Sunday, 13. February 2011 21:48
Well today is Sunday and the second and last day of Skijoring in Silverton Colorado. I started out today at the bottom of the course and worked my way up. I wanted to catch the staging area and where the trailers and horses were mingling. My friend Paula had asked me to get some pictures of the rigging’s they use for the horse and skier. So I spent some time taking pictures for her too, they will follow shortly.
So we begin this journey with the trailers… horses… trailers… horses… lol …if you are an old show buff like me you may really have a thing about trailers and horses at events! It’s like a candy store.
This is the staging area where horse, rider and skier await their turn to run the course.
Here ya go Paula. This is one of the ways they tie to the horse. It’s a loop at the end of the rope that is braided back into the rope like the loop end of a lariat. The skier wraps the other end of the rope around a gloved hand. I saw three turns on this skiers (not in photo) hand.
Here it is up close…sorry its blurry I couldn’t get too close to some of the horses.
Another way to rig to the horse is by using a spring snap to the ring on the back of your saddle. I knew there were more ways to use those rings.
Then were ready to start the days event with Mark Mackie another Silverton resident, holding up the start flag.
…and there off!!!
At the announcers booth above the Bent Elbow Restaurant and Victorian Hotel we have our second day announcer… sorry I don’t know your name. But I see a bunch of folks up there enjoying the event.
Here goes that a cowboy again on Blackjack – 5 time world champion skijoring horse. One of the fastest horses in the sport.
During a 20 minute break I went to Mother Kluckers restaurant to have lunch and ran into Mitch Gilon. He is one of Heather and Malcolm’s best friends and always warm with hugs. He is one of the people who made me feel at home here m Silverton, and I think the world of him.
While at Mother Kluckers I had to go back to the kitchen and grab this pic of Kyle (left) and The Dude Man. Dude Man use to work with me at the Conoco gas station, he is also the highly talented artist that created and did my tattoo. I think the world of him and his wife Penny. Kyle is one of our volunteer firemen, and he is always getting in my photos. He and his wife Audrey are also along with Dude Man and Penny the best of friends with Heather and Mal. These guys and their wives have also made me feel so at home here. And I really appreciate them too.
Below is Mark Garvin in the green vest. He is the guy that made my room so wonderful to live in. He is also one of my massage clients. Here he is seeing to safety for the event.
One of our EMTs feeding the crew.. lol well sort of.
OH! Here they are.. Donnie (left), Lee and Tiffany. The rest of the EMT staff.
Lastly as the day comes to a close we see the last of the riders and skiers making their bid for a healthy purse. We also gave away a nice leather bridle.
And it comes to a close with a flash and dash of a good horse and talented skier. Until next year and we make it bigger and better yet. Thanks for coming everyone and we look forward to having you again next year!
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