Carriage Driving Challenge

for Modern vehicles

Why not make the most of your journey and make a long weekend break, Picton is only 2 hours from the Severn Bridge over easy motorway and trunk road routes.

In the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park, Picton is centrally located to explore some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the British Isles. A popular desitination for holiday makers and holllywood film makers alike there is a lot to discover from the ancient monuments, Celtic landscape to the castles, coastal paths, wild bird colonies, beaches and spectacular coastal scenery. The bluestones from the local Preseli Mountains were used to construct the world heritage site at Stonehenge. The Picton weekend is a very relaxed and friendly event with lots of socialising to do! We are a close distance to Haverfordwest and Narberth for shopping, restaurants and pubs!

If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us. 01994 484766


Competitors and supporters are actively encouraged to come and stay over for the weekend of the event,

Pembrokeshire is a picturesque and tranquil holiday destination with lots to see and do!  To make your stay

as pleasureable as possible we are able to recommend the following:

Onsite parking - perfect for horseboxes and vehicles, access and space is plentiful on site

Onsite stabling -  we will have around 14 temporary stables available on a first come first served basis

Onsite camping - is available for supporters and vistors.

Please note no electric hook up or facilities are available. Water and portable toilets are available

Offsite stabling - is available at local livery yards, available on request.


Attelage de Tradition Judges:  

Gordon Marks

Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett

Colin Henderson

Friday 24th          

6.00pm Competitors Routier inspection motorcade

7.30pm Competitors welcome reception and BBQ

Saturday 25th       

1.00pm Carriages Presentation inspection commence

7.30pm Champagne Reception in Castle Grand Hall

8.30pm Gala Dinner in Castle Restaurant

Sunday 26th

10.00am 15km Routier with difficulties commences

2.00pm Driven Cones commences

5.00pm Grand Finale and awards ceremony


Attelage de Tradition classes for the following:

Single Pony

Pony Pairs

Single Horse

Horse Pairs



Carriage Driving Challenge:

Modern carriages.

Picton Horse Show

Along side the Attelage de Tradition, we are also hosting the popular Picton Horse Show on both days of the event This includes a variety of classes for in hand, ridden and driven horses. During intervals, we will also host a number of fmain ring fun events to entertain the public..

If you do not already have a traditional type carriage but wish to take part, this is a great way to try Attelage tradition.

This secondary driving competiton is our introductory club level competiton open to competitors who do not have traditional vehicles but wish to take part. The Carriage Driving Challenge will follow exactly the same format as the Attelage de Tradition but with a modern carriage. This class is not affiliated to the AIAT, Competitors will still be expected to be turned out to a high standard in smart traditional Stable attire. (Tweed jackets etc) and expected to demonstarate best practice carriage driving.

The CIAT Picton Attelage de Tradition for traditional vehicles is a three stage competition held over two days and includes:

Stage 1 Presentation

The first stage is a standing presentation where competitors are judged on their appearance, quality and refinement of their carriage by three judges individually. All competitors will be marked on a strict scoring system which will be available for issue after the event.

Stage 2, Routier with Difficulties

The second stage is a 15km marathon with 5 difficulties to test the drivers skill and the horses endurance capabilities. Along the routier, they will encounter 5 challenging 'difficulties' that will test the drivers abilities and the horses obedience as a good driving horse. The routier is timed.

Stage 3. Maniabilité

The final stage is back in the main ring where the competitors have to negotiate a gently sweeping 20 gate cones course against an optimum time. This is designed to test the drivers skill and accuracy.

On completion of the final cones competitor, the results are collated and calculated to reveal our category winners. All competitors are then expected to return into the main arena for the final grand presentation of awards.

Welcome to Picton!

CIAT Picton and Carriages at the Castle is the UK’s premier carriage driving event held on 25-26 June 2016 at Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire, the 12th Century ancestral home of the Royal Portrait painters, the Philipps family. CIAT Picton is affiliated to the AIAT (Association Internationale d'Attelage de Tradition) and consequently follows a common competition format. This year the competiton includes the Carriage driving Challenge for modern vehicles as well as supporting horse show classes including in hand, ridden and sidesaddle.

CIAT Picton, Attelage de Tradition...

International Competition for Traditional carriages

Carriage Driving Challenge

Competition for Modern carriages


Make it a mini vacation!

A warm welcome awaits!

One of the highlights of the event is the opportunity to meet and socialise with other competitors and stewards at the saturday night Gala black tie dinner in the Castle and Castle Restaurant. This is a limited availability pre-booked ticket event. Contact us if you would like tickets £35 each.

Champagne Reception and Gala dinner

Celebrate in Style

Bed and Breakfast with stabling - we have a number of local venues available, but in short supply.

Bed and Breakfast -  we have a number of venues available, but in short supply

Boulston Manor B&B

Longlands Farm B&B

Caermaenau Farm B&B

25-26 June 2016