HAPPY TRAILS BLOG

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving !!

As we slide into the holiday season, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

We hear it every year around this time, but it's true.  The best things in life aren't "things" at all.



True contentment comes from having faith, friends and family to share it
all with.  The older I get, the more I believe this.  Thanks to my family who supports
what I love to do, every day and cheers me on!


I'm thankful for my backyard playground...plenty of room to ride...
I may never be able to explore it all !



I'm thankful God knew what I needed even before I did.  After two and a
half years of searching, He found us a home across the street from these mountains...
(He just loves to bless us....)



 I'm thankful for my love of horses
Growing up, my parents sacrificed every day so we could have and love
our four legged furry friends.

It has truly shaped who I am today.

Happy Trails to you all this Holiday Season!

Blessings, Linda

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Desert Colors & Rio Grande Endurance Ride...


I have never seen the west mesa light up like it did yesterday morning.  We had another
great endurance ride on the west mesa near Anthony, NM.



When you live in the desert southwest, you kind of forget about the fall colors, but
yesterday, we had a visit from the fall colors of the midwest.




Ride manager, Randy Eiland, casually mentioned we might like to get photos
over by the dam and when we got there...WOW!  The sun was peeking around
the storm clouds making the red on the mesa look spectacular.




Watching everyone climb this hill was neat.  Our sport rocks!




Yep, I'm pretty much in love with the wild, wild, west!
Thanks Randy, for the chance to ride 55 miles AND take photos!
And many thanks to the volunteers and our terrific ride vets!

Until next time,  Linda

Monday, November 9, 2009

Arabian Horse Club of El Paso ~ Challenge Show 2009




Had a great time this past weekend at the Arabian Horse Club of El Paso All-Breed Challenge Show.  I think the most fun was seeing all the kids out there showing, and having such fun..it's been a long time since I've seen that many kids at a horse related event actually having FUN!



This was the stick horse class...entrants had to walk, trot and canter (in the correct lead of course!)




This young man was happens to be the son of one of our wonderful endurance ride vets.
I can see I'd better stay on top of my riding skills!  He'll be right on my heels very soon.




The caliber of the horses at this show was obviously high.  I was staring at so many
stunning horses for two days, it made it worth the trip just for the chance to see them...




The show committee built a great backdrop for Class Winners and Division Champion photos.

The Arabian Horse Club of El Paso puts a huge amount of effort into this show and, well, it shows!
Be sure and join us next year at the annual Challenge Show...you'll be glad you did!

Blessings, Linda

Friday, November 6, 2009

I WILL...



You do not marry someone you can live with...you marry someone you cannot live without...



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We knew it would be an emotional day.  Every little girl dreams about the knight in shining armor riding in on a white horse to make all her days wonderful and fulfilled; only the white horse just might be an ATV in this case!

The way they look at each other, the respect they have for one another, the giggles shared,
the "I want to spend all my days with you" gaze...yeah, they both have it...

We told him if he loved her as much as we do, everything would be just fine...



God bless you both, our daughter and son...may you have a lifetime of happiness together, mixed with just enough trials to cause you to appreciate the journey even more...


All our Love,

Mom and Dad

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Falling Colors...



This morning seemed like a perfect time to go search for some falling colors (kind of like falling back on our clocks which we did last night, falling in love, falling over, well you get the idea)  towards the
mountains on the Mescalero Reservation.  We always love that drive and today was spectacular.



To our friends reading this where you actually have four seasons, I know we don't compare
 to your fall colors but then, you're not riding horses in January and February, either!



St. Joseph's Church on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.  Always a beautiful
scene coming up the mountain.




This is overlooking Nogal Canyon off of Hwy 70.
This is one of my favorite spots ever!

Except this one might be my favorite too...





Sierra Blanca.
 Kind of takes your breath away when you round this
corner, no matter what season it is.  Earlier this week, there was much
more snow on the peak, but we have to wait until the weekend to travel, since
we're not retired yet...I emphasize, YET.




Shortly after the Sierra Blanca sighting, we rounded a corner and SAW THIS!

... SNOW...
Naturally, with this amount of accumulation, 
we turned around and went back home.
One can never be too careful!


Living the Dream!


Linda