Horses, Life, A Touch of Geek

Looking Back, Driving 2016

Driving Thursday

We continue the 2016 trend of having a stellar year with other people’s horses [SSF], while our own imitate doorstops [Rodney & Milton].

Saddle Seat
Both of us took lessons and showed, when available. Me more than him. Some people don’t feel the need to show at every possible opportunity. Imagine that.

Posh & Greg MSSP 2016 Photo by Sandra Hall Used with permission

Posh & Greg
MSSP 2016
Photo by Sandra Hall
Used with permission

Because I have no agenda for driving, I fail to get in my own way. I do it for fun. At this point, I show in a cart better than I do in a saddle. Seriously. The peanut gallery has repeated sent me into the ring with the exhortation to ride like I drive.

Alvin & Katherine MSSP 2016 Photo by Sandra Hall Used with permission

Alvin & Katherine
MSSP 2016
Photo by Sandra Hall
Used with permission

I drove in 8 shows; Greg in 5. Three big shows; two for Greg. In that time, I encountered one non-Stepping Stone competitor. I don’t understand why more people don’t drive. It’s a hoot, the horses love it, & most Saddlebreds are taught to drive, at least a little, as part of their training.

One of my milestones for the year was learning to properly drive an ASB in the show ring. [Pro-Am, MSSP]

Combined Driving
In 2015, we piddled with the idea [Show Report]. In 2016, Combined Driving took off for us.

Greg took his first lesson.
[Combined Driving Lesson]

Greg competed twice.
[25 Years in the Making]
[Show Report: MTCC 2016]
[Show Report: MTCC Driving Derby 2016 in Photo and Video]

We created the Combined Saddlebred Driving Pleasure division.
Figure 8 [Show Report]
Course [Show Report]
Obstacle [Alvin’s Big Green, Show Report]

We did so much driving that I instituted Driving Thursdays on the blog.

Go Team Walcott!

Lyricc, Greg & Katherine MTCC Driving Derby 2016 Photo by Elizabeth Hickman

Lyricc, Greg & Katherine
MTCC Driving Derby 2016
Photo by Elizabeth Hickman

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Comments on: "Looking Back, Driving 2016" (2)

  1. I love your enthusiasm. The photos are good but the last one is a joy.

  2. 🙂

    Archived from FB.

    BB: Can’t speak for others, but I don’t drive at the shows because the logistics of hauling a cart are such a headache! Love the photo!!

    RS: True dat. I swear at the drivers – myself included – when it is time to load the cart(s). Then I drive and forget.

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