Here are a few of the photo's a friend of mine brought over today...enjoy!
A good friend and mentor, Bob, giving me last minute thoughts and hints to do well. This is the antique wagon class. Trixi had gotten hurt the day before so in the morning her leg was swelled up and hot so she stayed home. Bob let me borrow his dapple grey Percheron mare Rosie to team up with Smoke and they did well together, looked nice too. http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...ionShow025.jpg
We were right by each other in the cone obstacle course then weren't we? I was right by a Fjord stallion and had wanted to tell the lady driving him (presumably you?) what a pleasure it was to see someone with a well trained stallion and one that had a job.
Thank you on the compliment. Smoke sure shined once again for me, she has such a good work ethic and loves to be in harness better than she does being under saddle. Glad too, that you enjoyed the show. Trixi unfortunately hurt herself Saturday so was unable to come back with us for the driving classes on Sunday so a friend of ours let us borrow one of his Percheron mares, Rosie. Trixi is okay now and both girls are going to the VA State Fair tomorrow.
Speaking of which, did you get to watch the stallion classes for the drafts on Saturday? See anything that was not right?? We watched one farm literally beat their Clydesdale about the head, chest, nose, and shoulders with the set up stick and the judge pinning them 1st!! I was really appalled by their behavior and am going to file a complaint.
Belposh, you should have said something! We were swapping the stallion and the mare between two drivers and I was probably focusing on logistics. My neighbor, who is a paraplegic, was driving, too and we would both do a run, then I would switch horses and we would both go again with the other horse. We came in 1st, 2nd and 4th in the small draft cones. I think we could have gotten a fourth ribbon, but my neighbor didn't listen to his brilliant navigator's instructions between 2 and 3. Still it was only his 3rd time ever competing in cones and he did earn the red ribbon.
Thank you for the kind words about my stallion. He definitely knows his job. For obstacles, he spent most of his time outside the ring parked between two mares -- a Fjord and a Gypsy Vanner. He also won the small draft obstacles class. The boy is like sports car.
I did not see the draft stallion class, but I heard about it. We has a small draft stallion that was getting the what for from his handler, too. I agree that you shouldn't have to beat a stallion like that to get acceptable behavior. Of course my guy is like "Old Shep" so he is at the other extreme. He just saves his "presence" for the girls at home.
Thanks Cartfall...it is a lovely driving cart and very smooth, even on our dirt road there is very little bounce or sway to it, and always thank my friend whom I bought it from, as we lovingly refer to the cart as "our" cart when she is sent pictures. I am very fortunate.
We saw your friend who was handicapped in the class and all agree that he deserves so much credit for getting out there and driving!! You can tell him that we draft folks were VERY impressed with his skill and enjoyed watching him maneuver around too. Congratulations on the ribbons! Job well done. We got a 4th in the draft driven obstacle cone course too, but I was going more for accuracy instead of speed....
Yes, he is an amazing driver. He started learning in January. He was an upper level eventer when he took a fall that left him a paraplegic about 7 years ago. This is the first time he has been involved with another aspect of horses. He's competitive and we'll aim him for a CDE. We just put him on the cart, strap him him with a racing car harness and off he goes. The only issues he is having is grasping that differences in reinsmanship between riding and driving. Also, since eventing wasn't a team sport, he doesn't quite get that the navigator is there for something other than ballast. But it's coming. He had a blast on Sunday. I think is he could figure out a way to do the draft from his wheel chair, he would do that too.