Spook is the best fun ride of the season. Round A Bit 4H club puts it on every year at the Horse Park. It’s assumed that everyone at the barn wants to go (because they always do). I tossed around a couple costume ideas earlier this summer, but nothing stood out.
Then, life happened. Fellow boarders had lameness issues with their horses. Endurance rides were planned, and all of a sudden it seemed as though Maria and I were the only ones going. We totally failed on getting a costume together, and with Maria having an already busy weekend we decided to skip it.
That is, until I caught up with Mechele and Marina. M was no longer going to a ride with Rose, and Marina was free. We decided last minute to go as a team (sans costume) and try our hand in the Friends division. I alerted Maria to the change in plans, but she decided to skip it.
Admittedly, things went much smoother without a large group and costumes. The most exciting part of the day happened when Mechele pointed out the praying mantis hitching a ride on Jasper. Despite terribly muddy ponies we somehow managed to get on the road on time!
Registering and tacking at the park was a breeze. We warmed up in the ring and were the first team out on trail! This worked in our favor as we essentially became guinea pigs for the majority of the stations. The Ghost Buster station was hysterical – they gave us nerf guns and told us to shoot the Marshmallow Man and the Green Slime! It was so much fun that I think we’ll pick up nerf guns for the next farm party. Nerf tag on horseback, anyone?
Rose was coming back from an injury and M wanted to see how she handled everything so we traveled a bit slower than usual. Nakai hasn’t been out with Rose in months, but we were impressed with how nicely they worked together. We found all the items from the scavenger hunt and racked up a bunch of points. Toward the end, we double checked the serpentine trail just in case and found some tires to play on. Nakai managed to squeeze all four feet up there!
I think this is the first year Spook hasn’t been freezing, and it was odd to wear a T-shirt in the middle of October. We’re waiting for the results, but I think we did pretty well. I look forward to the homemade food every year and was bummed that the chili was barely lukewarm. Ah, well. There’s always next year!