Algarve Ride 2001
Inroduction, Disclaimers, Background etc!
From 7th - 13th October of 2001, a
group of horses and riders travelled the length of the Algarve, from Alcoutim
to Cape St Vincent. Why? To raise funds for two very different, but equally
deserving, causes. See the Charities
page for information.
We had failed to renew our Passports for
many years due to poverty brought on by more than a surfeit of Morgans. So it
became necessary to resort to subterfuge to get new ones for the primary
purpose of a trip to Florida to visit a number of Morgan Farms, particularly to
meet Treble's Willy Wild - Herrick's Grandsire.
In passing Alex
mentioned that there was to be a repeat of the 2000 PSP ride of which I had
heard so much and felt so "why wasn't I there!!!" so I rapidly volunteered as I
thought there could be little or no objection to such a good cause. Idiot! In
the past we had been involved in raising funds for Equine Charities to the
extent that we had had to fight of the little old ladies in the House of
Commons Tea-rooms in order to secure at least one strawberry tart, and had seen
the benefits of RDA first-hand. PSP seemed such a tragic disease, so we had
little hesitation in leaping to the fore, me to ride and Shirley to assist.
A few practice rides should see me through - and be ready for the show
season. Foot and Mouth saw the end of that idea and October (at the end of the
show season) became the target. REALLY BIG thanks to Go, who waived the fees
for the flight changes - saving all of us quite a sum! A few more practices and
we were ready - so read on!
Note: A few more practices is about 3 to 4
rides per week on a fairly bouncy
Morgan or two!
This is not any form of official reportage
of the PSP Algarve Ride 2001 - it is one man's (and sometimes woman's) view of
what went on.
It should be noted that we had such a great time that we
hope that no-one should feel annoyed or insulted by anything contained herein.
(But you know who you are!) I probably niggled or annoyed others just as
By dint of a little application (and some alcohol) some words
were scrawled nearly every evening reflecting the days events AS I SAW
Any inaccuracies should be forgiven - as most of the time I
wasn't very sure where I was or where we were going (until after we got there,
and sometimes not even then!). This is not due to lack of preparation or
communication on the part of the organisers - its entirely due to some degree
of tiredness on my part! Photographs (big thanks to John Courtney for allowing
me to use his photographs!) may well be incorrectly labelled as to location,
direction, riders and/or horses.
I did try to get as many bits and bobs
corrected as soon as possible - so if there are any errors - blame me! And the
pages may also be a little slow to download as it is impossible to resist
putting far too many pictures in - and I have another 200+ I didn't