BANFIELD & WILL NAYLOR
quiet man from Houston called in 2003 and asked to
come to class. He arrived by airline, and we immediately
knew he was a rock solid Texan, the kind of person
whose word is his bond. Tony Banfield spent four days
with us in the summer class of 2003 and asked about
the 3/4 Belgian team - Cash & Carry
- that we were driving on the last day.
I told him I had made a big mistake by pricing them
to a hotel, but thankfully that outfit had changed
its mind the previous day, while our class was in
session. Tony asked if I'd sell them to him for the
same price, and I said "Sure, but that's the
second mistake I have made in two days". He said
"Done!" and wrote a check on the spot.
could not feel better about the home they are going
Tony has a ranch in Colorado - has owned horses all
his life - and will use these horses to quail hunt
in Texas with this really nice shooting wagon he had
Cash & Carry will not only look
good, but they will do a great job and be loved and
how to get them home to Houston?
A few months later, Tony's pal Will Naylor - retired
fron the business he built - offered to drive up with
Tony to pick up the team. It takes a GOOD friend to
do that...three days in a truck pulling a trailer...
and three more on the way home!
Tony entered the fall class (probably because he thought
we didn't teach him right the first time!) and Will
joined the class, too.. Both were great additions, with
Tony remembering everything we had said before, and
Will not missing a trick.
After a day or so of review, these two pals were driving
Tony's Carry to our Kentucky Breaking Cart. (We
rarely let students drive alone, but Tony was already
a graduate, so we made an exception).
Finally, in preparation for the trip home, Tony played
with his two fellows, ground driving them and getting
used to them.
They are a bit "hotter" than our drafts
and are not suitable horses for beginning horsemen,
so Tony's careful approach will pay great dividends
as he heads home.
After a bit, the three of them settled down, began
to understand each other, and went off for a drive,
with Fred just sitting in the passenger seat and enjoying
We wish them all well ... and we may have to go to
Houston to visit!
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