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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Team 59: Alexander

 

Dawn CGW  crop 2011

 

 

I'm Tammy Alexander from Wakefield, Nebraska. My two main horses for the derby are Apache (11 yo Paint) and Dawn (13 yo Paint) and I hope to be putting some miles on Barney the Mule (4 yo) this year. I love trail riding and camping with friends. I have never been good about keeping track of how much I ride so I am hoping that the Distance Derby will encourage me to do that. Plus maybe make me learn to use that dang GPS I own.

I have owned at least one horse since I was five. Like so many others on the Derby horses are my recreation & my love. I really enjoyed reading every ones bios! I have no chance of winning but it will be fun to hear the stories and it would be really neat to meet some new horse lovers out on the trails!!

Tammy A (Sam)

65 comments:

Tammy A said...

1/5/12- Willow Lake, with Marvel & Lisa Harder, Pierce Ne 6.09 miles 72F!!

Tammy A said...

Got Garmin 301 but I can not figure out to download the track :(. Here are the details from the ride today; 2.64 miles, Apache, just around home. 45F but a chilly west wind. Average moving speed 3.0, max speed 12.5 mph

Tammy A said...

Still can not get my tracks downloaded ;(. Total distance 2.77 miles, on Dawn. BEAUTIFUL DAY 62F Average moving speed 3.1, max speed 14.2.

Tammy A said...

Finally got my tracks to download!! Woohoo

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/142103780#.TxNz6QVK5ZM.email

Afternoon ride on Apache, 2.31 miles. And we did not move very fast, but it was a nice ride. Stopped once to let Zip catch up & rest.

Tammy A

Tammy A said...

Well, it was not pretty but I got a ride in today! I rode Dawn, my 13 year old mare. Those of you have that have ridden with me know that Dawn is usually my "rock star". Well who the heck was this tail cranked, snorting and spinning fool I was on today??? Dang, she was a bit##! Plus about 3/4 of the way through the ride I notice my dogs head to the small run off "ditch". I don't think much about it until I see Zip walking on the ice on the pond...then I see Tipper the saint head out on the ice. Before I can yell I hear a "crack" and see Tipper's rear end break through the ice. In true saint bernard fashion she never panics, just keeps trying and finally gets to the shore. She gets out & takes off in her funny "puppy run". In the mean time, back on the ice....I see Zip the English Shepherd go back on the ice and sure enough, she breaks through too. However Zip does NOT remain calm. Her frantic splashing set off the hell-bit## Dawn and she decides that she needs to get away from that animal...far away. Dawn & I have a "discussion" that dog is "our" dog and we need to go back. So I get Dawn turned around, get off and go get Zip out of the pond....poor Zip, she was swimming circles and I could not get her listen to me.

Both dogs are fine, I am fine and it really was a good ride. The total of 3.23 miles over 58 moving minutes & with a max speed of 16.4mph.


http://connect.garmin.com/activity/146030454

Tammy

Tammy A said...

Well tonight was a MUCH better ride, lol! Dawn & I had re-ride from last night and it was darn near perfect. I was proactive and if she started to get antsy I put her to work, for her part Dawn came back to me pretty quickly. Our gallop was a nice level gallop, both water bottles stayed put :). The GPS batteries died before the end of the ride.

1.82 miles, 2.7 average speed, max speed of 13.4 MPH

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/146265984

TA

Tammy A said...

GREAT RIDE TONIGHT! On Apache, I know now why I love the bugger. It reminded me what I love about riding, the easy freedom of being out with my horse & my dogs.

2.45 miles, 3.3 avg moving speed, max speed 13.7 (who knew that Apache loped faster than Dawn!).

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/146486437

Tammy A.

Tammy A said...

The theme of tonight's ride was "let the big dog's run"! I decided I needed to have a good ride on Dawn to cancel out Monday night's ride. My thought was to give Dawn some rein tonight and let her work some of that pent up energy out. We had a nice long gallop to start the ride and I kept her going for a little while after she was ready to slow down. Zip stayed at home tonight (her choice) but Tipper kept up easily. Walked for a little then moved into a lope again asked for a little more speed. She had a couple gears left but I hate to ask for much more in the bean field. Tipper saw the 3 deer that have been lurking around for the last 3 rides and gave chase for a little while. But I called her and she gave up the chase and came right back. Had a nice, slow, head down walk from Dawn. Just what the doctor ordered. My nice sane mare is back, yay!

2.41 miles, 4.4 avg moving speed, max speed of 17.6 mph

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/146700196

Tammy A

Tammy A said...

Had to sneak a ride tonight, my stress level was high from work. Chose Apache because he can always make me smile. And tonight was no exception, he was a good boy.

1.8 miles, 2.6 avg moving speed, 4.6 max speed (fast walk?). Footing was to iffy to move out very fast.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/149888093

Tammy A said...

Should have ridden on Saturday, it was cold today!

2.04 miles, 3.0 avg moving speed, max speed of 7.4 mph

Rode in the pasture to work on moving off my leg. Also worked on side passing & backing. Went by the driveway a couple of times because she REALLY wanted to go home, lol!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/151031589

Tammy A said...

2.55 miles, 2.9 avg moving speed, 15.3 mph

Beautiful day!! Could not pass it up. Took half a day off, got Dawn & Apache trimmed then went for a ride.


http://connect.garmin.com/activity/155603956

Tammy A said...

Warm but windy day. Rode Dawn. Nice ride, got a nice side pass out her (both ways) so we didn't work on to much else with her.

2.17 miles, 3.1 avg moving speed, max speed 15.7 mph

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/156605693

Tammy A said...

A 72F day in March...in Nebraska, I had to ride! Met Marvel between our places then rode the section. AWESOME ride! Found lots of nice dirt roads, we met ONE pickup.

12.29 miles, 2.7 advg moving spee, 11.9 max speed

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/158042937

Follow Your Dreams said...

Hi Sam! Looking forward to Sunday! I am intent on figuring out the Garmin posting. Haven't had or taken the time until this week. Marvel

Tammy A said...

Got a nice ride tonight! I thought we might get wet but we didn't. Met up with Marvel, Tina & Joan. Had a couple of good spooks out of the horses. Joan took Dawn & I home in the gypsy wagon :)! FUN!

8.51 miles, 3.0 moving avg 12.0 max speed

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/160274969

Tammy A said...

Wow, what a completely gorgeous day! Only got a quick ride in on Apache but is much needed!!

1.72 miles, 2.0 moving avg, 11.2 max speed

Total miles 54.08

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/160804409

Tammy A said...

oops, total miles 54.80

Tammy A said...

Another a completely gorgeous night! Took the dogs for a quick ride then met up with Marvel, Joan & Tina. Doesn't get much better than tonight!!

12.46 miles, 3.0 moving avg, 4 hours of ride time!
54.80

Total miles 67.26

Tammy A said...

Rode Apache to meet up with Marvel & Tina. Rode in Tina & John's pasture. NICE DAY!

9.25 miles, 2.6 moving avg, 3 1/2 hours of ride time!
54.80

Total miles 76.5

Kristy said...

Hey Tammy
I rode over at Powderhorn the other week with Ward and I mentioned that there would be a ride May 16th. He said he needed to do a bit of work on it before then but I think he is planning on having it "good to go". I will be there as well, but do not want to lead, I would feel like I was stepping on Ward's toes. I think he takes great pride in having the ride there and leading it so I think it is important that he be the "go to guy" Besides Wolfie is a big pansy ass and I'm pretty sure he would make a TERRIBLE leader!! I would probably need spurs, a crop and who knows what else, to get him to go. It would be ugly for sure. lol
I am riding there tomorrow with Lyanne and I will talk to Ward and let you know what he thinks as far as being ready by that date.

Kristy

Tammy A said...

4/11/2012- first PRR North ride up this way. Just 3 of us but it was a nice ride! Took Dawn and she did well. Other than she was in heat and really had eyes for Star, the hussy!

3.97 miles, 2.8 moving avg, 1 3/4 hours of ride time!


Total miles 80.48

Tammy A said...

4/18/12 - PRR north ride at Willow Creek. 6 riders with great horses and dang near perfect weather!

6.74 miles, 3.5 moving avg, 2 hours of ride time!


Total miles 87.22

Tammy A said...

Ride with friends at Bader Memorial park, Chapman Ne.

First horse camping trip of the year!! It was great fun! Tipper (our saint bernard's) 3rd birthday was Saturday so I took both dogs along, they LOVE to camp.

Good friends, good horses and lots of good food! Great weekend despite having to cut the trip one day short due to stormy weather.

4/28 - 7.18 miles, 3.2 moving avg, 3.25 hours of ride time.
4/29 - 7.19 miles, 3.7 mph moving avg, 2.5 hours of ride time

Total miles= 101.59

Tammy A said...

PPR north ride at Maskenthine Lake. The ride started out warm but by a 1/2 hour into the ride it had cooled down and there was a nice breeze. Five of us made the ride.

5/2/12 - 6.21 miles, 2.8 moving avg, 2 hours of ride time

Total miles = 107.8

Tammy A said...

5/9 PRR North ride at Turkey Creek Ranch plus stayed for two nights and rode with friends.

5/9 - 5.25 miles, 3.1 avg moving speed for 2 1/4 hours
5/10 - am ride; 8.04 miles, 2.8 avg moving speed, 3 hours
- pm ride; 8.4 miles, 3.1 avg moving speed, 3 hours
5/11 - 7.17 miles, 2.4 avg moving speed, 3 1/4 hours
total for 3 days = 28.86

Total Derby Miles = 136.66

Tammy A said...

5/16 PRR North ride at Powderhorn by West Point NE. Wonderful ride! 11 riders including Kristi of Team Hetzel! She told me "you are right on my heels and if you rode I knew I had to"! This Distance Derby is getting fierce :)

6.09 miles, 3.0 avg moving speed, 2 1/2 hours

Total Derby Miles - 142.75

Tammy A said...

5/18, FAMD ride, Valapariso to Loma Ne. GREAT ride. Hot and windy on the way back but bearable.

14.91 miles, 3.4 avg moving speed, 4 1/2 hours

Total Derby Miles - 157.66

Tammy A said...

5/31- last day of May. Marvel & I rode in the Wilson's indoor arena. Worked on side passing, canter departures and working on opening gates. We had fun & got some miles.

3.10, 2 1/2 hours

Total Derby Miles - 160.76

Tammy A said...

Have had several rides but I have not gotten a chance to get them recorded!

6/5 - 4.5 miles, 2.9 avg moving speed, 1 3/4 hours. At home, Marvel brought Star for Karen to ride. She wanted to ride Star in an arena the first time. We did get to go 3 miles down the road. Star & Karen did AWESOME!

6/6 - 5.45 miles, 2.6 avg moving speed, 2.5 hours. PRR North at Powder Creek WMA. 6 riders, very nice ride!

6/11 - 7.91 miles, 3.7 avg moving speed, 2.1 hours. Marvel trailered over & we rode the dirt roads by my place. Lots of trotting & loping! Beautiful evening, nice ride.

Total of 3 rides: 17.86

Total Derby Miles: 178.62

Follow Your Dreams said...

Too bad we didn't know that Joan and Robin were out riding Monday evening. It would have been fun to have them join us! Maybe next time!

Tammy A said...

6/20 - 10.5 miles, 3.1 avg moving speed, 4.25 hours.

PRR North ride at Willow Creek. Marvel & I went early and got 3 miles in. BEAUTIFUL RIDE! We had 7 riders plus we say Kristi (Team 27) & her friends at the horse campground. They had gotten back from their ride to late to join up with us.

We saw a variety of wildlife (the good kind). Two turtles, 4 baby raccoons, many frogs, many rabbits & one very unhappy beaver that scared the heck out of Apache with a tail slap & dive. After that he kept looking for more of them, ha! Also found a sandy spot and were able to get the horses down to the lake. I have not heard that much snorting from a group of horses in a LONG time. It was very windy and the waves rolling in and lapping at the shore make the horses very uneasy.

I am leaving Sunday with fellow Derby rider Sue Maiwald (Team 73) and we are taking our "dream vacation" together! How cool is that? We have both had a South Dakota trip on our bucket lists and this year we are doing it! We will meet up with Peggy Ann of Montana Spots (Team 60) on Tuesday. Again, I am so excited and it will be so fun to meet Peggy Ann.

I am looking forward to lots of miles, lots of fun & lots of stories to tell when we get back!

Until we meet again, Happy Trails Derby Riders!

Tammy A

Tammy A said...

Opp. got so excited I forgot to add my miles :).

total miles 189.12

Tammy A said...

Wow, what a great trip with Team 72, Sue Maiwald & her great horse Domino! Two days in Fort Rob then on to South Dakota for 4 days. Also met up with Team 60, Montana Spots! It was so great to met Peggy Ann! What a fun, fun time!

Fort Rob
6/17- 3.91 miles, 3.4 avg moving speed, 1 1/4 hours
6/18 am - 11.5 miles, 3.3 avg moving speed, 4 hours
6/18 pm - 2.43 miles, 3.1 avg moving speed, 1 hour
6/19 - 7.22 miles, 2.9 avg moving speed, 3 1/2 hours
total miles Fort Rob - 25.06 total hours 9 3/4
South Dakota
6/19 - 2.45 miles, 2.5 avg moving speed, 1 1/4 hours
6/20 - 9.03 miles, 3.1 avg moving speed, 4 hours
6/21 - 8.71 miles, 3.0 avg moving speed, 4 hours
6/22 am - 5.38 miles, 3.0 avg moving speed, 2 hours
6/22 pm - 2.25 miles, 3.6 avg moving speed, 1 hour
6/23 - 8.02 miles, 3.4 avg moving speed, 2 3/4 hours
total SD = 35.84 total hours 15

total for the week - 60.9

Total for Derby = 250.02

Peggy Ann said...

LOOK AT ALL THOSE MILES! You really racked 'em in over the week! I sure enjoyed riding with you & Apache!

Tammy A said...

I think the South Dakota trip wore me out! Back in the saddle this week.

I took a day off work on Friday to ride in the funeral of a fallen hero. It was a very moving experience, glad I took the time to go. Had my GPS in my cantle bag, seems like it worked fine.

Today Marvel came over for a ride...14 miles! Perfect weather, great horses made for a GREAT ride!

7/6 - 4.8 miles, 1.7 avg moving speed, 2 1/2 hours; York Ne.
7/8 - 14.2 miles, 3.4 avg moving speed, 4 1/2 hours; Wakefield Ne.

Total for Derby = 269.02

Kristy said...

Hi Tammy

I talked to Ward and he said the state has been back to Powderhorn and that they made several nice trails. Plus he is "searching" for a spot to cross the river from Powderhorn over into Dead Timber. Several of his "old" trails are a bit overgrown and he is going to go and work on them a bit. However, he is was concerned that with the temps climbing back up next week that the ride might be cancelled.

Do you have his email? If not, let me know and I will give it to you and "talk" to him.

Kristy

Tammy A said...

Got to ride in the Wayne Chicken parade with the RCR crew! Nice gals, they wanted me to carry the American flag but I wanted to throw candy :). I had TWO bags of mixed candy and we got most of it "tossed". Apache is such a goof, I think he enjoyed it as much as I did. Got to the fairgrounds early and rode around there. The Shriner White Horse Patrol was there! They are so fun to watch! Rode from the fairgrounds to the join the parade down town. Had a GREAT time but it was plenty warm when we got back to trailers.

7/6 - 6.9 miles, 2.2 avg moving speed, 3 1/2 hours; Wayne Ne.

total 275.92 miles

Tammy A said...

It is going to be HOT Wednesday. What do you think? I called Ward today but never got a reply. I don't have his e-mail, so please send it to me!

Thanks Kristy!

TA

Tammy A said...

Correction, the date of the chicken parade was 7/14!

Tammy said...

I didn't even catch the date - remember seeing the post come thru but just missed it when I did the updates. You'll see it added when I do the next update. Sorry about that and thanks for letting me know!

Tammy A said...

Yay! Thanks for counting it! I can't let Kristi get to far ahead of me :).

Tammy A said...

Needed some time off from work & home! I talked Kristi & Lisa Harder into staying at Turkey Creek after the PRR ride. WHAT AN AWESOME TIME! I had a stressful & long day at work on Wednesday so didn't get up to TC until 6:20. Got the group to ride off without me and spent a relaxing 2 hours making camp for Dawn, the dogs & I. Had a nice belated B-Day party for Lisa, stayed up way to late and then had two awesome rides on Thursday & Friday! For the Friday ride Brenda took us on the 3-B's ride, what a hoot! It was just what I needed! Thanks Kristi for "hangin" with the dogs & I. I just had the best time!

7/28 - Dawn, 7.18 miles, 3.0 avg moving speed, 3 hours at Turkey Creek.
7/29 - Dawn, 8.04 miles, 3.0 avg moving speed, 4 hours at Turkey Creek

15.22 miles
275.92 miles

Total 291.14 miles

Tammy A said...

Dang, I suck at dates lately! The rides were 7/26 & 7/27.

TA

Tammy A said...

Been a LONG dry spell for riding! My husband had hip replacement surgery on August 1st and I needed to stay close to home to play "nurse". He got all 27 staples out Monday of this week and is getting around much better. So I finally got a nice ride in tonight with Marvel!!

8/16- Apache 10.29 miles, 3.1 avg moving speed, 3 1/4 hours

291.14 + 10.29 - 301.43 miles total

Kristy said...

Good to hear you got a ride in and that your husband is on the road to recovery. 27 staples...yikes....that just sounds like it would hurt. I would make a terrible patient. I have been back at school this past week and Monday the year really starts....the students arrive! So my riding will be limited to the weekends from here on out. I hope we can get a ride squeezed in sometime, let me know.
Kristy

Follow Your Dreams said...

Congratulations on passing 300 miles this week! I'm happy I was there to share the moment with you! Thanks for being there with me today to share and help me pass the 200 mile mark! It took five months for me to reach the first 100 miles and two and a half months (without riding for one of those months) to reach the second hundred miles. Shows what we can do when we set our minds to it!

Here's to the next four and a half months of an awesome year! Let's see what else we can accomplish together!!!!!!

Marvel

Tammy A said...

Had two really good rides on Apache!

8/19 - Apache, 13.75 miles, 2.8 moving avg, 6 hours of ride time. Awesome ride at Turkey Creek!

8/22- Apache, 5.97 miles, 2.1 moving avg, 3 hours of ride time.

Total miles 321.15

Tammy A said...

9/5 - Apache, 6.71 miles, 3.8 moving avg, 2.0 hours of ride time. Marvel & I were late for the PRR ride at Willow creek (my fault). We had to trot to catch up but caught up with the group about 1/2 way around. Made it all the way around the lake!! Beautiful night!

Total Miles 327.86

Tammy A said...

9/9- Apache, 6.22 miles, 3.0 moving avg, 2.25 hours. Hauled to Marvel's and rode the roads.

9/9 - Apache, 1.28 miles, 3.5 moving avg, 1/2 hour. Took the dogs out for a quick ride after I got back from Marvel's. Beautiful night!

Total Miles = 335.36

Tammy A said...

9/13 - Apache 9.16 miles, 2.6 moving avg, 4 1/2 hours.
Another awesome relaxing ride at Turkey Creek! Marvel, Lisa, Brenda & I had a little "girl's night out" on Wednesday, it was to wet to ride. Thursday we had two GREAT rides!!

335.36
9.16
Total miles = 344.52

Tammy A said...

Cowgirl weekend, Milford Lake Ks
9/20 - Apache 2.47 miles, 3.1 moving avg, 55 minutes
9/21 AM - Apache 10.0 miles, 3.1 moving avg, 4 hours.
9/21 PM - Apache 1.7 miles, 1 1/2 hours.
9/22 - Apache 16.8 miles, 3.3 moving avg, 5 3/4 hours.
9/23 - Apache 6.33 miles, 3.2 moving avg, 2 1/2 hours.
Total for weekend = 37.3 miles

Total miles = 381.82







Tammy A said...

Spent the weekend at Turkey Creek helping with the Turkey Trot CTR. I had a GREAT time! Got a little ride time in.

9/28- Apache, 2.56 miles, 2.5 moving avg, 1 3/4 hours. Midnight ride with Lisa & Sue.

9/30 - Apache, 5.68 miles, 2.8 moving avg, 2 1/2 hours. Took down ribbons from the CTR.

Total miles = 390.06

Tammy A said...

10/14 - Apache, 12.1 miles, 3.1 moving avg, 4 1/2 hours. Frosty pumpkin ride at Ponca. Beautiful day!

402.16 miles

Follow Your Dreams said...

Good morning Tammy! Congratulations on passing the 400 mile mark with Apache!! AWESOME!!

Tammy A said...

Thanks Marvel! WE will have to work on you getting your goal too! Sundays ride was GREAT! I am still laughing about our "egg" accident. But it sure didn't keep people from eating the deviled eggs!

Tammy A said...

Oct 20th Apache, Turkey Creek
AM ride - 5.15 miles, 1 3/4 hour, 3.2 moving avg
PM ride - 5.2 miles, 2 hours, 2.8 moving avg

Oct 21st, Apache, Turkey Creek- 6.28 miles, 2 1/2 hours, 3.o moving avg
Total for weekend = 16.63 miles


Beautiful weekend at Turkey Creek!!! Great rides, great food, great friends!!

418.79 miles total

Tammy A said...

11/19 ~ Dawn at turkey creek, 6.92 miles, 3 1/4 hours, 2.8 moving avg.

418.79
6.92
425.71 miles total

Kristy said...

So envious that you got another ride in at Turkey Creek. :--)) Had a chance to ride yesterday (only had a half day of school) but man was it windy! Fighting the wind was a "downer" but still good to get out so shouldn't complain. I have ridden more this year than any other, so the Derby really was a motivator. Glad I did it, but probably won't try it again. I've really let too much around here "slide" so need to give my place some much needed attention. I am sure Wolfie will be glad to take it a bit easier next year. I hope our paths cross so we can ride together again and hopefully at Turkey Creek
Kristy

Tammy A said...

You have done so well this fall! Kicked my butt big time. Was a little bummed that I didn't get a Camp Moses ride in with you & Robyn. Are you guys going this weekend? It is just to chilly for me!

Yes! I hope to get more rides in with you at turkey creek in 2012! Our two days up there was probably my favorite ride of 2012. I loved riding with you & BW and exploring that new pasture.

Tammy A said...

11/21- Dawn, 5.49 miles, 2 hours, 3.2 moving avg. At home with Marvel/twister. Good ride! Took the dogs out first then rode the section. Couldn't pass up a 70F day in November!

425.71
5.49
431.20 total miles

Kristy said...

Robyn and I STILL haven't camped/ridden at Camp Moses...we had planned on it this weekend but WAY too cold for us!! Maybe a day ride tomorrow or Sunday.

Exploring that pasture was quite the adventure....cows, calves, bulls, barbed wire and dead deer and mountain lions....oh my! Yes it was a good time.

Kristy

Tammy A said...

12/4/12- Apache at Marvels. Nice ride but about 4:30 it got COLD!

5.90 miles, 3.2 moving avg, 2.0 hours
431.20

437.10 total miles


Tammy A said...

12/11l12
Almost for got to post! Not a big deal but miles are miles! Apache, 3.18 miles, 1.5 miles, 2.6 mov avg.
437.1
3.18

440.28 total miles


Tammy A said...

12/11l12
Almost for got to post! Not a big deal but miles are miles! Apache, 3.18 miles, 1.5 miles, 2.6 mov avg.
437.1
3.18

440.28 total miles


Tammy A said...

12/11l12
Almost for got to post! Not a big deal but miles are miles! Apache, 3.18 miles, 1.5 miles, 2.6 mov avg.
437.1
3.18

440.28 total miles