Many congratulations to Neil Muir, who passed his Grade 2 carriage driving test with flying colours. Zoe Sanders, who is holding Paddy in the photo, assessed him and presented him with his certificate, badge and rosette. She was very impressed with his driving and his knowledge of theory, and wants him to do a dressage test for his next challenge. Well done, Neil, and thank you from all of us for the lovely chocolates.
Many congratulations to Nathalie Thomas, who passed her assessment to be a carriage driving coach yesterday. You can see her here with Wendy, her first client, and the rest of the carriage driving team. Her first drive was indoors due to the atrocious weather, but she hopes to get out on the track next week. Very well done, Nat, and we wish you lots of success with your driving.
We held our annual carriage driving picnic on Thursday, and you can see from the photos how much we all enjoyed it, including Mickey, who relished the change of scene. You can also see him enjoying his hay, and the rest of us enjoying our picnics, including the delicious lemon drizzle cake which Dale made and brought along for us. Many thanks to all of the clients who came along , to all of the carriage driving team who helped to make today such a success, and thank you too to Andrew Reid for towing our trailer there and back.
The members of The Brae carriage driving team were invited to participate in the drive in the grounds of Balmoral Castle yesterday, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Garioch Carriage Driving Group. Alison, Joan,Katie and Judith drove up for the day, and had a wonderful time, getting a hurl in Ewan and Jane MacInnes’s covered waggon (see photo), driving George Masson’s carriage, and accompanying turnouts on electric bikes. Many thanks to the group for inviting us, to Diana Milligan for her superb organisation, and congratulations to the group on its anniversary, and our best wishes for the next 30 years!
Another first for the carriage driving team! Paddy had his first drive with a client this evening. The lucky client was Neil Muir, and the lucky driver was Joan Jack (she and Alison tossed for it, and Joan won!). Also in the picture are Aiden, Alison and Nicole. Neil is working towards his Grade 2 carriage driving assessment.
Our new horse Paddy is busy training to be our new Carriage Driving Pony.