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Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition Begins

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Rochester: Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition Begins
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The countryside of Pittsford looks more like a setting dating back to the 19th century as the 42nd Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition gets underway.

The five day competition has drivers, horses and carriages navigating the terrain on the farm at Walnut Hill. Organizers say the event is about the pageantry and beauty of the horse, driver and carriage, and recaptures the spirit of the 1890's.

The Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition includes more than 250 competitors from 20 states, Canada and Europe.

The drivers ship, drive and haul their unique, often one-of-a-kind carriages, pony carts and huge road coaches with all the polished brass and silver harnesses to Walnut Hill Farm to
show off in the five day contest that has them showing their skills in classical driving, cross-country obstacles and also in the ring for the pleasure driving classes.

They are judged on turnout or performance of the horse and reinsmanship; how well the driver negotiates the course.

"My mom was an avid horse woman and my dad being a history teacher for a number of years, the two of them decided to put this together and come out and purchase a farm and start this from carriages, carriage driving which was a transportation way back when," said Tricia Temley-White from Walnut Hill. "And then it just became a hobby for them and they decided to start this little show which was a one day drive through Mendon Ponds Park and it just excelled from there."

Performances are daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walnut Hill located at 397 West Bloomfield Road in Pittsford, south of the village off of Route 64.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Parking is free. The competition continues through Sunday and ends with the Parade of Champions.

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