On the road to a combined driving event
I am going to go to a combined driving event this year if it kills me!!! I have wanted to go to one for years. The last CDE I went to was the summer before I got married, in 1995, I think it was in Indiana. For the last few years I have tried to make it to a CDE, but something always came first, mostly Job interference. So this year I am determined to make competing in a CDE a priority. Of course there are about one thousand things that I have to do to get there, ranging from getting my horse in shape to getting all of my equipment to the destination, in one truck and one trailer. I hope as I go along I will work out these minor obstacles.
Horse: Pilgrim, Percheron / Quarter Horse cross, 12 years old, 1300 lbs, 15.3 hands, Buckskin.
Vehicles: Meadowbrook cart made in Pontiac, IL
Buckeye high riding cart, made in Baltic, OH
Low riding cart in the process of being made by me, almost finished, started in 1992.
Harness: Smuckers deluxe harness, Friesian size
My options for CDE’s are: May 18-20 Gayla Bluegrass CDE Georgetown KY. 6 ½ hour drive
June 23-24 Skunk River Driving Trial, Ames, IA. 6 hour drive
July 28-29 Ohio CDE, Sullivan, OH. 9 ½ hour drive
Aug. 31- Sept. 2 Indiana CDE Edinburgh, IN. 5 ½ hour drive
Sept, 22-23, CDSGKC Longview Lake Driving Trial, Kansas City, MO. 3 hour drive
Oct. 27-28 Oklahoma Harness Horse Assoc. Cowboy Country CDE, Stillwater, OK. 7 ¼ hour drive
I am hoping that writing in this journal will help me keep on track, and not let anything get in my way this year.
If anyone reads this, I hope you will come along for the ride with me.
Day one, we defiantly need a day of beauty.