“Colorado, everywhere I go I’m in your shadow and you’re callin’ to me
Colorado, the sun melts the snow makes the rivers flow to the sea”
from Colorado by Chuck Pyle
Elizabeth: watching the sunset (JN Ranch, Oct 25 2017)
Nothing is finer than being home.
on a ranch trail (JN Ranch, Sep 17 2017)
The trail will soon be crowded with cattle, in a few days, as they return to the mid-range from their summer grazing range in the mountains.
Saying goodbye …
Deborah watching the last sunset of summer 2017 (JN Ranch, Sep 21 2017)
“Summer, we hardly knew thee.”
Fall will begin later this afternoon at 14:02 MDT (20:02 UTC), just in time for a late fall/early winter kind of weekend.
The golden hour, this morning, was replaced by the red, smoky haze hour.
sunrise: big orange red
climbing in the sky
sunrise: the long view
Contributing to the sunrise, and the day, in general, the heavy scent of burning pine.
smoky haze at tree level
hidden: sun behind broken clouds and a smoky veil
The smoky haze is from the large wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington. It is expected to clear overnight with the passage of a cold front through the state.
A golden beginning.
the golden 45, at sunrise, begins
Over the past few years, it has been riding away from home. The level of competition is much greater and more varied. Riding at a higher level certainly warrants this kind of approach. It is important to measure individual progress and to improve riding skills. It also requires more selectivity while constructing the show schedule. Traveling a long distance for one show and back home, that show likely does not make the schedule – though we’ve done it a few times. Making all the pieces fit – shows, practice, downtime – on the calendar is the difficult part. It provides invaluable experience for the younger equestrian contemplating a professional career.
Walk of Champions (Colorado Horse Park, July 2016)
This week, and next, the riding will be closer to home. These two shows are part of a summer series, which begins in early June and ends in late July, or early August. It is a nice series drawing riders from the Four Corners zone, the larger Intermountain West and the Midwest. With the away schedule, my daughters have used the month of July as downtime while maintaining their in-season practice schedule. Last summer, they rode the last show of the series. This summer, it is the last two shows of the series.
Riding the home ground has given the girls the opportunity to renew their ties with riding friends who still make the trek, here, for two, three or four weeks. They’ll also be sharing some of their experience with the five junior riders from RRC. Trish will have them shadow Deborah, Elizabeth and Tara like she had them shadow Greg, Sarah and Megan. Trish, she’ll be watching everything from the sidelines.
end of the day: Trish and Perry head back to the barn (RRC, July 6 2017)
a prairie sunrise on North Ranch section, JN Ranch in Colorado