A form of Scurry Driving began as far back as the 1950’s. It started in America with horses and four wheel wagons and using barrels to negotiate around at speed. It later came to England and a variety of turnouts were used but generally these were single ponies turnouts and the obstacles were red Watney’s beer barrels.
The sport then progressed to using pairs of ponies and red cones. Drivers in general trotted through the cones although some cantered. Originally vehicles had wooden wheels and solid tyres. Metal wheels came into use about 18 years ago. As drivers became braver and vehicles were adapted the sport became faster and now competitors drive the course at speeds at which they can negotiate the course whether its trot, canter or gallop. The front axle width of the vehicles must be no less than 130 cms and the cones are set at 170 cms apart. At a gallop the driver is required to be accurate or suffer a penalty for any knock down. The course is made up of between 10 and 14 obstacles including a box and slalom. The ponies are in 2 sections; under 12hh and over 12hh to 14.2hh.
John Marson, a great stalwart in the sport of Scurry Driving, announced his retirement from competition this year
The scurry driving sport was run by the British Horse Society in the 1960’s, tranferred to the British Horse Driving Trials Association (BHDTA) until 2001 when The Scurry Driving Association was formed and endorsed by the BHDTA. Scurry driving was then recognised as at in its own right.
There are now about 25 major shows throughout the country and 2 main championships to qualify for; The National Championship and the Grand League Points Championship. Novice Drivers compete in the Novice League and the Grand League.
Other groups have been formed and are based on the principles of the SDA.
Something the Association is proud, “ to copied is to be admired” as it is for this the premier scurry driving organization.
The Council - Our aim is to promote and if possible, improve the sport of Scurry Driving.