A carriage parade is an annual event on the National Drive schedule. A fair number of visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park sat on the stone walls near the race track and listened to Thom Mezick give entertaining commentary on each turnout.
At the Kentucky Classic CDE, Preliminary and Intermediate competitors drove their dressage and cones. Several National Drive participants are doing double duty. Mary Ruth Marks is competing with a single horse at the Advanced level and giving lessons in her free time. Pat Belskie brought her pair of Polish Driving Ponies to the National Drive and is competing at the CDE as well.
The marathon is underway. Volunteers were here in the dark this morning awaiting their assignments and enjoying coffee and snacks before being deployed. After several days of blue sky, abundant sunshine, and warm temperatures, today is overcast and cooler, which is perfect marathon weather.