1 Betsy and Dominick readied the horse trailer to transport our horses to Mt. Kisco.
2 My trailer is made for transporting two horses plus all of their tack.
3 Betsy leading Ramon and Rinze from the stable.
4 Securing Rinze in the trailer while Ramon looks on - What could the horses be thinking? A long trip to Maine or a short jaunt to ride in the country with other horses?
5 Ramon following obediently
6 After a 30-minute drive, the horses looked around with curiosity while Betsy saddled them up.
7 The other horses and riders met us at Dan Putnum's house in Mt. Kisco.
8 Standing is Barbara Kovach, who so generously provides us with extra horses from her stable. Mark, on his Paint, always joins us on these rides as sort of a guide. Upon the brown horse is Kate Mara, the stunning actress and a beautiful rider.
9 That's Muffin's husband, Jimmy with his horse, Jet. A neighbor Robbie Morrel, who lives in the neighborhood came to say hello and to see us off.
10 Here I am astride Rinze, my usual steed. Betsy, behind me, is known in this circle as the 'Horse Whisperer', for her fantastic abilities in keeping all of these horses so calm and obedient.
11 And we're off!
12 The entrance to the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Preserve. Eugene Meyer was a financier, a public official, and the publisher of the Washington Post newspaper. They are the parents of publisher Katharine Graham.
13 Upon the lower field - Mark, Kate, Helen, Keva, Maryann, Alex, Betsy, me, Jimmy, and Muffin
14 Eugene and Agnes Meyer Nature Preserve is a rugged parcel of 247-acres.
15 Waving my fly wisp
16 This preserve is made up of two separate parcels, east and west, and two separate entrances, as well.
17 This is the west parcel, which has a lot of old pasture.
18 The Meyers owned several hundred acres here.
19 This preserve was donated to The Nature Conservancy in 1973 by the Meyer Foundation. The Nature Conservancy acquired sixteen additional acres of swamp in 1978.
20 This first field is about 50-acres. That's Muffin and Jimmy.
21 Alex, in the brown riding helmet, is a wonderful horse trainer. Alongside are Maryann and Betsy.
22 Muffin and Jimmy took the lead as our bushwhackers into the woods.
23 Betsy loves when things get a little rugged.
24 New storm damage
25 And old storm damage - There is so much to clean up along old trails.
26 We rode through quite a sizable stand of pine trees.
27 Here we are heading north towards Cottage Farm.
28 Riding past Cottage Farm
29 The large structure is the main house of Seven Springs, the former Meyer estate, which is now owned by Donald Trump.
30 This is the former Heinz house, as in Heinz foods. It is now the guest house of Seven Springs.
31 This is the guest house enclave - I suppose it's where the guests of the guests might stay!
32 We debated about the purpose of this hut. We couldn't decide.
33 About thirty years ago, or so, someone made an effort to reforest with this mix of trees all planted in rows and very evenly spaced.
34 Walking down Oregon Road
35 This is a barn on the Merestead estate, formerly the estate of Mrs. Margaret Sloane Patterson, daughter of William Sloane, President of W. and J. Sloane, a furniture and rug store in NYC.
36 Cute cottage potting shed at Merestead - Margaret Sloane Patterson and her husband Dr. Robert L. Patterson, Jr. bequeathed Merestead to the County of Westchester, NY to be used as a park and historic house museum.
37 The chicken coop - Merestead became a Westchester County Park with the passing Margaret on Aug. 3, 2000.
38 The root cellar - Westchester has been developing the property for use as a Westchester County historic site. Merestead, Scottish for farmland, is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.
39 The other entrance - The 130-acre estate consists of farmland, woods, gardens, and buildings including a 1906 Georgian Revival house designed by architects Delano and Aldrich.
40 Back riding - Alex and Muffin leading our group to the top of hill.
41 We came upon this magnificent view facing northwest.
42 This field is approximately 100-acres on the Merestead estate.
43 The recognizable yellow arrow of the Bedford Riding Lanes Association.
44 Heading down - Muffin guided us with a wrong turn.
45 No worries! Back on track!
46 There were obstacles to maneuver.
47 Heading down hill into what looks to be a swampy area.
48 Bogs can be very dangerous for horses, as Muffin quickly discovered.
49 Her horse, Biscuit, actually sank a bit, but she managed to get to terra firma before anything bad happened. She's pointing for us to stay safely to the left.
50 Some sort of old drainage pit or sink hole with a sign stating 'beware of gully'.
51 This is Scribner Lake on the former Scribner estate of publishing fame.
52 Back in civilization - riding down Linden Lane
53 It was necessary to cross Rt. 172. To be on the safe side, I called Dominick, who was with the trailer, and asked him to meet us and help us out by stopping traffic. We were all very appreciative, as cars just do not like to stop.
54 Trotting up the Hollander's Drive
55 The photographic Kate Mara
56 A view of Maryann Hawley's farm while riding through Rochambeau Farm
57 Dominick met us with the trailer back at the entrance to Rochambeau farm.