About Australian Carriage Driving Society

Australian Carriage Driving Society, the foremost organisation for the development, management, conduct and promotion of carriage driving in Australia.We represent all interests of all carriage driving disciplines, with 1200 members across all states with six state branches and 49 regional affiliate clubs.

We provide a range of competitions at national, state and local club levels including the Australian and State championships.

We offer a range of member benefits to our members including insurance, a quarterly journal, training, coaching, development and accreditation, and administration.

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Nomination forms, application forms etc are now available under Forms in Members Resources.

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Thanks to Peter Dunn

On behalf of Federal Council, sincere thanks to Peter Dunn who, as the ACDS Assistant Federal Secretary, helped with the admin of the ACDS while Tom Dowling was on medical leave. I would like to add my personal thanks to Peter for his support and his willingness to undertake the

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Horse Registration

All horses and ponies competing at CDEs must be registered with the ACDS.  All horses and ponies must be registered to qualify for Graded Driven Dressage Championships. As of Monday 4 March, 2024 Horse Registration Cards will not be issued by the ACDS, but instead will be replaced by an

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The ACDS places the utmost importance on the welfare of the horse as the primary consideration in all carriage driving activities.

Read the Horse Welfare Policy

Read the Horse Sensory Hair Policy

Members are encouraged to develop and maintain an inclusive environment that promotes participation.

Behaviour which may be considered as discriminatory, bullying, intimidatory, violent or of a harassing (sexual or otherwise) nature will not be tolerated. Unjust or intemperate criticism of other members or behaviour that brings the Society and/or sport into disrepute is similarly not acceptable.

Read our Code of Conduct

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Sports Australia issued an updated Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement earlier this year.

The key message is “if in doubt, sit them out”.

The Australian Carriage Driving Society has adopted this key message.

Concussion Policy update 2022