Letter from a Student
Mr. Walt Sasse
Courtesy Stables 901
E. Cathedral Rd.
Phila., Pa. 19128March 11, 2010
I'm writing to thank you and Hot Shot for your part in making my trip to Kenya so much fun. Enclosed are some pictures - the one looking as if I just swallowed a canary was taken on the first day I rode in Kenya - I was so happy! I rode with only one other person (the guide) every morning and afternoon - an average of about 3 hours a day for the 6 days I stayed at the place with horses. The dirt roads were full of rocks and holes so there was very little cantering - which was okay with me because none of the horses I rode even came close to Hot Shot's nice rolling canter. The few times we went beyond a nice fast trot into a canter, I thought my insides would be jolted to pieces - maybe because of the roads? I don't know. It was always peaceful except one time when we had to avoid an elephant (the horses were only afraid of 2 animals - elephants and lions), we ended up in the bush going up and down some very steep grades but it was okay. Maybe you can see from the pictures how beautiful this part of Kenya is. The picture with the big tree is a place we rode to and had breakfast in the bush one morning.
I hope all is well with you and the horses and that the big snow storm was not disastrous. I am going back to Kenya next January so maybe it would be a good idea if I rode again with you in the fall before I go.
P.S. Thanks to you, I was properly attired - they liked my helmet and half chaps and the manager of the stable wore Ariats too.
Above, Nora & her guide have Breakfast under a tree. Below, the giraffe has breakfast just behind Nora & her mount.
Above, Nora meets another giraffe along the plains in Kenya. Below, she shares the fields with zebras.