Damar Valley Carriages and Welsh Ponies

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Wollombi Pleasure Drive 21st Jan 2018

Posted by Mary Grant on January 23, 2018 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Pleasure drive at wollombi a huge success for our first run. Everyone keen on more. Next pleasure drive on this page, 4th March, keep an eye out for further details, and map of drive will be forwarded to all club members and friends as it gets closer.

Hot day but the early start prooved a success, the trail was cooler than expected at the start, mostly in shade, and beautiful scenery to match. The big horses powered on ahead and left little Pirate (mini donkey) and Roberts little white rocket to play catch up at their own pace. This worked very well as the little fellows found the drive just long enough, with the bigger carriages taking a slightly longer route ahead. Everyone returned safe and satisfied at the days event, and most of all had fun!

Quick meeting after and then all headed up to tavern for some well earned food and drinks. Even little Pirate joined the tavern crew at the tables for a few hot chips, yum yum. Thank you all for such great support for this event, perhaps next drive will have a drop in temperature, and bring bigger numbers. Apologies for those who could not make it due to weather and other issues, it was a great day. Please look in Gallery for all the Pictures on the day.

Scurry Cones Competition 19th November 2017

Posted by Mary Grant on September 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)
Our next day (November 19th) will be a Scurry Cones Course Competition with prizes for the fastest times on the day. We encourage anyone who has never seen this before not to miss out on watching these carriages make it round the course without knocking any balls off the cones. It will be fast, and fun. We may even have spare spots on some of the carriages for those wanting to experience the excitement from the carriage itself. If your thinking of watching, please come along and cheer on the drivers and horses, as they love the crowd excitement and enthusiasm, it may even make them go faster! The public and drivers are welcome to walk the course prior to the competition starting. Any entries / members / visitors wishing to compete must contact Mary prior to the 13th November for more information on 0434584490 or email at centralcoastcdc@gmail.com. There will be a BBQ, Drinks and Cakes for sale on the day. Event Supported By: David Grant Earthmoving and Rural Services Facebook: David Grant Earthmoving & Rural Services Damar Valley Carriages: Instruction and Education Website: www.damarvalleycarriages.com McGraths Stock Feed Company Tuggerah

Central Coast Carriage Driving Club Inaugural First Day

Posted by Mary Grant on September 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Thank you to all that helped in getting the Central Coast Carriage Club back up and running after a very long time. It was a lot of work but we got everything organised for our next few club days thanks to those who attended the AGM. Thank you to all who contributed with their time, horses, carriages and monetary contributions. It was greatly appreciated. We had a great day in the afternoon with Ryan Blackman driving his little Donkey for the first time at a club event, and they both went so well. We had several visitors from the Hunter Carriage Club, and their support for our new club is beyond words from our committee. Thank you so much to Bob and Cathy Browning, Kylie dos Remedios and her sister Michelle Ashbridge, for attending and supporting this new era on the Central Coast. The weather held off just long enough for everyone to have a great drive around the grounds and even have a little try at the cones obstacle available. It all ran smoothly and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. What a great Club and we look forward to our next day in November. Keep your eyes on the papers for our next event, this one is going to be Fast and Fun! For any information regarding the Central Coast Carriage Driving Club, please contact Publicity Officer / Secretary Mary Grant, 043458490 or email at centralcoastcdc@gmail.com. Our Facebook page will be up and running soon!

Agricultural Shows 2016, Northern and Central Shows

Posted by Mary Grant on February 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Just to keep everyone updated on the Show dates for 2017-2018, I have listed them below. The Horse Event Schedules will be posted as the shows grow closer:


Wyong Shire Winter Show : 13th August 2017, 

Penrith Show : 27th August 2017, harness mid morning, www.penrithshow.com.au

Wyong Shire Annual Show Horse Section : 17th September 2017

Singleton : 24th September 2017, Schedule  available early July, www.singletonshow.com

Taree Show : 6th-8th October 2017, and 5th-7th October 2018

Camden Show : 14-15th October 2017 www.camdenhavenshow.org.au

Dungog Show : 10th-11th November 2017, Start after lunch. www.dungogshow.com.au

Bungendore Show : 28th Jan 2018

Morisset Show : 10TH-11th Feb 2018 No Harness www.morissetshow.org.au

Maitland District Show : 16th-18th Feb 2018, start 1pm www.maitlandshowsociety.com.au/

Canberra Royal Show : 23rd-25th Feb 2018

Newcastle District : 2nd-4th March 2018, start 8.30am www.newcastleshow.com.au

Hawkesbury : 20th-22nd April 2018 www.hawkesburyshow.com.au/


St Ives : 19th-20th May 2018 www.stivesshow.com.au

Muswellbrook : date awaiting www.upperhuntershow.com.au/

Harness Requirements For New Show Venues

Posted by Mary Grant on November 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Harness Classes 


Judging requirements and scoring at local Agricultural Shows having harness classes new to their venue is as follows: 


Best presented is marked on overall presentation of vehicle, driver, harness and horse/pony.

       · Must wear apron

       · Must have driving whip

       · If lantern holders present, must have lanterns attached and matches inside.

       · Cleanliness of horse/pony and presentation, plaiting optional.

       · Cleanliness and safety of vehicle, wheel bearings etc.

       · Harness fitted accurately and correctly in draft

       · Drivers presentation satisfactory, helmets compulsory for under aged drivers (17yrs

         >, head attire must be worn by all other drivers.

Overall marks 50% horse/pony

30% carriage

10% driving ability and use of aids

10% harness and correct fitting


Horse and pony classes, heavy horses may compete in open horse over 14hh only.

       · This is marked solely on the horse/pony performance, balance, movement and

        obedience to aids of driver.· You do not loose marks for pneumatic tyres, training

        vehicles etc. 


 Driver classes are marked solely on the driver and effectiveness of their aids; ie whip, voice, reins, contact, vehicles balance (two wheelers only)

       · Must have a whip, apron, hat, appropriate shoe wear and gloves.

       · Young driver <17yrs must have a groom and an accompanied adult driver prior to

        entering show ring. This is FEI and EA and ACDS requirements.

For detailed Show Judge Requirments refer to ACDS