My name is Peggy Ann Strupp; I live in the tiny town of Crane, MT (pop: about 50) in northeastern MT near the ND border. I enjoyed drill team before I moved here, but now I'm mostly a trail rider. I've been riding since I was 4; & except for a few years during our early marriage, I've owned a horse since I was 11 (I'm now 57). I still ride in the first saddle I ever owned.
In Feb. of '13, I was riding Shadowfax on the truck path around our hay field. It was a lovely morning with 6" of new snow. Shadow was hugging the fence line; I asked him to step back onto the path. The new snow was hiding solid ice on the path, and when Shadow stepped right, all four legs swooshed out from under him as though they had been roped. He went down so fast & hard I didn't have time to react. My right side hit hard, with my right leg smashed under his weight. He scrambled back up; I stayed down. He was OK; me: not so much. Actually, I was pretty lucky. The only thing broken was a small bone in my ankle which required surgery, screws, & 7 weeks of no weight-bearing. 11 months later, I'm mostly healed, and getting around & riding just fine. I am more cautious now, though, of winter riding.
My team is made up of 15 year old "Shadowfax", a dark bay grade gelding; and 16 year old "Pate", a red leopard Appaloosa; accompanied by my two Dalmatians, Rad & Luan. I train the dogs to follow the horses so that we can compete in Dalmatian Road Trials (a test/field trial of the Dalmatian ability to "coach", or follow the horses). And yes, I bought the Leopard App to match the dogs. He's my 3rd leopard App, and he has chronic sesmoiditis, so he's mostly just my parade horse & grandkid horse. In parades, I usually ride sidesaddle on Pate with the Dals on either side. Inspired by a video I saw on YouTube, I made an eagle costume for Shadowfax & rode him in the high school homecoming parade. I also made wings for Pate for the Christmas Light parade (Santa uses reindeer; why can't Mrs. Claus use a Pegasus?) In my day job, I teach Spanish to HS & MS students.
I enjoyed being in the Distance Derby for the last 2 years. Looking forward to another good year!
2012 / 600.96 miles / 21st Place
2013 / 264.12 miles / 53rd Place