Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Team 85 - Leather and Lace


My name is Penny and I live south of North Platte, NE.  

While my kids were growing up I would spend time in the saddle almost every day.  We were either working or playing.  Sometimes the work was play!  For the past several years I have not spent much time riding.  I lost my two go to horses, Missy and Josie, and it has been an incredibly long journey for me to find the pleasure in riding since.  

My goal this year is to spend more time in the saddle and once again enjoy riding.  I hope that Jezebel and Ace will enjoy my "back in the saddle again" also!  

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  1. Penny you are awesome and I am looking forward to riding many miles with you and jez :)

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    1. Thanks, Kerri! We will both have great horses at the end of the year!

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  2. Ace and I went for our first ride today. Thanks to the blog I downloaded runtastic on my phone. This app is going to work great for me (if my phone battery will take it) because it records my miles for here and my time for the AQHA ride program. Ace and I went for a short 1.6 mile to test out the new app. We will be heading out here shortly to meet up with Gypsy Runner and do some more riding. It was amazing to ride through the hay meadow and see where the deer and bunnies go by the tracks in the snow.

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  3. Ace and I had a nice 3.5 ride with Gypsy Runner. I wonder if my husband would like to become the head cook so we don't starve while I'm trying to get miles in :-)

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  4. Today was a breakthrough day for Jez and I. We went out for a 2.32 mile ride this morning, I had decided that come heck or high water today we would come to a mutual agreement that riding could and should be fun for both of us. We made two trips back to the round pen for a tune up but the end result was well worth it. Today was the first ride that was "relaxing. If I wouldn't add another mile to this challenge this morning's ride would be worth the world. And to think that I didn't want to ride in 29 but feels like 19 degree weather! Jez and I carried on with our wonderful day by logging 3.56 miles with Team 37 Gypsy Runner and Team 84 Slash Quarter Circle. We rode the pastures, enjoyed the wind (not), and had a nice ride. Jez finally was excited to get out and we didn't fight the whole ride. She may have some of her dam in her yet!


    Distance
    3.56 mi

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    1. Sounds like a great ride! Sometimes we just need a little motivator (or friends) to get past a barrier-- you and Jez are on your way to a long and happy ride life together!

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  5. Team #85
    Distance
    1.59 mi
    1-4-13

    Distance
    3.52 mi
    1-4-13

    Distance
    2.32 mi
    1-5-13

    Distance
    3.56 mi
    1-5-13 Total Miles to Date: 10.99

    Since I just read all the rules hopefully I have this right now :)

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  6. 3.29 miles on 1-7-13

    5.18 miles on 1-10-13

    Total miles to date: 19.46

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  7. .15 mile on 1-11-13
    4.6 miles on 1-16-13
    4.45 miles on 1-17-13
    5.24 miles on 1-18-13

    MTD 33.9 (I thought I had already posted the measley .15 mile ride but I don't see it on my entries)

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  8. That's what I decided :) You never know how much difference it might make.

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  9. 10.05 miles on 1.23.13
    6.62 miles on 1.25.13
    10.31 miles on 1.26.13
    9.12 miles on 1.27.13

    MTD 77.02

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  10. Geez, I am going to have to get my rear back in the saddle if you keep this up.

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  11. Hardly :) You are miles ahead of me. I have just been taking advantage of the mild weather we've been getting. Ironic thing is that I start out with a mile goal and usually end up surpassing it because Jez ends up being a knothead. Guess her bad behavior may be my saving grace. I am grateful that Gypsy Runner suggested we join this. It has given me the motivation to get out and put the miles on Jez. I am getting reacquainted with the joys...and aggravations....of riding. It's been a blast so far.

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  12. 7.07 miles on 2-1-13
    9.74 miles on 2-2-13
    4.91 miles on 2-3-13

    MTD: 105.79


    Jez and I have come a long ways in our 105 miles. I have been reminded that patience is a virtue, and a requirement, when working with horses. My confidence level is increasing, which was a goal I had set. As Jez and I are out riding and we are "talking" she will sometimes shake her head no at me when I tell her what we are going to do next. I, of course, have to remind her who is more stubborn...me!

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  13. serious, I am going to have to ride, lol GOOD FOR ALL OF YOU.

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  14. Penny, you go girl, I agree with you that this Distance Derby is a great incentive to get out and ride, I have several horses that need to be ridden and I have finally gotten my hind end out there and been saddling up and riding. I need to start working with our colts though, I like to take them for walks, wish we could include those miles as well, lol. We need to get together and ride again.

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    1. When I bid the shift I'm on I did so because it was supposed to be winter...cold, snow, windy....not 50 degrees. Oh well. We will have to hope for a nice Sunday and I can come up or maybe you guys would want to haul down to my place since you've never been here. The DD has been great incentive and I know that's why my butt is back in the saddle too. I am having a hard time staying even with you and Gypsy Runner's miles, though. Like Juanita said, quit riding :)

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  15. Ya Know, I am going to ride as much as I can, for now,lol. We are going to start calving the 1st of March, then start haying first of June, if we get rain! So I am not sure how much time I can get in then. It is all fun, and I love how we can motivate each other. I am rooting for you and gypsy Runner. I don't think we are going to have a very good weekend for riding, looks like snow coming our way, but we will take it!

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  16. 7.56 miles on 2.4.13
    2.22 miles on 2.4.13 (benefits of checking your miles while on horseback, we reset my GPS :)
    4.6 miles on 2.5.13
    6.05 miles on 2.6.13
    6.05 miles on 2.7.13

    Total MTD: 132.27

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  17. Get off that darn horse. You are making me work a lil just to stay where i am with all my riding in the arena which doesn't show up on my gps. SO GET OFF THAT HORSE

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    1. Actually, Juanita, I was thinking of breaking out Ace who is high energy and likes to run, run, run :) I may have to see how far he will actually run before he stops!

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  18. 7.1 miles on 2.9.13

    MTD: 139.97 The cold wind is slowing down Jez and I's schedule. I don't mind the cold so much but don't care to fight the wind.

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  19. 7.1 miles on 2.9.13

    MTD: 139.97 The cold wind is slowing down Jez and I's schedule. I don't mind the cold so much but don't care to fight the wind.

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  20. I was going to ride, now that I am home from the hospital for the day, but if i do it will be inside. i really don't mind the wind just have no steam. Glad you were tough enuf.

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  21. 10.04 miles on 2.16.13
    15.4 miles on 2.17.13

    MTD: 165.41

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  22. 11.77 miles on 2.28.13
    9.47 miles on 3.1.13

    MTD: 186.65

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  23. 7.44 miles on 3.7.13
    12.29 miles on 3.8.13

    MTD: 229.63

    On the last posting you listed my miles as 186.05. Did I figure my miles wrong or was it maybe a typo? It's not much but it's looking like I need all the miles I can get. I need that .6 mile even if it's just to keep Juanita in the saddle a minute longer :) !!

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  24. just a typo, my spreadsheet shows your 229.63 :-)

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  25. 11.24 miles on 3.11.13
    8.01 miles on 3.13.13
    11.83 miles on 3.14.13

    MTD: 260.71

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  26. 5.78 miles on 3.18.13
    9.34 miles on 3.20.13

    MTD: 285.96

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  27. 7.76 miles on 3.22.12

    Jez and I have logged 116 miles so far in March. I switched over to Runtastic Pro the end of January. We have logged 65 hours of riding since then. It is no wonder that my house is suffering and the husband is forced to cook more of his meals :) He is also the one that says "Yeah, you better go riding." when I ask, halfheartedly, "Should I go riding?" I use my miles here in DD and my hours for AQHA ride program. I just received a pair of boots that I ordered using my gift certificate. Jez and I are starting to connect more and I'm enjoying my outside time. Thanks, DD for the push to ride!

    MTD: 293.72

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  28. You are doing awesome! Almost to 300! My hubby says the same thing....nice to have husbands who encourage us :-)

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  29. So, crazy #37 Gypsy Runner texted me and asked if I wanted to ride today. I text her back asking if she knows it's only a real feel of 20 degrees out there?!? She was bound and determined to go so I drug my don't wanna ride in the cold arse out of the house. It wasn't so bad. Glad I went. Thanks, Gypsy Runner for the ride--even though my ears are frozen now :)

    15.4 miles

    MTD: 309.12

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  30. You are welcome !!!!! :) I had fun !!!!!

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  31. Wow, Congrats on getting over the 200 mile marker! You are the first one I have recorded :-)
    Diane

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  32. Opps..my bad..., yuppers 300 miles!

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    1. Thanks, guys. When I started this my goal was to hit at least 500 miles by year end. Good Lord willing we will make that. The DD has been such a positive thing for Jez and I. It is nice being back in the saddle again and Jez is finally enjoying our jaunts. This "contest" has already paid off immensely.

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  33. 10.06 miles on 3.25.13
    11.94 miles on 3.26.13

    MTD: 331.12

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  34. 14.11 miles on 3.28.13
    8.18 miles on 3.29.13

    MTD: 361.72

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  35. Congrats on being the first rider over 400 miles!
    Diane

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  36. Congrats! But I hope to catch up soon! LOL
    Brenda, Messick #14

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  37. ride baby ride, don't let those arabs catch you, lol. Now I hope I started something for fun between you and Brenda Messick,

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  38. 5.21 miles on 4.20.13
    4.56 miles on 4.21.13

    MTD: 411.25

    Juanita: I don't think I'll be able to compete with those arabs once the nice weather hits. But, maybe we could hex her Garmin and she'd lose miles and then it would be "fair" :)

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    1. hey, you two leave me alone! LOL My little arab and I are just fine!

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  39. Penny, you are so funny! I had a great time at the Body Control clinic in Seward with you and Kerri, look forward to many more trail rides and clinics with you.

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  40. Juanita, don't let Brenda know but I took Ace out of the pasture and started "warming" him up. It looks like she has been doing some riding so I may need to ride my Energizer bunny horse :) Only thing is when I got him out I don't think he would have stopped! So, we ran in circles in the pen.

    Dianna: After I had a chance to digest everything I had a great time too. We will need to get together and ride. Wish the Mother's Day Trail Ride would work out.

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  41. 5.59 miles on 4.26.13
    7.67 miles on 4.27.13
    5.93 miles on 4.28.13

    1.58 miles on 4.28.13 on Ace

    MTD: 432.02

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  42. 5.95 miles on 5.3.13
    6.76 miles on 5.4.13

    MTD: 444.73

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  43. 7.81 miles on 5.5.13
    11.57 miles on 5.613

    MTD: 464.11

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  44. Penny, any time you can make a trail ride, let me know. I need to come to your place and ride also sometime. I need to also just start getting back into riding again, hopefully things will settle down a little now. Been a hectic 3 weeks since our clinic with Mirka!

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  45. I would also like to go up to Halsey and camp with the horses. I think that would be awesome. You can come out anytime. I now have Mon-Tue off. I am really glad we went to the clinic. It has been a refresher course for me and Jez and I have both benefited. Just call or text and we can set up a time to ride and maybe go camping.

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  46. 7.88 miles on 5.10.13
    .67 miles on 5.11.13 on Ace
    5.88 miles on 5.12.13

    MTD: 485.49

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  47. 7.01 miles on 5.14.13

    MTD. 500.73

    Glad to finally break the 500 mark. When I started this I thought I would be doing good to make 500 for the year :)

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  48. Congrats on getting over 500 miles already! You got there before 1/2 the year is done...you got a lot more miles to ride :-)

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  49. 7.46 miles on 5.18.13
    5.73 miles on 5.17.13 on Ace

    MTD: 513.92

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  50. 10.6 miles on 5.25
    7.6 miles on 5.26

    MTD: 539.12

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  51. 4.3 miles on 5.29.13
    9.06 miles on 5.30.13

    MTD: 552.48

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  52. 12.35 miles on 6.4.13

    MTD: 564.83

    I have changed the settings on my Garmin and am unable to download. I think I am missing a day or two of riding. I will call Garmin tomorrow and see if they can fix what I've done. I'm frustrated with my Foretrex.

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  53. Sorry you are having trouble with your Garmin. When I was having trouble Garmin support was awesome! Hope it is the same for you.

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  54. I did call support. The guy was very nice and helpful. I am back up and running. I'm sure the problem was user error. My foretrex is like my horse...it only knows what I tell it to do. Once I mess that up, we're all confused!

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  55. 9.06 miles on 6.2.13
    7.0 miles on 6.3.13
    5.65 miles on 6.6.13
    7.09 miles on 6.7.13

    MTD: 593.63

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  56. Glad you are back up and riding :-)

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  57. 3.11 miles on 6.8.13
    4.57 miles on 6.9.13

    MTD: 601.35

    I wanted to hit the 600 mark so bad. The last 100 miles have been hard work. Maybe 700 won't be so hard to attain :) This challenge has been fun so far and it is amazing how many miles you rack up.

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  58. Congrats on getting over the 600 miles mark :-)

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  59. 6.85 miles on 6.12.13
    7.26 miles on 6.13.13

    MTD: 615.46

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  60. 8.61 miles on 6.15.13
    3.46 miles on 6.16.13
    5.3 miles on 6.17.13
    9.3 miles on 6.18.13

    MTD: 642.13

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  61. 6.3 miles on 6.19.13
    13.91 miles on 6.21.13

    MTD: 662.34

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  62. 5.71 miles on 6.28.13
    9.3 miles on 6.29.13
    5.29 miles on 7.1.13

    MTD: 689.93

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  63. congrats on getting into the 700's!

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  64. You can stop riding any time now.

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  65. Juanita: The thought of stopping has crossed my mind several times. Jez and I have our moments and I wonder why do I do this. But, unfortunately, I'm more stubborn than she is and I keep on riding :) Right now I'm planning a camping trip with her.

    11.26 miles on 7.5.13
    7.54 miles on 7.6.13
    8.64 miles on 7.7.13
    4.21 on 7.8.13

    MTD: 732.84

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  66. 5.06 miles on 7.10.13
    9.46 miles on 7.12.13
    6.87 on 7.15.13

    MTD: 763.69

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  67. I only come up with 754.23 miles on my spreadsheet.

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  68. Oops. I even used a calculator! I think I added the miles from 7.12.13 twice. My apologies. Guess I better get to riding more :)

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  69. 6.85 miles on 7.17.13
    7.85 miles on 7.18.13
    9.04 miles on 7.19.13

    MTD: 777.97

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  70. YAY! For getting over 800 miles! :-)

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  71. Thanks! It seems like life is getting in the way lately :) I have went more miles than I originally thought I would. I am grateful for this "competition" because it keeps me motivated on those days that I want to say "not today".

    7.83 miles on 7.25.13
    6.92 miles on 7.27.13

    MTD: 814.87

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  72. I know, nice to have that little "push" to ride more :-)

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  73. 3.44 miles on 8-7-13
    8.14 miles on 8-9-13
    6.11 miles on 8-11-13

    MTD: 840.08

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  74. 5.46 miles on 8-12-13
    8.09 miles on 8-13-13
    4.22 miles on 8-15-13
    5.64 miles on 8-19-13

    MTD: 863.49

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  75. 6.2 miles on 8-20-13
    5.13 miles on 8-21-13
    9.23 miles on 8-23-13
    5.46 miles on 8-24-13
    4.13 miles on 8-25-13

    MTD: 893.64

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  76. 4.22 miles on 8.27.13
    4.12 miles on 8.28.13

    MTD: 901.98

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  77. Congrats on getting over 900 miles :-)

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  78. 6.78 miles on 8.30.13
    7.25 miles on 9.1.13
    8.5 miles on 9.2.13

    MTD: 924.51

    And thank you. Jez has been seeing the chiropractor so the miles are coming slower.

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  79. 5.28 miles on 9.6.13
    8.4 miles on 9.7.13

    MTD: 938.19

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  80. 4.08 miles on 9.9.13

    MTD: 942.27

    Today was the last day of our forecasted 100+ degree weather. Riding should be more enjoyable with the cooler temps.

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  81. Hello Leather and Lace! In order to see more of my postings (after August 5) you have to click on "Load more.." I have had really hot weather in my area as well (record breaking in the 90's). Today it is 50!

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    1. Hey thanks! I wasn't looking forward to stalking you publicly :) It is cooler here now too. We went from 106 to 80's and now today in the 60's. Our weather is supposed to be cooler. While I don't mind riding in the sun I imagine Jez likes it cooler. We have had a couple fun days using the bales in the field as "obstacles". But all the bales are piled now so we will have to find another game to play. Thanks for helping me out! Happy trails.

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  82. 5.23 miles on 9.10.13
    5.17 miles on 9.12.13
    10.1 miles on 9.13.13
    7.31 miles on 9.14.13

    MTD: 970.08

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  83. 3.75 miles on 9.17.13
    5.43 miles on 9.19.13
    11.8 miles on 9.21.13

    MTD: 999.33

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  84. Was so nice to meet you this weekend! Hope you and Kerri had as much fun as Emily and I did :)

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    1. I think I can speak for Kerri and say that we both had a blast. It was good for Jez to get out and "socialize". I enjoyed the revolving door of people to talk to as you rode along. It was very nice meeting you and the kids. I hope I am able to go on the next camping trip if you guys plan one again.

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  85. 6.91 miles on 9.26.13

    MTD: 1006.24

    FINALLY! I was for certain and sure that after the trail ride I would be over 1,000. Imagine my disappointment when we were so close yet so far away :) I wasn't willing to ride in sprinkles and 35 mph wind on the two days I did have a chance to ride this week. It was nice to get out and ride today. It is a beautiful day.

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    1. Congratulations! I was so excited! Farah too has settled in & has turned into a "working" girl. :-)

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    2. Ha! I guess I've thought of Jez as a work horse but not a "working" girl. I love it!

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  86. Congrats on getting over 1000 miles!

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  87. Thank you. It seemed the 1,000 mark was elusive! I think it's a great accomplishment for Jez and I. Team #37 made the comment last night while we rode that we both started out with fairly green horses and look at them now....all broke and steady. It was an awesome feeling.

    11.74 miles on 9.27.13
    7.65 miles on 9.29.13

    MTD: 1025.63

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  88. are you kidding me, get out there and ride,

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    1. 6.47 miles on 10.2.13

      MTD: 1037.52

      I know, Juanita, I know!! Today was my day to ride and all heck broke loose at work so I had to stay an hour extra. By the time I would have got my nag in and saddled it would have almost been sundown. So I had to settle for playing with my two new kitties and try to introduce them to the rest of the family members without bloodshed. I am hoping tomorrow is a better day.

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  89. 8.51 miles on 10.7.13
    6.94 miles on 10.8.13

    MTD: 1052.97

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  90. 10.1 miles on 10.9.13
    9.51 miles on 10.12.13

    I REALLY dislike riding in 20+ mph winds. The wind has been atrocious lately but I'm going to try and suffer through it today. We'll see how long my resolve lasts.

    MTD: 1072.58

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  91. 20.4 miles on 10.13.13

    Rode with Gypsy Runner #37 and my granddaughter for the first 8.25 miles. Lou wasn't really ready to leave us but her Mama said she had to go home :( Rode the rest of the miles, basically, with Gypsy Runner. I finished out the ride on my granddaughter's horse. He was full of spit and vinegar and ready to go.

    MTD: 1092.98

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  92. Congrats on getting over 1100 miles !

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  93. Thanks. The fall days have been nice riding....if you ignore the wind. I have had the opportunity to ride with my granddaughters lately and that has been a joy. Gypsy Runner and I were just talking about how nice it will be to meet some of our "competitors" if there is another gathering this year. Maybe Juanita Serafini will be feeling better by then...I see on FB
    that she felt like gagging yesterday :)

    12.1 miles on 10.17.13
    12.4 miles on 10.18.13
    14.6 miles on 10.19.13
    6.07 miles on 10.20.13

    MTD: 1,149.85

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  94. 9.49 miles on 10.21.13
    7.62 miles on 10.22.14

    MTD: 1,166.96

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  95. Congratulations on jumping right up there on the leaderboard! Lucky you! Having those grand-kids to ride with :-)

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  96. Thank you! You are a hard person to keep up with mile wise :) I REALLY enjoy riding with my grandkids. It does make the miles go faster and gives us some one on one time. How do you like endurance rides? I was thinking they would be boring but I watched a video and they seem like they could be interesting.

    11.3 miles on 10.24.13
    19.0 miles on 10.27.13 I had a blast riding with my daughter and granddaughter again tonight.

    MTD: 1197.26

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  97. You are too! Endurance, to be competitive - is at a much faster pace, which keeps you on your toes! I enjoy the aspect of getting a horse fit enough to finish top ten, which gives you the opportunity to show for Best Condition. Having a marked course through country new to you is nice too!

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    1. I may have to try one sometime just to get a feel for it. It seems like most of the endurance/trail rides are more in the eastern part of NE. Travelling right now is kind of expensive. I have family in Bellingham. How far is that from you?

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  98. Bellingham is about 60-miles north of us. Not far at all & some good riding in-between :-) But yes, traveling to the rides gets expensive. I stay closer to home now-days.

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    1. I enjoy riding new areas. I am riding my granddaughter's horse right now also. We are working on his condition. His stamina is out of this world. I think he would be my go to horse for CTR or endurance if I ever get a chance to try it out. He loves to trot out and be a tourist. He is such a ham.

      9.5 miles on 10.30.13
      13.9 miles on 11.1.13
      18.7 miles on 11.2.13

      MTD: 1245.21

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  99. I do too, but not the traffic to get to some here... Sounds like you'll have fun getting him legged up!

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  100. 9.39 miles on 11.6.13
    9.09 miles on 11.7.13
    18.2 miles on 11.8.13
    5.95 miles on 11.9.13

    MTD: 1293.34

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  101. I didn't get much riding done this weekend but I had a blast at the NE Horse Expo with my two youngest granddaughters.

    7.03 mils on 11.11.13
    7.63 miles on 11.13.13

    MTD: 1314.97

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  102. 10 miles on 11.27.13
    9.13 miles on 11.29.13
    11.2 miles on 11.30.13

    MTD: 1,350.16

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  103. You have been a busy lil thing, stop it. I plan on going back to my old ways and riding like hell, even in the cold, maybe, lol

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  104. You go for it girl! I am less than motivated to ride in subzero temps, especially when there's a wind. Guess I'm a fair weather rider :) Hopefully it works out that I get a few miles in today. Long Distance Rider has taken advantage of our subzero temps and passed me. Dang her!

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