It was a wet and dreary day …

but at 8:00 a.m. we were ready and rarin’ to go put on “Tough Mothers”, our Mother’s Day Poker Rally at Waskahegan Staging Area at Blackfoot. (Ground crew for the day was stepson Kevin Thomas, friends Julia and Amanda McPhail, as well as our favourite “cookie”, Carole deSchover and WPY longrider, Joyce Bonner.) And then before we even got out of the gate, we buried the cargo trailer out in the field <sigh>, so had to unload everything (in the rain) and put it in cars and trucks. That, of course, made us late.

But we weren’t too late, and the riders who showed up were courteous. There were no cat calls about our driving skills! It’s amazing the difference an attitude makes. Those riders were optimists through and through … and they were rewarded for it when the weather shaped up around noon. No sun and blue skies, mind you … but decent riding weather, nonetheless.

Amanda McPhail had gone out Friday and flagged the route. Then, on Sunday, she went out and was the check-in for poker cards at Dynamite Lodge. (Thank you, Amanda, you’re a peach.) Meanwhile, everybody else was busy putting up signage and setting out breakfast … and Cookie was learning how to make the perfect pancake on our griddle. (It took a while. <grin>)

Nobody did much in the pink department, so I didn’t give away the Pink Prize (a really cool, solar powered, pinkish-orange metal and glass lizard). Maybe next time, riders. And then, at the end, the nicest thing happened. We let ground crew buy poker hands as well … and both Julia and Amanda McPhail won. Between the two of them they had the top two poker hands, but because we didn’t have much of a turn out, they declined to take the expensive prizes (a $200-$350 solar fencer and an extensive grooming kit). I was touched (and you will be thrilled when they are still available at our next poker rally — in June).

It was also very nice to have Jeanne DesRochers drop by (without a horse) to do the pancake breakfast  So, while the day was a bit dreary, the company we kept was anything but.

Breakfast was compliments of Lori Shave and her staff at Sobeys on Wye in Sherwood Park. Pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, sausage patties and an assortment of muffins. Then there was coffee, tea and orange and apple juice. Nobody went hungry.

It certainly was not our most successful event, but it was a good learning experience and those of us who were there enjoyed ourselves.

And so here are some of the photos from the day.

I cannot get over how beautiful these two horses are … and then I just learned the topping on the cake: both these Appaloosas do the Indian Shuffle! Oh, man, Jane is jealous. I’m especially jealous of that little guy Kim is on. They don’t get much more beautiful than that.

It says, “Brunch today is compliments of our good friend, Lori Shave, and her staff at Sobeys on Wye in Sherwood Park”.

Between them, Amanda and Julia were the top two winners … but due to our low turnout, they returned the top prizes to WPY and only took the flashlight as their prize. It’s not often you run into that kind of generosity.

Our most valued sponsors and the breakfast display.


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One thought on “It was a wet and dreary day …

  1. Hello Jane! I’m always happy to read your blog and know that you’re enjoying what you love to do most. Seems like you have a loyal and intrepid group of followers. Please let Cookie know that each time I think of Mjitos, I think of her.
    All the best to you now and in the future. And of course, lots of hugs to you and your wonderful boyos!


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