On Day 1, the 7AM start of the 50 miler involved 80 snorting, whinnying, dancing horses, mostly high-stepping, tail-flagging Arabians. The ride master played the Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever on his truck's CD as the first competitors rode out. Once we got going, the horses settled down to a good working pace.
Both Coco and Boss passed their final vet checks with flying colors. Steve and Janie were feeling a little addled right after the rides, but soon recovered enough to enjoy some socializing each evening.