Teams to thrill in Longwood: ‘the carriage driving Mecca’
THE Annual Skye Park Australian Carriage Driving Classic is on in Longwood Recreation Ground this weekend, attracting a huge number of entries from throughout Australia; including a variety of outfits from Tasmania, South Australia, NSW and Victoria.
Longwood has long been known as the Carriage Driving Mecca of Australia and is justifiably proud of this title.
Hosted by the Longwood Carriage Driving Club the Annual November Classic has been running at Longwood since 1996.
Top billing will be seven Four – in – hand Teams of Horses and Ponies.
Saturday will feature the Driven Dressage where beautifully presented outfits ranging from small single ponies, through to Pairs, Tandems and Teams of Ponies and Horses, will delight spectators from around the district and the Nation.
Only a short walk away will be the Obstacle ( Cones) Course, where all competitors are required to negotiate a tricky course against the clock through a series of witches’ hats with balls on top.
Sunday will be the day for all the excitement and thrills of the Marathon Obstacles. Spectators can view the majority of the Obstacles from one central, easily accessible viewing point, particularly suitable for young families and the elderly, and with wheel chair access.
Entry for Spectators is entirely free on both days.
Whilst attending the Carriage Driving Spectacular at Longwood remember to make time to visit the Shrine of Remembrance Photographic Exhibition “Australia will be there” in the Community Centre, which will be open on both Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 3pm.
Scrumptious catering all weekend by the ladies of the Longwood Community Centre is always a feature of any Carriage Driving Event at Longwood .
Enquiries to jenny@ australiancarriages.com.au or phone 0439 985562.
SERIOUS SPEED: Local Driver, Tom Wood, negotiates the Shire of Strathbogie “Horse Capital of Victoria” Marathon Obstacle course.
THE BEST ON SHOW: Action aplenty on Marathon Day.
LOCAL STARS: Driven Dressage at Longwood with current Australian Overall Champion, Rachel Haslau of Longwood