British Young Drivers Championships
Escrick Park
27-28 September 2008

The 5th British Young Drivers Championship was held at Escrick Park near York on 27 & 28 Sept.

A record entry and fabulous sunshine meant a very enjoyable weekend with some hotly contested competition! It was good to see the Irish back after they had to pull out of last year?s competition at the last minute due to the foot and mouth scare. There were 38 competitors aged 10 years old upwards in 6 classes.

Fresh from his successes at the Indoor Champs and the Junior World Trophy, Michael Hodgson with his rescued (and jet-propelled!) Shetland pony Brownie decisively won the 10-12 years old class.

Class 2 was won by Amber O?Neill, very closed followed by Rachel & Clare Campbell in 2nd and 3rd. Katie Bell being winner of Class 3, with a particularly lovely dressage round.

Grace Hurrell won Class 4 for 18-25 years, with Scotland?s Ollie Dernie and Megan Carruthers in 2nd and 3rd. Grace had a storming marathon to beat the rest of the field.

Mark Bell who won the multiples class with his smart tandem, was also overall winner of both the dressage and cones phases. A remarkable feat with a tandem.

There was a very high standard in the challenging National Class, Frank Campbell just taking first place from Irishman Paudie O?Sullivan. Rachel Ainscough won both dressage and marathon in her class and took 3rd place.

The very innovative and colourful marathon obstacles designed by Amanda Saville who organises this event drove very well throughout the day. The Team Challenge was won by the English followed by Ireland and Scotland in 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Wales in 4th.

Report by Liza Pern.

Young Drivers' Championships 2008 - FULL RESULTS