Perhaps my favorite exhibit at last weekend's Rocky Mountain Horse Expo was the carriage display sponsored by the Colorado Driving Society.
|Meadowbrook Pony Cart|
A wide variety of carts and carriages were parked inside the exhibit hall,
|Jerald Pleasure Cart for Minis|
each with photos...
|Jerald Cart in use|
|Easy Entry Cart|
|Easy Entry Cart documentation|
so I found this exhibit to be extremely educational.
I now know that a Gig is a lightweight, two wheeled carriage that can be pulled by either a single horse or a tandem pair. This was a very popular vehicle back in the day, as its height offered the driver a good view of both the horse and the road ahead. Today, Gigs are used for all types of formal driving, including Show Pleasure and Dressage.
This is a Plantation Phaeton. It's a luxury vehicle designed to be pulled by a single horse or pair.
|detail of the Phaeton's lamp|
Kudos to the Colorado Driving Society for sponsoring this most informative and interesting display. I really enjoyed viewing the carriages and look forward to seeing them again at next year's Expo!