... carriage driving news ... carriage driving news ...
|End of season party|
Alive and kicking?
?Driving Trials ends a season and starts a celebration
Even without a party, it was going to be a year worth raising a glass to, and they came from every corner of the UK to join in our celebration of success. But to be honest, we never doubted it. Why would we, when we have an army of like minded people who are united through our fantastic sport?
On 31st October, a maximum capacity 150-strong audience spilled into the Avon Suite at Stoneleigh Park for a fun-packed evening.
It was thrilling to see such a true representation of our sport ? older representatives, juniors, council members, supporters, crew, drivers with disabilities, and World Champions.
Aside from providing a place to bring driving trials enthusiasts together - to chat, to dance, to be entertained, to reflect, to look forward - we had wanted to use this opportunity to recognise some of the unsung heroes and spectacular achievements of 2006, as voted by the audience. After a few sticky moments over what a ColemanBall might be, we were in business with nomination forms flooding in. To view the full listing of nominations, click here.
James Gambs picked up the award for Most Improved Junior, for his dedication, hard work and motivation to help, learn and get involved.
Jack in a Box went home with the Best Equine Equipment Supplier, with multiple nominations wishing them to be rewarded for their sponsorship at many national and club events, as well as for having ?everything you?d ever need? at an event.
Nigel Dipple and Sydney Smith were joint winners in the All Round Good Egg category. This award was aimed at paying tribute to people who have quietly and consistently contributed so much to the sport. Nigel, for almost single-handedly setting up SoECDF and for his tireless work to Brockham Harness Club, Sports Aid and so much more; Sydney, for her huge contribution to juniors and to training in general.
Best ColemanBalls Moment went to none other than Boyd Exell who spectacularly ran himself over with his own carriage!
Marcin Skrzydlewski fought off tough competition to pick up the Best Groom or Backstepper award, which he earned through going above and beyond the call of duty, particularly during the Hellendoorn World Championships.
That led us to the final award ? Best Driving Moment of 2006. And there could only have been one winner here. A hero?s welcome awaited Di, David, Ian and Paul as they took the stage to pick up their award to a standing ovation. It was a truly proud moment for all who were there to recognise them.
We owe enormous gratitude to very, very generous sponsorship. Our two lead sponsors were:
Additional key sponsorship, aiding us in providing additional awards, entertainment and production, was given by:
Martin Wilkinson Saddlers contact: 01727 821020
The team of volunteers who assisted us in pulling off quite a feat in a limited period of time were Harry Luff, Rosemary Neale, Angela Flanagan and Sally Moreton. Huge thanks go to them all ? particularly to Harry.
Anything?s possible It struck me, as I was putting together this quick summary of the party, that with courage, belief and teamwork, anything is possible, especially when faced with a new opportunity.
I?m confident that Council will show the same courage, belief and teamwork to lead us into a new period of successful British Horse Driving Trials, which will continue to bring us together as friends and competitors ? alive, kicking and winning medals!
Most Improved Junior
Best Groom or Backstepper:
Best Equipment Supplier:
"Best Colemanballs" award:
All Round Good Egg award - aimed at recognising a person who has contributed most to the sport:
Most Memorable Driving Moment of 2006
Di, David, Ian, Paul - THE SINGLE HORSE TEAM WINNING TEAM & INDIVIDUAL GOLD!