Carriage driving is a discipline without riders. It consists of a driver who sits on a vehicle drawn by a single horse, a pair or a team of four. The horse(s) and driver have to complete three tests: Dressage, Marathon and Obstacle Driving.
- Dressage is a sequence of compulsory movements in an enclosed arena. Judges award the smoothness of the movements, the obedience of the horses, impulsion and correct positioning.
- Marathon is a course of natural obstacles over a maximum of 22 km, including natural and artificial obstacles.
- Obstacle driving is a cone course that tests the horse shape after the marathon. The aim is to drive through a narrow track outlined by cones with balls balanced on top.
International Shows are overseen by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).
The sport is administered in Ireland by the Carriage Driving Section of Horse Sport Ireland. To find out more infomation on local and national events and social events please visit the supporters’ website www.carriagedrivingireland.com
Anyone who is interested in carriage driving, particularly if they wish to compete, should consider joining the Carriage Driving Section of Horse Sport Ireland. Among many membership benefits are –
- Subscribers’ Personal Liability insurance cover
- Information-packed yearbook
- Insurance booklet
- Membership card
- Updates on driving events and news.
2016 Application Form
Annual subscriptions for Carriage Driving are due on the 1st January and driving members’ insurance cover runs concurrently with the subscription. You can download the current application form for 2016 below.
Contact us about carriage driving
If you have any question about carriage driving please contact:
Aileen Cartwright, The Carriage Driving Section of Horse Sport Ireland, 1st Floor, Beech House, Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 045-854530. Website: www.carriagedrivingireland.com