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1: In loving memory of my best friend. Calvin, I will always love you, and you will always be with me in my heart. | "Nothing is more sacred as the bond between a horse and a rider. No other creature can ever become so emotionally close to a human as a horse. When a horse dies, the memory lives on, because an enormous part of his owner's heart, soul, and the very existence dies also." | Stephanie M Thorn | Love You, Amanda

3: Zip Me Untouchable | "Calvin" | June 6, 1996 - September 13, 2011 | Untouchable Zipper | 1996 AQHA Gelding | Miss Peppy Gage | Amble Easy X Zippo Pine Bar | Miss Two Gage X Billy Torino

4: "In partnership with a horse, one is seldom lacking for thought, emotion and inspiration. One is always attended by a great companion." | John Astley

6: "Somewhere in time's own space There must be some sweet pastured place Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow Some paradise where horses go, For by the love that guides my pen I know great horses live again." | Stanley Harrison

7: Calvin, Cody and Stony

8: "He's of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger.... he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts." | William Shakespeare

9: "When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: He trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes." | William Shakespeare

10: "There is no secret so close as that between a rider and their horse." | Robert Smith Surtees

11: My Super Horse

12: Western Riding

13: Versatility Ranch Competition

14: Dressage

15: "You must in all Airs follow the strength, spirit, and disposition of the horse, and do nothing against nature; for art is but to set nature in order, and nothing else." | William Cavendish

16: Endurance Racing

17: The Big horn 25/50/100 | Best Condition Award Winner

18: "A good horse makes short miles." | George Elliot

19: "The Big Horn 100 is reported to be the oldest sanctioned 100-mile ride in the AERC. The trail goes from the shale badlands to alpine meadows on trails from graded roads to primitive wilderness tracks. It is one of the few 100s where the 24-hour cutoff is a true concern. The 100 and 50 mile riders started in darkness at four in the morning. The big bear hung low in the northern sky over the sandstone cliffs and occasional shooting stars streaked through the blackness. "The trail is open" and we were led on a controlled start through the ranch property and on to the badlands. The morning was pitch black and we trusted our horses to carry us safely through the darkness across the shale badlands. Sunrise found us at the 25-mile vet check outside of another magnificent ranch near Hudson Falls. This year, the ride management and the vets decided to try something different for the 25-mile ride. There was only one entrant in the 25, a tough lady from Fort Collins, Colorado on a big red ranch horse. She was lucky enough to ride through the canyons from Hudson Falls to Antelope Butte on probably the toughest and most scenic LD ride sanctioned by the AERC. She started her ride with us at Hudson Falls and she went on to finish the LD at Antelope Butte in style." | "At Hudson Falls, we were held briefly to allow the rest of the Wyoming riders to catch up and guide us through the next section of the trail. The weather has been difficult this year, and the Big Horn 100 has a very small staff, so it was not possible to mark the entire trail prior to the ride. It was an honor, and one of the highlights of the trip, to ride through the canyons with Bud, Kathy, and the rest of the Wyoming riders. It was true old-time endurance with rough riders, tough horses, a cow dog tagging along for style, and wilderness trails. A person could not ask for better companions on the trail and some of the images from that portion of the ride will stay in my mind for a long time. After the canyons and alpine meadows, we made our way to the Antelope Butte ski area for the 50-mile hold. Beyond Antelope Butte there are still 50 miles of trail including the wilderness section of the Adelaide Trail. The sky was dark and the thunder was rolling, but the good weather held for us and we made our way through the deadfall and around the snags on the Adelaide Trail. Some people complain about the difficulty of the Big Horn trails and point out that if the trails were not so tough, perhaps there would be greater participation in the ride. No doubt that is true, but it is the Big Horn 100 and the Big Horn 100 is not a ride for sissies." | "The top of the ride is nearly 10,000 feet at Boulder Basin and from the top of the ride you can look far back to the north and see the alpine meadows near Antelope Butte in the distance. At the top of Boulder Basin we again picked up the marked trail and continued on down to the last hold at Jack Creek. Leaving Jack Creek is bittersweet because you know there are no more stops and these are the last miles of the Big Horn trail. The Big Horn 100 is a very special ride hosted by a few special people. As I said earlier, the Big Horn 100 is not a ride for everyone. If you expect ride amenities and concierge service, then there are other rides. But, if you want to ride classic endurance on some of the most beautiful and tough trails in the Rocky Mountain west, the Big Horn 100 might be your ride." | "There was only one entrant in the 25, a tough lady from Fort Collins, Colorado on a big red ranch horse" | ~Tom Noll~ | "Know that you and your horse have accomplished something magical that no one can ever take away from you." | "The stars in the Wyoming sky look like you could reach up and touch them."

20: "As you continue to climb through Boulder Basin, you look back over your shoulder to see both Adelaide Lake and Shell Reservoir sparkling below you, surrounded by mountains. You reach the high point of the ride, almost 11,000 ft. and see the entire BigHorn basin of Wyoming spread out below you. Then you begin the descent toward Jack Creek and your final rest before the long trail back down to Shell over the Black Mt. road. The stars in the Wyoming sky look like you could reach up and touch them. You see a few scattered pinpoints of light below that show you really aren't totally alone in this magnificent place. As you make your final drop onto the red desert floor and head toward the few vehicle lights awaiting the end of your journey, you know that you and your horse have accomplished something magical that no one can ever take away from you." | "It starts out of Shell, WY at ~4,000 ft. The first 25 miles rise gradually out of the desert to the base of the mountains. The sunrise over the desert floor takes your breath away. Purple, orange, rose, and every shade of brown and tan appear in the rocks. You cross beautiful, clear, cold streams of water. Then you begin the spectacular climb 5,000 ft. through a series of five canyons with running streams. As you climb, the views of the valley floor spread out below you and you see the mountain ranges in the distance, the Beartooths, the Absarokas, the Pryors and the Wind Rivers. Wild flowers of every imaginable color spread out over the Big Horn trails once you get to the top. Pictures really can't do them justice. Once on top of this plateau, you see the big snowcapped peaks of the BigHorns, especially Cloud Peak, and you ride toward those distant shrines. At the half way point of Antelope Butte, you just think that it can't get any more beautiful. But, you are wrong. The trail leads out of the mid way point on to the Adelaide trail and the Cloud Peak wilderness area. The quaking aspen trees, streams, flowers, and views continue to be awe inspiring. Now you climb up a narrow, single track trail to Adelaide Lake. The lake is a jewel surrounded by alpine meadows, streams, and spectacular rock formations." | "Then you begin a spectacular climb 5,000 ft. through a series of five canyons with running streams." | "Wild flowers of every imaginable color spread out over the Big Horn trails once you get to the top." | Finish!

21: "The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears" | ~Arabian Proverb~

22: Trails and Travels | Iron Mtn, Neota Wilderness | "No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations." | Louis L'Amour | Trap Park

23: Big South Trail | Roaring Fork Trail

24: Big South | Mount Margret | Eagles Nest | Neota Wilderness | Commanche Peak Wilderness | Lory State Park

25: Jacks Gulch & | "It's the way you ride the trail that counts." | Dale Evans | Beaver Creek

26: Commanche Lake | West White Pine Mtn. | Brown's Lake

27: "So did this horse excel a common one In shape, in courage, color, pace and bone. What a horse should have he did not lack, Save a proud rider on so proud a back." | William Shakespeare

28: Out West

29: Neddle Rock, Crawford, CO

30: "The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire." | Sharon Ralls Lemon

31: Wolcott, CO Castle Peak Wilderness

34: Our animals become part of us. It is so difficult to let them go. The blessing is that they remain a part of us forever! | Jay Evans

35: The hooves of horses! Oh! witching and sweet Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet; No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird, Can stir me as much as hooves of horses Have stirred. | Pasture Pals and Buddies | Will H. Ogilvie | Cody & Calvin | Stoney, Calvin, & Scotty

36: Moli & Luci | The Haflinger Herd | Alaska

37: Rosie, Keg & Calvin | Sammy | Hobbes

38: Calvin& Hobbes

39: Calvin's tiny protegee'

40: "A horse gallops with his lungs, Perseveres with his heart, And wins with his character." | Tesio

42: "He was more than just a horse... to everyone." Kevin McGuiness

43: "I am very sorry to hear about Calvin. I remember the day we went and looked at him and brought him home. I have lots of fond memories of the two of you and watching how much the two of you accomplished together. It is never easy to let them go... he will live on in many of our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you this day." Cheryl Blackburn | "I'm so sorry. These goodbyes are profoundly difficult. Calvin is lucky to have had you as his friend." Sarah Geis | "He's such a special horse.. So sad.. Thinking about you and your super-horse.. Sending you love and hugs! But he's had a wonderful life with you, and you've done everything you can for him, he won't have to suffer any more.. Doesn't make it any easier though!" Erica Bliss | "A day you will never forget, but he had the best care with you...am so sorry...be thinking of all three of you tomorrow..." Kathy Aho | "I am so sorry to hear about Calvin. I have so many good memories of you and Calvin doing things and going places. Let me know if there is anything we can do for you." Michael McGuiness | "He's an amazing horse, and I'm glad he got to see you into the newest chapter of your life" Maureen Kudola | "I'm so sorry Amanda! He is truly a super horse and he will be greatly missed. We all have had some great memories with Calvin and he was truly loved! You guys are all in my thoughts and prayers!" Meagan Greenwood | "Oh sweet heart. I am so so sad for you. I love Calvin and he is such an amazing horse. We made such great memories with Calvin and Chance. He will be greatly missed. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. We love you!" Nicole Collins Rau | "My condolences :( Losing "family" like this is never easy. I am so sorry to hear about your loss; I keep you all in my prayers. Hang in there." Traci Parry | So sorry to hear about the loss of Calvin! Both Natalie and I send our condolences. Wish we were still (sorta) neighbors so we could come by and give you guys a hug =(. We'll keep you guys in our prayers. I know we're super far away, but if there's anything we can do to help, don't hesitate to ask." Brent Peterson | "So sorry Amanda! I know it's so tough to loose a horse that's been apart of your life for so long." Jenna Jones | "I am so sorry Amanda. You had so many great years with him and gave him all your love. It takes so much love to do the right thing and let him go to a better place where he is no longer in pain." Jen Kutchen Sutherland | "So sorry to hear about your horse...with great joy often comes great sorrow..." Sharon Archer | "He was an integral part of our family." Karen Wood-McGuiness

44: "My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder He carries me away from all my fears And when the world threatens to fall asunder His mane is there to wipe away my tears." | Bonnie Lewis

45: No ride will ever be the last.

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  • Title: Zip Me Untouchable
  • In memory of my best friend Calvin
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