and CHARLES DURBIN
"I'm really enjoying the new world you've helped open
up for me!" Bertha Durbin
Sometimes we get asked if we give private lessons to
owners and their driving horses, and the answer is "Sometimes."
the late fall 2001, the Durbins asked if we would work
with them and their little pony. They were obviously
knowledgable, and with both harness and a carrige that
fit the little guy, so we thought it would be fun to
Well, it could not have gone better! This willing pony
learned all he needed to know in just one day!
To be clear, we are pretty certain that he had been
driven before, but Charles and Bertha left Bundoran
grinning from ear to ear!
started out with them driving our standardbred DAN
who is quiet and sensible, and in the beginning, we worked
only with the humans to get them operating as the horses
Later that day we hitched the pony and off he went!
As you see, Charles is having fun. This was his first
time at the lines of his own pony!
|A month later Bertha attended the fall
2001 driving school, and reported back: "I had a
great time at the clinic! And I was able to take away
a lot that will help me here at home.
"I particularly liked the time spent on the "whys"-
not just the "hows". That's what will be particularly
beneficial in transferring what I learned to my own situation.
The instructors, [ Fred Scott, Lynn
Tuckwiller, and Pam Umberger ]
each and every one of them, were wonderful! They so obviously
enjoyed sharing their knowledge with us. It was so easy
to talk with them and ask questions. They intuitively
knew how to respond to our needs on our own level--no
easy task with a group as diverse as ours was!
Charles Durbin is an anesthesiologist at the University of
Virginia hospital. The University has brought a lot of interesting
people to Albemarle County, and a number of them have come
to Bundoran to learn to drive horses. People like Ann
Sutherland who is a professor of biochemistry at the University
of Virginia Medical School, and her husband Ray
Keller who heads the UVa. Biology Department. People like
Ray Keller's fellow department head, Tom
Skalak, who heads the new Biomedical Engineering department,
and Tom's wife Susan Skalak, who
is professor of engineering, and just completing her new textbook
on the philosophy and process of good manufacturing plant
Questions? Ask Charles and
Bertha Durbin about the Bundoran Driving school.
Our quiet horses will help us teach you how to drive, and
you will never be the