Associations & Recreation

Tri-County Carriage Association

TCCA’s motto is ~ where carriage driving begins and participation in its events is open to all skill levels.   In an effort to inspire today’s youth to experience this wonderful sport, the TCCA Youth Fund was established in 2014. Thanks to the generous support of many including Mr. J. Pemberton, American Driving Society, Inc., Ontario Equestrian Federation and TCCA Board Members, the TCCA Youth Fund offered the first Youth Carriage Driving Clinic on the 16th – 17th of April 2016.

Hosted by Linda & John Rawlinson of HollyOaks Farm – Lynden ON, delivered by instructors Nicole Cable of Silver Shoe Farm – Batavia NY, Laurie Bruder of Windy Knoll Farm – Ariss ON, Jackie Shute of Campbellford ON and organized by Agneta Knight of TCCA Membership, the event was a resounding success.  Offered at no charge to youths 21 years of age and under, the response was overwhelming with more than 35 requests to participate however registration was capped at 21.

Participants were divided into three groups – those that had no driving experience, those that ride with show experience and wanted to learn to drive and those that had some driving experience or were taking driving lessons.  Each group had an instructor for the two days.

As an added bonus Nicole Cable and Laurie Bruder selected the most promising participant to spend a week with Nicole and show her pony in the Silver Shoe Farms annual summer show.  The winner was Bronwyn Twolan, a pony club member and an accomplished rider.

Participants, instructors, parents and grandparents enjoyed this event and extend their thanks to the sponsors, host, instructors and TCCA Board members who made this possible.  By popular demand we will see you all in 2017!

Eastern Ontario Pleasure Driving Society

On September 12, 2015 Eastern Ontario Pleasure Driving Society celebrated their 40th Anniversary at Mian Farm just south of Ottawa and owned by past President Mary Mulligan and husband Ian. 

Mary Mulligan, Past President of EOPDS

EOPDS was founded March 1, 1975 and incorporated on November 15, 1977.  The very first meeting was held in the kitchen of John and Shan Kelso of Domville .    Many of the original members have passed on and these were  Arnold Spratt, Morris Douglas, Carl Polite, Walter and Sheila Unsworth, Hugh Rankin, Clarence Babcock and George Shoniker but present at this afternoon’s celebration were John Kelso (who was EOPDS first president) and Shan Kelso (who is currently a director of the Carriage Association of America (CAA)) , Keitha Polite, and Ron and Myrna McHugh. 

These early members wanted to  share the pleasures of the horse and buggy era and were disturbed  to see Canadian made buggies and carriages being bought by Americans who turned them into lawn sculptures or planters.  The original aim of the club was to promote vintage vehicles and pleasure driving, but through the years to adapt to changing interests, it has been expanded to include people who are interested in combined driving and modern vehicles. 

Today’s membership includes members from primarily Eastern Ontario, and Western Quebec who drive Canadians, Haflingers, Donkeys, Welsh ponies, Morgans, Suffolk Punches, Standardbreds, Fjords, Hackneys, and Very Small Equines (VSE) or more popularly known as minis.  Many of which are listed with Rare Breeds Canada as critical, endangered, vulnerable or at risk.   The membership of 80 is represented by a board of directors.  Education is an important aspect of the club’s promotional effort and the directors serve as resource facilitators for new drivers, helping them find instructors and trainers, as well as identifying harness makers and carriage/vehicle manufacturers.

Through the Newsletters, EOPDS website, and Facebook page,  the club increases awareness of the sport, and opportunities for connecting with people, who share similar interests.

Over the years, notable drivers such as Morris Kerr, Kirsten Brunner, Jeff Kohler, Gerry McCallum, Francois Bergeron and more recently Nicole Cable of Silver Shoe Farm have been invited to teach and inspire our drivers at EOPDS clinics.

Weather permitting, social drives are held at Ferguson Forest in Kemptville,  Larose Forest east of Ottawa and the very popular Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg.

Carriage driving is a growing sport as many reach the retirement stage of their riding careers and are searching for alternative ways to enjoy their horses.  It is also a perfect way to enjoy a beloved pony who is outgrown by their young rider. 

The day of celebration started with a Driving Skills event in which participants, after a safety check, had to navigate 10 obstacles, and complete a cones course, a timed walk/trot course and a simple dressage course.  Despite the rain, 19 turnouts completed the course including a team of donkeys.   

The dreaded Horse Wash

After the horses and ponies were put away,  participants, grooms, volunteers and EOPDS members joined up under the large tent where appetizers and drinks were served.  Past president, Mary Mulligan spoke about the beginnings of EOPDS and thanked the original members who were in attendance for their insight, energy and hard work.  She introduced the present board – President, Terry Olmstead; Vice President, Phyllis Begg; Treasurer, Barry Beach; Secretary, Regina Loubier; and directors Bill Gardiner, Wendy Huckabone, Maney McNeil and Margaret Monnelly.  She thanked the participants and grooms for coming out despite the miserable rainy weather, the volunteers and her husband Ian who received a large round of applause in recognition of all his behind the scene work for EOPDS events held at Mian Farm. 

Mrs. Kelso, as a director of the CAA, passed along a congratulatory message from the CAA president, Dr. Tom Burgess on EOPDS’ 40th Anniversary noting that EOPDS was the first CAA chapter formed outside of the United States.  She talked about the importance of the work CAA is doing in preserving our horse drawn heritage and encouraged EOPDS members to join in support of the organization. 

Since the original aim of the society was preserving vintage vehicles and pleasure driving, it was fitting that the speaker at today’s celebration was Barry Dickinson whose expertise is carriage restoration and history, coaching and carriage driving.   He has given many lectures on livery, appointments, sleigh bells, etc for the Carriage Association of America.   At a combined CAA/ADS clinic at Gloria Austin’s in Florida, Barry was the lead clinician on park drags, road coaches, livery and appointments.                          

L to R - Ian Mulligan, Mary Mulligan, Barry Dickinson, and Shan Kelso

L to R – Ian Mulligan, Mary Mulligan, Barry Dickinson, and Shan Kelso

He gave a fascinating talk about his work on Ontario Hackney and Saddlebred Farms  including two local farms owned by the Hurdmans and the Ryans in the 1960’s and 70’s.  He gave some clues about how detail oriented showing horses was in those decades and expressed sadness on how much coaching and carriage driving knowledge is lost. 

The day ended with a widely anticipated hot dinner provided by Carleton Place’s Waterfall Catering. 

If you would like to learn more about EOPDS, you can find us on the internet at or on Facebook under Eastern Ontario Pleasure Driving Society.

Dungannon Horse Club

 We invite you to our weekly rides and annual show!

 EVERY MONDAY is WESTERN GAMING – 6 pm (warm up at 530) – $20/rider

Join us for western gaming with instruction, hosted by Rachel Bennett.  Whether you are new to western gaming or an experienced gamer, Rachel is there to assist you with your performance at whatever level you require. 

EVERY THURSDAY is OPEN RIDE – 6 pm – $10/rider

Join us for a ride and social night for horses and riders alike. 

Both nights include a fun and friendly atmosphere, welcoming all ages and levels of riding.  Our new ring in Dungannon is 100’ x 200’ with beautiful dirt.  All riders must show proof of insurance the first time out and riders 18 and under must wear a helmet.  Please use the far west gate when arriving. 

The Dungannon Annual Horse Show

Dungannon Horse Show Poster



 Sunday, August 7th, 9 a.m. 

Classes include leadline, barrels, poles, flag, keyhole and dash for cash.  We have great prizes here in Dungannon, and we always finish up the day with our grand finale, the “Dash for Cash” where one lucky rider takes home $100 for the fastest time.

RENTALS – We offer our riding ring in Dungannon for rent for your own personal use or event!  This includes barrels and poles.

For more information on our ride nights or horse show: 519-524-0143 or 519-955-4164

Youthdale  Riding Program

The world-famous RCMP Musical Ride is coming in support of the Youthdale Riding Program on August 26, 2016 at the Orangeville Fairgrounds. For more information, please visit:

Youthdale RCMP Musical Ride

Youthdale RCMP Musical Ride


Welsh Pony and Cob Association of Ontario

Ontario bred pony Howran’s Prince Madoc named Equine Canada Welsh Pony of the Year

Howran’s Prince Madoc – bred by Marie Howran of Howran Hills Farm (HHF) in

Prince Madoc, Genevieve Dumais - owner and trainer and student Julia Rose

Prince Madoc, Genevieve Dumais – owner and trainer and student Julia Rose

Peterborough, Ontario, owned and trained by Genevieve Dumais of Mascouche QC was named “Welsh Pony of the Year” by Equine Canada.  Howran’s Prince Madoc also known as L’Petit Prince, is an 8 year old  Welsh Section B gelding.  His dam Cottrell Rose Princess was imported from the Cottrell stud in Wales, and his Sire was imported from Texas.  Both reside at Howran Hills Farm in Peterborough, ON.  Prince has two off-spring who are in training and will be shown in the future.  He has competed against horses in various dressage classes to much success. 

According to Genvieve, he is a perfect gentleman and a lovely child’s mount.  “L’Petit Prince Madoc” is a gentle soul as well as a true competitor and athlete.  “All children deserve to begin their riding experience on a gentle mount”.  L’Petit Prince competed in the Association Équestre Régionale des Laurentides. 

Owen Reese Griffiths - Photo by Marie Howran

Owen Reese Griffiths – Photo by Marie Howran

Education was the theme this Spring for the Welsh Pony and Cob Association of Ontario.  The association hosted a Judging Clinic with Welsh clinician, Owen Rees Griffith of the Ilar Stud, Ceredigion, Wales.  Owen presented curriculum covering show ring etiquette, protocol and attire for judges.  Prospective judges were provided with clear guidelines for evaluating Welsh animals of each section.  As stated by Owen, “conformation of the animal is first and foremost”.  This Owen explained is universal across all breeds.  Owen also covered the general way of going and the differences between sections, paying particular attention to what is termed, “Welsh type”.  Owen also invited Melissa Saunders, Ontario farrier, to present a brief talk on the importance of hoof and limb conformation.  Melissa discussed limb deviations with the prospective judges.  The Association is grateful to Rose and Ammie Reid of Reidell Farm for hosting this clinic and the warm welcome they gave to clinic attendees from near and far.


The next clinic was an “Intro to Ground Driving” clinic.  Special thanks to Kirsten Brunner of Beaverwoods Farm who was the clinician.  Kirsten covered topics from biting straight through to putting your horse or pony to the cart or getting it reading it for the next steps under saddle.  The clinic was well attended and the participants enjoyed the friendly learning atmosphere at Beaverwoods Farm.  Special thanks to Kirsten Brunner of Beaverwoods Farm.

Central Ontario Region Pony Club (COR)

Pony Clubbers Jumping to Reach New Heights in the Stadium and Beyond

Hannah Spong rides Livingston in the 3’ Novice Division at the Central Ontario Region Pony Club Show Jumping Qualifier hosted by Centaurus Pony Club in Oro-Medonte, June 5th.

Hannah Spong rides Livingston in the 3’ Novice Division at the Central Ontario Region Pony Club Show Jumping Qualifier hosted by Centaurus Pony Club in Oro-Medonte, June 5th.

As one of the six riding disciplines offered in Pony Club, Show Jumping is one that readily allows our members to feel like the National “celebrities” we often see on television at Spruce Meadows, or hear about at the Olympic Games. With three rounds per entrant, riders of all levels can experience the Power and Speed class, aim for the Jump-Off after the Table A round, and demonstrate their equitation in the Medals round – over jumps and on the flat. Members can jump a range of heights starting at 1’9 Pre-Entry A1 for the beginner youth, all the way up to Advanced division with a maximum height of 3’6.

Central Ontario Region offers what amounts to a Show Jumping series, with two qualifiers offered over the summer season and a Finals in September. The first qualifier show for 2016 was hosted by Centaurus Pony Club June 5th at Woodwind South in Oro-Medonte, and the second show will be held July 24th, hosted by Victoria Pony Club at Lane’s End in Bobcaygeon.

There is an opportunity for members to proceed to Canadian Pony Club National Medals each year. Criteria includes having competed the previous year at the 3’ Novice division, and have attained their full C1 level of testing. This summer, Nationals will be held in Alberta South region, August 4-7.

Participating in competitions is one way for Pony Club members to develop their skills as up and coming equestrians, adding onto education and testing which remain the foundation of what Pony Club offers. For more information on becoming involved in Pony Club as a member, volunteer or supporter, please visit