Some of you will remember my talking about Betty, the chariot-racing waitress that we met in Dubois, Wyoming in 2012. Well, the reason for the timing of our recent trip West was to see Betty race on August 13. If you haven't read (or don't remember) my previous posts about Betty, you can read about her chariot racing here and here and about her packhorse racing here.
Betty was in the first race on this day, so I had no time to practice my chariot-racing photography. I learned which side of the track Betty would be on and positioned myself near the finish line on that side. The next four photos are of that race. Betty is driving the team with the one white horse.
|This picture almost makes it look as if Betty won her race, but she didn't.|
|Betty, returning to the track after getting her team stopped, with the help of the outriders.|
|A scene from the second race of the day|
|This is Betty's husband, John, winning the third race.|
My camera was on the wrong setting during John's race, so the above photo is taken from the video that Doug shot.
|John was away out in front of his competitor.|
|This photo is from Doug's video, as the competitors in the fourth race leave the starting gate.|
|A scene from the fourth race|
Following is a set of five short video clips from this day of racing. The first clip is of Betty's race. The second is of the second race. The third is of John's race. The fourth shows the outriders trying to catch John's team at the end of his race. And the fifth shows the fourth race.
I apologize for the shakiness on a couple of these clips. Doug had zoomed way in, and it's hard to keep the image steady at full zoom. If you can get past the first few seconds of the clips, though, it settles down.
In the years since we first met Betty, we've stayed in touch and even reconnected once in Dubois. But we'd never really had an opportunity to sit down and talk with her and had never met John. This time, though, the four of us found time to go out for supper together and get better acquainted. That was even more special than seeing John and Betty race.
Thanks for supper, John and Betty. Your friendship has enriched our lives.