Gayla Bluegrass Marathon 2014

Avery Wilson

Avery Wilson

Lovely weather today – cool, but not as cold as yesterday and sunny.  I rode around with the Learner TD Dan Rosenthal so I could see a few drivers go through the hazards.  After seeing so many marathons over the last 30 years, I really don’t mind being in the office to help Richard file the scoring sheets and getting caught up on a little Driving Digest work.  Avery Wilson was one of the first Preliminary drivers to go through the water obstacle. He has quite a fan club and not all from the Hermitage group.

One of the more colorful obstacles at Gayla

One of the more colorful obstacles at Gayla

There are many nice features about this event.  In some ways it is a ‘no frills’ competition, but the organizers really see to everyone’s comfort.  For example, they do have the usual porto-johns but they also have one of those trailers in the stabling area with real ‘flush’ toilets and sinks. And people can come into the office and use the facilities there.

As a show secretary, I’m envious of the fact that the show office is Debbie Banfield’s permanent office.  This means that she doesn’t have to pack everything up and take it to another location.

Her office has a kitchen that can double as a room for the officials to meet privately.  It also has an apartment upstairs where the course designer or TD can stay.

The indoor arena doubles as a place to hold the competitors’ party, briefing, food vendor and other vendors. No need for a tent and it is great if the weather turns really nasty.

On the way to the Safety Check

On the way to the Safety Check

Mary Thomas, driving a Dartmoor pony at Training level.

Mary Thomas, driving a Dartmoor pony at Training level.

The day will end with the traditional pizza party.  You’ve never seen so many boxes of pizza delivered at one time!

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