When we left Priddis Creek Estates, we trailered across all those highways and went to the tiny community of Water Valley, just a stone’s throw from Cremona.
In Water Valley we were met by Vickie Richmond, her husband Dan and the Mayor of Cremona, all of whom joined our riders for an off-road experience that the riders are still talking about today! At the end of the ride we all met in the Water Valley Community Hall for an Ice Cream Social with all the residents of this tiny burg.
Next stop Cremona – where pens were set up and hay was waiting for our horses at the Cremona Ag Society grounds and arena. Once the horses were put away, we were invited to the Wild Pink Yonder Cremona Organizing Committee’s Day Spa for riders!
At the door, they had little trees made from branches all painted white and decked out in pink breast cancer ribbons. We stepped inside and all the lights are out!
But wait . . .when we looked a little further inside the rotunda, the area in front of the ice arena was lit by hundreds of little tea light candles. And look there’s chaise lounges, bottled
water chilling on ice, a hairdresser, a manicurist and a beautiful gift bag for each rider.
Each lady received a beautiful mesh bag which included Purdy’s chocolates, a tea lite candle, a bar of soap made by the WPY Cremona Organizing Committee’s Soap Shop, a personal black facecloth with the incredible Cremona/Water Valley Breast Cancer logo, a spritzer of perfume, a little jar of body wash, Shiseido facial products, a loofa and a pair of shower flip-flops.
The men received denim bags with much of the same stuff but including an assortment of men’s cologne.
When we were handed our bag on the way to the shower, were each received a brand-new fluffy towel and were invited to spend as long as we wanted in the shower.
But that was just the beginning!
In their community hall, it was cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00. And what a dinner – three different kinds of salads, the most tender roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, and an assortment of desserts like I haven’t seen in a long, long time! This dinner was a complete sell out – we couldn’t even get a single ticket for one of our riders’ husband!
After dinner they had a silent and live auction; both were incredibly successful. One item that sticks out in my mind is a Stihl chainsaw – they told us right up front that this thing was valued at $250 – but when the dust settled, it sold for $575 . . . and so it went.
And the auctioneer was priceless. When someone thought they were finished bidding, he’d look’em in the eye and say, “I don’t believe you” – and then the bidding would go higher.
After the auction the music began featuring a band called Livestock – man are they GOOD!
In the morning, not only was it a hot western omelet breakfast, but we were serenaded throughout by three young women on their violins!
I told Karen Carrier (Sundre organizer) that this was gonna be a hard act to follow!