Fitting in A Lesson Before Heading for Gladstone!

Mary Phelps with trainer Sterling Graburn and Buddy and Dusty at the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown, Kentucky(Photo: JJ Hathaway)
Mary Phelps with trainer Sterling Graburn and Buddy and Dusty at the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown, Kentucky(Photo: JJ Hathaway)

I have always told my writers when reporting on shows not to make it about the weather, but how can we avoid the weather dominating the news this summer? It always seems Labor Day weekend brings in the fall weather in spite of the fact we had over 100 degree temps in Kentucky. With cranky ponies in the barn just like having cranky kids stuck in the house, we decided to get on with it in our training as we are getting ready for an event in two weeks. The cool thing about driving if you are lucky to have a good training facility nearby is that we can leave them in good hands, and go about the business of travel and covering events. Of course I keep learning more every lesson, especially the feel of driving two ponies as one. Not so easy when one pony needs to be held back while the other one needs some nudging. It is so much fun, I almost let my life get too caught up in covering events for everyone else before doing what I have always wanted to do.

Back to the weather. The show must go on and usually does in spite of the heat or rain, and the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Dressage Championships is underway in Gladstone NJ in the pouring rain. We head out there tonight to catch a flight (we hope) and the highlights of what is also the selection trials for the US Dressage Team for the Pan American Games. Then I will fly home for a few days to continue my own training routine, and head back to the airport to go to Saugerties, NY for the US Para Dressage qualifying event for the Paralympics.

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