For anyone that might dream of driving an equine friend in harness with carriage, dressed in finery of choice, Tri-County Carriage Association is ‘where driving begins’.
A small group of devoted carriage drivers set the ground work 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 membership, clinic & show fees, everyone is able to enjoy participating.
Each year begins with a clinic focused on delivery of safety and education for anyone who wishes to attend and begin to learn about the sport. Clinics and social drives are planned and held from spring through to fall at various locations providing an opportunity to meet with fellow drivers, gain experience & knowledge and are often complimented with a potluck meal.
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.
The Red Light - Green Light class is held at each show providing youth 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.
Tri-County Carriage Association was organized in 1983, with the first drive at the home of one of the founding directors - Jim Green. Other founding directors included Bill Thompson, Paul Carpenter, Slim Norsworthy, Bill Robertson and Jim & Betty Dinsmore. Now there are over 75 members and we are still growing. A movie of the one of the founding drives can be found on display at the Carriage Museum in Remington, Alberta, Canada. Most of the members are from southwestern Ontario, Canada, although there are members from across the province. The Tri-County name was chosen to reflect the geographic location of most members from three neighbouring Ontario counties.