ABOUT TRI-COUNTY CARRIAGE
Experience horse and carriage - For anyone that might dream of driving an equine friend in harness with carriage, dressed in casual safety attire for pleasure drive in the country or dressed in finery of your choice, Tri-County Carriage Association is ~ where driving begins ~.
Beginnings - A small group of devoted carriage drivers set the groundwork for this traditional sport to be accessible and affordable for first-time participants through to the more experienced drivers. Fellowship, a generous sharing of information, equipment and moral support prevails at all events. With reasonable fees for membership, education seminars, hands-on clinics & show fees, everyone is able to enjoy participating.
Each year begins with a planned Schedule of Events followed by impromptu activities providing opportunities to get together - all to be posted on the website. First up is an Education Seminar focused on safety and information for anyone who wishes to attend and begin to learn about the sport. Next up is a hands-on Adult Beginner Clinic supported by TCCA members who contribute their time, equine partners and equipment for participants to enjoy. Three TCCA Social Drives are held from spring through to fall at various member locations providing an opportunity to meet with fellow drivers, gain experience & knowledge and are often complimented with a potluck meal. Pleasure Drives may be offered by TCCA members on an impromptu basis and at their choosing information will be posted on this website giving the opportunity for attendance.
Shows are held at various locations ensuring accessibility and a variety of landscapes. Safety checks on harness and carriage are the first order of each show and types of classes vary offering individuals to enter and perform at their comfort level. Tenderfoot and junior classes are less complicated offering direction in the ring. A wide variety of clothing and equipment is acceptable and need not be expensive but must be safe. Judges are less strict and offer suggestions for improvements as applicable.
Red Light - Green Light classes focus on youth and are held at each show providing an opportunity to accompany a TCCA member in a carriage and experience the thrill of taking part. The Ken Armstrong Youth Fund has been established through TCCA to encourage and assist youth in entering the sport.
Para participation in all activities is encouraged. An adult partner is required to accompany and be responsible for the participant at all times. Contact with the TCCA Show Manager is to be made for necessary arrangements. The Urban Elevator Para Trophy is awarded to an appropriate participant at year end awards held at TCCA's AGM.
In 1983 Tri-County Carriage Association (TCCA) was formed by a group of gentleman living in Southwestern Ontario that shared a love of carriage driving. Their contributions set a foundation for others to build and expand on this historical sport ensuring its future for all to take part in.
Throughout each year, the club delivers education seminars, driving clinics and social drives that are open to all drivers as well as encouraging beginners, youth and para to participate. Show events include the Great Lakes Carriage Classic (a 3-day show) and a one day show in the fall. Urban Elevators donated the first Para Division trophy at the 2018 GLCC event.
The Social Committee plans and offers TCCA Social Drives at various members’ facilities giving all interested parties an opportunity to take part in non-competitive carriage outings. Participants contribute and share information & skills along with an impromptu pot luck lunch with time to share stories. From time-to-time members offer impromptu privately held Pleasure Drives for others to participate in; at their request, information will be posted on this website. A good time for for all.
Membership is required to participate in TCCA activities. The form can be found on the website with the annual waiver that when signed and submitted covers the calendar year of membership. (www.tricountycarriage.com)
Coach House Talks is an online communication feature designed to provide an opportunity for members to contribute and share information.
Each year is closed by the Annual General Meeting with a potluck meal, year-end awards, interesting speakers and a review of past and upcoming events.
The Board of Tri-County Carriage Association appreciates your continued support.