Disabled Driving is an equestrian sport where drivers sit in vehicles drawn by horses or ponies and guide them around a marked course.
The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has offered Carriage Driving since 1975 and it is available to all RDA members. There are now almost 80 groups involved, giving opportunities to over 1,000 drivers. RDA volunteers sit alongside the driver to offer assistance and tuition as and when required.
Click HERE to find out more about the work RDA volunteers do or how you can get involved.
The British Horse Driving Trials Association also offers affiliated competitions from grass roots up to championship level, with the World Driving Championships. Disabled drivers can compete in horse driving trials and the annual National Championships.
Carriage Driving offers many of the same benefits as riding:
- Improved co-ordination
- Improved muscle power
- Improved balance
- Relaxation through rhythmic movement
- Being out in the open air
The RDA encourages drivers to progress along similar development pathways as riders. Drivers can take proficiency tests to increase and demonstrate their ability and knowledge and can compete in RDA and British Driving Society (BDS) Shows, where classes are specified.
Developed in conjunction with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), Accessibility Mark aims to encourage more people into the world of horse riding and its therapeutic benefits, to find out more click HERE.