Sunday, September 05, 2010

From Bike Saddles to Horse Saddles

Yesterday was filled with riding of two different kinds, road bikes and Spanish horses.
In the morning we rode up Horizon Ridge a little further to make a left Mission Drive, past Nevada State College through a nice little neighborhood on a bike path to River Mountain Trail into Boulder City. This is the first time I did the Veteran's Memorial Drive loop. I loved flying down the tree-lined street as we passed the golf course and Veteran's Cemetery. The work came when I had to climb back up; payback for the fun I had. It wasn't as steep as Horizon Ridge but it was long.
Just over three hours later, we rode 52 miles and were home. It was a good ride and the weather wasn't too hot. I was lagging on the way to Boulder but caught a second wind on my way back. I like this route and would do it again.
We watched the Vuelta a EspaƱa over Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Salad and Cumin-Lime Dressing. John took a short nap and then we got ready for dinner with his parents at the SouthPoint Hotel & Casino and before watching the fabulous Theatre of the Spanish Horse.  The show on horseback demonstrated the grace, beauty, and talents of the Spanish Horse.

Most of the performances were with Andalusians, one of the rarest breeds in the U.S. dancing to songs by Gypsy Kings (one of our favorite bands).  Look at this cute one prance and step about, truly extraordinary creature!
Then Big Horse Productions took the stage with their daring acts and spectacular acrobatics. The guy rode on the big horses passing the girls as they girls jumped on the horses' backs. This was one of the moves and another time, the girl jumped on the guy's shoulder as the horses they rode on sped along--I was on the edge of my seat.
The whole show was beautiful, the horses were majestic--their coat the so white and one was silver reflecting the light as they galloped and pranced to the music.  We really enjoyed the show and our day, in and out of the saddle, from watching the Spanish bike races to Spanish horses.

1 comment:

Johnny said...

That was so much fun. Those horses were absolutely amazing.