Terri Mackeogh here, embarking on my third year of Distance Derby participation.
Year one: Bounced me out of my comfort zone and my young Arabian cross and I made leaps and bounds, from barely being comfortable loping circles in a pasture to logging over 20 miles at a shot. You just can't get enough miles loping circles! Didn't bust a 1000 but logged over 800 miles finishing just out of the top ten.
Year two: The least amount of miles ridden since my return to horses in the early 90's after taking time off for marriage, kids, that kind of thing. It was the year of choices and balance. No regrets. Just over 400 miles this year.
Year three: About to unfold in front of us! My goals: Narrow my priorities to allow more time for the things I have learned I truly care about! The Derby has helped strengthen old friendships and created new ones. I want to ride with you guys! Royal . . . he and I have had our share of challenges and more lie before us. I have incredible tools at my disposal . . . Riding with Peter Campbell, the wisdom and encouragement my fellow students provide, and the absolute bottom line. Butt in saddle time! Come on 2014 and thanks to the people who kicked this thing off and keep it going for all of us to play and enjoy!
2012 / 836.02 Miles / 13th Place
2013 / 441.22 miles / 41st place