BHDTA & Junior Chariots
 Escrick Park, Yorkshire
25th & 26th September 2004

For the first time this year, the BHDTA and Junior Chariots organised a National Carriage Driving Championships for young drivers.

Kind weather helped to make the first Junior Championships a success at Eskrick Park in Yorkshire. Competitors from all over the UK and Ireland came together in a wonderful atmosphere. Barry Capstick had arranged for 7 young drivers to come over, that must be one of the largest Irish entries at any mainland event ! 10 juniors came down from Scotland and 15 from England, although we had 3 withdrawals.

The Championships were open to any driver aged 10 ? 21 years old, provided that they have completed 2 Club Events since April 2002 without elimination or have been assessed at the Summer Camp. The classes were:

  • Class 1  10 - 12 yrs
  • Class 2  13 - 14 yrs
  • Class 3  15 - 17 yrs
  • Class 4  18 - 21 yrs

The dressage was judged by Caroline Musker, Jill Holah and Philippa Thompson, all of whom were delighted by the standard and enthralled by some of the ponies ! Carol Meredith produced a super course of cones with the right amount of tests, only drivers 3 managed to go double clear - the girls from Scotland!

The marathon course through the tracks and woods at Eskrick was laid out by Douglas Strachan, who knows the area well and worked very hard for the event. Being flat helped all the competitors to come into the final phase with plenty left in the tank! There were 6 obstacles, two being the permanent ones used by the North East driving club and 4 built for the occasion. Andrew Hewat had lettered the obstacles with view to having as many options as possible and allowing the course to flow smoothly with the chance to take a tight route if desired.

Class winners:
Martin Spillane, Jean Rea, Rosanna Walter-Symons (Best Dressage), Hazel Carruthers, Alice Spence

All competitors came home safely and smiling! They are now looking forward to next year!!

Report by Amanda Saville

CLICK HERE for the full results.