Welcome to the Eastern Ontario Pleasure Driving Society

Mary Mulligan at Walnut Hill 2010
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The Society was first established in 1975 to promote the association of people with an interest in vintage vehicles and pleasure driving. The Society was incorporated in 1977. It is a chapter of the Carriage Association of America. Currently it has a link to Drive Ontario, which is a consortium of Ontario Carriage Driving Clubs. The Society is also a member of the Ontario Equestrian Federation Associations Advisory Council. A board of Directors representing 80 members, the majority of whom reside in Eastern Ontario, manages it. A number of drivers belong to Drive Canada.

Anyone, who is interested in Pleasure or Combined Driving, may participate, whether using light, heavy horses, ponies or Very Small Equines (VSE). Active driving members use vintage or modern vehicles, including Marathon vehicles. Education is an important aspect of the club's promotional effort. The directors serve as resource facilitators for new drivers, assisting them in finding instructors and trainers, as well as identifying harness makers and carriage manufacturers. Regular events include Social Drives, Clinics and Competitions. Through the Newsletters and the website, the club develops awareness of the sport, and opportunities for connecting with people, who share similar interests. Carriage driving clinics, given by professional instructors, are scheduled throughout the year. 

Our EOPDS Membership Application and Waiver Form form is in Adobe PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the Membership button at the top of this page.

Carriage driving is a growing sport as the boomer generation reach the retirement stage of their riding careers and are searching for alternative ways to enjoy their horses.

Two of our members, Mary and Ian Mulligan were interviewed by Carol Anne Meehan for her blog on local stories and news in the Ottawa area.  Here is the link to the story and videos: Pleasure Carriage Driving