New Intro Event

GATEWAY

Now for Newcomers and Allcomers

24 May 2021


Following great initial feedback and suggestions from Clubs, BC Gateway has been expanded. Still designed to be fun for newcomers to the sport of Competition Carriage Driving, the original version of Gateway has been renamed BC Gateway Newcomers.

There is only one small change to the BC Gateway Newcomers event rules and guidelines. Entries can now be accepted from any turnout (except teams of 4 equines) as long as they have not competed at Intermediate level or above in any BC Affiliated Club event or at Novice or above at any BC Regional or National event.

And we have added a second version – Gateway Allcomers. Gateway Allcomers is open to any turnout - horse and pony, single and multiple. Ideal for those bringing on a new equine or combination, or for those that have been out of the sport for some time. Small equines and short format competitors are eligible too.

All participants will get a commemorative rosette and there will be a winners rosette for each class.

Andrew Counsell, Chairman of British Carriagedriving, said “We are delighted by the positive feedback we are receiving and are pleased to offer these classes for any carriage driver to enjoy. The guidelines are very flexible - designed to make the running of these classes as easy as possible for our wonderful event organisers. Newcomers still have their own class, but the new class - Allcomers - gives the opportunity for more experienced drivers to take part if they wish. I look forward to seeing you having fun.”


New fun Intro Event - BC GATEWAY may be just the thing.

BC Gateway is a competition in 3 parts, designed to be fun for newcomers to the sport of Competition Carriage Driving.

A BC Gateway event is held on one day and may be run as a stand alone event or at a British Carriagedriving or BC Affiliated Club competition. Designed to minimise the work needed by organisers to encourage new participants to events.

Drivers must be over 8 years of age - but no top limit ! Any carriage, cart or trap can be used - subject to a safety check. Two wheelers are fine, modern construction or traditional. And we are happy to welcome very small equines and long ears.

Compulsory Shapes.

The turnout will drive a set pattern of 10 movements in trot, walk and halt and will be judged on Rhythm, Suppleness and Contact. The movements can be ‘called’ by your groom.

Cones.

Between 10 and 14 pairs of cones will be set out for you to drive in order keeping ‘red on the right’.

And then the Obstacles.

Four obstacles, each with gates flagged A to E, will be part of the competition. There may be some distance between them or they may be in one small area (this will depend on the organiser), but whichever there won't be a great distance involved. Sounds complicated – always happy to help!

All participants will get a commemorative rosette and there will be a winners' rosette for each class.

Andrew Counsell, Chairman of British Carriagedriving, said “We are delighted to offer this new fun class for any carriage driver to enjoy. The perfect chance to try a fun sport you may have thought was not for you – but it may well be!”

Download the BC Gateway competition rules and diagrams.

 

 PREVIOUS PAGE     BC HOME 
  MORE DRIVING NEWS