British Singles Team confirmed
7 June 2004

From left - Paul Sidwell (reserve), Jimmy Robson, Di Hayes, David Mathews, Jill Holah (Chef d'Equipe)

Following the final of four selection events, which took place last weekend at Farleigh House, the team of three drivers to represent Great Britain at the World Single Horse Championships at ?torp, Sweden (22nd to 25th July) has been named.

They will be led by David Matthews, the highest placed British driver at the last World Championships in 2002. David, a farrier from Stokenchurch, will be driving his Welsh Cob ?Carnwallon Boneddur?.

He will be joined by Di Hayes from near Salisbury with her hackney mare, ?Hamewith Culmellie?. Di was also in the team in Conty, where, after an excellent Dressage, she had a freak turnover on the marathon and was forced to retire when it proved impossible to repair her harness. She will be hoping for better luck this year.

The third member is the experienced and flamboyant Co. Durham driver Jimmy Robson with his black cob ?Duke?. Jimmy, was reserve for the team in 2000, and has represented Great Britain with a Horse Pair; he is also a former Horse Tandem national champion.

The selection was decided by a points system based on the best three results from four nominated events. The three named team members were consistently at the head of things throughout the selection procedure, but the battle for the reserve slots was much closer. Eventually it was another farrier, Paul Sidwell from Maidenhead, who clinched the position of non-travelling reserve after an impressive performance at Farleigh with his hackney gelding ?Weirbank John?, just ahead of Cherry Gaynor and Carol Johnson.

Chef d?Equipe for the team will be Jill Holah, and she will be assisted by former team member Jeff Bannister. Stuart Easby has very kindly agreed to act as team vet.

The team will leave for the Championships on 14th July with two stopovers on the way to Astorp .

CLICK HERE to see the selection table.