 10, 2012

Mountain Trail Fun

I just spent the afternoon and evening at the National Mountain Trail Championships at the Oregon Horse Center. I wrote about the upcoming championships in an earlier post.  The amount of training, work, patience and tenacity of the riders in the competition is amazing, and the horses working their way through the challenging obstacles is really poetry in motion.

I love Paso Finos, smooth gaited horses with tremendous grace and amazing spirits.  I loved cheering on my two friends and their Paso Finos.  I couldn't help yelling "Go Paso Finos," as Dee came through the obstacles with her horse moving out, the music playing, and the crowd cheering.

So, do I have a beautiful action shot of either Dee or Marilyn on their Paso Finos?  No, my camera just doesn't have the umpf to capture those shots...a better camera is on my Christmas list.  So, I am sharing a picture of a cow with you to capture the spirit of the evening.  A cow?  Not just any cow.  This is "Pony Cow."  I'm not sure of her history, but she sure is becoming an icon at the Horse Center.  She navigates the obstacles on the trail course smoothly and easily.  And she is proud of it.  We should all navigate life like "Pony Cow."  The next Mountain Trail action will be next spring at the Horse Center.  Check them out.  Plan to stay with us, just 15 minutes from the Horse Center, and join the fun.

Cheers to the Weekend and Go Ducks,