Tuesday, January 24, 2012

One horse open sleigh

Frances Riviere, Contributor, Pincher Creek Voice

Ed Desjardins and Donna Bruder at the Great Canadian Barn Dance
Frances Riviere photo

On January 22,2012, The Great Canadian Barn Dance Site and home of Ed Desjardins at Hill Spring, Alberta was the scene of a spectacle right out of the past − in fact, circa 1900. Hooked to a one horse open sleigh, owned by me and restored by Ed Desjardins, was Ed’s faithful horse Fancy.

The day was well suited to the purpose; the sun shone brightly and the chinook wind abated for the occasion. We were eager to see how well the sleigh would pull and to partake in the old fashioned fun.
In no time, Ed and I and then Ed and Donna Bruder were dashing through the snow  − like in the song Jingle Bells.
Ours was a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment as we celebrated over coffee and cake, and planned for future one horse open sleigh rides, that we hope to share with others in the future.

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