COLLEGE FARM CREW
"Thank you so much for an awesome experience,
one that I'll never forget!"
one of our young crewmembers, went off to college in Asheville,
where all students engage in work-study programs. Brittany
joined the college draft horse farm crew (we wonder how
she chose this line of work!!) to help raise food for the
the Farm Crew she met Sara Manuel, Ang King,
and Amy Mandeville - also students at Warren-Wilson
- who signed up for the Spring 2002 Driving
We began with a four-up demonstration, as we always
Amy (on the right) notes: "...being placed in
the first hour - in such a high pressure situation...
made me realize that I needed to focus... and pay
attention to every word each instructor would tell
me in the time ahead."
Good! That's why we start every class with
a four horse hitch, then go immediately thereafter
back to the basics.. We want the students to see what
they will be doing by the end of the class.
Sara Manuel (center) adds: "I was a little overwhelmed
at first... but the good balance of intense instruction
and...relaxed driving time...made a wonderful weekend
full of learning and fun. Your ability to pinpoint
the source of our mistakes is very rare and I feel
lucky to have met you."
We feel the same way, too. What a nice group of intelligent
tried hard not to have any fun, but girls being girls...
(and Fred being Fred!) ... Amy was hung from the harness
hook, and had to stay there until she stopped giggling.
Which took a while!
A more serious Amy offers: "The focus on safety
is helpful. Fred and Pam
emphasized this point repeatedly... and that the instructors
were paying close attention to the horses even as
we were fooling around; that we should all learn to
keep one eye on the teams while also doing something
else", ... like talking to the public who look
at the college horses at public events.
"The school was exceptional at adjusting to each
student's needs, says Amy." This was important
because these girls were priveleged to share space
in the spring class with an advanced horsewoman but
beginning driver, Susan Carol
Snead of Albemarle county.
notes that the course "... did an excellent job
of walking the thin line between maintaining control
and disaster. [Fred] gave each student just enough space
to make mistakes and lose control at times, but stepped
in at the perfect moment to prevent an accident"
These girls work with Brittany
Amiss (shown here plowing at college) on the draft
horse crew; Brittany reports that the work includes
"... hauling, plowing, discing, field work, logging,
and public events like wagon rides, weddings, a funeral,
Ang King has her own
team back home in New York state. Here she's skidding
a log out of the winter forest with Dom and
Check (Domino and Checkers).
Ang writes: "Wow!...It
means so much to me to be able to share such a wonderful
experience...with others. There was never a moment
that I was not impressed and intrigued by what Fred
and Pam were doing, and how
they were teaching us.
I am very excited to go home and try all the new things
that I have had implanted in my mind by Fred's ex-Marine
attitude, jokes, duct-tape practices..." [ Ed
note: students that were too verbal with the horses
had their mouths duct-taped shut while the balance
of the class recited the class motto SHUT
UP AND DRIVE! ]
"The only thing I have to warn you about is try
not to have so much fun!
"I have the utmost respect for what I have seen
here these last four days. Thank you so much for an
awesome experience, one that I'll never forget!"
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