We have owned and shown Quarter Horses, Saddlebreds, and Arabians in western, saddle seat, hunt seat, jumping, dressage, trail, and speed events since 1980. With the help of others, we taught our QH to drive, but he was flaky and we were inexperienced. He had a wreck before a local parade and never drove again. Lesson learned.
In 1990, we bought miniature horses and got serious about driving. Our family's gelding that I helped train consistently won at the State 4-H Horse Expo with my brother and sister (I was too old for 4-H at that time). I did very well with him in open shows. We exhibited in breed shows a little, but were unimpressed when the class winners displayed awful manners. We also trained our "big" horses to drive.
In 2000, we discovered American Driving Society carriage pleasure shows, and found that they suited us perfectly. The arena classes are proper and elegant. The obstacle classes are fun and challenging. The people are helpful, friendly, polite, and sophisticated while still being "down to earth". Good horsemanship, good performance, and good manners are all rewarded. We showed in the Small Pony division before there was a Very Small Equine division. Our family and students have been blessed with Division Championships and Reserves every year since 2003 with VSEs, ponies, and horses. We also exhibit in Combined Driving Events with our VSEs and big horses as well.
Since my husband enjoyed woodworking, we began building our own carriages in 2004. Our vehicles have repeatedly won Turnout classes and have received 10's in Presentation. We custom build carriages for others as well.
We are proud ten-year members of ADS. I have been elected to the 2011 ADS Board of Directors as the Midwest Regional Director, and am on the Bylaws and Governance Committee. I also serve as the Secretary of the Dairyland Driving Club.
Carriage Pleasure Shows and Combined Driving Events, teaching new drivers, and building carriages.
Chad & Myrna Rhinehart
Owners, Trainers, and Exhibitors of Champion Carriage Horses including:
37" Fantasy Corral's Magic Galaxy (AMHR) - 8x ADS Champion in Very Small Equine, Juniors, and Multiples Divisions
American Driving Society Midwest Regional Director