… and part of day four …

First, Jill’s report on Friday’s activities:

“Friday was a beautiful day at Walnut Hill: the sun shone all day and at times there was a nice breeze. Large crowds came out to watch the jam-packed schedule.

“The Coaching division started on Friday, and Glenn Werry from Illinois, with his beautiful team of Hackneys put to a Park Drag, was the winner of the first class (5 entries) for Coaching – Best Team. This was followed by an obstacle class — won by Harvey Waller — and then four of the five coaches set off on an evening drive to Toddy Hunter’s farm, where they enjoyed a short break before returning to the show ring. There, Jack Pemberton awarded the trophy named for him to the best Park Drag entry on the drive, that of Paul Martin. Then Elizabeth Ryder Ashbridge presented the Tom Ryder Trophy to John White as the winner of the best Road Coach entry.

“The Friday evening performances are always a crowd pleaser, from the Trade / Commercial class to the Fancy Dress (Costume) class and the Carriage Dog class. There’s also a Gig class and a Park (Bonneted Phaetons) Evening Turnout class.  All the classes were well attended and were met with very enthusiastic applause. ”

This morning featured the Park – Ladies’ Wicker Phaeton – Picnic Turnout class. According to Jill, the ladies are first judged while driving, then they leave ring, take out their horse(s), and set up a picnic with enough food for the number of people on the carriage. The food has to be carried on the carriage, but the tables, chairs, and tablecloths are provided by the show.

Here are a few photos of the Picnic Turnout class, all by Jill Ryder:

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