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Which Way Did He Go

Driving Thursday

At our most recent marathon practice, Coach Kate suggested that I was over-navigating. I had deliberately kept up a stream of directions and reminders, often saying the same thing three times in the manner of NASCAR spotters who repeat themselves to insure they are heard over the track noise. She thought that perhaps my talking was keeping Greg from focusing far enough ahead.

Fair enough. We tried again. I shifted my weight, but didn’t say a word. We did the exact same pattern we had just done twice.

He went off course.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Maiden Voyage!

The non-video version
Step 1: Courtney drove while Melissa led.

Step 2: Courtney drove.

Step 3: Greg Drove while Melissa led.

Step 4: Greg drove.

Praise and gratitude to Courtney Huguley and Melissa Croxton for their help.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Foto Friday: Interstate Images

Lesson: Switching from binocular vision to a two-dimensional photo changes clouds from dramatic to mildly interesting.

This is what happens when one spends most of the daylight hours on a Saturday driving around the state of Tennessee. Taken from the passenger seat.

Process notes: Dragged out the big camera. Yay! Could not get it to take the picture I wanted. Switched to A. Boo!

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

New Equipment: Intro Cart

Driving Thursday

Milton’s first cart. Our second [Driving Miss M]. It’s a fixer-upper, with price to match. Deliberately. We are still finding out if Milton wants to be a driving horse. If he declines with prejudice, we don’t want to destroy anything fancier.

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Katherine Walcott

Show Video: Middle Tennessee Carriage Club Horse Driving Trial 2017

Driving Thursday

MTCC HDT
Shelbyville TN, USA
June 17, 2017
[Show Report]
[Show Photos]

With open source music & permission of videographer.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Shopping Spree

Saddle Seat & Driving – Mostly Driving – Wednesday

Black cargo pants for the stylin’ navigator, ADS rule book, back-up gloves for the driver

Driving apron

Glasses straps for marathon: his, hers, & unisex replacement

Eventing watch for timing on marathon. Pink to match my gloves.

Combined Driving -> Saddle Seat Driving
I was so happy with my pink gloves [New Equipment] that I bought a pair in black for saddle seat. Amazing grip on the nylon work reins.

Saddle Seat Driving -> Combined Driving
Shopping for carriage whips on the combined driving web sites left me with sticker shock. I don’t know which division these are used for, but the tack trailer at a saddle seat show had them for $12.50. I bought two.

Selfie taken to get long-distance approval before buying.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Show Photos: Middle Tennessee Carriage Club Horse Driving Trial 2017

MTCC HDT
Shelbyville TN, USA
June 17, 2017
[Show Report]

Bliss & Greg
MTCC 2017 Dressage
Photo by Kate Bushman

Bliss & Greg
MTCC 2017 Cones
Photo by Kate Bushman

Bliss & Greg & Katherine
MTCC 2017 Marathon
Photo by Kate Bushman

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott