HAPPY TRAILS BLOG

Friday, July 31, 2009

It's the Journey that matters...in the end


I've been riding horses now for over 40 years.  I've certainly had some special ones in my life and the two I compete on now are no different.  Each holds a very special place in my heart. Endurance riding is a passion to most of us who compete.  We build such wonderful bonds with our trail companions that after a few hundred miles of training and competition, we can anticipate their moves and they ours.  Their personalities weave their threads into our lives and we are never the same.  I'm sure you've experienced the feeling...

Monaliza (Scooter to her friends) came to us as a near rescue. We purchased her from a man who did not feel the need to water or feed her much of anything in the 105 degree heat of a New Mexico summer.  When we got ready to bring her home, Jim asked Scooter as he led her up to the trailer, "is there anything in here that remotely interests you?".  She jumped in and off we went.                                                                                    

Endurance riding typically doesn't award its competitors with much of anything, except endless payments on a really cool rig or the very best t-shirt completion award you've ever worn.  

"It's the journey that matters...in the end", to quote part of an Ursula LeGuin quote.  Hour after hour, day after day in the saddle, either training or competing lends its own rewards.  I once heard that horsemen are ready to get rid of their horse once every 30 days  (the days where nothing seems to go right).  I'm here to tell you that's true!  But over time, the relationship between us and our horses is a lasting one. 

Scooter is a special one.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Photographs on Mounted Canvas

I am writing today to sing the praises of photos on mounted canvases. This is such a wonderful way to display your absolute favorite photographs.
Photos look so rich and stand away from the wall, with the edges of the photo wrapped around the sides (see photo). I just love these, and we have decided that from now on, if we have a photo we like well enough to hang on the wall, it'll be a canvas!

Utilizing mounted canvas alleviates the need for framing, matting and all the expensive framing options we used to use. Just a thought next time you're looking for that special wall hanging with that very special photograph! Contact me for options on size, pricing, and any other questions you may have. I promise you, you'll love these! We already have some photos from the 2009 Ft. Stanton endurance ride being made into canvases. I know they'll be stunning!

Blessings, Linda

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

End of the Ride Week ~ Fort Stanton 2009 ~



Fort Stanton Pioneer Endurance Rides are in the books for 2009. We had a great time as always, and it was so much fun to see friends from all over the country.

Junior riders were in abundance this week, and we were so glad to see them. Not only did they do a fantastic job riding, but they reminded us how to play. Every night, after the day's riding was over, they would give their horses a few hours off to rest, then you would see them riding bareback around camp, playing and just enjoying each other's company. Good to remember.

Later in the week, cooling off was in order (see photo above) and the kids had as much fun in that old beat up, (ran over by a truck) water tank as they would have in an olympic size pool. I barely have the energy to post photos to the website and these kids are riding, splashing, playing and totally enjoying life! Just watching them made me feel better. Life is good.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fort Stanton Ride Camp



In addition to being a great site to host an endurance ride, Fort Stanton is a year round location for camping, riding, and hiking in some of the prettiest country you've ever seen (see last post with rainbow photo.) 

 Located on Hwy 220 near Capitan, NM (the home of Smokey the Bear).  The camping area itself has electrical hookups in some spots, water for horses (with hoses to get it to your camp area), permanent bathrooms and even an RV dump station!

The hosts, Jerry and Sharon, are terrific people who know the area and most of the trails.  You can literally ride or hike different trails every day you're there while keeping the same campsite.   The photos above are of two of their dogs...they were just so cute, I couldn't resist shooting a few photos...

So next time you're looking for a place to hang out and camp with your horses, take a drive to the Fort Stanton Campsite.  Located on Hwy 220 between Fort Stanton and Capitan, you won't find a nicer spot or nicer camp hosts!

Blessings,  Linda



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fort Stanton Endurance Ride Preparations


This past weekend, many of us spent our time trail marking for the upcoming Fort Stanton Endurance Rides near Capitan, New Mexico.  This is an annual six day ride taking us across some of the prettiest country you'll ever see.   

I'll be taking photos there again this year, so stay tuned for some good endurance photos showcasing some of my favorite people!  Thought I'd share this rainbow from Saturday evening at the Fort Stanton ride camp...just a taste of the week to come!

Blessings,

Linda