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.

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:
The Carriage Driving Section of Horse Sport Ireland, 1st Floor, Beech House, Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. Email

Carriage Driving Membership

Carriage Driving Membership for 2023 is now available online. Please click on the link below to join now.


If you have already registered but would like to register an Equine for 2023, please use the link below.


Carriage Driving Events 2023

Carriage Driving Section of HSI updates will be posted here and and social media as and when they arise.


  • May 21st 2023 One-Day Driving Competition @ Tipperary Equestrian Centre: Event Entries are now open. Full details are available in the Schedule below


  • 2023 Schedule of Events: the full calendar of events for 2023 is listed in the Schedules of Events section below.


Carriage Driving Events 2023

Carriage Driving Events for 2023 can be booked at the following link:


Schedules of Events

Details for upcoming events can be found below: