New for 2021 – Short Format Class
We will be offering an short format class held on the Sunday. This will comprise of a dressage test, for 2021 it will be the BC Evolution Test 2017 (Downloadable from www.britishcarriagedriving.co.uk), a short cones course (not within the dressage arena) and then 2 of the marathon obstacles driven twice.
For more information, please click here to view our schedules.
Windsor Park Equestrian Club (WPEC) prides itself in being an all inclusive club, running under British Carriagedriving (BC) rules (www.britishcarriagedriving.co.uk).
There are classes for everyone from beginners to international competitors. Members and non-members are welcome to compete in single, pair, tandem or team classes in the picturesque Deer Park within Windsor Great Park.
Most of our events are run over two days, the first day (Saturday) we hold the dressage and cones sections of the event and on the Sunday, we run the Marathon phase. Competitors can choose to enter the phases individually or combined.
The marathon route takes competitors throughout the deer park and into other areas within the Great Park, we are privileged that some areas we can use on the marathon course are private areas not open to the general public, allowing our competitors views of the Great Park not usually accessible.
For non-competitive carriage drivers WPEC offers a pleasure drive on Marathon day (usually on the Sunday), the course follows the same as the marathon without the obstacles. Pleasure drivers drive the course after the marathon has finished.
For any two day event, competitors can stay on site in the Deer Park from the Friday and for one day events competitors can stay on the Saturday night. Please note that the parking is within the Deer Park where wild deer herds roam.
All our rules and schedules can be viewed online. Click here to enter our Carriage Driving meets online.
Entering a Competition
We now accept online entries, please follow the links on the dates and entries page to enter. We also accept postal entries which must be sent to Mrs Helen Pritchard (postal address on the entry form) BEFORE the closing date as advertised on the schedule. Please enter the competition in plenty of time, if we accept a late entry, it may be subject to a late entry fee.
You may enter each phase individually. i.e. you may decide to just do the dressage or just the marathon or just compete in dressage and cones, or you can enter dressage, cones and marathon.
Schedules and entry forms can be found on our website under the Carriage driving dates.
Times will be published before the event on our Facebook Page and on our website. You may also call our Driving Secretary Mrs Helen Pritchard on 01428 288 301 / 07768 140 717 from the Thursday before the event
Qualifying for British Carriagedriving (BC) National Championships
We run one regional event each year (2021 Season: 10-11 July 2021) which have classes that are qualifiers for the BC National Championships held at the end of the season (2021 Season:13-15 August 2021). Please see our regional schedule on our website or BC website for entry conditions and requirements and qualifier classes.
First Time at WPEC?
Before you can compete you must have passed at least B.D.S. Level 1 (1998) or the BC assessment. By appointment we can arrange for an assessment to be conducted on the show ground prior to you beginning your competition. Allow at least 30 minutes for the assessment and bear in mind that if you do not pass you will not be allowed to compete that weekend.
As in any sport there are a few “Shooting” offences:
- NEVER EVER DRIVE ON A MOWN GRASS VERGE
- NEVER EVER DRIVE A MOTORISED VEHICLE ON THE SAND TRACK
- DO NOT DRIVE UP TO THE OBSTACLES
- DO NOT LET YOUR DOG OFF THE LEAD
- NEVER EVER LET A DOG LOOSE OUT IN THE PARK WHERE YOU THINK NO-ONE WILL SEE – WE WILL!
- NEVER EVER TAKE THE BRIDLE OFF WHILE THE HORSE IS PUT TO!
- And finally, drive safely and have fun!
If you have any queries regarding your entry to a competition please contact Mrs Helen Pritchard, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01428 288 301, 07768 140 717
All other carriage driving queries should be directed to the Driving Organiser Miss Sarah Louise Oxborrow, email@example.com or 07783 349 167