The first Welsh Concours d'Elegance competition for horse drawn carriages is to take place this weekend 18-19th August in the grounds of Picton Castle near Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire.
This is a premier carriage driving event combining all the style, finesse and heritage of traditional carriage driving with the thrill of cross country sport driving. Often described as a "living museum" competitors will be dressed in their best finery alongside their traditional coach built carriages to undertake the two days of competition.
What makes this so special is that whilst this sport is fast becoming one of Northern Europe's most popular outdoor events, it is the first of its kind ever to be held in the UK.
The first day, Saturday 18th August will see entrants showcase their various carriage turnouts - and be scrutinised for their elegance, finesse and quality. On Sunday 19th August, competitors will then take part in a seven mile drive around the Picton Castle estate experiencing a series of "difficulties" or "hazards" along the way. They will be judged on their ability to negotiate these obstacles without deviation. The final test will be to compete in the grand central arena negotiating a series of cones really testing the drivers' skills. A calvacade of all the entrants will be the grand finale complete with prize giving ceremony.
If you are in Wales for the weekend, do take the opportunity to see an amazing array of carriage turnouts - from four in hand coaches, Welsh Mountain Ponies and Cobs, to small Shetlands. Tickets are available on the day and are £6.50 for adults and £4 for children. For further information and the full schedule, see Dyfed Carriage Club's website.