Coronavirus / COVID-19 guidance ►

  • New Covid restrictions over Christmas - 21 December
  • Horsescotland guidance update - 21 December

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FEI Awards 2020 celebrate a decade of equestrian excellence. In a year when our sport has been brought to a standstill, we are looking back and giving YOU the chance to pick the best from five FEI Awards categories. Voting for FEI Awards 2020 is now open!


  • Vacancy - BEF Chief Executive
  • Zilpaterol contamination in equine feedstuffs
  • BHS Equine activity survey

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Midlands Carriagedriving
Jilly Peace - obituary ►►

World Singles Championships
Pau, France
21-24 October 2020

FEI World Singles Championships 2020
Pau, France
21-24 October 2020

Drivers representing Britain

Dave West
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dave West. His contribution to driving trials was immense at all levels - on the Council of British Carriagedriving, as Chairman of the Competitions Committee, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and Safety Officer. He also had a pivotal role as Chairman of Midlands Carriagedriving, where he was supported by his wife Lesley in her capacity as Secretary.
BC Council Elections 2020
Ballot papers for the Council election and the AGM Notice of Meeting and Proxy Form have been sent to members by email. Please contact the BC office if you have any problems downloading the attachments, which may be listed at the foot of the email. For those members without email addresses, a postal notice has been sent.
FEI World Championships cancelled
The FEI Driving World Championship Four-in-Hand, due to take place at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands next week, has been cancelled. After a meeting of the Organising Committee and the Valkenswaard municipality, the Mayor decided to withdraw the permit for the event to take place. This is a big disappointment for the competitors and the Organising Committee, who have put in a huge amount of work to organise a safe competition without spectators within the existing regulations.
Frickley cancelled
The Regional Driving Trials event due to take place at Frickley Park in South Yorkshire on 10-11 October 2020 has been cancelled.
Team GBR Selection
FEI World Singles Championships 2020
Pau, France 21-26 October 2020

Despite the restrictions and lack of competitions, we congratulate those that stuck with the selection process and we are pleased to announce that the team travelling to the World Singles in Pau will be: Harriet Bradford and Grace Smith who were selected on points, and Lucy McGill as the third member chosen by the Selection and Ratification panel. If individual entries are accepted, Charlotte Chard will be the British representative. See TEAM SELECTION TABLE ...

Midlands Carriagedriving
So good to be back!
Wendy Nix reports from MC's one and only event for 2020 at Onley Grounds near Rugby.

UK Coaching Week 2020
UK Coaching has confirmed that UK Coaching Week 2020 will take place from 14-20 September. The awareness campaign – which empowers athletes, coaches and the public to celebrate great coaching – will centre on the need to ‘Support Your Coach’. Find out more ...
Forestry survey
Forestry England is conducting a survey to establish which forests are accessed and for what purpose. If you access any forests in England, please complete the survey, which usually takes only three minutes and your email address will be entered into a draw to win a £200 Go Outdoors voucher. FORESTRY SURVEY
All horses and ponies in England will need to be microchipped by law by 1 October 2020. Please read this important information ...
Riding & Harness Stuff Quiz
After the last on-line event "at Bywell" and the last quiz in the series, here are the winners ...

New Regional Event at Frickley Park

Sponsored by Carriagehouse Insurance, a new Regional event is taking place at Frickley Park on 10-11 October 2020, with the opportunity to qualify for the 2021 BC National Championships. The event also plans to run club classes and the schedule is available here. See location details and the event schedule ...

The BYD October clinic is open to all young drivers from age 8 to 30 and takes place on the weekend of 24/25th October at The Unicorn Trust, Stow on the Wold. Closing date for applications - 1st October. Find out how to take part ...
Midlands Carriagedriving
Onley Grounds to go ahead !
The two-day driving trials event on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September at Onley Grounds, near Rugby, WILL go ahead. Find out more ...
Ashfields National Driving Trials
Patti Atkinson reports on the first post-lockdown National Event of 2020, which took place on 14-16 August at Ashfields Carriage and Polo Club in Essex.
BC office news
Published in Carriage Driving magazine - August / September 2020
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BC Office news

2020 National Events Update
Details of National and on-line events running this year and how to enter.

Updated: 31 July

A Glimpse of the New Normal
Whilst Organisers are busy working hard to get ready for the return to competition under the 'new normal' we have seen glimpses of what to expect. Read more ....

Obituary: Keith and Pauline Jones

FEI and ClipMyHorse.TV join forces on equestrian live streaming.
BC office news - June & July 2020
Pages published in Carriage Driving magazine
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BC Office news

2020 FEI World Four-in-Hand Championships in Valkenswaard get FEI approval
The organisation behind Driving Valkenswaard International is pleased to announce that their plans to organise the FEI World Championships for Four-in-Hand horses in October of this year are on schedule. Read more ...
Training restarts at East Anglia
As Government guidelines began to lift, East Anglian Carriage Driving Group (EACDG) saw the opportunity to press restart on the Training Calendar. Find out more ...
International Competitions
Communication update
1 July 2020
Information for anyone aiming to compete Internationally or who has aspirations to be selected for our International Driving teams, representing Equestrian Team GBR.
With the anticipated return to competition, the BC Office will now be active 3 days/week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Emails and phone calls will continue to be monitored on Thursday and Friday but a response may be delayed.


First H2 selection event confirmed
With the cancellation of Sandringham National Driving Trials, the BC Council have agreed that the first selection event for the 2021 World Pairs Championships will be held at Ashfields on 18-20 September. Drivers are reminded of the need to submit their selection forms and payments via the Members Login option on the website. Once logged in, forms are available in the Shop section (there�s a quick link to the FEI forms). Payment can be made by BACS or by card via the website.

Council are aware that regional restrictions may influence some members� ability to travel and this will be taken into account by the Selection and Ratification panel. Please notify the BC office in due course if you wish to be considered for selection but may be prevented by Government restrictions from competing at Ashfields in September.

Resumption of driving activities
17 June 2020
British Carriagedriving are delighted to announce that the first National event of 2020 will be held at Ashfields on 14-16 August. Read more ...

Training gets the season under way
With the easing of Government restrictions, East Anglian Carriage Driving Group are running their first training weekend of the season at Ashfields on 20/21 June. No overnight camping is permitted yet but the days are fully booked. Special measures are in place to comply with current Government guidelines to ensure the safety of all involved. More information on EACDG website.
FEI Horse Passports
The BEF are now able to process FEI passports again although, due to the likelihood of high demand, these may take longer than usual. If you wish to apply for any changes or updates to your FEI passports, please use the options in the shop in MEMBER LOGIN. If you have any problems getting logged in, and cannot receive a password renewal token from the website, please contact the BC office for assistance.
Kronenberg steps back from organizing the FEI World Championship four-in-hand 2021
Lex Ruddiman

OBITUARY by Jim French

Midlands Carriagedriving�s (MC) event at Onley Grounds, near Rugby, has become another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to be held on 1 and 2 August, Onley was due to have been the club�s BC Regional competition combined with hosting the British Young Drivers� National Championships. Currently MC�s Championships, also at Onley Grounds in September, are going ahead; a decision will be made in the next few weeks.

Please check for further information.

Association of British Riding Schools
Lockdown Training Course
In response to the COVID crisis and the uncertainty surrounding lockdown, the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) are delighted to launch the Certificated E-Learning Course on Safe Working Practices whilst Exiting Lockdown.
Bywell National Driving Trials cancelled
Regretfully, following a decision made by the owners of Bywell Estate, we have had to cancel the Bywell Horse Driving Trials 2020 which was due to take place on 28-30 August. We fully understand the Estate�s decision since they would be unable to assist us as they have in previous years. They are understandably concerned about social distancing guidelines. Hopefully we will be able to resume activities in 2021. Stay safe. Patti & Keith.

British Equestrian statement
Current position on resumption of equestrian activity
Issued: 21 May 2020

Coronavirus update:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Issued by British Carriagedriving on Tuesday 19th May 2020

Riders Minds Launch Online Mental Health Support

Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-24 May 2020, sees the launch of Riders Minds, a bespoke, comprehensive, online resource dedicated to supporting and improving the mental health of horse riders, across all levels.

British Equestrian statement
Update on use of outdoor facilities
Issued 15 May 2020
Stance on riding/driving reviewed
Issued: 12 May 2020

Frickley event cancelled
Unsurprisingly, Midlands Carriagedriving regretfully announces the cancellation of its Frickley Park competition (4 and 5 July) due to continuing restrictions caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus. Initially run by MC as a new venue in 2019, this year�s competition was planned as a joint venture with North East Driving Trials, a venture which the two clubs hope to carry over to 2021. Please check for further information.

Allerton Park Regional and Club Event.
Regretfully, following a decision made by the owners of the Allerton Park Estate to prohibit all events due to be held within the park in the immediate future, we are sorry to announce that Allerton Park event, due to be held on 18th/19th July 2020 has been cancelled. We fully understand the Estate's decision given the current situation and sincerely hope that we can all see a return to something more 'normal' as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe everyone."
Message to Athletes from FEI President Ingmar De Vos

A new era for British Equestrian
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is excited to announce that it will now be known as British Equestrian as part of a rebranding project. Find out more ...

FEI World Championships for Four-in-Hand horses postponed to 2021
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We are pleased to announce that the session content for the FEI Anti-Doping Rules sessions - for both human and equine athletes - can now be viewed online. Read more ...

Coronavirus update:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) statement issued by British Carriagedriving on Saturday 18th April 2020

NEDTL Nidd Hall event
The committee of North Eastern Driving Trials have made the decision to cancel the Nidd Hall event, due to have taken place over the weekend of 13/14 June. We will continue to monitor the on-going situation on an event-to-event basis and keep everyone informed accordingly. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe everyone.
FEI.TV available free of charge
FEI.TV, the FEI�s online television platform, will be providing all its coverage of past events and special equestrian features free of charge to everyone while live sport is on hold until end of June. Read more ...
Coronavirus impact surveys
Two surveys are currently running to help measure the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the equestrian industry. The BEF would like to encourage as many as possible to take part, as the data will be very helpful. Read more ....
Minutes of BC Council meeting
Held on 19 March 2020 via conference call
BC office news - April 2020
Pages published in Carriage Driving magazine
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BC Office news

Trevor Chaloner

It is with great sadness we report that Trevor Chaloner died peacefully at home after a full and active life on 20th March 2020, aged 88 years.

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UKCC Level 2 course
A course for Level 2 candidates will be held on 7-8 July 2020 at Seacliff Stables, North Berwick, EH39 5PP.  Anyone interested in attending this course should register before 26 March 2020. Go to the CLINICS page.
BC office news
March 2020

Published in Carriage Driving magazine
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BC Office news
Minutes of BC Council meeting
Held on 11 February 2020

The Workforce Workshop, held at Oakridge E.C, Newark, on 29th February

FEI / National Clinic 2020
With what is now becoming somewhat of a pilgrimage, the Annual Clinic at Stow on the Wold got under way with participants from 8 countries. Read the report ...

New Dressage Test

British Carriagedriving are introducing a new Novice Test for 2020.

This can be driven in either an 80m or 100m arena. It will be discussed at the forthcoming Club and National Judges clinics.

It is available to download as a PDF from the dressage test page on the BC website, with both �A� and �C� diagrams. Go to: DRESSAGE TESTS

Nominations are now open for this year�s Carriage Driving Magazine Awards 2020.

The event celebrates success, achievement and outstanding contribution across all carriage driving disciplines.

For 2020, the nomination process has been made easier, new categories have been added and there will be the opportunity to dance the night away.

If you know an individual, business, group, a horse, pony or donkey who deserves to be recognised, then please nominate them - it really does mean the world, not only to nominees but to their family, friends, teams and of course horses.

To nominate head to the website:

Midlands Carriagedriving
New decade, new season - with so much to look forward to as Midlands Carriagedriving gears up for the months ahead with fabulous venues and friendly hospitality.
BC office news - February 2020
Published in Carriage Driving magazine
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BC Office news
Campbell Bosanquet

Campbell Bosanquet passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, early on Sunday 26th January.

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International Equestrian community comes together to support Australian fire relief.

The Equestrian Fire Relief Australia Fund (EFRA) has been established to provide support of the equestrian community affected by the bushfires in Australia. Find out how you can help.

BC office news - January 2020
News pages published in Carriage Driving magazine
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BC Office news
British Carriagedriving are introducing a new online portal, which will allow members to re-new their membership, order merchandise and enter events. See more details here ....
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