Cazenovia, NY: Rebecca Shields and DryBrook Bailey's Irish Cream, known as "Bailey", recently took the Youth Driving Championship at the prestigious Lorenzo Driving Competition, a two day driving competition with a 39 year history, which was held in July in Cazenovia.
Both judges complimented Rebecca's driving skill and made very favorable remarks about her horse.
"Bailey" and Rebecca next competed at the famous, international driving competition at Walnut Hill, also rich in history, celebrating its 44th year in Pittsford, New York. It was held August 4th - 9th. Rebecca and DryBrook Bailey’s Irish Cream competed in two divisions. In the Junior Division, they took blue in the prestigious turnout class and placed well in the ribbons in every class.
In the Open Single Horse Runabout Division of Walnut Hill, Rebecca was the only junior driver, competing against seasoned well known drivers and trainers. Again they placed well in the ribbons in every class including winning the cross country class, being the only team with no faults. Their week of competition cumulated in winning the Reserve Championship in this division. Over the course of the week at Walnut Hill the team gleaned a following of co-competitors who cheered them on.
Rebecca attended both Lorenzo and Walnut Hill competitions with her mentor and friend, Cindy Fletcher, of Hidden Meadow Farm. Cindy drives the well-known Connemara stallion, Greystone's Adirondack A'Herne, or “Harry” as he is known. Rebecca spent last summer and this season living with Gene and Cindy Fletcher, her second family, who both have welcomed her and taught her many things.
"Bailey" is 7/8 Connemara and 1/8 Welsh. His sire is the Connemara stallion, Valley Creek Angeliri. His dam, Irish Park's Royal Tara, is 3/4 Connemara. Her dam, (Bailey's grand dam) was Welsh/Connemara (by Bobby Brown) and her sire, (Bailey's grand sire) was Hideaway’s Sebastian.