Monday, January 14, 2013

Team 106 - All That Jazz




Bobbie Jo Lieberman-Weber lives in south-central Texas with her husband Kenny, nine horses, two cats, one dog and assorted farm animals. 

She’s ridden endurance for over 30 years and also enjoys being a ride photographer. As Managing Editor of trailBLAZER magazine, she loves bringing the latest advances in nutrition, hoof care, saddle fit, conditioning, horse camping and more to a national audience of recreational and competitive trail riders.

Her current main ride is Jazz (Dancers Southern Princess), a 7-year-old Tennessee Walker mare. She also rides a Morgan named Annakate and an Arabian named Rushcreek Caribou. 

Already in the habit of using a GPS on every ride, Bobbie Jo looks forward to this new virtual adventure and salutes all those who participated last year and are back in the saddle for another season!





71 comments:

  1. Welcome Bobbie Jo - how cool to have a magazine editor riding with us!! Happy trails :-)

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    1. Thanks for the warm welcome! We are actually running a story about the Derby in our March issue.

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  2. Jan 18 - 3.8 miles
    Jan 19 - 11.70 miles
    Jazz & Bobbie

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  3. Exciting to have you along! Can't wait to see the March article! :)

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  4. Jan 26 - 13/39 miles in 3:20, with lots of stops to record mileage at trail intersections. Eron Howell and I were measuring trail for the upcoming Heart of the Hills Endurance ride March 2-3. Two black gaited horses - lots of fun! Eron is ride manager. If you live anywhere within shouting distance of the Hill Country State Natural Area (Bandera), come join us! There's a 50, 25 and an Intro Ride of 15 miles with no time limit.

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  5. Correction on the entry for January 25: Make that 13.39 miles

    And for Jan 26: Jazz and Bobbie covered 12.39 miles on the orange loop at the Hill Country State Natural Area with Kenny and Annakate.... we were GPSing the course for the upcoming endurance ride. Getting close to having the map finished. Jazz was gaiting like a dream, and learning to canter.

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  6. oops - now I messed up the dates.
    Let's try that again!
    The 13.39 miles were on Friday the 25th,
    the 12.39 miles were on Saturday the 26th.

    YTD Derby totals: 52.63

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    1. My spreadsheet shows 52.53 miles MTD. :-)
      Diane

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  7. Bobbie, glad you are joining us for this year's Derby.

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  8. Didn't ride as much this week, actually we didn't ride at all. :-(
    Here are our weekend results:
    Sat Feb 2 - 12.88 miles
    Sun Feb 3 - 8.87 miles
    weekend total: 21.75
    MTD: 74.38
    This is so much fun!

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  9. 16.42 miles today pre-riding our Heart of the Hills endurance trails, a combination of sections of the two loops, with greast trail pals Kenny/Annakate and Eron/Knight. We found some go-arounds that Kenny and Eron will return with chain saws and loppers in the next week to make our trails even smoother.
    Jazz was a good girl today, she is really learning how to canter in balance.
    MTD: 90.70 (note to Diane: I just deducted that .10 mile you noted on January 27 in case you hadn't already done so.)

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  10. Mid-week miles:
    2-13-13 - 5.43, ranch ride on Jazz with Kenny/AK and Lupe/Twy
    2-15-13 - 6.55, ranch ride on Jazz with Kenny/AK and Lupe/Twy

    Fun ride, everybody moving out nicely.

    Total for these two days: 11.98

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  11. Sunday, 2-17-13.... To the Hill Country State Natural Area with Kenny/Annakate, Eron/Knight and other pals. We logged a total today of 16.29 miles in about 3:12 moving time.... we stopped a lot to check out new trails but picked up the pace through the middle of the ride. Warmish day but a cool breeze when the sun ducked under the clouds.
    Total this week: 28.27
    Total this year: 118.97

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  13. Ranch ride with AK and Twylah... 5.39 miles
    New trails looking good!
    Twylah is looking very fit these days.
    Annakate was barefoot today, Jazz had her boots on.
    All three got a lite trim from Kenny.

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  14. Saturday February 23:
    Kenny & I covered 21.75 miles at the Hill Country State Natural Area this afternoon. Jazz and Annakate maintained a steady pace throughout with low heart rates. We finished up at dusk, having enjoyed floating through the forest trails to the hooting of an owl and the rising moon, after the setting sun illuminated our shadows one last time with brilliant deep hues. A magical day on the trail!

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  15. Total this week: 27.14
    Total miles to date: 146.11

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  16. Ranch ride with Jazz, Kenny & Annakate. We encountered "the herd" about five miles in. La Nina and Illusion were the most forward; Caribou, Mynta and Twylah maintained a respectful distance. Illusion wanted treats. La Nina wanted to race. But we all survived.

    Total miles today: 6.04

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  17. Very proud of my Jazz horse this weekend!! Along with my husband Kenny and our Morgan Annakate, we attended the Heart of the Hills endurance ride in the Hill Country State Natural Area. We completed the Limited Distance ride of 25 miles each day, finishing 13th yesterday and 3rd today! Jazz was the first "Non-Arab" to finish the ride and Kenny/AK was first Middleweight. A great, fun weekend on the trail!
    Saturday March 2nd - 25.00 miles
    Sunday March 3rd -- 24.87 miles
    total this weekend: 49.87
    YTD: 202.02

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  18. Great job at the endurance ride! Congrats to Jazz and Kenny/AK on their success!
    Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane!! We are also thrilled to have topped the 200-mile mark this season. Endurance rides and Distance Derby are a great combination. :-)

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  19. Almost forgot!! We did a little warmup ride on Friday evening, March 1, before Day 1 of Heart of the Hills.

    Me and Jazz: 2.5 miles
    Revised MTD: 204.52

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    1. Congrats on reaching 200 and doing so well on the endurance ride! Brenda, Team 14 Messick

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    2. Thank you, Brenda!! Lost over a week of riding when I went to California to visit my mom; just back last night and went for a little ride tonight with my husband. Boy am I out of practice. But it's good to be home. :)

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  20. Home from California. Great trip but no riding. :( Back in the saddle for a little 5.05 jaunt around the pasture tonight with Jazz and Kenny/Annakate. It was their first outing since the endurance ride at the beginning of the month. Good to hug the ponies again!
    Tonight: 5.05 miles

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  21. We were all packed and ready to head out for the Texas Tango endurance ride this morning when fate intervened. My husband had been working all night to complete some data base work.... at 4 a.m. the data base crashed, and there was no back up! So no Tango this weekend. We soothed our souls with a lovely ranch ride this evening. I tried a Myler combo bit on Jazz and she liked it. Annakate was in a photo shoot earlier in the day for Trail Blazer along with four adorable kids, the grandchildren of a friend. Everyone did great!
    Total today: 5.17 miles

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  22. 13.46 miles at the Hill Country State Natural Area with Jazz and Annakate/Kenny. Hot day, but heart rates stayed low. Tried CorrecTor pad on Jazz for first time; it kept her saddle level, but pad is too large for her and builds heat. May sell it and buy a smaller one. Jazz threw in a big buck heading for the trailer and almost lost me! After the whiplash, I was UP in the air wondering where I would land when my thighs hit the bucking rolls. Thank you bucking rolls!! She gaited like a dream all the way back to the trailer. Ponies enjoyed some nice green grass before we headed home. Lovely day!

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  23. Thanks for commenting on my page! I hope to meet you on the endurance trail! Sorry you couldn't go on the ride this weekend. Jazz shouldn't be bucking. Bad girl. LOL
    Brenda (Messick 14)

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  24. 6.09 glorious miles on Jazz on the ranch on a beautiful Texas afternoon. Good ponies all!!

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  25. i may not be riding for a while - fractured my left arm on thursday night just hangin' with the herd. keep me in the derby - we will return!!
    mtd - 234.29

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  26. Oh no......:-( So sorry to read this! We will be looking for your return! Hope you heal quickly!!!
    Diane

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  27. Get better soon Bobby !!!! You will be back soon- I will be waiting to see you back in saddle and logging miles :)

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  28. So sorry to hear this! Listen to the Dr and heal fast! Yes, you'll be back in the saddle soon!
    Brenda (Team Messick # 14)

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  29. awww thank you guys!! it's a challenge to see my gps just sitting there, not to mention my horse. ;) I might break my Morgan to drive, if i can find a harness and cart! kenny and i were all set to ride our first 50-miler of the season together this weekend. hopefully he can keep the ponies fit! you guys have fun, be safe, and we'll see you on the trail soon!!

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  30. We're back in the saddle!! Doc said go for it, just be careful.
    Wonderful ride on the ranch today 3.7 miles. Just in time for hot/humid Texas weather to kick in. Riding is good for the soul. So good to be back! Looks like you guys have been doing a whole lotta riding. That is good.......

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  31. Another great ride today, I didn't even think about my shoulder/arm. Jszz gaited right along in a nice rack. Not quite as hot as yesterday, but plenty warm. Yihaw!
    Total today 4.72
    Combined with yesterday that is total of 8.42

    MTD: 242.71 all on my Jazz horse

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  32. Congrats on getting back in the saddle!!! 2 days in a row already!! You go girl :-)

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  33. Thanks!! Boy that felt good.... :-) Missed you guys. Love the DD!!

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  34. Three trips on Jazz Baby today to get more ponies out for some exercise:

    Ride #1: 3.75 miles along with Rushcreek Caribou and Twylah
    Ride #2: 3.68 miles with Illusion and Twylah
    Ride #3: 0.67 miles with Mynta and newbie Jeddi (new TWH)

    total for the day: 8.10

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  35. Kenny and I rode Jazz and Annakate down the road and decided to try to make it to our friend Luke's before the storm swallowed us up. We made it! Coming home, we enjoyed being pelted by raindrops that cooled us and the ponies.
    11.05 miles
    Coupled with Thursday's 8.10, that is 19.15 for the week
    Year to date: 261.86

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  36. Hill Country trails still closed due to rain so we rode Jazz and Annakate on the ranch 7.23 miles.

    Year to date total: 269.09

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  37. Finally made it back to the Hill Country trails on Saturday the 31st. We covered 10.91 miles on a hot (mid-90s) and humid Texas day. Recent rains washed a new crop of rocks onto many trails. But it was good to be back!!

    MTD: 280.00

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  38. Jazz and I rode out with two sets of ponies today....First set: Annakate, Caribou and Twylah; we covered 5 miles in one hour. Second set: Illusion and Mynta. We covered 3 miles in an hour.

    Total today for the Jazz Baby: 8.02 miles
    YTD: 288.02

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  39. My first miles of the year on Annakate! Only 2.15; ride cut short when Twylah had an allergic reaction to what? a wasp sting? She began switching her tail and kicking her belly as soon as we headed down the runway. Whenever Lupe got off to check her (could not find anything amiss) she stood like a statue. When Twylah went down and almost rolled on her rider, we decided to come home. :-) Annakate was wonderful and it was great to be back in her saddle. HOT day helped by Camelbak and cooling vest.....

    2.15 miles

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  40. Jazz has had some time off--we attended a Connected Groundwork clinic with Peggy Cummings a few weeks ago and have been focusing on groundwork and pedestal training ever since. Jazz had some "serious" body issues and had a 90 minute session with osteopathy practitioner Debbie Davies. So today was my first time on Jazz since then. I took her out of a bit and into an S-hack and was really careful to ride her as lightly as possible: no pulling, thighs and knees wide. I used a lariat neck ring to collect her a bit and stay out of her mouth. We had a great ride despite 95 degree heat index, little breeze and 52% humidity. 5.17 miles. She gaited beautifully. I'm a happy camper. :)
    total miles year to date: 295.34

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  41. Back to back ranch rides, in the heat and humidity, on Jazz (me) and Annakate (Kenny).... ponies did great!
    July 5 - 5.44
    July 6 - 7.85
    total - 13.29
    We finally cracked the 300-mile mark! :)
    Miles to date: 308.63

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  42. Congrats on getting over 300 miles :-)

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    1. Thank you!! Riding in the TX heat is a challenge but we're bearing up and making our own breeze. Hoping to make it to higher elevations next week for the Fort Stanton endurance ride in New Mexico.

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  43. July 11 -- Jazz n me covered 9.27 miles. Mynta/Lupe did too, Annakate.Isa one mile less, and Illusion/Amanda did 7.27.

    July 13 -- Jazz n me and Kenny n Annakate did 10.17 miles in the Texas heat. Ponies did great. We're heading for Fort Stanton on Tuesday, God willing and the creek don't rise!

    Miles to date: 328.07

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  44. July 25 -- Jazz n me and the gang enjoyed a ride under the almost full moon, on the road to the mailbox and back. Kenny rode Jedi, Lupe rode Twylah, and the girls rode Mynta and Caribou. 4.0 miles

    MTD: 332.07

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  45. Aug. 2 - Annakate and BJ - Kenny/Mynta and Ak/me rode to the mailbox and back, 4 miles round trip
    Aug. 3 - Twylah 1.43 miles (she got a bug bite and we had to turn back) but...
    Kenny and Annakate went on to ride 10.65 miles in the heat.
    TOTAL for BJ: 5.43

    miles to date: 337.50 Jazz is off to a trainer's for a month to sharpen her trail skills. She is doing wonderfully!! Hope to make up some miles this fall when the weather turns bearable :)

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  46. August 22 -- rode Annakate 4.72 mils with Amanda, Amberlee and Lupe. Hot!!
    August 25 - rode my Arab mare Mynta 6 miles and had a blast! Better weather.....Love that little mare....
    total this week: 10.72
    MTD: 348.22

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  48. 2.42 this week - scratched from endurance ride due to heat and humidity in torrid Texas :)

    total miles to date: 350.64

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  49. Boy, I hear ya! We rode a short Trail Challenge in 90* weather....HOT!

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  50. Weekly miles: 3.68 and 2.83
    total this week: 6.51
    MTD: 357.15

    Looking forward to bringing my Jazz Baby home next weekend after riding at 7IL to prepare for Ride the Storm enduro. :)

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  51. Got my pony back this weekend! Rode 7+ miles on Saturday with Mik Fenn and his little black Mountain stud, Kentucky. at the 7IL Ranch in Cat Spring. Boy can that boy move out! On Sunday, Kenny and I went out for another 7-plus miles. Cooler but 100% humidity. A great weekend and my Jazz Baby is home at last!
    Saturday: 7.08
    Sunday: 7.03
    Total this week: 14.11
    MTD: 371.26

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  52. Two great ranch rides on Jazz last two days: October 1 - 4.71 miles
    October 2 - 6.61 miles for a total of 11.32
    MTD: 388.58
    Hope to break through the 400-mile barrier this weekend at Ride the Storm ;)

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  53. Thanks for the correction! :)
    Tonight we rode 5.14 miles, so revised MTD is 387.72

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  54. 10-5: Day 1 of Ride the Storm.... hotter than advertised, but the three of us made it around. Me and Jazz on our first endurance ride since March's broken arm; Kenny and Annakate; and we sponsored junior Nadja Werner on her sweet buckskin Paso Maji. Beautiful, rugged trails! total distance: 25.73
    Miles to date: 413.45

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  55. Nice little ranch ride at dusk... me on Jazz and Kenny on Mynta. We covered 3.93 miles at a nice clip.
    MTD: 417.38

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  56. A pair of ranch rides: 5.06 miles on 10-17 and 6.29 on10-22 for total of 11.35
    which brings MTD to: 428.73
    Heading for a Tellington TTouch clinic this weekend with Jazz. Hope to slip a little riding in while we're there!!

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  57. Had a terrific clinic with Jazz!! Back on the trails tonight for the first time since the 4-day clinic (we rode quite a bit, but I didn't bring along my GPS). Kenny/Annakate and me and Jazz covered 7.44 miles on a perfect Texas "winter" day.... low humidity and 73 degrees. Stayed off the perimeter of the pasture just in case there were hunters in adjoining fields.
    Miles to date: 436.17

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  58. Back to back rides this week on Jazz (Annakate along for the ride):
    Nov 6 -- 3.92 on the county road, trails too muddy from the rain yesterday
    Nov 7 -- 6.74 on ranch trails, still nice and soft, we booted up to do more in the rocks
    Total: 10.66
    MTD: 446.83

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  59. Good ride at the Hill Country State Natural Area on Saturday November 9.
    Rode Jazz 15.54 miles
    MTD: 462.37

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  60. Well, boo. We are on hold again. Five weeks ago I fell and dislocated my left hip, and had emergency surgery with a half hip replacement. Doing better now, walking (gimping) without a cane or chair more and more and at least going down to visit the ponies. We were just getting back in gear!! Hope to be back on horse before the end of a year. It's been a good ride!

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    1. Of course, what I meant to say was by the end of the year. This year. :-)

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