Supporters & Volunteers

The continuing involvement of volunteers is vital to equestrian sport and can hardly be overstated. Scottish Carriagedriving value volunteers highly and recognise them as one if the sport's greatest assets.

What is a Volunteer?

Although there is no legal definition of exactly what a 'volunteer' is, the term volunteering is generally taken to describe where a person freely gives their time to an activity without the expectation of getting paid.

Volunteering is a positive activity, for both the volunteer and the people or organisation that they help and support.

No driving event could exist without a huge team of helpers:

  • Dressage stewards and writers

  • Marathon timekeepers

  • Obstacle stewards

  • Course marshals

  • Score collectors

  • Cones and arena stewards

All are equally important and essential to the smooth running of a competition. Some roles require more specialist knowledge than others, but this expertise is not gained overnight.

Volunteers 2017
Scottish Carriage Driving

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 competitors will make a March 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 on the driving calendar 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.


Come and join us - you will be made most welcome.

Raehills Driving Trials is our "Regional" event in Scotland.

This event will run with dressage and cones on 29th July, then the marathon with obstacles on 30th July 2017.

Again, a huge number of volunteers is needed on the Saturday - if you live nearer to Moffat and Dumfries then please come to join us there, where again you will be provided with sustenance, as a small token of thanks.

For further information please contact Eileen Cornish, SCDA Secretary, via email or on 07833 712133.

We look forward to welcoming you to the ‘best kept secret’ that is the sport of Carriage Driving.

Join the SCDA as a supporter.

For only £10 for the whole of 2017, you can become a supporter of Scottish Carriagedriving.

Membership will bring you the Omnibus Schedule of Scottish events for the season, as well as newsletter updates through the year.

You will be able to plan your outings during the driving season and, at the end of the year you will be welcome to attend the SCDA Conference, where you can become involved with running of the driving sport in Scotland.


You can join and get your membership on-line now, if you can make payment by BACS bank transfer (details will be given when you complete the on-line form).




If you'd rather fill in a form and post a cheque, you can download and print out the Supporter membership form.  




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