I’m sorry that I didn’t post yesterday. We were outside in the cold (it was sunny, but when the breeze blew up, it was still bone chilling cold) all day, and then we drove home to Southern Pines after having to find someone with jumper cables to charge the dead battery on our car!
Even though the day essentially started an hour later thanks to the end of daylight savings time, there was still frost on the pumpkin, the grass, the windshields as cones got underway.
Richard (my husband and scorer) sat at a table next to the announcer’s stand with his computer. His hands were so cold, I’m not sure how he managed to enter the numbers. He finally took my bright orange gloves. I had already loaned by heavy winter coat to one of the judges, so it we all kept finding more layers to add.
Reba Wagner won the Training Level Pair Horse Class with her Percherons Lewis and Clark. This was Reba’s second CDE.
Katydid has several special awards which are presented at the appropriate time. They give an award to the oldest competitor so the warm-up stewards had to tactfully ask many of them “are you over 65?” Dona Love was the recipient.
The Claye Clyatt award is given to the best preliminary driver who is a member of the Aiken Driving Club (I think I have that right). Shelly Temple won that driving the pair of her Cooper and Jack Wetzel’s Harry.
Light blue ribbons were given to the winners of the Carolina Challenge – those who competed in both Pine Tree CDE two weeks earlier, and Katydid. Caroline Whittle-McSwain won her class (Preliminary Pony Team) and the Challenge.
The course seemed to drive well. There were two zig zags and the distance was the same for all competitors.
Paul Maye managed to remain in first place after his “GPS system failed him,” as announcer Nicho Meredith explained Maye’s wandering around the course having lost his way momentarily.
With dark approaching the 70+ entries cleared out and headed home.