Welcome to One- Two Carriage Driving, Oakdale CA
In April 2009, Roger Cleverly: Equestrian Training relocated to a rental barn in Knightsen, near Brentwood in East Contra Costa County, CA. As we focused more on carriage driving, we found the layout of the barn restricted our activities, and could not be reorganized, effectively. In March 2013, we found an 8.48 acre property near Oakdale, in the Central Valley, that met our needs. Apart from the house and a storage shed, we had a 'clean piece of paper' to configure a driving center the way we wanted it.
The facility now includes a 7 stall barn, and 7 large paddocks, with shelters. There is a 50 ft round pen on sand and a natural surface fenced training arena that measures some 180 ft. x 130 ft. For competitive drivers, we have a full 100 meter x 40 meter driven dressage court, and we are developing its grass surface. Two permanent cross country obstacles have been created, 'Hampton Court Maze' and 'A Shrubbery.' We are working on the design for a third, 'Don't Panic.'
These are linked by approximately 1 mile of trails. The ground on the property is sandy loam, which provides a good footing, in both winter and summer.
Oakdale lies in the heart of the Central Valley, with easy access north/south from Hwy. 99 and east/west on Hwy. 120, that links to I-5, I-205 and I-580. It is a thriving area for equestrian activity, and Oakdale proudly claims to be the 'Cowboy Capital of the World.' Our barn is located off Hwy. 120, between Oakdale and Escalon, on the boarders of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.
The primary focus of the Training Center is carriage driving, both recreational and competitive, but we also extend a warm welcome to hunters,jumpers, and Eventers who need assistance with conditioning.
Roger has spent years conditioning horses, ponies and minis for a variety of activities, including hunter jumping, dressage, Eventing, endurance riding, and fox hunting. He also trained and raced his own Thoroughbred in National Hunt steeplechase racing, and was an amateur exercise rider and assistant trainer at Cree Lodge Racing Stables at Ayr in Scotland. These days, he applies his knowledge and experience to training and conditioning horses, ponies and minis for carriage driving, recreational, Pleasure Showing and Combined Driving.
During the year, we offer a range of clinics on driving topics. In 2013 and 2014, Muffy Seaton has worked with local drivers, and this year we staged a Schooling Arena Driving Trial specifically to give novice drivers an experience of Combined Driving, prior to entering official competitions. Please check our 'Events Calendar' button on the Home Page, for information on dates and times for clinics and schooling events.
On the first Saturday of each month, from March to November [weather permitting], we hold Play Days for the local driving community. Featured activities include Timed Cones, Scurry driving, Gambler's Choice, Pick Your Own Line and Cross Country Obstacles. Please check our 'Events Calendar' button on the Home Page, for information on dates and times.