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Iron Oak

Saturday 4/24/2010

Last First Horse Place Miles Pts
Garbisch Glenn Akhea (Pinto/Arab) 1 6 2.64
Jackson Katz Talon (Morgan) 2 6 2.4
Oster Daniells Lucky (Arab) 3 6 2.16
Slovik Kristi Annie 4 6 1.92
Casserly Tim Auran Bachlava (Arab) 1 12 5.28
Casserly Tim Auran Harley Dvdsn (Arab) 1 12 5.28
Delke Terri Georgette 1 12 5.28
Kirsling Cathy Enga (Fjord) 2 12 4.8
Schoofs Lori Laura Lee (Haflinger) 3 12 4.32

Sunday 4/25/2010

Last First Horse Place Miles Pts
Casserly Tim Auran Bachlava (Arab) 1 12 5.28
Casserly Tim Auran Harley Dvdsn (Arab) 1 12 5.28
Licht Wes Ranger (Morab) 1 12 5.28
Sunderlage Tammy Diamond Dust 2 12 4.8
Jackson Katz Talon (Morgan) 3 12 4.32

2010 Iron Oak

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Ride Manager Jack Shea at registration.
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Ride Manager Mary Clapper with Susan Keating back from marking trails.
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Dr. Wes Elford checks gut sounds on Belle, Susan's Haflinger.
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Susan trots out Belle.
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"Come on, Belle!"
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Gathering for Friday night's Riders' Meeting.
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Belle getting her number for the Novice Ride.
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Drl Wes checking legs for heat, pain and filling.
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Dr. Wes Elford and Dr. Mary Krempasky.
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The riders' meeting.
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Riders' meeting.
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Mary reviews trail map for competitive and limited distance riders.
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Dr. Wes enjoys a breafast burrito.
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Linda Hammersmith presents her Shetland Dottie to Dr. Wes.
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Kate Shea check's Dottie's pulse.
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Kate and Linda visit while Dottie eats.
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Dottie and Linda.
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Linda trots out Dottie.
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Dottie and Linda do well on the first trot out.
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Checking legs.
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Dr. Wes checks joints while Kate Shea scribes and Linda heads her pony.
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Tim Casserly with Harley, an Arabian.
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Ruth Casserly with Bachlava, an Arabian.
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Checking back muscles.
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Tim trots out Harley.
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Trotting around the circle of cones.
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Tim takes the shorter inside route.
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Dr. Mary checks the pulse on Kathy Krisling's Fjord pony, Enga.
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Dr. Mary checks Enga's respiration with Derrick Dupler and Kathy Krisling.
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Carol Wagner scribes as Dr. Wes checks out legs on Harley.
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Glenn and Sue Garbisch arrive with grandchildren Lauren and Augie Garbisch.
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Derrick Dupler trots out Enga for Kathy.
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Trotting out is fun!
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Enga getting a number for the Novice Drive.
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Dr. Wes checking legs.
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Dr. Wes checking joints. Carol Wagner is scribing.
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Jack records combined weight for Christina Hyke. She won the Best Condition Award on Saturday.
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Susan Garbisch with grandchildren Lauren and Augie at the registration table.
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Dr. Wes checks out legs on Junior, Glenn's pinto Arabian. Carol is scribing.
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Katz Jackson and Wes Licht explain scoring procedures at the Clinic for novice riders and drivers.
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More information on scoring. The score sheet is projected on the wall.
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Twenty-five participants attended the Competitive riding and driving clinic.
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Mike Harris cleaned up his barn for the clinic.
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Gary Jackson in the back listens after he welcomed participants.
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Dr. Wes speaks at the clinic and addresses care of horses.
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In addition to vetting, Dr. Wes has also been a competitor.
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Timer Larry Clapper sends everyone out at the correct times.
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"Hmmm - 1:37 plus 10 minutes is ..."
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The Sheas working at the registration table.
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Looking at the map at the drivers' meeting.
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The 12-milers follow the yellow trail.
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Saturday's drivers pose for the camera before heading out.
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Everyone is all smiles, dry and clean before the rain came.
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The competitive riders return from the first loop of their 25 mile ride.
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All smiles and cool temperatures for the horses.
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More competitive riders.
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The riders are happy - no rain so far.
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Glenn is ready to harness but wonders about the rain..
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Susan Keating is happy to lead a group of novice riders.
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The first group of novice riders begin their 12 mile ride.
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Both novice groups are large with 10 to 11 horses.
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There they go!
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The last of the novice riders.
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Wes is doing a safety check for Kathy and Enga.
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Wes recommended that Kathy use a full noseband for driving.
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Larry looks at his watch and tells the Casserlys when to depart.
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The Casserlys are all set for wet weather.
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There they go! Harley and Bachlava are eager.
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Sign at Castle Rock Horse Trails.
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Riders and Drivers are to take this trail.
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Kathy and Derrick begin their 12 mile drive.
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Up the hill they go following the yellow trail.
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Teri Delke and Georgette begin their 12 mile drive.
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Wes does a safety check for Junior and Glenn.
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Lori Schoof and her Haflinger Laura Lee begin their 12 mile drive.
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Dani Oster and Lucky warming up before their 6 mile drive.
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Dani always has a smile on her face.
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Teri took a wrong turn but soon discovered her error.
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Glenn and Junior, his Pinto Arabian, begin their 6 mile drive.
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Katz Jackson exercises Talon, her Morgan mare.
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The Casserlys have completed one leg of their trail.
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Nice action, Bachlava (L) and Harley!
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All smiles and perfectly in step.
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They will drive on the road a short distance and then use the trail system again.
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Junior is eager to head out.
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Junior is looking good. Is that a smile from Glenn?
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Here comes Enga, Kathy and Derrick. All three are in good spirits.
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Enga seems to be smiling, too.
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It's only me, Talon, taking your photograph! Katz is happy.
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Lucky and Dani begin their 6 mile drive.
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All relaxed, dry and clean at the start.
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Serious competitors.
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Lori and her Haflinger Laura Lee.
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Teri is back on time with Georgette.
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Teri is very pleased with Georgette.
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Linda is happy to start her first distance drive.
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Everything is looking great here. Later, Linda noticed that Dottie had a slight limp and decided to pull her from the competition. But Linda had a great time anyway.
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Ukarydee sign. It's a nice place for horse camping. Close to Arkdale, Wisconsin
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Kristi Slovik is driving Wes's horse Annie while he grooms for her.
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They are prepared for the weather and happy to be on their way.
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Nice smiles! Number 13 is good luck!
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Turn left, drive on the road for a short spell and then pick up the trail again.
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They are on the side of the road - easier on Annie's feet.
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Dani has finished her 6 mile drive and gets her card from Larry.
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Shortly thereafter, Kristi drives Enga to the finish line.
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And the Casserlys arrive. They have put on their plastic caps over their helmets because of the rain.
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Larry hands them their card that tells them when to report for pulse and respiration readings.
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Gary keeps Larry company. Larry spent all day with his timing duties.
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Kristi and Wes finish with Annie.
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Wet and muddy but they finished right on time.
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Derrick trots out Enga at the post vet check.
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Enga still has energy.
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Perfectly in step!
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Katz is reading her card to check her time.
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Gary helps Katz unhitch and unharness. They do this procedure very efficiently.
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Tim is trotting out Bachlava.
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Teri and Georgette finished their drive.
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Larry hands Teri her P&R card.
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Wes has a cooler on Annie to keep her warm.
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Wes trots out Annie who seems more concerned about her stable mate.

1 comment to Iron Oak

  • Linda Hammersmith

    What a grand time it was at Iron Oak, despite the rain. All the folks I met from the MDDA were very welcoming, helpful and genuinely nice people. I have fallen in love with the sport and feel so welcomed by the members of the MDDA. A great big “THANK YOU” for taking this newbie under you wings.

    Now I need to get the proper cart for my 46″ Shetland pony. I would appreciate all suggestions, as I am a ignorant of what to look for in a cart. Been looking at the Pacific Carriage Mfg. Inc. Training and Show Cart. Also at the Messenger by Fully Equipped Outdoors. What I like about the PCMI’s cart is that it’s rugged and the shafts are removable, it can covert to driving a pair,(once the training of Dottie’s daughter is finalized) and it can be purchased with eventing shafts. What I don’t like about it is it all adds up $$$$.
    The FEO’s Messenger is classic, probably smooth riding and reasonably priced. No major options on this cart except for seat options (one could purchase an second seat and use it for show) paint or wood finish , brass or stainless furnishing. What to do, what to do?????

    I hope some of you have advice and suggestions.

    Thanks to you all for a great weekend. I understand how much organization and how many volunteers are needed to put on this and future events. If I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Linda

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