Back when I was a kid I had the opportunity to ride endurance races as a junior rider. Junior riders are required to ride with a sponsor (an adult) until you reach sixteen years of age. Riding many years as a junior was a blast and allowed me and my younger brother (Cole) to ride events all over the US. From California to Arizona to Wyoming to Oregon and Virginia.
It’s been over 25 years since I’ve ridden an event as a junior but I just had a new experience riding with my parents but this time I was more of the sponsor and not the sponsored. I hauled three horses to the Ride The Divide multiday event on New Mexico over the holiday weekend. My folks drove from Arizona and met me at the ride camp.
The day was awesome. We had a good time remembering old races and helping each other on the trail. The endurance muscles of my parents quickly returned and the competitive juices started to flow as our horses got in the groove.
Mom and Dad cranking down the trail.
The day ended well with a 1st place, 3rd place and 4th place finish. Fury was awarded best condition. The first BC for Fury and yet another BC for Easyboot Gloves (what a hoof boot).
Fury getting ready for the BC judging. Easyboot Gloves removed and we did the final showing barefoot.
It was a great day on the trail. Kinda of fun to finally sponsor my folks. They will both be sore but are already asking about the next event. My Dad is a glutton for pain and wants to try for his 9th Tevis buckle this year.
Mom and Dad at the finish.
President & CEO
I have been President and CEO of EasyCare since 1993. My first area of focus for the company is in product development, and my goal is to design the perfect hoof boot for the barefoot horse.