Date(s) - 08/05/2015 - 08/09/2015
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Walnut Hill Farm
Walnut Hill Farm in Pittsford, NY, provides a majestic country setting to experience the elegance and skill of the 19th-century horse and carriage. Now celebrating its 44th year, Walnut Hill Driving Competition (397 West Bloomfield Road, Pittsford) transforms the area just south of Pittsford Village into a country fair, attracting thousands of spectators to enjoy close to 100 various competition classes from simple single pony carts and American miniature horses to the splendor of formal road coaches. As the world’s largest carriage competition of its kind, this year’s more than 100 competitors hail from 15 states as well as from Ontario and Quebec, Canada, all in celebration of the contributions of horse and carriage to America’s history.
All the classes represent actual driving skills necessary to negotiate travel of the time. An official panel from Oklahoma, Vermont, and North Carolina will judge classes in Turnout; Reinsmanship; Cross-country Obstacle; Progressive Obstacle; Fault & Out Obstacle; Scurry Obstacle; Presentation Pleasure Drive; Concours d’Elegance; and Coaching. No technical knowledge of carriage driving is necessary to enjoy the event!
Special performances, demonstrations, and other opportunities include:
- The Morrisville College Belgian Six-Horse Hitch
- The all-female Western New York Polo Club
- A Country Western Barbecue for competitor meet-and-greet (Wednesday evening)
- Wegmans Ascot Picnic Night (Friday evening, during Carriage Dog and Costume Classes)
- Presentation Pleasure Drive through Mendon Ponds Park (Sunday morning)
- Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums (Sunday)
- Food and boutiques
- Carriage Museum
- English Gardens
- Walnut Hill Hall of Fame
Admission is $10/person/day and $5/children under 12. Daily and multi-day patron passes—with patron tent access—are also available. All tickets can be purchased at the event, and parking is free. Visitors are encouraged to check out www.walnuthillfarm.org for the complete schedule, or call (585) 746-1080.
Join this public celebration of the horse and carriage from August 5-9, 2015 and enjoy the boutiques, refreshments, and special guest attractions.