British Carriagedriving

Mission Statement & Objectives

The aim of British Carriagedriving is to increase the quality and quantity of horse driving trials at all levels in the UK.

Primary Objectives


To increase participation and enjoyment in horse driving trials by:

Inspiring more adults and children to go driving more often

Increasing the satisfaction of participants and volunteers to sustain and grow driving participation

Safety and welfare

Work with all individuals and organisations associated with horse driving trials in conjunction with the appropriate agencies so that the number of preventable incidents and deaths is reduced

To ensure the welfare of horses involved in the sport


To represent recreational horse driving trials freedoms and responsibilities:

to maintain the British Carriagedriving’s position as an undisputed upholder of recreational drivers' freedoms and responsibilities

to protect drivers’ rights to enjoy their activity by working with relevant local, regional, national, European and international organisations

to promote responsible and sustainable horse driving trials, in safety and in harmony with the environment and other land users in UK


To raise standards:

of horse driving trials, drivers, grooms, coach/trainers and officials in order to enhance competition and for the overall enjoyment of horse driving trials throughout the UK

to achieve international competitive success at significant international championships and in world rankings

of education

to maintain British Carriagedriving as the primary source of horse driving trials information and training programmes


To expand the membership base:

to sustain and develop the membership base of British Carriagedriving

to enhance British Carriagedriving’s image

to provide regular communication with members

Associated Objectives

Widening Access

To ensure that British Carriagedriving services and programmes are inclusive and accessible to all, including under-represented groups

Volunteering - to develop a well-informed, skilled and motivated network of volunteers

To promote horse driving trials and deliver British Carriagedriving’s programmes at club, regional and national level

To encourage more British Carriagedriving members to become involved with the running of the Association and its programmes at all levels


To raise the profile of British Carriagedriving and maintain the British Carriagedriving’s position as the recognised ‘voice of competitive driving’ in the UK:

to understand and represent the views of the horse driving trials community

to seek wider recognition by key audiences of British Carriagedriving’s views, commitment and achievements

to liaise with associated industry to promote common objectives


To be financially strong:

to achieve an annual operating surplus

to increase turnover from subscription, trading and sponsorship income

to minimise the working capital requirements for trading operations

to grow the accumulated fund to the equivalent of 9 months administrative expenditure.