To encourage young drivers to the sport of Carriage Driving and develop their knowledge and skills. Our aim is to create the foundation for the future with a progressive structure of training levels that underpins natural talent and enthusiasm.

Our Objectives and Mission Statement

Meet the BYD Committee & Area Reps

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British Young Drivers

In 2006 The British Horse Driving Trials Association announced the formation of British Young Drivers (BYD) to include drivers aged from 5 to 25 years from all over the British Isles.

The aim of the BYD is to encourage and educate young drivers and help them develop their skills. This will create the foundation for the future of our Sport with a progressive structure of training levels that will underpin their natural talent and enthusiasm.

Most regional clubs have programs for their younger members and it is encouraging to see how many young drivers are showing a keen interest in competition driving.

The Easter Training Clinics and the Junior National Championships are run with help from sponsorship from Baileys Horse Feeds, the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and the British Carriagedriving Supporters. A Summer Clinic is also organised as well as On Foot sessions mainly over the winter.

The focus of British Young Drivers is on structuring training programs suited to individual abilities, with long term goals of competing Nationally and Internationally. It is intended to be totally inclusive and open to all abilities. The structure has been developed to be transparent; based on published competition results.


To encourage young drivers into the sport and develop their knowledge and skills


  • To promote young drivers

  • To help young drivers develop their skills


  • To encourage young drivers to participate in the sport.

  • To raise the profile of Young Drivers

  • To encourage young drivers to learn about the organisation of the sport.

  • To create a selected advanced squad from the National Young Drivers


1. Membership

BYD is open to members aged 5-25 years old.  As soon as they are old enough, Young Drivers are expected to be a member of a British Carriagedriving affiliated club and/or to join British Carriagedriving . They must be British Carriagedriving members (age permitting) if they are picked to join a junior team travelling abroad or when they start entering national competitions. Members and supporters are also entitled to wear group clothing.

2. Skill categories:

  • National? for those who have competed at National Competitions including National Novice qualifiers

  • Club ? for those who compete at club level, inside or outside.

  • Novice ? for those who have not yet started competing.

  • Advanced : for those who are competing successfully at higher National classes. New for 2015 the top young drivers nationally are invited to train with Boyd Exell, six times World Champion. The programme is focused on individual improvement in every phase of driving trials and consists of a series of training sessions throughout the year at Equestrian centres and National events.

Progression will be monitored. Young Drivers are expected to keep a record of their training and competition results on Moodle.  From here trainers can keep track of the progress of each driver.

This will allow the BYD to focus on each group?s needs more efficiently. It also encourages progression and hard work, as each young driver will aspire to be in a more advanced group.

3. Communication Chain

British Carriagedriving
British Young Drivers Committee
Area Representatives
British Young Drivers


4. Committee Structure

This is made up of three young drivers who are elected on an annual basis. The process is as follow:

The administrator asks for email nominations from the young drivers ? 2 are required for each candidate. Nominations are open for 1 week closing the Wednesday 2 weeks before the British Carriagedriving Annual conference

If more than 3 candidates are nominated then there is an email vote, open for one week. The closing date is the Wednesday before the British Carriagedriving  Annual conference

A committee member can be elected for 2 consecutive years, and can stand again after a gap of one year.

The committee is also composed of a representative of the British Carriagedriving Council, 1 or 2 British Carriagedriving adult members one of whom needs to take responsibility for co-ordination and administration. Advice will be sought from trainers and other interested persons.

5. Area Representatives

The young drivers on the committee liaise with the young drivers to appoint Area Representatives (AR). The role of an AR is to support the committee, to identify potential members for the BYD that they may meet at events in their own locality and to promote the BYD. If possible they also need to contact a local coach or training establishment and organise at least one session of regional training each year. Their role is also to get in touch with their local media to let them know about the BYD and what we do .Area Reps are re-appointed on an annual basis once the new committee has been elected.

 BYD Committee details

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