Garioch Carriage Driving is a group member of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)www.rda.org.uk which incorporates Carriage Driving. We are also a recognised Scottish Charity - Scottish Charity No: SC 028644 (SCIO). We are based at Strathorn Farm Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire.
We aim to improve lives by giving people with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs, the opportunity to learn to drive horse-drawn carriages.
Twice weekly, from May to September our trained volunteers harness our horses to their carriages and assist each disabled driver into their driving positions, beside their Coach. They are taught to drive the carriages to the best of their ability, on tracks and competion courses at Strathorn or at other venues in and around Scotland. Our drivers have also qualified to compete at the RDA's National Championships in England.
We also enjoy a laugh, chat and a cuppa at the driving sessions and during the winter we don't carriage drive but we arrange and meet up either for arranged talks or activities.
We rely on committed volunteers to provide this service.
With limited fixed income, we also rely on fundraising and donations to keep the group going.