Don't Miss Driving Derby Demo at the Virginia Horse Festival

The Gangsters Al Capony and Bugsy Maloney with Horsesdaily's Mary Phelps and Kate McIntyre

The Gangsters Al Capony and Bugsy Maloney with Horsesdaily's Mary Phelps and Kate McIntyre. Photo: PicsofYou.com

The James River Driving Association is participating in the Virginia Horse Festival April 1-3, putting on six demonstrations and will have a booth for the club and HorsesDaily's Mary Phelps and her flying pony pair "The Gangsters" Markel's Al Capony and Markel's Bugsy Maloney will be part of the show along with World Champion Gold Medal (and Breyer model) Cefnoakpark Bouncer with Wayne Humphreys. So to all our Virginia horse friends, be sure to come out at 3:30 Saturday Afternoon, April 2, and watch Mary and Wayne battle for fastest times in the Driving Derby Course.

Cefnoakpark Bouncer and Wayne Humphreys

Cefnoakpark Bouncer and Wayne Humphreys rocking the Driving Derby at Grand Oaks with Joe Yoder.

Learn more about the fun sport of driving and combined driving during the Virginia Horse Festival April 1-3, 2016 at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA, along with a full slate of activities, clinics, vendors, and events with all disciplines being showcased.

Dates and times of demo

Each day we conduct a harnessing Demo and a Cones/Hazard Demo

  • Fri 1-1:50 pm Harness demo;  Cones/Hazard Demo at 4-4:50 pm
  • Sat 1-1:50 pm Harness Demo; Cones/Hazard Demo at 3-3:50
  • Sun 10-10:50 am Harness Demo; Cones/Hazard Demo 4-4:50

Harness Demo

This demo will discuss different types of harness for different types of driving. Fit and function of the harness, how each part of the harness should fit the horse, explain the importance of the order of harnessing and show safe step by step procedures for putting a horse to cart or carriage.

Cones/Harness Driving Demo

This demo will touch on driving events that involve cones or hazards driving. Rules and strategy of Cones driving in particular. Observe several diverse drivers, drive a cones course and compete for the fastest, cleanest run.

Mary Phelps is also a long time agent with Virginia based Equine Insurance Company Markel Corp, participating in the Virginia Horse Festival as well. Be sure to stop by the booth (#627). Markel's Pat Mullens will be giving an informative talk on Equine Insurance, Friday April 1, at 7PM in the VHC classroom.

Event Schedule




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