Monday, September 30, 2019

So that's how you do it

This was a month dominated by the Jennifer Show, so it's appropriate that today's first monthly horse round-up post is about the Jennifer Show trail ride.
On the Monday after the Jennifer Show, a group of us drove up the mountain to Central City to go on a two hour trail ride at A&A Historical Trails.
We signed in and then were matched with our horses. I was assigned to a solid, chestnut gelding named Archie.
photo by Elaine Lindelef
The other riders in our group were Andrea Brygidyr,
Elaine Lindelef,
Erica Ferguson, 
Laurie Jo Jensen, 
 Allie Davidson
photo by Elaine Lindelef
Amy McCudden,
Darleen Stoddard,
photo by Andrea Brygidyr
Teresa Fedak,
and Morgen Kilbourn and her husband, Oakes.
Once everyone was mounted, we headed out.
I was second in line, right behind our guide, so I spent a lot of time twisted around in the saddle, taking pictures of the people and horses behind me.
It was clear to me that Archie didn't require any input from his rider, so a lot of these pictures were taken with two hands on the camera and zero hands on the reins.
This is not that unusual for me, so I didn't think anything about it until I heard Darleen exclaim, "So that's how you do it!"
Yep, that's pretty much all there is to it!
photo by Andrea Brygidyr
Good boy, Archie!
We rode up to nearly twelve thousand feet about sea level, and and our ride included views of four of Colorado's famous fourteeners: Mount Evans, Mount Bierstadt, Torreys Peak and Grays Peak.
We were a couple weeks ahead of the peak fall colors, but we did get a little preview of what was to come.
Our guide had Archie and me lead on the way back down the mountain.
This required me to be a more attentive rider, which put a slight damper on my photo taking.
Still, I managed to get it done.
Good boy, Archie.
The two hour ride passed very quickly, and almost before I knew it, we were back at the stable. Some members of our group reported a "slight" soreness upon dismounting.
I was tired but my heart was overflowing.
This was the perfect follow-up to a nearly perfect weekend. I had so much fun riding with Andrea, Elaine, Erica, Laurie Jo, Allie, Amy, Darleen, Teresa, Morgen and Oakes. It's almost worth holding another Jennifer Show just to do that again!


  1. So. much. awesome.

    Technically, we could consider hobby meetups like this that didn't involve enormously complicated shows. Eating, cooperative activity, trail ride, eating, ... :-)

    1. This sounds like heaven to me. All the fun and none of the work!