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Welcome to The Great Lakes Carriage Classic – 2024

Dear Exhibitors and Friends

We are thrilled to welcome you to the sixth annual Great Lakes Carriage Classic (GLCC), a three-day format that has something for everyone. Weather is never an issue at The Ancaster Fairgrounds, with indoor warm-up ring, show arena and stabling, giving the perfect opportunity to show your equines. Campsites and RV hookups are available with onsite food available throughout the show.

Friday is dedicated to Dressage and CDE Style Cones and the weekend days to Pleasure Classes. The first day will be run as a separate entity with points and an awards ceremony. NO points achieved in this portion of the show will be carried into the Pleasure section or used in determining trophy recipients. Throughout the show, a pleasure scoring format will be followed as per the published Pleasure guidelines. The divisions will remain unchanged with the Coach Assisted Division available to those who would like assistance in the show ring. Two Utility Divisions encourage participation in more utilitarian carriages. New in 2024 is a VSE High Point Trophy donated by Supreme Trophies of Ancaster.

Saturday is a favourite of all – The Carriage Parade – bringing a wide variety of vehicles into the arena with details of each turnout announced.

Sunday is an Equine Parade showcasing a variety of breeds in the sport

GLCC Social Events include the Friday night corn roast with an awards ceremony, Saturday night’s banquet and Sunday’s complementary box lunch with an awards presentation.

Officials in 2024 include Dressage/Cones Judge Minta Winn from Great Britain and Pleasure Judge David Remley from New York State. The TD is Dana Bright from Pennsylvania. The show committee extends gratitude to officials and volunteers for their input and dedication, and to the generous support of sponsors and donors – you all make this event possible!

See you July 26-28, 2024!

Personal regards, 
Jean McLean, GLCC Show Manager
Valerie Williams,
GLCC Show Secretary

Dear Exhibitors and Friends:

We are very pleased this year to welcome you to the fourth Great Lakes Carriage Classic (GLCC) Pleasure Driving Show.

This is a year of change for the event. The date has changed from late August to the “Civic Weekend”- July 30 to 31, 2022. This August long weekend will be the date for this show moving forward. By this change the show has avoided timing conflicts with other established shows.  The Ancaster Fairgrounds remains the event venue as a new and improved site with the construction of a 75,000 square foot building containing a 120 by 300-foot indoor show ring and 100 indoor stalls.  Camping, expanded RV hookups and washrooms with indoor showers are all available on site.

The objective for this show is to provide a diverse range of driving enthusiasts with a Canadian experience to show their equine partners and advance their driving skills. Welcoming to new through to experienced competitors this show offers something for everyone. Junior and para drivers are encouraged to participate in this and all TCCA shows. 

Public education will be one of the show focuses with commentary explaining the rules and features of the different classes. A carriage parade will highlight the different vehicles used in the sport.

In this year of 2022, The GLCC will be a two-day pleasure show and with sufficient interest, the CDE dressage and cones third day will be reinstated in 2023.

The GLCC judges are Francois Bergeron from Quebec and Nicole Cable from New York State, with Mary Cork from Ontario acting as TD.  Brian Errico returns as the announcer.

The classes within each division will include turnout, working, reinsmanship and now two cones’ classes. The same vehicle will be used for all five classes of a division. The divisions have expanded with the splitting of the utility division into utility horse and utility VSE/ pony.

Besides the divisional classes, competitors will have a choice from a wide variety of fun classes such as the ride and drive, costume and carriage dog. Youth will be introduced to driving in the red light/green light class.

The beginner division has changed into the coach assisted division with new rules for competitors in this division. The Audrey Bostwick Memorial Trophy will be presented for the first time to the top junior competitor at this year’s show. 

A ticketed sit-down dinner catered by Alice’s Restaurant will be held on Saturday evening and a box meal hosted by Tri-County Carriage Association will occur during the Awards Ceremony. Food will be available on site from early morning to late afternoon and a variety of vendors will be present.

All are welcome to attend as spectators at no charge. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate in and enjoy the show’s activities while gaining a better understanding of the historical sport of carriage driving.

As the Covid pandemic continues the show committee will remain up to date with national and provincial mandates and appropriate changes in protocols will be made as required.

TCCA expresses its appreciation to supporters for making the club’s events and this, the 2022 GLCC possible.

Sincerely.

Jean McLean, GLCC Show Manager

Objective

  • To provide a carriage driving show that welcomes both new and experienced competitors
  • To bring both sides of the border together to improve their driving skills, engage in competition and enjoy the company of fellow competitors
  • To further education about the sport of carriage driving
  • To offer support for junior and para drivers and encourage their participation

Who We Are

  • GLCC’s first year was 2017 in association with Tri-County Carriage Association and it has evolved to be a proprietorship beginning in 2023 and continues to be offered annually.
  • The classic was developed through the input of experience and knowledge of the pillars of carriage driving with Ed Young, Audrey Bostwick, PJ & Tara Crowley advisors
  • ADS recognition has been adopted to establish a show standard through chosen officials and administration

Dressage Times for the 2024 Great Lakes Carriage Classic

Training Test C 40X80M

Driver Equine
Michele Nufer
Romeo
Cathy Kelly
Willow
Leanne Hopkins
Sagemeadows Lucky Strike Karmadoro
Lynne Sproule
Windy Knoll Briar
Carol Cross
Make Amends
Karen Lamb
Sleepy Hollow Twinkletoes
Claire Rasmussen
Rollingwoods Bellini
Phoebe Waller-Sharp
Romeo and Mercutio
Diana Hildreth
Huckleberry Finn
Faith Kent
Proud Sirisu Ballentressa
Brian Robinson
Haldor GDH

Preliminary Test C - 40x80M

Driver Equine
Carolyn Aarup
Dakota Winds Favonius
Tricia Anselm
Chip
Laurie Bruder
Lynbrie Ronaldo
Alison Morton
Morton's Jaguar
Meagan Sorensen
Winding Oaks Fauna
Christine Bourne
Haesal
Kami Landy
Newlie
Terry Olmstead
THE Adore
Karin Van Wely
Witse
Klaas Steenbeek
Doutzen
Ken Armstrong
Griffen
Jon Steenbeek
Livero
Bob Hanenberg
Stonecroft Disco
GLCC OFFICIALS

2024 GLCC Officials

Araminta (Minta) Winn, GBR

Dressage/CDE Style Cones Judge
David Remley, NY
Pleasure Judge
Dana Bright, PA

Technical Delegate

Our Sponsors

~~ your generous support benefits the sport of carriage driving ~~

Our Vendors

~~ highlighting your business at The Great Lakes Carriage Classic ~~
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Our Sponsors

GOLD ($1000 plus)

Name Province/State Contacts
Eliza Walbridge
Pennsylvania
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Flower & Jim Leo
New York
-
Hawksview Farms
Ontario
IVC Carriage
Wisconsin
Premier Equine Services
Ontario
-
Kendalwood Farm
Pennsylvania

SILVER ($250 to $1000)

Name Province/State Contacts
Eastern Ontario Carriage Driving Association
Ontario
Eve Dexter
Ontario
-
Janet Zizian
Ontario
-
Mary Baillie
Ontario
-
Ontario Carriage Driving Association
Ontario
Steenbeek Friesians
Ontario

BRONZE ( $75 TO $250 )

Name Province/State Contacts
Aldercroft Carriage Driving Apparel
Ontario
Michael Rider
Wisconsin
Phoebe Waller Sharp (Carnaby Estate Sales)
New York
Willow Creek Greenhouses
Ontario

FRIENDS OF GLCC (less than $75 )

Name Province/State Contacts
Laurie Bruder
Ontario
-
Vicki Dickson
Ontario
-

VENDOR SUPPORT

Name Province/State Province/State
Champion Charms
Ontario
McLean Jewelry Creations
Indiana
-
Eberglo Nature's Wave
Ontario
Facebook
Equine Customs Designs
Ontario
Harmonized Health
Ontario
Kismit Art Studio
Ontario
Pawfection Sketches
Ontario
Earth & Spirit Creations
Ontario
Saddlesoap & Silks
Ontario

Our Vendors 

2024 Vendors

Name Province/State Contacts Products/ Services
Karen Bayne
-
socks,scarves,wallets & other accessories
Debbie Berry
-
holiday, all occasion wreaths & garden décor
Andres Marino Bosch
-
non alcholic beverages & mixers
Debra Carson
-
artist (painter)
Mary Pat Fuchs
-
-
artist (painter)
Ruth/Charles MacLean
-
felted designs, books, wooden creations
Ibrahim Maina
-
mugs, tumblers, croc charms
Isabel Miller
-
liquid vitamin & mineral supplements for horses, poultry, swine, pets
Teresa Mott
-
simple, multipurpose soap options
Susana Nelson
-
pet portraits on stone, canvas, paper, tumblers
Carole Partridge
-
heating/cooling bags
German Sanchez
-
Panama hats
Sue Tangi
-
high end fashion jewellery

2023 Vendors

Name Province/State Contacts Products/ Services
Champion Charms
Ontario
custom equestrian equipment, stock pins, saddle pad fasteners, charms,hair accessories, braiding wax
McLean Jewelry Creations
Indiana
-
beaded necklaces and earrings
Eberglo Nature's Wave
Ontario
Facebook
liquid vitamin and mineral supplements for horses, poultry, swine, pets
Equine Customs Designs
Ontario
saddle/stirrup/helmet covers, boot savers, bit warmers, spur bags
Harmonized Health
Ontario
equine rehabilitation services
Kismit Art Studio
Ontario
pet portraits on stone, canvas & paper
Pawfection Sketches
Ontario
graphite and pastel sketches at affordable prices
Earth & Spirit Creations
Ontario
youth and adult books, art work and felted designs
Saddlesoap & Silks
Ontario
Equestrian Lifestyle mobile boutique with fashion, apparel, home décor, beauty and wellness