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Scott Monroe at Lands End Farm
LANDS END FARM in Reading,Vermont held our first clinic of the 2016 season with guest clinician SCOTT MONROE! April 29, 30 and May 1.
Scott brings his expertise of over 15 years of driving experience including representing the United States 3 times at the USET level, representing the United States three times at USET level as well as once in Canada as navigator.Scott has also, recently achieved PATH level 2 with a goal to continue his work with para-driving athletes.
Competition 2015Sue and Solara had a very good year and attended many of the Northeast's best carriage driving competitions: GMHA Two-Phase, Orleton Farm Combined Test and Derby, Waldingfield Driving Trial, GMHA CDE, Glen Willow CDE, and Saratoga HDT. Here are a few photos from Glen Willow...
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Highlights From Past Clinics
July ClinicThere was a small but lively crowd for the July clinic. Your humble webmaster was absent, so will have to rely on others' reports for details. Come on, we need details! ;) Anyway, I have heard from reliable sources (plus, see pictures at right and below) that Mr. Henry the miniature horse really wowed his owner, Diane! Henry has been hard at work learning to pull a cart, and Sue has taught him well. I think Diane was pleased, don't you? Henry is back at home now and his adopted siblings Sid and Gage are now learning the ropes - or should that be "harnesses"?
Halloween Driving Weekend - October 29, 30 & 31Well, it was fun, I think all are in agreement on that. A bit colder, we mostly worked in the indoor arena, but did have a really nice field trip to Greenall Carriage House where John showed us his carriages and told stories about some and the history behind each. The pace was a bit more relaxed, with a little more time to chat and watch the lessons. The rental cottage was really cozy and the potluck suppers there were out of this world! 'Course, we were pretty hungry by that point!
The September Driving Clinic - Report and PhotosFun, fun, fun! The weather was gorgeous, the people equally so, and the food was once again fabulous! A little bit cooler than our summer clinic, for which I think the horses were grateful. Kathleen and Rick Fallon at Running Brook Farm provided refreshments, answered driving equipment questions, and let us wander around and check out all the really cool vehicles they have on hand - new, old, and ancient - Friday evening. The lessons were fun and inspiring, we did some road driving, and the mini ADT was an amusing introduction to the sport of competitive driving.
Summer Driving Weekend - July 16-18 - ReportWell, what a nice bunch of folks gathered for this summer clinic! We had 3 very full days of lessons, with some road ride-and-drives for a change of pace, and The Most Fabulous meals. You might think that such a large gathering of humans and horses would be chaotic, but everything went smooth as silk, thanks in great part to the attendees, who were wonderful about helping each other out, cheering each other on, and even cleanup and chores! (Lori and Linda say "Thank you all very much for your help with the chores!")
The lessons were inspiring, the horses absolutely lovely and the weather was at least 20 degrees cooler than in town, with a nice breeze. (Whew! Reason enough to spend the day at Land's End Farm!) Horse stories were swapped, bits and harnesses adjusted and compared, and s'mores created and consumed. (Those giant marshmallows were so yummy...)
Sue was a bit worn out by the end of the weekend, as might be expected, but recovered quickly enough to win her division at Waldingfield this past weekend with Noble. Woo hoo!! You can see pictures of Linda and Clyde, and Sue and Noble, at Lisa Cenis's website, ShootThatHorse.com. (Clinic photos on Gallery page!)
Spring Tune-up Clinic WeekendThe weather was brisk, but spirits were high. A great group of drivers/riders got together to spend a long weekend that was all about horses... Good food, great conversations, lots of horses - doesn't get any better than that!
Participants had lessons with Sue in the indoor arena, then watched as others took their turns. From beginner level to pretty darned good, there was a nice range of skills represented. And it's amazing how much one can learn from watching others work! We had a nice round-table discussion after lunch to recap what each participant had worked on. And then we did some driving out on the dirt roads, so beautiful with the leaves just starting to unfold, no traffic to speak of, and cool enough to keep those furry ponies from getting too sweaty.
Many thanks once again to Lisa Cenis of Shoot That Horse! photography for capturing the fun on camera. Want more photos? Click here! Lisa looked pretty impressive driving Noble Gesture, by the way, and both parties seemed to enjoy the lesson.
What's next on the agenda for clinics? A mock ADT! Call or email for more info.
Sue and Cricket Featured in The WhipClick here to read about Sue and Cricket in the February 2010 edition of The Whip! (2Mb PDF download) Article reprinted with the kind permission of
The Whip, The American Driving Society, and photographer Lisa Cenis of Shoot That Horse!.