Gary Prout started helping handle the team and stagecoach with Dave Turner in the early 2000s. Several years ago Turner handed the reins over to Prout.
“Dave and Darlene Turner owned the trailer, horses, and stagecoach and Chief Joseph Days bought it from them,” Prout said.
Six years ago Chief Joseph Days bought a new team of horses that live on a farm with stagecoach team members Lynnea and Stan. Gary Prout said Lynea is the horse expert and cares for their nutrition and medical needs.
Sadie and Skeeter are draft horses and their jobs are to gently pull a stagecoach and to look pretty. Their coats and long tails were well brushed before the CJD program photoshoot on Stan and Lynea’s farm, but as Sadie especially likes to roll in the dirt, Gary Prout carefully washed the white star on her face with a large sponge to get her photo-ready.
As the stagecoach rolled out of its custom trailer Max Prout explained each member of the team had specific duties preparing the horses and coach for a ride.
“I don’t know all the names of the parts of the harnesses and bridles, so I numbered each step – that way when I go through my checklist I can remember what do,” Max Prout said.