Midlands Carriagedriving

Glorious weather greeted competitors at MC’s two-day event at Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire on 14 & 15 May. Thoresby is a beautiful private estate open to members of the public, many of whom watched the competition in progress over both days.

BC Gateway classes

Updates to Gateway rules and organisers' guidelines (May 2022) are now published. Competitors can qualify for the National Championships. See Gateway events coming up...

Midlands Carriagedriving

Get in the Jubilee spirit at Locko Park - the two-day event on 4 & 5 June coincides with The Queen’s 70th Jubilee weekend - and will be celebrated in style! Entries close on Thursday 19 May. Read more ...

Calling all pony drivers

If you are interested in or are aspiring to compete internationally, and perhaps put yourself forward for the GBR Pony Squad in 2023 or 2025, we would like to invite you to join us in a zoom meeting on Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm.  >>

Riders Minds Launches Head First Campaign

Equestrian mental health charity Riders Minds has launched their Head First campaign to raise awareness of the effects of concussion on mental health.

Midlands Carriagedriving

Midlands' ODE Series rolls on. Report and pictures from Anslow ...

BC Gateway

Training day at Forest of Dean Driving Trials Club ...

BYD Easter Camp

Young Drivers took to the Unicorn Equestrian Centre following a two-year Covid enforced break, for the Easter Camp sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds ...

Dressage Test updates

Latest dressage test information for Open Pairs and Pony Tandem classes >>

Peter Bridson


It is with much sadness that we report the death of Peter Bridson. Read more ....(inc. funeral arrangements).

Midlands Carriagedriving

First of Midlands’ ODEs gets off to a good start at Anslow. Read more >>

A1 Weather, A1 Venue, A1 Event!

Event report:

Danethorpe, 17th April 2022

Have you got a 'nearly saint' horse or pony who could let our drivers realise their ambitions ?

RDA Carriage Driving are seeking ponies and horses who are already broken to drive.

Kronenberg (NED) CAI 2*/3*

Lucy Scott finishes on top in International debut

New BC test for Tandems

A new dressage test for tandems has been introduced. It is driven in an 80x40m arena. The test sheet and diagrams are now available to download here. Pony tandems will not be asked to drive the new test in the early part of the season but it may adopted at the later events.  Please watch out for changes to schedules and check which test will be driven. >>

Chef d'Equipe

British Carriagedriving would like to announce the appointment of Jane Isaac as Chef d’Equipe for Single Horses  >>>

Ivor Moreton

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ivor Moreton who passed away on Sunday 27 March >>>

Dressage test update

The FEI have updated dressage Test 3* HP2-HP4 (now v5). This test is used by advanced pairs classes and pony fours at BC competitions. See DRESSAGE TESTS.

Midlands Carriagedriving

It’s full steam ahead for Midlands Carriagedriving’s 2022 season with a brand new One-Day-Event series plus a calendar of two-day events.   Read more ...


The Ukraine Equestrian Federation are beginning to see the collaborative efforts with a number of organisations starting to have an impact for those who need help. Please read on for details of how to support this effort.  >>>

Mike Cooper

After a long period of ill health, Mike Cooper very sadly passed away on 6th March at the age of 79. The carriage driving world has many memories of Mike; his driving skill, his humour and kindness and his love of a good party!   >>

Sign up for Easter Camp!

The clinics are open to all budding Young drivers. Closing date for sign-up is 1st April ! Find out more ...

International Driving Clinic in Lipica

Drivers and trainers from 15 nations attended the driving clinic led by World Champions Boyd Exell and Martin Hölle and World Championship Judge Andrew Counsell.  >>

British Equestrians for Ukraine

How the equestrian community in Britain can help support the crisis in Ukraine >>

Club Training Clinics

Coming up in March and April: Zoom clinics for Club Technical Delegates, Club Judges and Safety. Club Course Designers Clinics (North & South). See dates and booking details >>

FEI Pony measuring

The FEI have arranged a pony measuring day on 4th April in Leicestershire. Ponies need to be registered with the FEI before they can be measured. Please contact BC office for more details and a booking form.

Training Clinics report

The annual National Training Clinics took place at Unicorn Trust Equestrian Centre, Stow-on-the-Wold, on 5th and 6th March 2022. Read the report ...

FEI Driving Guidelines 2022

The FEI have published an updated version of their guidelines on use of Tack, Equipment and Dress. The most relevant section for many drivers is the alteration to the wording for bits, which now states, “Serrated mouthpieces are permitted as long as they don’t damage the tongue and bars of the horse.” A download link has been added to the RULES PAGE.

2022 Rulebook

The 2022 edition of British Carriagedriving Rules for Horse Driving Trials is now available to download. A printed version can also be ordered by BC members.

FEI removes all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus

FEI 3* Qualification for Young Drivers

John Bates

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of John Bates.  Read more ...

FEI publishes report on EHV-1 outbreak in 2021

The FEI has published the first section of a three-part Report following its investigation into the outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in Spain in February 2021.

Sign up is open for Easter Camp!

We are excited to be heading back to Unicorn for our annual Easter Camp. The clinics are open to all budding Young drivers and we look forward to welcoming some new faces! Find out more ...

Look out for Team Naprous on your TV screens

From show grounds to suburbia, do you recognize these galloping horses in the new Lloyds Bank advert ? Read more ...

CPD for Coaches

In order to encourage our Coaches to continue to develop and enhance their coaching skills by engaging in Continuing Professional Development (CPD), a points system is being introduced from March 2022. For more information click here …

International Driving Clinic

Hölle and Exell join forces for the first time in a ‘Pairs in the Picture' training clinic at Lipica on 12-13 March 2022. Find out more ...

Calling all Young Drivers

The selection document for this years FEI Driving European Youth Championship is now available! Anyone aspiring to be selected for the squad can get it here ...

National Championships 2022

Sponsorship opportunities for the National Championships which take place on 22-25 September at Cricklands. Find out more ...

International Team Chefs d'Equipe

If you are interested in working with our top drivers, trainers and vets and have some experience of international competitions, then please consider putting your name forward as a Chef d’Equipe. Find out more ....

Frank Lowe

Members of Midlands Carriagedriving are mourning the loss of Frank Lowe, one of the club’s co-founders.

Young Drivers 2021 Round-Up and plans for this year

FEI Silver Success for Roger

Earlier news items
from 2021