This is Jill’s final report from the 2011 Walnut Hill Farm Driving Competition:

“All day on Sunday, it threatened rain and then at 2:00 p.m. it finally came!

“The coaches were all put to and had lined up, ready to go in the ring, when the rain started. They came for the class — Turnout, no less. Once they were all in the ring, the skies opened up and it rained so hard you could not see! Eventually Ed Young (show manager) stepped in and asked them all to leave the ring. He quickly got a lot of the show volunteers together to help the coaching people get their horses out of the rain and the coaches put under cover.

“And still it rained! People were huddled under tents to stay dry. I quickly put the CAA books away in tubs, and soon a river was flowing through the CAA tent! And still the rain kept falling, then came lightning and thunder, and finally the remainder of the show was cancelled. The show committee announced at 3:30 p.m. that they would award the championship ribbons in the big food tent.

“Once the rain slowed down a bit, I was able to pack up the car and leave the grounds (wet!) at 5:00 p.m.”


(photo by Jill Ryder)