The 2013 Carriage Association of America’s (CAA) Carriage Festival Weekend and Carriage Festival Pleasure-driving Show is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 28–30.
The CAA Carriage Festival is more than just a pleasure-driving show! The CAA caters to those who love the memory of a historic age when horse-drawn vehicles fulfilled so many needs of mankind. The CAA strives to be historically accurate, currently informative, and helpful to all who share appreciation of things that were.
Founded in 1960, the CAA is the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the preservation and restoration of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. Thousands of people have been introduced to the wonders of collecting these vehicles and the pleasures of driving them while discovering the beauty and charm of a lifestyle that has all but vanished from our modern world.
The event takes place mostly in the park’s Alltech Arena, consisting of part pleasure-driving show and part mini-conference. Participants and spectators alike will all find something to see, do, and enjoy at this year’s inaugural CAA Carriage Classic. The pleasure-driving-show portion of the event will feature the standard pleasure-driving classes and several “just for fun” classes, in a variety of divisions. The event will also feature pleasure drives throughout the park, lectures, and social activities usually associated with a full CAA Conference.
Exhibit a carriage in the CAA’s popular Carriage Showcase, a vehicle in the Antique Car Show or simply come to the park’s Alltech Arena to watch it all and listen to several speakers on hand, who will educate and entertain! This event is suitable for all ages.
For more information about the Carriage Association of America Carriage Classic, please contact Jill Ryder at 859-231-0971 or visit www.caaonline.com.
Thursday, June 27
10:00 am - Stables open
1:00 – 5:00 pm - Alltech Arena open for schooling
1:00 – 5:00 pm - Drive at will on marked trails
5:30 pm - Coaching Run
Friday, June 28
7:30 am – Breakfast and Show Meeting – in the stabling area
9:00 am – CAA Carriage Festival Pleasure – driving show begins
9:00 am - 5:00 pm – CAA Driver Proficiency Program evaluations offered on a sign-up basis
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Drive at will on marked trails
11:00 am – Guided walking tour through the stables, to see the show horses and carriages
1:00 pm – National Horse Center leaders invited to watch the pleasure-driving show
3:00 pm – Talk: “Harness and All Its Uses” – David Freedman
7:00 pm – Talk: “What Is the Judge Looking For?” – Karen Homer Brown
7:00 pm – CAA Carriage Festival Pleasure-driving Show evening performance begins
Saturday, June 29
8:00 am – Start CAA Carriage Festival pleasure-driving show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – CAA Driver Proficiency Program evaluations offered on a sign-up basis
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Antique Car Show (People’s Choice Award presented at 3:30 p.m.)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – CAA Carriage Showcase
12:15 pm – Antique Car Gymkhana – in the arena (awards presentation at 12:40 p.m.)
2:00 pm – Talk: “What Is the Judge Looking For?” – Karen Homer Brown
5:00 pm – Carriage Showcase awards and commentary
7:00 pm – CAA Carriage Festival pleasure-driving show evening performance begins
Sunday, June 30
9:00 am – Start CAA Carriage Festival – pleasure drive through Walnut Hall Farm
11:30 am – Awards Presentations: Pleasure Drive, Best Tack Stall, and Overall Festival Champion
Date & Time:
June 28-30, 2013 – 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
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