Cheltenham Gloucester Moat House Hotel
Saturday 19th October 2002

Conference report

Over 160 BHDTA members attended the Annual Conference held this year at the Cheltenham-Gloucester Moat House, where chairman Tom Pettifer reported an encouraging regeneration in the sport, following a disastrous effects of Foot & Mouth in 2001.

Rachel Stevens, who stage managed the presentation at the Conference

There had been a very busy schedule of indoor events and clinics during the winter 2001/2002 and a successful programme of National events during the summer of 2002, which culminated in the return of the National Championships to Windsor in September. Members were delighted to learn that it is hoped to add an event at Thoresby Hall to the calendar for 2003.

Rules Chairman Anneke Wallace outlined proposals for improving the qualification procedure for participation at each level, and also the introduction of Intermediate classes; she did, however, emphasise that these proposals were still at an early discussion stage and none would be implemented before 2004.

Following the disappointing international results during 2002, there was a constructive discussion at the Conference about the Council's proposed changes to the procedure for selection and team management for future internationals.

Before the start of the official business at the BHDTA Conference, the Chairman had made some special presentations:

The trophy for the most promising young driver went to 18 year old Jenny Mackenzie, who finished 3rd in the 2002 Novice Championships.

The Chairman's award went to the BHDTA's website editor Vic Kusin, who completely redesigned the site for 2002 and continues to maintain it on a voluntary basis.

The Broadbent Trophy, presented by the Broadbent family in memory of David Broadbent, went to popular event stable managers Ted and Pauline Genge.

Earlier in the day affiliated club representatives attended a very positive meeting to share ideas with the BHDTA, and there was also a get together for event stewards. At another meeting, all the British 2002 World Championship competitors were able to discuss ways of improving preparation for future Championships, based on their experiences this year.

Following the Conference, participants were able to relax and enjoy themselves at a very well attended Dinner Dance organised by Sheila Hawking, seen in the picture with BHDTA Chairman, Tom Pettifer. At the Dinner Dance, awards for the annual Points Leagues were presented on behalf of the sponsors by Mark Broadbent (Fenix), Simon Mackaness (BEIB) and Jane Buchan (Baileys).

A selection of photographs of presentations made at the Dinner Dance can be seen in our


Photo by Agripix