Words don’t do justice to the strange times we’re living through right now. I hope that you and your families are all safe and secure. I’ve been tardy in writing a 2020 message – I kept thinking that if I just waited a few weeks then the details might be different, more positive.
We were off to a great start to the year, with a very large attendance at our annual meeting and a fun silent auction that raised about $300 for our “cones replacement fund”. Ardeth put the order in for our first 10 pair.
We planned and presented a fun, short program with 4 different carriage turnouts at the Southern Equine Expo in February. We totally “scored” with a stabling location right outside the horse-entrance to the coliseum, so we had lots of foot traffic and good conversations with people about driving, carriages, and the club activities. We drummed up lots of interest for our Introduction to Driving clinic that we scheduled for April at ThorSport in Murfreesboro. And then the virus took hold… We had to cancel the Introduction to Driving, but ThorSport agrees if we can find a mutually good date later in the year, we can reschedule.
Greystone Dressage has adjusted their schooling show plans to host an online-dressage shows for the year to be entirely online. They are offering all the new ADS tests, as well as the Arena Trial tests. We’ve had members participating in all the shows so far and getting helpful feedback for tuning up their driven dressage.
Our spring schooling event, usually held in Shelbyville at Ardeth Obenauf’s farm, was swapped over to being a virtual event, using some of the learnings from Greystone. Andy Marcoux has graciously agreed to judge. (For those who care, this is a potentially heated subject for trainers and competitors who have FEI level affiliation, as the FEI has prohibited any participation in virtual events.) Video entries were due by June 21. You will be able to see the results and watch all the tests (just like real show!) on this site – see the “Virtual show” link.
While we’re sorry for his inability to travel to Europe this summer, it’s given us a lucky opportunity to host Jacob Arnold as our summer clinician. He will travel to us from Louisville, for a two day clinic on July 18-19. Auditors are welcome. See calendar page for more details.
For now, we are planning to hold our driving derby in September. Dates could be Sept 11 or 19. Just keep checking calendar page, and we’ll make decision in late August whether it seems like a good idea.
Be safe. This too shall pass.