HITCH CREW & DRIVING INSTRUCTORS
Where would we be with out great helpers? Lost, for sure.
Here at Bundoran, we are so very fortunate to have had really
good and enthusiastic staff support for our draft horse operations.
|Prior to the sale of this property in early 2006, Eddie Mawyer worked here for over thirty years .
"I like this job," he said. "You never know
from one day to the next what we'll be working on. We
have fixed fence, restored horse-drawn wagons, painted
houses, and trained horses. We doctor cattle and help
sell them. It's a grind sometimes, all jobs are; but
there's always a challenge so I always look forward
to the day."
The farm would not have run as well without Eddie. There
aren't many folks who can handle the working management
of a large property as well as he did (and still does, for Qroe Farm) . "We meet different
people; we need their talent on some projects, and we
all seem to work well together. Fred has a tendency
not to hire folks who won't work out, and most do. It's
a joy working here.
"Our guests add a lot, too. They come from all over
the States and occasionally, from Europe. They are interesting
people," adds Eddie.
When you restore carriages and carousels, you need access
to a fine commercial and heraldic artist; we have Kathy
stripes the commercial vehicles and the elegant carriages,
and has decorated both kiddy carousels. Her fine brushwork
brings smiles of pleasure to all who see it.
We are truly blessed to have discovered (and trained) four
exceptional young people. Meredith
Martin and Staci Long were
the first crew members of the Bowman Belgians - Staci is the
one in the co-driver's seat in the four-abreast photographs
we use as a promotional piece. Her dad, Don
Long, is a professional photographer for the Richmond
Times-Dispatch newspaper, and he took many of the photos of
the Bundoran Belgians.
Stan Rudacil is our extraordinary
farrier; he really likes the big horses.
Then came the nearly-identical twins: Laurel
[Amiss] Conneely and her sister Brittany Amiss live nearby
and made the Bundoran Belgians the only hitch we know of with
matched wheelers, matched leaders, and matched drivers! Now,
matched no more, Laurel is married with a beautiful child
while Brittany continues her academic career at Warren Wilson
College in Asheville, where she works a team of Belgians daily.
And of course, there's Dick Sparrow,
who taught us to drive in Iowa, and who sometimes brings along
other helpers like:....
Jimmy Klein (e-mail
him here) (the funniest man in the United States) - shown
here in joyous reunion with Robins Rudacil,
wife of our farrier Stan) to lead the driving school "faculty"
To which, we add highly skilled local drivers like Pam
Umberger and Lynn Tuckwiller, shown
(Fred's on the manure spreader and paying for the privilege,
at Sparrow Farms in Iowa.
You can come drive his teams but he won't make you spread
After all, Lynn and Pam
were among the first to attend the Driving School; now they
and the Amiss twins are helping
Thanks to all!
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