1 I met Betsy Perreten and Monique Schulman shortly before 7:30AM at the John Jay Homestead. The early morning fog was caused by a very strong atmospheric inversion. After heavy rains and winds on Saturday, the temperature dropped about 30º causing heavy misting. It was a perfect day for a pace, a hike, a bike ride. or just observing.
2 Ramon and Rinze were frisky and ready for the pace. Mine was the first team to start that day.
3 The trees and landscape looked eerily beautiful.
4 A large tent was set up for the luncheon and awards ceremony at noon.
5 Not quite at the starting gate
6 I brought Betsy and Monique cappuccinos from home. They enjoyed the extra attention, I think.
7 Betsy was riding Ramon and Monique was on trusty Rinze.
8 The starting tent was barely visible from where I was standing.
9 The next stop was the starting gate.
10 A nice portrait before the Pace
11 The clocks were about to start.
12 Off they went! Not too fast and hopefully, not too slow!
13 The sky was attempting to clear as trailers arrived and teams were unloaded and saddled up.
14 Parking was allowed along the main access road to the John Jay Homestead.
15 Carlos and I drove around the neighborhood looking for the teams. It was too early so I went home and did some gardening. The pink arrows mark the course, preset by a special task force. The pace lasts anywhere from 1-hour 15-minutes to 2-hours, depending on the class.
16 When I returned at about 9:15, I caught sight of Ramon coming to Rt. 22, just across the street from the finish line.
17 Here are the boys and their riders.
18 A good ride, but maybe slightly too slow??
19 I told them to hurry up, but to no avail. Actually, I turned out to be correct - my team came in fifth - about five minutes too slow!
20 Now they decided to speed up for the photos at the finish line!
21 Happy, not too tired, and elated that the sun was shining, finally!
22 The sign-in tent also served as a promotional tent for the upcoming BRLA fundraising barn tour held on Monday, October 15th.
23 Betsy and Monique rested the horses and chatted with friends before riding back to my stable, which is not too far away.
24 I discovered this magnificent osage orange tree on the farm. It was full of the bumpy green fruits.
25 Look carefully and you can see that the tree is laden with sticky green globes.
26 A closer look
27 The pleasant-smelling fruit is filled with a sticky white latex sap that has been used as an insect repellant. Osage wood is very dense and is prized for tool handles, fence posts, and bows.
28 We collected some osage fruit in a bushel to take home.
29 Another half of a team setting out
30 This is the other half.
31 More and more trailers arrived bringing more teams to compete.
32 Betsy setting off for home - She and Monique came back for lunch.
33 I continued to photograph. I promise to ride in the Pace next spring.
34 Another team walking towards the John Jay Homestead barn
35 This is a fun event for families.
36 Horses grazing
37 Handsome Paso Fino horses, which originated in Puerto Rico
38 The hearty lunch was catered by De Cicco Family Markets.
39 The Pace always has a nice turnout.
40 The ribbon table
41 The Junior winners were Amanda and Lauren Ko.
42 The Western division winners were Pam Hutchison and Trina Smith.
43 Betsy and Monique took 5th place in the Pleasure category.
44 The winners of Pleasure division were Kate Stoupas, Susannah Pask, and Veronika Brandhuber.
45 And the winners of Hunt category were Earl Nemser and Thomas Petterfy.
46 What an amazing day it turned out to be!