Brooklin Spring Fair Racing Derby

Alison Plumbtree

If youíve been to the Royal Winter Fair and watched the four in hands race around the ring at top speed and loved every second of it, then this is the show for you. This year Brooklin Fair has decided to add an exciting new class to the fair, a racing derby. Drivers race around a set course as fast as they can, over a bridge and around obstacles and the audience is encouraged to make as much noise as possible! Itís a fun and exciting show to watch guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The drivers are from Ontario where they have successfully competed in the sport of Combined Driving all throughout the US and Canada becoming champions in all divisions. Generally a Combined Driving event is held over three days, much like Eventing which it is based on. The dressage is held on the first day, marathon on the second and cones on the third day. A racing derby is a condensed version of this, putting the cones and marathon together leaving it with an exciting and spectator friendly event.

There are at least ten drivers this year, all of them trying to have the fastest time as well as having a clean round without incurring any time penalties. Precious seconds are added on each time a driver knocks a ball off from a set of cones or possible elimination if they go through a gate the wrong way or out of order without correcting it. The navigator helps by shifting the weight of the carriage to avoid hitting obstacles as well as keeping the driver on course. All of this is timed and carefully watched by a qualified judge. The fastest time wins.

Itís fast paced, set to upbeat music and youíll be sure to have a good time. If youíve never seen this group before, come on out and cheer them on! The show starts at 4:00pm in the main ring on Saturday June 5th. Hope to see you there.

 

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