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Southern Pines Christmas Carriage Parade - PHOTO link added

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  • 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!"

    Merry Christmas!!!!

    Photos: http://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/v...f3edf1ebadc1fb

    Last edited by Ashemont; Dec. 14, 2009, 12:33 PM.
    Pat Belskie - ASHEMONT Farm

    PnP Distributors - KUTZMANN Carriages

  • #2
    no fair, where's the photos?
    Sounds lovely.
    save lives...spay/neuter/geld


    • Original Poster

      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!
      Pat Belskie - ASHEMONT Farm

      PnP Distributors - KUTZMANN Carriages


      • #4
        Can't wait for the pics!

        I didn't know you were injured, Pat. I hope it wasn't too bad and is now a thing of the past.

        This weather has been a Hoover for the last almost 2 months! There's a decent day here and there, but nothing you can plan around. We haven't been out for about 10 days.

        "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx


        • Original Poster

          Photo link: http://www.fotobytocco.com/Other/MCD...10646860_2DfAp
          Last edited by Ashemont; Dec. 14, 2009, 12:33 PM.
          Pat Belskie - ASHEMONT Farm

          PnP Distributors - KUTZMANN Carriages


          • #6
            Originally posted by Ashemont View Post
            The link does not work... it takes me to MY shutterfly albums.
            Zion Farm - Friesian & Norwegian Fjord Horses


            • #7
              Link doesn't work for me either - it wants a password.
              I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


              • Original Poster

                Hmmmm.... well try this: http://www.fotobytocco.com/Other/MCD...10646860_2DfAp
                Pat Belskie - ASHEMONT Farm

                PnP Distributors - KUTZMANN Carriages


                • #9
                  How delightful! Beautiful turnouts. And great pictures - thanks for posting them.

                  Have they set the date for next year's Christmas Parade? Cause I'd definitely drive up to see it.

                  BTW, do you know who the little Fjord with the roached mane is, by any chance?
                  I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


                  • #10
                    Wonderful. What fun!!


                    • #11
                      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.


                      • #12
                        the fjord


                        I BELIEVE that is Karolina King. He was in our barn at the Pinehurst Fall Dressage Show in September, ridden by Peter Nordlander at 2nd level.

                        The lady in the picture driving looks like the lady in the barn that was his owner, and she mentioned he also drove and evented.

                        Quite a versatile little stud muffin! He is a stallion. Really cute!
                        "I swear it happened just like this" - Leonard Cohen


                        • #13
                          Not trying to hijack the thread....

                          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.

                          Here we are... getting ready

                          And the morgan getting put to

                          Me warming up the morgan... he's always firey for the first 5 minutes and then perfect after.

                          The height difference in 12.2 and 14.2

                          This was the mini that was there. The mom led the thing the whole way with the kids sitting in the cart.... down the main roads of town... I'm thinking it was unsafe.

                          Wave to the people!

                          The morgan.

                          All the carriages

                          drinking hot chocolate to warm up!

                          Oh, I just wanted to come clean too. I'm completely and utterly unable to drive coachmen... but I do well like this... As Thomas calls it... "cackhanded" or something..


                          • Original Poster

                            The Fjord is driven and owned by Penny Stuckey and Peter rides for her. He also occasionally rides along as her groom on the carriage. Yep, he's a stallion!
                            Pat Belskie - ASHEMONT Farm

                            PnP Distributors - KUTZMANN Carriages


                            • #15
                              great photos, what a turnout of carriages.

                              Looks like it was a cold day~

                              thanks for posting the pics. vicariously a fun way to be there all snug in front of the computer!
                              save lives...spay/neuter/geld