1st April 2008

Two brothers from Devon, Frank and Roger Campbell have been awarded Talented Athlete Scholarship Schemes, the first brothers to receive this funding, and also the first in the non-Olympic equestrian discipline of Driving.

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a Government funded multi-million pound scheme that is in its fifth year of operation for Equestrian Sport in England. The overall aim of TASS is to assist Great Britain?s most talented young athletes, who wish to optimise the effectiveness of their sport and their academic programmes.

Frank and Roger compete in the sport of competitive Horse Driving Trials, which consists of three very different phases or stages. Modelled on the ridden three-day event, a Horse Driving Trials is a triathlon for horses/ponies, which tests the overall versatility of an animal in harness. The brothers began driving at the ages of 11 and 12 years of age respectively, after being introduced to the sport by their Grandmother.

Roger (18) drives a single horse with a Bennington carriage and presently is based at Hartpury College, Glos where he is studying for a diploma in farm mechanisation, which means a one-way 3hr train journey most weekends to receive regular training for this season?s forthcoming national qualifiers, hopefully leading onto the National Championships that take place in Windsor Great Park. Last year, Roger won a number of novice horse classes, and was the highest novice placed horse at the National Championships.

Frank (16) drives a single pony and two horses and is still at school and therefore based at home. His aims for 2008 are to represent GB at the Junior World Pony Driving Event that takes place in Austria in July, driving a 13.2hh Dartmoor x Morgan, owned by Trisha Luxton, to compete at the National Junior Championships and also to groom for Boyd Exell at the World Four-in-Hand Championships taking place in The Netherlands later this year.

Boyd Exell is one of the world?s top carriage driving competitors and instructors, who lives in Leicestershire and who both Frank and Roger regularly receive training from, with Frank also working for Boyd in the summer time to broaden his experience and improve his driving abilities.

Sarah Armstrong, BEF TASS Manager says, ? For two brothers who compete in the non-Olympic discipline of Driving to be recognised with a TASS scholarship indicates the sporting talent these brothers are demonstrating, and hopefully with this funding it will assist them towards success on the world stage?.

Both Frank and Roger are thrilled to be recipients of the TASS Award and say, ?Being awarded the TASS funding is fantastic as it will mean being able to receive further training with Boyd, as well as financing travel costs to competitions, both necessary in our quest to compete at the top level?.

TASS is a working partnership between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Further Education Colleges (FECs), National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB?s) in this case the British Equestrian Federation and other sports organisations.

For more information please contact: Sarah Armstrong, BEF TASS Manager Tel: 02476 698871. Email: