Dear Robin, Fredericka, and Bob,
We are finally finished with a few
very busy weeks of carriage activity ! Two weeks ago we went to the
Classic in the Pines in Pinehurst, NC for their pleasure show.
Danceadream and Limelight both got blues in the novice division which
let them compete in a final class with the pony winners for the
championship. A friend of mine with a welsh pony won the championship
and Danceadream got reserve...I was so proud of her ! It is very hard
when you have horses in the same ring with ponies when they ask for a
strong trot. You feel like if you open it up, you'll run over some of
the little guys, but it inspires the ponies to show all they've got !
Pat and Limelight then went into open classes all day and they got a
large number of red ribbons and the judge commented on how she
improved all day long ! On the cross country drive, where you go
through scary things and obstacles, Danceadream was 2nd and Limelight
3rd ! Woweeeee !!!!!! On Sunday, there is a marathon drive through the
quaint town of Pinehurst and we both rode with Limelight. It is really
neat because they announce you as you go through the town square and
tell about your turnout and horse !! It was a really fun weekend !
This week we got back from five
days at Morvin Park in Leesburg,VA for the Carriage Association of
America meeting. We took the phaeton that has been restored for
Danceadream and put it in the carriage showcase where it was judged
for the restoration work. It received a silver certificate, like Pat's
did last year. Whoopee. It was a pile of sticks when we got in at an
auction in PA, and it has been under construction since last October !
It is really pretty and big enough for all the large gals ! Pat took
Bud and competed in the Traditional Day of Drivng and won for single
horse ! He and Bud had the fastest cones course of the day !!! Pat was
very happy!!!!! On the last day, I was finally able to hook
Danceadream up to her new carriage ! As soon as she was hooked, it
rained cats and dogs, and we made a quick loop around the square and
got completely drenched and had to go in because of lightning !!!!! My
gorgeous new carriage was soaked but should be fine ! Danceadream and
Bud were both very good for the entire trip !!!!!!