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Work to Ride’s 2009 Africa Trip: In Drea’s Words

2009 Team From Left: Kareem Rosser, Daymar Rosser, Drea Taylor

2009 Team From Left: Kareem Rosser, Daymar Rosser, Drea Taylor

Drea Taylor, 15, WTR participant since 2006, traveled to Nigeria this spring with the WTR polo team.  In his own words, this is the story of his trip:

5-24-09 was the big day of my life. It was the day that I left to go to Africa. I was very excited to go. I was thinking about the trip since I found out I was going. I went with Daymar and Kareem Rosser, Richard Prather and Lezlie Hiner. Daymar and Kareem are my team mates. We are like brothers. Actually Daymar and Kareem are brothers. Lezlie Hiner is my coach and Richard Prather is my mentor.

Let’s get back to the story. The day we were suppose to leave Daymar and I went for a jog so we could be tired when we get on the air plane. The workout worked too. We were knocked out on the plane. The flight was six and a half hours. When I woke up on the plane I watched a couple of movies. Each seat on the plane had a built in T.V. I watched Hotel for Dogs and Taken. They were good movies.

When we finally arrived in London Heathrow we met up with other polo players. As we all got together we met a group of kids from London that ride horses and has lunch together. The program that they are in is similar to Work to Ride. They were really cool kids. After lunch we went for a walking tour around parts of London. I must say it was very unique to see the things we seen.

Later that day we went back to the airport to check back in for our final flight. When we got on the flight we found out that one of the engines were broke so we had a delay. The delay was two hours and it seemed way longer than that. Everyone was happy when they heard the god news. The good news was that the British Airways people found a plane that we could use. As we were preparing for take off I fell asleep. When I woke up we had two hours left so I watched the Simpsons.

The landing of the plane was a little hard. The first minute I got off of the plane it was very stinky. It was the worst smell I ever smelled. We got our bags than met up with the drivers. We packed the car and made or way to a little city called Kaduna. It was a very crowded city. It was very poor and I didn’t want to see anymore of it. I realized how grateful I am.

Stay tuned for more installments of Drea’s life-changing trip!


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WTR Boys Have A Blast at the Eastern Interscholastic Polo Tournament

boys-sweatshirts.jpgHey everyone! This is Tasha here and I just wanted to tell you guys about the boyʼs interscholastic tournament and how much fun I had. Before we got on the road to Virginia, Lezlie and I went to have breakfast at a nice little coffee shop in Wayne, PA, while we waited for Kareem to get done with his celebrity breakfast! I had a nice time eating breakfast with Lez. So after about an hour or so, we went back to VF to pick up Kareem and hit the road. Brandon, Kevin and Gerb were already on their way down to Charlottesville with the rest of the VF team. The ride took about five hours, but it would have felt longer if I didnʼt have my mp3 player to listen to, lol.

When we arrived at the arena, there were a lot of teams there that were all ready to play. We all watched the first games together, because Cowtown and VF werenʼt playing until Friday. All of the games were interesting and fun to watch. Of course, watching the games with the boys makes everything ten times funnier! After all of the games were over, we all went back to the hotel and checked in.  About twenty minutes into entering the hotel, the boys were already heading down to the pool. I went down to the pool with Kevin to watch the boys swim and act a fool! The whole time I was down there, I was hoping that I wouldnʼt have to save anybody, but the water wasnʼt that deep! Lol.  While we were down there, the older boys (VF team) tried and failed at throwing Kevin into the pool. It was pretty funny.

So, without stretching this out too much, Cowtown won their first game against Garrison and VF won their first game also on Friday. They were both exciting games! Then on Saturday Cowtown, unfortunately, lost their second game to Brandywine by two points. But they gave it their all and played really well. The VF boys won their second game and went to the finals on Sunday against Brandywine; hoping to take home a win! VF lost to Brandywine by one point, but played hard.

So, to sum it all up, we all had A LOT of fun! At least I did. Our time at the hotel was fun accept for the fact that we almost got kicked out about three times, lol. And Iʼve got to say, the boyʼs interscholastic tournament was nothing compared to the girlʼs tournament! We kicked butt! No, but they were awesome and I had a great time. Iʼm looking forward to seeing a trophy from the Nationals next year at Chamounix Stables!!! Go Cowtown!!!!

–by Tasha Harris, Working to Ride since 2003

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