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March 2009 Blog Posts (67)

Reflecting on the 2009 VVMM

This month started out with a goal to ride a different trail every day. Since I rode twice some days, I actually rode 38 different trails. Sure, they intersect & overlap, but 'something' was different each time out. I am so lucky to have the ability to do that. Even today I found myself riding in a place I'd never been before.

The weather here in Newcastle didn't always cooperate (can you say wind?). It ranged anywhere from single digits to 70 degrees. No wind to 30mph plus.… Continue

Added by Marirose Six on March 31, 2009 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Canter you [silly, frustrating] horse!

Or that's what I meant to say. "It actually came out ARGH! Canter you @#$**!! horse!" I was riding my new 3 yr old(almost 4) mare, DB Hula Mayya, in our weekly lesson. Huley's been coming along really nice, and we've been having fun learning spins and rollbacks and just started baby x-rails sunday. But our nemesis is that blasted canter her bad direction, CCW.

So Sunday we were working on that again. Other people can get her to canter that way, no problems. But when I try, it's… Continue

Added by Cindy on March 31, 2009 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

Last Day of March Madness

WOW! The last day of March went out with gusting winds (30+) some sun, some snow flurries & some beautiful trail.



Added by Marirose Six on March 31, 2009 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

Push WMA 3/22/09

Push WMA 3-22-09.kmz

Added by Katrina Mosshammer on March 31, 2009 at 10:50am — No Comments

Push WMA 3/21/09

Push WMA 3-21-09.kmz

We stopped and talked to the ranger for an hour so I've substracted that from my finish time.

Added by Katrina Mosshammer on March 31, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

Looking for a Specialized for a friend

If there is any body out there planning on selling a used Specialized Trailmaster- 16" PLEASE forward the information to me? She tried my saddle- she & her horse loved the saddle. Poor Charlie would toss his head & buck going down hills- trying to express his discomfort under previous saddles- there was none of that with the Specialized- So, we are trying to find them one- Please email us: ezspur@msn.com THANKS!

Added by Christine on March 31, 2009 at 8:05am — No Comments

A Ride Just For ME-by Reno

Hiya everbody! I'm Reno, an almost 2 year old malamute/husky mix. I used to live on a chain in town before mom came & got me. By then I was living across the street in a fenced in yard where I had some room to play. The first time I saw mom, last summer, I begged her to keep me with her. I had no idea what I was getting into, I just thought she looked like a fun person. I LOVE it here, I get to run & play for miles & miles. Lots of deer, rabbits, birds & turkeys to chase. Woo… Continue

Added by Marirose Six on March 30, 2009 at 4:51pm — No Comments

2009 VVMM - The John Singleton Mosby Heritage Multiday Ride - Day 5 - with Team Virginia

Day 5 -- and the rains keep coming.

A storm last night dumped more rain on the already saturated landscape, but the rain was gone by morning leaving only cloudy skies. The forecast warned of severe storms moving in by afternoon, but that was not enough to deter Team Virginia from meeting at my place that morning for a planned 21 mile "end of the VV rides" jaunt around the Middleburg countryside.

Larry and Kathy Tumblin arrived at my farm and in due course we were all… Continue

Added by Flora H on March 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Summit Ridge

Good footing near home & I go looking for the mud, snow, ice on Summit Ridge. With a good chance of thunder showers too. I did have to finally put my raincoat on while I was headed for home. Just a short sprinkle with some snowballs thrown in for fun. Didn't last long, but the thunder behind me kept me heading for home & sticking to the low country to get there. Nice warm day though, 50 degrees. The rain smelled so good. The wind quit just before the rain & stayed still after--kind… Continue

Added by Marirose Six on March 29, 2009 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Rabbit Run 30 LD March 2009 in NJ.

What a great ride! My friend Tammy and I drove over to NJ from PA. It took us 2 1/2 hours to get there Friday afternoon. The trip went smooth. We got to the Brendon T. Byrne State Forest and Patti Pizzo hooked us up with a good parking spot. Long walk to the parks restroom facitlites. (Of course, we both had to go as soon as we got there....). Which were nice and clean, with showers! Great place to have ride camp. It's in the pine barrens, so the… Continue

Added by Cheryl Miller on March 28, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

A Nice Ride--by Noodle

Howdy, Noodle here. Mom surprised me today by heading out in a direction that I've only gone once before. The plan was to ride to her sister-in-law's place. Turns out the fence that used to be down is fixed, so we couldn't go there. I thought maybe we'd go back, nope. We went over to the neighbor's place. I was there once before when Monty, Weed & I got loose (I still haven't told Mom hew we got out--it's our little secret).It's pretty nice over there. After that it was off to deer park… Continue

Added by Marirose Six on March 28, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

2009 VVMM - The John Singleton Mosby Heritage Multiday Ride - Day 4

Day 4...and it had rained all last night.

No..let me re-phrase that. It had *deluged* all night, and into the morning hours. Not spitting, not drizzling. There was nothing so-so about this weather. We're talking real, honest to goodness rain. By morning it had lightened up... somewhat. The forecasters were predicting a break in the rain come mid morning, just enough time to give us a breather before even heavier storms swept in late in the afternoon, bringing thunderstorms and winds… Continue

Added by Flora H on March 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

2009 VVMM - The John Singleton Mosby Heritage Multiday Ride - Day 3

Day 3 - and it is sunny, bright, warm, and beautiful. A lovely day.

There were quite a few people out on the normally quiet gravel roads, and we found ourselves stopping and chatting with quite a few landowners and farmers who were busy getting their estates and farm fields ready for Spring. While all the chatting was fun, it extended our time just over the 6 hour limit, including the one time we forgot to turn back on the GPS and went a few miles before discovering our mistake.… Continue

Added by Flora H on March 27, 2009 at 10:41pm — No Comments

What, Does She Think I'm A Mountain Goat?--by Monty

Hi all! Monty here. I just wanted to let you all know that Ma takes me on Nellie trails now. (Meaning-goat trails.) When I first moved here last summer, I didn't know how to carry Ma down or up hills at all. Now, I'm like a pro she says. Today we put me to the test while trying to hide from the cold wind. We just sort of climbed/descended rocky, sage covered hills & draws. Any place that was a road we moved out. Even cantered some today. It was kind of fun. Here's where we went (to the best… Continue

Added by Marirose Six on March 26, 2009 at 7:13pm — No Comments

2009 VVMM - The John Singleton Mosby Heritage Multiday Ride - Day 2

Day 2 -- and it is raining. The forecast called for some intense rain in the afternoon, so I was intent upon getting an early start with Drummer (14h Welsh Section B pony) for his first ever LD.

However, I overslept while listening to the patter of rain off the eaves, then was thwarted in my attempt for a hurried, albeit nice hot breakfast by finding plenty of bacon in the fridge, but all the eggs gone! Seems like darling hubby scarffed them down and then hopped his flight to head to… Continue

Added by Flora H on March 26, 2009 at 5:46pm — No Comments

2009 VVMM - The John Singleton Mosby Heritage Multiday Ride - Day 1

The final seven days of the VV rides are here, and it is time to put all our conditioning ..for both equines and human...to the test in our very own multiday -- a week long series of LD rides through the Loudoun, Clarke and Fauquier countryside Civil War haunts of the famous (and local!) Confederate hero Col. John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers.

John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers - 1864

John Singleton Mosby and his Rangers -…

Added by Flora H on March 25, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

March 25

south & north.kmz

Added by Marirose Six on March 25, 2009 at 6:07pm — No Comments


I believe the wind was still blowing about 25-30mph. The blizzard really hit hard all around us, yet still managed to mostly miss us. We got the major winds, but only a few inches of snow. Areas around us got 6" to 30+". As much fun as it may have sounded to ride yesterday, I took the weather-wimp stand & hung out by the fire with a good book.

With the winds still blowing from 30-40mph most of the day, I followed that same plan, almost. Finally, at 4:00 I decided I may as well get a… Continue

Added by Marirose Six on March 24, 2009 at 6:50pm — No Comments

A Beautiful Spring Day

Nothing exciting on this particular ride. Rode my aging Zoey for a lovely ride through our woods where I board. Spring is knocking on our door, the grass is coming in, the deer are out...just a nice… Continue

Added by Cindy on March 23, 2009 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Training in Queensland

We did several 35km loops this past weekend, and here are the photos to prove Continue

Added by Jay Randle on March 23, 2009 at 1:35am — No Comments

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