Shelly is proud to be the first dealer chosen by New Heritage Farm to sell their great line of presentation, marathon and pleasure carriages. We have a demo carriage for you to see and try in Windsor, SC.
A great feature of this carriage line is the way these carriages can be customized for your horse or pony and for you, the driver. Size, color, options, seat measurements, all can be made just for you. Please call Shelly today to find out more about these great carriages. 804-837-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly, Fran and Cooper at Live Oak, photo by Ann Schurtz
Hemmingway, owned by Irene Gillis, at the Katydid CDE Photo by Pics Of You
Too many carriages, not enough room. We have two road carts and a brand new Bennington Blaze Marathon Carriage for sale. See 'Horses and Carriages for Sale' page on the menu on the left.
The New Heritage Farm Carriages have arrived here in Windsor. I have a presentation carriage and a marathon carriage here for you to check out! The carriages are a great value and look and ride great!
The ADS Annual Meeting was held in Aiken at the end of September, we had a great turnout and perfect fall weather. There were lots of fun drives, educational events and many committee meetings. Thanks to all who came to visit our great area. Thanks for coming!!
Congratulations to Irene Gillis and Hemmingway who competed at Glen Willow and Pine Tree. They are doing great together and Irene is having a blast with Hemi.
There is a new arrival at Catalyst! Diva is a pinto Miniature Horse that is a blast to drive.
Exciting news to announce! Shelly has been chosen as the first dealer for New Heritage Farm Carriages. Shelly and Newt Brosius, owner of NHF, worked together on new designs and changes to the existing line of presentation, marathon and pleasure carriages, with the goal of improving comfort for the horse, maneuverability in dressage and today's tough cones courses, and lighter weight. A line of carriages for smaller ponies has been created as well.
These carriages are sturdy, well finished and available in variety of configurations, colors and sizes, and are reasonably priced. I look forward to helping you choose and fit one of our carriages to your driving partner. See photos on www.newheritagefarm.com and contact me at 804-837-4888 or email@example.com to discuss what would work for you. There will be a demo vehicle at Catalyst in Windsor for a test drive.
New Heritage Farm will be showing the new carriages at the Glen Willow CDE, in Avondale, PA from September 4-8, and at the ADS Annual Meeting in Aiken, SC September 26-29.
Shelly had a great time working with Tejas Driving Club members in Texas during a three day clinic. Thanks to Eileen Leek for organizing and Ruthie Graves for her hospitality!
The ADS Annual Meeting is being held in Aiken, September 26-29, 2013. Lots of fun and educational activities are planned. Y'all come and visit! See www.americandrivingsociety.org for more information and to register. Bring your horse(s) or just come yourself, there will be lots to do!
Congratulations to Cheryl Rivers on her win at the Bromont CDE in June. Cheryl had her best dressage test and best dressage score ever at the show, and her first double clear cones at Advanced. Cheryl and Rowley have been dedicated and determined students and we are proud of them!
A new Morgan has arrived at Catalyst! Absolute Sparkle, a four year old dark chestnut mare bred by Janet and Tom Yager of Absolute Morgans, is settling in after having made friends with Cooper. 'Spark' was started in harness by Janet with the help of Jeff Morse. She is being ridden now and will resume driving in the fall.
Cooper has his flying changes with the help of dressage coach, Amy McElroy. He will do third level this winter after the fall driving shows are finished.
A new CDE is being planned for the end of March, 2014, right here in Windsor, SC. More details to follow.
January 2013: Many thanks to all the participants in the ADS Webinar, Connection and Contact in the Driving Horse. We had a great turnout for the first ADS paid Webinar. More are planned for the future, stay tuned!
December 2012: It's a busy time in Aiken, South Carolina, as many drivers have come south or in some cases, come east, to get ready for the upcoming FEI shows in Florida. Come on down, the weather is great!!
Shelly took part in a clinic with World Champion Thorsten Zarembowicz with both Cooper and Hemi, hosted by Jack Merritt, Karen Chandor and Cheryl Rivers at their new farm in Three Runs Plantation in Aiken.
Shelly and Cooper competed in Ridden Dressage and got their Second Level scores toward the USDF Bronze Medal. On to flying changes and Third Level!
November 2012: Shelly drove Hemi at the Intermediate Level at the Katydid CDE, winning the best Intermediate Marathon award and the class. Many thanks to Irene Gillis for allowing me to drive her lovely pony!
October 2012: Shelly took Hemi to the Kentucky CDE and Pine Tree CDE, winning both shows in the PSP class.
September 2012: Shelly competed Hemmingway, owned by Irene Gillis, at the Glen Willow CDE, placing third in the Preliminary Single Pony Class. Later in September, Shelly attended a USEF Long Listed Driver Training Session at Hermitage Farm in Kentucky with Hemi, as well as taking part in a USEF Coaches Clinic with Team Coach Michael Freund. Thank you to everyone at Hermitage for hosting us for these two clinics!
August 2012: Shelly judged at the GMHA CDE in Vermont.
July 2012: Cooper attended a USEF Dressage Show and won both his First Level classes. Our goal is to win a USDF Bronze Medal with Cooper. On to Second Level!
June 2012: Congratulations to Renie Gillis on her purchase of Hemingway from Katydid Farm.
May 2012: Shelly and Lynn Legg attended the Kentucky Equine Research Equine Nutrition Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Attendees from all over the world got the latest nutrition research information from top presenters. A trip to KER's research facility to see their high speed treadmill and meet some of their research horses (living the good life) was fun. Thank you to KER for allowing us this opportunity! I am so honored to be sponsored by such a well respected and forward thinking company.
April 2012: Duralin competed at the Southern Pines CDE, with good efforts in all three segments to finish a good second. Duralin has returned home to Ned Bliss and will be shown in his pair and in a Unicorn hitch.
March 2012: Team Catalyst competed at the Live Oak International CDE with Duralin, Ned Bliss' pony. Duralin struggled with the electric atmosphere in the dressage area but rallied to move up to 4th after marathon and a clean cones round.
Feb 2012: Team Catalyst competed at the Little Everglades CDE in Dade City, Florida, a beautiful, world class facility with great competition. Cooper competed in dressage, winning his FEI class, and Duralin, owned by Ned Bliss, competed in his first CDE as a single pony, with a winning dressage score and a good go in marathon and cones at Preliminary level. Thank you to Ned to allowing me to train this nice pony!
Aiken Driving Calendar for 2012: Thank you to Renie Gillis of www.gilcrestfarm.com for compiling a calendar of driving activities from now until June, 2012. Click here to see the calendar, or find the Aiken Driving Calendar link on the left of this page.
November 2011: We are home from our World Championship trip. Cooper is on a brief vacation and doing an ocassional trail ride. You can read about our trip on the blog,http://catalystdriving.blogspot.com/, but the short story is that the US Team won the Bronze Medal and individual driver Suzy Stafford won the Bronze individual medal. It was a very successful trip for all our drivers. Cooper won the bronze dressage medal and we finished eleventh overall. Cooper and I now have two Bronze Team medals.
America's Favorite Equestrian Contest: Equus Foundation ran a contest with the United States Equestrian Federation in which they chose six equestrians from eight FEI disciplines. I was one of the six drivers nominated. After several elimination rounds, it was just announced that I was the winning driver. Equus Foundation will make a donation to the USEF for driving. You can read more here:
http://www.usefnetwork.com/news/7815/2011/11/5/2011_americas_favorite_equestrians.aspx I am working with students and some new training horses for the winter. Congratulations to a successful Katydid CDE to students Arnie Brooks, Ray Mansur and Sherri Dolan! We had perfect Aiken weather for Katydid. Congratulations to Scott Monroe and his Morgan Shadow, the new National Champion in the Single Horse division. It's good to see another Morgan National Champion!
See a video of the Pas De Deux at the Salute to Driving, with Olympic eventer Phillip Dutton riding and Shelly driving: http://youtu.be/M9ssZt2Ogsw It was lots of fun!
July 4, 2011: Fourth of July Fundraiser to be held at Irene and Tom Gillis' Gilcrest Farm www.gilcrestfarm.com Hope you can join us for fun and friendship! See website for more info and entry form.
June 2011: Many thanks to Nancy Francis and Peggy Dils for hosting a fundraiser for us and Janelle Marshall. A short dressage lesson, a cones course run and a safari scavenger hunt followed by a yummy lunch made for great fun for all participants. Thanks to those who volunteered and contributed, it is greatly appreciated!
May, 2011: Fundraiser for Team Catalyst on May 18th at Gilcrest Farm. Thanks to Irene Gillis and everyone who helped out!
April, 2011: We attended the Southern Pines CDE April 15-17, doing dressage and cones but did not do the marathon per the advice of US Team coach Michael Freund. Cooper won dressage. Congrats to Janelle Marshall who won the class. Fran navigated for Janelle on the marathon. Dottie Paul once again rode as groom for us in dressage. Congratulations to Irene Gillis who won a big competitive Preliminary Single Pony class. Arnie Brooks also placed well in this class with his new pony in their first time at Prelim.
2011 USEF National Champions!!
March, 2011: Just home from the 2011 Live Oak International CDE in Ocala, FL, March 24-27. The weather was perfect, though a bit warm on marathon day. Cooper was a star, winning dressage and having some good hazard times, but some slow ones as well, but maintaining our lead after marathon. Cones were challenging but he went great, clear with 1.61 time penalties, to win the 2011 USEF National Driving Championships. We had the best score in the FEI division, and Cooper won the Hanzi Award, for the best horse in the competition in the judge's opinion. Cooper also won the Hanzi Award last year. This was his third National Championship win.
Special thanks to Irene Gillis, Dottie Paul and Sue Dougherty for their help at the show, and to Jack Wetzel for the loan of his presentation carriage. Mega thanks to Irene Schoen for her ongoing help and support!
Cooper will have a bit of a rest and then we are on to the Southern Pines CDE in mid April, the last American selection trial for the World Pony Driving Championships.
Congratulations to all the Aiken drivers who did great at Live Oak, probably due to the large Aiken/Windsor cheering section that came to support all of us. More info and links on my blog, link below.
February, 2011: We competed with Cooper at the Little Everglades CDE in Dade City, FL. A bit rusty for our first show with a single since the Laurels in September, but we won dressage and had a decent marathon. Cones knocked us down from second to a close third. Cones practice is now a priority! We have completed our move to Windsor, South Carolina and are here full time and loving it!
Welcome to Catalyst Driving Sponsor, Leather Therapy! We have used the great Leather Therapy products on our harness and tack for many years, and also use their Saddle Pad and Blanket Wash and Rinse products on our horse laundry, from wraps to blankets. A big plus for the Leather Therapy Wash and Restorer/Conditioner is that it retards mold and mildew.
Many thanks to Ralph Conner for the YouTube video of Cooper in the water obstacle, and to Diana Rowland for her wonderful photos, all from the Laurels.
September, 2010: Just back from the Laurels at Landhope International Combined Driving Event, and USEF National Pony Championship. Cooper is the 2010 National Champion and had the best Advanced score of the event. Cooper went well throughout all three days of competition, winning dressage and having solid marathon and cones runs. A highlight of the weekend was Fran and Shelly riding on the back of Jack Wetzel's four in hand, driven by Bill Long, in a marathon schooling session in preparation for the World Equestrian Games.
Welcome and many thanks to sponsor Kentucky Equine Research!www.ker.com We use KER products daily and are proud to have their support. Check out their website for wonderful products and access to nutrition research.
August, 2010: Shelly, Cooper and Harry attended the USEF Training Session for Long-listed Drivers/Young Drivers Camp in Southern Pines, NC, August 24, 25, and worked with Peter Tischer. Shelly enjoyed worked with young drivers Jacob Arnold and Rachel Laufer. Many thanks to Jamie O'Rourke for organizing the clinic and Claire Reid and Kelly Valdes for hosting us!
Thank you to Sheetz for their sponsorship. We stop at Sheetz often while traveling, great sandwiches to order and FAST! www.sheetz.com
Kombat Boots is a sponsor of Catalyst Driving. See http://www.kombatboots.com for information about their pelleted yeast supplement. It helps your horse digest and utilize feed more efficently, reduces the amount of lactic acid in the horse's system during exercise, and guards against hind gut ulcers. Horses love the taste and it's great for their coat and hooves. It's given to all the horses at Catalyst.
Shelly is pleased to welcome sponsor Charles Owen, Inc. Charles Owen makes the best protective gear including helmets and vests, as well as many other great products, and Shelly is proud to wear them daily. Read more at www.charlesowen.com
August, 2010: Just back from the Iron Horse CDE in Caledonia, IL. Cooper won the Advanced Single Pony class with the best FEI score of the competition. The facility of Ron and Joanne Swenson was beautiful and the hazards were very impressive. Rainy weather the night before the marathon made the course tough but the hazards held up well. Aiken was well represented by a number of drivers making the long trek. Eleven four in hand drivers participated in the last selection trial for the World Equestrian Games and it was exciting to see them throughout the weekend. Photos and more info about the show are on http://drivingdigest.wordpress.com/
Next stop for Cooper and Shelly is the USEF National Championships at the Laurels at Landhope CDE in September www.laurelscde.com
The USEF and the Equus Foundation have launched a new game, America's Favorite Equestrian, with entrants in each FEI discipline.
Shelly (Rochelle Temple) is a contestant in the driving division. Please cast your vote for a good cause! Click below for more information.
Photos from the 2010 USEF National Pony Championships at the Laurels, September 10-12
On the way to winning the National Championships, photo by Diana Rowland
photo by Diane Rowland
Shelly and Cooper, 2010 National Champions!
Shelly and Fran riding with Bill Long, photo by Diana Rowland
Curry with Lynn Legg at the Laurels 2010
Curry and Lynn winning dressage
Curry, Lynn and Jeff on the marathon
Shelly gave an American Driving Society Webinar on Driven Dressage Basics in April. It is posted on www.americandrivingsociety.org and can be seen thre in it's entirety. Lots of good questions were asked and over 300 people were logged on for the live Webinar. Some people even had Webinar parties and watched it with their friends! Another Webinar is planned for the future, will post info here when it is scheduled.
Shelly and Cooper competed at the Live Oak International CDE in March. In the Advanced Single Pony division, they placed first in dressage and first in the marathon, and were ready to compete in the cones class when a thunderstorm caused the last two divisions of the cones competition to be canceled. The classes were placed as they stood so they won the class.
Cooper won the Hanzi Award at the Live Oak International CDE, which is awarded to the best horse in the competition in the opinion of the judges. With five top international judges, this was a real honor!
Catalyst students did well at the Southern Pines CDE held in April. Lynn Legg with Curry, Mary Clark Lind with Flirt and Tunny, Claudia DeLorme with Flag, Claire Glenn with Stella, Irene Gillis with Coffee and Rich Forfa with Freida all were successful and enjoyed the beautiful weekend. Results are available on www.drivingnews.us. Mike Arnold has a done a great job with that website and has tons of links to all things driving.
Aiken is still a hotbed of driving with many activities still on the calendar, see www.aikendrivingclub.com for more info.
The Driving Forum was great with over 1600 driving enthusiasts participating. Shelly presented a dressage lecture and got to meet a lot of nice people. www.driving-forum.com will take place again in 2012.
The Carriage Barn will be hosting a series of clinics with Shelly in New Hampshire. Visit www.carriage-barn.com to find out more.
Lexington Classic CDE - USEF National Championships, Oct 1-4, 2009
Cooper finished second in the Advanced Single Pony Class after a very good go in all phases, and is the 2007 Reserve National Champion. Congratulations to Suzy Stafford and Courage To Lead, USEF National Champions. 'Katy' was retired at the show and will be bred next year.
It was a very tough course, truly Championship level. The World Equestrian Games driving will be held on this course in October 2010.
I'd like to thank Irene Berzak Schoen for her sponsorship for the Laurels and Kentucky AND Lynn and Jeff Legg for dogsitting for us!! Thanks also to Julie and Tom Daugherty for their hospitality in Kentucky!
Cooper, Shelly and Dottie Paul at the WC, photo by Meredith Fetters
Cooper, Shelly and Fran at the World Pony Driving Championships, photo by Richard Nicoll
Cooper in cones at the WC photo by Meredith Fetters
Randy,Suzy,Lisa,Shelly, Laurie,Tracey by Meredith Fetters
Drunk on Pony Power! photo by Meredith Fetters
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ABOUT CATALYST DRIVING CENTER:
CATALYST DRIVING CENTER is located in Windsor, South Carolina, just outside Aiken.
Shelly Temple, an experienced and successful Combined Driving Competitor at the Advanced Level, Bronze Medal Team member at the World Pony Driving Championships in 2007 and 2011, winner of a dressage medal at each World Championship, three time USEF National Champion and an American Driving Society "R" and United States Equestrian Federation "R" Judge, is available for lessons and training. Shelly enjoys getting people started in driving and polishing the skills of experienced drivers.
Shelly is a dealer for New Heritage Farm Carriages, and can help you choose the right presentation, marathon or pleasure carriage for your needs, and fit it to you and your horse. Pony carriages are a special area of interest. A demo carriage will be available for test drives here at the farm in September.
From time to time, used vehicles, harness and other accessories are available for sale.
Catalyst Driving Center welcomes you to learn or improve your skills with lessons in carriage driving, with a focus on Combined Driving, Pleasure Showing, and/or Recreational Driving. We can help you outfit your horse or pony, with correctly fitting, appropriate harness and carriage, and help you with your show attire as well. We can help you find the right driving horse or pony, or teach you on our well trained horses.
Safety is our first concern and is stressed continually. We want you to have a safe and happy driving experience.
Shelly Temple, Catalyst Driving Center, Windsor, SC