Villa Louis Carriage Classic Sept. 9-11

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The annual Villa Louis Carriage Classic in Prairie du Chien brings elegance, a touch of class and something unique to southwest Wisconsin. (Courier Press file photo)

The 41st Villa Louis Carriage Classic is Sept. 9-11, on the grounds of the Wisconsin Historic Site in Prairie du Chien. Trucks and trailers will fill St. Feriole Island as over 100 competitors descend upon the grounds with their horses and carriages, hailing from 17 states.


“What we do, you can’t Google it to learn how to do it,” explained Gracie Ferries, one of the youngest drivers in the Classic.


The public is invited to the Villa Louis to learn more as spectators at the Carriage Classic. It’s one of the most beautiful and nostalgic events held in the area. Each ticket includes the chance to view all kinds of different horses—from miniature to draft—and a tour of the Villa Louis. Breakfast and lunch are available on the grounds.


There are multiple classes within the two adult and junior divisions of competition: Pair Horse Division and Single Horse Division. These classes include three ring classes: turnout (overall impression), reinsmanship (mostly judged on the driver) and working pleasure (mostly judged on horse performance); and three obstacle classes: cones (fastest time wins), cross country (cleanest run wins) and gambler’s choice (obstacles equal points and most points wins).


Ferries also recommends visitors respectfully walk through the stables, where the horses and their owners/riders can be found getting ready.


“It’s important to appreciate the time it takes to prepare, literally hundreds of hours of cleaning and polishing,” she said.

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