Humans discovering a different side of themselves… on a horse.

I was looking over the masses of Team Penning photos taken (by Reaction Photography) while we were at the R Lazy S Ranch in early August.

Now… you may say to yourself, “Team Penning is not something I would ever do or care about…”.


Exactly my point.

The first two years I was at the R Lazy S Ranch, I didn’t do the Team Penning either.  I thought it was something only kids did… or something I simply couldn’t do – no skills for it and really not interested.

But last year I did it with Hubby and our friends from Grass Valley.  We had SO MUCH FUN that we signed up for Team Penning on the very first day of our trip this year.

This simple game, on a horse, with cows… changed our perspectives on ourselves and our capabilities.  Last year, my team came in 2nd place.  For a while there, we actually had the best times.  Wow!  Huh?  Us?  A coupla gals from Grass Valley?

But besides the times, just doing it was exhilarating!  We were laughing and eating dust with glee!

So, while reviewing these new pics, (we lost horribly this year…), I wanted to share the wonderment through description.  I will describe the ‘title’ of each player and you can see who far they are outside of their boxes…


Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.18.27 PM

This guy in a beautiful shirt, is a cyber intelligence worker who lives in Virginia. He only rides when he comes to the R Lazy S.  (Look at Freckles in the background… He was helping.)

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 1.18.14 PM

This is his 16 year old daughter who is not a rider, either, but she had a great time on this fabulous pony. All of us were on the sidelines, waiting our turns. (Nobody is using cell phones – we rarely saw them at the ranch.)

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.23.47 PM

This is Leslie. She is a fertility worker who actually makes the babies in the lab. Riding is not something she does often, either. Look at her go!

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 1.12.42 PM

Look at that face! This is Joyce. She is a very successful pharmaceutical rep from NY/SF.  She never rides.

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.18.06 PM

This is Katelynn from Washington (above Oregon). She is one of the Ranch’s chefs (Thank you for the excellent food!). Katelynn is a ringer. You want her on your teeam.

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.19.11 PM

Happy kid! This is the son of the Cyber guy.  He is not a rider, but look at him!…

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.21.25 PM

This is Tom on Pirate. He loves this horse… Tom is a retired Railroad employee from Alabama. He only rides when he comes to the R Lazy S – once a year..

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.22.48 PM

This is me. Our team lost miserably… but not due to my fabulous horse, Teewinot. He was totally into it!

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 1.17.24 PM

This is the 16 year old who didn’t really want to do Team Penning.   Look at her here!

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.21.03 PM

This is our friend, Adam. He owns an Internet provider company. Doesn’t he look like a natural? He also never rides.

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.21.45 PM

Hubby and Tom celebrating their time. They were really excited! This Team Penning got under their skin,for sure!

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.18.49 PM

This is the cyber intelligence expert with his two sons, who never ride. Imagine how cool this was for them – and imagine the memories…

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.19.42 PM

Hubby’s team. All were charging forward on their third go.

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 1.19.36 PM

This is a really nice kid who lives in New Hampshire. He never rides but sure had fun on this day!

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 1.19.01 PM

This is New Hampshire’s little brother who had THE BEST VOICE! This kid was such a delight! I loved watching him ride. He said, “It isn’t if we win or lose, it is if we improve! That’s what matters!” Good parents.

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.24.43 PM

Me, again. I’m looking for my team…. a good example of why we lost.  Note how my horse is totally into this.  Freckles is helping in the background.

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.14.18 PM

Teenage girls, not on their phones, and laughing a lot!

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.16.06 PM

This is a 20 year old kid from Ohio. He was doing this with his little brother who was 12 – just to make him comfortable. Well… they BOTH had an incredible time! (Neither rode before coming to R Lazy S!)

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 12.17.10 PM

This is the older New Hampshire brother, yelling at the cows. Freckles is helping again.

Your blogger... looking like a bad guy tomato, having a blast! (My red clothes come from Goode Rider... you can get it all Riding Warehouse or Goode Rider!)

Your blogger… looking like a bad guy tomato, having a blast! (My red clothes come from Goode Rider… you can get it all Riding Warehouse – linked at the bottom of this blog – or Goode Rider!)


HORSE AND MAN is a blog in growth... if you like this, please pass it around!

Only one comment so far...

  1. Annette

    This looks like so much fun! Wish there were a place like this in FL!

Post a comment!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *