?Try Driving? experience a resounding success
3 May 2011

A group of students from Brackenhurst College, near Southwell, Nottinghamshire, visited Bennington Carriages to take part in ?Try Driving? - and voted it a resounding success.

The eight students ? who are all on a two-year Foundation Degree in Sport Horse Management and Training - and two lecturers enjoyed a full morning experiencing various aspects of carriage driving including harnessing up, a tour of the Bennington Carriages workshop, watching a DVD of the 2009 World Combined Pony Championships, taking part in a quiz and, of course, driving. The whole experience culminated in a competition round a course of cones; many of the students expressed interest in having further lessons and learning more about the sport.

Lecturer Sam York explained: ?The Worshipful Company of Saddlers provides a generous bursary which, with the Company?s agreement, is spent on ?Experience Days?. This includes learning about polo, riding Western and carriage driving. This is the best place to bring the students, it is phenomenal and we definitely want to come again. It?s not just about the driving, the students learn about themselves and what they are capable of.?

Sue Mart of Bennington Carriages added: ?This is the first time we have been involved with a college and it has been great fun. We are looking forward to forging strong links with Brackenhurst.?

At the end of the morning the students took away a commemorative rosette and a DVD entitled ?Try Driving Trials?. Asked for their opinion on the ?Try Driving? experience, the students unanimously responded: ?Fantastic!?