"Its hard not to giggle, its hard not to laugh, when you find a horse in your bubble bath!"
Monday, November 7, 2011
Extreme trail NW Nationals, Eugene, OR.
I went to Eugene, Or. Sunday with my favorite ladies. Carol and Judy. Carol drove her fancy new Subaru, with an in dash GPS.
When you first walk in Mark Bolender has his booth. He competes, trains horses for, builds extreme trail courses all over the world! US, Germany, he said he is going to Australia soon and much more in the works! Him and his wife are very nice people too. Check out his website Unique Horsemanship, Mark Bolender
The courses are just amazing! Here is Mark on Checkers, he was going when we first got there.
He rides Checkers and his half brother bridleless in many disciplines, extreme trail, cutting, reining, etc.
There were a lot of gorgeous mules!!!
There is a large Mt. mural on the wall in the background. There are all natural obstacles.
I took a pic of one of the like 5 or 6 different patterns through the obstacles, it all depended on which classes you were taking, experience and age. That is a lot to remember!!!
Mark on Checkers waiting to go up to the waterfall crossing.
There was a guy riding a huge Draft horse.
There were at least three buttermilk buckskins that look really similar to my Moms gelding Sonny. (these pics are for you Mom).
There were a couple of Halflingers.
The full arena from the end.
Checkers is an amazing horse to watch, it helps that he is really cute too! LOL His expressions and intelligence are really fun to watch.
He sidepassed to the left, between all these poles, bridleless.....
A few steps forward and sidepass the rest of the way.
See the waterfall Mt. in the back corner.
There are ditches and holes filled with water. There is a giant pond beside this rider.
Carefully picking the way through the rocks.
Another Mule. This is the balance beam obstacle, it is 18" wide, beveled to 16", Mark told us. A lot of the animals walked on it, a lot didnt. This Mule did awesome.
Lunch break. We went to the restaurant and had lunch and they have a live feed of what is going on in the arena, pretty cool.