CAA events


It occurred to me to that I never posted any photos from the Sunday-morning pleasure drive at the CAA’s recent Carriage Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park.

So without further ado, here are a few drivers enjoying the beautiful morning …

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One of the most popular Saturday-evening classes at the CAA Carriage Festival, other than the Carriage Dogs, is the costume class. This year’s winner was this fantastically creative sea-creatures entry …

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I think the first one is the better photo, but in the second you can see the sea turtle’s head, on the pole of the carriage. The carriage wheels had starfish on them, and the ponies were dressed as sea horses.

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One of the show’s Canadian entries came into the arena as a Mountie, with her “mini moose.”

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Each year, Polly Petersen’s granddaughters design and create their costumes. At this year’s Festival, the two girls were ancient goddesses, their aunt, Ann, was Medusa, the carriage was a chariot, and the pony was Pegasus. I think.

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The next morning, on the presentation pleasure drive through the Kentucky Horse Park, the pony’s hooves were still a bit glittery.

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We were fortunate to enjoy a gorgeous morning on Sunday, and the Horse Park always makes for a spectacular backdrop. I’ll have more pleasure-drive photos to share next week!

Here are some of the super-cute entries in the Carriage Dogs class at this year’s CAA Carriage Festival …

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In the end, sweet Winnie (shown above & below with her person, Dr. Susan Orosz) was declared the winner …

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On Saturday afternoon and evening during the CAA Carriage Festival, I took some photos in the open air between the barns and the indoor arena.

We had some sunshine, and some rain … and lots of beautiful carriages …

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From top to bottom: Kate Bushman, Maureen Foright, Marilyn Macfarlane, Robin Lillard Bates (protecting her hat from the rain on her way into the warmup area), Michele Blackler, and Kate Whaley.

Are you old enough (as I am) to remember when “Williamsburg colors” were dull, muted, and … well, faded, versions of blue, green, and the like?

I don’t remember how long ago it happened, but I do remember reading that many of the Colonial Williamsburg buildings, including the governor’s palace, were re-envisioned and reinterpreted once the curators realized that the faded-looking colors had, in fact, simply faded over the years.

On Sunday, before heading home from the Carriage Symposium, I was finally able to tour the palace … and all I can say is, wow, do those gorgeous colors POP …

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As promised, here are a few photos of the fife-and-drum corps, militia, and cannon demonstrations on the courthouse square, which I happened to see on Friday evening while at Colonial Williamsburg.

The man in this first photo was watching the proceedings as well, from across the street.

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In real life, this year’s fabulous CAA / CWF International Carriage Symposium is over. But here on the blog, we’re still on Friday …

After three lectures in the morning, all symposium attendees enjoyed a delicious luncheon hosted by CWF’s president, Dr. Campbell.

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Then, several people braved the on-and-off thunderstorms to enjoy the afternoon open house at the stables.

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This year, for the first time that I can recall (perhaps because there were fewer people?), folks were invited to climb in, and on, the various carriages instead of just looking at them. …

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Later that afternoon, I happened on to a militia (and cannon!) demonstration on the courthouse square, so I’ll be sharing photos of that soon as well. But now, back in real-life time, I’m heading out to enjoy a nearly-full day of exploring Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Stay tuned for photos!

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