A blog detailing the journey to make the US Team (and describing the experience once I did!) for the 2011 Pony Driving World Championship by combined driver Shelly Temple
photo by Diana Rowland
Monday, August 22, 2011
The Training Begins..
All settled here at Michael Freund's farm in Dreieich, Germany. We aren't far from Frankfurt. It's a beautiful area, lush and green and there is quite a bit of open ground here, and a large forest with many trails for driving and walking. Close by is a historic area, the grounds of an old castle with a town within the old castle walls.
It's a busy town with lots of places to eat and some small shops. Saturday there was a wedding there.
On Sunday we went to watch a dressage show in a nearby town. The farm was in the middle of an industrial area, with a secluded dressage ring with trees and bushes blocking the view of the buildings surrounding it.
It was interesting to take a look at the parking area - the small trailers and vans everyone uses is in stark contrast to parking area of a CDE in the US.
On the way back from the show, we came across this wagon near Michael's farm, it's a lunch tour of the countryside via horsepower.
The training ring has been a busy place. Here's a photo of Jennifer's pair in the grass ring.
Our lesson with Michael went well and he said 'I am happy', that works for me! Today we will do a cones school and then finish packing for Minden, our first show here. It's an FEI show and the German National Pony Championships, also the last selection trial for the German Pony Team. There are 33 ponies in our single class. We are off to Minden Tuesday morning.