Carriage group visits Wickepin
The Avon and Hills Carriage Driving Club visited Wickepin on October 14 and 15 for their annual Albert Facey Memorial Pleasure Drive.
The drive coincided with the 100th anniversary of The First Grand Spring Horticultural Show and Industrial Exhibition, which continued until 1968 as the Wickepin Agricultural Show.
Fifteen drivers from as far north as Clackline and as far south as Karridale came together for a three day drive of around 50km.
Wickepin is the perfect meeting point, as it is just three hours from WA’s four carriage driving clubs in Albany, Dwellingup, Perth and Northam.
Highlights of the weekend included the Wickepin town drive, street parade and presentation, with a lunch at Facey Homestead.
The Wickepin community centre showed agricultural achievements from the past 100 years and a celebratory dinner was attended by 96 locals and carriage drivers.
Avon and Hills Carriage Driving Club and the Shire of Wickepin are already planning next year’s event and club members agreed the opportunity to gather together for a non-competitive event was beneficial to both drivers and ponies. This ride was the third held by the club and Wickepin and the club would like to thank John Brown, Trevor Leeson and Jake Martin who loaned their yards for the ponies.
Conrad Flavel and Michael Green allowed use of paddocks and Tim Cowcher offered a secure yard for the ponies at the lunch stop.
The Avon and Hills Carriage Driving Club stopped into Wickepin over two days as part of their annual drive.