Seventeenth annual pleasure driving and dressage show Sept. 21-22

Published 11:05 am Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Carolina Carriage Club is packing a lot of action into the 17th annual Pleasure Driving and Dressage Show this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22 at Harmon Field.

The new class “Drive and Fly” (Sunday) should certainly qualify as action, but don’t miss Saturday’s classes. Leading off at 9 a.m. Saturday are the Turnout classes, including traditional and marathon vehicle for horses, ponies and VSE’s (Very Small Equines) will get the ball rolling for Judge Dede Bushneck of Raleigh, N.C.

Rolling balls will challenge entries in the obstacle (AKA “Cones”) classes as course designer and Judge Lyle Petersen of Mars Hill, N.C., and his a team of timers and “cones pushers” (adjusting the distance between the cones for each competitor) keep score. There are slightly different rules in classes such as Reverse Psychology Gambler’s Choice and Scurry on Sunday, but much fun is generally the result.

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The rest of Saturday’s ring classes – working pleasure pairs/multiples, lady to drive, gentleman to drive, reinsmanship and freestyle reinsmanship will keep the judge, as well as ringmaster and gate and ribbon personnel, from any chance of boredom.