Triton St Nick is an American Morgan Horse gelding , standing 14.1 hand .  He is the most recently acquired horse here at the Davis Ranch. I purchased Triton St Nick in 2014 for his driving ability, even though he had not been driven in a number of years.   He was born and trained to ride and drive by Triton Morgans out of California. He was shown by them in western pleasure, hunt seat and sport horse.

Horse Shows
Show Description Class Year Position
160 Morgan Classic Royale WEST PL NOV HORSE 2003 4
008 Morgan Medallion WEST PL 1ST YR GREEN 2003 3
216 Santa Cruz Morgan Horse Show JR WEST PL STAKE 2003 4
008 Morgan Medallion JR HUNT PL 2003 2
216 Santa Cruz Morgan Horse Show HUNT PL LIM HORSE 2003 3
160 Morgan Classic Royale 4-YR WEST PL 2003 2
160 Morgan Classic Royale 1ST-YR GREEN WEST PL 2003 4
221 California Pleasure Horse Cl. JR CL PL 2002 1
221 California Pleasure Horse Cl. CL PL LIM HORSE 2002 3
221 California Pleasure Horse Cl. CL PL CH 2002 2
221 California Pleasure Horse Cl. 4 & UNDER GELDINGS 2002 2
146 Mother Lode All-Morgan SPORT HORSE 2- & 3-YR GELDINGS 2001 1
146 Mother Lode All-Morgan GR CH SPORT HORSE GELDING 2001 2
146 Mother Lode All-Morgan 2 & UNDER GELDINGS 2001 2

Since 2004 Triton St Nick has been used as a trail horse both in California and for bout six years in Hawaii.   After coming back from Hawaii his previous owner rode him on trails in the Lake Tahoe area and Big Bear mountains of California.

Since Triton St Nick arrived here in Prescott I have put some much needed weight on him and have put him back in cart.  I well also be using him as a trail riding horse for myself.

As soon as Triton St Nick is ready I will be using him as one of my horses to teach new students to drive.  Nicky as he is know in the barn is a very quiet and easy going guy.  He is now seventeen so he is perfect to use as a student horse.

 

Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy is a Friesian Sporthorse, FSHA (Friesian Sporthorse Association) and FHH (Friesian Heritage Horse) 16.1 hand gelding, which I have had since he was three year old.  He came to me via an Amish Farm in Wisconsin, an auction in Denver, CO, and a driving ranch in Las Cruces, NM.

Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy was young and not yet grown into himself, and it would take another three years before we would try our first CDE (Combined Driving Event). I competed in six events in 2009 in training division and did quite well, but he was still growing into maturity. The following year we moved up to preliminary division and by the end of 2011 we were doing advanced work.

I competed in one event in March of 1012 then took the next twenty months off due to my husbands health issues.  I then managed one event in November 2013.  I competed at intermediate level because of the time off and we placed second at this event.   Although not competing was hard, I think that the time off had given Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy a chance to physically finish growing to his current 16.1 hands.   Even better it had given his mind a chance to finish growing up too.

In May of 2014 I head to northern California for the Vineyard Classic for Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy first major CDE in several years. Dressage went well but we were confronted with a major waterfall on the marathon course and Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy was having nothing to do with it so we had to retire. Later in the year we did an ADT and he did quite well there.

For 2015 we planned a trip to the east coast to be able to get some major competing under Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy belt.  After six events over a 2 1/2 month period Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy had finally learned to be calm around all of the strange things that go on at major events. We placed well at all of the events. Read about our trip in another post.

Accomplishments:

FEIT Certificate of Inspection: Sport Horse Standard High Merit Award  Score 7.909

FEIT Certificate of Inspection: Highly Coveted Ster Predicate In Driving Test Score 7.816

Friesian Sport Horse: Combined Driving 2008-2015 1st Place

Friesian Heritage Horse: Combined Driving Open Award 2009-2015 Champion

EVENT DATE PLACE LEVEL
ADCS ADT, Prescott, AZ
ADCS ADT, Apache Junction, AZ
ADCS ADT, Litchfield Park, AZ
ADCS ADT, Litchfield Park, AZ
ADCS ADT, Prescott, AZ
ADCS ADT, Litchfield Park, AZ
ADCS ADT, Litchfield Park, AZ
ADCS ADT, Prescott, AZ
May. 2018
Jan. 2018
Nov, 2017
Nov. 2017
Oct.2017
Nov. 2016
Nov. 2016
Oct. 2016
3rd
1st
2nd
2nd
2nd
1st
1st
Retired
Intermediate
Intermediate
Intermediate
Intermediate
Intermediate
Intermediate
Intermediate
Intermediate
Katydid CDE, Aiken, SC Nov. 2015 5th Preliminary
Pinetree CDE, Southern Pines, NC Oct. 2015 7th Preliminary
Pinetree CT, Southern Pines, NC Oct. 2015 4th Preliminary
Lets Have Fun In Texas HDT, Burnet, TX Oct. 2015 1st Intermediate
ADCS ADT, Tucson, AZ Oct. 2015 2nd Intermediate
ADCS ADT, Prescott, AZ Sep. 2015 1st Intermediate
Vineyard Classic, Woodland, CA May. 2014 Retired Intermediate
ADCS ADT, Litchfield Park, AZ Nov. 2013 2nd Intermediate
Festival of Driving-Scurry Obstacles Nov. 2013 2nd
Festival of Driving-Pleasure Pace Nov. 2013 5th
Arizona CDE, Coolidge, AZ Mar. 2012 3rd Intermediate
Grass Ridge CDE, Sonoita, AZ Oct. 2011 1st Advanced
Shady Oaks CDE, Lodi, CA Sep. 2011 5th Advanced FEI
The Duck Club HDT, Oxnard, CA Jul. 2011 2nd Advanced
WSS Vineyard Classic, Woodland, CA May. 2011 6th Intermediate
Grass Ridge CDE, Sonoita, AZ Oct. 2010 1st Intermediate
The Duck Club HDT, Oxnard, CA Jul. 2010 1st Intermediate
WSS Vineyard Classic, Woodland, CA May. 2010 14th Preliminary
Grass Ridge CDE, Sonoita, AZ Oct. 2009 5th Preliminary
ADCS  “2009” ADT Series Dec. 2009 2nd Training
ADCS ADT, Paulden, AZ Sep. 2009 4th Training
ADCS ADT, Prescott, AZ May. 2009 3rd Training
Arizona HDT, Coolidge, AZ Mar. 2009 5th Training
ADCS ADT, Apache Junction, AZ Feb. 2009 3rd Training
ADCS ADT, Sonoita, AZ Jan. 2009 3rd Training
ADCS ADT, Apache Junction, AZ Feb. 2008 1st Preliminary

My Pinto/Hackney pony “SBF Shrimp Scampi” foaled a colt, Scampi’s Silver Fox, on May 15, 2016.  She was bred to a Dartmoor Stallion  “Teignhead King of Clubs” who has sired foals in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands and now one in the United States. Scampi’s Silver Fox or  “Silver” as we call him around the barn is now three months old and has shed his foal coat to reveal a coal black coat underneath. Scampi’s Silver Fox is going to be quite a flashy driving horse when he grows up.

Now at 5 1/2 months old, he is weaned from his mother, which is good for SBF Shrimp Scampi, as I am having trouble keeping weight on her.  It turned out to be a no issue weaning and nare was a word spoken between them.  After two weeks of being separated Scampi’s Silver Fox had an appointment with the veterinarian to become a gelding. This like the weaning was basically a no issue for him and two days later he was romping around the paddock.

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months with Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months with Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

  • Scampi’s Silver Fox at 5 1/2 months

Scampi’s Silver Fox is now learning about manners, walking on a lead, grooming habits and having his feet played with.  Most of this is going very smoothly as I did a lot of imprinting when he was first born.  Right now he only has an attention span of about five minutes so teaching new things is a slow process, which is how it should be.

He loves to watch while I am working with the other driving horses on the property.  He likes to run after Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy when we go by his turnout.  Sailors not quite sure of what to think of all of his antics.  Hopefully he will learn by watching so when it is his turn to be hitched up it will be a calm and quiet event.  I will hitch him first with his Dam, SBF Shrimp Scampi, and drive them as a pair.  She has already taught him so much about being a horse, she should be a great asset in teaching him proper driving manners.

 

 

How do I get it there?

How do I get it all to a show, is the really big question that everyone asks.  Now most people who own a horse also own a trailer, but when one gets into driving their horse it can become a logistics nightmare on getting all of your equipment, the horse, the carriage and the people to an event.

If you are like most newbie’s to the carriage driving family, you will try to achieve this with what you have on hand.  I know that over forty years ago that is what I did, so I will give you a brief history of my progression through the years.

Starting Out

In the beginning, I had a two horse straight load trailer that I loaded my horse into and that I pulled with my truck.  Then I purchased a 16′ flat bed trailer with a folding ramp on the back, which we pushed the cart up onto that we towed with our car that we had at the time.  This worked well at the time if we were doing just local  shows and events, but for anything very far away it was cost prohibited.

When I decided that I wanted to start doing events farther away from home, I traded in the two horse trailer for a four horse slant with a tack room.  We pulled this trailer with our motor home that we had at the time which gave us a place to stay, as trying to stay at motels that were never anywhere close to most venues was a logistics nightmare.  This worked quite well for a number of years while I was competing with my Arabian and my pair of Miniature horses, as their carriages were smaller and lighter weight.  I made ramps to run the carriages up into the trailer and there was an escape door so in an emergency you could get your horse out of the trailer, as you had to put the horse in first.

Lessons Learned

After being blown across the highway several times into oncoming traffic, I finally decided I needed to do something different if I wanted to keep competing, and be safe getting there.  At this point, I purchased a used Sundowner trailer, four horse slant, with living quarters.  This turned out to be my best choice to this point for getting everything I needed to a show with driving only one vehicle and not having to stay at a hotel away from the show grounds.

This whole process over the years showed me all of the things that I liked about the different trailers and their layouts and those items I did not like at all.  So, I started a list of the does and don’ts for the ultimate trailer that I would eventually purchase.

What Not To Do:

  • Never put carriage on top of horse trailer, aside from being very difficult to get up there, low bridges can be hazardous, “oops”.
  • Never put your horse in first if there is no escape door.
  • Always have a pass through door from living quarters or tack room to horse area, especially if horse goes in first.
  • Never get a trailer heavier than your truck can safely pull when loaded.
  • Never unload horse at a rest stop on any road or freeway, even if the sign says you can.  Trucks run faster than horses!
  • Never put anything on top of trailer that you need to get to in a hurry, especially if you are stopped on the edge of a highway, such as a spare tire or extra water for horses.
  • Never put anything on top of your trailer if you are the least bit afraid of heights.
  • Oven for baking, I don’t think so!
  • Never put you carriage in the back of your truck, as it will pick up every piece of road dirt between your house and the show venue, and every bug that is in it’s path will be smashed onto it and it will look   much like your windshield.

What To Do:

  • Ramps to get carriages into trailer.
  • Winch to pull carriages, especially four wheeled, up ramps.
  • Tie downs in floor of trailer for securing carriages.
  • Maximum trailer width of eight (8) feet, makes for easier fit of carriages.  They will actually fit across the trailer thereby taking up less room.
  • Gate between carriage and tack area and the horse area, that way the horses are safe and the equipment is not eaten.
  • At least two stalls that can be made into one pen in case your stuck overnight, your horse can have a place to lay down and rest.
  • Insulation in the walls and ceiling.  Unless you live in the perfect world, you will either have excessive heat or cold somewhere you will be showing.  Your horse will thank you!
  • Outside water faucet on your trailer that you can fill your horse water bucket, this will save you countless steps.
  • Plenty of windows and overhead vents for proper air circulation, your horse will also thank you for this!
  • Plenty of inside and outside lighting because you will always either arrive late or leave early.  It also makes that early morning feeding a lot easier.

About now, you are thinking that you will have to spend your retirement account to be able to find a trailer to fit all of these needs.  You need to figure out which of the items are the most important to you and which will fit the horse and carriages that you have.  If you drive a pony that is 14 hands or under in a two wheeled cart and you like staying in a motel, than a three horse slant will probably do you just fine.  If your plan is to stay in training and preliminary divisions in combined driving, or in local fun and training arena driving shows, then smaller trailers that will hold your single horse and your cart, will work just fine.

Building My Trailer!

In my situation, I was working for a slot on the US Singles Driving Team, so I needed a trailer that would fit two carriages, my horse and all the tack for both carriages, along with living space for myself and my husband who is my navigator.  The trailer also needed to be able to make it back and forth across the country several times so I could compete at the required events.

Keeping this in mind, I had my trailer custom made by the Silverado Trailer Company. The trailer specifications were as follows:

  • Total size 8′ x 34′ on the floor with 7′ gooseneck
  • 11′ living space
  • 12′ carriage space with electric wench
  • 11′ horse space which makes, 2 single stalls or one 8 x 11 stall
  • 66′ side ramp for carriages
  • 7′ 6″ tall
  • Total trailer insulated
  • Carriage tie downs for two carriages
  • Extra windows and vents

As you can see, the living quarters is the least amount of space because for the most of the time at a horse event you are outside.  The mandatory items needed are a bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.  Some sort of sleeping arrangement and some way to prepare food.  I chose to have a small refrigerator, a two burner stove top and a microwave, and I refused the oven, because I never saw myself baking at all in the trailer.