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Australian Carriage Driving Society

Patron: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, QSO, AC.

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How many men would take on the job nowadays of hooking four outlaws to it and driving them at night over a bush road by the light of the old-fashioned coaching lamps? Offer it as a job, and not one man would look at it; offer it as a sport, with a tin cup as a prize, and fifty men would have a go at it.” Quote from Banjo Paterson in reference to Four-In-Hand driving: (A.B. Paterson’s “Down Off The Track” : Published by Angus & Robertson Publishers)

The Australian Carriage Driving Society started as a club (Australian Driving Society) in New South Wales in 1971. In 1981 there was a shift to create a National Body to represent the sport of Carriage Driving in Australia. Clubs were asked if they wanted to affiliate with a governing body. The Australian Driving Society as a governing body asked clubs to affiliate by paying an annual fee of $20.00.

At the first AGM held in November 1981 a new ACDS Constitution was voted in and the ACDS moved from being one club to a National Body of clubs. Committees from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland were formed. The first levy to members was introduced in 1982-1983 at $2.00 for individual members and $4.00 for family membership.

Our Patron is HRH Prince Philip who was a special guest at the Bi Centennial Carriage Driving Championships in Canberra in 1988.