Arrival, January 2011
We got know each other over the next 3 1/2 months and then, at 11 pm on April 14th, 2011, Sheza Blazunhaat Xpres was born in the corner stall of our little barn. I found Desire with Sheza's forelegs just popping out and my husband and I helped deliver the filly and wiped her off:
I started riding Desire in the fall, ponying Sheza off of her
Riding momma Desire with last year's pumpkin crop:
After a very mild winter that allowed for lots of training, Desire and I traveled to Cuyama Oaks XP for our first 50 mile endurance rides together. We rode days 1 and 3 and were foot stomping and bit chomping all the way to the finish both times. Phew, okay, lots of horse under me, time to work on the brain a little!
Cuyama Oaks XP 2012, Day 3, photo by Lynne Glazer
On Sheza's 1 year old birthday, April 14th of this year, we completed and Top 10'd the very rocky Whiskeytown Chaser ride in Redding, CA. We had a fantastic solo ride and I had no idea we were near the front of the pack. I just enjoyed flying along my mare and was completely surprised to be asked to weigh in and show for BC after finishing. Desire rocks!
Whiskeytown Chaser 2012:
We've had 2 more successful 50s since then followed by an unfortunate lameness pull at Day 2 of Hat Creek Hustle in June. Seems in the end she was just footsore after lots of rocky roads but after a perhaps conservative 6 weeks off she is back in fantastic, trail grabbing, tail flagging shape. I am looking forward to many more years and miles with my White Wonder mare! Happy birthday Miss D!
Hat Creek Hustle 2012