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Travel day two…done…

Everyone was up and on the road to make the border crossing and the vet check early yesterday.

Lindsey ran into a bit of problem. Luckily I was near my computer and could fill in the US Border Agent with more documentation. I thought we had the right documents along (that was on my “border crossing” list) but found out we need to add more details to make it work. The agent was very helpful and a quick email to him from my desk solved the problem. Now both trailers were headed to the vet check and then back on the road!

Winter Coutts

“How easy it is to find and appreciate the beauty of a cold winter morning when you are living your dream!!!!” Iris 

two trailers

The weather cooperated and the roads were good. The passes over the Rockies were clear and now the horses are all bedded down in their second overnight horsey hotel. They are all triple blanketed overnight as the stable is unheated. In hindsight, I am a bit thankful that we clipped them early this year. They are all quite fuzzy and will need to be re-clipped in California but sleeping in Idaho Falls, in an unheated stable…the fuzz will help keep them cozier!

Today is the big travel day. Idaho Falls to San Diego. It’s going to be a very long day. Salt Lake City, Vegas, Los Angeles and then the gorgeous drive into San Diego. At least the roads will be clear of snow and ice the further south they drive…

So looking forward to seeing the arrival photos of all six horses (and 4 humans!!!) at Arroyo tonight…ohhhhhmmmmm……



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The Lists…oh the lists…

The lists that make it able for us to get out of here on time, with ease and without leaving anyone behind are basically endless…

So one of the lists includes my truck. New tires, all fluids/ inspections /TLC that the dealer can perform and a thorough cleaning…it’s tip top ready to go.


Peter and Lindsey called last night, 6 hours into the first leg of the trip. “The truck is making a whining (intermittent) sound. All the gauges are reading fine but when we get over 110 kms/hr, it whines. Have you ever heard this before?”.  Ivars and I are now scratching our heads trying to figure out what could be wrong. My advice is to keep going and at the next fill up we’ll take a closer look at things.

Peter and Lindsey call again, 1/2 hr later…laughing.  Whew…good sign I think.  “We found the source of the sound. It’s the antenna!” The whining, intermittent sound is coming from the external antenna on the truck vibrating while coated with a thick layer of ice. The ice build up on the antenna is due to driving in heavy fog in very cold winter conditions. Ahhhh…winter.

So first leg now done.

Next stop is the US/CAN border crossing, an appointment with the Federal Vet and then on to Idaho Falls for the night. Today they will be travelling all the passes to get over the Rockies in Montana. They’ll do this in the warmest time of the day so the roads will be the least treacherous…that’s the plan! (That’s on Peter’s list…)

Off to refill my tea cup..



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A big, beautiful, wonderful day…

The weather was wonderful, our lesson with Shannon was amazing, and the guys had another super 50km ride!

Once again Shannon nailed it and added a big (read VERY BIG) missing piece to the puzzle that is Grand Prix.  Lindsey asked the question posed by Shannon and Lance tried to answer (a bit too big and with a very surprised look on his face!!).  Today he’ll settle down and put it together.  (He needs to think about it overnight before he can execute the fine bits with ease!!!)  William and Fred were still on a lunging program.  They both looked almost recovered so today we’ll ride them.

We have early lessons today on both Lance and William with Shannon…we are so excited to be here to add new knowledge to the basics!!!  My brain, Lindsey’s brain and all three horses’s brains will be working, working, working…love it!!!  Thank you Shannon Peters!!!

Peter leaves today.  Thank you Peter for all you do…  Hopefully you can get a Leucadia donut before Ivars gets you to your flight.  See you in a month!!!

Ivars is giving his legs a rest today and will be back on his bike tomorrow.

Thank you Eddie for parking my trailer "in the hole"!  I would have taken me hours (success would have be doubtful...)

Thank you Eddie for parking my trailer “in the hole”! I would have taken me hours (success would have be doubtful…)

The mobile detail guys were at the stable yesterday so the grime and road dust from the trip down is now off my truck and trailer.  We’re ready to add more…our first show is next weekend!!

Off to watch the sun rise as we drive to Arroyo for our morning lessons…:)


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