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Big River – AHDRA III


Saturday, Oct 24, 2015Sat results

Sunday, Oct 25, 2015Sun results


By Alice Hubert

Ray and I finished the last competition of the season on a pretty good note.  The Big River event is so named because the course runs through parts of the Big River State Park in Keithsburg, IL, along the Mississippi River.  This course isn’t very hilly, but it is very sandy.  Much of the trail is through the woods with a rut carved into the ground from all the horses who have trekked along it.

The weather was variable this past weekend.  Friday was a bit drizzly, with a few showers into the night, but warm for late October.  Saturday emerged dry, but cloudy.  By the afternoon, there was sunshine.  Sunday morning was frosty, and quite chilly in the shaded woods.  But by the afternoon, you only needed a t-shirt.  The ride managers organized a scavenger hunt on Saturday by placing seven hallowe’en decorations out on the trail, and the goal was to spot as many as you could.

Loki did pretty well this weekend.  He didn’t lose any manners points. He was a bit fussy with the vets, but they were patient, and Ray had a pocket full of treats to keep him distracted.  Ray said Loki seemed to have fun weaving in and out of all the trees.

Saturday there was a bit of a mishap when Ed Mineart’s horse, Norby Misty’s Roxie, tripped on a root, the wheel of the cart slipped into a deep rut, and flipped the cart.  They ended up unharnessing Roxie so they could get things sorted out.  Roxie was very patient and didn’t fight.  Luckily Tim wasn’t too far behind, and he was able to stop and help flip the cart back up, and get Roxie re-harnessed and hitched.   Ed had gotten tossed from the cart and had a scrape on his cheek, and Roxie had a rub mark on her rump from the harness.  This occurred within the first few miles of the event, but Ed opted to continue on.   This mishap cost Tim quite a few time penalty points because he was late, but this clearly shows the camaraderie of the drivers.    We will stop and help who ever needs it, no matter what it does to our score.  I think that is why I love this sport.

With this event, K-Macaroni has more than 500 competition miles in her lifetime.  It is safe to assume that for every competition mile, there are at least two or three practice miles.   I am very proud of her, considering she retired from racing more than 14 years ago with three broken bones in her left front hoof.  She can be a challenge at times with her over competitiveness and moodiness, but she gives everything her all.   We adopted her in November of 2012, and it has been an adventure these past three years.  I look forward to the many miles ahead.  🙂


By Alice Hubert

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