It all started in the 18th Century when British gentlemenadmired the expertise of the commercial coachman’s ability to drive enormous horses pulling the Royal Mail and passenger coaches. In true Brit fashion, they decided to “Give it a Go” initiating what has come through the past two and a half centuries as Four-in-Hand driving.
These pages illustrate the beauty of the horses and their elegant drivers (known as “Whips”) who came last weekend en masse to Wethersfield, the estate of the late Chauncey Stillman whose own favorite sport was driving his over 20 “park drag” coaches through the many groomed trails on his beautiful farm.
The “Four-in-Hand Club” whose over 100 members range across the United States came to socialize, drive and enjoy the pleasures of Wethersfield and environs. Preparations included building their own temporary stables and hospitality tent plus organizing food and drink. They were hosted by Friends of Wethersfield, a conservation organization created by Theodora Budnik, daughter of Mr. Stillman, as well as his granddaughter, Tara Shafer, and Barbara and Donald Tober. Coaching experts Paul Fournier, Sem and Pauwla Groenewoud organized the entire event.