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Craghoppers to sponsor National Championships
17 Jan 2003

Leading outdoor and travel brand Craghoppers is delighted to be principal sponsor of the British Horse Driving Trials Association National Championships in September 2003. Not traditionally associated with the Equestrian market, Craghoppers has clothing ranges that more than fit the bill. This sponsorship is a culmination of years of support from Craghoppers for the British Horse Driving Trials Association.

The Championships, which are to be known as the Craghoppers National Carriage Driving Championships, will take place at Windsor Great Park on 12-14 September 2003.

The photograph shows BHDTA Council member and chairman of Marketing & Publicity committee John Gaynor with Jim McNamara, managing director of Craghoppers.

Craghoppers was first established in 1965 in Batley, West Yorkshire, before being bought by the Black family (owners of Regatta Great Outdoors) in 1995. With over 30 years experience in producing high quality, technical outdoor clothing, Craghoppers have produced clothing for hill walkers and mountaineers and more recently have been positioned in the forefront of the travel and outdoor wear market focusing on innovation, style and comfort.

For further details on Craghoppers please contact Gill Russell at Craghoppers on 0161 749 1251 or email on grussell@craghoppers.com or visit their website at www.craghoppers.com

The National Championships website is at www.windsordriving.co.uk

Winter 2000 ? Craghoppers Dynamic Balance rucksacks achieve Design Council Millennium Award Status, with a rucksack display in the Millennium Dome - Spiral of Innovation. These rucksacks are very comfortable to carry and highly practical with an option of waterproof linings.

Summer 2001 - Craghoppers is the only outdoor and travel clothing brand to link with the biggest UK Cancer charity - Cancer Research UK - with its renowned Kiwi sun protective clothing. The Kiwi trouser is Craghoppers benchmark product, which is a great all-round performer.

Summer 2002 - Craghoppers exclusively launch Nosquito ? the only insect repellent clothing available in Europe.

Winter 2002 - Craghoppers launch waterproof and breathable jackets featuring its temperature regulating AquaDry fabric with Thermal Response. These jackets use insulation to retain warmth in cold weather and then keep the wearer at a comfortable temperature when warm - perfect for when horse driving during the winter months and extra warmth is required.

Summer 2003 - Craghoppers launch Epic Amphibious cotton clothing exclusively to the outdoor and travel market. Comprising a classic shirt and chino style pant for men and women with a casual jacket, all these styles are crammed full with technology, making them windproof, waterproof and abrasion and stain resistant but yet feels like natural cotton. The fibres in the fabric are encapsulated to resist water absorption but without any stiffness in the fabric. The Epic range from Craghoppers is ideal for the horse driver. Not only does it offer lightweight weather protection, but it looks very stylish too. The Pioneer range for men and Spirit for women and is available in-store from February 2003.