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                                                                                                                                                                  F
                                                                                                                                                                           ollowing the spate
                                                                                                                                                                           of snowy weather
                                                                                                                                                                           we have recently
                                                                                                                                                                  been through I would
                                                                                                                                                                  love to hear of any reader
                                                                                                                                                                  who has experienced




                                                                                                                                               photo: Dicky Jim
                                                                                                                                                                  driving a horse drawn
                                                                                                                                                                  sleigh, whether at home or abroad. It is
                                                                                                                                                                  an activity I have never experienced and it
                                                                                                                                                                  must be particularly enjoyable in the right
 Margret Andrews with her Shetlands, Brandy and Lager, on the drive during the 2010 BDS Tandem Meet in the                                                        conditions, if the seasonal song “Jingle
 beautiful grounds of Weston Park, Staffordshire. Margaret was joint winner of the President’s Award for turning
 out in traditional English tandem style.
                                                                                                                                                                  Bells” is anything to go by!
                                                                                                                                                                      BHDTA members have a full year
                                                                                                                                                                  ahead on the international front with two
News......................................................................4                             .
                                                                               IndoorDrivingRoundup............................... 34                          FEI World Championships on the cards.
                                                                                                                                                                  The horse pairs go to Conty in France in
                   .
OvertheTandemBar..................................12                       Devil’sHorseman-DanielNaprous........ .38
     WiththeOstler                                                               bySallyTaylor
                                                                                                                                                                  August while the ponies are off to Lipica
                                                                                                                                                                  in Slovenia in September. The Combined
                     .
LetterstotheEditor...................................13                    CoachingChatter..................................... 41                           Pony Championships allow single, pairs
                                                                                   byBobElliott                                                                and four-in-hands to compete as a national
DuckHeartsandRedWine....................... 14
     GaryDockingvisitsaFrenchHorseFair                                                                         .
                                                                               AdayinthelifeofHeatherClarke....... .42                                    team and as a result makes the event a
                                                                                                                                                                  very friendly family gathering mixing the
Doingtheirbit.................................................16                               .
                                                                               JuniorSpotlight......................................43                         three classes into one competitive unit.
     SallyTaylortalkstoPaulineJones
                                                                               MilitaryHarnessHorses......................44                                   Understandably there are few professional
HackneyRoundup...........................................17                      ByTonyButler                                                                 drivers involved but the driving is
     ByBarbaraStockton                                                                                                                                         nevertheless still very competitive.
                                                                               Linda’sBDSLines....................................46
DrivingTrialsRevealed................................18                         withLindaSwain                                                                   Since the inclusion of this style of
                                                                                                                                                                  championship there has been a significant
NorthWestDrivingClub.......................... .26                         DrivingfortheDisabled.......................48                                 increase in the number of driven ponies
     WithWendyPeckham                                                                                                                                          in Europe, mostly Welsh as there are few
                                                                               BHDTAOfficialNews........................... .50
DrivinginPatagonia..................................... .28                                                                                                    suitable native continental pony breeds.
     WithJasperWinn                                                          CalendarTeam........................................52                              The BDS have announced their spring
                                                                                   bySallyTaylor                                                               series of training sessions (see page 46) so
                     .
Oldandnewfaces...................................... ..30
  ByWendyPeckham                                                            IrishScene...............................................53                      with the growth in numbers forward for
                                                                                   withSusanBingham-Carnduff                                                    the exercise and pleasure classes, timing
ScurryTalk............................................ .33                                                                                                      is perfect for the new showing season.
     withPhilipLitchfieldandJeffOsborne                                   DiaryDates..............................................54
                                                                                                                                                                  In my opinion it is important that judges
                                                                                                                                                                  discourage the use of the two-handed
Front Cover: Ellen Littlechild from Jersey competing in the Novice Horse class at the 2010 BHDTA National                                                         competition style of rein handling and
Championship with her horse Tygron, a KWPN gelding to a Fenix Flyer. They won the marathon, eventually finishing                                                  I agree totally with Jane MacInnes in
fifth overall.                                                                                      Photo: Dicky Jim                                              her article on page 5. I hope that the
                       The opinions expressed in Carriage Driving are not necessarily those of the Editor                                                         judges actively encourage the use of the
                     Editor: Richard James • Deputy Editor: Stephanie Kill                                                                                        traditional English coaching style by only
           • Advertising Sales : Claire Rowlands • Circulation Director: Sally Boettcher                                                                          awarding the top three slots to exhibitors
        • Production Director: Richard Hamshere • Publishing Director: Jon Benson                                                                                 who drive traditionally.
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