We cater for all driving interests: social drives, showing and horse driving trials. (Those new to carriage driving may find the explanations of types of events useful.) We also run training sessions and social and educational events.
Before you enter a Club event please read
- The safety page, covering grooms/backsteppers, helmets and body/back protectors.
- Novice or Open? We define a “SDHC Novice” in a slightly different way to the more formal criteria. Please check our guidance.
- Our policy on withdrawals and cancellations.
Caroline Douglas Training Clinics
South Downs Harness Club is pleased to continue our training Clinics with Caroline Douglas.
Caroline is a Light Harness Horse Instructor (LHHI) as well as BHS Intermediate Instructor, Private Drive and Attelage de Tradition Judge. In 2017 Caroline was invited to judge at Horse of the Year show, quite an accolade. We have been holding clinics since December 2015.
Caroline is able to give lessons from harness and carriage fit, to driving single, pairs, multiples, cones, obstacles, ridden and groundwork. A judge for driving trials as well as showing and attelage Caroline has a broad range of experience to share.
The clinics have been very popular and weekends are getting increasingly busier, working around different events but also Caroline’s availability.
For summer 2018 we will hold clinics on a Tuesday afternoon and into the evening once a month at Lowhill Farm.
In order to make allocation of places as fair as possible, SDHC members interested in a place are asked to return a completed copy of the form.
Registration will be held open for 2 weeks. After this time, a ballot will be held so that everyone applying gets at least one lesson.
After this, a waiting list will be held and open to non-members. We often get cancellations, particularly in the week before so if you are available you may get invited to attend at short notice.
Once a month SDHC members are invited to join us for an evening social drive around farm land (interval or small groups). Those not driving are also very welcome to join us for a cuppa, cake and a chat. Full details will be in the SDHC newsletter. Places are limited so booking is required. Carriage dogs are welcome.
Contact Kayti Harvey for more information.
DATES FOR 2018
25th August Redenham Regional Driving Trials, Redenham Park nr Andover
Organiser – Julia Crockford – www.whitehorseharnessclub.com
5th September Evening Social Drive
9th September “Driven Clueless in 1978”, Lowhill Farm, nr Winchester
– Turn-outs are encouraged to dress with a 1978 theme, extra points will be awarded.
– Turn-outs are able to prepare a one-page hand out to give to the judge explaining their theme
– Minimum turn out is marathon dress.
2. Puzzle Drive: a drive around the fields with quiz questions to answer.
3. Skills Drive: Trec style skills & cones
Classes will be divide by the average age of those on the carriage who may have different recollections of 1978 (if at all!)
Entries close Monday 3rd September. (For late entries please contact organiser.)
SDHC & WHHC Members – £20
Non-Members with insurance – £30
Organisers – Kayti Harvey and Jane Kempton Contact
11th September: Training with Caroline Douglas, Lowhill Farm, nr Winchester
Priority given to SDHC members. See above.