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    03-21-2012, 04:56 PM
  #1001
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I assume that by Drill Team, you mean Musical Ride?

Not such a big thing in the UK but I have trained a few in my time.

I had done a ride with a load of children when I was asked by their parents if I could get them to put on a show ay Christmas.
I am always one to take a challenge but this was something different - only one of them was a competent rider - three had never ridden before and they were to ride their children's ponies and a couple of these were rather naughty.
On top of all this it had to be a secret!

Well training started at the beginning of November. I did take several of the riders for extra lessons but the hardest thing was to get them all together at a time when the children weren't around.
It was not going so well so the ride changed from precision riding to a pantomime.

(A pantomime is a very traditional Christmas play usually based on a fairy tale.)
So, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs it was to be. This gave leeway for one mother, a total novice on a naughty pony to be Dopey so anything they did or didn't do could be part of the act.

Come the big day none of the children had a clue. Parents had gone over the top and hired the most fantastic costumes. It went well taking all into consideration - until the final curtain where they all lined up to bow to the audience. WHen Prince Charming removed his very sparkly feathered hat his horse spooked which set off a chain reaction and all bar two ended up on the floor!

It takes a lot of work to get a good team working together. Better simple exercises done well then more advanced done badly.

Good luck to you and your team.
     
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    03-21-2012, 06:57 PM
  #1002
Trained
There is a drill team close to where I am that uses Clydesdales
Its called the Clyde Ride
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    03-21-2012, 08:41 PM
  #1003
Super Moderator
I was in a drill team for years. It was called the Young Americans Equestrian Team. We did parades and drills all over the place. We really had a blast. It was alot of fun.... I scanned in a couple really old pix...

I need to find some more...

I'm on the sorrel w/ the lightning bolt - My sweet Pistol... In his younger days...
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    03-21-2012, 08:46 PM
  #1004
Trained
Very nice Farm Pony
     
    03-21-2012, 08:48 PM
  #1005
Super Moderator
My bubble pants and fringed shirt????
     
    03-21-2012, 08:57 PM
  #1006
Yearling
Foxhunter, I want to come see you sometime. You have the most marvelous stories! Sheep, and horses, and drill team escapades....what fun!
     
    03-21-2012, 09:30 PM
  #1007
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
My bubble pants and fringed shirt????
It's the red tie that really pulls that outfit together
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    03-21-2012, 11:39 PM
  #1008
Foal
Does anyone participate in Mounted Search and Rescue? I'm thinking I might try it, when Teddy comes back from the trainer's. It looks like quite a commitment, but I think we'd be good at it.
Country Woman: I'm glad you got the boots and helmet. Those kind of things are good to buy ahead of time, I think. All the little things are nice to space out to buy - fly spray, salt blocks or mineral blocks, treats, etc. A little at a time, that way it doesn't break the bank, buying it all at once. Good luck with the lease horse. I hope it all works out for you! It's too hard to be patient for that kind of thing. At least for me. Have you thought of looking at a horse rescue for a horse?
With Grace: Good luck looking at the horses. 4 hours isn't too far to see a horse. I drove that to see a horse without my trailer. Then I went back to get him the next weekend. I thought it was worth the trip. Especially if it's the one for you!

Welcome to all the newcomers. It's exciting to see so many people join this thread. I did read every entry and it was a long process over a few days, but well worth it to me.
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    03-21-2012, 11:56 PM
  #1009
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
It's been my experience that the kids who say they're 'mature for their age' usually aren't.
"mature" derived from Latin "maturare": developed, ripe....
How can one be developed and ripe without experience??? Which may nor may not but usually requires age. Ahem.... a good number of years!
     
    03-22-2012, 12:20 AM
  #1010
Trained
Country Woman: I'm glad you got the boots and helmet. Those kind of things are good to buy ahead of time, I think. All the little things are nice to space out to buy - fly spray, salt blocks or mineral blocks, treats, etc. A little at a time, that way it doesn't break the bank, buying it all at once. Good luck with the lease horse. I hope it all works out for you! It's too hard to be patient for that kind of thing. At least for me. Have you thought of looking at a horse rescue for a horse?

I have thought of that a rescue but but we don't have the land
But one day
     

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