November 2006


Following the Conference Mr Ian Gilbert, Chairman of the Competitions Committee is preparing the final paper to be put before the Council for approval at their meeting in December. The final version of the New Competition Structure will then be put on the web site. In the meantime if you have any queries please forward them to the office.


The following elected Council members are due to retire at the next AGM: Ms Amanda Saville, Mr Ian Gilbert and Miss Sydney Smith, all are eligible for re-election. There are three vacancies on the Council, all for a three year period. Members may nominate additional candidates and are asked to seriously think about people who have the time and commitment to work on behalf of the sport. Nomination forms are available from the BHDTA Office; they require the signature of the person to be nominated, together with a proposer, a seconder, and three supporting signatures. Completed nomination forms must reach the office by Friday 12th January 2007


The BHDTA annual conference took place in Coventry on the 21st October and was well attended. The silver medal winning team from the World Championships for drivers with disabilities in Holland, and the individual and team gold medallists from the World Single Championships in Italy were almost deafened as the audience raised the roof in acclamation, and the Chairman presented them with bottles of bubbly.

The Chairman?s Award this year went to Mrs Dinah Johnson for her veterinary services at International and National BHDTA events and the Junior Driver award to Chris Ainscough.

The Chairman, Lord Onslow, introduced the Council?s plans to meet the challenges of a declining membership and income changes evolved through the year by a working party.

The Treasurer, Derek Mayes, then explained the new financial arrangements. Charges are to be redistributed on a ?user pays? principle with a start fee replacing the current levy. The horse registration scheme has been dropped. At events, horses/ponies entered will be listed on a declaration form to be completed before the start fee is paid. Vaccination documents will be checked randomly. Club affiliation fees are to be levied on a per capita basis and the split between insurance and office expenses made clear.

Ian Gilbert, Chairman of the Competitions Committee, then talked members through the new competition structure. New classes are to be introduced to encourage progression by horse and driver through pre-novice and novice at club level, and intermediate, open and advanced at National level. Novice qualifier events (renamed National Novice) will all be run at club events rather than Nationals.

There will be ten national events in 2007, and the main complaint from Event Organisers at their meeting was that members are still making their entries very late. This causes major problems for the organisers. A penalty system for late entries will operate through 2007.

The competition format was discussed; the new intermediate class is to provide for newly qualified novice drivers at National competitions without them having to compete against established open competitors. An open competitor may take a novice horse into the intermediate class, but cannot qualify for the National Championships. Qualification will go to the next Intermediate competitor down the line.

The open class will be for competitors moving up from intermediate and those who are either not ready or do not want to take part in International competitions. A new dressage test has been written for this class. There will be the usual marathon and possibly a slower time in the cones than that set for the advanced class. The advanced class will do one of the FEI Advanced Tests and ?Team Members? will usually be selected from this class.

There were lengthy discussions in response to the members? questions and one or two issues were referred back to Council for further consideration.

The Council had decided that it is imperative for changes to be introduced for the 2007 season. The rulebook will be amended and replacement pages will be available in the New Year. A Working Party was set up comprising the Club Area Representatives and some members of Council to consider the Club affiliation scheme, and whether the creation of a regional structure would be beneficial. Proposals to be brought to an E.G.M next year.


 The Rules Committee are currently working extremely hard to get the new rules in place before the end of the year. Amended pages for your rule books will be available FOC by end of March.


World Combined Pony Championships, (20-22nd July 2007, Dorthealyst, Denmark)
Brighton, Hopetoun, Farleigh

World Horse Pairs Championships, (31st August -2nd September 2007, Warka, Poland)
Hopetoun, Farleigh, Sandringham, Henbury Hall


Those drivers wishing to be considered for selection for World Championships are reminded that they need to have completed a Selection Form BEFORE the first selection event begins. It is advisable to also get your entries in for the selection events in good time to ensure that they are accepted ? making your event entries early (well before the closing date) also greatly assists the Event Organisers.


May we please remind those competitors wishing to compete at events abroad in 2007 that you need to inform the office IN WRITING, clearly indicating each individual event you wish to receive details for. Please ensure that your request is sent in early ? foreign competition closing dates are always adhered too and are usually 8 weeks (sometimes more) before the event!


The number of British entries to be invited for 2007 are:

Horse Fours World Cup Qualifier 6 GBR competitors
Pony Fours CAIP-A 4 GBR competitors
Horse Pairs National competition 5 competitors
Pony Pairs National competition 4 competitors
Single Horse National competition 5 competitors
Single Pony National competition 4 competitors
Horse Tandem National competition 3 competitors
Pony Tandem National competition 3 competitors

Places are allocated by taking the first two competitors at the Championships and then from the 2006 Fenix Points League. In the event of duplication, the remaining places will be allocated from the Points League. All those eligible will receive written invitations direct from Royal Windsor Horse Show.


3rd & 4th February National & Club Course Designers Clinic ? Guest Lecturer Mr Arijan Brink
24th & 25th February National & Club Judges Clinic, Unicorn Trust ? Guest Lecturer Mrs Jennie Loriston-Clarke
31st March Stewards Training Day, Lowther Estate ? details from the office


Membership forms for 2007 will be posted out to all 2006 members prior to the end of the year. If you need more forms for friends or grooms etc please contact the office or download them from this website.

2006 members? insurance cover ends 31st January 2007. Members are urged to renew their subscriptions as soon as possible to ensure the continuity of their insurance cover. Payment can be made by cheque, postal order, or by credit/debit card. The categories/privileges for 2007 have changed slightly; in particular the maximum age for Young Drivers is now 25. Please note that it is still mandatory for all grooms on the Marathon to be members of the BHDTA (this can be in any category except for Supporter).


Chaired by Sally Moreton, Member of BHDTA Council
SOUTH EAST Georgina Frith, The Cottage, Oak Lane Farm, Partridge lane, Newdigate, Surrey. RH5 5EE Tel Day:-01306 631 561
SOUTH WEST & WALES Steve Lucas, 62 Oakgrove Road, Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, Hants. SO50 6LN Tel Day:-01703 617529
MIDLANDS Edmund Goodwin, Talbot Farm Nursery, 75 Derby Road, Hilton, Derby. DE65 5FP Tel Day:-01283 732755
NORTH Barry Hilditch, Bond Farm, 52 Barnsley Road, Flockton, Wakefield. WF4 4DW Tel Day:-01924 848951
SCOTLAND Andrew Smith, 105 Cadzow Street, Hamilton, Scotland, ML3 6HJ Tel: 01698 282726
NORTHERN IRELAND Penny Campbell, 1a Moss Lane, Lower Ballinderry, Lisburn, Co Antrim. Tel: 02892 652292

Our thanks to Dick Lane who has ?retired? as the Club Liaison representative for the South East Region, his input, time and efforts on the Clubs and members behalf has been much appreciated.


The 200 Club is run by Sheila Hawking for the Supporters. Tickets are ?20 each, if 200 are sold the revenue is ?4,000. 50% is paid back in prize money and 50% goes to the Supporters who use it to support the BHTDA. If 200 tickets are not sold the money is adjusted accordingly. This year they are paying for the scoreboard to be refurbished and a donation to the Young Drivers Championships event at Escrick Park. Tickets for 2007 can be obtained now from Mrs Sheila Hawking, Pollums House Farm, Lumby, South Milford, Leeds, Yorkshire.

200 Club Winners 2006
Royal Windsor ? Jo Rennison, Lisa Wood, Sue Mayes.
Escrick Park ? Goldie Francis, Eric Moss, Lynne Howard
Sandringham ? Penny Wood, David Stafford, Alan Wilkinson, Val Dawes
Henbury - Angela Flanagan, Brockham Harness Club, Judith Peers, Mary Ford.
Catton Park - John Reid, Brockham Harness Club, Cherry Gaynor
Lowther ? Linda Nuckley, Sue Sherriff, Gina Smart
Alnwick - Nigel Rice, Carol Boswell, Jacky Jeffry, Pat Hall.
National Championships - Lisa Wood, Val Dawe, John Reid.
Junior Championships - Lynda Christian, Heather Clarke, Rosemary Neale.


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