In which one of the Usual Suspects gets hitched, so we all clean up

Sirie is the youngest of the Usual Suspects, the group of folks that Fiddle and I often ride with, and last weekend she got married.

So, for the second time in a calendar year, we all left our dirty boots and brightly-colored tights at home, and put on fancy dress clothes for a happy event.
How many endurance riders (and future endurance riders)
can you fit under that dress?
 It was a day full of smiles.

Jeff and Sirie
 Our very own not-entirely-Reverand Cowboy Jim officiated.
The horse-girls showed up to support the bride.  Look how my little girls have turned into such beautiful young women! 
With just a little photoshopping,
we could totally be Aretha Franklin and the Andantes.
 All the horse people herded themselves into a single table, of course.

We toasted the bridal couple,
She's a good public speaker...and she gave me happy sniffles.
 and told a story.  
Jim and I are pretty adept at passing microphones back-and-forth
(the story we tell at weddings is on the blog, HERE)

Everyone, please join me in wishing them a "happy-ever-after" life!

The next morning, Sirie was still busy >g<
 but a bunch of the rest of us put on the dirty boots and tightly-colored tights and went riding.   Because that's how we do things here!  


  1. Congratulations, Best Wishes, and may your life be eternally Happy Ever After, in The Wedding Story way.
    On a side note, us horse fold clean up good, don't we?

  2. Both days were so much fun, I was happy to be there! Wishing the newly weds all the best in the coming years together!

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  4. Congratulations to the happy couple!

  5. An Endurance 101 question for you! Horse containment.. what does one start off with for overnight horse-camping at a first-LD or endurance ride?

    (Original first-LD ride plans involved a local place that has pipe corral stalls for at least 30 horses. LD has been cancelled; I have been faced with the realization that I have no idea what normal procedure is.)

  6. Welcome, thefigureouter! Here's a link to a "containment" post that I wrote back in 2010:

    It's perfectly okay to tie your horses to the trailer or high-tie (safely) between trees at night. HOWEVER be sure that they are prepared to stand, tied, for many hours by practicing at home first. They will need to be able to reach feed and water, but you don't want the leadrope so long that they can get feet over it and flip upside-down (seen that, not pretty). They will also need to be hand-walked periodically so they don't stiffen up.

    Good luck and have fun with your event!


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