Latest News - Traditional Driving
1. CIAT in Kromeriz (Czech Republic) from September 27th - 29th, 2019
It was a long way...not only to Tipperary but also to the setting up of an Association for Traditional Drivers in the Czech Republic. But all’s well that ends well, eventually the newly established association, under the direction of Dr. Olejnicek, Milan Novak and Lenka Gotthardova, managed to organizing its first CIAT in its first year! And a great success it was, too!
Welcome to a new member in our international AIAT family: the Czech AIAT
As the President of AIAT, it is my privilege to welcome our Czech friends in our international association, as a new national association. The Czechs have a high equestrian reputation, and they have founded their national Czech AIAT section recently.
They have shown interest in AIAT activities since a couple of years. We are aware that there are excellent Czech whips, and we do hope that we can welcome them at our various CIAT occasions all over Europe.
They are going to hold a beautiful CIAT with 21 turnouts being registred already, to be held at Kromeritz on September 28/29 this year. It is quite a striking result having this quantity of participants for the first event like this. Some Polish turnouts will give international flair to the first Czech CIAT, and we can be confident to quickly integrate the newly founded Czech AIAT section into the international AIAT family, with their tournouts as well as organizers of international tournaments.
Baron Christian de Langlade
Emperial Carriage Parade at Bad Ischl (Austria)
A typical Hungarian Hunting Carriage and Austrian Dress...
On Friday, August 16th in Bad Ischl, Austria, there was a parade of unusual character for this area. Martin Achleitner, Felix Rothauer and their team organized a cavalcade of traditional turnouts through the town centre. They made short stops in the Imperial Villa park, in a prominent area of the main promenade, and in the park belonging to the town’s spa. Here the turnouts were presented and their particular characteristics explained to the public by popular experts...
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AIAT-Meeting in Wroclaw 2019, the visit to the Carriage Museum at Galowice
When entering the cobbled court through a beautifully restored baroque gate, built in 1721, the visitor walks straight up to a large historic building of well-balanced dimensions. It is a half-timbered structure with small windows and a double-hipped roof. At first sight the visitor realizes that it has not been used to live in, though it was well designed. The narrow-gauge rails leading from the road through the gate into the building hint of an earlier warehouse belonging to a large noble estate in Galowice; the remains of the stately home still recognizable nearby. A commemorative slab put up by Emil von Lieres und Wilkau in 1888 is evidence of the family who formerly owned the estate.
Realizing the beauty and quality of the building Tadeusz Kolacz, an entrepreneur from Wroclaw, bought the building and diligently had it refurbished.The building was exactly what he was looking for, a spacious home for his carriage collection, Muzeum Powozow Galowice near Wroclaw. Read more ...
Susan Niederberger guiding the English group.
The Annual General Meeting of the AIAT was held on the weekend 9th, 10th, 11th March 2018 in Bernried, on Lake Starnberg, Upper Bavaria. Usually the meetings are held in early February well before the beginning of the driving season. Bernried is situated near the Alps, 600 meters above sea level and the rough climate of Upper Bavaria often has snow even in April. The organizers of the meeting – and the participants – were lucky because this weekend the temperature rose up to about 10 degrees centigrade, yet the weekend before that had suffered a heavy frost. The Judges Clinic was held as usual on Saturday morning for the benefit of the international judges. 17 turnouts of various quality were turned out to be judged. The marks given were compared and then analysed in a meeting the following morning. The highlights of the Annual General Meeting were, however, the visit to Rudolf Stief’s private carriage collection near Augsburg in the afternoon and the festive dinner in Höhenried Castle near Bernried in the evening.
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CIAT reigns supreme
A wonderful range of turnouts from across the globe and a perfect setting on the Royal Estate. Lester Dagge reports.
AIAT Great Britain hosted its premier Attelage de Tradition during the last weekend of June at the Sandringham Festival of Carriage driving in association with the Coaching Club and British Carriagedriving with grateful permission of Her Majesty The Queen.
With an illustrious field of 30 entries, the event basked in glorious sunshine with competitors taking part from all corners of the United Kingdom as well as guests from the Netherlands and USA. “This was our second year here at Sandringham” explained event organiser Rosemary Neale “with a noticeable improvement and a display of the very highest standards. Attelage de Tradition is all about preserving and using our heritage in the best way possible, by driving the carriages in...
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Unfortunately we have to cancel the historical driving competition (CIAT), that was planned at the State Stud Celle from August 26th-28th. There was another strangles-positive tested mare in our stock, which caused the prolongation of our quarantine to prevent the spread of this disease.
We deeply regret this step and ask the participants and visitors to be sympathetic about our decision.
In any case this successful event will be continued in 2017.