Very proud to be here at Fenix Carriages setting up for the AIAT conference this weekend #carriagecommentator #fenixcarriages #aiat #traditionaldriving ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Hoping to go along ,as storm Dennis doesn't flood the roads, we are only 10mins away great to have it on our doorstep . All the best for 2morrow x
Looking for someone local to do a few hours of yard work a week (Thursday and Sunday mornings). Also more flexible hours helping to exercise the team, no carriage driving experience necessary but must be confident around big horses. 🤞 thanks, msg me. ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
Wish I was there and younger! Good luck.
I would love to know more
Shame your so far away I would love too
Forget Brexit, it's time to Tradxit!
At a time when the UK has decided to leave the EU with the controversial Brexit, a corner of England will celebrate the best of Europe with the gathering of 14 nations for the Annual General Meeting of the Association Internationale d’Attelage de Tradition (AIAT). The AIAT is the leading international organisation dedicated to the promotion of traditional carriage driving and this year welcomes delegates from the United States of America for the first time.
AIAT GB will host the annual meeting and judges conference at Dillington House in Somerset and later at the World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm. Conference Organiser and Chairman of AIAT GB, Richard James was overwhelmed at the positive response with a complete sell out of international delegates. “The United Kingdom has historically always upheld the highest standards of etiquette in carriage diving and our foreign delegates are looking forward to seeing the variety and intricacies of English appointments” Our judges conference will witness a dozen combinations with various permutations of carriage turnouts and will be expected to undertake a critique to further their understanding of the driven equipage.
The Delegates will also enjoy an interesting visit to Fenix, the premier UK carriage builder and marvel at the famous Quicksilver mail coach. The AGM is an instrumental event that helps uphold consistency of judging across the nations and forge close working friendships between fellow carriage driving enthusiasts. It is a fundamental part of the CIAT events that international judges are included at national competitions to offer alternative and informed views on national equipages. The beauty of international competitions is the diversity of regional participants from the extravagant decorated Spanish turnouts to the formal English style and colourful East European competitors. Despite their differences, they all undertake the same task and it’s our responsibility to uphold standards and promote traditions in an encouraging manner.
AIAT President Baron Christian de Longlade will preside over the AGM and judges’ clinic with his gallic charm and will welcome delegates to celebrate with a formal AIAT Gala Dinner at Dillington House. “ I am truly looking forward to this event and enjoy the bonhomie of the British hospitality”
The AIAT GM will take place at Dillington House on the weekend of 15-16th February 2020.
Spectators are welcome to attend and watch the Judges clinic to see the various carriage turnouts being scruitinised at the Glenda Spooner Farm, Brincil Hill, Kingsdon Somerset TA11 71A on Sunday 16th February from 10.00am-12.30pm. There is a small charge of £5 per person in aid of World Horse Welfare charity. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
As well as individual lessons with our schoolmaster turnouts or your own turnout, we also offer classroom lessons. A Warmer alternative for February! Individual or small groups focusing on positive preparation for the season ahead, turnout for the show ring, basic harnessing and putting to (a popular one for small groups, a little reminder of how your harness should fit to optimise comfort and performance and safe practice putting to.) Preparing for bds assessments, including looking at carriages. Museum talks, Etc etc. Fun and informative lessons to suit you. Warm classroom, hot drinks, fun atmosphere. Evening lessons also available.
Want to bring your horse too? Treadmill and Equissage also available. Msg us here for more details. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
If only I had my own transport !
If only you weren't so far away!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our friends and customers. Wishing you all good health and driving success in 2020.
Here at Fenix we have hit the ground running with new build carriages underway, carriage servicing, restoration/repaint/conservation projects started ready for the show, coaching, and Attelage season, Lessons for the indoors events, beginner lessons with our experienced pony and horse and its only the 7th of January!
Established in 1978, Fenix have the knowledge and experience to help you with your chosen path in driving. Here are a few pictures of what we get up to here on the beautiful Blackdown Hills. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
And a happy new year to all at Fenix Carriages and all the best for the coming driving season drive safely
Brilliant, fabulous place.🌹
Best place in the world for all things driving. Happy 2020 Jo and Mark. 😘🐾💕
Wishing you a fabulous 2020
Horse drivers paradise 👌
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2 months ago
Lovely to have a picture in the press. Disappointed the story is not factually correct. Quite a bit of artistic license from the newspapers!! ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Hello what a great job you have done. Have you written up your research anywhere? Regards Matthew
Saw the picture in the Telegraph! Lovely to see.
Sorry not able to read it properly on a decent sized screen what should the factuality correct story read, and what parts have they artistically changed please ( I like to have the facts that are true from you guys please 😊) ?
So so very proud of you 👍
Always the case with newspapers 🙄
Jo you should write a letter to the paper detailing the correct story - it's a tale worth telling 😉👍
Yes Mark read it today - you know what they say “any publicity”
Barb Lygo Goss
There is so much incorrect in just the little bit I can read it makes me really cross !!! Why on earth couldn't the journalist send his copy to Mark to check for corrections before going to print ?