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virl sold me Rambo
 
   

I met Virl at a Quicksilver ride meeting. We became friends and I was later in the market for a horse. He had about 18 horses for sale at the time and he said pick one. The next week I drove to his ranch and opened the gate to go up to the trailer. The horses were curious who was visiting and all ran past my truck. I dicided to watch how they move and watch how they interacted. Most were a bit shy, but one that caught my eye was a beautiful Polish Arab named Rambo. I drove a bit further to the trailer and this beauty followed me right by my door. I stopped and rolled down the truck door window and he stuck his head in and said hi. I petted his ears and said i like you too! Then drove up to meet Virl. Virl said what horse do you like? I said that Polish Arab. Virl said thats Rambo,do you like him? I rode Rambo for about an hour up on the trail cardiac hill and decision made. I wanted that horse. Got back to Virls place,took off saddle,brushed him out and watered him. Virl came out and asked me what I thought. I said this one. Virl said"That's the one I picked for you for Tevis!, I knew you would both get along. I bought him and trained up in Quicksilver 3 days a week for about 2 years then when other Tevis riders said he is ready I signed up for Tevis and did the ride in 1995. I didn't finish,but just to be there and to qualify is something very dear to me. Virl came to a few of my summer bbq's up in Woodside at my house and always had a big crowd of folks listening to his stories about all the rides and his memories in WWII as a tank commander in the desert. Wow! What a Man and good friend he was to me and my family. I want to get a signed copy of his book if you know where to get one. I also dedicated a room in my house here in Cool Ca. called The Virl Norton Room for ride meetings later. Virl was my good friend!

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posted by: ben hatfield - 02 02, 2012
 
   
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