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Need someplace to post some interesting stuff.

New stuff--
Brand new group on facebook-- "carriage driving trainers "


You can offer your services or look for a trainer in your area.
 

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I finally got my new driving whips!
I went to a tack store in Ulm Germany and found two ultra light driving whips for 19.9 euros each, my guess about $30.00. They were made of carbon fiber with a very nice handle, I had never seen one for that price before. I asked if they would mail them to me and they said no. I bought both hoping that I could carry them on the airplane.

Well I got to the Delta counter and they said I had to check them. They put them in the oversize luggage, they didn't charge me for them, which was nice.
They made it safe from Stuttgart, Germany to Atlanta GA, where I picked them up and went through customs. Passed them off to Delta again for the trip to St. Louis. They never showed up, AWOL
Delta looked for them and they were checked on to my plane but were a no show. They were still in Atlanta. Well after tracking them for a couple days, my whips had quite the adventure. From Atlanta they went to Nashville, then to Atlanta again, then to St Louis, with a 5 hour layover, then on the truck for the hour drive to me.
They had quite the trip, I wish I could get their miles added to mine.

Every time they were handled I imagined the tips broken .
They were not in a box, just taped together tip to end, I didn't even have my name on them, DUH!
They arrived safely just now, and I have a lesson at 12;30.
Just in time.

I will let you know how good they are, They might be worth it to try and find somewhere to purchase them in Germany and have them shipped.
I also bought a pair of leather driving reins, I had to, they jumped in my basket.
 

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Let us know how you like them and pics! I'm new to driving so interested in the items other people use.
 

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the tack shop candy store.

wow thay had a good trip well thay probley went sightseeing lol and came back home with you.
i know the feeling risistance is futile in a tack shop and the money starts to burn a hole in your pocket i know well i was thinking about removeing mine lol.
how did your lesson go and how is pilgrim i bet he is happy your home.
the fiberglass ones are light and well balanced thay are a good wip.
so you also perchased a new set of reins as well were thay black or brown.
it sounds like you have a great set of harness there.
 

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I really love it, If they had had 10 of them I would have bought all 10.

I need to ask hubby's cousin to send me some, I think we got along well enough to ask a big favor of her. Even though we spoke different languages. It was like playing charades for 12 days.

Greentree I guess you are going to the National drive?

Green with envy.
 

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I was hoping to make it to the national drive, if nothing else than to give my mini exposure to a crowd like that, but it doesn't look to be in the cards for us this year. So my husband and I are planning for next year.
 

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I was hoping to make it to the national drive, if nothing else than to give my mini exposure to a crowd like that, but it doesn't look to be in the cards for us this year. So my husband and I are planning for next year.
Cat, spring is a good drive too. Shorter and not as many people.
 

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No, my good friend and her fancy dressage horse, are coming to ST. Louis for the regionals, and have a really good chance to win at third level. So I don't want to miss it. They are even doing the dancing to music, and have worked so hard. The horse was on deaths door about 4 months ago, had what they thought was a seizure or a brain injury.
Now it is going full steam ahead. The horse was even on the cover of some dressage magazine with the cover story about her.

I will be at the National Drive in the spring come he!! or High water, as my mother would say.

I hope you have a great time with good weather.
 

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I am off to a driving and draft auction in Columbia, MO. If I see anything that looks like a super bargain I will post a photo.
 

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Have fun at the auction! If there is a pair of that Eastern European kind of harness, pick it up for me!! I still have not figured out how to get my hands on one.

Sorry you won't be at the drive.....Marlene is having a party at her new place in Versailles on the night of the "chili dump".

Cat, the spring drive info is on the National Drive website. Hopefully there will be more people next year.... This year, it seemed like about 7 of us! The entire place was quiet, where as the fall ND last year had Paso Fino Worlds, Dressage regionals, and a Rocky Mountain show ALL at the same time. Usually, there are Saddlebreds there, too.

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Thanks for the info - I'll have to go look it up. I was at the fall of 2010 National Drive - which was really busy as well because they had that CDE going on too!
 

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Nothing but junk at the auction. There was one cart thet looked interesting, but I didnt like the shafts. They came out from the cross bar straight and were too wide at the tips. If my job wasn't in constant limbo, I might have bought it.

There also was one harness I liked and it sold for $90. I thought about some of you on the HF but I didn't want to buy anything without a commitment that someone was going to buy it.
 

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Call me crazy!! I just mailed my entry to the CDE in Kansas City.

Ok Pilgrim we have 6 days to get ready.

The weather has broken and it is 60 degrees right now. P and I are going to hit it hard for the next week.
 
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