HAPPY TRAILS BLOG

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Changes...


Today's blog is of a more personal note.  

I have been giving a lot of thought lately to priorities...and change.
I have been riding distance horses (endurance riding) since 1987.  I've missed a couple
of years along the way due to job losses, or family situations which arose, or injuries, but
have always come back to the sport, which I dearly love. 

If you look up my record, it's less than impressive.  I have just over 4000 miles of
 competition mileage  if you add together both endurance and competitive trail mileage. 
Most of my friends in the sport are now reaching mileage in the 7,000-20,000 mile range. 
Let's just say I'll never get there. 

What I have realized is this.  The only angst I have against leaving the competitive world
is not being able to ride with my friends, together, on trail.  It has occurred to me that I 
would enjoy just going away for a weekend and riding with friends, every bit as much
as I would had I actually entered a competition to do the same thing.  Never thought
I'd say that!

So...(AHA Moment here)...it's about the people, the relationships, the wonderful horses
and the camaraderie of worshiping together in the church of the woods, or the desert, or
the mountains or wherever we happen to be riding and spending time together. 

It's about the memories.  
The family time together, watching our daughter grow up on the back of a horse, 
riding alongside me.  It's about the losses, the celebrations and the pure joy of riding.
It's about a special horse, the joy of spending hundreds or thousands 
of miles together over the years.

I'm thinking it was never about winning....anything.  

Until next time,   Linda



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