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If you're in Europe now, or will be there later in May, you may want to check out these two beautiful carriage-driving events. . First, THIS weekend ... Seville, Spain, has now been declared the Carriage Capital of the World and will host numerous gorgeous turnouts over the course of three days this weekend. There will be a parade of carriages through the city on Friday afternoon, a CIAT competition (see below for more on how this type of event is arranged) on Saturday, and then the traditional carriage exhibition in the bullring on Sunday. If you're in the area, you won't want to miss this spectacle.
Then, at the end of May ... The eighteenth installment of the International Traditional Driving Competition in Cuts, France, will take place May 24-25, in the park of the Château and in the beautiful surrounding countryside. This well-known event attracts numerous competitors and more than 10,000 spectators each year.
The aim of the organizers of this friendly competition is to provide an enjoyable weekend for drivers from near and far, as well as a memorable show with a unique family atmosphere.
The public is very keen on this form of competition, which mixes tradition, beauty, and elegance with performance, as the turnouts must cover a sixteen-kilometer track on Sunday morning. The competition is open to drivers of horses, ponies, and heavy horses ... and sometimes even donkeys.
The competition consists of three phases. First is standing presentation on Saturday, May 24, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is followed on Sunday (May 25) by the cross-country portion -- the sixteen-kilometer track, incorporating five simple controlled "tests" -- in the morning and, in the afternoon, the cones competition.
Competitors from all over the world -- Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and Spain -- are planning to participate, bringing a wide variety of traditional and antique carriages. It is both living history and a unique carriage-driving show!
To learn more, visit the event's website.