Monday, September 10, 2012
Kyle Evans Memorial Trail Ride Part One
Have you ever wondered
how on earth
did American settlers
ever survive the trip
across the wild, unknown,
under-explored, vastly diverse lands...
fighting off diseases,
treacherous weather conditions,
Those that survived the trip
were certain to be
I, myself, think about their
sacrifices all the time!
When the cold winds are howling around
our house on a cold stormy night...
when it rains 4 inches just after we planted
when it doesn't rain for four weeks
after we planted the garden...
HOW ON EARTH DID THEY DO IT??
It was survival of the fittest!
Those that survived
land more precious than gold,
heavenly blue skies,
wild flowers that could
have been planted by angels!
130 years ago settlers were coming
from every corner of the world
to claim a piece of freedom
and they came across the
in wagons and on
This weekend I brought my camera
to the second annual
"Kyle Evans Memorial Trail Ride"
When I arrived, all of these
thoughts of the settlers of South Dakota
came raging through my head
like a herd of native buffalo!!
As a hundred or more SUV's,
pickups, trailers, semi's, etc.
gathered in the field
west of Wessington Springs
I was overwhelmed by the giant
show of support for the event!
In memory of a true
South Dakota Hero,
this event is meant to keep the cowboy
spirit alive and well!
And this Friday morning
as hundreds of Cowboys and Cowgirls
mounted their wagons and horses,
you could almost hear the buttons
popping off of Kyle's shirt up in Heaven!!
Every participant I visited with
had a unique story to tell
and was glad to be there
honoring the memory of a
man that loved the land, his horse,
his God and a good cowboy song!
They traveled here from all over the United States...
this Cowboy told me this will be his
98th Trail Ride!!
The horses were so beautiful...
Oh, the eyes of these magnificent animals,
be still my heart!!
The event brings out the animal lovers...
young and old
from dogs to donkeys!
Of course it wouldn't be
a real trail ride
without a real
This little cowpoke
will be a real pistol
when he's ready to let
go of his mama's hand!!
The Klein family had their
Can you imagine 12 miles with 4 kids
and no DVD players?
These ranch families are teaching
the next generation some valuable lessons!
What a great experience for them!!
I didn't see any texting and driving
on this trail ride!
And what a blessing
for well-mannered horses!!
What a great experience this
trail ride is!
It was a joy to see the hills that I grew up by
in a new light...
trail-side, as I watched the riders
slowly pass by,
I was a pioneer in a new territory...
before cell phones,
before the first automobiles,
what would these brave pioneers
say about our wasteful existence today??
our fast pace,
our un-civilized ways,
As I walked back to my car
I thought about the lonely
existence of those pioneers on the prairie,
and their will and determination.
I counted my blessings
and said a prayer for Kyle
and finished the most
beautiful walk I've had in a long time!
I was beaming with Prairie Pride!!
Thanks to the participants that allowed
me to take their picture and share on our blog!
Thank you to the organizers
Kyle Evans Memorial Trail Ride
I highly recommend anyone to experience
it for themselves,
and if you would like more information
about the event to
contact us at:
we would be happy to help get you in the saddle!!
If you see a photo you would like,
don't hesitate to contact me!
Have a great week!!