The Oaks Driving Club


The Oaks Driving Club was formed in 1976 by a group of enthusiasts who wanted to provide the opportunity for carriage drivers to meet and show their turnouts locally. We cover the East Sussex area.


No matter what you drive, how little or much experience you have, even if you don't drive, you can be assured of a warm welcome at The Oaks Driving Club.




To join the Oaks or enter an event: -


ODE Priory Court Farm - September 26th


Although light on entries our ODE on 26th September is going ahead.

Marathon approx 3km, timed with compulsory gates. 3 obstacles.

Don’t forget your body protectors and stop watches.

Course may be walked on Saturday 25th from 4pm - 5.30pm.

Dressage will commence at 10am, please head to Cones arena straight after.

Marathon start 12.30pm.

12 noon. T.D. Briefing at the marquee.

Times will be emailed to driver’s Tuesday or Wednesday.

Looking forward to some fun in the sun.


Entries being taken NOW


People have been asking how long the marathon is at our ODE at Priory Court Farm. I’ve heard from our course builder and it will be 3 - 4 kilometres. Fitter equines can drive it twice if they wish.

Thee will be 3 - 4 obstacles. Just the obstacles will be timed.

There is also the option to do just the dressage and cones only.

If you just fancy a drive that too is possible in the morning only.


I know there are other events on in the south east the same weekend. This is most unfortunate as we published our dates lates last year.


Please support our event.





Autumn Indoor Event - October 9th


ICD qualifier £35 plus Oaks club competitions £30.


Hello everyone 

The schedule for our indoor competition is on the 'Events' page. It is also an ICD Sussex qualifier, only fully paid up ICD members can enter a qualifying class. Club classes will also be run for those who are not ICD members.

Please enter via Be careful which option you choose (qualifier or club).


Our Facebook page is now closed. Do not worry, nothing of importance appeared on the page that isn’t emailed directly to you all. Every schedule and event also appear on the club website. Other options are being explored on Facebook to promote the club - you will be the first to be informed of any new updates. Until that time our events will still be advertised for non club members to participate, we encourage all drivers to join us wether Oaks members or not.


Entries are still open for our ODE at Priory Court, it’s a beautiful venue and lots of options for you to choose - the whole event, just dressage and cones or just come for a nice pleasure drive, all off road.






As so many of our drivers also like to compete ICD (Indoor Carriage Driving) in the hope of qualifying for the championships in April and ICD having just four qualifying events scheduled for 2021/22 season. The Oaks have joined forces with ICD so that our event on 9th October can be a qualifier. The event will be held at Plumpton College. We have a one way system organised so entry and exit from the arena will be simple.
Don’t worry if you are not a member of ICD we will be holding a club class for Oaks members who want to come and compete but don’t want to do a qualifying class - same style of competition without the pressure. You don’t need to join any other organisation, just enter online at
Just click on events, select Sussex, click ‘show’ and you can enter. (Similar system as we have for club events).


We will have our catering van in attendance so you can rest assured that your favourite butties and cakes will be waiting for you.
Rita and I are sorting out the final details. We are keen to support and help ICD as at one point there wasn’t even going to be a Sussex area of qualifying events. As we have lost our show this year, let’s get together and put on a combined and successful event.







Cones and Obstacle Training - October 23rd


Training with Sarah-Jane Cook, Priory Court Farm, all weather arena. Limited places. £28 for 45 minute session. Dressage or Obstacles and Cones. Cheques payable to Oaks Driving Club. Please send to Claire Cousens, 27 Bromley Close, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN27 7LE


Cones and Obstacle Training with Sarah-Jane Williams At Priory Court Farm, Sayerland Lane, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 6QX On Saturday 23rd October 2021.


Using the outdoor arena, an obstacle and cones course will be set up. Body protectors to be worn. You may do just flat work if you wish. 45 minutes duration, £28.00.


Please book with Claire Cousens Tel: 07734 308328.







Covid 19 event rules


* Please bring the minimum amount of people to help you at the event.

* List the names of ALL people coming with you on the entry form.

* Sanitiser will available on the gate - please use it.

* Do park giving yourself and others plenty of room.

* If you display any Covid 19 symptoms, please do not attend.

* Please keep the one metre distance.

* When your class has finished, after presentations, please feel free to leave the showground.

* Refreshments - tea/coffee, cold drinks and cake only.