Teaching & Training

Would you like to try carriage driving? Well we are here to help, we offer lessons either as an intensive course or regular lessons can be planned on a weekly or longer basis.

The training is practical hands on one-to-one with a high proportion of each lesson spent driving we teach traditional coachman style rein handling. As well as individual lessons we also regularly work with small groups. Our carriage driving facility is fully approved for teaching by the British Driving Society, staffed by BDS qualified teaching staff and fully insured.

You may have no experience of horses at all or think your days of riding horses are over and simply want to try driving and take it from there. All our horses are very experienced.

You may have driven and want to try and learn about driving more than one horse to a carriage (pairs, tandem, etc.) or if you want to learn to drive to get some formal BDS qualifications we can provide a planned series of lessons.

If you would like to learn how to show we can help you and even run special show training events for small groups.

We have special expertise in harness, vehicles and practical working with heavy horses.

We run various events throughout the year including fun training LeTrec’s in purpose built grass and bark arena’s We also have a network of quiet country roads with the scenic backdrop of the Mourne mountains.

Most of the active and prize winning young drivers in show classes have received training from Joanne Orr Carriages.


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