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About us

The Shepway Harness Club was established forty years ago and is affiliated to British Carriagedriving, we are a small group of active and friendly carriage driving enthusiasts situated in East Kent.


Our aims are:

  • To promote  carriage driving by holding events, shows, talks, demonstrations, drives,    training sessions  and social evenings.

  • Promote safe carriage driving and horse welfare. 

  • Encourage young/new drivers into the sport.

​Our club members are from all age groups and all levels of driving and drive a variety of turnouts from mini Shetlands to large horses.  We are friendly group who exchange ideas and help each other out.
 
Non – members, juniors and novices are always welcome to join us at our events (subject to suitable insurance and assessment if driving)
Anyone needing an assessment should contact Miranda Purves  01233 750280

Here are some of the things we do....

Drives

Drives take place at different venues throughout the year.  A route is worked out in advance and you are given a map on arrival, usually there is a long or short route along quite country lanes, some drives maybe partly or all off road.  You go at your own pace, there is always plenty of horse box parking and time for tea/coffee, cakes and a chat afterwards.

 

Trials

Horse Driving Trials held indoors during the winter and outside in the summer.

 

Show/Fun days

Always popular as there is something for everyone from complete beginners to very experienced drivers.  We do  a variety of things like clear round cones, showing, fancy dress, world cup style events, jump and drive and a whole lot more, it really is a family affair, set in the beautiful grounds of Godmersham Park.

 

Training Days

Our training days invaluable for drivers to improve their driving skills they are suitable for everyone whether you are a beginner or advanced driver.  Even if you don’t have a horse just come along and watch you are bound to learn something.

 

Talks/social evenings

We Have a summer BBQ where we sometimes invite guest speakers to give talks, often including film/video or slide shows, on various horsey subjects.

 

Visits and trips

We have trips and visits out to various places such as Olympia.

 

Non–members, juniors and novices are always welcome to join us at our events (subject to suitable insurance and assessment if driving)

Anyone needing an assessment should contact Miranda Purves  01233 750280

Get Involved

We're always delighted to welcome new members as drivers or supporter’s.   Many of our non-driving members play a very important role by helping out at our events and this is always much appreciated as the events would not be able to go ahead without the help of volunteers.

 

No knowledge of carriage driving is needed as full training will be given in the job, it’s a great way to meet new friends and get into the sport of carriage driving.   

 

Not sure what’s involved? Just come along to one of our events and watch the action and have a chat to other members.

SHC Committee 
Miranda Purves - Chairman           
Jackie Durkin - Treasurer and 
Events Secretary 
Tony Petitepierre - Course Designer   
Catherine Reeves - Secretary and Website

Newsletters

The Shepway Harness Club has four newsletters a year exclusively for our members.  They are packed with information about what the club is doing as well reports on previous events and interesting horse related articles and photos.

 

Anything you would like included in the newsletter please email Newsletter Editor.

 

 

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