Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Top Hats and (Horse) Tails

Coaching Weekend · Newport, RI · August 2012


















27 comments:

  1. Wow! I would love to know more about what looks like a beautiful tradition.

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  2. How cool!

    P.S you have a great camera! The pictures are excellent!

    TTYL

    Brooke

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  3. This is such a grand tradition! I heard it takes place every third year! How wonderful to see the Carriages with their whips and passengers all decked out!
    So lovely!

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  4. Love this...what a beautiful and elegant tradition..takes me back to such a civilized time! Beautiful pictures.

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  5. Such an elegant tradition - love all of the pomp and circumstance of the British and the attire is gorgeous!

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  6. I love everything about this; the craftsmanship of the carriage, the costumes, and of course the horses! I have had the pleasure of seeing a couple of these teams at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Gorgeous! Thanks for this:)

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  7. Beautiful animals, beautiful coaches. What an elegant event to see this must be.

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  8. LOVE these pictures!

    BIG Thank You for sharing!

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  9. What a fabulous event, Phyllis.
    The lady in red in image 9 looks truly stunning.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a lovely day,
    Lizx

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  10. Fabulous photos, Phyllis! You've captured everyone and everything beautifully. What a festive and lovely event.
    Cheers,
    Loi

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  11. I agree and have always thought that your pictures are incredibly beautiful! I would love to know your secret! This is so lovely….I wish I were there! Have a great week!

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  12. Wonderful images Phyllis. We occasionally come across coaching club events and meets when out and about. Great fun.

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  13. Stunning photos, those horses are amazing!

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  14. How gorgeous! The horses, the clothing and the carraiges! Great photos. I wish I could have seen this. Xoxo, K

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  15. Wow! This appears to be the making of a movie...I'd love to hear about this tradition and the surrounding festivities. So fun.
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Coaching Weekend is hosted every three years by The Preservation Society of Newport County. The carriages drive through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport's historic houses, celebrating and preserving the century-old sporting tradition. Approximately a dozen coaching teams come to Newport from around the country. I have seen it from every viewpoint - as a groom working on a coach when I was younger, as a passenger, and as a spectator - and I can tell you it never gets old. This year was particularly festive as I took my children, nieces and nephew to see different events over the course of the weekend.
      All best,
      Phyllis

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  16. though these photos were taken here in the states, they bring me back to my time spent in london and the elegance of their refined culture! thank you for sharing these wonderful photos! Hugs from California! xx,
    The Golden Girls

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  17. Great images....it almost makes you feel like you are in London.

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  18. Gorgeous and lush photos have captured this event oh so well!

    best,
    teaorwine

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  19. Wow, this is amazing Phyllis. Do they do this every year? Looks like the one that takes place at Winterthur and Frolic Weymouth's place. Controlling those horses is not something I could ever do, but so beautiful to see.
    Have a good week-end,
    b

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  20. Phyllis, I love this. I have seen contests like this at the annual Washington International Horse Show in DC. The teams, the carriages and the outfits are all sensational. They all have such attention to detail-its so beautiful! Thanks for taking us with you!
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  21. What a great way to celebrate summer! My grandfather was into driving when I was a little girl. A bit of an eccentric hobby but I still remember when he taught me to drive the little cart with a mini horse. I must have been only eight or so but it was very fun!

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  22. Wonderful pictures, all those beautiful horses and well dressed people, very classy!

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  23. Wonderful images, and so beautifully captured - I ADORE events like these!
    Best wishes,
    Paula xx

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  24. Cannot imagine pulling these carriages with beautifully dressed people.

    Horses would bolt, people/hats, would fly.

    XO T

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  25. I drove a pony cart way back when...and now I would love to passenger in rigs like these!

    How does "one" get an invitation to this wonderful tradition?

    Cheers!

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