Yesterday (Saturday) at our Winter Conference featured talks on a variety of topics, a sleigh rally and, in the evening, an awards banquet.

“strawberry,” “raspberry,” and “acorn” are names of just three types of sleigh bells; there are more than 600 kinds … these bells were part of the Showcase (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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bells are strapped to all parts of the horse, carriage, and harness; these are rosette bells, and there are also bells for the shafts and the horse’s rump and neck (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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with the talks concluding in the morning, attendees bundled up and prepared for the sleigh rally (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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all dressed up and ready to go! (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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“the CAA’s president, Colonel Davis (on the right), and Dana Banfield were the Sleigh Rally judges; but if they were in a turnout class, I think the top hat and ear muff look is a winner!” (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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one of the turnouts in Saturday's sleigh rally (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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... and another (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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... and another (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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this pony was a hit with the spectators (photo by Gloria Burgess) ...

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... and this turnout was also a big crowd favorite (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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in the Carriage / Sleigh Showcase, the Davis Documentation Award (for the best-documented vehicle) and the Carl Casper Trophy (for the highest-scoring restored vehicle) went to Jim Leo’s Cutter; P.J. Crowley (center) accepted the awards from Jerry Trapani, on the left, and Tom Burgess, on the right (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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the Sidney Latham Memorial Trophy (for the highest-scoring vehicle in use in the Showcase) went to Scott Teigen’s 1895 Landaulet (photo by Gloria Burgess)

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the People's Choice Award went to Mary Block’s reindeer sleigh (photo by Gloria Burgess)