Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, if your query is not covered below, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Can I get involved without a horse?
Yes, we are always looking for stewards and backsteppers.
I have a novice horse that has never been to an event. How do I start?
Please contact us through our contact form or social media, we can arrange for someone experienced to help you at your first event. We would recommend starting at a training day or long-reining your horse initially to get it used to the event.
I can’t always find a groom, can I still get involved?
Some members are happy to help, if you get in touch in advance of the event. Also look at the BC Grooms and helpers FB page. If not you can always join us without a horse and help steward, it is a good opportunity to watch and learn.
I have never seen driving trials, how can I find out more?
Please see our Driving Trials Explained page, and come along and watch an event to see what happens.
What kind of carriage do I need?
You can use a 2 or 4 wheeler for a single. Ideally with axle width 125cm, however you can still get involved if the width is wrong. Most people start novice horses in a 2 wheeler, however 4 wheelers are more stable and comfortable so we recommend this once you are going. People with small ponies may stay in a 2 wheeler as they are lighter.
What insurance do I need?
You need Third Party Liability Insurance to take part in carriage driving. There are many options for this, including British Carriage Driving and The British Horse Society.
What kind of harness do I need?
Most people use synthetic breast collar harness. However as long as your harness is safe and fitted correctly that will be ok. If you are not sure please contact us and we can help you. At your first competition we will do a safety check to ensure you are ok to compete.
Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs are welcome at most venues, provided they are on a lead
I haven’t got accommodation in my lorry, is this a problem?
No, all of our events are one day events. Some people from further away choose to stay over at some of our venues for convenience.
How can I transport my horse and carriage?
We recommend coming along to our events to see how people do this, as there are many possibilities.