My name is Marvel Rahn and I live near Wayne, Nebraska with my husband, four horses, and a pony. This is my third year in the Distance Derby and I have found that even with a reasonably ambitious goal of 520 miles in 2013 that God had drastically different plans for me. My favorite saying is, “Life is what happens when you’re making plans.” The Bible says it better in Proverbs 16:9 … “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
I rode just under half as many miles in 2013 (142.63) as I did in 2012 (321.28). The greatest 2013 riding achievements were on Twister during a week-long camping trip to Fort Robinson State Park, Mount Rushmore, and Big Canyon. I planned a week off afterwards for me and the horse before resuming riding and then, despite some wonderful experiences (new granddaughter, bumper hay crop, vacation with hubby, etc.), my intended riding just never got back on track.
On October 4th an E-F4 tornado destroyed much of Wayne’s industrial park including severe damage to my dad’s businesses and home. He miraculously survived, as did everyone else in the tornado’s path. One cannot describe what it’s like to see 45+ years of work leveled unless you’ve seen it for yourself. Despite the destruction, many blessings have come from the experience that only God fully understands. With that being said, I start the 2014 Distance Derby with many lessons learned, no goals set, and no specific expectations. I simply want to ride as I can and intend to enjoy life and all He has planned for me. Ride on!
Horses: Star, Twister, Rain, and Sandy Fox (and Katie the pony)
Me riding Twister (on right in photo at Mount Rushmore) and my best riding buddy, Tammy, riding Apache.
There is too much tornado damage to be shown in one photo so I chose this from north of the office at Dad’s. The bear was painted on the building by my older sister in the 1970’s and has never been repainted. Memories remain even when “things” are taken away.
2012 / 321.28 miles / 29th Place
2013 / 142.63 miles / 67th Place