Nashoba Carriage Classic
and Driving Derby
October 20-22, 2017

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

The second annual Nashoba Driving Derby in conjunction with the Nashoba Carriage Classic will be held Friday, October 20, 2017. It promises to be much fun for everyone!

The Pleasure Show will be held on Saturday, October 21, and that evening we will hold our annual Nashoba Costume Class, along with our inaugural Sidesaddle Division! We welcome sidesaddle competitors for the costume class as well, and we are looking forward to a beautiful show!

The Magnolia Drive will take place on Sunday morning, October 22, and will include both carriage drivers, and 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!




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. Held in October, the three-day show begins on Friday with an Arena Driving Trial, continues on Saturday with the pleasure show, and ends on Sunday with the Magnolia Drive, 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 Arena Driving Trial 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.

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Schooling Shows

Middle Tennessee Carriage Club

MTCC hosted its third annual Schooling Horse Driving Trial at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, TN in July. For more information on their upcoming Driving Derby in September, 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! This fall, we also hosted Elizabeth Keathley for a clinic before the Nashoba Carriage Classic. Please see our Clinics page for more details:

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


The Germantown Charity Horse Show

June 5-9, 2018

Opportunity Carriage Pleasure Driving Division at the 70th Anniversary Germantown Charity Horse Show!

Single Horse, Single Pony, Junior Drivers, Multiples, Carriage Dog, Carriage Scurry Races, Carriage Obstacles, Adult and Junior Championships

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