By gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen
28th to 30th June 2002
The equestrian stage is all set at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for the fourth European Pony Team Championships, the first international driving championship to be held in this country for 17 years.
The championship takes place from 28 to 30 June by gracious permission of HM The Queen and is generously sponsored by Bernard Matthews who is a lifelong and dedicated supporter of all things Norfolk.
The British team has now been selected - Emily Bennett, Philippa Gammell and Ursula Hirschberg, with Anna Grayson as reserve. As host nation Great Britain is allowed to enter up to six individuals in addition to the team members, and these will include HRH the Duke of Edinburgh driving a team of HM The Queen's Fell ponies from the Balmoral estate.
Competitors from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland will be taking part in this championship set against the wonderful backdrop of the Sandringham Estate. Many familiar faces are included in the European teams including the winner of the recent International Driving Grand Prix at Royal Windsor Aard van de Kamp from the Netherlands with his team of Shetlands, and Beet van Lent who is the owner of the famous Delft pottery. Mia Allo the current Belgian champion, Tobias Bucker who has represented Germany in all three European Championships, Peter Schenk the Austrian champion who won the 2001 CAI at Blainville, Canada.
The event starts on Friday 28th June with the Dressage competition. Saturday then sees the exciting Marathon phase with eight obstacles including water, the ideal day for the spectator to witness the thrills and skills of carriage driving at its best. Sunday then follows with the Cones phase the final part of the competition in the main arena, followed by the award ceremony and presentation of medals.
The Sandringham Country Show & National Driving Trials will also be taking place over the same weekend and as an added attraction the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery will be performing their unique display in the main arena.
So come along & cheer on the Brits as they take on the rest of Europe at what will be the most exciting event this year in the British equestrian driving calendar
For more information or visit the official Sandringham Driving website at www.sandringhamdriving.co.uk