20th Annual Driving Show at Orleton Farm, Stockbridge, Mass

The four day format for this event continues in 2018 including Combined Driving Test, Super Derby & Cross Country Pleasure Drive and Pleasure Driving Show
June 7, 8, 9, and 10 from 9:00 to 4:00 each day
Show Secretary: Ann Willey Phone: (518) 392-6583 Email:westgate@taconic.net

Important Show Update:

One month from today we will be enjoying the beautiful rolling hills, impeccably prepared driving rings, exciting obstacle courses, and memorable hospitality of Orleton Farm, Harvey and Mary Waller, and the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society in Stockbridge, Mass.  Make sure you are finalizing your plans to join us.  Remember pre-entries close May 18 if you want to get listed in the published show program, and perhaps more importantly, you want to avoid any late entry fees that may be incurred.

There are several updates.  Please note the error in the entry form.  Thursday is derby day and the Super Derby is intended to be driven as a three-phase event; dressage, cones and derby obstacles.  However, PLEASE NOTE: as of now there are slots open to allow whips to elect to drive a traditional combined test of dressage and cones (and skip the scary derby obstacles).  So you may want to add another day.  Friday is the planned traditional combined test and the pleasure country drive pace with the opportunity to drive the marathon type obstacles without a memory test, as all directions and gates are marked, or the pressure of timed individual obstacles.  Trot only.

Saturday and Sunday are two days of pleasure show classes with a division for everyone: multiples to VSE, novice whips, or maiden equines to the Old Guard and the Park Division.  We have added three special Pleasure Show awards.  The Edward B. Young, Jr. Sportsmanship Award will be granted
“In recognition of an individual who exemplifies the qualities of integrity and excellence in horsemanship and serves as an enthusiastic ambassador for the driving sport.”  The trophy is donated by Ray and Kelly Casella.  Mary Waller has donated special trophies for the “Best Gentleman Whip” and the “Best Ladies Whip” based on points earned in the classes of the Pleasure Show on Saturday and Sunday. We will also consider inserting a Costume Class immediately after lunch break on Sunday if there is sufficient exhibitor interest.

If you can’t get that entry in the mail, please send me an email alert to save your spot in the desired classes: westgate@taconic.net

All About The Show:

Welcome to Colonial Carriage & Driving Society’s 20th 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 20 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, in 2016 the event expanded to a four day event to further accommodate the increasing interest in this venue. We continue that format in 2018. There are classes and divisions for everyone. The first day offers the Super Derby for VSEs, ponies and horses. Friday offers the traditional Combined Test of dressage and cone classes. Friday will also offer an optional scored Cross Country Pleasure Drive and Super Drive for the exhibitor’s choosing to stay over from the Derby for the pleasure show, or exhibitors arriving early in preparation for the pleasure show but not necessarily interested in the Derby. The two-day pleasure driving show 2018 schedule will continue to offer the Utility Vehicle Division, a Park Division and a Picnic Class along with a popular American Heritage class and the Ride and Drive class. We have split the multiples to offer a Tandem Division and Unicorn/Four-in-Hand Division. These classes will bring variety and excitement to the event. 2018 will continue the Maiden Horse/Pony Division and the Trade and Commercial Vehicle Classes. As our show continues to grow, we are dedicated to make your experience the best possible. On Sunday the Gathering of Vintage of Automobiles will be on display.

We hope you enjoy your weekend at Orleton Farm and wish you all a safe and successful show.