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Schedule for our Summertime Fun Carriage Driving & long-reining show is now available.

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Important Rule Change: Long-reining classes July & August events!

Side reins (not fixed, with elasticated inserts or elasticated) or a Lungie Bungie are permitted in the long-reining Dressage & Reinmanship competitions.

Come join us for the first Long-reining & Driven Dressage Championships

Come along and have some fun on the August bank holiday weekend as we host the first Long-reining championships and Driven Dressage Championships in glorious Norfolk countryside. We have a packed schedule of competitions, with several Driven Dressage competitions for all grades of drivers including Grassroots for those who have never competed in driving trials competitions, and we have dressage tests for small ponies, Heavy Horses, Donkeys abd even classes for traditional carriages.  There are Precision Cones competitions on both days, and fun competitions on Sunday evening including the Derby and our innovative and very challenging Double-Jeopardy.

We have Championship rosettes for all grades of dressage drivers, King and Queen of the cones, best performed Mountain & Moorland, Heavy Horse, and Junior Driver (10-21 years).

Camping available on site.

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April Showers didn't dampen competitors' enthusiasm

The rain and chilly temperature didn't stop competitors at our April event enjoying a range of long-reining and driven carriage driving classes. Our long-reining Agility class was held in the fabulous indoor arena at World Horse Welfare, Snetterton, which is so spacious it allowed us to provide an undercover warm up area complete with a set of cones for those competing in the Long-reining Cones&Obstacle class and one purple Gym Ball for a bit of practice!

Those scary purple Gym balls mounted on lime green pots proved no hassle at all for the competitors who skilfully weaved their way between them. Other tasks included crossing a rubber mat (which most horses do every day in their stables, yet found it rather spooky in the arena), reversing out of a box, crossing a rocky road and ducking under the Arch which our winner Emma Scoutney's Percheron Dezzy performed to perfection, he even ducked his head as he passed under the arch which delighted the spectators.

Mr Justin Cowles had the pleasure of judging the turnouts of all shapes and sizes, from heavy horses to a miniature pony. His advice to the competitors was well received and appreciated, since long-reining is a new discipline for many of the competitors.

April 2018

May Spring Carriage Driving show

Our Spring Show schedule is now available to download. A show that has something for everyone, we hope! We will certainly be kept busy on the day with 3 rings running on the day. There is a good variety of show classes, featuring Private driving and Exercise vehicles classes, Pleasure driving and an array of other classes that are open to all turnouts.

Our judge is Mr James Everton (as pictured judging Mr Neil Winney with his Welsh Cob).

We will once again cater for those that like to do some long-reining competitions with Dressage and Cones&Obstacle classes. We are also running a driven cones competitions for some fun and great opportunity for anyone attempting the Attelages later in the year to  gain some practice around the cones course.

Our event is affiliated to the British Driving Society, and we are grateful to BDS Norfolk Branch for kindly sponsoring rosettes for the highest paced Norfolk driver in the show classes. We simply could not run 3 rings without the help of the Norfolk Army Cadets and we are very grateful for their help on the day.

March 2018

February long-reining event a great success

Congratulations to all those competitors who gave our long-reining Dressage and long-reining Cones competitions a go. We were delighted to see horses and ponies of all sizes competing, from a Shire to a Miniature, and the event provided an excellent opportunity for some people to get their youngsters out to their first competition. Our judge Sue Barber, from Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation, presented the awards and provided some fine words of wisdom to all competitors on the art of long-reining, from equipment to getting those circles the right shape!

Our long-reining Dressage winner was Claire Bourne with her single turnout Posy, and Claire also won the multiple turnout long-reining her small pony pair. Winner of the long-reining Cones which was judged under optimum time was Amanda Fletcher. Combined event overall long-reining champion was Linda Port-Cohen with her Miniature pony Bambi.

Claire Bourne long-reins her pony team in the Cones & Obstacle competition

January 2018

Long-reining revival

Long-reining is making a revival at the Brecklands Carriage Driving Club. Educating your horse from the ground can be invaluable, especially as a carriage driver because you cannot always fix a problem from the driving seat. Popular in Europe, Australia and the US, we now offer long-reining competitions for Dressage, Agility and Equitation.

Our February event includes the first dressage test for long-reining using the Introductory test, a simple walk and trot test designed for beginners with basic movements about the arena and 10m circles. An additional fun class at the event is the long-reining cones course.

With Horse Agility becoming popular with riders, carriage drivers had the opportunity to compete in our first long-reining Agility competition at our Christmas event. The course presented competitors with a series of tasks including cones, crossing a rubber mat, reversing out of a box, and long-reining a circle.

Everyone is welcome to give these new competitions a try at our February event (see calendar).

December 2018

Christmas crackers!

Fairies and Father Christmas braved the chill at our indoor Christmas event, competing in a variety of fun classes. Carriages were decorated with tinsel and tree lights; horses with reindeer antlers and glitter. Our guest judge for the day was BDS Panel Judge Mr John Snowdon from Ipswich, Suffolk. John judged our first long-reining Agility and Driven Agility classes and remarked on what fun they were to not only judge but compete in.

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