Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fab F.E.I. Endurance Ride At Dullstroom This Weekend!

Cules and I left for a bit of a holiday on Thursday...We loaded the horses...check...tack...check...camping equipment..check..nada! We booked ourselves into a chalet on the premises of the endurance ride! After two years of camping in the ice cold weather at this same ride,we booked a chalet four months in advance! It was heaven on earth,no dripping tents, no racing to the toilets in the middle of the night..,just exquisite luxury..Every morning we awoke to utter silence..no bleating,mooing,baaing,oinking,barking,quacking or crowing....only the horses making horsey noises.

The race itself was lovely,except for Ghost shying herself into a sore butt and me having to withdraw after the first leg,but Cules and Snapdragon were going exceptionally well except for the fact that either Cules or Snap missed a flag and lost half an hour of time which cost them first place and they ended up being third...not bad for their first F.E.I. ride! Snap surprised us by pulsing down to the required 64 beats per minute in exactly one minute!




We had a surprise as we went to check on the horses early Friday morning..,their water was iced over!! That really happens???? Never,ever in Tzaneen!





Snapdragon and Ghost warm and comfy in their new blankets



12 comments:

  1. wow! you're dealing with freezes while we're still over 100 degrees F here this whole week. i'd trade with you for a while if i could! :)

    congrats to cules and snapdragon!

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  2. Glad you had a good time away from it all. Sounds like fun!

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  3. Luxury, peace and quiet wins out over camping in cold weather!
    Congrats to Cules and Snapdragon for their third place win.. well done!
    Now its back to the mooing, oinking and quacking.. enjoy all the comforts of home sweet home.

    Hugs,
    Pam

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  4. Sounds like you had a great break. Congratulations to Cules and Snapdragon on coming third. Love the picture of you both on your horses and the reflection in the water.

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  5. Congratulations to Cules and Snapdragon on their third place finish. That's fantastic! Beautiful photo of you, Cules and the horses there.

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  6. We have had ice here too..we just got summer and now fall is here!!!
    Sounds fun you guys..we have been up in the mountains riding our horses and camping too. :D

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  7. It all sounds so interesting, from the names of the places (which I love) to the race (which I don't understand) to the weather. Love your blog!

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  8. What a great experience! Congratulations!

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  9. That looks like such a fun time. I wonder if they make those tracks for goats? Sorry it's cold there, but we'll be dealing with that soon too.

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  10. What a wonderful change of pace that must be! Oh, my hubby would LOVE that!

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  11. Iced water in Tzaneen!!!!!!! I never thought it was possible but I gather this year there was even snow in Namibia!!! Sounds like a great ride wish i could have joined you LOL. Diane

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