Friday, August 24, 2012

Teamster-in-training

Guess who is going to be debuting in the "Junior Driver, Draft Horse Division" at this year's State Fair?

Last year Duane, a client of Rick's who has Shires, mentioned the possibility of using Brian in 2012 but hasn't said anything since  – until Brian was in Texas. That left precious little time to prepare; Brian got home Monday night and the Fair started today!

We ferried Brian out to Duane's Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights for him to practice with his team. Nin and Coalie are both 21-year-old veterans, perfect for a 10-year-old to learn with. He started with "the tire," and then graduated to a two-wheeled cart. Making the jump from the two-wheeled cart to the big show wagon at the Fair seems like a mighty big leap to me, but Duane assures me that Brian is a natural and will have no problems. And Duane will be sitting on the bench beside him in the class, just in case.

So. We will be spending Sunday at the Fair. Brian (and probably his parents) will help clean harness and whatever else needs doing until his class in the afternoon. You know there will be lots more photos. ;-)


Nin on the left; Coalie on the right





Gratuitious cuteness in "extra-large"
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15 comments:

Mama Pea said...

OMG! What beautiful horses and what a thrill this will be for Brian! Yes, yes, lots more pictures, please!

Susan said...

I LOVE those horses!!! Yes, yes, yes! I'm with Mama Pea ~ More pictures, please! I am such a lover of the big breeds.

Kelly said...

What an amazing experience for all of you. I can't wait to hear how he does.
Such majestic animals, how can you not love them?

Tombstone Livestock said...

WTG driving a team of draft horses is a wonderful experience and a trip back in history. My Grandfather drove a team in Nothern California in the late 1800's as that was the only way to get supplies to the small remote town where they lived. My daughter has driven a team of draft horses for local dude ranch here in the past. Lost art, so take lots more pictures.

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thecrazysheeplady said...

Brian is a natural driver :-D.

Michelle said...

He's pretty excited -- and a little nervous, too. About driving in the ring, not the big horses. He's been sitting on the backs of these big beauties since before he was a year old....

Michelle said...

There will be more; I promise!

Michelle said...

Doing well in the show would be icing on the cake. :-)

Michelle said...

Looks like WV finally cooperated with you, Tombstone. Sorry it's such a pain!

Michelle said...

That's right; I had forgotten he drove Handy at Equinox Farm! He's also driven my friend's miniature horses, so he's not completely new to driving, just to driving these big guys and more than one at a time.

farmlady said...

How exciting! I know he can do it. It's so great to see some of the old practices still being honored at State Fairs and that children are still learning them.
These horses are beautiful. The second photo is wonderful. It shows the strength of these horses.
Good luck to Brian.

Marie said...

What a wonderful opportunity for Brian! Those horses are beautiful! Hope he has a fun time at the fair! (and you guys too!)

Tina T-P said...

We have 8 (count em; EIGHT) 6 horse draft hitches in our county - they always do horse shows at our fair - it is wonderful to see. And the colts - big goofy babies, aren't they? T.

Ruth Dixon said...

What a wonderful opportunity for Brian. I'm so excited for him (and you). He'll do great, I am sure, and the main thing is he is gonna do it!

shelly hancock said...

Wow! That is soooo cooool. I'm very excited for Brian. I can't believe how tall he is now, he's grown much in the last few years that I've followed your blog. He'll do fine.
My Grandpa tells me that at the age of 8 he was harnessing the family mule (he had to stand on a box) and plowing for the one acre kitchen garden his mother kept; by age 10 he could harness the horse team and drive the wagon to town to get supplies. I believe Brian is learning so much more than just driving. :-)