Shelley (my wife) and I had a great time here in Montana at the 40th Annual Hells A Roarin horse drive. Not only is it a fun time and experience, but the event is for a great cause - Veterans. The event itself would only be hours long for the spectators but like anything worthwhile this is a ton of work in advance to pull off what they do. The entire family and all the ranch hands do a tremendous amount of work to prepare all while continuing to take 60 people per day on trail rides, working with foaling mares, shoeing horses, feeding, and all the other daily duties. We have a serious appreciation for all the work done to make something like this a success much less what is done to run the ranch. Its the old iceberg analogy. Most only see the tip of the iceberg and miss everything beneath the surface. When you own a farm/ranch, there are no days off.
As I said, it was a great event. The weather was off and on rain in the low 40's leading up the kickoff. We started and ran through the town of Gardiner. The streets were lined with spectators and photographers. Half way to the ranch it started to rain. And it wasn't sprinkling. I had to stop taking pictures because my phone was wet and the pocket of my jacket had an inch of water in it. So I didn't get as many photos as I'd like. Most of the riding/drive photos are mine. All of the people pictures are Shelley's. The auction was a great time as well. Lots of people attended and lots of money was raised. The amazing thing is how far people travel for this. We met people from Croatia, Italy, Australia, and many different states around the US. I could go on and on but I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. As I said, there were people lining the roads taking pictures and videos. There are far better images on other's pages. And we found out this morning that several publications like Cowboys & Indians were there. (More pictures to follow)