Found 14 Results from Blazing a Trail

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AND The Season Starts!

It is here! Ride season has started for us Northerners. While we may not yet have rides in Alberta, there are some rides in the USA which are close enough for us to get to. After a fairly reasonable winter, …

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The Trailer Dilemma

They say that endurance and competitive trail riding are cost effective sports to do with a horse! This is true until you start these addictions and want more.

You can start either of the sports with any breed of horse …

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The Winter Slow Down

Wow, where has the time gone? It feels like a distant memory already, our time in France.

After we returned, and Sam had some rest, I took him a few hours down South and did a competitive trail ride at …

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The Trip Home

As you have likely heard, all of the Canadians were pulled from the Endurance race at WEG. Disappointing, but understandable in the very tough conditions where only 35 riders completed out of 161 entries. I believe the time cut offs …

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Race Day

Our horse transport arrived right on time to pick us up to take us to Sartilly ride camp. A short two-hour drive and we arrived…into the mud. The rain over the last week had resulted in our car park being …

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WEG Opening Ceremonies

My crew is here! Crystal came in first even though her train was two hours late from Paris. Then my sister, Delcene, niece Melissa. Julie and Tina arrived together at 11:00 p.m. Julie did take a side trip on the …

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The Worries and Wonders of International Travel

It seems so surreal to be here. My little paddock pony and myself, in France, preparing to compete for Canada.

I thought we had come fully prepared with everything we would need leading up to and including race day, only …

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So, we did end up going for our first ride. Jean-Pierre took me to his son’s place, who marked trails on a map for me. I am not allowed to ride on the 20km long beach near Arromanches until after …

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We have arrived! If you have never tried to load everything for your horse from your horse trailer into two containers…I suggest you try it! Friday was a crazy, hectic day as I tried to do this impossible task. What …

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We Are Going WEG!

It has been awhile between posts but I have been hectically busy. Sam and I were selected to represent Canada at the World Equestrian Games on August 28th in Normandy, France in Endurance. This has meant that the multitude of …

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Finally…A Bit of Rest

Here we are, after the 100 mile ride at Fort St John, B.C., where we achieved our CoC (certificate of capability) to represent Canada at WEG (World Equestrian Games), having a much needed rest.

It’s been a very busy time. …

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Competition Season is Underway!

Well, it’s been a hectic a few weeks. After a slow start to training this year, we have hit full throttle! Off to Spruce Woods, Manitoba for a two-day 50 miles/day for conditioning in preparation for the 100 mile qualifier …

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I heard they call this weather “spinter”…when winter just won’t let go of spring! Training has been sporadic at best. The ground just gets dry enough to do a little bit of speed training and then it snows/rains again. I …

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Here We Go!

My horse, Samsons Fire (Sam) is a natural athlete. He is courageous, tough and loyal. I believe he would give everything he has for me. I trust him implicitly. He takes care of us both.

Way back in 2004, I …