Saturday, Sept 7 – Driving Derby at Mitchell Farm


To see this information as a pdf, click here: 2019-driving-derby-flyer


sulkyCT Valley’s Driving Derby competition consists of two or three rounds over a course consisting of pairs of cones and marathon-type obstacles in an arena. Each driver will be timed through a numbered course of obstacles/gates in the proper direction and in numerical order to the finish line. Total time determines placings and the lowest time wins.

We are offering both training level and preliminary level. Drivers may enter horses of any breed and size, from minis to drafts. $20 per entry, donated ot Mitchell Farm. Helmets & Coggins/rabies required. Groom required for all turnouts except single mini or single small pony. Gates open at 9 am, mandatory driver’s meeting at 9:30 am, first competitor on course at 10 am.

Contact Steve Mazeau at 860-399-2282 or Peter VonHalem at 860-889-6467 for information and to enter.

300 East Haddam Road (Rt. 82)
Salem, CT, USA 06420
Entry form here: 2019-driving-derby-entry

Sunday, July 14: Carriage Driving Horse Show at North Stonington Fair

Sun., July 14, 2019 9:00 Registration; 10:00 Start Timecvdc-nostonfair
North Stonington Agricultural Fair
21 Wyassup Road
North Stonington, Connecticut 06359

The North Stonington Agricultural Fair is sponsored by the North Stonington Community Grange and the North Stonington Volunteer Fire Department and is known for providing the finest in entertainment, food, and wholesome fun for the entire family.

For many years the Fair has included the Working Farm Draft Horse Show. This year the name has been changed to the Carriage Driving Horse Show and the format will include a variety of driving horses, draft horses, ponies and Very Small Equines (VSE). It will be organized by the Connecticut Valley Driving Club, whose mission is to preserve the tradition of driving horses and carriages. Please join us as we present the general public with a wide variety of driving turnouts and disciplines.


For more information contact: Peter Von Halem (860-889-6467) or Beth Holland (860-861-7031).

Class List – there will be a lunch break as appropriate, but in any case before Scurry and Cones to allow for set-up:

> Ladies to Drive – All
> Gentlemen to Drive – All
> Open to Drive (VSE and ponies)
> Open to Drive (horses / drafts)
> Open to Drive (pairs)
> Costume Class
> Scurry (VSE and ponies)
> Scurry (horses / drafts)
> Cones Course

>> Driver of the Day will be awarded.

Hard Hats are required for anyone on the carriage while driving any of the Scurry Classes or Cones Course. Drivers should be appropriately dressed. Slacks and shirts are preferable to t-shirts and cut-off jeans. Prize Money and Six Ribbons will be awarded for each class. Show management may combine, divide or eliminate classes as entries warrant. Proof of negative Coggins/Rabies shot required

For more information contact: Peter Von Halem (860-889-6467) or Beth Holland (860-861-7031).

What is a Scurry, anyway?

To view this as a pdf, click here: cvdc-scurry-explanation-2019-rev

Note that the diagram below is for example only, actual course may differ.


Photos of Events

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Some great pictures were taken by Sandy of Baskwood Photos a few years ago, who happened to tag along to our first July Fun Day/Scurry with one of our members, and returned for that October’s club drive at Lord Creek.

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

Have a look at how much fun we have, join us if you haven’t already, and please support our photographer friends by purchasing pictures to share.