About

The South Downs Harness Club (SDHC) was formed in 1978 to:

• Encourage the driving of horses and ponies as a sport and recreation
• Promote good friendship amongst members
• Improve and maintain the standard of driving and horsemanship.

(History of the Club.)

We pride ourselves on being a “grassroots club”, welcoming and supporting new drivers or those thinking about learning to drive to our events. We are also happy to challenge more experience drivers but always with an emphasis on friendship and support.

Our events are held all year round, mainly in Hampshire and West Sussex and include both competitive and non-competitive activities: one-day-events, shows, inside-out, social drives, training and talks. SDHC is also committed to maintaining off road access, for our members and for future drivers, more information can be found on our Rights of Way (R.O.W.) pages for West Sussex and Hampshire. The Club has a permissive driving route in the South Downs National Park West Sussex area for members’ use.

For those new to carriage driving, they may not be aware of all the different activities that are available. We have created a summary of the most popular activities with explanations of the key messages. (Opens in a new window.)

Driving is a very social sport, so members are encouraged to develop a tolerance for tea & cake… (chocolate cake is a particular club favourite)

Every autumn we hold an AGM, where active Club members are presenting with awards, such as Most Improved Driver, Best Novice, Best Open.

The Club’s insurance is provided through British Carriagedriving. As an affiliated Club we are advised by British Carriagedriving in matters relating to event organisation, safety and competition rules.

Safety is of huge importance; there are more details on our Safety page. We also have a “ Voluntary Code of Practice” for members driving out and about. (Opens in a new window.)

The Club has a clear defined set of rules and a constitution to which the Committee run the Club on behalf of the members. They can be read here.