Understanding Carriages

Phaeton Presentation Carriage

Phaeton Presentation Carriage

Selecting a carriage can be a daunting experience, whether it is for competition of for pleasure driving.

2 Wheel Exercise Carriage

2-Wheel Exercise Carriage

It doesn’t have to be expensive purchase – WDDC members are there to help with choices.

Many of us begin our driving “journey” on a budget with a 2-wheel excercise carriage complete with pony or steady cob. WDDC is a great place to meet with beginners and experienced drivers alike.

Pneumatic tyres provide a softer ride on hard surfaces. Whilst they are permitted within the rules of club competition, they are not permitted in Regional and National Level competition. Rigid solid tyres withstand the side loading resulting from making tight turns at speed.

Slavek Wagonette

Wagonette Leisure Vehicle

Modern carriages suitable for off-road driving will generally have disc brakes; some 4-wheel carriages also have locking turntables to prevent jack-knifing when reining back (reversing).

3-phase carriages, suitable for competing in carriage driving trials at club and regional level, have a removable rear seat, used by the groom during cones and dressage but removed for the marathon and obstacles phase.

At National level, it is required that a formal “presentation” carriage and harness is used for the dressage and cones phases.

3-phase Carriage

3-phase Driving Trials Carriage

The Carriage Manufacturers’ and Stockists’ links shown are not an endorsement by WDDC but intended only as a guide. However, if it’s your first carriage purchase, it is recommended that advice be sought from either a recommended professional or experienced driver before making a purchase.

The carriage being considered must be suitable for your horse’s harness and vice versa.