Rollingwoods Farm - Annual Driving Clinic

Once a year Rollingwoods Farm and Nashoba Carriage Association hold a Driving Clinic. Clinician, Joanna Wilburn's specialty is training drivers to drive. From beginners to advanced Joanna's brand of humor and practicality will benefit any driver.

2012 - Intro to Driving Clinic is TBD for 2012, starting at 9:30 to 12:00. Come join us!

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The location is 10368 Goodman Road, in Olive Branch MS
on the property of Olive Branch Animal Clinic.

It is time for the annual Introduction to Carriage Driving Clinic given by Joanna Wilburn and Sally Ross Davis of Rollingwoods Farm.   The clinic will cover harnessing, types of carriages, and horses/ponies that pull them, and then some hands on driving.  This is a free clinic designed to promote Carriage Driving.  Several members of the Nashoba Carriage Club will be on hand with their carriage and pony/horse to give everyone the experience of driving.  This will be a hands on experience with everyone welcome. 

Nashoba Carriage Club was established in 1997 and its members have a wide variety of driving interests.  They include but are not limited to trail drives, shows and Combined Driving Events (patterned after a Three Day Event). There will be representatives attending if you want to look into joining this group. The club's big event is a Driving Show sanctioned by the American Driving Society September 18-20 at Germantown Charity Show Grounds in Germantown, TN.

The clinicians are Joanna Wilburn and Sally Ross Davis.  Joanna and Sally Ross along with their sisters, Ruth Wilburn DVM and Stacy West are sisters who own Rollingwoods Farm.  Rollingwoods Farm specializes in breeding top quality Welsh ponies suitable for both driving and riding.  These sisters and this farm have produced numerous national driving champions as well as Champions in open driving competitions.

Sally Ross Davis specializes in breaking driving ponies while Joanna Wilburn specializes in teaching people to drive.  Together they offer a wide spectrum of information from breaking and selecting the driving pony to how to actually drive a pony. 

To start, Joanna goes through and describes the parts of the harness, pointing out the benefits of proper fit. Everyone who comes to the clinic gets to experience harnessing a horse or pony with help from experienced drivers, along with riding in the carts or carriages and getting the feel of driving the horses.

The Rollingwoods Farm indoor arena is the perfect setting, just in case the weather is bad.

Clinician, Joanna Wilburn, is talking to the participants about harness and driving. Joanna spends time discussing all the parts of the harness, then harnesses a pony for demonstration. She then has the participants along with helpers harness up ponies. The ponies enjoy all of this attention and they don't seem to mind if the harness isn't on quite right! Of course, once done Joanna went through and discussed each one and helped to adjust each correctly.

Once the pony is harnessed Joanna then demonstrates long lining and working the pony from the ground. They have several retired champion driving ponies that they use for this demostration. In this photos it is Rollingwoods Lorna Doone, who has many years of experience and loves the attention of anybody who will pet on her. She is also a Rollingwoods broodmare and has produced some beautiful babies, including Rollingwoods Cookie Thief.

Last year we had a good turnout, lots of people and kids. Even though the weather was a little cold outside, the indoor arena offered some protection from the weather and wind. There was plenty of food and hot cocoa.

If you are interested in private lessons with your own pony/horse, or just to teach you how to drive, please phone Joanna at 901-834-4922. 

Occasionally Sally Ross may take outside ponies for starting in either driving or riding. Please contact her for details and availability.

Joanna Wilburn

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For breeding information contact Dr. Ruth, or phone 662-895-6001.
For sales information contact Sally Ross, or phone 662-719-3653.
For Information about taking driving lessons with Joanna, contact her at: 901-834-4922.

Last Updated: May 2014
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