Piedmont Driving Club
Est. 1978

ABOUT


The Piedmont Driving Club was established in 1978 and

is the oldest carriage driving club in Northern Virginia.

The Club is governed by an elected Board, adheres to a

set of by-laws, and carries insurance for all of its activities.

Membership is open not only to persons who actively

drive carriages, but also to any person who might want to

serve as a groom, become involved in carriage restoration, photography of turn-outs

,or who might want to assist the Club by providing driving

venues, hosting picnics, or helping with other activities in

which the Club engages.


In recent years, the Club has focused primarily on “picnic” drives, meaning
that we gather at specific venues and drive a course which has been marked, or for which a                                                                             map been prepared.Afterwards, participants partake of                                                                        a traditional picnic. Distances vary from 3-4 miles up to10                                                                        miles, ​depending upon the time of year and the terrain.                                                                        Some drives are “head to tail”, requiring equines that                                                                              can go quietly in company and are comfortable with                                                                              carriages in front and behind. Other drives are “go as                                                                               you please”, where the person driving (hereinafter                                                                              called a “whip”) can choose their own distance and                                                                                     pace. The Club seeks to accommodate    “green” equines, (those in training) as well as to refine the skills of the more experienced whips and equines.                                             

The Club is proud to have among its members several persons of national prominence (including a certified Coaching Judge and a Virginia State Representative of the Carriage Association of America), as well as persons who have achieved significant success in Combined Driving Events and other carriage competitions. The Club is fortunate to include some members who train carriage horses and teach driving. Other members have made noteworthy contributions to the world of equine art and literature. But mostly we’re “just folks” and whether or not we are new to the sport, we share the joy and passion of driving and all that it has to offer. Each member is valued for his/her unique and individual contributions.