Carriage drivers brave wind, cold in 70 Mile

Horses, drivers perform well at Equestrian Centre

Carriage driver Mary Rossmann

Carriage driver Mary Rossmann

Carriage drivers from around British Columbia competed in field trials and pleasure driving classes at the Huber Farm & Equestrian Centre in 70 Mile House on Sept. 28-29.

“It was cold. The wind was horrific. But, everybody had a good time,” says organizer Ken Huber.

“Everybody seemed to take it in stride. The horses did well. We had a donkey out here that did exceptionally well.”

Out of a possible 12 hitches expected at the event, nine turned out, which is to be expected, Huber adds.

“The caliber of drivers has improved. I think the young horses that are being trained and utilize this as a training tool presented themselves very well.”

It was the last carriage driving event of the year for Huber, who will next host a field trial and education week in the summer of 2014.

 

Results for Sept. 28:

Working Pleasure

First, Rita Hiatt (Endako); second, Deb Gardner (Armstrong); and third, Karyn Greenlees (Green Lake)

Reinsmanship

First, Greenlees; second, Gardner; third, Hiatt; and fourth Mary Rossmann (Quesnel).

Command

First, Gardner; second, Rossmann; third, Greenlees; fourth, Barb Gorline (Quesnel); and fifth Hiatt.

Field Driving Trial

First, Gardner; second, Hiatt; and third, Lorraine Sheddon (108 Mile Ranch).

Results for Sept. 29:

Working Pleasure

First, Gardner; second, Hiatt; and third, Rossmann.

Reinsmanship

First, Hiatt; second, Gardner; and third, Rossmann.

Command

First, Hiatt; second, Rossmann; and third, Gardner.

Field Driving Trial

First, Gardner; second, Hiatt; and third, Shannon Walton (Cherryville).

Field Driving Trial Two Day Overall Winners

First, Gardner; second, Hiatt; third, Theo Miedema (Fort St. John); and fourth, Gorline.