The CIAT Attelage de Tradtion events all operate within common regulations set down by the AIAT governing body. The competition is run over three stages and conform to the following guidelines.

A copy of the 2018 rules and regulations can be downloaded here:




Individual turnouts are judged at allocated time slots in three separate locations by AIAT Approved judges.

You will be closeley inspected by the individual judge where you will be scored for overall impression, the condition of the horse, the carriage, the harness and the passengers. You will be expected to present a turnout that is correct as possible for your equipage including fitting of harness, appropriate carriage, fit and passengers attire.

The following is a typical AIAT score sheet, all competitors will be issued with a copy after the competition has finished.




Competitors will be expected to undertake a road drive (Routier) over a set distance in accordance with the individual event. There is a minimum distance as well as a maximum distance depending on prevailing topographic conditions. Individuals will be expected to negotiate the Routier within an issued time allowance and distance that relates to their specific animal, eg: Donkeys, small ponies, larger ponies, horses and teams. Penalties will be issued for times completed under or over the specified time. Competitors are forbidden to pause within the last 300m of the route.

Along the route, competitors will have to negotiate 5 organised difficulties. These will be selected by the event organiser from an approved selection in accordance with AIAT regulations. Competiors will be expected to negotiate these difficulties with penalty points awarded for failure to negotiate, failure to undertake the difficulty correctly, or no penalties for undertaking the difficulty correctly.

The following illustrations outline the various difficulties created by the AIAT for the 2018 season:


Routier & Difficulties





The final stage of the event is where competitors will be expected to negotiate a series of cones (Maniabilité) with balls mounted to determine if you hit the cone. This stage of the event is to test the drivers precision skills. The cones course is expected to   be driven in a gently flowing manner against an optimum time. Cone widths are changed to suit the width of the individual competitors carriage, varying from narrow Donkey carts to wider Road Coaches. Depending on prevailing conditions, the number of cones will be set by the individual event organiser, but is normally around 20 gates. Penalties will be issued for balls down and time penatlies for times under or over the allocated time.

On completion of the cones course the competitors scores are gathered, calculated and tabulated to determine the individual category winner.

After a short breat to allow for the score keepers to update their records, all competitors are expected to return for the gala parade and prize giving.