Ali'i's not going. He was still unsound yesterday afternoon after his EasyBoot Glue-ons with Goober Glue were put on. I still suspect it's not his feet. I feel ok. I had my cry and I think there will still be tears here and there, but overall I am thankful we didn't start because it's better not to be on that trail with a horse that isn't 1000%. It gives us another year to condition and that is completely to Ali'i's benefit.
I heard a rumor that last year's Best Condition horse (Melissa Ribley) was trained for 6 years. I don't know if that's accurate, but I certainly believe it. This ride is not just any race, or even any 100. My horse is a baby in conditioning and we are fortunate to have more time to train before starting it and do many more multi-day rides. It also gives me time to pre-ride the first 50 miles that I have not seen yet.
Last night T & I went to the Tevis BBQ. He bought me this little buckle and as he was putting it on my top, his eyes got all teary-eyed and he told me he was just as proud of me to have this little buckle as if it were the real one. (Our agreement was that he would pay for the buckle if I finished. You have to pre-order it if you want it at the awards ceremony ~ I prepaid for it.) He has been incredible this last year supporting me in every way. He's cooked dinner for us on late training nights, fed the dogs, vacuumed the house, gone to club meetings, crewed for me at our multi-day weekends and listened to practically every word and conversation I've had about Tevis. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah......I love you T.
Sooooo......my entry fee & buckle have been rolled over to 2011. The date? July 16th, 2011. This year we will crew for my most favorite farrier from Southern California. He is on his 6th or 7th attempt (and no buckles ~ his first Tevis was 20 years ago). I will also have a trailer hooked up to help any horses out of Robinson get back to Foresthill or further. Most of my crew will still be going so it will be a big, fun weekend.
Thank you to everyone who said prayers for Ali'i and I. I really, really love you all. A lot.
Diana & Khemali'i