Keith Johnson on a sleigh with Bullet, a Gypsy Vanner horse. (Photo submitted)
This photo, which ran on our print edition's front page today, deserves further comment. A group of Fairfield Pike friends spend Monday on the sleigh, which is owned by the Cartwright family and was supplied by Keith and Suzy Johnson. Bullet, a champion imported Gypsy Vanner horse, was supplied by June Villa of Villa Vanners.
It's a current photo (sent to us by sports writer Gary Johnson; I'm not sure who made it) but brings back a feel of the old days.
I imagine quite a few of you have memories of sleigh rides, sledding down hills, sliding down hills in cars, etc., and big snows of years past.
Seems like it's easier to get around in snow than in the past (and I'm talking as late as the 1970s and 1980s), probably because of so many four-wheel and front-wheel vehicles today. I was all over Shelbyville on Monday and my front-wheel-drive car went through 7 inches of deep, unplowed snow just fine, with the exception of one hill.
Plenty of snowmen were around, but the only place I found any sledders was at the Shelbyville floodgate. I can remember in the past people going to steep hills on Ledgemere Drive, Lafayette Street and Skyview Terrace.
A lot of new memories were probably made Monday - because snow is so rare in these parts.