Southern Pines Christmas Carriage Parade - PHOTO link added
The parade was today and I was determined to go. I haven't been able to drive since my accident at the Pine Tree CDE so the girls are fat and full of themselves. I managed to hitch them twice this week but with the cold snap I thought it might be an interesting parade!
Fortunately a good horsey friend, Katherine Austin, who also knows how to drive, agreed to ride on the back step. She even helped with the decorations and I thought we looked quite festive. Maya had a minor blowout at the trailer before we hitched. However Katherine got her quieted down and we put to without incident.
The ponies were very forward as we warmed up around the Gallagher's big field which was the staging area. Many of the turnouts had bells and all were beautifully decorated. Maggie and Maya had lots to look at!
The ponies hopped up and down a bit but soon settled in and really seemed to enjoy the interaction with the crowds all along the route. Lots of pictures were taken and the kids seemed to especially enjoy the ponies with their reindeer antlers
There were a total of 19 turnouts - a good number for such a cold day! As always Bill Long was last driving Jack Wetzel's 4-in-hand that he hopes to compete at the WEG 2010, with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus aboard, a big American flag and a sign saying "Support Our Troops!"
Will try to get them downloaded and resized. I think hubby got shots of most of the turnouts
Our local animal rescue groups had a waffle sale during the parade, providing curbside service. Of course we knew we couldn't handle waffles in the carriage, nor could we get downtown with truck and 40' trailer, so I gave them a call and they happily delivered delicious blueberry waffles to us in the staging area! Yum!
Everyone looks wonderful, quite in keeping with the season! The decoration efforts are very attractive. We don't have anything like that around here. I would go watch a horse parade!
Thanks for posting Pat. Your turnout looks great as usual. The girls look perky, rather than edgy or overly forward from earlier incident. Glad they are willing to "get over" things to reach the fun parts. Sorry to hear you had an accident, hope everything in that is also behind you.
Yipes, I officially feel like I never want to go in public again with my measly turn out! There's some nice horses, carriages, and harnesses there!
I, too, did a Christmas Parade with only horses. There were only 4 carriage though. One was me, one was a student of mine with her morgan, and then two people I didn't know. I was driving my Newfoundland Pony to a Pacific Carriage training cart and the Morgan to my 1888 runabout.