Thursday, August 18, 2016


So I seem to have this new thing about waking up at 3 am and ruminating for an hour until I can finally get back to sleep again. Today I decided to get up and do something rather than lie in the dark worrying about animals, so here I am at 4 am doing a blog post. Hopefully I can get some more sleep after this.

Last Sunday, I participated in my first-ever Extreme Cowboy event (novice division.) I hadn't done anything like this  before, but last Friday my riding instructor Rose conned me and two other women into entering the class. Then on Saturday, we practiced at her place for two hours. Sunday morning was the event, right after we FINALLY got some rain... which turned the ring into a mudbowl...

Nonetheless, the show went on! Rose offered me her wonderful horse Bonnie to ride, and I accepted, because Bonnie has participated in Extreme Cowboy events many times before and I figured it would be good if at least one of knew what she was doing!!

Before things began, everybody from all the classes came together and we walked the very-wet course.

And of course, I got picked to go first in my class. Sigh. And then Rose told me should couldn't stand in the middle of the ring and remind me which obstacle was next...

I think Rose was trying to reassure me here, but it wasn't working. Nonetheless, I soldiered on!

And surprisingly...

...things went very well! There were very obstacles to deal with, including weave poles, a bridge, a banner on a swivel pole that you had to turn, and bales of hay that you had to sidepass over.

Bonnie and I did a perfect sidepass over these hay bales.

It's not a particularly easy thing to do, so it really helped that Bonnie had done it before. I think we got bonus points for this one. :)

She would not, however, walk over this tractor-tire bridge set-up. That's my fault... I got too fixated on the object, and then so did she! I think only one person in my class managed to get his horse over this.

Fortunately we didn't have to try the teeter-tooter...

...but Rose managed it just fine!

And I even managed a smile!

And now I own a plaid shirt, too.

I had a great time and can't wait to try more of this. And guess what? I came in second place!:)

Okay, I'm off to try to sleep some more... 


  1. You and Bonnie look like pros. After all that you ought to be coming home with a big silver medal like the Olympics!

  2. take a nap :) Good job on the riding....

  3. Well done!! (I've been waking up at 3 a.m. too lately. What is up with that?)

  4. Congrats on your second place finish! That's fantastic.
    I'm having trouble sleeping too - I can't get to sleep until 2 or 3 am, then I wake up around 7 am and toss and turn until the alarm goes off at 9.

  5. Congratulations. Your riding has come a long way. The look on your face says it all. You gained satisfaction and confidence.

  6. Hooray for you! That is one alert horse. You look great too. Still it IS nice one of you was a bit more confident as to what to expect. I don't blame him/her for not going over that tractor tire thing - to slippery in the mud.

  7. OMG YOU TOTALLY ROCK!!! I bet that shirt looks so pretty with your eyes! Well done YOU!!! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

  8. Congrats and well done! I am truly impressed with your horse riding abilities. I've tried and never learned how to put them in park. Getting off is never pretty. :)


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