About Us

The Group was formed in 1980 with the specific aim of organising Horse Driving Trials so that novices could acquire the skills necessary to be able to compete at national level. Since that time it has grown to be the largest group, of its kind, in the country and organises up to ten events each year.

In 2004 we formed Midlands Driving Trials Ltd which remains our parent organisation. Then at the 2013 AGM we adopted the trading name of Midlands Carriagedriving to match the national organisation.

The Group currently has over 150 members. A good many of these do not themselves drive but assist with the organisation of events (stewards).

Stewarding is, one would think, a thankless task. They stand out in all weathers to time, or check, competitors coming through. It is often not possible for them to get their cars to where they must stand due to soft ground (not all have 4 wheel drive vehicles). However, without stewards there would be no sport. In return stewards spend a weekend in lovely surroundings, usually the parks attached to country mansions, free of charge and occasionally in good weather.

Competitors must also cross these parks during the cross country. We get to drive around some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Everyone has read about H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh turning over. We’ve all done it. Great fun, especially the fast bits. Actually, yes you do have to be mad.

The Group is always ready to welcome newcomers to the sport and will give drivers training, to ensure safety. Similarly we always welcome new stewards, in fact anyone is willing to help or compete and have an enjoyable and social weekend.

At last a use for that horse or pony that is eating your grass and is getting fat and lazy. Or do you fancy spending a free weekend or two in a country house park next summer? Why not join in with Horse Driving Trials. We hold several events throughout the summer in the Midlands and are always looking for new members and stewards.

Contact us now! Don’t wait till the summer when you have forgotten this.

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Or by mail

Lesley West,
Jodders,
Soudley,
Market Drayton,
Shropshire.
TF9 2SB

Latest News

11/09/2020 - September Onley Report
By Wendy Nix

24/08/2020 - Onley update 24/8/2020
Thanks go to Wendy Nix

19/08/2020 - Onley September Update
Thanks go to Wendy Nix

05/06/2020 - Update June 5th 2020
Thanks to Wendy Nix for compiling

16/05/2020 - Frickley Cancelled
Update from MC, by Wendy Nix

04/04/2020 - Covid-19 Update 2nd April 2020
Written by Wendy Nix

21/03/2020 - CoVid-19 Statement from MC
Update March 20th

01/01/2020 - 2019 AGM Minutes
A report of the short AGM held on November 2019.

01/01/2020 - 2019 Competitors Conference
Full report of the Competitors Conference held after the AGM.

03/10/2019 - Club Championships
Report from Thoresby written by Wendy Nix