18th Annual Driving Show at Orleton Farm, Stockbridge, Mass

Now expanded to a four-day event including Combined Driving Test, Super Derby & Cross Country Pleasure Drive and Pleasure Driving Show
June 9, 10, 11, and 12 from 9:00 to 4:00 each day

  • Admission:
  • Thursday, Friday free admission to public
  • Saturday, Sunday
    Adults: $10 per person
    Children under 12: $5 per child
    Children 5 and under: Free

Show Secretary: Ann Willey Phone: (518) 392-6583 Email:westgate@taconic.net

Welcome to Colonial Carriage & Driving Society’s 18th Annual Pleasure Driving Show. Colonial Carriage & Driving Society and Orleton Farm are proud to play a part in promoting the history and tradition of pleasure driving here in the Berkshire Hills. The Berkshires had great history in the gilded age with the large estates and wonderful carriage houses as the place to come and be seen driving your horse and carriage. Harvey and Mary make their home at Orleton Farm, which has been in Mary’s family since 1900 and has always been a horse facility. The grounds have become home to Colonial Carriage for its many events held here throughout the year: sleigh rallies, clinics, fun day, club meetings, and the pleasure show.
The show started 18 years ago at famous sculptor Daniel Chester French’s home, Chesterwood, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The show continued there for three years, with the number of exhibitors and spectators increasing each year. The need for more space prompted the show to move to Eden Hill, one of Stockbridge’s great estates. In 2006, with the desire to add more classes, the show expanded to a two-day show and moved to Orleton Farm. A third day was added in 2011, expanding the show with more classes and divisions for our exhibitors.
The Orleton Farm Pleasure Driving Show, Combined Test and Super Derby is a unique event, this year expanded to a four day event to further accommodate the increasing interest in this venue. There are classes and divisions for everyone. The first day offers the traditional Combined Test of dressage and cone classes. This year we have expanded the Super Derby and Derby Obstacle for VSEs, ponies and horses to a full day on Friday. Friday will also offer an optional scored Cross Country Pleasure Drive and Super Drive for the exhibitor’s choosing to stay over from the combined test for the pleasure show, or exhibitors arriving early in preparation for the pleasure show but not necessarily interested in the Derby. Derby Day is then followed by a two-day pleasure driving show. The 2016 schedule will continue to offer the Utility Vehicle Division, a Park Division and a Picnic Class along with a popular American Heritage class. We have added the Ride and Drive class to the lineup. We have also split the multiples to offer a Tandem Division and Unicorn/Four-in-Hand Division. These classes will bring variety and excitement to the event. As our show continues to grow, we are dedicated to make your experience the best possible. Carriage Racing will be demonstrated just after lunch on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday the Gathering of Vintage of Automobiles will be on display. In 2015 this event was one of very few pleasure driving shows that enjoyed a significant increase in number of entries. We look forward to repeating that experience in 2016. Come and have fun.