CAA Driver Proficiency Evaluations


We’re very pleased to announce that CAA Driver Proficiency Evaluations for Level 1 & Road Test and Level 2 (except driving the unfamiliar horse) will be offered at The National Drive, October 5 & 6, at the Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburgh, Indiana.

How to participate:

1) Review the appropriate Proficiency level requirements – booklets available at www.CAAonline.com
2) Fill out the application and mail to the CAA with payment (Applications are available in your booklet or here)
3) Fill out application for stalls, etc. for the National Drive and return to the National Drive
4) Receive an email from the CAA confirming time and place of evaluation
5) Complete the evaluation!

The CAA will also have a booth at The National Drive on Friday and Saturday.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to travel to Argentina & Uruguay with the CAA

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit an amazing collection of privately owned estancias, horses, carriages, and appointments as we tour Argentina and Uruguay.

The trip includes:
Twelve nights’ accommodations
Transfers to/from the airport by private car
Breakfast each morning in our hotels
Use of private air-conditioned motorcoach
English-speaking guide throughout the trip
All tours and visits – estancias, museums, the Gaucho Festival, etc.
Hydrofoil to/from Buenos Aires to Montevideo
Visits to beautiful, privately owned estates to see stunning carriage collections and horses
Warm hospitality, plus delicious food and wine
Taxes, portage, and gratuities

Registration forms are available here.

Meet a Museum

This casual, fun weekend full of museum tours starts in South Bend, Indiana, home of the Studebaker Museum. This tour is open to CAA members but space is limited! Museums include:
– the Studebaker Museum
– the Kruse Car Museum (featuring Carl Casper’s car & carriage collection)
– the Early Ford Museum (walking distance from the Kruse)
– the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, IN
– the National Automobile & Truck Museum (walking distance from Cord)

When booking your room please use the Group Code: CAA.

Meet a Museum registration forms are available here.
Purchase online by clicking here.

The CAA’s Brewster Drawing Project

Throughout the Carriage Association of America’s existence we have worked to preserve the history of carriages and carriage driving. Our archives include over 500 carriage maker catalogs and thousands of prints. One of our most important projects has been preserving the Brewster & Co. records. Arguably the most complete set of American coachbuilder records, the CAA has
been proud to make over 8,000 Brewster spec and sales records available to our members.

We now have an exciting and unique opportunity to partner with the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an important Brewster carriage research project – digitizing the carriage drawings.

The Met has nearly 2200 original Brewster carriage drawings that you can help make public

The drawings do require special photographing. They are a combination of graphite, pen and ink, watercolor and gouache, in some cases gum arabic and metallic ink were also used. The drawings are on a variety of different paper types and vary greatly in size. The cost of this special photography [$36,000] is the amount that the CAA has been asked to contribute to the cause. Combined with the Brewster records that the CAA currently possesses, this would be a significant preservation effort. The CAA will be able to link our website (CAAOnline.com) to The Met’s website (metmuseum.org) to allow carriage researchers to view, print and use these images. The Met’s Brewster drawings would be available free to the public as well as researchers and historians.

We have an amazing opportunity to make this happen in 2017 if the CAA can raise $36,000 by September 5th.

If you would like to contribute to this wonderful chance to preserve a piece of American carriage history please contact either myself (gigwhip@att.net) or Jill Ryder (caa_jill@windstream.net) with your pledge to the CAA. Jill and I are available to answer any questions you might have. You can also use the donation button below.

Jerry Rider
Carriage Association of America, President

Donate to the CAA’s Brewster Drawing Project!





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