Friday, July 11, 2014

Former competitive horsewoman, RCMP constable Colleen Lowing easily handles truck, travel trailer

Colleen Lowing, and son, Adam, love camping, fishing. (Julianne G. Crane)
Colleen Lowing, constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and former competitive horsewoman, has no problem handling her 1/2-ton Chevy Silverado truck and 20-foot 2007 Jayco Jayflight travel trailer.

"I have been towing trailers since I was 16," she said. "My dad taught me how to tow and park a horse trailer. We had a three-horse angle load that was max-width for the road, so my travel trailer is pretty simple in comparison."

Colleen Lowing (Julianne G. Crane)
As a young woman, Colleen was a competitive English equestrian rider for ten years. "I moved up the levels of the Canadian Pony Club achieving the second highest level, which is B2," she said. Colleen went on to represent Canada as part of the Canadian Pony Club team that attended the Inter-Pacific Rally in Japan in 1995.

Living near Calgary, Alberta, at that time, Colleen focused on three-day eventing. "I road a 16.2 hand Thoroughbred gelding named Dancing Bert," she said.

"I spent my summers touring around Alberta for competitions and training camps." She retired from riding when she moved away from home for university. "But I miss it a lot."

Colleen tows a 20-ft 2007 Jayco Jayflight (Julianne G. Crane)
Currently living in Nelson, British Columbia, she and her 7-year-old son, Adam, camp as often as they can at local spots, mostly just campouts with family in provincial camp grounds around BC and Washington state.

"The main benefit to owning my trailer is that we can pull in and go to bed with zero prep or set up. It is warm and dry in any weather conditions and always provides a comfortable place to hang out."

The Jayco Jayflight has a fridge, freezer, oven, stove, furnace, and a small tub with shower. It can sleep up to seven people, "but it is quite close quarters with that many people," said Colleen.

To read more about Colleen's son, Adam, and RVer Jimmy Smith, fishing and day dreaming, click on "Man, boy chasing rainbows."

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