DID YOU HEAR?! AN 18 year-old woman won the 100 mile TEVIS CUP with a free horse found on Craigslist!






Most of you probably read about this astonishing Tevis feat!  Click here to read the original story.

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Goober isn't the only horse her family has found on Craigslist, Sanoma Blakeley says.

(CNN)After 16 hours pushing through the world’s most rigorous endurance horse race, 18-year-old Sanoma Blakeley and her horse Goober were sprinting all-out under a black sky in California’s Gold Rush country.

Neck and neck with them was a three-time winner of the race, Jeremy Reynolds. Blakeley, meanwhile, was striding atop a horse her family found for free on Craigslist.
“He passed me a couple of times in the last four miles,” Blakely told CNN. “We were running our horses as fast as they were willing to go.”
In the end, Blakeley finished about a horse length in front of her competitor.
After galloping out at 5:15 a.m. near Truckee, California, she and Goober had endured three canyons, multiple river crossings and epic elevation changes while traversing 100 miles on the Western States Trail.
One hundred eighty-four horses began this year’s Tevis Cup. The race standings show 98 horses crossing the finish line.
Riding between points near Truckee to finish near Auburn, California, they were competing in the 64th annual running of the Tevis Cup on August 17. It bills itself as the world’s most difficult equestrian endurance ride.

The 10-year-old Goober has been Blakeley's family for eight years.

Eight years ago, Blakeley’s father Wasch answered a Craigslist ad offering the horse up for free.
“He didn’t know the guy,” Blakeley said. But it wasn’t the only time they’ve found horses that way. “We’ve gotten a few good horses on Craigslist.”
The family owns Blakeley Endurance Stables, where Goober is one of seven horses under their care.
The horse may not have come from strong racing stock, but Blakeley does. Her mother has completed six Tevis Cups and her father has finished five of the races.
Blakeley began racing horses in the American Endurance Ride Conference when she was just 6 years old. She first attempted the Tevis Cup as a 12-year-old in 2014, and then again in 2016.
Both times she didn’t finish. The race has numerous veterinary stops throughout the course, where vets perform metabolic tests on the horses, and require a horse’s pulse rate to fall to a certain level before the horse and rider can press on.
She said in her past attempts, her horse didn’t pass muster at vet stops marking the 55th and 68th miles, respectively.
One difference this year: her horse.
“He was feeling really strong the whole day,” she said. And when Goober’s pulse rate fell to a normal resting rate faster than other horses, Blakeley could get a head start out of the vet stops.
Winning the race was a product of a lifetime of hard work for the young woman who hails from Terrebonne, Oregon.
“It was just a lot of time conditioning,” Blakeley said. “You get out what you put in.”

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A musing from H. Alan Day, author of “The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs”. Lovely.






I am a huge fan of H. Alan Day.  He is the author of “The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs” as well as co-author of “The Lazy B” (with his sister, Sandra Day O’Connor) about his growing up on the Lazy B Ranch – which I was invited to visit with Alan, which was beyond words.  You can read that story here.

Today, Alan sent this missive and I wanted to share.

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You never know when inspiration will appear. Just the other day, two big doses came my way.

I was having lunch with my buddy Neil. His wife had passed from cancer a few years back, a sad event indeed. Neil recently had remarried, so I was eager to hear his news.  Turns out he married a long time friend. She and her husband were dear friends of Neil and his wife; they even traveled together. Her husband died shortly after Neil’s wife died. One day Neil happened to mention to her that he was taking a trip. She he said, “I’ll go with you,” and the rest is matrimony history.

If that doesn’t pluck your heartstrings, there’s more to the story that will. Neil’s new wife had a daughter with two children. The daughter died and the father had long stepped out of the picture.  Some families are small, some are big. Neil’s wife’s family errs on the small side. In fact, she and the other grandmother are the children’s only living relatives. So at age 86, my buddy Neil and his wife are raising a ten-year-old and a twelve-year-old. When called on to be saints, some people willingly and without complaining, rise to the occasion.

                As Neil and I parted ways, a man who had been dining next to our table came up to me.

“I couldn’t help but overhear that you’re a writer,” he said. He explained that his mother is an avid reader. At age 103, she devours books and has a mind that is as sharp as when she was fifty. His mother happened to be in the restroom, so I waited around to meet her. Pretty soon, her she came with her walker. Her son introduced us.

“I know your name,” she said. “Didn’t you write a book with your sister?” She proceeded to say that she still owned it and even told her son where it was in the house. “Where can I get your other books?” she asked.

“I keep some in the back of my car,” I said.

She wanted them inscribed. I explained that a new book is worth the cover price, but as soon as I scratched it up, it would dip in value. She chuckled and her son handed me a pen.

It was an honor to send her home with those books. We all face our mortality, but it’s inspiring when you see someone, who has lived longer than most, face it with grace and with the eagerness to learn something new each day.


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