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Association Internationale d'Attelage de Tradition


Friends of traditional driving and fellow members:

This web-site is addressed to each of you; amateurs as well as professionals, organizers and just plain enthusiasts.More than 28 000 pages are consulted on this site each year from twenty countries and several continents.

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It provides complete information on the art of carriage driving, its history and traditions. It will keep you abreast of current and upcoming manifestations, competitions (CIAT: concours Internationaux d'Attelage de Tradition), trips, conferences and meetings. Many of these events are open to the public and mentioned in our calendar of traditional driving events.

The objectives of our organization are to preserve and transmit the practice of traditional carriage-driving, and to restore and conserve the hippomobile heritage throughout the world.

I wish you a happy journey through the site.

Christian de Langlade
President

This website is the joint work of those practicing and enjoying carriage driving in the traditional manner. The Concours de Tradition competition, developed by the AIAT, has been created to preserve and encourage traditional European driving styles and methods as practiced by our forefathers, its aim is to nurture and preserve the skills and crafts of coach making as developed by notable 19th and 20th century European carriage and coach builders.

This also includes the continuation of the use of traditional style harness found throughout Europe during the hey day of horse drawn transport and coaching in England during the 1800’s.

It is the aim of AIAT members to encourage present day craftsmen and conservationists when using modern materials to employ traditional formats both in coach building and harness making, always reflecting traditional styles. Similarly the present day carriage horses, coachman and grooms are encouraged to mirror the traditional standards of turnout by the schooling of their horses and the suitability of accoutrements for the carriages they drive and maintain.

The traditional turnout has always been a picture of elegance, style and practicality and that is what needs to be preserved. The objective of the AIAT is to ensure the continuance of these values by compiling guidelines and rules to protect these age old traditions.

The Concours d'Attelage de Tradition competition has been enjoyed by carriage drivers for over twenty years now and the current rules have been based on experience gained over this time and they will continue to be developed.

Richard James
Editor, Carriage Driving Magazine