BYD Championships
Sandringham, Norfolk
29 June - 2 July 2017

by Isobel Wesbroom-Warr


This year, the Young Drivers' National Championships were held at the Royal Estate at Sandringham in Norfolk by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen.

A new format this year gave Young Drivers the opportunity to enter either their usual National Class or to enter the Class within their age group.

There were 9 entries in Young Driver classes ranging from age group 10-11 years to 19-25 years, with the classes seeing some newcomers as well as more experienced juniors, and two young drivers in the National classes.

It was noted that all Young Drivers were very well presented throughout and much shining and polishing had been done, especially prior to the Dressage phase.

Dressage scores ranged from 44.13 to 70.67, which fell into line with the National competitors of the day, so a “Well Done” to everybody.

The venue was a golden opportunity to drive a national course and gain valuable experience of driving international obstacles.

The BYD’s drove the first six obstacles, which included water and a bridge.

Very good spectating areas for obstacles allowed family and followers to see you drive them all.

That evening, a small informal supper had been arranged for the juniors and this was a great way to get together after a very busy day.

A big thank you to all who had organised this, it was very welcome!

The Cones on Sunday morning proved Young Drivers are more than capable of taking to the main arena.

Everyone drove well and between us produced four double clears.

At that time there was a formal prize giving with a commemorative medal.

We all did a lap of honour, which was a lovely way to finish the competition.

Young Drivers are aware of all the hard work and preparation required to organise a championship and we would like to say thank you to everyone concerned.

This was a great weekend with a sense of occasion which was made greater because of the other events going on at the same time including a Coaching Club meet and Attelage, something many of us had not seen before.

Team Basil


1st place in 15-18 y.o. class (3B)  went to Colette Holdsworth

Sean Lewis, winner of Class 2B (12-14 years). Photo by Amy Mundell.

Amelia Waddicor being presented with 1st place prise for class 4B. Photo by Amy Mundell.

British Young Drivers Championships 2017
Class 2B 12-14 years Singles Young driver   1st Sean Lewis
          2nd Nicole Holdsworth
Class 3B 15-18 years Singles Young driver   1st Colette Holdsworth
          2nd Isobel Wesbroom-Warr
Class 4A 19-25 years Singles National   1st Grace Smith
Class 4B 19-25 Years Singles Young driver   1st Amelia Waddicor
          2nd Jack Brooks

Amelia Waddicor, winner of Class 4B (19-25 years). Photo by Heritage Snapper.

Grace Smith, winner of Class 4A (19-25 years). Photo by Heritage Snapper.

Oliver Bennet. Photo by Heritage Snapper.


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