It was as pretty as a Christmas card this past Saturday, and a wonderful day for the annual sleigh rally. Check off #1 of my goals/plans for 2014 – volunteer at Columbus Sleigh Rally
I was the ring master/judge’s assistant and time keeper. I spent about 6 hours helping out and keeping the competitors organized, in addition to timing the cones course. The high for the day hit 11, when I arrived in the morning it was 4. Amazingly, I wasn’t cold. In fact, I got a work out walking all over the park and shouting out “ALL WALK” or “ALL TROT” as the pleasure drive class went on. There were turnouts of every size, and 2 commercial draft-pulled bob sleds giving public rides. There were ponies, horses, mules, and drafts, in singles, pairs, and even a 4 abreast. The classes including a pleasure drive class, a “cross country” class in which a local senior center’s residents on the course judged the “Currier & Ives” turnout, a cones course (the “cones” were cute little pine trees, and skijoring racing … complete with a local police officer using radar to time the horses. The winner galloped along at over 20mph! Wow!
The variety of sleighs and sleds there were quite a feast to the eyes, and with a Breyer model horse show going on in the 2 story pavilion, food inside, and more than a dozen horses & sleighs and sleds outside to look at, there was a lot of activity.
And… I got my “picture of the day” with a skijoring turnout:
HA! Love it!
It was a great day, beautiful weather, and lots of fun.
After the event, I took a trip to a carriage builder only a few blocks away. I’ve been wanting a carriage from them for years. The first vehicle I liked from them, I’ve posted a few years ago – costs $12,000. The new carriages they just started building are sleek, balanced, and beautiful, and the pony size that I would want is about $8000…. we’ll see if maybe I get that winning lotto ticket someday! In the mean time, it was awesome to just look around and peruse the new and used vehicles and those that needed refinishing.
Some of the ones I liked the most were ones in need of some refinishing.
It was a great day! I’m looking forward to the next event, which is going to be the Midwest Horse Fair in April.
This winter has been long, cold, and really a challenge. I think this snow may not go away until May, but I sure do hope, with the longer days and *slightly* warmer temperatures coming, that I can get the boys out to work a little – and maybe do more sledding!
Until then! Have a great day!