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Caz: Without a hitch

Horses, carriages and riders graced the lawn of the Lorenzo State Historic Site for the 32nd annual Lorenzo Driving Competition this weekend July 19 and 20. With occasional rain and intermittent cloudy and sunny skies, the weather was warm enough to enjoy the outdoors Cazenovia's annual equestrian event.

Along with the regular show, the Lorenzo Driving Competition show committee hosted a silent auction from which all proceeds will go to benefit From The Ground Up, a local equine therapeutic riding program.

"From The Ground Up is dedicated to helping each individual achieve the highest level of independence that he/she is safely capable of and translating that into other aspects of life," from the web site.

Numerous items, some equestrian in nature and many that appealed to the general public were offered at the silent auction. The home base for this therapeutic riding program is just west of Cazenovia in Jamesville, at the Windy Hill Stables. To learn more about From The Ground Up, consult their web site: FTGUhorses.org.

Spectators attending the Lorenzo Driving Competition saw horses and ponies of all sizes, in singles and pairs, hitched to carriages and performing ring and obstacle events. The ring events included working pleasure, reinsmanship, and turnout classes. Obstacle classes included courses with many types of obstacles that one might find in a country setting.

A favorite of most competitors was the Saturday morning marathon course that covers approximately five miles of trails. Run at a pleasure pace, the marathoners were judged for completing the course as close to a specified time, without knowledge of the course beforehand. The goal was to come as close as possible to the perfect pace. Footage of the marathon and other events can be found on the web site, cnylink.com.

One of the great traditions of the Lorenzo Driving Competition has been the popular commemorative posters. A different poster has been featured each of the 32 years of the competition, all with themes of horses and carriages. The 2008 poster was created by artist Rita Williams of Tully, who was on hand during the show.

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