CCC celebrates National Carriage Driving Month at FENCE this weekend

Published 1:53 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It is official! May is National Carriage Driving Month.

Thanks to the efforts of the Carriage Association of America, on July 22, 2008, the House of Representatives passed HR Resolution 1128 (1) expressing support for National Carriage Driving Month. The resolution supports the carriage association&39;s goals and ideals; and encourages supporters, historical organizations, and educational entities to observe the month and collaborate on efforts to further protect, preserve, and appreciate carriages as part of our Nation&squo;s history.

Carolina Carriage Club will host the grand finale for National Carriage Driving Month with 35 entries for the CCC Horse Driving Trials at FENCE May 23 & 24.

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Entries from Kentucky, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia include many breeds&bsp; American Quarter Horses, Shetland, Connemara, Hackney, Polish Driving and Welsh Ponies and crosses represent the ponies&bsp; less than 59&dquo; at the withers.

This also includes VSE&squo;s (Very Small Equines) boast two Four in Hand competitors, a Pair and several Singles.&bsp; That means there will more VSE&squo;s competing than any of the other breeds.

Belgians and Gypsy Vanners represent the Big Horses, but there are more Morgans than any other group (some are in the horse divisions, others in pony).

Competing for his second year, will be Dragonstone Bold Magic, a five year old 15 hand Sabino Bay Morgan gelding owned by Robert and Deborah Dickerson of Columbus. &bsp;

Deb, a former CCC President, will act as Whip for all phases of the competition with Bob assisting as navigator for the Marathon.

There will be plenty to see at FENCE both with Dressage and Cones Saturday May 23 and the Marathon on Sunday, May 24.

Spectators are more than welcome at no charge, with food and beverages available on Saturday at the Feeding Stall next to the pavilion.