Carole Grimsley


I did not do a very good job in reporting on Carole's success with her pony, Lucas, in 2019, so I will try to make up for it as her newest adventure unfolds. The photo below is Carole's first time out with the new pony Super, a Hackney pony, at the Grand Oaks event in December 2020 (I'm on the back step). Super is owned and trained by Elizabeth Keathley and Carole is leasing Super for the winter season. Carole is doing a "super" job getting to know Super with very limited time in the box seat! They put in a very respectable dressage test! I'm pleased to report that we had no errors on course and crossed the finish line in perfect time. Only 3 ball down in cones and no time penalties, to finish nicely in the ribbons. It was a great way to begin their new partnership.

In December 2017 and January 2018, I had the great priviledge and blessing to accompany my wonderful friend, Carole, as she competed in the Preliminary Small Pony Pairs divisions at two combined driving events in Florida. December was The Grand Oaks Preliminary Championship CDE and January was the Nature Coast HDT at Black Prong. Carole's ponies are Section A Welsh (the small pony division has to be under 11.3 hands). They are Clear Meadows Freckles (aka Lucas) and Dandardel Maxwell (i.e. Max).

Read about them, see more photos and video at: 2017 Grand Oaks CDE

At Grand Oaks in December, we stayed in the Magnolia Barn and the ponies were in Valhalla, with Elizabeth.

After Grand Oaks, we left the ponies with Elizabeth for a few weeks,

then returned in January for the Nature Coast HDT at Black Prong.

Read about them, see more photos and video at: 2018 Nature Coast HDT

Double clear in cones at Nature Coast - expertly driven!

See more photos and video at: 2017 Grand Oaks CDE and 2018 Nature Coast HDT

6/17/17 - Middle TN Carriage Club Driving Trials , Carole and her small pony pair, Lucas and Max, with Vanessa on the back-step


First time out with the new pair! Carole driving Lucas (on left) and Maxwell (on right). Lucas is an experienced prelim CDE small pony. Maxwell was purchased from his breeder in Kansas last fall and was started in harness by Rachel Nicely. They are section A Welsh ponies. This photo was taken at the Carolina Carriage Club HDT (May 2016) in the limited training small pony division. Finally Carole is driving a turnout that I can navigate for! All clean in cones and marathon; 1st place :-)

8/8/15 River Plains Driving Derby - driving Merlin, with Mark and the grandkids:-)


2015 ACPS Region IV/SMHSS Show at Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, TN:

Mountain & Mooreland CHAMPION Driving: Clearmeadow Freckles (aka Lucas) with driver/owner Carole Moss



MTCC HDT July 19,2014: Carole driving Lucas in Preliminary Single Pony

CCC HDT - Spring 2014: Carole driving Sprite in Training VSE

National Drive 2013 with Sparkplug

Carole driving Lucas, with Vanessa on the back step at the Scurry - June 2013

Carole with Lucas and CoStar (2013) at Black Prong

Indiana CDE on 9/1-9/2/12: Carole Moss finished 3rd in the small pony division on her section A Welsh, Lucas, with their best dressage test every. Carole has only had Lucas for less than a year.

Carole driving Lucas at the Gayla CDE - 2012

Lucas - Carole's Small CDE Pony

Mini Cooper Racing Team

Christmas Mops (L-R: Blue and Spark Plug) at the horse drawn parade in Dayton (Dec 2011) where they had a fun outing and won “Best Critter” award and some cash!

Mops on Parade - Christmas 2011 Carole driving Blue and Spark Plug

2011 National Drive

The Mops (L-R: Blue and Spark Plug) - July 2011

Piedmont Piper - Connemara-TB gelding; crossed the rainbow bridge in 2011

Onslo, The Fjord: U-Tube video; has moved on to a new home.

(Nov 09)

Sparkplug (2009):


National Drive: 2009

Carole and I went to the National Drive again this year, at the KY Horse Park. After settling the horses in on Thursday and setting up camp, we went back to the barn to hitch and tack up for a short ride/drive, while there was a little break in the weather. It turned out to be a lot longer than we planned, when one of the mini's bucked, bolted and dumped her driver, getting caught in the trees and breaking the cart. Thanks goodness for Carole's 'spares box'!

Friday was a wash; rained practically all day. We took that opportunity to find a tack repair shop for all the broken halters I brought along, and of course we did some shopping.

Saturday, the rains had stopped, but it was still cloudy and very cold. Carole did the driving parade and I took TeaGo for a nice long hack around the park and cross-country course; he is so good about all the different driving rigs, mules, drafts, minis and teams. Later that day, Carole and I went out on cross-country with Cooper and Carole let me drive. I took super Cooper through the water, in which he almost had to swim. It was quite deep from all the rains the previous couple days. I had to put my feet on the top rail of the cart to keep them from getting soaked. I also got to drive my first cones course (though slowly, as the arena was a bit busy) and it was tremendous fun. Later on we went for a drive with Sue Curtis and her pair of Clydesdale-Dales geldings. Sue let us each have a turn at driving. After all my fun with Cooper and Sue's pair, my interest in driving is growing.

Sunday was the Mimosa drive, which was delightful! The weather was perfect, the scenery lovely and the horses wonderful. Regretfully, we had to pack up and head back home for work on Monday.

National Drive: 2006


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