Fall Festival of Driving, Sept 12-14, 2014
Our Third Annual
Fall Festival of Driving
Friday – Sunday, September 12 – 14, 2014
Join us for a driving-filled weekend of friendly competition, great meals, and the wonderful camaraderie of carriage driving enthusiasts amid the beauty of Touchstone Farm in September. Activities will occur in the rings on high-quality footing, in open fields, and on quiet dirt and paved roads around our farm.
Our weekend schedule is packed with two days of events for Novice, Junior, and higher-level drivers. ADS members and non-members are most welcome!
Saturday afternoon offers a set of games that test and build your driving skills in the ring, followed by The Great Safari pleasure drive.
Susan Koso has cooked up some dastardly games for us. They're not contests, but you'll want your best driving chops when you play along. Here's a sampling:
- Make the Word: Drivers drive to the letters in the dressage ring to spell a word that the spectators must guess.
- Jack and Jill: You, your navigator, a cup of water, and a line of cones.
- Dum-Dum Dressage: You'll find out.
- Speedometer: "I can drive those cones in 60 seconds, Bob."
The Great Safari drive is indeed a quest. You can expect a drive of about 3-5 miles on groomed trails through a wildlife preserve with vistas to the mountains. You'll be on the lookout for animals corresponding to a series of clues. Find all the animals and match them with the clues.
Please note: The route is somewhat hilly, and breechings are required. VSEs may have alternate routes. Participants will go individually or with a companion (i.e., not in a parade). All drivers must wear helmets, carry a whip, and have a companion on the carriage or driving with them.
Sunday is an ADS-sanctioned horse driving trial consisting of a cones course, dressage test, and 6.5 - 8 km marathon with five obstacles.
Friday, Sept 12
10:00 Stabling Opens
2:00 Secretary's Booth Opens
2:00 Lodge Opens for Overnight Guests
6:30 Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception (open to all)
7:30 Dinner for Guests of Lodge
Saturday, Sept 13
12:00 Games in the Rings & Great Safari Pleasure Drive
4:30 Briefing for Sunday's HDT and Trip Around Course
Sunday, Sept 14
9:30 Cones Course
1:30 Marathon (6.5 - 8 km, with five obstacles)
Awards Following Marathon
Judge: Mickie Bowen
President of the Jury: Mickie Bowen
Ground Jury: Susan Koso
Technical Delegate: Terry Bruno
Course Designers: Holly Pulsifer and Tom McIntire
Tent stabling onsite in our large indoor arena. We have ample room for vehicle storage under cover and a ramp on site for ease of loading and unloading vehicles. Bring your own hay, grain and shavings.
A negative Coggins within one year of show date is required and will be checked upon arrival.
Saturday Entry Fees
$65 for the day for all participants (includes $5 ADS competition support fee)
$5 post entry fee
Download the ADS PD Entry Form (PDF).***
Sunday Entry Fees
$135 for ADS members, 3 events
$105 for ADS members, Combined Test only
$105 for ADS Junior drivers
$165 for non-ADS members
Download the ADS CDE Entry Form (PDF).***
***NOTE: The Touchstone Farm registration form (PDF) is also required. Please include it with your ADS form(s) when you send your registration. Thanks!
Stall Fee $100 for the weekend, or $50 for Saturday night only
$50 deposit required by September 2
Friday Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception - free
Saturday Dinner $25 per person
Meals are included for overnight guests of Stepping Stone Lodge or by arrangement with lodge staff.
Overnight Accommodations at Stepping Stone Lodge
$125 per person per night
$115 pp/night for 3 or more people per room
- Saturday night stay includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch
- Friday night stay includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch
Please see the registration form for recommended inns and B&Bs in the area.
Please download and complete the Fall Festival of Driving Registration Form (PDF) for our event fees, plus meals, accommodations, and stabling. You will need to submit your ADS entry forms and payments (payable to Touchstone Farm) with your Touchstone registration form.
You can pay by check, provide your credit card information on your registration form, or pay online. (A 4% processing fee will be added to all credit card transactions.)
Please mail completed forms to:
13 Pony Farm Lane
Temple, NH 03084
The registration deadline is Tuesday, September 2, 2014.