… and horses, horses, horses …

Today’s classes at the Carriage Festival featured a glorious array of single ponies, pony pairs, single horses, pairs of horses, and VSEs (very small equines).

Here, shown in the order of today’s classes, are some of the beautiful turnouts on display:

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Toddy Hunter driving Tommy Cooper (a Welsh pony) to a Brewster Sailor Wagon

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Nicole Cable driving Laurel Highland’s Duke (a Fell pony) to a Queen Anne Phaeton

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Jennifer Keeler driving her rescued Hackney pony, Harpo

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Charlie Poppe driving his pair of Hackney ponies

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Vicki Nelson Bodoh driving her pair of Welsh / Arabian ponies

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Katie Whaley won a number of classes with her pair of Welsh ponies

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As you can see, the pair-horse classes feature quite a lot of Friesians …

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Dr. Thomas Burgess

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Jordan Steenbeek, whose family came from Canada with three carriages, including this Mail Phaeton, and a number of Friesians so they could compete in a variety of classes

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Marilyn Macfarlane

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Eleven-year-old Avery Wilson was competing today in just his second pleasure-driving show, and he won the junior reinsmanship class. Congratulations, Avery!

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The evening session ended just a little while ago, and I’m downloading all those photos now. But as it’s already quite late, I think I’ll wait to sort, edit, and post them. So stay tuned for scenes from Friday evening.

And then, of course, we have another full day at the Festival tomorrow!