One of our Milbourn Equine clients has very kindly written a short piece on how they got involved with the popular sport of Carriage Driving.
Carriage Driving by Diane Hogben
I started off with horses in my 20’s, where my husband and I loaned a 16.2hh warmblood, Benson, from Tammy Coles in Hothfield. We had him for about 10 years, until we had an accident where Benson sadly died, and I broke my back.
It was obvious throughout my recovery I could never ride again, but we missed the horse world so much. We went with a friend, Trevor Crawford, to the welsh sales in Builth Wells in 2010, where we bought Corkhills Donovan, a 12.2hh section B, with the view of breaking him into drive. We had him for around 18 months, doing some in hand showing, before sending him off to boot camp with Sonny Hillier, in Lenham, where he was taught to drive. 8 weeks later he came home, and we have never looked back. We enjoy competing, indoors and outdoors, with some success.
In our 2nd season of indoor driving, we qualified for the indoor driving trials championship, held every year at Keysoe. We entered into the novice pony class, competing against people from all over the country, in a class of 20, and we were very pleased and proud to come 4th in our class.
We have now gone into the outdoor season, with dressage, cones and then a marathon with obstacles in, which is so much fun.
Carriage driving is fantastic fun, allowing all abilities to compete with horses. You will often see us around Great Chart, having a lovely afternoon drive around the countryside.
The carriage driving world is such a friendly place, with groups all over the county that organise lots of different competitions to suit all abilities, along with some relaxing pleasure drives, which are always great fun.