This award aims to highlight the importance of our rare driving horse and pony breeds and at the same time to celebrate their heritage and raise awareness of their plight, while preserving their future through our carriage driving sport. Open to any individual horse or pony on the current Rare Breed Survival Trust Endangered Species list.
Outstanding Achievement Award
This award is presented to a person, team or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the sport of carriage driving. Their achievements will have made an important impact on the sport over a period of time or through a one off action and will continue to be an asset to the community for many years to come. It rewards those who go over and above all expectations and that we are proud to have within the carriage driving community.
Winners will enter the Carriage Driving ‘Hall of Fame’ in celebration of excellence in the sport of carriage driving.
Young Sports Personality of the Year
This award will be presented to an individual, professional or amateur, in any sphere of carriage driving who has made the most significant contribution to sport as a result of individual or team achievement. Additional merit will be awarded where their carriage driving activities have been used in a community sense or to place the sport on a national/international platform. The nominee must be 25 or younger on the closing date for entries.
An individual who has shown outstanding dedication to their position of groom or backstepper in any capacity whether that be for a singles, pairs, tandem or team driver in any carriage driving sphere. The main criteria is that they are held in the highest esteem and provide a service that is invariably understated but essential to the success of the partnership that make up a carriage driving turnout.
Rescue Horse of the Year
Originating from an equine rescue charity, any equine which has made the most progress in its carriage driving journey and has enhanced the life of its owner, or which has been used to enhance the lives of a community it may serve.
Driving for the Disabled Group of the Year
Disabled driving is unique in that it allows and opens the sport to people enjoy the sport of car-riage driving. We will be looking for the Group which has gone above and beyond its remit, and above all one which has offered a fun and informative environment to allow disabled drivers to enjoy their sport to their fullest capacity.
Event Organiser of the Year
Planning a successful event requires dedication, professionalism and patience alongside organisational and management skills with the ability to keep calm under pressure. It often involves weeks and months of hard work and long hours in the lead up to an event. This award recognises the time and commitment it takes to organise and run a successful and memorable carriage driving event. This is open to individuals who have organised either a long term or single event.
Business of the Year
This category is open to any business connected to carriage driving. From film, wedding, funeral and tourism services through to harness, carriage, clothing and show wear manufacturers, makers and suppliers. We are looking for a company or individual who has been trading for three or more years and can demonstrate unsurpassed service as well as financial success, staff engagement and growth with identifiable customer satisfaction and a sustainable business plan.
Grassroots Driver of the Year
This category is open people who are new to carriage driving in any driving discipline regardless of age, and have been driving for under 3 years. It recognises improvement, dedication and enthusiasm for carriage driving at club, local or regional level.
This category is open for sponsorship.
Volunteer of the Year
Volunteers are essential to the running of all carriage driving events and shows, and freely give their time so that others can enjoy their hobby or sport. This award is to honour the input that volunteers make in the carriage driving world.
Best Traditional Turnout of the Year
This award will be presented to the traditional turnout which is, in the opinion of the judges, one which is an excellent representation of an original vehicle of its age or a vehicle which has been created to using authentic or traditional methods. The judges will be considering the whole turnout in their decision including carriage, whip, groom, harness, harness horse and whip and groom’s attire. The turnout doesn’t necessarily have to be one which was seen in the final line-up at a show or competition, and may be a single, or multiple turnout, but it will be one which is considered to be of the highest calibre of its kind, worthy of special recognition.
Best Non-Traditional Turnout of the Year
Awarded to a non-traditional turnout, otherwise known as an exercise vehicle, marathon, or modern vehicle. It should be one which follows modern design, and may be used for competition, showing, or at events at any level.