The 29th Annual Metamora Combined Driving is underway. Competitors started arriving yesterday to the temporary tent stabling. More are pulling in this morning. We dodged some of the dire weather forecasts and just got a lot of rain last night, but the weather has passed us and it should be a pleasant rest of the week.
The event is held at Barbara Chapman and her husband Frank Andrew’s Windrush Farm. A bonus for everyone is watching the 3 mares and foals frolic in the front pasture. A fourth foal was born just a few hours ago! The mare wasn’t expected to foal for a couple more weeks, but maybe all the activity with the event preparations accelerated the birth. Many competitors train and board here at Windrush, so the stress level in the barn area is heightened.
One change I just found out about is that Standing Presentation which was listed in the Omnibus as being required for Training and Preliminary level (outside the competition with separate awards) has been cancelled. You just might hear the cheers as competitors find out they don’t have to spit polish their harness and carriage and horse. They still have to undergo a safety check however.
This year, as secretary, I am set up in the big barn at Windrush. With no other office facility than the hospitality tent, it seemed safer to be out of the wind and rain with all the electronic equipment that we use now-a-days.
The banners are all up – recognizing our generous sponsors and also giving a very festive look to the farm.