We have three carriages, all adapted to carry wheelchairs if needed, one of them being a “four wheeler” that gives the driver a very smooth ride.
From Thornton House Farm we can offer driving in Allerthorpe Woods or along the lane to Thornton village, as well as having use of the large indoor and outdoor arena’s on site. This gives great flexibility to cater for a wide range of drivers with differing abilities.
Compared to riding, carriage driving is very labour intensive as far as helper/volunteers are concerned. When driving “off site” we always have two people ( three if there is a wheelchair ) on bikes, accompanying the carriage. Sometimes our driving activities are limited because of a shortage of volunteer/helpers and we are always looking to recruit more. Driving experience is not necessary, we can give any training or guidance needed, but it helps if you can ride a bike !!!
Every year, for one week in August, our ponies along with their equipment, move to Queen Margaret’s School in Escrick Park. This is to support the RDA National Driving Holiday. Lots of hard work for both helpers and ponies, but lots of fun too, and everyone look’s forward to our “annual outing”.