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Wakeboarding with a pony: what a Vancouver family did when it rained

Tasha Maynard thought her brother-in-law was joking when he said it would be fun to go wakeboarding behind a pony in the rain.
Tasha Maynard rides Bailey the pony as her brother-in-law wakeboards behind. (@tashalow/Instagram)

Tasha Maynard thought her brother-in-law was joking when he said it would be fun to go wakeboarding — behind a pony  — when it rains. 

But when it poured (as it inevitably does in Vancouver) this past weekend, they decided to do it for real. 

She says her brother-in-law, Jordan, made his own wakeboard, using plywood and an old carpet. They then hooked up the wakeboard to Tasha's saddle as she rode her 17-year-old pony Bailey.

"Our ponies work so hard," Tasha said, adding Bailey does riding school as well and is involved in therapeutic riding programs.

"So I thought this would be a fun break from the routine."

They got out to one of the ditches in the Southlands neighbourhood that was flooded. 

"I started riding and it felt like normal, and then you suddenly feel the tug when the wakeboard moves," she said.

"It was awesome. You could tell Bailey was having an absolute blast, and so many of our neighbours came out to watch us."

Tasha says the response to the videos has been overwhelming and she even received a message from a professional wakeboarder who liked it — she has since invited to take him riding behind Bailey. 

"I think we should call this new sport ditchboarding."

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