(Photos by Lisa Cenis and Sue Brennan)

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.

Orleton Farm Driving Show:
August 12 – 15, 2021

2021 Show Prize List Available 2021 Prize List

Hello Everyone,

Our last club meeting was well-attended and productive on Wednesday, July 21 at Orleton Farm with everyone enjoying some tasty treats and conversation. The meeting gave us a chance to firm up last-minute details for the Orleton Driving Show and also make our plans for CCDS events for the remainder of 2021.

Count down to the show is on! The final plans are in place. Our show has become one of the best with its 4-day format offering a division for everyone offering the combined test on Thursday and Friday and the pleasure show on Saturday and Sunday with Carl’s Car Cruise on Sunday.

We have rounded up the usual suspects for volunteer work. For anyone else who has not volunteered in the past, there is no better way to see the gorgeous Orleton Farm than to join in the show experience. Looking for a few more hands to spot obstacles on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (August 13-15). Please reach out to Laurie Danaher at LBDanaher@yahoo.com if you have a few free hours and would like to see some amazing horses in action–food and some CCDS swag included 😁

Since our Orleton Picnic Drive was so well-attended and such a hit with both CCDS and SDA members, we have decided to host another one before summer ends. We have scheduled our next drive for Saturday, August 28. We will keep the obstacles in place from the show. This will give anyone who maybe did not show yet another chance to enjoy the farm and all it has to offer for drivers. For those who come and did exhibit at the show, you will have a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills building on what you just learned from your show experience.

If you plan to ride or drive on the farm, please be sure to sign and bring along the attached waiver. Waiver of Liability

Harvey Waller/Laurie Danaher

Please send any news you may have for the newsletter (new members to the family, photos from events, want ads) to Jen Wilcox at: jen.wilcox@verizon.net or Harvey at: hwaller562@aol.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.