About our Sessions.
We have offered carriage driving as an alternative to riding for many years. We can accommodate anyone for carriage driving from the age of nine. As it always has been, it is extremely popular, which means we invariably have a waiting list.
We have three carriages, all adapted to carry wheelchairs if needed, one of them being a “four wheeler” that gives the driver a very smooth ride.
Our carriage driving sessions can vary from driving though the woods along the marked paths, along the road into Thornton Village or we have use of both the indoor and outdoor arenas for games and cone practice.
During our driving sessions we aim to make the sessions as fun and inviting to all our drivers and often use games equipment, cones and obstacles to help the driver with directions and connecting with the horse.
This gives great flexibility to cater for a wide range of drivers with differing abilities.
Carriage driving is very labour intensive as far as helper/volunteers are concerned. When driving “off site” we require two people (three if there is a wheelchair) on bikes, accompanying the carriage. Sometimes our driving activities are limited because of a shortage of volunteer/helpers and we are always looking to recruit more. (Check out our Volunteering page if you would like to join us!)
Driving experience is not necessary, we can give any training or guidance needed, but the ability to ride a bike is great !!!
Every year, for one week in August, we are very lucky to take part in the RDA National Driving holiday, this takes place at Queen Maragrets School in Escrick Park. We take along our ponies and all their equipment and spend a week taking in the lovely scenery driving around the park. Lots of hard work for both helpers and ponies, but lots of fun too, and everyone look’s forward to our “annual outing”.