I've been polishing brass today

@JudyEv (101135)
Bunbury, Australia
December 6, 2017 7:54am CST
Before we got quite so old, we had a pair of harness ponies that we drove in competitions. I drove the ponies and Vince was my groom. Eventually it all became more work than pleasure and we found a good home for the ponies. We have sold almost everything to do with our carriage driving days except for a set of hand-made harness. We’re now about to advertise the harness on an appropriate Facebook group page. So today I’ve been polishing dozens of brass buckles. I cleaned the harness some time ago but the brass components needed an extra polish. This is about the nicest photo I have of the ponies. The one on the far side is Burgundy and the closest one is Fabian. They were Welsh C ponies. Aren’t they beautiful?
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@JohnRoberts (41133)
• Los Angeles, California
6 Dec
What kind of competitions? Not a race?
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@topffer (30685)
• France
6 Dec
Carriage driving competitions I suppose.
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@amadeo (48042)
• United States
6 Dec
polishing brass is a chore to do.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
It's called combined driving - like a Three Day event but for driven horses. You have to do a dressage test then a marathon which involves obstacles then drive a set course through pairs of road cones.
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@Madshadi (4856)
• Brussels, Belgium
6 Dec
They look so nice in the picture. I don’t get to see those where I live.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
It isn't the most popular of sports but I know Belgium has some very good drivers.
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@Madshadi (4856)
• Brussels, Belgium
6 Dec
@JudyEv yes but that’s still far away from where I live.
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@just4him (92290)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Dec
They are very nice ponies. I hope you're able to sell them for a good price.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
They were sold quite some time ago and became pony-trekking ponies. They had a good life there.
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@just4him (92290)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Dec
@JudyEv They look like they had a good life. They're beautiful ponies.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@just4him Thank you.
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@JustBhem (22514)
• Davao, Philippines
6 Dec
I never ride a horse before and this one is cool.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
Thanks. We really enjoyed those days.
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@JustBhem (22514)
• Davao, Philippines
7 Dec
@JudyEv Thanks for sharing your photo and your experience.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@JustBhem You're welcome.
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@Corbin5 (81872)
• United States
6 Dec
That is a lovely photo of the ponies!! They are gorgeous creatures!
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
They looked really nice that year.
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@Juliaacv (23266)
• Canada
6 Dec
That's a beautiful picture, such a magnificent pair of horses.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
They are lovely and shiny aren't they?
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@Kandae11 (27099)
6 Dec
They are beautiful. Do you think the carriage is still being used?
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
Yes, it was sold too and I know it is used.
@MALUSE (32918)
• Denmark
6 Dec
Do you still see your ponies at their new home?
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
It might seem strange but it would have hurt too much to see them when they weren't mine any longer. I did hear from others that they were well and happy.
@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec
T^hey look really beautiful Judy, and you look very smart. Did you have much success with them?
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
We weren't champions by any means but acquited ourselves well enough for us to be happy and to enjoy it.
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@jaboUK (50715)
• United Kingdom
11 Dec
@JudyEv That's good enough then. Enjoyment is the main thing.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec
@jaboUK I've been going through all my old "Carriage Driving" magazines and then I'm going to give them to a friend who is still driving. They are from 1996- 1998. It's been interesting seeing who was driving then etc. I haven't really followed results either here or in England but then I went online and it seems Boyd Exell (Australian) is now the World Champion. He is based in the UK.
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@hostessman (7212)
• Tucson, Arizona
7 Dec
very nice looking ponies and a very nice picture also
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
Thanks. Thank heavens for photos so we can recall these good times.
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@allknowing (55805)
• India
7 Dec
Polishing brass is tough. We had so much of polishing to do - gifts that we received. Sold them all. That is a lovely photo.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
I always shudder when I see people with lots of silver trophies in their lounge. So much polishing to do! I'm glad you like the photo.
• United States
6 Dec
Wow, that's pretty amazing that you did this. Those horses are beautiful and their coats are so shiny. They seem a bit large to be called ponies.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
They were still pony height. That year they had really good coats.
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@BelleStarr (32085)
• Portland, Connecticut
6 Dec
They sure are beautiful it must have been heartbreaking to give them up.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
It was very hard as they were kind ponies and very easy to cope with.
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@xFiacre (10505)
• Ireland
6 Dec
@Judyev a fine pair indeed. However I'm Ireland we wash our bras in warm soapy water rather than polishing them.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
I wish I could wash these in warm soapy water.
• Derby, England
6 Dec
That must have been hard to sell the ponies they are lovely. I hope you get a good price for all your harnesses.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
It was hard to part with them as they were very special to us but as I said, it became a lot of work and rather than have them sitting idly in the paddock I found them a good home.
@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec
They certainly are gorgeous, and beautifully turned out. I hope you find a buyer, it's always sad getting rid of the accoutrements of a much-loved activity.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
Yes, the harness is about the last of many items. I still have some books on driving which I might try to sell after I read them one more time and some driving magazines which I'll pass on to a friend.
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@Platespinner (18563)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Dec
The ponies look like you polished them!
@teamfreak16 (36660)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
7 Dec
Wow. Very pretty horses.