36th Lorenzo Driving Competition to be held July 21, 22 in Cazenovia

— The Lorenzo Driving Competition, a summer time Cazenovia tradition always held on the third weekend in July, will take place for the 36th time on July 21 and 22.

While the show format has changed over the years, important constants have remained: beautiful horses, immaculate carriages and smartly-attired drivers all on the elegant grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site which overlooks beautiful Cazenovia Lake.

This event is truly a family affair. Free parking and no admission fee make attendance easy on the wallet.

Activities included with the two-day show are geared to entertain the young and the young at heart. Spectators can observe competitors from across the country, stroll through Market Lane, pet the miniature horses from Cazenovia College and Hannay Farms of Cazenovia, make a craft at the Kids’ Korral and bid on silent auction items that will benefit the Root Farm, a Center for Equine Assisted Therapies, located in Verona.

The Kateland Farms Miniature Horse Drill team, always a popular draw to the show, will perform on Saturday during the lunch break. And back for a second year, the Root Farm Vaulting Team will perform on both days, also during the lunch break.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Lorenzo State Historic Site mansion, the original home of John Lincklaen, founder of Cazenovia (a small fee will be charged). In addition, spectators can stroll the through the lovely gardens found throughout the site and view the Lorenzo carriage collection from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The show begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 with the popular five-mile marathon; ring classes are scheduled to begin at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday. Sunday classes will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude with the awards presentations in the afternoon.

The evening events associated with the Lorenzo Driving Competition are open to the public.

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