We left Southern Pines yesterday (Friday) enroute to Michigan, stopping off at the Gayla Driving Center to take part in the Gayla Bluegrass CDE. Richard is scoring, I’m helping and promoting Driving Digest to those who have yet to subscribe! What a great place to layover! First of all, the Gayla Driving Center is beautiful, secondly, Debbie and Dana Banfield are two of the best organizers in the business.
The event is just two days, and it seems strange that today is Saturday and the event will be over tomorrow. At the same time, it is a very refreshing change from the 3-5 day events plus 2 travel days.
Rain has plagued driving activities in the past, but this year, (so far at least) the worst was on Thursday while people were moving in. This morning, a light mist and fog hung over the warm-up dressage ring, (just made the photos better, in my opinion.)
I had a nice chat with Kathy Courtemanche who was manning the dressage warm-up ring. She said that the Gayla has more pairs this year than in the past.
I’m set up in the indoor arena, where tables are set up for the party tonight, and from the looks of it, microphones, lights and a raised platform indicate that a band or other such entertainment will be part of the evening’s festivities.