The Piedmont Driving Club was again invited to display carriages in connection with the Annual Independence Day Celebration at Great Meadow. It was a time of choices, however, so with the Morven Park Carriage Show occurring on July 5 members had to choose. PDC members Dr. Tom Burgess, Mary Munster, Lisa Anderson and Wayne Porter each decided that to do both would have been a bit of a squeeze so they opted for the Saturday Show. Despite this “split”, Club members will get back together on Sunday for a Pleasure Drive (and picnic!) over the expanded carriage trails at Morven Park.
Five turn-outs went to Great Meadow and what a “show” THEY put on! PDC member Molly Savage who is the Lead Groom for Team Cox turned out the Cox wheelers (aka the “Black Boys”) to an elegant auto-topped surrey. She and groom Veronica Demarest looked sharp in blue jackets, red striped ties and black bowlers. Carl and Caroline Cox sipped Champagne in the back seat, careful not to spill it on their best “bib and tuck”. Carl is still wearing his brace but we wonder if he isn’t being spoiled a bit
with Molly handling the reins. Al and Vicki Baturay turned out their solid gold Haflingers to a custom built wagonette, further adorned by guest (and PDC member) Adrienne Brooks who looked splendid in red white and blue. Tom and Barbara Wolf were once again a picture of elegance behind “Sheba” whose black coat glistened with every powerful stride. “Maya Luv”, the pretty Haflinger mare, pulled a Bird in Hand wagonette that was festooned in patriotic splendor and displayed several American flags. Marci guided her effortlessly around the course with Keith waving to the appreciative crowd. Lastly – but hardly least – came Sam Davis and guest Cynthia Hill, both in the colors of the day. Sam drove her bay Connemara mare, “Foxglove” to a British-made (of course!) competition gig. Foxglove made the trip around the Great Meadow course before a cheering throng of thousands in an OPEN bridle. Did I mention that Sam had bred, raised and trained this pony? She was absolutely flawless despite all the unfamiliar sights and sounds.
The weather was perfect, the crowd very enthusiastic and our trip around the famous race course was spot on. “How could anything be better than this?” we thought as we loaded up our trailers for the trip home. Those of us who returned for the evening’s festivities soon learned that things would just keep getting better and better… The Great Meadow Foundation had given the Club two rail spots and numerous parking passes in appreciation for our efforts. Club member Pat McCann was unable to participate in the carriage exhibition this year so she quietly volunteered to “host” at the rail. Have you ever felt like you were “guest of honor” at your own party? This is pretty much how we felt when we joined the tailgate! Pat and friends put together the most magnificent outside dining experience one could ever imagine. The tables were beautiful, there were chairs for all (for viewing the display of fireworks to come). The food was superb – fried chicken, grilled salmon, inspired salads, fruits, sweets
& savories….plenty of wine and summer drinks. Friend of the PDC, Erika Payne, set up a lap top that continually rotated pictures of our carriages as they travelled over Great Meadow. Such fun to watch! We thank Pat for attending to every detail of the party and adding her gracious touch to a lovely day.
Oh, and by the way, the fireworks were pretty awesome as well!