New post-Christmas Covid advice issued for Wales, Scotland and England

Try Driving Day with Chris Ainscough at Thompson House Equestrian Centre.

Midlands Carriagedriving reports on 2021 and looks forward to next season at its AGM

British Carriagedriving
National & Regional Events 2022
Dates of driving trials events taking place in 2022.
Leonie Marshall
1935 - 2021
The equestrian world has lost another great wealth of knowledge in dressage and horse mastership with the recent passing of Leonie Marshall. >>>
Calling all FEI 3* International drivers (horse singles and pairs). Invitation to join a World Championship strategy planning Zoom meeting ... see more >>>
Osberton National Driving Trials
1-3 October
Event report and pictures ....
Event report
Frickley Regional Driving Trials
A stunning venue, interesting cones course and a great level of challenge. Read more >>>
British Carriagedriving
There are three vacancies to be filled for a three year term, starting at this year's AGM. Find out how to send your nominations >>>>
Midlands Carriagedriving
Oasby proves to be an excellent site for driving trials
Event report and photos by Wendy Nix
FEI World Pony Championships
Le Pin au Haras (FRA)  16-19 September 2021
Chairman's update
Andrew Counsell, Chairman of British Carriagedriving, shares his views on forthcoming FEI driving rule changes.
BC Gateway class
at Forest of Dean Driving Trials Group
Report and photos ...>>
World Pairs Championships
Kronenberg (NED) 8-12 Sep 2021
Large number of competitors and Nations.
Spectators welcome >>

Drivers representing Britain
at World Pairs Championships
8-12 September 2021 in the Netherlands

Midlands Carriagedriving
Midlands’ regulars do well at 2021 National Championships
Drivers who regularly compete at Midlands events did well at the British Carriagedriving National Championships, held at Ashfields Carriage & Polo Club on 13-15 August. READ MORE >>>
British Carriagedriving
Champions Roll of Honour
Midlands Carriagedriving
Fabulous new venue to finish the season for Midlands
18 - 19 September
Oasby event preview >>>
FEI Driving European Championship
for Young Drivers, Juniors & Children

Selestat (FRA)     25 - 29 August 2021
Midlands Carriagedriving
Onley Regional Driving Trials
31 July - 1 August
Event report and pictures >>>
British Young Drivers
Championships 2021
Event report and pictures >>>
Midlands Carriagedriving
Lesley West leaves Midlands
Au Revoir to Lesley as she heads to Scotland >>>
Osberton National Driving Trials
1-3 October 2021
Event schedule and information - entries now open.
Allerton Regional Driving Trials
10-11 July
Event report and pictures  >>>
Chester Horse Driving Trials
Our next event:
Llanymynech National Novice Qualifier
see more details >>>

Midlands Carriagedriving
Three competitions in one at Onley Grounds
coming up in August - more >>>

British Equestrian Trade Association
Equestrian online survey
Find out more and take the survey >>>
World Championships - Team Selection
Following the final selection event at Hopetoun, the Selection and Ratification Panel have announced the squad members for the FEI World Pony Championships and the FEI World Pairs Championships to be held in September. Find out more >>> 

Gateway class at
Hopetoun National Driving Trials

Read the report >>>

Danethorpe Equestrian Ground ODE
On Sunday 30th May the sunshine heralded the first A1 Events Ltd one day event. Report and pictures >>>
Graham Wade
It is with sadness that Midlands Carriagedriving advises of the passing of Graham Wade >>>
National Championships Qualification
Due to the disrupted start to the competition season, qualification criteria for the 2021 BC National Championships will be different. Find out who can qualify >>>

The new BC Intro event format has just got even better, with the addition of two categories for NEWCOMERS and ALLCOMERS. Find out more >>>
Midlands Carriagedriving
Showers fail to dampen spirits at Thoresby Hall.
Midlands' first event of the 2021 season.
Brockham Harness Club
Goodwood Regional Driving Trials move location for 2021
Same date - new venue ... see more >>
Midlands Carriagedriving
An old favourite location at Thoresby plus a new venue at Oasby are in the events calendar for Midlands. Read more >>>
BC Training Clinics at Ashfields
Monday 3 May
There will be four training clinics on Bank Holiday Monday for all National and Club officials, and anyone interested in becoming a BC or club official. Find out how to book >>>
Event Safety Clinic
A Safety Clinic, aimed at all Club and National event organisers and officials, will be held on Saturday 8th May from 3-5pm. This will be an on-line meeting via Zoom. More details >>>

Prince Philip, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
1921 - 2021

Aachen Reschedules its 2021 Event
The organising committee of CHIO Aachen say, “The later in the Year, the better the event”. Originally planned for the end of June, Aachen will now run from 10th-19th September. The FEI have approved this change, which enabled The Royal Windsor Horse Show to move to 1st-4th July. Aachen will feature top athletes from five equestrian disciplines: jumping, dressage, eventing, four-in-hand driving and vaulting. For further details and ticket information visit
Horses test positive for EHV-1 respiratory infection
British Equestrian and its Emergency Response Group have been made aware of EHV-1 cases confirmed at a livery yard adjacent to Keysoe International competition venue in Bedfordshire ►►

Shake off those cobwebs and get your entry in!
Midlands Carriagedriving (MC) is very pleased to announce that all is ready for its first event of the 2021 season, a One-Day Event at Anslow, Derbyshire, on Sunday 11 April. Read more >>>

EHV-1 virus outbreak in Europe
A major outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) has been reported in Europe and all equestrian events have been cancelled. Updates from British Equestrian and FEI ►►
Changes within the Hoefnet team
Apeldoorn, 28 February 2021
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Change of date for 2021
The Organisers of the Royal Windsor Horse Show have confirmed that the event will take place from 1st to 4th July 2021. The driving competition will be only for Horse Four-in-Hand entries.

BEF updated advice: 18 Feb 2020
A BC clinic to advise anyone thinking of competing abroad this season will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 2nd March. Read more and sign up here ►►
Leadership appointments at British Equestrian
British Equestrian can today announce a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation in Jim Eyre, while Malcom Wharton has been formally appointed Chairman for a four year term. ►►
Combined Training Clinics for National and Club Officials
Due to Covid restrictions, the training clinics which traditionally take place at Stow on the Wold will be conducted via Zoom this year on Sunday 28th February. . THESE CLINICS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED !
All horses and ponies in England should now be registered. Deadlines for Wales and Scotland are approaching. Please read this important information ...
Midlands Carriagedriving
A new Chairman for Midlands as wheels set to roll for the 2021 season. Read more ...
Driven dressage tests for 2021
For the 2021 National & Regional events, the Advanced Single Horse class will be split to offer Advanced drivers the ability to drive either the FEI 2* or the FEI 3* test. All other classes will be using the same tests as in 2020. Get more information here  ►
Hopetoun Events date change
The dates of National and Regional events at Hopetoun have swapped. The regional event will take place on 29-30 May and the National will be on 23-25 July. Both events will be qualifiers for the National Championships. There will be no FEI 2* classes at the National event in July, but it will be a selection event for Single Pony, Pony Pairs and Horse Fours World Championships. Go to the EVENTS CALENDAR for details.
Fitting a Single Harness
A harness fitting webinar took place recently, in conjunction with the Society of Master Saddlers and supported by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers. If you didn't manage to attend this webinar, you can watch the recording, which is now available on-line.
British Carriagedriving membership
A reminder that, if you haven't done so already, you can re-new your BC memberships for 2021 on-line. Just follow this guide ...
Barry Marshall
Former British international dressage rider, judge and carriage driver, Barry Marshall has passed away after a battle with cancer. Read obituary here
Terry Chambers
With much sadness, we report the passing of Terry Chambers of Ashfields Carriage & Polo Centre. Read obituary here
Carriage drivers featured on BBC Farmer's Country Showdown.
Two farming families gear up for the marathon at Ashfields Driving Trials. Watch it on iPlayer. Read more ►
Barry Hilditch
With great sadness we share the news that former BC Chairman Barry Hilditch has passed away on Sunday. Read the obituary here.


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

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Earlier news items
from 2020