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Debrief CIAT EUSTON 2020 EN



The only UK AIAT event – Euston

Dicky Jim recalls

It was only the resolve and bulldog attitude of Wally and Eunice Binder that allowed nineteen traditional carriage drivers to gather together (respecting social distancing) on the Duke and Duchess of Grafton’s glorious estate in Suffolk for a CIAT event. It was a CIAT event with appropriate safe-guards but still following the well-established AIAT format and rules but held over only one day.

Stabling was the first challenge for the Binders – there wasn’t any!   Instead, the AIAT enthusiasts were allocated areas in the spacious “stabling area” with suitable space for their lorries and vehicles beside a separate “corral” area for the equines, all well attired for the unfortunate damp weather.

The President of the AIAT, Baron Christian de Langlade was unable to judge because of the pandemic so Colin Henderson joined Richard James and Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett on the judges' panel, and what a challenge they had, not in finding their winner in the Presentation but in splitting them up, it may be a corny comment but the majority were all winners. The standard is getting higher and higher, judges needing to knit pick to reach a result.

Jessie Dudley Apicella took the Show Championship, winning the Best Harness and also the Best Presentation awards driving her pair of Hackney Ponies to a four-wheeled Ralli Car, and top of her class despite coming second in the cones.

Two heavy horses put their toe in the CIAT scene, John Latham and Hazel Chapman’s Suffolk Punch and David Curtis and Emma Scotney’s Percheron to a Stud Cart.

James Jeffrey took the Horse Pair class with his Friesian x Highland to a varnished Dog Cart from Colin Varle’s Wagonette and Roger and Gill Derryman, up from Cornwall, with their Sporting Dog Cart.  

In the hotly contested singles classes, Liz Harcombe won the top pony slot with her Canterbury Cart despite coming fourth in the Presentation, her driving skills coming to the fore. James Foley with his Hackney horse Crowside Gay James put to a classical Stanhope gig won the horse singles and took the Reserve Championship in addition to the Best Newcomer. Ben Lawless was the best Young Driver, a clear round but just a few time penalties in Paul Mill’s flowing cones course, pulled him up to third in the horse class.

The Euston event proved that a very satisfactory and enjoyable AIAT event can be held over one day with the three full sections completed, no stables but sadly lacking the hospitality and social element but with a grand collection of prizes and rosettes.

The GB AIAT enthusiasts are most grateful to the organisers, the volunteers, the exhibitors and support crews for ensuring that we kept traditional carriage driving going during these most difficult of times.



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

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 

BAD ISCHL Gala 2019

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...


Kutschenmuseum in GALOWICE - H. HUBER (EN)

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 ...




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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7th CIAT CELLE Cancellation

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.

Yours sincerely

Dr Brockmann