Saskatoon: Night Four (June 7)

Another day, another dollar, as they say. What beautiful weather we had today. Very hot with some wind, thank goodness, or it would have been unbearable for some. I totally love the hot weather.

Our system was changed up a bit today with the early race time. We again enjoyed a quiet morning, just Rick and I, discussing our day-to-day journey so far. Some days people get so caught up in their jobs, duties and other things that they miss the moments that count. We love what we do but when people come into our lives, with different issues that affect their life and share them with us, we come down to their level and realize that the sport we are involved in just doesn’t mean so much in the big picture of things.

Rick and I are so thankful to have met a beautiful soul, Stephanie, her friend Chantelle and her kids this weekend. As I shared in yesterday’s blog, Stephanie’s fiancé has cancer. And they have been dealing with this for a while now. We are thankful to have been able to open our “Home Away from Home” lifestyle with the both of them. It was a time for Stephanie to let go, and just be, around the horses. It was therapeutic. I totally believe that people come into our lives for a reason, and they also leave for a reason as well.

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Having 21 head of horses on the road comes with a whole lot of love and care. One of our newest horses, Vegas, was showing a bit of soreness on his left front ankle. So we ordered up the vet from the University of Saskatoon to come out and check things out. Nothing serious was found, just a bit of a bruise. We take all injuries very seriously and tend to them immediately. They are just like our babies.

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With all ages of folks enjoying the races, an elderly lady was today’s lucky recipient of our mini chuckwagon. She was very excited, to say the least. We are so glad to put a smile on someone’s face.

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With the races taking place at 2:15pm, there was little time to sit after morning chores and before the beginning of races. In no time, I was on my way to the track with Cayley and our two outriding horses. This is my job, to get them to the outriders on time. Rick was on barrel 4 today with the same hook as yesterday: Speedy – Left Leader, Nickle – Right Leader, Sneakers – Left Wheeler, Law – Right Wheeler, with Bingo ridden by Chanse V. and Trixter with a new outrider, Cole Sommerville. They both did a great job. The horses started okay, but didn’t get after it after coming around the top barrel.  They usually have a bit more charge. At any rate, at the end of the race Rick managed to come up between Kelly and Rae to post a time of 1:17.40. Good enough for seventh on the day, and sixth in the show. Mark Sutherland won the title, and it was his first win of his career. We are sitting fourth in the world standings.

We are headed to bed early as we are hoping to get a very speedy start to go south to Medicine Hat in the morning.

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In life, what sometimes appears to be the end is really a new beginning.

4 thoughts on “Saskatoon: Night Four (June 7)

  1. Sue: How does a chuckwagon driver or a driving team like Team 23 choose outriders? Is it a contract/handshake sort of thing?

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    • Hello Nancy

      First off, thank you for following along on my journey. Appreciate it.

      So, my little saying is ” An outrider is hired and and outrider can be fired.” Having said that, outriders are hired to do the job of holding leaders or throwing the stove. Some are more talented to hold the leaders and usually others just beginning, start by throwing the stove. It is a verbal contract. Every driver pays what they want to an outrider. The amount paid can vary anywhere from $50.00 to $200.00 a ride. In my thinking, it would be great if all got paid the same, which would refrain drivers from enticing the more experienced outriders to their team. If an outrider causes an outfit too many penalties, the driver may choose to fire them and hire another one in hopes he will do better. No one likes to do this, but it causes a lot of points to a driver when a 1 second penalty is assessed for being late. Outriding is a very important job and you need to be very fit to do it.
      Many riders have several rides a night. The outriders are members of the WPCA and come with their sneakers, helmet, goggles and a bat. They all travel along the full circuit, and ride many of the drivers horses during morning practice for excercise for themselves and also for the horse.
      Also, I might add that some of the outriders have first and second call to some drivers. This means that they always ride for the first driver at all times. If first and second call drivers are hooked together, the outrider rides for first call, and the 2nd call driver has to hire someone different.

      cheers
      Sue

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