Please see the Class Schedule below. Our complete prize list will be online by Thursday, July 22.

Nashoba Carriage Classic
& Driving Derby

with Sidesaddle

September 17-19, 2021

Germantown Charity Horse Show Grounds
7745 Poplar Pike
Germantown, TN 38138

The fifth Nashoba Driving Derby in conjunction with the Nashoba Carriage Classic will be held Friday, September 17, 2021. Join us for Juleps in Germantown as our drivers and their ponies and horses take on the challenge of the Nashoba Driving Derby!

New to our Friday schedule is the Picnic Class, and everyone attending on Friday night will have the chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award, while non-drivers have an opportunity to enter a class at the show. Come enjoy the beautiful displays of creativity in the first official Nashoba Picnic Class!

The Pleasure Show will be held on Saturday, September 18, and that evening we will welcome our annual Nashoba Costume Class along with our Sidesaddle Division. We welcome sidesaddle competitors for the costume class as well.

The Magnolia Drive will take place on Sunday morning, September 19, and will include carriage drivers as well as sidesaddle riders accompanied by gentlemen outriders. We welcome competitors, spectators, and volunteers. Join us for this elegant drive and enjoy a trip back in time!

Please see our Class Schedule below and download the Prize List and Entry Forms here:

The Story of the Nashoba Carriage Classic

The Nashoba Carriage Association was founded in 1997 by a group of Memphis, Germantown, and Collierville horse enthusiasts who wanted to take their sport a step further. Several of the founders, including Lib Whitmore, Melissa Jones, Sonny and Mary Liz Foster, George and Jean Holmes, and Imogene Erb had already hitched up and were enjoying driving for pleasure, but they wanted to start a group and learn the more competitive aspects of driving.

After visiting and competing in several pleasure driving shows, the group decided to host its own show. The first Nashoba Carriage Classic appeared on the American Driving Society (ADS) calendar in the fall of 1999. The show was sanctioned by the ADS and drew competitors from five surrounding states. It has continued to grow and has become a favorite in the Southeast not only for its competition, but also for its hospitality.

The first shows were held at the historic Schilling Farms in Collierville. In 2003, the Nashoba Carriage Classic was moved to the Germantown Charity Horse Show Grounds, a landmark of Germantown’s equestrian past and future. In earlier years, the pleasure show was accompanied by an Arena Driving Trial on Friday evening, and in 2016, we replaced the ADT with the popular format, the Driving Derby. In 2017, we also added a sidesaddle division.

Held in October, the three-day show begins on Friday with the Driving Derby, continues on Saturday with the pleasure show and sidesaddle classes, and ends on Sunday with the Magnolia Drive & Ride, held in the lovely McFadden Woods adjacent to the show grounds. Participants in the Magnolia Drive are treated to finger sandwiches and refreshments on the lawn of a beautiful home midway along the route.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come out and enjoy our sport! Friday evening hosts our “Thrill on the Hill,” when Driving Derby participants show off their speed and dexterity through a course of hazards. Volunteers at the Nashoba Carriage Classic enjoy having a front-row seat as “spotters” on the Magnolia Drive, where beautifully appointed horses and carriages make their way through a wooded course that will take you back in time.

To follow the Nashoba Carriage Classic on Facebook, click here.

Schooling Shows

Middle Tennessee Carriage Club

MTCC hosts a variety of events throughout the year. For more information on their upcoming events, please visit their website:

Nashoba Fun Shows and Clinics

In 2016, Nashoba member and clinician Joanna Wilburn introduced a series of Driving Derby clinics in order to familiarize our local drivers with the popular Driving Derby concept that is spreading enthusiastically throughout the national and international driving community. In conjunction with these clinics, Joanna also set up a derby competition. The first clinic and competition was so popular that we had three more before year’s end! We have included a Driving Derby as part of our Nashoba Carriage Classic ever since, and in the spring and fall we have at least one Driving Derby competition.

Please see our Clinics page for more details:

Please check back for dates and details for our upcoming events!

The 72nd

Germantown Charity Horse Show

June 8-12, 2021

Join us for the Opportunity Carriage Pleasure Driving Division at the 72nd Annual Germantown Charity Horse Show!

Classes include: Single Horse, Single Pony, Junior Drivers, Multiples, Carriage Dog, Carriage Scurry Races, Carriage Obstacles, Carriage Barrel Racing, Novice Driver, and Adult and Junior Championships.

Germantown Charity Horse Show Grounds
7745 Poplar Pike
Germantown, TN 38138

High Point Award

The Middle Tennessee Carriage Club and the Nashoba Carriage Association have partnered together to sponsor a High Point Award for four competitions held in a calendar year. For more information, please see the MTCC website.