About Tri-County Carriage Association


Experience horse and carriage
The Tri-County Carriage Association (TCAA) is for anyone that might dream of driving an equine friend in harness with carriage, dressed in casual safety attire for a pleasure drive in the country or dressed in finery of your choice, Tri-County Carriage Association is ~ where driving begins ~.

Beginnings
In 1983, Tri-County Carriage Association (TCCA) was formed by a group of gentleman living in Southwestern Ontario that shared a love of carriage driving. Their contributions set a foundation for others to build and expand on this historical sport, ensuring its future for all to take part in. This small group of devoted carriage drivers set the groundwork for this traditional sport to be accessible and affordable for first-time participants through to the more experienced drivers. Fellowship, a generous sharing of information, equipment and moral support prevails at all events. With reasonable fees for membership, education seminars, hands-on clinics & show fees, everyone is able to enjoy participating.

Events

Each year begins with a planned calendar of events followed by impromptu activities providing opportunities to get together. Throughout each year, the club delivers education seminars, driving clinics and social drives that are open to all drivers as well as encouraging beginners, youth and para to participate. Show events include the two to three day Great Lakes Carriage Classic (GLCC) and a one day show in the late spring. This year, the Audrey Bostwick Memorial Trophy will be awarded for the first time to the highest point junior at the GLCC.

Shows are held at various locations ensuring accessibility and a variety of landscapes. At each event, variable offerings are made so that individuals may enter and perform at their own comfort level. Coach assisted, para and junior classes offer additional assistance to competitors so they may build confidence as they develop their driving skills. A wide variety of clothing and equipment is acceptable and need not be expensive, but must be safe. Judges are often willing to offer suggestions for improvement as applicable.

Red Light - Green Light classes focus on youth and are held at each show providing an opportunity to accompany a TCCA member in a carriage and experience the thrill of taking part. The Ken Armstrong Youth Fund has been established through TCCA to encourage and assist youth in entering the sport. ‚Äč

Para participation in all activities is encouraged. An adult partner is required to accompany and be responsible for the participant at all times. Contact with the TCCA Show Manager is to be made for necessary arrangements. The Urban Elevator Para Trophy is awarded to an appropriate participant at year end awards held at TCCA's AGM.

Social Drives
The Social Committee plans and offers TCCA Social Drives at various members' facilities giving all interested parties an opportunity to take part in non-competitive carriage outings. Participants contribute and share information & skills along with an impromptu pot luck lunch with time to share stories. From time-to-time members offer impromptu privately held pleasure drives for others to participate in; at their request, information will be posted on this website. A good time for for all.

Membership

Membership is required to participate in TCCA activities. The form can be found on the website with the annual waiver, that when signed and submitted, covers the calendar year of membership.

Each year is closed by the Annual General Meeting with a potluck meal, year-end awards, interesting speakers and a review of past and upcoming events.

The Board of Tri-County Carriage Association appreciates your continued support.