FEI and “private” driving

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.





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.



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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little ponies to teams of horses

(Now that I’m back in the States, and using the Internet in the CAA office instead of the slooooow Internet in our Windsor hotel, I’ll be uploading a few more blog posts about the Royal Windsor Horse Show.)

Friday morning began with the (adorable!) in-hand classes for the wide variety of Britain’s “mountain and moorland” native pony breeds. These include everything from Shetland and Fell ponies (in the first two photos) to Exmoor, Dartmoor, Dales, Connemara, and Highland ponies … and probably a few I’m forgetting.




Then, around midday, twenty coaches set out on their drive through the park.









Later in the afternoon, A.J. and I stepped back in time as we visited the campsite of a group of World War II “home front” re-enactors. One of the interesting things about the gala performance every evening (celebrating the Queen’s birthday) is that many of the performers — like these re-enactors, or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the final photo — had outposts of sorts throughout the show grounds, or they would present special demonstrations and shows during the day.

Every year, the Royal Windsor Horse Show is so much more than just a horse show!





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reporting from the RWHS

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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trade vehicles

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.


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.



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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dinner time

The entire CAA group, plus a number of British guests, gathered in the Harte & Garter Hotel’s huge ballroom on Wednesday evening for our annual Welcome to Windsor Dinner.






After dinner, Jack Pemberton (Canada) went around the room to introduce the British guests …


… And then he presented Jill with a shepherd’s crook, so she can keep her flock (all the rest of us) in line.





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time for tea

As we often do on the first day of the CAA’s trip to Windsor, our group gathered at The Christopher Hotel (in Eton) for afternoon tea.

This year, however, our group is so big that we couldn’t even hope to all fit in the dining room at the same time. So we split the group up and had three separate rounds of tea.

Everyone was able to enjoy a nice chat and a lot of delicious tea (or coffee), finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones …
















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looking at horseless carriages

Most of the (140!) members of the CAA group on this trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show will be arriving tomorrow (Tuesday), but a few people are already here in England.

A.J. and I arrived a few days early so we could enjoy a couple of days’ vacation in London. Yesterday was a gorgeous, sunny, almost hot day, and we walked and walked and walked. Nearly ten miles, all over Kensington Gardens and Notting Hill.

A slight detour took us over to the Victoria & Albert Museum, and near there, we came across a display of very early automobiles / horseless carriages. It turns out that the day before was the 120th anniversary of the (official) repeal of Britain’s “red flag act,” although it was apparently still enforced for at least six more months.

So here are a few horseless carriages – and close-ups – that you may enjoy …


This tricycle-looking contraption is a replica of the first patented internal-combustion-engine-powered automobile, invented by Carl Benz and built in Germany in 1885/86. The original vehicle had a .75-horsepower, single-cylinder petrol engine.



And this runabout-with-an-engine is a replica of Henry Ford’s first vehicle, which he built in his shed in 1896. The original vehicle had a whopping 4 horsepower, from a two-cylinder ethanol engine.




This beauty is an original steam-powered automobile, built by the Stanley Motor Carriage Company (USA) in 1903. It had a 6.5-horsepower, twin-cylinder steam engine. This particular vehicle has since had a supplementary water tank added, which has boosted the car’s range to about 60 miles.






Finally, here are a few close-up images of pieces and parts of some of the other vehicles that were on display, plus two of them heading out for their parade around the block (led by a man waving a red flag, as required, of course).








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coming up: stories from Windsor

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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CAA Carriage Festival

Carriage Festival PosterThe CAA Carriage Festival (July 1-3) is more than just a driving horse show. It is a celebration of all things related to horsedrawn carriages from the pleasure-driving show and the annual Carriage Showcase, to the trade fair, educational talks and demos, and social activities with fellow CAA members and carriage aficionados. There is something for everyone during the three days of activities located in and around the (indoor and air-conditioned!) Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Carriage Showcase
The annual Carriage Showcase competition is a great place to show off your vehicles or to view some spectacular ones, plus learn a thing or two! 2016 Carriage Festival Informational Booklet

Social Activities
We want everyone to enjoy themselves meeting new and old friends, and you are invited to participate in the welcome reception, the barbecue dinner on Friday evening (tickets available), and the popular barn party.

Talks and Demos
Educational talks and demos will take place over the weekend on a variety of subjects, including harness, carriage art, pony vehicles, tips for showing, and so much more.

Trade Fair
Vendors will be set up on the mezzanine in the Alltech Arena.

Pleasure-driving Show
A variety of driving classes will be presented on Friday and Saturday, ranging from single ponies to coaches and everything in between! Come watch and delight in the spectacle. (If you are interested in showing, please visit www.CarriageFestival.com to request that a copy of the prize list be mailed to you.) Prefer to see the schedule online? CAA Carriage Festival Class List

Driving at Will
Come stable with us in Barns 22, 23, and 24, near the Alltech Arena. You can then drive around the Park at will.

The Kentucky Horse Park

Ready to experience the top Lexington attractions for kids and adults alike? The Kentucky Horse Park has so much to offer. You can meet Thoroughbred legends at the Hall of Champions, see interesting breeds at the Breeds Barn Show, or head out for a walking barn tour to meet the Park’s police horses, see the blacksmith facility, and explore a Kids’ Barn filled with stories and activities perfect for young visitors.

Visit the Kentucky Horse Park’s museums for a comprehensive look at horse history and culture around the world — there’s nothing else like it! Celebrate history’s greatest horses at the memorials and statues located around the park. Or take a horseback riding tour of the grounds to capture the true essence of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Helping preserve our horse-drawn heritage for over 50 years.