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OVCC Meets OVCC for a Shootout

UPDATED 6/21 & 6/23


Event is ON, from 10 am to 3:30 pm - come for when you can be there - also while there look for the Shaker Cemetery and a small waterfall in the park.  If I am not at our Shelter I am out capturing images!  I will put out bottled water at our shelter.  Remember, bring your own lunch if you are staying during the carriage club lunch - we are not invited to participate in their lunch.  See you there.

Due to the expected warm weather the carriage club has just informed me they moved up their start time to 9 am, so I have moved up our start time to 10 am (gives then time to unload their horses and get harnessed).  This will be a cooler time of the day and the lighting might be less harsh.  Some carriages will arrive at 9 am and do their drive and then have their lunch.  After lunch others will come and drive.  Nancy could not say how many will be in the morning vs. afternoon.  For me the best plan to capture the most horses and carriages will be to arrive at 10 am, capture that group, stay for your own provided lunch, and then capture the other carriages between 1 and 2 pm.  We have shelter #8 all day so come and go as you please!

Finally, just in case - check back here on Sunday before driving to Armco Park in the event weather cancels the carriage ride - hate to have you drive up there and not see horses!  If that happens I will also send out an email to all who signed up.  Current weather forecast: 90F (dress cool, bring water).

Ohio Valley Carriage Club (OVCC) will meet Ohio Valley Camera Club (OVCC) for an old-fashioned "shootout" using cameras (of course) at the Warren County Armco Park.  Be a part of it!  We have rented shelter #8 for $25 so I am going to put out a donation jar for everyone to put in a $1 bill.

The OVCC is a club of carriage collectors and horse owners who hold "rides" throughout the year, where members bring their horses and carriages to a location, harness up, and then "drive at will" through the location (ie, not a parade).  They regularly participate in the Lebanon carriage parade in December, so you may have seen some of them before.

Read more about them here:

Nancy Jackson, their club president, anticipates about 12-15 carriages will be driven through the park.  Setup your tripod and capture them as they walk (or trot by).  Some of the members wear period clothing to add to the authenticity.  I would like to think that some of our members will provide the carriage club access to the photos we take for their personal use (a bit of payback).












The carriage club will be convening at Shelter #9 so I have reserved Shelter #8 next door for us to meet from noon to 4 pm (come whenever you want though).  Maybe we will have an impromptu picnic beforehand but you will need to bring your own lunch.

Be Respectful

The carriage owners won't mind if we take photos during their harnessing process, but they will not want to hold conversations during that time to prevent an error in harnessing potentially causing a  safety issue.  Also, I asked Nancy to give us a high sign when they are most through their potluck lunch so we are not interfering with that.

Armco Park used to be privately owned by Armco Steel, but is now owned and operated by Warren County since 2009. You can find more information about the park here:

and a map here (or click on the title at top of the page)

I recommend that you drive around the park when you first get their to eyeball where you might want to setup your tripod.  They will be driving around at random.


Unless the grass is way too wet you can park on the grass, or half on the pavement and half on the grass.

Park Rules:

1. No carry-in alcohol allowed. The consumption of alcohol is permitted only if purchased from Park concessions. This is a State Law.

2. Pets on leashes only (horses included!).


Too much to remember?  Use the Print a Ticket to get a printout (but you don't need a tix for the event, LOL).

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  • Fred H.

    The carriage club has now posted your photos at their web-site here

    thanks for providing - I have a feeling next year's event will be popular once the other carriage drivers see these.


    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Dan P.

      Thanks again for all your hard work and follow up. Kudos!

      July 14, 2013

    • Rick

      Great job on this meet up, Fred. Best gallery on their site too.

      July 14, 2013

  • Vicky J. E.

    It was hot but the horses were just beautiful.

    June 24, 2013

  • Dan P.

    Fred, you did a great job of organizing this. Thanks for the company and for thoughtfully bring water, etc.

    June 23, 2013

  • Ina

    My first meet up with this group. I enjoyed it a lot. Beautiful horses and wonderful people.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Connie

    This was a fun shoot. If we do this again, I'll know better and walk to more scenic areas where there aren't a bunch of cars in the background.

    June 23, 2013

  • Ron W.

    Great setting. Wonderful people. Photogenic horses and rigs. What more could you ask for?

    June 23, 2013

  • Clayton L.

    very good

    June 23, 2013

  • Janette D.

    Awesome chance to photograph some horses close up.

    June 23, 2013

  • Karen D.

    This meetup was great!! The other OVCC was friendly and worked with us when taking pictures. The horses were beautiful and in great shape. Several different breds and different colors of horses were represented. I enjoyed the comments and the advice from the members of OVCC (camera club). Great event!!

    June 23, 2013

  • Fred H.

    About 10+ horses were brought to the park, equally split between the late morning and afternoon groups. When asked the horse owners would lead their horses around the area to facilitate our shots - the other OVCC was a friendly group.

    June 23, 2013

  • Kim

    Great! Enjoyed meeting more people and taking in there wisdom they were giving out.

    June 23, 2013

  • John O.

    Sorry I will not be attending. I have a change of plans at the last minute.

    June 23, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Sorry, I will miss this outing because of a last minute conflict.

    June 23, 2013

  • r sharon w.

    conflict at that time-sorry to miss it. have fun

    June 22, 2013

    • Fred H.

      please note there will be carriages at both times but not all in the pm.

      June 22, 2013

  • Rick I.

    crud ... can't make the earlier time ... sad ... but have a great meet-up!

    June 22, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Rick, please note there will be carriages at both times but not all in the pm.

      June 22, 2013

  • Ke F.

    Could we move the time to earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon? The sun light will be too hard during 1 - 3:30.

    1 · June 9, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Ke, the other OVCC has now moved up their start time - your wish is apparently their command.

      1 · June 21, 2013

    • Ke F.

      Ha Ha Fred.

      June 22, 2013

  • Ke F.

    Something comes up. Will not be able to make the 10 AM. Might come later.

    June 22, 2013

  • Connie

    I cannot come at the earlier time. I will hope to catch some at the 1 P.M. time.

    June 21, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Sorry to cancel so close to the event, but too much to do & too little time.

    June 19, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Bummer out of town this weekend. This looks like fun.

    June 18, 2013

  • rich s.

    Been getting back to photography for awhile now, and enjoying every minute. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    June 17, 2013

  • bailing L.

    btw, what is a shoot out?
    the same as photo walk?

    June 10, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Bailing, it is a "play on words" as no one is really going to get shot, yet we shoot pictures with our cameras.

      June 10, 2013

    • bailing L.

      haha funny. We aim, shoot, and hang. Very cruel photographers.

      2 · June 13, 2013

  • Karen D.

    Sounds like fun!!

    June 13, 2013

  • Christian B.

    We look forward to this event, Fred.

    June 10, 2013

    • Fred H.

      It won't be at all like a royal carriage pageant, but the closest we can come in this part of the midwest.

      June 10, 2013

  • Larry S.

    I would be there, but already have another event schedules for this date..

    June 10, 2013

  • Nikon D.

    I will still be recovering from surgery.

    June 9, 2013

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