Non-drivers are most welcome to come to all our events, and we are happy to introduce new helpers to all aspects of stewarding at a driving competition. At the beginning of the season, in March, competitors will return to Coxhill Livery Yard, near Maddiston, Falkirk for a grassroots competition. This is a very informal day where Novice drivers compete with Open drivers who are introducing their young horses to dressage, obstacles and cones. New volunteers will be warmly welcomed and introduced to all aspects of Carriage Driving in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
All the club events are listed on the driving calendar – they will be more than happy to have new help. Scotland will again have an International Driving Event at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, with dressage on Friday, followed by the marathon and obstacles on the Saturday, and Obstacle Driving (Cones) on the Sunday. Volunteers for stewarding on the Saturday are especially welcome as it takes over 100 stewards to officiate on this day. All new helpers will be paired with experienced stewards so no one needs to worry about being in a situation for which they may feel untrained.
The driving fraternity are a friendly bunch – at the last conference it was agreed that the two things that we do best are ‘extend the hand of friendship to all who join us’ and ‘party.’ Packed lunches, tea and coffee are provided to stewards as a thank you and, at the end of the day, there are tea, coffee and cakes for all.
If you’d like to get involved with Carriage Driving in Scotland, just drop us a note here and we’ll get straight back to you.