Another fabulous Tevis weekend is in the books! This year I signed on to crew for Laura Hayes and Rushcreek Seth from New York/Nebraska; I had watched a friend ride Seth to a top 20 Tevis completion in 2012 while crewing for KC and was so excited this year to be crewing for Seth as his owner Laura rode him through.
GIANT thumbs up coz it's Friday of Tevis again! heading to Robie to meet horse & rider
Arrived at Robie Park--the mighty Rushcreek Seth of course!! what a gorgeous creature
Time to go vet in! Horse and rider ready
Personally, I approach crewing as a mission. My mission is made somewhat harder by my sensitivity to heat which ended in my heat stroking out of being there for the stadium finish last year, so I really have to approach crewing like I'm in my own little endurance ride. As such, I get up bright and early and am in the first line of cars to get into Robinson so that my rider gets a good spot to relax, AND so that my rig is parked up top and my hiking/hauling is minimal. This was especially crucial this year as I had a few crew bags to carry, was trying to avoid overheating, and had only my 2 arms to accomplish everything.
in line for Robinson Flat long before 6 am when they let us in
the Robinson Flat fun ramps up as crews and volunteers arrive
quick blood draw after P&R and before Vetting in. This is the third year of a study looking for indicators in blood work that might be early predictors of brewing metabolic issues
She rode in about 7 pm and the temperatures had cooled AND some shade had arrived, phew!
Foresthill vet check
3 AM, she's at the Finish!!! UP AND ADAM! Here they come, WOOHOO!!!
Success! And a welcome stall.