King's Host The Road Club's Equestrian Spring Drive
King’s College recently hosted a rather unusual and spectacular event involving 12 horse-drawn vehicles, over 40 horses and 100 coachmen, guests and spectators, the like of which has never been seen at the College before.
The Road Club, which is a prestigious driving organization that meets several times a year to enjoy the surrounding countryside and company of good friends, held their Spring Road Drive in Taunton.
Head of Equestrian at King’s, Emma Edwards and co-owner of her horses, Wayne Isaac, are members of the Road Club and took part in the event.
The weekend began with a visit to Fenix Carriages at Clayhidon on the Friday evening, where Mark Broadbent, who is the President of The Coaching Club, invited members and guests to view his museum of carriages before the driving began the following morning.
With members and guests travelling hundreds of miles for the event, everyone made the most of the weekend and ensured they took their horses and vehicles out for a drive around the country roads near the rented stables at Pontispool Equine Sports Centre.
To celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of the Road Club, a formal dinner was held at King’s for over 80 guests on the Saturday evening.
Sunday was the day of the official Road Club Spring Drive, when members and their guests set off from Taunton Racecourse at approximately 11.30am for a six mile drive through the beautiful villages of Thurlbear and Stoke St Mary, before making their way to King’s College for cocktails and canapés.
A selection of 12 carriages and road coaches, including horses from The Royal Mews, assembled in the front square at King’s before returning to the Racecourse for a picnic.
Emma Edwards, who organized the event, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the turnout and the number of members who attended the drive. King’s College was a brilliant venue to host this rather unusual and spectacular equestrian event enjoyed by many locals and guests from further afield.”