Horses and carriages at the Villa Manin in Passariano/Codroipo in Friuli/Italy

Competition of Tradition Attacks – Horses and carriages in line with tradition at Villa Manin  

Passariano/Codroipo, Villa Manin/Italy (2017) – ​The "Villa Manin" in Passariano/Codroipo has already something noble about it. But add some very strong and elegant horses pulling vintage carriages to the former property of one of the last doges of Venice and let people in traditional and historic clothing guide them through an obstacle course right on the Manin's former front lawn and you have the perfect picture of this year's "5th International Competition of Tradition Attacks" in Friuli. There was a hint of "lordly" in the air when the small but fine family of horse and tradition lovers from Italy, Austria, Hungary, Swiss and Germany put up their show that Sunday in June of this year, organized by the "Associazione Friulana Appassionati Carrozze". Nothing looks more majestic than a horse by itself already, but when a horse pulls a carriage – or two, three or four horses pull a carriage – this gracefulness is unmatched. It's unbelievably fascinating to watch horses pulling a carriage through an obstacle course with such ease, it seems they know exactly what to do. The Competion of Tradition Attacks consist of three parts: The presentation of the equipment, where judges examine the carriages, horses, driver's and passenger's historic clothing. Everything has to be in line with tradition in the finest elegance to win the "Best in show". The second part is called "Routier", in which each team "goes for a stroll" through the countryside while the drivers skills are being judged. The last stage of the Competion is the "Handsfree Provision", in which all wagons travel through a 18-"door"-obstacle course against the clock. Spectacular especially for spectators is the "Grand Carousel" at the end of this unique show, when all the participants one more time show off their horses and carriages to the judges and spectators. 

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