Snake River Amateur Radio Club  

                 Canyon County, Idaho      Grid: DN13

           Arabian Horse Association National Distance Ride

  

We were asked to provide communications to the AHA National Distance ride on Sept. 24 - 27, 2014. Naturally we said yes and so we were at the Teeter Ranch with radios, clipboards, and paper. There were 25, 30, and 50 mile rides on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Sunday we had 25, 50, and 100 mile rides. And lots of support for the event. The hams that helped included Bob, W7RLS, Steve, WB7VEQ, Mike, KC5KKY, Terry, KC5KKX, John, NO6Z, Bill, KD7FDW, Deb, KE7TMF, and John, KD7HGS. Bill commuted from Boise on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to all of the Hams,

  

  

The away vet checks have been liked to organized chaos. At times it seems like that as the following pictures show. The horses are examined and have a hold for 40 minutes to give them a rest. The vets check them for lameness and other possible ailments which can result from endurance riding. This vet check actually had two vet checks going at the same time. The 25 milers turned around to head back to the ranch, the 40 milers went out for several miles then took a different route back to the vet check. Except they didn't stop but rode through, treating the vet check as a water tank on the way back to the ranch. The 50 mile riders went out to Wildhourse Butte and back for another vet check. Confused yet? You aren't the only one. But John, NO6Z, was able to keep it straight and had no problems in recording passing times and vet times.

^^^ This is what a vet check looks like before the riders show up. A nice, relaxing vacation in the wilds of Owyhee county...

^^^ Then the fun begins. The first riders show up. Great! Then, while getting everyone checked in  and accounted for, a few more riders show up...and a few more...and the confusion begins...and more riders show up... you get the idea...

But we're keeping up. Everything necessary gets sent back to base on the radio. Oops...

forgot to send that one...where did I leave my pencil...did I send that one yet...uh-oh, looks

like that one's leaving...hey Steve! Get that number before they go out!

^^^ Steve, WB7VEQ, makes his list and checks it twice...talks to the timekeeper...makes sure his list matches hers... sends the update back to base...

Meanwhile...........

There goes another one... I hope she sticks to the speed limit...this answers the age old question "why did the horsie cross the road?".........

Answer: "To find the trail on the other side!" Look at that gorgeous backdrop...mind that speed limit, now... Hi-Yo Silver, away!

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