Saturday, August 30, 2008


Kevin at the Cabalgata in Cabeceras de Tilaran

Kevin participated in several cabalgatas while we were in Costa Rica this summer.  This one was in Cabeceras de Tilaran, which is about a 20 minute drive from our house.  He rode there with Don Carlos and his brother Don Rafael.  Jim, Catie, Tiana and I hung around for a few hours with him and ate lunch there at a little restaurant not far from where the cabalgata was organized.  Kev rode his horse for about 12 hours that day, because it was a 20 km ride each way.  It was dark by the time he and Don Carlos rode up to his house in La Lindora.

Kev is riding his new horse Tormento, who was raised by Don Carlos.  Tormento, as his name implies, was born in a storm two years ago.  

 A cabalgata is a group horse tour on public roads and private farms close to the sponsoring village.  There is a charge to participate and the money raised goes to a charity.  The cabalgata is normally scheduled for noon, but nothing generally gets organized before 2 or 3 p.m.  The video clip shows the cabalgata getting underway.  

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