1 Here I was with Petra and Peter Wiederhorn at their farm in North Salem - this is where we all met before setting out on our ride.
2 My stable manager, Betsy Perreten, with our mounts - my dear Friesians, Ramon and Rinze.
3 Joining us for the ride was Brendan Fraser - yes, that Brendan Fraser. Here he was in red setting up his horse, Pecas. Pecas is a big 18-hand Percheron Brendan brought home from the high plains desert of Durango, Mexico last year after shooting "Texas Rising" for the History Channel.
4 Another photo of Brendan and his horse, Pecas. The Percheron is a breed of draft horse - very alert, intelligent and an excellent worker. "Pecas" means "freckles" in Spanish. It's a perfect name.
5 Here were my beautiful Chow Chows, G.K. and his five-month old daughter, Peluche - I think they wanted to go on the ride as well.
6 Betsy and Ramon headed out to the trail. It was a very pleasant autumn day for a horseback ride.
7 Muffin lead the way on her beautiful Palamino pony, Biscuit. The two and a half hour ride took us through paths maintained by the North Salem Bridle Trails Association. The NSBTA preserves and develops the historic trails which connect more than 100-miles in the towns of North Salem, New York, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. http://www.nsbta.org
8 All the horses in our group were well-behaved, experienced mounts with very experienced riders - some were even expert fox hunters.
9 After leaving the Wiederhorn Farm property, our ride took us on "Trolley Track", which was set on the bed of the old proposed trolley line from Danbury, Connecticut to Goldens Bridge, New York.
10 Here I was on the left riding Rinze, and Betsy is on the right riding Ramon. One of the main priorities of the NSBTA is to help provide clear footing on the trails for the horses.
11 The trails are on privately owned properties; however, owners allow members of the NSBTA to ride on them.
12 This trail led us through another property - this one with a large rock I thought was so interesting. It looked like a face carved on the rock. Do you see it? Whose face could it be?
13 The owner of this property built a picnic table near the trail.
14 Parts of the trail were wide and lined with a variety of trees. This was a nice stretch of open trail. Here I was looking back at some of group.
15 Horses are creatures of habit - here, you can see the trails roughed out by the horses.
16 Betsy and Ramon are in front of Rinze and me. The trails were well-cleared and easy to traverse.
17 Linda Vankooy, on her white pony, is an experienced fox hunter and an avid hot air balloon rider. She also joined us on our trail ride.
18 This stretch of trail was a little more narrow, but still very pretty.
19 The owner of the property allowed for various horse jumps to be built on the trails, strategically set for the best footing. You can see a couple of them in the distance.
20 I could not resist taking this photo of the beautiful fall colors of the foliage.
21 A little further down was a parcel of land donated to the North Salem Open Land Foundation. The NSOLF preserves the natural beauty of the area and protects open spaces for wildlife. It is always so beautiful to ride here. Muffin wants to take the horses swimming in the pond. http://www.nsolf.org
22 Brendan Fraser enjoyed his autumn ride. And, yes, that is a western saddle on his horse, Pecas. Brendan "reckons he's the only wannabe cowboy in Westchester", New York.
23 It was such a lovely day for photos. Here I was taking one, while Betsy stopped to smile for another.
24 This was Julie Burke, another seasoned equestrian. She found her horse in Virginia - so beautiful and such a well-behaved and wonderful horse.
25 Here was another great photo of Julie on her steed. The land the pond sits on is part of Baxter Preserve, a 114-acre parcel, popular for horseback riders, and hikers.
26 Our group enjoyed this easy, wide stretch of trail where we could all ride more closely together. We all talked about going on another trail ride together on Thanksgiving Day, complete with a hot air balloon flight and landing on my farm - let's see if that all happens.
27 Muffin's father, Vic, joined us for lunch at the end of the trail ride. Here he was with Julie.
28 At the end of our journey, we stopped for lunch, made for us by Anne Neto, owner of Neto's Catering - delicious chicken salad sandwiches and butternut squash soup. After our delicious boxed lunches, we posed for a quick photo. Jackie Ekholm, on the far left is the owner of Moo Chocolates, and handed out some for dessert. http://www.netoscatering.net http://www.moochocolates.com