An Introduction to Carriage Driving

An Introduction to Carriage Driving
As a result of our increasingly popular Shire Experience Days, which provides you with a brief insight into carriage driving, we are proud to launch our carriage driving lessons.

The lessons are tailored to your individual needs and abilities, so whether you want start up lessons or refreshers, just for fun or you plan to set yourself up with a horse and carriage in the future, we feel that our comprehensive tuition will develop both your skills and confidence.
Your instructors

Pete Woodford has over 30 years of driving experience and now operates the only fully commercial licensed hackney carriage company in the South West.

To attain such a certificate, Pete has undergone a commercial driving assessment, health checks and enhanced CRB checks. The Shire horses, George and Ringo receive an annual vet check to confirm their fitness and ability to work, plus the Omnibus has received intense British Driving Society checks.

The Lizard Stallions groom, Nicky, also has 30 years experience of horses and has more recently served as a commercial groom.

Both Pete and Nicky will encourage and develop your skills through each stage, step by step, until you feel confident enough to go it alone.

Activities/Duration Price

Beginners Sessions ~ 2 1/2 hours (Public Session)

* Fitting and checking the harness;
* Carriage Safety Checks;
* Putting to and groom instructions;
* Starting to Drive ~ voice commands/starting/
stopping/whip instructions/turns/hand position, etc;
* Removing and harness care.

Harnessing Up ~ 40 mins
Checks & Putting To ~ 25 mins
Driving ~ 1 hour
Unhitch and unharness ~ 25 mins

An assessment will be made at the end of each starter session
as to whether sufficient progression has been made
£35 pp

No more than 4 per group

Road Driving Lessons ~ 2 1/2 hours (Public Session)
(Not before beginners sessions)

* Fitting and checking the harness;
* Carriage Safety Checks;
* Putting to and road safety instructions;
* Road Driving ~ country lane driving/whip instructions
to other road users/hills, etc;
* Removing and harness care.

Harnessing Up ~ 30 mins
Checks & Putting To ~ 20 mins
Driving ~ 1 hour 20 mins
Unhitch and unharness ~ 20 mins

£45 pp

No more than 3 per group

Individual & Private Group Tuition
(Not before beginners sessions)

1:1 Tuition ~ Road Driving Lesson including 1 hour individual driving

2:1 Tuition ~ Road Driving Lesson including 30 mins each driving

3:1 Tuition ~ Road Driving Lesson including 20 mins each driving

1:1 ~ £99

2:1 ~ £140

3:1 ~ £170

Full Day Experience Day

* Horse Care including jet washing, shampooing & grooming;
* Harness Up and hitch to the carriage;
* Road Driving ~ country lane driving;
* Removing and harness care;
* Feeding the horses

9.30 start with a 4pm finish ~ 1 hour lunch break in Gweek plus 2 sets of 45 minutes driving time

£60 for Adults

£40 for 13 & over

Half Day Experience Days

* Horse Care including jet washing, shampooing &
grooming;
* Harnessing Up;
* Carriage Checks;
* Removing and harness care;
* Feeding the horses

Morning or afternoon sessions available

£25 pp
07545 569874
Brook Meadows
Wendron
Helston
TR13 0NL

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