Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Ride

Yesterday I managed to find a neat trail (old mining road) which took me to the top of a mountain. It was beautiful!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Thai Food, Iron Man 3, and Mother's Day

We spread Mother's Day out a couple days this year. It all started with a delicious prime rib on Friday night. I love that we have cows and therefore get to enjoy expensive cuts of meat such as prime rib more than just once a year!

Saturday mom and I left Cornucopia to go to Baker City and run some errands. While running errands isn't normally something I enjoy, I bought a beautiful Montana Silversmith ring that made the whole day worth it! Plus when we got to La Grande I treated my mom to dinner at the new Thai place in La Grande called Bangkok East and I'm happy to report that it's still just as delicious at the first day I ate there!  After eating our meal (I had yellow curry of some sort) we headed over and watched Iron Man 3.  I love that the Iron Man movies are action packed but still filled with plenty of comedy and funny laugh-out-loud moments; I definitely recommend going to the show and seeing it.

On Sunday, which was actually Mother's Day, my mom and I went back into La Grande to eat dinner with my grandma ( The best part about the dinner at the retirement home was the delicious chocolate pie!). It was really great to have three generations together!  I'm glad I got to spend Mother's Day with my grandma and mom!  It was a really great day!

Grandma and I

Mom and Grandma

And of course I had to go say hello to all my horses at home before we headed back up to Cornucopia.

More ACTHA Ride Photos

Just thought I would share some photos of WindDancer and I.  Most are from a great photograph in Boardman (Oregon), Laura Dieter and some were taken by friends and other riders!

WindDancer and I at the "gate" obstacle. 

WindDancer and I entering the campsite obstacle. 
Going through the "gate."

Love this photo! Coming over the hill.

Riding with Jaci (on Dess) and Shannon (on Twiggy)

At the "gate" obstacle.

This one is neat too... just riding on the trail.

WindDancer looks awesome. I was trying not to lose my hat.

Happy faces!

And a picture of my new hat. I LOVE the side work.

Monday, May 6, 2013


This past weekend I headed up to Washington to attend an ACTHA  (American Competitive Trail Horse Association) ride at the Horn Rapids Park just outside of Benton City. I took my horse trailer and headed up following my friend Jaci and new friend Shannon!

The ride was really fun and WindDancer did such a great job! I've never taken him to any sort of formal "equine event" because he is my trail horse, but I think he enjoyed the change of pace.

Vine Simulator Obstacle 

The first day we completed in the open division (the division with the hardest obstacles) and we won third! Yeah! I'm so proud of my horse and all that he accomplished at the ride... plus I can't believe we placed so high!  I love that as a bonus we got a beautiful hay bag - I'll certainly be using that a lot in the future!

During the awards they also had a "Coolest Dog Contest," so of course I had to enter Scout for this competition. I wasn't sure about the competition, but Scout won over the crowd we his ability to play dead and he won! Scout is loving his basket of treats and toys.

Scout at the Coolest Dog Contest

Scot enjoying his basket of goodies.
The second day was a lot harder for WindDancer and I because the obstacles were more technical, there was a lot of side passing, lead changes, haunch turns, etc. WindDancer and I are much better at bridges, campsites, animal crossings, etc. However... given the increased difficulty we still placed fourth! And I now own a great horn bag set - it'll be good for use on the trail!

It was great to spend time with Jaci and Shannon. Both are great people and I am glad that I got to spend a weekend with friends, riding someplace new, and challenging both my horse and I!

Shannon took some great photos this weekend, so I'm posting them below - enjoy! (I personally think we looked pretty awesome.)

The trio - Scout, WindDancer, and I
Playing on the horses after the ride
Everyone stands on horses in their spare time, right?

Morning Hugs with Scout

Completing an Obstable

Campsite Obstacle