A great day today at Grayswood Carriage Driving Centre for our cones training day (with many thanks to Sue and Roger Page). Starting in the farm kitchen we got to know each other and shared our personal difficulties with cones driving. From remembering the route and understanding the rules to mastering the right driving lines ensuring those pesky balls stay up – it was clear cones has many ways of challending us and our horses.
Our morning discussion, accompanied by tea, cofee and cake, gave us insight into the machanics of cones course building and in particular the ‘multiples’ element (more than one set of cones that make up an element e.g. 6A, 6B, 6C). Then we ventured out as teams to put into practice what we had learned by each building a ‘multiple’ element.
After reviewing our efforts and some extra pointers and discussion about the driving lines for what we had built, we came together as a team to build a full cones course in the field – ready for those who came with their ponies to drive after lunch.
From timing, scoring and replacing balls, we all mucked in and supported the drivers through several driving rounds, giving our feedback and listening to the hints and tips from the more experienced drivers. It was great to see the drivers improving with each round and a lovely, friendly occasion where everyone left having learnt something new.