The Combined Driving Demonstration help at Davis Ranch was a great success. About forty members of the Granite Mountain Riders showed up for the monthly meeting at the ranch. The members did a lot of catching up with other members while waiting for all to arrive.
By 5:30pm members made their way to the bleachers by the dressage arena to be able to watch the beginning of the nights program.
All were welcomed to the ranch after which I explained what Combined Driving is and how a Combined Driving Event is run.
Introducing Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy
I introduced my Friesian Sporthorse “Pinegrove’s Sailor Boy” who is a fifteen year old gelding. I told them that I have been working with him for thirteen years and that he has competed through FEI level.
Sailor and I drove through a few cones to show the precision needed to be able to drive them without knocking any down.
We then escorted the ladies to an area on my cross country course to watch us run two of the obstacles on the property.
Obstacles oh what fun!
In Sailor’s normal way he showed that he was very happy to canter through both of the obstacles. The water obstacle is always great to watch, for Sailor due to his size, creates a big splash.
After returning to the carriage barn to unhitch Sailor, I answered many questions and he hunted for treats as is usual after he has done a good job. After returning him to his stall and getting his dinner we all enjoyed a very tasty potluck dinner.
The night was finished off with a club meeting and everyone left to go home before the night got to cold to be outside.
There were many great questions answered and many great thanks for a great program.