On Saturday October 29, the CVDC has been invited to  view Mr. Robert Scarpa’s  wonderful collection of pony vehicles.  Bob lives at  896 Coleman Road, Cheshire, CT.  Plan to arrive at Bob’s around 1PM.

I (Randy) was able to see these carriages many years ago and was very impressed with their variety and quality. They were beautiful!! Bob told me that he acquired each carriage privately and I am sure that there are interesting stories attached to every one of them.  This should be a fun time not to be missed! If you think that you are coming, please let me know so I can tell Bob how many of us to expect.  (We may be  joined by members of the Litchfield Hills Driving Club.) If you would like to carpool also contact me,  Randy Sabatino – or 860-873-389.

Also, Dick and Nancy Mangino have invited any interested people on the tour to gather at their home afterward to socialize and enjoy some dessert. Their place is just three miles away @ 357 So. Brooksvale Rd., also in Cheshire. If you plan on going there after the tour, please be sure to contact Dick or Nancy at 203-272-5257 or



Photos of recent events and of club members “out and about” will be posted soon. Stay tuned!


The CT Valley Driving Club will be holding a DRIVING DERBY on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Mitchell Farm located at 300 East Haddam Road (Rte 82) in Salem, CT. The gate opens at 8am; Drivers meeting at 9am; Course walk at 10am; First Entrant at 11am. Our Judge and Advisor is Jeff Morse. We will be using ADS Rules as a guide for this first Derby. The Entry Fee is $50 with a portion going to Mitchell Farm as a donation.

Click here for entry form.

Some history: Since we decided to suspend the Horse Driving Trials that we had held in June for the last 10 years or so, we have been looking for other ways of engaging our members and other drivers in new and educational activities. One of the things that we did was to start holding a Scurry in the fall. This has been well attended. Recently several of our members took part in a Driving Derby. Like the Scurry, a Driving Derby is less formal than an HDT or CDE. Unlike the Scurry, there are two obstacles to negotiate as well as several cones. See the ADS rulebook for more information (click here, search for "derby").

What is a Driving Derby: Briefly a Derby is a timed competition through cones and obstacles. The course generally starts with a few cones to navigate; then an obstacle; a few more cones, another obstacle, and ending with several more cones. It can be done indoors or outdoors. One of our members described it as a Horse Driving Trial without the Dressage section. It is also different from an HDT in that there is not a marathon section. Also, as an educational piece, competitors can run the course more than once. This gives the competitor a chance to learn from the first run and apply this new knowledge to the second run.

We expect this to be a fun new event and look forward to seeing you there. Please contact Marguerite Hayber at with any questions and to enter.

Photos of Events

Click here to view pictures taken by Sandy of Baskwood Photos, who happened to come along to the July Fun Day/Scurry with one of our members, and returned for our club drive at Lord Creek in October.

Plus: take a peek at just some of the lovely photos taken by Lisa Cenis of Shoot That Horse during our annual Horse Driving Trial.

Have a look at how much fun we had, and please support our photographer friends by purchasing some pictures to share.