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More In The News

Driving Thursday

Mid-South Horse Review October 2017. That’s us with Bliss in the top photo. [Show Report: MTCC Driving Derby 2017]

Previous MSHR Posts
August 2016 [In The News] & [Life with a Blogger]
October 2016 [Back In The News]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott


Milton’s First Carriage Drive

Video version of Milton pulling the the four-wheel carriage for the first time [Show Report Driving & Lessons]. Posted here for entertainment and archival purposes. I like to imagine looking back at this when he’s going big time.

In hindsight, I think the spook (3:06) was at Greg’s jacket beside the cone. He gave it the hairy eyeball when we went past it later.

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Katherine Walcott


Foto Friday: Hoofprints on the Road

Painted hoofprints on the road outside of the Germantown Charity Horse Show showgrounds. Did these prevent us from missing the turn on Sunday morning after two days of driving to the showgrounds? I’m not saying.


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Katherine Walcott

Show Tweets: Nashoba Carriage Classic 2017

Tweet record from the Nashoba Carriage Classic [Show Report]. 48 tweets, plus replies.

Getting Ready
4 tweets

I crack myself up.

Day 1: Driving (car) & Driving (horse) Derby
Friday, October 20, 2017
19 tweets

It asked if I wanted to translate the Tweet from Hindi.
“Translated from Hindi by Bing
Could not translate Tweet”

This one it wanted to translate from Spanish.

Day 2: Pleasure Show
Saturday, October 21, 2017
15 tweets

Also won in 2013. Honorable mention in 2017.

He’s more about the performance. So he claims.

Day 3: Volunteering & Going Home
Sunday, October 22, 2017
10 tweets

Apologies. Didn’t see this reply until compiling. Bad Tweeter.

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Katherine Walcott

Show Report: Nashoba Carriage Classic 2017

Nashoba Carriage Classic (Facebook)
October 20-22, 2017
Germantown Charity Horse Show Showgrounds
Germantown, TN USA

Friday: Bliss, Greg & Katherine
Driving Derby, Intermediate Single Horse – 1st of 1
(Jewel & Kate, 1/1 in Preliminary)

Saturday: Bliss & Greg
Turnout – 2nd of 2
Timed Obstacles – 2nd of 2 (by 2 seconds!)
Working – 1st of 2
Reinsmanship – 2nd of 2
Single Horse Division – Reserve Champion

Gambler’s Choice – 1st of 2

Thanks to Kate Bushman for the beautiful Bliss WH and to the Nashoba Carriage Association (Facebook) for putting on the show.

Turned out that Kate and Greg were the only non-draft horses to turn up, thus making a division of two. They swapped ribbons depending on the class requirements. The fancy carriage (Kate) won the turnout class, the experienced horse (Bliss) won the working class, and so on.

Greg was a better, happier driver in the objective, jumper-style classes that featured cones and a stopwatch, than in the subjective, hunter-style classes that relied on the opinion of the judge. Color me surprised.

We will probably continue to show at pleasure shows. Opportunities to drive are limited. You take what you can get. Annoyingly, neither of the carts we have are suitable/allowed in pleasure shows. Greg will need a presentation carriage. Yes, we may be shopping for a third vehicle. How did that happen?

View From The Back Seat
In the Friday night derby, Greg entered the Intermediate level. Training goes through gates A-B-C; Prelim, A-B-C-D; Intermediate, A-B-C-D-E. Since it will be a while before he goes Intermediate for real, it was fun practicing five-gate obstacles.

I rode on the carriage for the derby class. For the Saturday classes, I stood on the sidelines & waved my pom-poms. There were Sunday classes but the horses left early as their chauffeur had to catch a flight.

2017 Season
Thus ends our CDE competition year.
AWWCC Driving Derby 2017
Middle Tennessee Carriage Club Horse Driving Trial 2017
CAA Carriage Festival 2017
MTCC Driving Derby 2017
Indiana CDE 2017
Nashoba Carriage Classic

It was awesome! Onwards to 2018!

Show Tweets: Nashoba Carriage Classic 2017
Foto Friday: Hoofprints on the Road

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Show Report Driving & Lessons

Driving Thursday

Lots of driving lately.

Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show, [Show Report, Riding]
96 Academy Driving with HB Whizbang – 2rd of 3
Thanks to the Alvis family for Mr. Snippy

Snippy deeply objected to the big, soft, rubber, straight bar bit that went with a set of borrowed harness. Go figure [Bits From Hell]. In the lemonade-from-lemons category, I was able to channel his outrage into the best extended trot we’ve gotten to date. We even got a little bit of drift going in one corner. Not Alvin-level drifting [Show Report I, II], but I could feel a slight sideways slide.

Sorry Snippy, we’ll do better by you next time.

The day after the show, Greg had a driven dressage lesson with Mr. E. Yes, the same instructor Rodney and I can’t manage to take lessons from [Leg Yield, Dubious]. At this point, I am so far down the rabbit hole that, come the day, I wasn’t all that upset [Laugh or Cry]. Although, that night I did have a dressage stress dream wherein Milton was tacked up, I still needed to get dressed, but couldn’t find out if my test was right away or delayed until tomorrow because of the large number of barrel racing trips in front of us. Clearly, it’s still on my mind. But I digress.

Mr. E liked a lot of the things Greg was doing, and thought Milton had good conformation for driving. Some of the comments were things Greg has heard before, e.g. Use your voice. The main focus of the lesson was transitions, which is more of a dressage thing than a ASB thing. As I’ve said before, dressage horses wait to hear what comes next; saddlebreds get on with their jobs [Obedience Epiphany].

By the end of 45 minutes, Milton was walking better, trotting off more promptly, and downshifting without giving his ewe-necked cow impression. All with a horse who has been hitched less than three months [Maiden Voyage]. Go Milton!

Greg & Katherine


Milton’s first drive with the carriage [New Equipment]. Miss Courtney’s picture is over on Instagram, and for the moment on the sidebar. Milton was a star about pulling the heavier load and about entertaining multiple drivers.

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Katherine Walcott

Franklin Fairwell

Driving Thursday

Last weekend was our last scheduled lesson at Whip Hand Farm for the season. Canceled on account of Nate. We will be back, hopefully with Milton in tow.

Not farewell, but au revoir.

Easing on down the road.

Whip Hand Farm 2017

[Exciting Announcement]
[Driving Lesson Video Clip]
[New Equipment: Navigator Gloves]
[The Downside of Driving]
[Lots of Lessons]
[Kate’s Carriage]
[Foto Friday: Distance Problems]
[Greg and the Ladies]
[Navigator Training]
[Which Way Did He Go]
[Surviving the Drive]
[Tennessee Travels]
[Show Report: MTCC Driving Derby 2017]
[Show Tweets: MTCC Driving Derby 2017]
[Foto Friday: MTCC Driving Derby 2017]
[Show Tweets: Indiana CDE 2017]

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott