The purpose of our Club is to have fun safely driving our horses and carriages in great places, and to learn more about the sport and traditions of carriage driving.
Members host drives throughout the spring, summer and fall months, which include drives on members’ farms, farms of friends, and some local parks. Members also participate in the Carriage Roundup, an annual invitation-only weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park, as well as The National Drive week, held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Members participate in the Lebanon Carriage Parade, Lebanon, Ohio, (the largest horse drawn carriage parade in the nation) and the Red Bricks and Roses Parade, Oxford, Ohio, as well as others. OVCC also offers a variety of clinics from driving skills, turnout and hat creation, and carriage maintenance, to name a few.
Monthly meetings are held throughout the year, usually at members’ homes in the southwestern Ohio area, where we share a meal with each other, discuss driving, and plan the activities we want to have.
HISTORY OF THE OVCC
The OVCC was founded in 1968 as a collector’s club called the “Ohio Valley Carriage and Harness Shop”. The original membership was primarily interested in collecting and restoring carriages. The name came from the fact that they met in one of the member’s harness shop. Over the years, interests of the group changed to include carriage driving. In 1993, the name was revised to the “Ohio Valley Carriage Club” to reflect this change.