Training

There are many opportunities for carriage driving training and coaching, from the most basic beginners to advanced international competitors.

Training at Driving Clubs

There are many Driving Clubs throughout the country, affiliated to British Carriagedriving. These clubs organise training and practice sessions at local level and provide the best way for beginners to get involved in the sport.

British Carriagedriving provide training grants to affiliated clubs.

Newcomers are encouraged to join a club to benefit from the experience of more advanced drivers and use facilities offered by the club.

To find your nearest driving club, we have a Map of Affiliated Driving Clubs for the whole of the UK and a List of Affiliated Clubs with their contact details. Most driving clubs have their own websites, which give details of their activities.

 

Driving Coaches

There is a country-wide network of carriage driving coaches who hold an Equestrian Coaching Certificate (driving). They are qualified to teach beginners, young drivers, novice and advanced competitors. They can teach drivers with their own turnouts or supply a turnout for those who do not have one. Some may travel to your own location or teach at a driving centre.

 See a list and a map of BC driving coaches 

 

BC Clinics and Seminars

At the start of each season, British Carriagedriving organises a number of clinics, aimed at both drivers and event officials. These include training for Course Builders, Judges and Stewards for National as well as Club events. There are also lectures explaining competition rules and advice from the top event officials in the UK and abroad.

A diary of clinics is published and places can be booked on-line or via the British Carriagedriving office. Most clinics are open to anyone interested and there may be a fee chargeable, to cover the cost of the venue and lunch. There are some specialist clinics, at which attendance is by invitation only.

The clinics are very popular and places may be limited, so make sure you book early. To see the list of clinics for this year, go to our DRIVING CLINICS page.

 

Training grants for Affiliated Clubs

British Carriagedriving make grants available each year to affiliated clubs for training. Download the application form.

 

British Carriagedriving
TRAINING WORKING GROUP

Ensure that, through clinics, National Officials are made aware of current practice & relevant changes.

To offer advice to groups & clubs organising training programmes.

Over the years the Training Group's brief has widened with the development of the Sport and training has become a 'must do' part of everyone's driving repertoire, if they were going to aspire to successful competition driving.

The Drivers with Disabilities have formed a competitive group. They are very well organised with a structured training plan which has brought them international success.

With the introduction of Indoor Driving came an influx of new young drivers and the Training Committee's efforts have been invaluable to their development.

The British Young Drivers Group runs Easter and Summer camps for training as well as the Young Drivers National Championships, which have been running for 4 years and are well supported. The Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme has recognised driving and awarded several young drivers a training grant.

As the sport has grown worldwide, international championships for Singles, Pairs and Combined Ponies as well as Disabled Drivers have given more impetus to furthering the structure of training. Although training is considered to be the individual's responsibility, organised team training for those interested in international competition has developed and follows a more professional approach, modelled on the World Class Development Programme.

See members of the current BC Training Working Group  ►►►