Friday’s events at the CAA’s Winter Conference included lectures, social gatherings, and Showcase commentary.

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hats, muffs, and sleigh bells on a badger lap robe ... (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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... and a close up of sleigh bells on the badger lap robe; all of these items were used to illustrate Vicki Nelson Bodoh’s talk on sleigh turnouts (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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flowers on a colorful lap robe (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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Dana Banfield, one of the Showcases judges, discusses the lap robe division (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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another of the Showcase judges, Randy Solle, gives the judges’ commentary on this well-restored sleigh; there were thirty entries in the Showcase (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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Ted Swendson (left, with his wife, Yvette, to his left) of Calgary, Canada, is the first recipient of the new James Laird Award. This award is to be presented by the CAA president (Colonel Davis, on the right) to a CAA member who is passionate about horses, carriages, and driving, and who serves as an example of the fun and friendship that carriage-driving experiences can provide. Ted has brought his Fjord horses MANY miles to participate in a variety of CAA events, from the grand opening of the CAA headquarters (in Lexington, Ky.) in 2006 to this year’s Winter Conference. Ted is driving three abreast on Saturday to his sleigh; he has driven in all types of weather at CAA events (including pouring rain), and always with a smile. He is a tremendous ambassador for the new James Laird Award (photo by Gloria Burgess)