Carriage-driving, a living showcase of Americana that blends the pageantry of carriages with the excitement of equestrian competition, returns to Morven Park June 14-16 with the 7th annual Carriage Show, Arena Driving Trial & Pleasure Drive. The show is free to spectators and provides guests an opportunity to step back in time and witness the competition. “Carriages bring an undeniable spirit and grace to the equestrian community, as it recaptures the essence of days gone by,” said Sheryl Williams, Morven Park’s Executive Director. “This show brings out so many local supporters, equestrians and non-equestrians alike, because it is a unique event the whole family can enjoy.”
Spectators have many opportunities to enjoy the competition, either ring side or seated on one of the Park’s grassy berms that overlook the show arenas. The Pleasure Drive on Sunday morning is a wonderful way to observe the majesty of horse and carriage as they stop in the shade of the oak trees in Morven Park’s historic gardens. Be sure to stay for the Carriage Dog division held on Sunday afternoon. The Morven Park Café, open until 3:00 p.m. daily, will be serving hot dogs, brisket, and the popular “Frickles” appetizer.
Visitors to the show are encouraged to pay a visit to the Winmill Carriage Museum, also located at Morven Park. It houses a Landaulet carriage, which is a coupe version of the Ascot Landau carriage made popular after its use in the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Additionally, the Carriage Museum is home to the miniature road coach designed for General Tom Thumb of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. For details about the 2019 Carriage Show, visit MorvenPark.org/Carriages. For museum hours and ticket information, visit MorvenPark.org/Tours.