September 17-18 Herman’s Ride Authored by cb- Friday was a beautiful afternoon to set up camp on the Wainwright Property. One by one rigs arrived and settled in literally…more on that story later. John offered a ride around 3:30 for anyone that felt like saddling up. We rode for a few hours and got a feel for the great trails we were going to enjoy this weekend. Herman was even prepared for the rain that was predicted to arrive Sat. Our evening fire was incredible with the Harvest Moon beaming above us.
Woke up to a warm overcast morning with predictions of a long day of rain coming to fruition. As we waited for a clearing Herman agreed to give us a tour of his family goat farm. An estimated 700 goats was a sight to see and hear; from Brutus the Ram to the tiniest of kids each wanting attention.
Sat. after our unique sunset ride we had the pleasure of meeting John & Pat from South Africa now retired Professors from U of W; Andrew a AJW Fine Furniture fabricator & Owen (Andrew’s son) Wainwright the landowners of our home base for the weekend. They were sharing with us that they purchased the property 50 years ago and through a Ministry program planted 50,000 trees. The Wainwright’s have trimmed trails all through their property making it a relaxing, soft footed ride for our horses. Sincere appreciation to the Wainwright Family and their generosity in sharing their environmental treasure with us.
Day riders started to arrive by 9-9:30 on Sunday morning. Welcoming new riders Joyce, Roxanne, Casey & Rachel. John & Herman lead us through manicured trails, around fields with gorgeous panoramic views, through babbling streams…you could not be disappointed on this ride it had everything. I must remind myself not to get complacent with the beauty I see on all these rides.
Of course all great weekends must come to an end and getting everyone out of this location was done with the assistance of Andrew and his tractor…as I mentioned a few rigs settled into the clay and needed a tug to get pointed in the right direction.
A huge thanks again to the Wainwright’s and to our trail leaders Herman and John for another superb time. Maybe the next ride at John’s could be a “DRY” Ride!!!!!!!
September 10-11 Authored by Jeff Pollard- Ralph’s Ride was graciously hosted by Ralph Campbell of Westfield Rd near Blyth. Saturday’s ride did not get going until 1:00 pm due to inclement weather but that is not to say the morning was uneventful. Somehow, Bob’s horse got loose and for some unknown reason, decided to take off running and was last seen going over the hill with a smile on its face. An exhaustive search of the surrounding country finally turned up the fugitive several miles away. The ride got underway after lunch with 10 riders and went through beautiful country and well groomed trails.
A delicious pot luck supper was had on Saturday evening. It was apparent that all contributors brought their best dishes. No one went away hungry. This writer especially liked the desert table.
Ralph provided a large wagon load of firewood and decreed that it all had to be burnt before the end of the weekend. A large bonfire was had both Friday and Saturday night and despite best efforts by several people loading the fire, there was a little bit left on the wagon Sunday afternoon.
Sunday’s weather was gorgeous. Sunny and low 20s. 16 riders participated in aproximately 5 hours on the trails. Again Bob provided the entertainment when his horse came across some ground bees. It’s clear to see why his nickname is Cowboy as he went well over 8 seconds. Fortunately both horse and rider escaped without injury and the ride carried on.
Thanks to Ralph Campbell for a very well run and successful ride. Jeff Pollard
September 3-4 Cowboy Bob’s Ride Ayton WOW!! what a weekend in every possible way. Absolutely perfect weather, incredible trails…this cool picture was taken by John Pyatt of my girl coming down the sand slide. Soooo Fun!!! Huge THANKS to our host & trail leaders Bob Butler & Murray Grein. cb
Look for the COWBOY at his gate: Johnnie Cicero is Authoring his version of Cowboy Bob’s Ride- Saturday morning 10′ o clock saw 29 riders head out for day of riding under blue skies. We traversed trails through the bush and across open fields enjoying the day and scenery with temperatures that were just right. After lunch we back tracked short ways heading off on other trails, riding across a couple creeks, stopping to let the horse have a drink as needed. After crossing one creek we lost the trail which required us to ride through the creek for short distance to find the trail.. After a full day of riding we returned to camp in the late afternoon tired and happy. Potluck supper was served with plenty of food for everyone followed by a bonfire which was enjoyed by all.
Sunday morning 32 riders rode out to ride on Bob’s farm. We rode in the bush on trails and on trails up hills, down hills, some steep, over, under and around trees until a branch knocked Bob’s hat and glasses off his head. Luckily Clare joined Bob and his grandson and found the glasses. Awesome job Clare! Bob showed us a hill that was steep and sandy….A few people took up Bob’s challenge to ride down the hill. We continued our ride and returned to camp in mid afternoon. Another great riding weekend. All the best Johnnie