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Trail Ride at Fair Hill, Maryland

The weather caught us by suprise! The forecast was for mild camping temperatures and we equipped ouselves accordingly. In the event, ice formed on the water buckets over night and the thermometer registered 28 degrees at dawn. Although fully clothed and wrapped in a zero-degree rated sleeping bag, I froze, and found sleep impossible. The next night (Saturday, March 30) we made sure that we added plenty of padding underneath our sleeping bags to stop the cold from striking through and put extra covers on top. this cured the sleeping trouble but did not make up for the sleep I lost the night before.

Saturday was bright but still very cold. The horses enjoyed it, but it was far too cold to paint outdoors and I didn’t have the stamina for much photography.

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Becky and Susan are riding companions. She joined us to observe the trail-ride procedures before committing her own horse to the fun. She also helped Susan take care of Lulu (Susan's young trainee.

Becky in the early sunlight .Becky and Susan are riding companions. She joined us to observe the trail-ride procedures before committing her own horse to the fun. She also helped Susan take care of Lulu (Susan’s young trainee).

Kay, who hails from Gloucester in England, is also a lay vet. Here, she is giving "playdough" advice.

Kay, who hails from Gloucester in England, is also a lay vet. Here, she is giving “playdough” advice.

Susan setting her GPS watch before the ride

Susan setting her GPS watch before the ride

Playdough setting out in high-stepping style . . . .

Playdough setting out in high-stepping style . . . .

Halfway round the course (12 1/2 miles in all).  Playdough is sweating but still stepping out and striving to keep up with the stronger horses! (Picture courtesy of Feather Hill Photography and Susan)

Halfway round the course (12 1/2 miles in all). Playdough is sweating but still stepping out and striving to keep up with the stronger horses! (Picture courtesy of Feather Hill Photography and Susan)

At the end of the ride, Playdough looks as though he has given his all. Susan had a hard time getting his hearst -rate back down to normal

At the end of the ride, Playdough looks as though he has given his all. Susan had a hard time getting his heart-rate back down to normal.

Notice the designer shoes shoes

Notice the designer shoes

Intrducing "Lulu". Susan says that Lulu is longer striding than Playdough and will be more suited to trail-ride competitions when she is a little older

Introducing “Lulu”. Susan says that Lulu is longer-striding than Playdough and will be more suited to trail-ride competitions when she is a little older

View from my sleeping bag . . . .

View from my sleeping bag . . . .Susan brought me hot coffee and a bagel to assauge the frozen bones

Awaiting the return of the competitors . . . .

Awaiting the return of the competitors . . . .

Cooling down . . . . .

Cooling down . . . . .

Finally, Susan excercising "Brixy" (I hope the spelling is somewhere near!)

Finally, Susan excercising “Brixy” (I hope the spelling is somewhere near!)

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