"... that was more fun than I have had
in years" ... Ginger Greene
Ginger lives near us in Charlottesville, and is a volunteer
in a cat rescue center in central Virginia. She writes: "I
want to repeat.....sitting behind those four beautiful, gentle
giants and having them do what I asked them to is one of the
greatest self-confidence builders I've ever encountered."
We ask all our students how we can improve, and Ginger responded:
"As to changing or improving the course, it's hard for
me to think of anything that could make it much better...Two
very small ideas have crossed my mind: first, suggest or require
that every student bring driving gloves I worked up quite
a good-sized blister the last day." [We agree. "We-Play-Sports" sells the , which we use ourselves and like a lot. So does "123Tack" at ].
Second, I found one of the most useful things I learned was
to watch the driver's hands. This was true whether it was
a student driving, or one of the instructors. Most of us,
me included, tended to watch the horses; but watching the
hands is much more informative. Watching the traces and the
lines is helpful too, but you can sort of see those around
the periphery while watching the hands.
suggestion: "Please set aside a little time (maybe 30
minutes) one day for photography. I wanted to drive a LOT
more than I wanted to take pictures, and I didn't want to
ask anybody to stop driving so I could take a shot, but if
there was just a short break so we could all take turns sitting
behind the 4-up and lining up our bragging rights for when
we got home, it would be useful."
CONSIDER IT DONE! Great idea.
All you have to do is ask... see Ginger driving her four-up.
From now on, we'll have a photo shoot on the schedule!
Ginger adds: "Save a place for me in
April...and I think I have recruited a mutual friend of ours
to join us, although he may change his mind later. He'd be
a great addition...."
Like Ginger did before coming, you may wish to check out some
comments by our other recent students: Ann
Sutherland & Ray Keller, Hilary
Day, Steve Kuhlman, Bertha
and Charles Durbin, Rebecca Terrill,
Susan Snead and the girls
from Warren-Wilson College
Repeating Ginger's comments: "...that was more fun than
I have had in years. Every day more fun than the last. Sitting
behind those four beautiful, gentle giants and having them
do what I asked them to is one of the greatest self-confidence
builders I've ever encountered."
We look forward to working with you, as well.
You can do it, too.