There were some frantic moments at the start of the annual Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition in Pittsford after a horse got spooked on the course.
Something spooked a horse in the competition ring Friday - the carriage tipped over tossing the two drivers. The horse kept going until it crashed into some flag poles. Moments later, the horse was calm and lead to its stable. The two drivers are OK.
"Horses are animals and sometimes they are unpredictable. On the very rare occasion that something like this happens, everyone is prepared. They jump into action and did exactly what needed to be done. Everything was controlled and everybody is good," said Amy Blum, said Walnut Hill spokesperson.
It didn't take long at all for crews to repair the fence, remove the broken poles and continue the competition that draws drivers and horses from all over the country and Canada.
"It is a different show from all the rest. It is a amazing and just the history behind it," said Joni Kuhn.
Kuhn, a Texan, is first-time driver at Walnut Hill. Her 1862 carriage is led by her prized friesians who are also movie stars.
"There's not very many friesians around and when they were making the second Hunger Games movie, the producer wanted to have friesians. I drove the horses in the movie and it was just an incredible experience," said Kuhn.
Some of the best drivers in the country are at Walnut Hill through Sunday. The competition celebrates horse, driver and buggy. It's a 45-year tradition in Pittsford.
"It is mostly a little bit of the old stuff with all the old carriages and the beautiful restored vehicles and all the horse and ponies that are here. It is an amazing place," said Peter Doubleday, competition announcer.
The drivers agree no matter how unpredictable competition can sometimes be.
"We want to just keep the old days alive and showing off what you have and the love for the horses," said Kuhn.