Carriage Driving

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 Driving
International Shows are overseen by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).

National Driving
The sport is administered in Ireland by the Carriage Driving Section of Horse Sport Ireland.  To find out more information on local and national events and social events please visit the supporters’ website

Anyone who is interested in carriage driving, particularly if they wish to compete, should consider joining the Carriage Driving Section of Horse Sport Ireland.

Contact us about carriage driving

If you have any question about carriage driving please contact:
Michelle O’Reilly, The Carriage Driving Section of Horse Sport Ireland, 1st Floor, Beech House, Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. Email or telephone 045-854537. Website:


Click on the form below for 2021 membership

Carriage Driving IRL Subscription Form 2021


Carriage Driving Events 2021

The Return to Sport Protocol for Carriage Driving can be found at the link below:


The Carriage Driving Section of Horse Sport Ireland will at times use the National Horse Arena at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus and their COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols can be found at the following link:

Sport Ireland Horse Sport Arena Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocols


Carriage Driving Events for 2021 can be booked at the following link:


Glen of Imaal Horse Driving Trial 2021