Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition - 46th Anniversary
AgesAll Ages Adults without kids
A little oasis just south of Pittsford Village transforms into a Victorian country fair from August 9-13 as Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition celebrates its 46th anniversary.
For the schedule of events for Spectators, Click Here.
As the country’s largest pleasure driving competition, Walnut Hill attracts hundreds of competitors from throughout North America to compete in wide-ranging divisions and classes that number more than 100, while spectators come to enjoy a slice of late 19th century horsepower and sporting tradition.
Spectators get up-close viewing of the competition in the Walnut Hill oval and can choose a spot to view some of the exciting cross-country events mimicking what a horse and carriage would have to negotiate in an earlier time. Competitive divisions include traditional Turnout, Reinsmanship, Cross-Country, and Obstacle Driving with vehicles ranging from single pony carts to the breathtaking formality of road coaches with multiple horses and passengers. Every driver, passenger and even the horses are “turned-out” to complement the style and colors of the vehicles.
This family-friendly venue has multi-age competitors; this year's youngest is eight years-old. Every day there are special demonstrations and presentations which are always fun to watch.” These include:
- Demonstrations by Bee Tree Trail with their matched Percheron horses, including the rare five-horse pentadom (“suicide”) hitch
- Antique Steam Fire Engine Pumper from Friendship, NY Fire Department
- Kids Corral - Children’s activities and photo opportunities on an actual carriage
- Wegmans Ascot Picnic Night (Friday evening during Costume Classes)
- Five-mile Presentation Pleasure Drive through Mendon Ponds Park (Sunday morning)
- Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums (Sunday at 11:30 am)
- Food and boutiques
- Carriage Museum
- English Gardens
- Walnut Hill Hall of Fame
Tickets are available at the event for $12/day. Daily and multi-day patron passes—with patron tent access—are also available. Parking is free.