ACDS - Home of carriage driving in Australia

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Apr 19 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, Apr 27 2:00 PM
Saturday Apr 19 - Monday Apr 21
Saturday Apr 19 - Monday Apr 21
Saturday Apr 19 - Sunday Apr 20

Don't forget to check the rest of the Calendar.

When available info can be found under the Events/Results Tab


Federal Executive 2013 - 2014

President: Wayne Armstrong

Vice President: Brendan Dwyer

Secretary: Sue Waters

Treasurer: Peter Lee

ACDS Affiliated Clubs can now be found on the Information Tab

Need some info?

We have a variety of  downloads including society information, endurance and pleasure driving, CDE and all the current Australian dressage tests for you to print.

CDE Organisation Manual now on the  Carriage Driving Disciplines tab

Driven Dressage

The New 2013 Dressage manual is now available.

The full downloadable pdf is here

Newly updated Dressage Tests Now Available on the 

Carriage Driving Disciplines tab

Like a copy of the latest

Show Driving Handbook

Full downloadable pdf version here


Australian Carriage Driving Society (ACDS) was formed in 1971 after R M Williams invited a group of prominent harness exhibitors to discuss the formation of an organisation to promote harness activities. Now 40 years on the ACDS consists of 6 state branches, over 50 Clubs and more than 1200 members across Australia.

Victorian CDE Championships
May 10th and 11th 2014

on the Events page

View Announcement from Event Organizers

Updates from the Federal CDE Committee 

NOTICE 1: The FEI Rule book 10th Edition, Updated to 1 January 2013 can now be found on the FEI website via this link


NOTICE 2: The ACDS Federal CDE Committee has being analyzing the FEI’s changes in the 2014 FEI Rules for Driving and their effect on driving in Australia. As a consequence of this analysis, any proposed changes to the ACDS rules will be put to the State CDE Committees and the general membership (in the March ACDS Journal) prior to a new ACDS Variations Booklet being put to Federal Council at its meeting in July 2014 and to take effect from 1st August 2014.


This means that until advised otherwise, Australian CDE competitions will use the FEI Rules for Driving Events as at 1st Jan 2009 (updated 1st January 2013) and ACDS Variations as of 1 August 2013.

Schedule and Entry forms now available.

Entries Close 19th March 2014

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Want to drive at WA CDE Nationals but do not have a horse?

Read about the Western Australian Offer to Eastern Carriage Drivers
Posting Pictures

To add a profile pic.

Step 1 Find a suitable jpg photo that is less than 50 kb and remember where it is on your computer

Step 2 Go to edit profile click on upload photo, browse to find it on your computer and upload.

For the Forum and to add photos to your info page

To add photos you will need to use an online photo uploader,

I use TinyPic and copy and paste the 'Direct link for Layout'.

Please keep your photos small. Relevant Photos only.

Step 1 Make sure you know where you have stored your photo on your own computer.

Step 2 Keep the ACDS website open and open a new browser window, type tinypic into the address bar go to

Step 3 Follow the instructions and upload your photo to the internet

Step 4 You will be given 4 options choose the last option, 'direct link for layout'. It will look something like this:// Highlight this and click copy or ctrl+C.

Step 5 Go back to the ACDS website, to the spot where you are composing your message.

Step 6 When composing a message or your profile, click on the picture frame at the top it is next to the smily face:). A box will come up that says ' enter the URL of the image'  paste your copied link using ctrl+v

Give it a go, tell me if it works.

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