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Today is the second full day of the sixth annual CAA Carriage Festival, being held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. In fact, as I type this, the evening session is due to start in about 20 minutes … so this will be quick!

The judges’ commentary and awards were presented earlier today in this year’s CAA Carriage Showcase, in which restored horse-drawn vehicles are judged on the quality and correctness of the restoration.

In the three photos below are the winners of the major Showcase awards … The Bob Sleigh in the first photo is owned by Dr. Susan Orosz. It was awarded the Davis Documentation Award, and it won the People’s Choice Award. The Sidney Latham Trophy (for the highest-scoring vehicle in use) went to Joni Kuhn’s Spider Phaeton, built c. 1890 by Van Roobroeck of Belgium. And, the final two photos show Chris & Judd Roseberry’s beautifully restored Piano Box Buggy (c. 1905), which won the coveted Carl Casper Trophy, for being the highest-scoring restored vehicle in the Showcase. Congratulations to all the winners!

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For carriage-driving fans, the final day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show (last Sunday) featured two beautiful, yet very different, events.

Throughout the morning, the four-in-hand competitors in the FEI driving event battled through the final phase of their three-day event, the cones competition.

I went over to the driving arena after watching show jumping and happened to catch the final (top in the standings) five drives of the day. Shown below are U.S. driver Chester Weber, Koos de Ronde (The Netherlands), and the winner of the event, Australia’s Boyd Exell.

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Immediately after the cones competition, members of the British Driving Society (and a few invited guests, including the CAA’s immediate past president, Tom Burgess, shown below, with his wife, Gloria, seated next to him) began to gather for their drive through the Windsor Home Park and their “Concours d’Elegance” competition.

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After the participants had gathered in a warm-up arena (below, one of the pretty turnouts, and a line-up of four-in-hand vehicles with Windsor Castle in the background), HRH Prince Philip arrived to lead them on their drive.

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Good morning from Winsdor!

I’ve realized, as I prepare and post these (somewhat daily) reports from the CAA’s trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show, you may not know who I am. If you are a regular follower of my blog for the CAA, The Slower Road (or were, back when I was posting more regularly), we may’ve already met.

But the CAA got a brand-spanking new website within the last year, and now, during CAA trips, each blog posted is magically whisked over to land on the front page of the website. If you’re reading this there, however, you may be left wondering who’s actually doing the talking and photographing.

I’m Jennifer, and I work in the CAA office. If you have any questions or comments on these posts about the CAA trip to Windsor, or if you’d like to see more of the CAA blog, come on over to The Slower Road.

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I’m a bit behind on posting photos from the show. I apologize for that, but I’ve been working through technical difficulties.

So, even though it’s Saturday night here in Windsor, here are photos from Thursday at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

First, we saw the impressive musical ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

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At the very end of the performance, four individual riders gallop out of the arena carrying the flags of England, Scotland, and Wales, followed by the Union Jack.

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The next class in the main arena was the Light Trade Turnouts, sponsored by our own Carriage Association of America.

The winner of the two-wheeled class was the milk float. The winner of the four-wheeled class, and the overall champion, was a beautiful delivery vehicle.

Dr. Thomas & Gloria Burgess presented the ribbons and trophies on behalf of the CAA.

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We’ve had some rather lengthy radio silence here on the CAA blog lately, but stay tuned!

I’m heading to England this weekend and, starting on Tuesday, I’ll be sharing stories and photos from this year’s CAA trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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It was a brilliant afternoon for fans of U.S. driving, who were here in France at the 2014 World Equestrian Games … and for those following along at home.

Chester Weber, who’s had a brilliant year and is currently ranked number one in the world, performed a near-perfect dressage test that earned him the blue ribbon in the first phase of this year’s Driving Championship, with an amazing score of just 32.21 penalty points. As I tweeted after the fact, it looked like Chester’s horses floated through the test. And Chester himself confirmed that notion later, saying that he “was really pleased with the horses … I couldn’t ask more from them today, they gave their all and they felt like they were dancing on clouds.”

With Chester’s win in the dressage phase, the U.S. team now stands in second place behind the Dutch team.

Here are several scenes from Chester’s gorgeous dressage test. In one of these photos, you can see one of tomorrow’s marathon obstacles in the background.

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It may come as absolutely no shock to those of you who follow FEI-level driving, but Australia’s Boyd Exell had a firm handle on the first-place spot after this morning’s dressage session. He is, after all, the two-time defending World Champion … having won the individual gold medal at both the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2012 World Driving Championship in Riesenbeck, Germany.

With a beautiful dressage test (“just superb,” as I heard a radio announcer behind me in the media stands say when Boyd had finished), he vaulted into the lead with a score of 35.51 penalty points. Soon thereafter, Theo Timmermann (the Netherlands) scored 37.28, putting him in second place (for now!) over his teammate Ysbrand Chardon (42.12).

Chester Weber (USA) will drive his dressage test in just under two hours, so we’ll see how the leaderboard shakes up after that!

Here are a few images from Boyd’s dressage test …

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