Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Team 8 - Three Little Birds
My name is Rosalie Marley. I live near Washington DC now but have lived and ridden in different parts of the country (central New Mexico, Baltimore, Los Angeles, western Nebraska) over the last 30 years. I used to ride 5-6 horses a week, teach lessons, and condition at least one horse for endurance. A few years ago I somehow lost my riding nerve and have been working to get it back. I think it's back, so this year's Distance Derby is a challenge to myself to keep going!
My main ride is Tanner, a solid buckskin gelding with several years of trails and camping before I got him. He's registered as a Pleasure Saddle Horse - a registry for cross-bred gaited "using" horses. He's part Spotted Saddle Horse and part Kentucky Natural Gaited horse - and all about taking care of his rider! Of course, if the opportunity comes up to ride other smooth horses, I won't turn them down :-)
My goals for the upcoming year are modest. Get out and ride! I am shooting for a minimum average of 10 miles per week - of course, crummy weather will reduce that, but the good weather should boost it! I'd like to complete a 25 mile CTR at the end of summer. I'd like to do an organized trail ride with one or more of our local trail riding groups. Who knows what else I will take on but those are my minimum goals.
My team name is "Three Little Birds" and refers to a Bob Marley song whose refrain is "don't worry 'bout a thing - every little thing is gonna be alright".