With over 2,000 photos taken during the 4th of July Fun Training Show… sorting through them is a boggling experience. My new camera takes very high res – so when I tried to make CDs – there was not enough space. With smaller images – I am hoping I can get this blog done so everyone can see what fun we had and how all the drivers improved. Each year people have stepped up and met the challenges that Alex Fraser presents in the obstacles. This year he added a small water hazard – thanks to Phil and Lucie Murphy for sharing their field – and thanks to the rancher upstream for letting some water flow through the ditches for the weekend.
I took way too many photos this year but my new camera has rapid fire and well, I guess I also have shutter finger… so I am trying to limit the number of photos I will share here to ten of each exhibitor. At the end I will include some video of Alex Fraser and Donika Shrauger in their drive-off.
We had some awesome volunteers this year – who make all this work smoothly. Donika does an amazing job of organizing the whole event.
Beth Kendal from Shreveport, Louisiana
Beth is driving Misty and Mocha since the horses she bought from us last year had not acclimated to Montana’s altitude in time to compete. This is her fourth year coming to Fraser School of Driving. She loves it here so much – she just got a job as a Principal for two schools in the north part of Montana. Talina is her groom/navigator who came back to Montana from her new job in Washington state. Talina has volunteered here the last three years.
Cindy Brengman, Stevensville, Montana
Cindy is driving a pair of Norwegian Fjords she and Kris Fuller own together. They navigate for each other.
Debra Gardner, Corvallis, Montana
This is the first year Debra competed as the driver. She was navigating for her husband Don but thought it looked like fun, and decided to give it a try with they single horse. She did Great!
Don Gardner, Corvallis, Montana
Don has come to our show since the beginning, four years ago. He continues to improve his driving skills and his turnout.
Doug Graves, Belgrade, Montana
Doug and his wife Eileen Wallin are grooming / navigating for each other this year with their pair of Friesian mares.
Eileen Wallin, Belgrade, Montana
Eileen groomed for her husband Doug and now gets to drive her Friesian mares through the courses. She and Doug have been coming to this training show since the beginning, four years ago.
Heather Hollandsworth, Elliston, Montana
Heather, drove a pair of Haflingers she and her mother Kate own. They have been coming to the show for four years. Her sister, from Alaska, is grooming/navigating for her this year, while grandma took care of the kids.
JoJo Copal, Big Timber, Montana
This is the first year JoJo has been to our training show. She has competed in the real CDEs but heard how much fun we have in Deer Lodge so she decided to join in. Her groom is Kathryn Hatch from Dillon. Kathryn has competed in CDEs also.
Kris Fuller, Corvallis, Montana
Kris and Cindy groom / navigate for each other while taking turns driving their Norwegian Fjords. They have been coming to this training show since its conception four years ago.
LeeAnn Corlett, Drummond, Montana
Last year LeeAnn drove one of our horses, but this year she drove Olive, her own Haflinger. They both did awesome! Her groom was Kurt Tritten from the Swiss Ranch in Hall, Montana. This was his and Frances’s first exposure to this craziness – I think they are hooked!
Linda Fehrenbacher, Terrehoval, Oregon
Linda has been coming from Oregon every year since the first show in 2013. Her husband Ty, has been a wonderful volunteer every year as well. Linda is driving Rio, a sweet pony she bought from us. Her groom was Katelynn Self, a “granddaughter” who has wanted to come for a couple years.
Lucie Murphy, Deer Lodge, Montana
Lucie is driving June Bug a quarter horse mare she trained to drive. Her navigator is Joanna Rogers-Liston from the driving club at Montana State University. She has come every year to volunteer for this event.
Phil Murphy DVM, Deer Lodge, Montana
Phil got hooked on driving a few years ago and has been driving our horses, Nikko and Maverick the last few years – he considers these horses – his – so we can’t sell them. His groom /navigator is none other than his “butter from another utter” Alex Fraser
Sarah Fiske, Butte, Montana
Sarah is relatively new to driving. She has been taking lessons for a few months, and was excited to attend this fun show. She is using Mya here with Alex as her navigator/groom.
Talina and Joanna have been awesome volunteers – and they got the chance to drive for the fun of it.
A few fun photos from the show this year:
Group shot. We had to add heather, Kris and Cindy – since they couldn’t be here on Sunday
Ty is the official BBQ chef: Yes, he is a bit wild – and politically misguided but we love him anyway.
I will attempt to put on some video of Alex Fraser and Donika Shrauger’s runoff.
Hazard 1 https://youtu.be/ViY5es18_h4
Hazard 2 https://youtu.be/TQxnvdOTdlg
Hazard 3 https://youtu.be/1CR78sNG_cE
Hazard 4 https://youtu.be/CU22_LrNmgM
Hazard 5 https://youtu.be/mHWNLWHDyq0
Hazard 6 https://youtu.be/RaYvT87PI7A
Okay that is all folks – hope this didn’t jam your computer!