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.





Spring Driving Event


Hello everyone


I hope you’ve all been keeping safe and well.


After the Prime Ministers announcement this week I can confirm that we will not be able to have our event on 13th March, however I have booked an alternative date. Our competition will run at Ardingly South of England Showground on Bank Holiday Monday, May 3rd. Schedule on 'Events' page. The preferred way of entering is online at


This is a superb venue with lots of room for warming up, we will of course be observing the correct precautions against the horrible Covid virus as appropriate.


At last we can make a start competing.


Hope to see you all in May, I can’t wait!


Best wishes







Hello everyone


I’m afraid there is no Oaks February newsletter, on the account of having nothing to report! Covid 19 has a lot to answer for.

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Our March 13th driving competition depends on what directive the PM announces in the middle of February as to whether we are allowed to get together for an event. If news is good then rest assured we will hit the ground running and start taking entries. At the moment it’s all in the lap of the Gods.

If you won a trophy at our AGM in 2020 you may enjoy it for another year but please return to Jan Curd by end November 2021.

We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Pat Sowerby and Barry Marshall, both great horsemen and friends to many in the Oaks club, we extend our condolences to their families.

Congratulations to Susannah Anderson on a lovely article about her yard in last weeks Horse and Hound.

Please see the club accounts for 2020 for your perusal, expertly produced by Claire Cousens:

Balance Sheet

Profit and Loss

 The club is in a healthy state. All who joined for 2020 have a years free membership until 31st December 2021. British Carriagedriving have given us a £73 reduction on what we pay for insurance which is a help to finances.

Other non club events: ICD Championships 2021 cancelled. Heathfield show cancelled. South of England show, no equine show classes, only show jumping and limited cattle and sheep, rest of show going ahead. Hickstead going ahead.


Hope to see you all soon.









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.