Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the club or event you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills! You never know that volunteering could spark something in you to begin your journey in Carriage Driving!
The continuing involvement of volunteers is vital to Carriage Driving in Australia . You don’t need to have ‘horse skills ‘ to be a volunteer.
An estimated 43.7% of adult Australians volunteered a total of 932 million hours in the 12 months prior to when surveyed in 2016. On average, volunteers gave 134 hours of their time over 12 months in 2015-16* or about 2.5 hours a week. Do you have a couple of Sundays a year that you could come out to the country, get well fed and enjoy people having fun with their horse or ponies?
The Australian Carriage Driving Society and their members value volunteers highly and recognise them as one if the sport’s greatest assets.
Our sport needs volunteers to run successful events and there are all sorts of jobs to be done they include, helping in the canteen, penciling for a dressage judge, picking up balls on a cones course, timing or helping on a obstacle at a CDE the list goes on.
We will provide training and put you with other experienced people, so you will have an enjoyable and positive experience.
If you would like to become a volunteer please contact us with where you live and how you might like to help, we will contact you to get you started.
Grooming on a Carriage
You might like to experience Carriage driving up close, a great place to start is with an experienced driver.
Carriage Drivers can find it difficult to find a groom for an Event or Rally day. A great way to get involved is to help out a Driver, a groom can learn the ropes so to speak. Many a driver started out helping a friend before they got hooked themselves and then bought their own pony. Oops, another groom required!
To get in contact with local drivers first find the club closest to you, contact the club secretary and go along to a rally or event.