Carriage driving involves a driver, who is seated in the horse carriage controlling and directing a horse or a number of horses.
There are many different types of Carriage Driving available, whether it is simply for pleasure or for horse driving trials. There are three categories to horse driving trials, these are as singles - one horse or pony, pairs - two horse or ponies and multiple - more than two horses or ponies.
A driving horse trials is split into three phases, dressage, marathon and cone driving.
Dressage is when a driver drives a sequence of set movements from memory displaying the schooling and obedience of the horses being driven.
Marathon is where drivers move their horses through a set cross country course and a set number of obstacles, positioned through the final 10km leg of the marathon phase.
The Cone Driving phase tests the skill and competence of the driver and the suppleness and obedience of the horse(s). The carriage must be driven within a set amount of time through narrowly spaced pairs of cones situated throughout the course.
British Carriagedriving (BC) is the governing body for the sport in the UK and has a network of clubs affiliated to them around the country.
Carriage driving is a friendly and inclusive sport where there are many opportunities to become involved. Drivers all need a groom or backstepper on the carriage and volunteers are essential to steward the course and obstacles or help set up events. The BC website has a volunteer page to help find the best role for you.
Find out more about BC and the opportunities available, click HERE