Information for Exhibitors

The 2022 parade will take place, Easter Monday 18th April 2022


Entries close: 1st March 2022

Contact the Secretary for further details.

The famous London Harness Horse Parade was due to take place at the South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex on Easter Monday 18th April 2022.  The annual event is an amalgamation of The London Cart Horse Parade (first started in 1885) and the London Van Horse Parade (started in 1904) and depicts transportation through the ages. This makes it one of the oldest and most well-loved carriage driving events in the country.  Generations of carriage-driving families make the annual Easter pilgrimage to the Parade and the current President, WA Gilbey, is a direct descendant of the founder of the London Cart Horse Parade, Sir Walter Gilbey Bart.  

The Worshipful Company of Loriners’ Newcomer Award

For new exhibitors or exhibitors who have not entered the London Harness Horse Parade within the last 5 years. This will be determined by the Parade Secretary’s records of entries based on the exhibitor and not the animal(s) or vehicle. All entries which qualify will receive a special rosette and a copy of the Centenary History Book “Parade”, in addition to any other prizes. Only entries that come forward for judging at the parade will be eligible for this award. The first 12 eligible entries will receive a refund of £12 towards their entry fee.

The following information is for guidance only, the entry conditions that apply will be those detailed in the official schedule.

The Main Objects of the Society

  1. To improve the general treatment, condition and management of horses, ponies and donkeys.
  2. To encourage persons in charge of animals employed for transport to take a humane and intelligent interest in their well-being and to show kindliness towards their animals.
  3. To encourage and assist all horse-users to achieve a high standard of care, management and cleanliness.

Conditions of Entry

All entries to be made on the Society’s official entry form
Entries may be refused on any grounds at the Committee’s discretion

  1. Animals will be subject to examination by a veterinary surgeon for condition, soundness and fitness for work.
  2. All animals must be four years old or over
  3. All animals must be shod (except Donkeys, Mules & Shetlands)
  4. Mares heavily in foal may not be exhibited.
  5. All vehicles must be sound and well maintained, suitable for a competent whip to drive on the road.
  6. The vehicle must be appropriate to the size and strength of the animal and must not be overloaded at any time.
  7. There must be a driver and at least one groom with each vehicle entered.
  8. All exhibitors should have experience of driving on public highways.
  9. Any entries considered unsuitable may be requested to leave the Parade.
  10. Exhibitors must hold adequate public liability insurance and provide evidence of such cover when submitting their entry form.
  11. All exhibitors will be expected to take part in the final parade.  Exhibitors not taking part in the parade will not be entitled to receive their rosette(s) or horse brass.


  • No sulkies allowed under any circumstances.
  • No riding at all on the showground (except postillion)

Judging Guidelines


 Judge’s decision is final.
The following points will be taken into consideration:

  1. Safety is the first requirement and essential.
  2. The horse must be sound, well shod, in good condition, well groomed, and suitable for the vehicle.
  3. The harness must fit the animal and vehicle. It should be in good repair and clean.  New harness or show harness is not necessary.
  4. The vehicle must be road-worthy, sound, properly balanced, clean, suitable for the size of the animal and not overloaded.
  5. The driver, groom and passengers should be neat and tidy.
  6. Whips should be carried by drivers at all times.

Veterinary Inspection

All animals should be:

  1. 4 years old or over
  2. in good condition
  3. free from clinical signs of infectious and contagious disease
  4. free from wounds, galls, sores or other injuries

Farriery Inspection

The animal should be trimmed and shod with:

  1. the correct type, weight and size of shoes
  2. level feet
  3. correct limb alignment
  4. no loss of bearing surface of the foot
  5. clenches in an even line, smooth and gripping the wall firmly