Her name is Ev, she’s 69 years young, from the Blackfalds area where she and her hubby farm and she’s a horse-lover from the get-go. Her horse is a Quarter Horse that loves to be “brushed” with a cattle dryer! (According to Ev, it’s the easiest and best way to get your horse clean. Though it took a year to get her horse used to it, now the horse absolutely loves it!)
I spent some time on the phone with Ev this morning and she is a treat — one of those sunny people who sees the best in a situation, obviously loves people (and horses) and is optimistic from the moment she wakes up. We are delighted to have her on the ride … and I’m sure the rest of you are going to love her.
As I understand it, Ev has been wanting to go on our ride for a couple of years but life has been too busy. Then last year, at harvest time, they found cancer in Ev’s bowel. It was a battle, but Ev won. She is now cancer-free … and this year she said, “That’s it. There will be no more putting this off. I ride the Wild Pink Yonder this summer!”
And there’s a bonus. Ev’s husband, John, is coming too. He will be a volunteer for the duration of the ride.
Welcome, Ev and John. We look forward to meeting you in Medicine Hat!