Coming to the CAA Carriage Festival?

Demarest Hunting Break owned by Dale DeHaan

The 2017 CAA Carriage Classic is free and open to the public (there is a small parking fee to the KYHP). Our class line-up includes new classes like the Coach Quick Change and Double Jeopardy. We will once again have speakers on each day of the show, the concept was very well received last year and we hope you enjoy this year’s topics.

2017 CAA Carriage Festival • Schedule of Events
Thursday June 29th
1:00 pm Show office open to pick up packets (Alltech Arena behind warm up ring)
4:00 pm Talk: “What the Judge is Looking For” – Karen Homer Brown (Barn 22)
4:45 pm Driver’s Meeting (Barn 22)
5:00-7:00 pm Alltech Indoor Arena open for schooling

Friday June 30th

8:30 am Pleasure Driving show classes begin
8:30 am Vendors open (Alltech Arena Concourse)
11:30 am Carriage Showcase competition judging begins
11:30 am Talk: “Grooming & Preparing Horses for Driving” (including showing, braiding, conditioning and training for driving) – Gloria Austin (Barn 24)
5:00 pm Vendors close
5:00 pm World Coaching Club Drive (arrive at CAA Building around 5:45 pm)
5:00-7:00 pm CAA ‘Open House’ (with refreshments) – CAA Building

Saturday July 1st
8:30 am Pleasure Driving show classes begin
8:30 am Vendors open (Alltech Arena Concourse)
10:00 am Talk: “What the Judge is Looking For” – Karen Homer Brown (Alltech Concourse)
11:00 am Talk: “Carriage Touch Up & Repair” – Jerry Rider (Alltech Concourse)
12:15 pm Carriage Showcase Commentary & Awards (Alltech Concourse)
3:00 pm Talk: “Harness” – David Freedman (Alltech Concourse)
5:30 pm Judging Coach and Park appointments: Evening Turnout Entries (By stalls)
7:00 pm Evening session of the Pleasure Driving Show begins
9:00 pm Vendors close
end of show “After Glow Party” – stabling area (everyone participate with potluck food/drinks)

Sunday July 2nd
9:00 am Festival Presentation Pleasure Drive
11:30 am Presentation Drive ribbons and Championship awards (CAA Building)

Special Opportunity! Your chance to drive a four!
Sign-Up for a rein board lesson on traditional rein handling with Gloria Austin (with the person judged best at using four reins in the ‘British Coachman style’ winning a chance to drive Gloria’s four-in-hand!)

If you are bringing a horse but are not taking part in the show the registration form, along with the vendor form and Carriage Showcase form are all available here – Registration Forms


We are very excited to be returning to Sweden in 2017! This is a great trip filled with carriages, princess cake, and museums. Our journey begins August 24th and ends September 1st. Enjoy a sampling of the itinerary –

Friday, August 25:
Breakfast in our hotel. Vist to Livrustkammaren (The Royal Armoury) with lunch in Old Town and a tour of the Royal Palace and Treasury. Light supper in our hotel.

Saturday, August 26:
Breakfast in our hotel. Bus trip to Skultuna and a visit to the spectacular private carriage collection of Sven Ek. Following lunch we will visit the Sala silver mine. Light supper in our hotel.

Sunday, August 27:
Breakfast in our hotel. Bus to Sparreholm Castle and Horse Center to view the Lusitano horses and carriage & car museums. Following lunch we will visit the Ericsberg Castle plus tour the carriage museum, baroque chapel and gardens. Light supper in our hotel.

Monday, August 28:
Breakfast in our hotel. Tour of Stockholm City Hall; boat trip to Drottningholm Palace (UNESCO World Heritage site and Residence to the Royal Family) with lunch on board; tour the palace and theatre plus a visit to a private carriage collection. Buffet dinner.

Tuesday, August 29:
Breakfast in our hotel. Guided private tour of The Royal Mews in Stockholm. The rest of day free for your own activities. Light supper at hotel.

Looking for the full schedule? It is available here – 2017 Sweden trip

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