Every year, in August, the Pittsford Carriage Association takes Walnut Hill Farm back to the late 19th century to host the Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition. For five days in August the farm transforms, to a time where the horse and carriage was the main source of transportation, and also represented social status.
I have attended this event the last couple of years. It is a wonderful opportunity to get some beautiful and unique photographs. The farm is decorated beautifully with thousands of flowers, which in itself is great for photographs. The carriages are restored pieces of art from early Americana, and are a must see! The outfits are truly remarkable and add to the authenticity of this event.
And, of course saving the best for last, the horses! They alone command attention and respect the minute they enter the ring. They will definitely give you reasons to keep your shutter clicking away. Once you start taking pictures of these majestic creatures, you won’t stop. Put the whole package together-flowers, carriage, outfit and horses, and you have yourself a brilliant afternoon full of tons of photo opportunities. And besides your photographs you will truly enjoy the afternoon at this unique international competition.
The event takes place Aug 14th-18th at 397 West Bloomfield Rd in Pittsford, NY. Walnut Hill is handicapped accessible (call ahead for a staffed golf cart to meet your car), provides ample free parking, and dog friendly. For full details and schedule of events please visit www.walnuthillfarm.org
– Rebecca Szuniewicz