I was asked to do a Participation Clinic at Verde Valley Equine Festival on Sunday April 23, 2017. The day started out sunny with a temperatures in the mid eighties. I arrived at the venue in Cottonwood Arizona at 8:30 to find people and horses already milling around the fair grounds. The driving participation clinic started at 9:30 with two drivers signed up to participate.
The first driver had a well seasoned draft mare she was driving and the second driver had a Morgan mare that has been driving about two years with a new driver. Both horses were well behaved and the drivers were proficient equal with their level of driving.
Many of the spectators that arrived were there to watch and learn about driving and how much fun that it can be. It was really good to see the interest in the sport of driving as we need to bring more people into this sport so that it will live on for many years.
This Participation Clinic at Verde Valley Equine Festival was proof that people can get excited about this very old form of transportation and how it has transformed into a fun way to use ones horse.
After a brief break I then did a talk on harness and harnessing. Even though the wind decided to show it’s ugly head there was a good turnout of people wanting to learn! I brought along my miniature horse “Snoopy” as a demonstration horse to show how to fit and put on the harness an hitch to a cart.
While I was answering questions I had any of the attendees who wanted to try and put together a harness to do so. I supplied a horse size harness with 29 parts that were disassembled for them to put together. When it was assembled I gave them one of my “Harnessing & Saddling A Step By Step Guide” as a prize. There is nothing better than hands on experience to teach a student how to do something!