Trail Report – STRHA Uncle Tom’s Park April Ride 

April 17, 2017 
The Shenandoah Trail Riders and Horsemans Association had a ride on Sunday and I wanted to take part.  But Simon was off on his own adventures so Poe needed to step up.  And he did. Mostly. 

We rode out from Uncle Tom’s Park in Jerome, VA and did a lovely 2.5 hour loop.  Poe was really good for the first hour. He walked and did his smooth little western jog to keep up.  After an hour he started getting a little snarky.  He made a few more faces at the other horses that he was already making.  At one point he really wanted to kick Ellie’s mare.  No idea why. He has never been a kicker.  And he really disliked the mule.  Again, no idea why.  His smooth western jog and working wak started to turn into a jig and the last fifteen minutes of the ride reached a point of suck-dom.  Most of my games pony riding friends probably wouldn’t think twice about his behavior.  But having ridden Simon on trails for so long I am totally over the pony jig.  

Today my upper side abs are worn out and sore and I am so happy with Poe.  This was not his normal job and he did his best and really it was not bad.  Just not as relaxing as I have become accustomed to.  

After the ride we had a potluck which was amazing.  And then an Easter egg hunt!  I had forgotten how much fun egg hunting is!   I even found the egg with the subway gift card! Score! 

STRHA is a fun group.  This is my second year with them and I am looking forward to some fun rides.  Sadly a lot of them conflict with my mounted games competition schedule, but I’ll make what I can.  Oh and Uncle Toms Camp is so neat.  I in life’s a photo of the old pool.  

Simon at camp – day 2 

April 16, 2017 

Dear mom,

Today I went to a different part of camp. There were other ponies there my size! But the one that I live with is older and taller than I am. He seems nice though. He must have dietary restrictions of some sort because he wasn’t allowed to stay out and have dinner with me. His food looked REALLY good and I wish they would have let me have it… My counselor said no though. I also got to meet my “kids” today! They seem really nice and gave me lots of pats and cookies!! Tell Poe I said hi!

Simon at camp – day 1

April 15, 2017 

My friend Lindsey is borrowing Simon for the next two weeks.   She has an old friend and her two pony-loving-little-girls visiting and since she doesn’t have any kid friendly ponies of her own, she asked to host Simon during her stay-cation.  

This evening we met up for a games practice and Simon went home with Lindsey.  She sent me his first text after she got him settled in.  
Dear mom,

I have arrived at camp! The bus driver was super nice on the way there and even gave me some cookies when we arrived! I have a new friend, his name is Will. He’s a little weird though… he’s kinda backwards and fearful but I think we will be good friends!! There was food and water and my cabin is nice too!! 


Simon ❤ 

Pony Pasture Romp 

April 11, 2017 

I took these little videos on Friday morning when Leigh Anne and I were getting ready to load ponies for a trip to KY.  Simon had other things in mind. So I videoed him for some little girls who love him.  


Young Simon. 

April 6, 2017 

This photo is from 4/3/11 and I believe it was Simons first games competition about a month after I got him.  It popped up on my Facebook newsfeed this morning.  

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