In Albuquerque, or New Mexico in general, equestrian events are not just limited to those who want to actually sit a horse; there are plenty of groups and activities for those who'd rather take a leisurely drive behind their equine friends!
There are three different driving clubs in New Mexico, all of which bring together equestrians who love driving, rather than riding, their horses, mules and donkeys. If driving is your passion, consider getting together with one of these groups to enjoy competitions, events, and fund drives through the spectacular New Mexico scenery.
The oldest driving club, the New Mexico Carriage Association, was established back in 1980 with the goal of preserving the history and heritage of the old days, then horse-and-buggy transportation was the norm. members focus not only on their driving skills, but also exhibit vintage carts, carriages and other horse-drawn vehicles, often while sproting perio garb! The New Mexico Carriage Association sponsors monthly pleasures drives, a newsletter, and clinics.
The Enchantment Driving Society, dating back to 1983, is now a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the sport of driving. The Society sponsors driving shows which include classes in Dressage, cones and obstacles, hazards, and timed trial, as well as schooling shows, game days, pleasure drives, and educational clinics. They also publish a newsletter, and aim to educate the public about driving. Based in Albuquerque, the group has a statewide membership.
The newest club on the scene is the Zia Driving Club, started in 2002 by a group in Las Cruces. At the time, no one in the Las Cruces area was teaching driving, so the founders had a three-fold focus: promoting driving, increasing driving safety, and just having fun! Serving primarily southern New Mexico, the group also has members from El Paso, Texas. The Zia Driving Club sponsors three or four shows a year plus clinics, and publishes a newsletter.
Get more informaton about horse-related issues on my Albuquerque Horse Properties website, or email me any time!