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Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition - 46th Anniversary


Walnut Hill Farm


397 West Bloomfield Road
Pittsford, NY, 14534
United States


The event has already taken a place at this date: 
8 am - 5 pm; Friday 8 am - 9 pm


All Ages Adults without kids
Contact name: 
Patricia Remley
Step back into 19th-c elegance & sporting tradition of horse & carriage right here in Pittsford, NY. Watch 200+ competitors vie for top prizes with small pony carts to formal coaches. Kids activities & daily presentations & demonstrations.

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 countrys 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 - Childrens 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

Spectators are also free to visit the on-ground stables to watch horses being bathed and groomed, and carriages and harnesses cleaned and polished.

 Tickets are available at the event for $12/day. Daily and multi-day patron passeswith patron tent accessare also available. Parking is free.


Events begin at approximately 8 am until 5 pm with a lunch break. On Friday evening, spectators are invited to bring a picnic and dress up for Ascot Picnic Night beginning at 5:30 pm. Sunday’s Presentation Drive through Mendon Ponds Park begins at 9 am, and spectators may watch along the route.