Welcome to the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society’s web site. This site is intended to give up-to-date information about our club meetings and special events. The Society welcomes everyone to join the club, whether you drive carriage horses or just have an interest in the history and traditions of carriage driving. Open meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass. Some meetings feature an informational speaker as well as the normal business.
Annual Meeting Recap:
Our Annual Meeting and banquet was held at the Morgan House on February 24.
After a bountiful buffet dinner, Harvey welcomed everyone with a recap of an eventful 2017 for Colonial Carriage followed by a preview of coming attractions for 2018.
After opening remarks, Harvey presented the slate of nominations for Colonial Carriage officers and directors to the floor for a vote from members. All nominations were unanimously voted in by the members present. See the sidebar to review the list of officers which is unchanged from 2017.
Harvey spoke about the exciting events we have planned for 2018. We are especially proud of our annual driving show which will celebrate its 20th year this June. Harvey shared that our format of 2 days combined test and two days pleasure driving show is being copied throughout the United States. The calendar of events is listed here and we are always seeking ways to improve our events.
The New Business agenda item included the presentation of the Sam Greenfield Memorial Award for Outstanding Service. This award goes to recognize a volunteer or volunteers who demonstrated significant contributions of service and time to our club events during the previous year. This year’s award was presented to Glenn and Eileen van Oort. So many congratulations to them!
Wednesday, March 21 6:30 PM will be our next club meeting which will be pot luck and Jeff Morse will be our special speaker for the evening.
Saturday, April 21 THE SPRING SEMINAR: Everything you always wanted to know about carriage driving at all levels.
We are pleased to have Tristan and Dee Aldrich as our Seminar clinicians. Tristan, head coachman, and Dee, stable manager for Sascha Rockefeller in Sleepy Hollow, NY, together have an extensive background in coaching and pleasure driving competitions as well as combined driving. Tristan got his start with John Parker, Swingletree Stables, at the Royal News in London as well as with George “Frolic” Weymouth in Chadds Ford, PA. Dee is an equine sports massage therapist and is known for her award winning turnouts in the pleasure ring. She has spent many years traveling nationally and internationally with a FEI 4 in hand. Registration Form
Please send any news you may have for the newsletter (new members to the family, photos from events, want ads) to Jen Wilcox at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Harvey at: email@example.com.
Please check “Listing of Events” on this site for details on other upcoming events. The Society hosts a variety of events, such as driving clinics, informal drives, the Orleton Farm Pleasure Driving Show, Winter Classic Sleigh Rally, Lenox Tub Parade, and Summer Fun Day. Fun Day was created as an opportunity for recreational drivers, as well as seasoned whips, to experience games and friendly competition. The members enjoy the social aspect the Society brings to each meeting and special event, where friends get together to have fun, drive their horses, and to learn more about carriage driving.
The Colonial Carriage and Driving Society was officially formed on January 15, 1989. Twenty-five years later, the club continues to grow and offer many exciting activities. Come to our events or join our club and enjoy the history and tradition of carriage driving.