CAA Carriage Festival


Today and tomorrow, I’m going to share a whole bunch of photos from last Sunday’s drive through the Kentucky Horse Park and neighboring Walnut Hall Farm: the presentation-pleasure drive for our CAA Carriage Festival. I got photos of nearly, but not quite, everyone on the drive, and I’ll share them here in the order they drove.

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Sterling Graburn, of Kentucky:

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Lindsey Nevitt, of Indiana:

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Marcia Swehla, of Kentucky:

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Jim Leo, of New York:

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Dan Doran, of Ohio:

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Carrie Ostrowski, of Kentucky:

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Steve Holm, of Virginia:

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Dr. Thomas Burgess, of Virginia:

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Katie Whaley, of Kentucky:

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Patti Wolf, of Texas:

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Check back tomorrow to see the second set of photos!

The manager of the antique car show at our CAA Carriage Festival does his best each year to gather very early automobiles that help illustrate the transition from actual horsepower, and horse-drawn carriages, to engines.

Here are two excellent early examples from this year’s show …

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This 1907 Franklin Type G Runabout is owned by Edmond & Sharon Hudon. The Type G was produced from 1906 until 1913; it had a four-cylinder, air-cooled, twelve-horsepower engine.

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The horn on the Franklin Type G Runabout:

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The top of one of the headlamps, which are stamped with a maker’s mark from Amesbury, Mass.:

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The steering wheel, with its various gears and levers:

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This 1923 Auburn 643 Touring Sedan is owned by Bob & Sharon Piper. It has an engine that produces a whopping fifty-horsepower.

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The wooden spokes on one of the Auburn’s wheels:

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Misdee Wrigley Miller’s turnout — a Holland & Holland Park Drag put to a team of four Dutch Warmbloods — was picked by the judge and the Carriage Festival show officials and organizers as the most elegant turnout of the entire weekend (the winner of the show’s Concours d’Elegance – Tom Ryder Memorial Trophy).

Here are “before” (in the rain), “during,” and “after” photos, one of each, of Misdee and her team, from Saturday evening’s Coaching Division: Best Team class …

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The Carriage Dogs class at this year’s Carriage Festival featured five adorable pooches.

Here are a few “before,” “during,” and “after” photos of the winning beagle, Lucy Fur. She’s amazingly adept at sitting up on the carriage seat and showing off for the audience. And when Martha Stover drove her pony at a strong, showy trot during the class and on their victory lap, Lucy’s big beagle ears flapped in the breeze. So cute.

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that’s Michelle Blackler, Lucy’s mom, on the right

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As one of the non-pleasure-driving-show attractions at this year’s CAA Carriage Festival, we had our annual Carriage Showcase. In the showcase, carriage owners place their vehicles on display for spectators and fellow carriage enthusiasts to enjoy and for the Showcase judges to inspect each one carefully, in terms of how well the vehicle’s restoration was done (if restored) or how well the vehicle is built (if new). The vast majority of entries in the Showcase are restored antique vehicles or newer reproductions based on antique originals.

A few of the vehicles on display this year …

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Colonel Davis, the CAA’s most recent past president, chaired the Showcase committee for many years. But now that he’s no longer an officer or the committee chair, he was finally able to enter his own vehicle in the Showcase. And it won! Colonel & Kathi’s Brewster-made Stanhope Gig won a gold certificate, the Sidney Latham Memorial Trophy (awarded to the highest-scoring vehicle in use), and the Ken Sowles Memorial Trophy (awarded to the People’s Choice winner).

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The winner of the Carl Casper Trophy (awarded to the highest-scoring restored vehicle) was Katrina Becker’s Park Drag, built in 1903 by Brewster and recently restored by Tom Shelton …

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Nancy Jackson’s early (mid-nineteenth century?) crane-neck Brett, built by J.M. Quinby, won the Davis Documentation Award. Here, a few details …

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For most of yesterday, I was either working (at my desk in my office) or running back and forth between here and the Carriage Festival in the arena. So yesterday’s evening session was the first chance I had to sit in the stands and watch the pleasure-driving show … and to get photos!

To usher in the evening’s session, Raymond Tuckwiller played several “calls of the road” on the coaching horn:

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The first class for the evening was the Park Division:

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The Tandem class included several beautiful turnouts:

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Next, eight single-horse competitors competed for top honors in their Turnout class:

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The evening’s coaching competitors had both an Appointments class and a Timed Obstacles class:

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The final class of the evening was the hotly contested Costume class:

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The show continues all day today, and I’m about to head over there to take more photos!

Here are a few “getting ready,” “warming up,” and “on the road” photos from yesterday evening’s coach run, which kicked off this year’s CAA Carriage Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park…

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And, coincidentally, there were HUNDREDS of Model A Fords — in town for their national meet — in the parking lot of the same arena where our horse show is taking place. So here’s a look at a slightly different form of horsepower …

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To see more (mostly “behind the scenes”) photos from our Carriage Festival, follow the link above to the CAA’s Facebook page.

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