As owner of Take The Reins , I am a carriage driver myself, driving something unique a 12.3 French Bred Donkey (Lady Riki - as seen in the various photos included in this website). Lady Riki regularly competes in Private Driving, Exercise, Driven Dressage & Cones Driving.

Lady Riki was broken to harness aged 4 by myself, now aged 18 she is still regularly seen competing in a number of events each year.

**Business Insurance - SEIB
Includes both Public & Product Liability (£2Million each), Harness fitting is included in the policy.

My qualifications include:

  • DBS Certificate 2023
  • BHS First Aid Certificate 2023
  • BHS Course - Risk Awareness for Equestrians 2023
  • BHS Safeguarding Certificate 2024
  • BDS L2 Diploma in Principals of Harness Horse Training
  • BDS L3 Road Safety Certificate
  • UKCC L1 Award in Coaching Equestrian Riding

By Summer 2024 I hope to have completed the following;

  • 1st4Sport L2 Equestrian Coaching (Carriage Driving) Certificate
  • 1st4Sport L2 Coaching Sport & Physical Activity

CPD is carried out annually to ensure my equine knowledge is updated.
2023 Completed:
* Mental Health Awareness in Sport & Physical Activity (UK Coaching)
* How to Plan, Coach & Reflect (UK Coaching)
* Internal Quality Assurance Training (UK Coaching)
* GDPR Training (High Speed Training)
2024 CPD Completed:
* Understanding a Position of Trust (UK Coaching)
* Duty of Care Digital Badge (UK Coaching)

I am also AAC (Assistant Area Commissioner) for BDS Sussex & I organise the Sussex Area Carriage Driving Show each year, due to be held on 7th July 2024.

Memberships: BDS (British Driving Society), BC (British Carriage Driving) DBS (Donkey Breed Society) & UK Coaching

Look on Facebook for my pages: Take The Reins, Joanne Parrett, Team Lady Riki & Carriagelink!