RECENT action from the NI Carriage Driving Association saw competitors have the privilege of utilising the magnificent Parklands and grounds of Shanes Castle over the weekend of July 13-14.
Not only was there the usual array of classes but also included qualification classes (Regional Qualifiers) for the British Carriage Driving National Championships.
The action as usual started with dressage, seeing all compete showing the level of training achieved, to the panel of judges. Then came the cones course which proved a mix of technical questions for drivers and again challenged abilities and training.
Sunday saw the action change to the marathon phase of the competition where not only did competitors strike our through the Parklands but also had to negotiate eight expertly constructed obstacles including homage to the Northern Ireland based HBO hit series “Game of Thrones”.
The action turns to Tynan Abbey, Co Armagh where the association will be running the 2019 All Ireland Carriage Driving Championships (supported by Armagh Banbridge & Craigavon Council) over the weekend of August 17-18.