Rainy Friday at The National Drive

Rain didn't stop people from going for a drive.

Rain didn't stop people from going for a drive.

For once the weatherman was correct, darn it!  But that hasn’ t stopped the intrepid drivers from harnessing up and going out to drive.  There is a wide array of rain gear.  It is unfortunate for the vendors who can’t display their wares except under cover. 

Bill Lower started the day with a driving demonstration and was followed by Paul Maye who talked about driving combined driving obstacles.  He had three drivers first walk the portable obstacle on foot – 3 gates – and then get back in their carriage and first drive through A, B, and C at a walk and then at a trot.  Paul then demonstrated with his own pony with whom he won Preliminary Single Pony at last weekend’s Kentucky Cup.  The crowd cheered as he did A-E gates at a gallop to finish his demonstration.

Hazard driving with Paul Maye

Hazard driving with Paul Maye

Bill Lower gave the first demonstration today.

Bill Lower gave the first demonstration today.

There was a very interesting talk on Equine Chiropractic by Dr. Denise Coppock.  It wasn’t terribly well attended so I hope more will come for her repeat tomorrow. 

Always popular was Sherri Lower’s demonstration on how to put together a stunning driving outfit.  Because of the rain she had to haul a lot of stuff up to the Murphy pavilion but her model/helpers gave her a hand.  She put together several outfits on the manikin and then had her models talk about their turnouts and Sherri showed how she helped them pull everything together. 

Sherri Lower's models

Sherri Lower's models

Hopefully the rain will be over by tomorrow.

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