‘M I bad! We had such a great time at our Fun Training show here in Deer Lodge, MT with our students… but it has taken me a lot of morning guilt to finally get some photos up on the blog. Seems like the days fly by and I don’t get everything done – so today I will make a better attempt to show a few of the 2,000 photos I took over the 3 days of clinic and show July 5 – 7, 2013.
Thursday, July 4th – we went to the Dinner Bell in Gold Creek where we had way too much to eat at the Mennonite restaurant. I think there were twelve of us for dinner and the food was delicious!
Evening chat watching the sun set, the night before the training started.
During the three days, everyone drove a mini dressage pattern, marathon and a cones course. This was created to give our students a little tasted of what a CDE (Combined Driving Event) is about and to help them improve their driving skills – and well – to have fun driving their horses.
Donika wanted to show everyone what a turn out could look like at a real CDE. She used our Spider Phaeton with Nikko and Maverick. Her cousin Julie was her Groom. She explained her movements and how to salute the judge to begin the Dressage.
It is impossible for me to put up photos of all three days so I will just pick a few of each exhibitor. Alphabetical by first name are the following exhibitors/participants:
Cindy is driving a pair of Norwegian Fjords in the Dressage test. Kris Fuller is her groom. They both own the horses and take turns with their entries.
Careful planning and maneuvering is required to drive the pair on the cones course without knocking over any balls or running over the cones.
The Marathon Phase is the cross country part of the mini CDE (Combined Driving Event)
The Marathon also has several hazards to negotiate. I climbed my way up to the top of Mount Hoss Poopious to take a few shots of Cindy driving this course. I didn’t get to the top for everyone- but I did like this perspective.
Don is driving his Percheron gelding in Dressage.
Don and his Percheron did very well in the Cones course.
Another part of the Cones course.
Don’s wife, Deb road as his Navigator for the Marathon – cross country phase.
These Friesians are really Eileen’s hobby but Doug took a few lessons from us and got hooked on driving. So they both entered the Fun Show and acted as Groom/Navigator for each other.
The animation of these horses was fun to photograph.
Doug stirred up a lot of dust driving his Marathon.
I just had to show you this photo – it makes me giggle when I see it. I can only interpret the conversations as Doug asking “where do I go next?” And Eileen pointing to the next set of cones… “Over there I think.”
Eileen’s turn to drive her Friesians with Doug as her Groom.
The grace and motion of the Friesians was fun to watch.
Remember I mentioned earlier about taking photos from on top of Mount Hoss Poopius? Well, that is it in the back ground… hoss (horse) poop-ious – figure it out.
Running the Cones.
We had two divisions for the Fun Show – the Have and Have Nots. If you Have ever been to a CDE or if you Have Not been to a CDE – Kathryn is a Have.
Cletus is such a gentleman (gentleman – horse)
And he has great extension!
I just loved this portrait of Kathryn and Cletus.
Guess there is not a lot of commentary necessary now.
Kathryn’s Navigator is Sandy, a volunteer from MSU.
Alex rode with everyone on Friday to show them the courses and help them plan for and get through the cones without smashing them… well sometimes they get smashed anyway.
Kris and Cindy share this nice little pair of Fjords – they take turns being the driver or the groom.
I am not sure who is having more fun – Kris while driving or Cindy on the back. She laughs and enjoys any seat on the carriage!
Not bad extension for Fjords!
Linda is driving Rio, a horse she bought from us. Her granddaughter is standing in a her Groom.
Rio is such a sweet horse – Linda really enjoyed driving him in all the phases. She may have been the first person to ask if we will do this show every year!
Linda’s husband Ty shows up in a few photos – we put him to work keeping score.
Marian is driving a sweet little pony who was so willing to go wherever she was driven and did it with a big heart!
Marian’s groom is JoAnn, one of the volunteers from Montana State University.
Half Moon Bay, CA
Owen and his wife Maureen drove here to play at the Fun Show. Owen used a pair of our horses, Nikko and Maverick. We put Maureen to work keeping score.
Owen’s groom is our daughter Dianna (Dee)
Running the “L” hazard.
Guess I take a lot of photos of the Groom… once a bride and now a Groom…
Oh, by the way – Owen is a Have. He may not have driven in a CDE but he has seen one!
Scattering the dust!
Owen and Dee had fun! We were all so impressed when Owen showed up decked to the hilt! The girls gave him a cat whistle!
Ok, I think I put up more of Owen then anyone else… but he is sharing the limelight with our daughter, Dee.
Owen drove our horse Mya – just to put her through the paces.
She was fine with anything he wanted to do.
Mya deserved some of this loving from Dee.
Alex and Donika worked very hard for months preparing for and putting on the show. They felt left out and wanted to drive too – so they created the challenge – best time wins.
Donika drove Nikko and Maverick.
Alex is driving Benson and Navigator.
Our daughter Dee, was the Navigator.
Time is of the essence – Alex just can’t let Donika beat him, even though the horses she was driving had done this before – and his horses had never done it before today.
I don’t remember the time but Alex barely beat Donika by a matter of seconds.
But this was not enough fun they had to take it up a step or four …
Alex and Donika decided to drive a team of four horses through the same cones and hazards that everyone else drove, to show them there was plenty of room.
We have to give credit to Ty for his job keeping track of all the penalties and knock downs if any.
Owen enjoying a little break – his wife Maureen was one of our score keepers.
On the last day – Alex decided he was not going to coach anyone as they drove – so he taped his mouth shut. It didn’t do a lot of good but it may have helped a little.
My friend Kae Cheatham, author and professional photographer, recorded the show too. Here is her web site with photos from the Show and how to order prints.
Of course, I also will sell photos at the same prices.
We did get a little time to rest – Dee is sitting on the swing with Anna, another volunteer from MSU.
Anna and Sandy were pooped out!
Anna got to drive Mya as her fun time reward! We thank all the volunteers – we couldn’t have done this without you!
Everyone was so great – they all had fun and asked us to do this again next year. We have to admit we enjoyed everyone too – and were so proud to see their improvement from Friday to Sunday – so perhaps we will!