Sunday, February 21, 2010

The day that went by in about 5 minutes

I traveled to Washington with Duane, Sara, and six horses, three plows, harness, hay, tools and wine in this big rig of Friday! - now that's a good packing job~


The VanDyke Rig - pretty darn nice!

I'm am humbled and grateful once again to be part of this amazing group of horseman and women... it was the weekend of the plowing competition and everything was pretty mind blowing - the weather was perfect 60 degrees and brilliantly sunny and my boys were at there VERY best!! we plowed our entire plot and Laura who's been coming out to help got to plow too! There is so much to tell I don't even know where to start and fear I would bore you all to the end of the earth - I will say it's was pretty mind blowing to have my boys out in front of the plow and having it go so well I shed a few tears of happiness early on - for those of you who know me this has been a project I started dreaming and scheming about when we first decided to buy land to farm - and here 4 years later and a few bumps along the way we have come to this!!!

This would not have been possible with out Duane and Sara Van Dyke! Thank you both for your mentorship, friendship, time and love - I love you both! and here's to many more years of horses, plowing and a 'splash' together!






Heading out with Sara to start our plot! Thanks Sara for helping me get going on the right hoof!!


Laura and Huston


a little drive when we first arrived Friday evening - it was blissful!



Dream come true



Sara and her beautiful team!


Duane's Team with the bay horse being a rescue that I thought would never even be able to be handled let alone be able to ever do this kind of work!! amazing


Laura with the boys - she did great esp being her first time on the plow!!



Post plow chatting

my beautiful good boys!


and this three up of Belgians and there teamstress to my right!


Jerry a great horseman with his beautiful pulling horses plowed to my left!


a little fun trying to fit in with most of the teamsters most of whom sport handlebars! : )



just the beginning ...

4 comments:

MaryBee said...

Clare! What an incredible beginning to a dream so long ago wished....Such beautiful boys and really lovely pictures of your fellow handlers! What a memory you've begun with your Comrades & Friends! Team, Love, Big View-Big Table - Hard Work I LOVE your spirit Clare! And, Absolutely FABULOUS shots of Picnic & Pancake. They look completely happy & at peace with you. Thanks Picnic & Pancake for bringing such joy and then sharing yourselves.. xox bee

Virginia Carver said...

WOW Clare that is amazing!! Husten looks great, he is how old now? I can't wait to see you all again miss horses so much and it has been way to long!

Virginia Carver said...

WOW Clare that is amazing!! Husten looks great, he is how old now? I can't wait to see you all again miss horses so much and it has been way to long!

Clare Carver said...

Thanks Virginia - he's turned into such a great boy!! - I've learned soo much about him... you've gotta come visit I bet you'd love riding him : ) !!