Thursday at The National Drive

Seemingly hundreds gathered in the vendor area at 8:45 for the drivers’ meeting or maybe more for the free coffee and donuts provided by Driving Digest.  Various announcements were made about the day’s schedule before everyone dispersed to drive or listen to the first speakers.

The vendor area is the gathering place at TND

The vendor area is the gathering place at TND

Jeff Morse talked about his methods of assessing horses that come to him for training.  Like a doctor, he takes a history by listening to the owner, and then making his own assessment by studying the horse, physically putting his hands on the horse and running his fingers down this spine along the acupuncture lines looking for any reaction. He compares working with a horse to peeling the layers off an onion.  Sometimes you have to peel off many to get to the source of the problem.

Dana Bright gave a talk similar to yesterday’s but this one concentrated on Reinsmanship. Lessons continued with the various clinicians. 

After lunch Gavin Robson gave a demonstration with Larry Denny’s four-in-hand of Dutch Harness Horses. Gavin hopes to represent Australia at next year’s World Equestrian Games. He wowed the crowd with his one-handed circles and impressive extended trots.

The Haflinger drivers organized a drive for themselves and gathered for a group photo before setting off.  They kindly invited their neighbors the Fjords to join them. 
Haflingers on Parade.

Haflingers on Parade.

Haflinger drivers gather for a group photo.

Haflinger drivers gather for a group photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one lone Fjord waits to join in.

And one lone Fjord waits to join in.

If the rain stops, everyone is looking forward to a wine and cheese party sponsored by Pleasuretyme.

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