Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on August 3.
Come see horses of every size, shape, and color hitched to elegant carts and carriages as they compete for division championships at the Wade House on August 18 and August 19!
“We are excited to bring this event to Wade House,” stated Susie Koos Acker, the event’s coordinator. “The Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum holds the largest and most diverse collection of horse-drawn vehicles in Wisconsin. There’s no better place to bring horses from around the Midwest to celebrate the art and science of horse driving.”
A historic stagecoach stop between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, the Wade House was a welcome respite to weary travelers. Now, this Wisconsin Historical Society site will once again be host to horses and carriages much like it was in the 1850s. Ladies wearing elegant hats and gentlemen in dapper boaters will drive their horses in a series of competitive classes designed to test the skills of the drivers and the athleticism of the horses. The devil is in the details of this equestrian competition, as drivers try to impress the expert American Driving Society certified judges to win the coveted blue ribbon.
Spectators will be able to take a horse-drawn wagon ride from the Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, over to the competition ring where they will enjoy watching many different breeds of horses hitched to all types of carriages; antiques, reproductions and modern vehicles will be shown. Visitors can sit right next to the ring and watch the action up close, feeling the footfalls of the horses as they steam around the ring showing off their different gaits at the subtle command of their drivers.
Date: August 18-19
Time: Saturday, August 18: 8AM-4PM & Sunday, August 19: 8AM-3PM
Location: Wade House Historic Site, Greenbush
Admission adults - $14; students/seniors - $12; children (5 – 17 years) - $7; Children under 5 – FREE; Family (2 adults & children through age 17) - $38. Wisconsin Historical Society members receive complimentary admission.
Admission to the carriage competition will also include admission to all Wade House Historic Site has to offer that weekend. For more information about this event visit wadehouse.org.