CAA Carriage Festival


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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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It occurred to me to that I never posted any photos from the Sunday-morning pleasure drive at the CAA’s recent Carriage Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park.

So without further ado, here are a few drivers enjoying the beautiful morning …

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One of the most popular Saturday-evening classes at the CAA Carriage Festival, other than the Carriage Dogs, is the costume class. This year’s winner was this fantastically creative sea-creatures entry …

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I think the first one is the better photo, but in the second you can see the sea turtle’s head, on the pole of the carriage. The carriage wheels had starfish on them, and the ponies were dressed as sea horses.

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One of the show’s Canadian entries came into the arena as a Mountie, with her “mini moose.”

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Each year, Polly Petersen’s granddaughters design and create their costumes. At this year’s Festival, the two girls were ancient goddesses, their aunt, Ann, was Medusa, the carriage was a chariot, and the pony was Pegasus. I think.

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The next morning, on the presentation pleasure drive through the Kentucky Horse Park, the pony’s hooves were still a bit glittery.

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We were fortunate to enjoy a gorgeous morning on Sunday, and the Horse Park always makes for a spectacular backdrop. I’ll have more pleasure-drive photos to share next week!

Here are a few scenes from earlier today, the first day of the CAA’s dog, er, horse show.

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Before I give you the wrong idea, we really are here for the Carriage Festival …

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Colton Parker, seen here waiting to enter the (air-conditioned) warm-up area, won the first of several classes for junior drivers …

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If you’re in or near Lexington, come join us! The show continues this evening and all day Saturday (sessions begin at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.). The pleasure-driving show takes place in the Kentucky Horse Park’s indoor Alltech Arena.

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Our fourth installment of the Carriage Association’s Carriage Festival will be underway in just a few weeks!

Once again, the Festival will be held in the indoor (and air-conditioned!) Alltech Arena, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The first full day of pleasure-driving classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 27. Competitors and spectators will enjoy morning, afternoon, and evening sessions on Friday and Saturday, and the Festival will conclude with Sunday morning’s drive through the Horse Park.

To learn more about this beautiful event, please visit the dedicated Carriage Festival website.

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If you’ll be in — or anywhere near — Lexington, Ky., at the end of June, we hope you’ll come see all the lovely turnouts at this year’s CAA Carriage Festival.

This time last week, the participants in our third annual Carriage Festival (drivers, grooms, helpers, horses, and ponies) were packing up, enjoying the awards party, getting baths, and heading home.

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Next year’s CAA Carriage Festival will be June 27-29, 2014, again in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. We hope to see you then, either here on the blog or in person!

Continuing on from yesterday’s post, here are the rest of my Sunday-morning-drive photos …

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Marilyn Zaetta, of Michigan:

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Dr. Susan Orosz, of Ohio:

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Polly Petersen, of Ohio:

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Jean McLean, of Canada:

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Martha Stover, of Michigan:

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Carol Cross, of New York:

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Harriet Cross, of New York:

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Vicki Nelson Bodoh, of Wisconsin:

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Gerben Steenbeek, of Canada:

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Michelle Blackler, of Iowa:

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