Coaching is a team of matching horses pulling a carriage designed for passenger travel, and regarded by many as the elite of driving turn-outs. Competitive coaching competitions are split into three sections; Presentation, Marathon and Dressage.
Due to the prohibitive cost of keeping and turning out a coach and team, this activity does not have large numbers of participants.
Multiple coaching turn-outs, are nowadays only normally seen at prestigious country or horse shows, or ceremonial parades such as the Lord Mayor of London's Parade.
There is no age restriction on either driving or riding as a passenger on a coach.
A sound knowledge and understanding of driving and controlling a team of horses, while pulling a coach, in the presence of the public and often in traffic. There are no necessary obligatary qualifications for driving a coach and team.
The three phases of coaching are; Presentation, judged on the cleanliness of the horses, tack, and vehicle, the matching of the horses, and the dress of the driver and grooms. Judging is done at the halt. The marathon, tests the fitness and stamina of the horses, as well as the driver's knowledge of pace. The Dressage Test, is a test of control following the rigors of the marathon, similar although much simpler than the mounted version, only calling for movements at the walk and trot.
Although the number of times a coach is turned out in the year will be relatively few. the horses have to be looked after every day of the year, and kept in schooled condition. The coach is a constant labour of love, always requiring maintenance or cleaning.
A well turned out coaching team will be under constant request for private hiring at events such as weddings. Also for appearances in the making of period films and television productions.
Coaching as a purely recreational driving experiance, Competitive equine driving 231, Scurry 792.
Coaching is a prohibitively expensive activity to under take. The cost of keeping and maintaining a team of horses. The cost of owning and maintaining in working show condition the coach. The cost of transporting a coach and team of horses. ( These costs can be lessened by sponsorship of the team, or the hiring out for public occasions).
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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