Jennifer Thompson is many things. She is a horse lover and equine veterinarian. She is a native of Wisconsin. She is a horse-and-carriage driving competitor. And last but not least, she is a GMC Sierra HD driver.
Thompson owns a 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD equipped with the newest version of the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8, and she uses it extensively in her horse-loving lifestyle. The Sierra tows a 36-foot gooseneck-hitch horse trailer, the moving transport for her three equines. Horses are not light creatures yet the Sierra HD pulls them with ease.
"On one trip we were driving over the mountains of Pennsylvania, trailering three horses and 10-days' worth of feed, hay and luggage weighing a total 15,500 pounds, and the Sierra never even burped," Thompson said. "My fellow driver, who owns a Ford F-250, was really jealous."
Per a GMC survey, more than nine out of 10 surveyed customers say they use their pickup trucks to tow.
Tracy Bright, another equestrian enthusiast, uses her Sierra 3500HD to carry horses Dusty El Nino and Diva Modena to different destinations.
"I love how quiet my truck is, and I hate pulling up next to a noisy other brand of diesel truck and not being able to hear myself think," Bright said. "I like to hear what is going on behind me. After all, my pride and joys are along for the ride."
Truck fans can certainly appreciate what it's like to care for their own pride and joys.