SUTHERLAND & RAY KELLER
Husband and wife, and owners of "Zeke,"
a Friesian draft horse that already knows how to drive,
is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Virginia
Medical School, while Ray heads the UVa. Biology Department.
Ann is the dedicated horsewoman, and highly skilled.
Like his fellow UVa. department head, Tom
Skalak, Ray Keller came along as a loyal husband, and
reports: "Great class! I learned most from the challenging
exercises on backing and turning. Making mistakes, having
Fred or the other instructors - or the horses - let me know,
correcting, and so on was most useful. I liked the way Fred
and Pam, in particular, pushed us into non-dangerous predicaments,
and then taught us the way to avoid or get out of them on
Ann agrees, and adds, in her critique of the class: "The
best way to improve this clinic would be to make it longer.
I learned an enormous amount. All of the instructors were
so helpful - they were exacting and encouraging,
and so full of information and enthusiasm. This has been
a life-changing experience. I don't think I'll have driving
out of my life now! Thanks!
July 2001 class ended up doing photography and playing dress-up
with our elegant coaching vehicles,
so we could use their pictures on this website.
Shown here, Ann is properly dressed (sure!) for driving
school. She and Hilary Day were
models in the photo shoot. Rebecca
Terrill and Steve Kuhlman
helped with the harnessing.
She says: " I'm really looking forward to continuing
my education by doing more driving on my own."
Ray adds: "My favorite discovery -- that a horse can
be a precision instrument if properly driven. It was a pleasure
seeing our instructors Fred Scott, Lynn
Tuckwiller, and Pam Umberger put
their teams through their paces"
Ann thinks we might offer sessions
focused perhaps on only one skill, such as driving unicorns
and four-in-hands. What do you think? Let
us know; if there is enough interest, we could easily
Questions? Ask Ann Sutherland
or Ray Keller about the Bundoran Driving school.
Our quiet gentle giants will help us teach you how to drive,
and you will never be the same again.