Thursday, September 22, 2011

2011 AMHR Chariot Races - Parade Lap and 1st Heat

I attended the Nationals and this year on Friday night "real chariots" races were held.

Before you watch these: CAUTION. Driving Chariots is dangerous.
  • Do not try this without have many hours of driving experience.
  • Make sure your horse is well trained so you can control him during the excitement of the contest
  • Carefully inspect and make sure everything on your chariot is in good shape (During one chariot class, a driver's chariot broke where the shaft attaches to the chariot. Luckily the driver was able to stop the horse before the shaft dug into the ground and could flip the chariot.)
  • Practice the proper gaits and enter the driving classes before you even consider entering a chariot race.

Parade Lap and First Heat
More heats after I get them processed. Also will list winners.



AMHR Chariot Racing, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Heats

Second heat:



I was talking with an AMHR member who remembers back when the chariot classes were first put in the rulebook. According to my source, it was in 1994, and racing was one of the classes.
The rules for the races were explained, but now even the AMHR does not have a copy.
Does ANYONE have a copy they can send to me??

Third Heat

Fourth Heat

Monday, September 19, 2011

Final Heats and Winners

After three heats all six competitors were called back into the ring. Everyone assumed winners would be announced...not so...

Seems there was a tie and a run off was necessary.


And now for the placings in the chariot race.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011 AMHR - Amateur Roman Chariot Winners


105 - Amateur Roman Chariot, 38" & Under (15141)
Entries that placed: 
Entry Place Horse Owner
1156 1 WALL STREET BETTY BOOP'S BILLY ED STRASSLE, MIKE/LISA
874 2 MY TINY HOOVES BOSS'S TINY TATTOO MEHARRY, MELISSA
1556 3 PAINTED DESERT MACHOS ANGELINA ANDERSON, RAYMOND
882 4 LIL PROMISES REGAL DANDY BOY STEP, BO/BARB/BECKY
696 5 GRAHAMS CHORUS GIRL FOX, ALYSSA
659 6 CAREYS KUEL MICRO DUDE BRUTON, DENI

This year was a large class compared to previous years. Perhaps chariots are catching on. There was a seventh entry, but unfortunately they scratched because their horse pulled up lame just last week. Too bad, it would have been nice to see them again.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sandy Beach Loves Kids

Sandy has spent the summer playing best friend to most of the girls in an Amish family. Talk about a kid friend mini, below you see the girls hitching you the cart. The younger brother is supervising, after all he's three and must take charge.

After hitching her up they start off for a ride, four little girls with the seven year old taking command.

While there is video, just thought I would add one more photo of Sandy being ridden as well.

Read more about Toad Hill's Sandy Beach by clicking on her name above.
Sandy has never been exposed to a stallion, she is just a sweet little horse that I have kept since she was born on the farm.

Time to Get the Team Home for Winter

Toad Hill's Lincoln Award and Toad Hill's Baldrige Award are half brothers born within two weeks of each other. Their sire is Toad Hill's Rust Spot.
As luck would have it they are pretty close to a perfectly matched pair of sorrel pintos with blue eyes.
Yesterday I drove down to Arthur to bring the team back for the winter and try a little work with them myself.


That's Daniel, my expert 12 year old trainer. He has done all the work with the team since they were two year olds and next year if that chariot is ever completed we should have them ready for show.
This pair will ground tie while in harness and are working towards moving in a synchronized manner.



Wendy Steerman went with use to pick up the horses, and she could not wait until it was her turn to ride in the breaking chariot. Knowing Wendy, she probably will want one of her own by next year.

Lincoln and Baldrige are now working as a team for carriage rides up in Wilmington, IL.