Some of our final days of racing at a venue, end up being early afternoon start times . This really puts a twist into our day. Some good and some not so good. Morning chores go as usual, and then it seems that 2 pm comes quite quickly. The daily scheduled nap rarely happens on these days.
We always enjoy little visitors that stop by. Joey, along with her mom and brother stopped in for a visit. They are city folks, so when we come to town, they are so excited to meet the horses and feed them some carrots. Its a little bit of country coming to the city as the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Race Track is situated within their city limits.
For several of the years that we have been coming to Medicine Hat to race, we’ve always been met by Rodger when we arrived on the grounds. You see, Rodger came our way through some of his family members, as they were sponsors of ours. This fella has helped us tremendously over the years doing odds and ends fix ups on our traveling trailer, our horse liner and also helping out with the chores. He might not handle the horses, but he is one of the best handyman guys around. We sure do appreciate all that he does for us. We can’t say enough how this Chuckwagon way of living has given us so many new friends for life.
Just as the races were starting, I saw this rabbit in the infield where we watch the first three heats. He was the cutest little thing. Sighting a rabbit is a good thing. It primarily means abundance, comfort and vulnerability. It also means it is closely linked to the seasons, the changes of Mother Earth, and specifically Springtime.
Our afternoon outfit consisted of Ranger on the Right Lead, Spirit on the Left Lead, Jim on the Left Wheel, and Law on the Right Wheel. Ed and Stadium were the outriding horses ridden by Rory and Casey. As you can see on the video, the team started hard. That’s a good thing! The skinner, (AKA Rick) drove that team around the barrels like no tomorrow. He kept the lead all the way around the track to finish first in the heat and 7th on the day. We had good show overall and are sitting 2nd in the World Point Standings. A congratulations goes out to Luke and Michelle Tournier on their championship win here in Medicine Hat.Well you couldn’t wipe the smile off this little gal. Her family has also come to know us through our Chuckwagon life. Once a year we get to see them and catch up on things. These little Chuckwagons are very special to receive, as we only give them out at the races.
We were happy to have them come back to the barn at the end of the races. The excitement to show us what she got was priceless. A gift that keeps on giving.
Onward to High River, Alberta, the next stop on the tour.
From the Travelin Trailer
Sue, with Rick and “Team 23”
P.S. Faith is to believe what we do not see, the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. Saint Augustine