This photo was taken at the Lakeside Classic 50 miler in 2001. It's not a beautifully composed photograph, but what I like about it is that it shows Montoya traveling at some speed. Not only are her mane and tail being blown back, but the jacket around my waist is floating behind me as well. If you look at the horizon, near the tree, you can see that we're just beginning a downhill section. Montoya's head is up and she's watching the trail intently, as am I. If you look closely, I'm actually out of the saddle. My elbows are bent, which is a surprise, and the contact, as usual, is very light. The running martingale is fully engaged here and she's quite a bit above the bit. Both of these things tell me she was wanting to go much faster than I was letting her. That was typical for this mare - Fast and Faster was her nickname!
We finished this race 29th out of 56 with a ride time of 7 hours and 37 minutes.