Archives for September 2016

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 – Second Volunteer Day

Got up before the sun came up this morning, made a breakfast burrito and headed out the door, arriving at Skymont just before 8:00 a.m. I was promptly put to work in the vet check area, where I was quickly trained up in how to be a scribe, writing down the results of the vet’s check of each horse as they came in. The first group, doing the 50 mile course, had already left by 7:00, and the 8:00 group was the 25 milers. It wasn’t long before some of the 50 milers completed the first 12+ mile loop and had to “trot through” the vet check. The 25 milers started arriving a while later for a complete check, followed by the 50 milers after they completed their second loop. It was a busy day, as in the afternoon, more riders arrived for tomorrow’s race, and came in for the pre-check, so it was pretty non-stop all day. Ate more junk food than I’ve eaten in the last 10 years, sorry to say :-). Had dinner at the dining hall, and was asked to play “Vanna” as they handed out the awards, which I gladly did. Didn’t get home until 9:30, but had a very enjoyable day.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 – Volunteer Day for SERA Skymont Ride

Every year, our local Boy Scout Camp has hosted the Southeast Endurance Riders Association Ride, and for the first time in a long time, we were home and had time to help, so I wrote to the organizers, headed up by Ike, to volunteer to help in any way I could. Hubby has been busy putting down some new tile in the house, so I went on my own, and spent the afternoon helping out with registering the riders as they came in for the weekend. I stayed through the volunteer dinner, and attended the ride meeting at the dining hall and learned quite a bit about how the whole endurance race community works. Hubby managed to feed himself and I got home about 8:30, tired from the day, but happy to be of help!