A SOUTHBROOK family is hoping to bring the somewhat unknown sport of carriage driving into the spotlight.
Karyn and Eugen Dillmann and their son Kurt run the Strongfield Stud at Southbrook.
They are also heavily involved in running the Warwick and District Carriage Driving Club.
On April 13 and 14, the club will hold its first major event, the Strongfield Elders Real Estate Combined Driving event.
"Not a lot of people know about the sport," Karyn said.
"The sport is huge in Europe and England."
Eugen's lifelong passion for carriage driving has spanned more than 40 years, and this love has been passed on to his children, Claire and Kurt, and wife Karyn.
"It's not show driving and looking pretty," Karyn said.
"The marathon side of it is flat-out and the obstacles we're building are all timber obstacles. We've got the best in Queensland," she said.
Elders Real Estate Toowoomba is the main sponsor of the upcoming event.
Agent Ross Troy originally found the Dillmanns the property back in 2011 and has since taken an interest in their venture.
"We always wanted an event of this nature and wanted Elders involved," Karyn said.
"They're allowing us to really promote the sport."
The family has transformed part of the property into a carriage driving facility, which has two dedicated driven dressage arenas, sufficient space for a competition cones course and permanent marathon obstacles for club training and competition use.
The event will draw competitors from around the state.
Any other competitors interested can call 4691 0402 or visit warwickcarriagedriving.com for more information.
Spectators are also welcome to head along next weekend and enjoy all the fast-paced action.
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