the class began, Susan met Sara
Manuel, Ang King, and Amy Mandeville - students
at Warren-Wilson College in North Carolina. As always,
we began with a four-up demonstration...
Susan reports: "I was definitely overwhelmed
by trying to drive a 4-horse hitch in the first hour,
but I found that going from difficult to easier was
exactly the right approach... I'm still pretty amazed
that on Sunday I was actually trotting a team through
a serpentine and doing it confidently!"
"Although their styles were somewhat different,
Fred and Pam were both excellent
instructors. They encouraged questions and patiently
explained the whys and hows of driving.... and adjusted
their teaching and expectations to each student based
on that student's individual skills and experience.
"I definitely felt as if I'd accomplished something
great when I was actually able to apply the knowledge
I had gained... by driving the four-horse hitch pretty
competently on Sunday"
That's nice, and we appreciate her comments, but it
was not flattery that got her our invitation to help
us with the steam powered fire
pumper the following week at the Dogwood
Festival parade in Charlottesville.
It was a great smile and a quiet competence that did
it!! We appreciate her help!