Monday, April 29, 2013

The Driving Trial

The day dawned cool and clear.
At Moondance, Bob and Dave shuffled carts while Diana petted Mickey.

At the show grounds,
we weren't the only ones bundled up.
A very well-behaved Haflinger stallion

It quickly warmed up to a gorgeous day!

The trial was made up of three parts -
dressage, cones course and hazards.

First up, the dressage test.

David's first driving dressage test!
(he's ridden so many)
David's first time driving in an indoor arena!
Kate, look at those feathers!

Next phase, cones!
The cones are set 6" wider than your cart
and there's a tennis ball on top of each of them.
Knock a tennis ball off and you get a penalty.
You have to drive through them in numerical order
and in the right direction.
Oh, and it's timed.

Let's go!

It was a twisty-turny course
with some cones set pretty close to the fence.

Boomer did a great job listening to David,
and he wasn't even distracted by these spectators.
I was.

The final phase was the Hazards Phase.
Here's the pattern -

and here's a little clip -

At the end of the day
I felt like this -
 but Boomer was as fresh as a daisy.
He never even broke a sweat.

We had a great time, learned a lot,
and went home with a third place finish.
Yay Team Boomer!
 Diana, Bob, Boomer and Dave

Thank you, Elisa, for taking care of Paj, Reggie and Ben while we played.  And a huge thank you to Bob for sharing his horse, cart, harness, and truck and trailer with us!


Dom said...

This is awesome :) Something I'd really like to try some day.

Karen Burch said...

I would love to watch what dressage entails in a buggy.

Lori Skoog said...

Great presentation, beautiful cart and such fun! I participated in a driving show only once, with a friends Belgian that lived here and so wish that Abbe and I were capable of doing it now. Terry, do you drive too?

thecrazysheeplady said...

Great job! I miss driving competitions. So much fun.

SheMovedtoTexas said...

Good job Boomer!

Annette Mickelson said...

That looks like a lot of fun!

Kate said...

good grief those feathers were so white I wish I had my sunglasses!! ;)

the video was super, Boomer is such a good boy. congrats on the third place finish!

in2paints said...

Very impressive! Congratulations to David and Boomer on a job well done!

Inger said...

I've never seen anything like this. So cool. Go Boomer, what a gorgeous horse you are, so smart too. Congrats to David and Boomer on the 3rd place finish.

jenj said...

So cool! I've never seen combined driving in person before, and Boomer looks like a natural. Congrads to both Boomer and David on a fantastic show!

Jim said...

Great post Terry! I am learning so don't quiz me on it please! lol
Congrats to Boomer and of course David!!
Yes, those feathers look very good! That stuff really does work!

Dreaming said...

Oh, boy, I loved watching the video. Boomer looked fantastic!

Ruffles said...

How cool :-) Yay for Boomer.