Some of the other obstacles consisted of:
Bridge walk, 10 points each for Chy & Reese.
Man hole, a piece of plywood on the ground with a painted black circle that they had to walk on, Chy & Reese each got 6 & 7 points...this was a hard one!
Ring toss, 10 points each. We had to use a wooded sword that they gave us and pick off a brass ring that was on several tree branches in an area and transfer that ring to another branch that had an orange streamer on it. 10 points for Reese and Chy.
Rubber ball, this was the big rubber ball that your horse can push around. Actually, we never did this one because there was about 10 horses lined up to do it and it took forever. It was the last obstacle and our horses were beat. No points for the boys. :-(
Garbage pick up. You had to get a plastic bag (from somewhere?) and pick up 5 pieces of garbage along the trail. This was the one that frustrated us, because there was no instruction and wefound out about it at the end of the ride. No points for the boys. ;-(
Treat: There was a Tupperware bucket on a tree that had treats in it. You got 10 points if you got out a treat and gave it to your horse. We had NO idea it counted toward your total and we don't give our horses treats so we passed it. No points for the boys. :-(
Safety check. You had to have 5 items on you that showed you were a safe trail rider. ie hoof pick, helmet, flashlight, water, heeled shoes etc. We both got 10 points, yay!
Steep hill, you got 10 points if you could negotiate down the hill safely and with good communication with your horse. Chy and Reese, 10 points!
Pole Pattern: pivet in a square, then trot over poles and trot over a jump. The only problem with this is that it was SO tight, by the time I got Reese in a trot, 1/2 the course was over. lol. Score? Reese 6 points and Chy another "BEST SO FAR" from the judge and a perfect 10. Blah, Blah...Blah..this is getting old! Just Kidding!
Total possible points: 150
Final Tally on our horses:
Chy- Boy: 127 and Reese 107.
GREAT FUN was had by all and the weather was perfect. I probably wont' ever travel that far again, especially TO the big city but it an awesome learning experience and really pushed my ability to haul the horses through all sorts of crazy conditions. ;-)
We completed the ride at about 2:00, had a bit to eat and chatted with folks and relaxed. But to be honest, Tracy and I were both feeling an urge to move on and not stay the nite. People were leaving and the trails were just OK, nothing fantastic and we had no interest in doing them again. About that time, we met a man named Karl Newman. I believe Karl was God-sent as he steered us to a new adventure that made this weekend an experience we wouldn't soon forget. When Karl found out we were from the Upper Peninsula said, "You came ALL the way down HERE, JUST for this??" He had been north many times and was shocked to hear we would leave such beautiful horse country trails to come to the city to ride. (we were questioning that same thing about this time, but it WAS for a good cause and there are no judged rides near us) He mentioned a place in Vanderbuilt called Elk Hill / Pigeon river which was about 3 hours back north and right on our way home, sort of. I had heard of this campground but not first hand. In fact, I had hoped to go there before winter hit, so I asked for directions and more details.
And so began the rest of our journey.....click page two to hear the rest of the story.....