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Sherri Lower Driving Clinic


2012/06/06




Article and photos by Pam Gamble
Nashoba Driving Association hosted a driving clinic with Sherri Lower May 12-14, at Kimberlin Farms in Olive Branch, MS. 

Sherri's driving expertise is specialized in the Pleasure driving divisions, and she instructed many drivers to present a more relaxed and refined posture for their rail classes.  Her style of holding the reins is different from other clinicians.  She had her students holding the reins in the “old driving style” not the typical “riding style.” 

Since Sherri's background includes dressage training, students were offered the option of taking a riding lesson to work on fundamentals. Nashoba members were reminded that all high level driving horses are ridden, so some of the more difficult lessons can be taught under saddle.

Horses that were too “green” to be worked in a carriage were ground driven, or “double lunged.” This technique is commonly used to teach a horse to steer and the fundamentals on bending. Sherri recommendedthat this techniquealso be used with older horses that may have developed bad habits and need a refresher with their fundamentals.

Sherri Loweris well known in the driving world. She ismost often associated with the presentation of the horse, carriage and driver, otherwise known as the “turnout.”  Her “Hat's Off Boutique” is highly sought after by ladies wishing to take their turnout to a more refined level.

Sherri's Saturday night lecture night was on turnout. Since the Germantown Charity Horse Show is in June, Nashoba ladies paid close attention to the new summer trends in the carriage driving world.  Attendees were encouraged to bring their clothes for a critique, and Sherri made suggestions from her mobile clothing store. 

The gentlemen’s turnouts were also scrutinized.  Sherri carries a full line of men’s hats and accessories.  When Sherri provides the clothes, a driver will be well turned out.  

Sherri lives with her husband Bill in Williston, Florida  where they are both active in driving.  Bill has coached many top drivers, such as Ryan Weatherford, the 2005 National Singles Champion, and Chester Weber, who is the most accomplished 4-In-Hand driver in the U. S., holding numerous World Championship titles.
For more information on Sherri’s hats, go to www.hatsoffboutique.com

To learn more about carriage drivingand Nashoba contact Bob Martin at captbobmartin@aol.com.  The Nashoba Carriage Classic driving show will beheld at the end of October, 2012 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show Arena.
 
 
 

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