Today, I had the drive of a life time. Imagine, if you will, an idyllic Vermont farmhouse surrounded by rolling hay fields and weather-worn barns. Like a scene from a movie, a wedding tent and all its flourishes sits nestled in the center of the field. No detail is over looked. Despite the threatening weather, the day is perfect. (Forgive my out-dated picture. This is the farm before the pre-wedding facelift.)
My client's daughter was the lucky bride, but I got to drive a horse I train in the wedding. Honestly, I was scared! I was driving Van Buren, a young horse, in a unnatural environment where cameras were flashing, umbrellas were popping up and a palpable buzz of excitement was in the air. Throw in a lot of nervous people who are generally unfamiliar with horses and just about anything can happen. I couldn't have done it without my boyfriend by my side (and occasionally by Van Buren's as well). Jesse has enough experience and natural horse sense to know how quickly something could go wrong when it comes to "show" time.
In addition to weeks of preparation, the day before the wedding, Van Buren and I rehearsed our roles over and over familiarizing ourselves to the giant tents, trailers, electric lines and water lines at the wedding location. Between lulls in the rain, I managed to safely deliver first the groomsmen then the bridesmaids to the wedding site. In a beautiful covered carriage, Carl Pfister drove his team of Belgians to deliver the bride and her father to the ceremony. From our view on the sidelines, nothing could have been more romantic. The entire wedding was choreograghed down to the minute and went off without a hitch (pardon the pun). My small role in this wedding contributed to a lifetime of memories for the families and the hundreds of attendees.
Preparation and faith in your horse will get you through. Van Buren had to trust me to take on the new responsibilities I entrusted to him. I never gave him a reason to doubt my leadership, and therefore he did as I asked. I couldn't be more proud of him.