Tally Ho!, Tally Ho! Tally Ho!
What a fairy tale weekend
First I forgot to mention that yesterday Tom L dismounted during a whoopee wagon break. His horse is a little too tall to mount from the ground, so he decided to mount by standing on a coop. As he’s standing precariously on the top of the coop (If you’ve ever used a coop to mount, you know what I’m talking about), Ranger decides to JUMP the coop . He cleared the coop and in the process knocked Tom to the ground. Does that count as a ground tester? Tom will never have to worry about Ranger stopping at a jump!
Sunday morning we woke to sunny skies, a chill in the air and a hot breakfast provided by Lyse and Tom.
Huntsman Dave had 7.5 couple yesterday, which equals 15 hounds. I mistakeningly said 15.5 couples.
Sunday Huntsman Dave had 7 couple of hounds (1 is still missing, but finds his way home later that afternoon =), whipper-ins MFH Dave K, Bre O, Maggie K, Keith R, 25 riders and 2 whoopee wagon vehicles started hunting for coyote.
The country has wide open paths that Tom has put countless tractor hours mowing and preparing for all of us, plenty of water crossings, so if your horse doesn’t cross water, it will by the end of the second day! There is plenty of coops of every size, both height and width, gates at every coop-so Steve (the gate group leader) can stay up with everyone.
There are some row crops, but it’s mostly trees which can make for some trappy country and tricky riding. Which we saw plenty of, along with eagles, deer and coyotes!
The hounds jumped up a brace of coyotes, the field viewed one as it ran right in front of us. The pack started to split, but Huntsman Dave and the staff, stopped the split and got the hounds back together. We had a fun, fast ride up hill, down hill, through the trees, across the many streams, over coops and logs until we had a loss, but found the whoopee wagon =)
Huntsman David Kruger, Camie Stockhausen, Keith Rohwer
Jim McNutt, Elizabeth Conyers
such beautiful rides through the trees!
Huntsman David K, whipperin Bre O
Through all the miles of riding everyone stayed astride and dry!
I am a USEF licensed course deisgner and I was impressed with the skinny coop (8′ wide?) that was at a base of the long hill. I missed the coop and had to make a quick turn around and jump it, then landed and galloped off between two very large pieces of machinery-a hay rake on one side and a disk on the other. Thank goodness we all ride great horses! On the way back, at a much slower speed, Huntsman Dave opened the gate next to that coop. I heard a lot of riders saying that they didn’t see that equipment when they were jumping the coops and galloping after the Huntmans and the hounds.
We rode home to a wonderful brunch provided by Dr. Jim McNutt and cupcakes that Deb Graham brought.
I’m not sure I can truly bring to life the fun we had this weekend! I stole some pictures from Stephanie Caston, Holly Barrett, Jenny Nguyen and Rick Wheatley and they brought the adventures to life.
Jay Stockhausen sharing his flask with a very wet Annie. Trying to warm up!
My friend and I text each other every day and list three things we are grateful for.
Today I am grateful: 1.for Lyse and Tom sharing their house, their food, their barn and thier property with all of us.2. for everyone being safe (other than some chilly water dunking) 3.My truck kept running!
Happy thanksgiving, everyone!
Carine and Indie
NHH Honorary Secretary