ACDS - Home of carriage driving in Australia

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Dec 24 All Day
Sunday, Jan 11 All Day
Sunday, Jan 11 All Day
Saturday, Jan 17 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, Jan 18 1:00 PM

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

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


Federal Executive 2014 - 2015

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

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.

Saturday at Equitana Melbourne 2014 with Bram Chardon.

Bram presented a very interesting Clinic on how to choose a driving pony, what to look for and the importance of patience. Later in the afternoon it was on to the Grand Pavilion for the Extreme Driving Challenge for Four in Hand Teams.

Rachel Haslau during her winning run in the Extreme Driving Challenge.

A little bit of fun at the conclusion of the Team Challenge, the finale to the Carriage Driving at Equitana 2014

Friday at Equitana Melbourne 2014 with Bram Chardon. 

Bram drove in both the Pairs Obstathon and in the Jump and Drive and thrilled the crowd with his all or nothing style.

He entertained an enthusiastic audience during his carriage driving Master Class with a single and pair and delighted the crowd when he took the reins of a pony team in a demonstration of obstacle driving.

The very pleased Jump and Drive winner Merryn Byers with Airlie Robinson

Official ACDS merchandise is available from our Webstore

We have a selection of products available for you to purchase online, payment is via PayPal and all prices include postage.

Assistance Required!

A book about the early days of the ADS and the development of Carriage Driving as a sport in being compiled by Ann Robertson of Victoria.

Do you have any stories to tell? If you were involved in the first 20 years Ann needs your stories. Send her your stories or the story of an "old timer', all articles printed will carry the contributors name.

Articles and photos should be sent to Ann as soon as possible. 

Mrs Ann Robertson PO Box 7, MT Martha, Victoria. 03 5974 1228

Please note the email address in the journal is incorrect.

Have you paid your Club Membership? 

Contact your Club Secretary.

Memberships are now overdue.

Dressage Update

Dressage tests will be returning to the ACDS website shortly. 
An ACDS footer is being added to all tests and drawings are being double checked. When this has been completed, the only tests that should be used are those with the footer. It is recommended that other tests be filed away or destroyed and this will avoid any confusion in the future.
In the meantime, if copies of tests are required, please email me and I will ensure you have the correct test.

Do you have an Insurance question?

The ACDS Insurance Program information is all on our Information page including Insurance Certificate, Salient Points of Cover, Procedure of Claims and now Questions and Answers to help us all with the many queries of what happens when?

Check it out on the Information Tab

Even if your area is not effected by the recent fires in New South Wales this publication by the NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE may be something we should all take a look at. 

ACDS - CDE Update - July 2014

Read the Special Statement here and help shape the Future of CDE's in Australia

New to the Website ACDS 'Activities Manual' on the Information Tab

Send me your story, photos or event results.

Would you like to contribute to the photo gallery?

You can send in your own favorite photos to

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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