Here’s our last look at the ring classes from last weekend’s CAA Carriage Festival.

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Karen Waldron’s pair emerged victorious (again) in the Performance class

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Misdee Wrigley Miller drove a pair in the first class of the evening …

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… and then drove her team into the arena for the evening’s final class

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Mark Schofield drove the Park Drag (put to a team of Hackneys) of Glenn A. Werry, Jr.; here, they’re making final adjustments before entering the arena

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Misdee Miller and her team won this final class at the Carriage Festival, the HorseShow.com Coaching Division: Best Team class

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another view of Glenn Werry’s team of Hackneys, being driven by Mark Schofield

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… and yet another view; this turnout won the Tom Ryder Award for the most elegant turnout at the Festival

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Several commenters, here on the blog and on the CAA’s Facebook page (where I’m also posting a few photos), have wondered why several of the ladies aren’t wearing hats in some of these Festival photos. Have you been wondering about this, too?

This happened only in the evening sessions and is, in fact, allowed. According to Appendix A (which discusses turnout and appointments) of the American Driving Society’s rules for pleasure-driving competitions: in Formal or Park classes … “If the class is in the evening, ladies may opt not to wear a hat and may wear a formal gown.” This hats-optional-in-the-evening rule applies to ladies driving Park Drags, Road Coaches, Breaks, Mail Phaetons, Stanhope Phaetons, Demi-mail Phaetons, Spider Phaetons, Stanhope or Park Gate Gigs, etc.