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Middle TN Carriage Club Driving Trial


2014/08/03




Victoria Bramblett driving her Arabian mare Carmin

Laura George driving her miniature donkey Triple C’s Love Bug “Herbie”

Robin Bates driving her Morgan mare Coco Chanel, aka “Bunny”
By Kate Bushman
Photos by Gerry Plock

This year marks the 22nd anniversary for the Middle TN Carriage Club.  We’re celebrating with some renewed club activities, and most recently, on July 19th, a well attended schooling horse driving trial at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee – home of the Iroquois Steeplechase.

For those who are less familiar with combined driving trials, here are the basics:  they are modeled after the ridden three-phase “eventing” competition, but geared for carriage driving.  The three phases are: 1) driven dressage; 2) marathon; and 3) cones.  A total penalty score is calculated from the three phases to place the competitors in their respective divisions.

Working in conjunction with the Middle TN Pony Club, we were able to use the steeplechase grounds at the Percy Warner Park.  This is a fantastic venue for carriage driving, with great flat fields for dressage and rolling terrain and natural obstacles for the marathon course.  

Competitors gathered from both ends of the state to participate in Training Level and Preliminary Level divisions.
Division winners were: Training VSE: Jenni Housley and TNT Triple C’s Love; Training Single Pony: Jose Hernandez with SNF Henning; Training Pair Pony: Laura Grimes with Tux & Snow; Training Single Horse: Brenda Rachor driving Jc Viva; Preliminary Single Pony: Robin Bates driving Coco Chanel; Preliminary Pair Horse: Rachel Nicely driving Roma & Bella.
 
These are the final results:
Division Driver Horse(s) Total
Training VSE    
1st Jenni Housley TNT 71.20
2nd Laura George Triple C's Love Bug 137.10
3rd Theresa Puckett Crooked Creek's Bosco 307.20
       
Training Single Pony    
1st Jose Hernandez SNF Henning 61.40
2nd Sarah Foster Major Marlo 72.00
3rd Brooke Newell Marquee 77.20
       
Training Pair Pony    
1st Laura Grimes Tux & Snow 109.90
       
Training Single Horse    
1st Brenda Rachor Jc Viva 66.10
2nd Wilbur Sensing Blue Ray 94.60
3rd Victoria Bramblett Carmen 90.10
       
Preliminary Single Pony    
1st Robin Bates Coco Chanel 201.86
2nd Vanessa Morgan Foothills Hopefully 247.94
3rd Carole Moss Lucas 255.05
4th Marianna Cramer Alibi 255.18
       
Preliminary Pair Horse    
1st Rachel Nicely Roma & Bella 249.46

Rachel Nicely driving her Friesan x Saddlebred horse pair Roma & Bella

Victoria Bramblett driving her Arabian mare Carmin

Laura George driving her miniature donkey Triple C’s Love Bug “Herbie”

Robin Bates driving her Morgan mare Coco Chanel, aka “Bunny” 

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