A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from Sue Lathrop, a well known and respected driver. Sue's navigator was injured and could not be ready for the CDE at GMHA the weekend of August 27-29. Sue and I had met at my first driving show a few weeks back. She was the judge at the show and found out I was a very enthusiastic newbie to the driving world. Sue asked me to be her navigator and I didn't hesitate to say yes.
I learned to train horses when I was in high school. I worked at a small Thoroughbred breeding farm. Hands-on learning is the best. I knew the moment I said yes to Sue I would be learning a new field of horsemanship that would be as exhilarating to me as when I was first learning to start horses under saddle.
Walking the course was much more complex than finding a line through an event course where maybe there are one or two options. This was four obstacles in one. It was my responsibility to keep my driver on course if she had a "senior" moment.