Young Drivers to represent GBR at the
European Youth Championships
Kisbér Ászár, Hungary
15-19 August 2018

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Driver
Jay Snow (20)
Aszar Kisber will be Jay’s 5th international championship. From being the youngest in 2008 he is now in the 16-21 Young Driver Class, the oldest age group. His international competing has taken him to Austria twice, to Poland, and this year’s competition will be his second trip to Hungary.

Jay lives in rural West Wales - an ideal place to pursue his passions for horses and music - and was educated through the medium of Welsh. After a gap year working abroad as a gaucho in Argentina, he has just completed his first year at Durham University studying English and Philosophy. He started driving at age eight, at the Junior Easter Camp held at Unicorn Equestrian Trust and sponsored by Baileys, and has competed every year since. He has twice won the Indoor Driving Championships and his most recent achievement on the outdoor circuit was 3rd in the Novice Class in the 2017 National Championships in Cirencester with his new pony.

Although Hungary will be his last international competition at Junior Level, Jay will continue to compete at carriage driving while studying full time in Durham - a long way from his home in West Wales! His immediate aim will be to continue climbing the ranks at the National Championships this autumn. Hungary might represent the end of his journey as a junior, but it won’t be the end of competing.

Pony
Menai Carlos
14yo Welsh Section C.
Grooms
Fleur Snow (dressage/cones)
Daniel Snow (marathon)
Based
West Wales
Class
Young Driver
 

 

 

Driver
Megan Wheeldon (17)
In Hungary, Megan will be driving Penraven Prince (Barney), a welsh section D chestnut gelding owned by her father David Wheeldon. Megan has been driving Barney for the past four years at club, national and international competitions.

This will be Megan’s fourth time representing Great Britain after competing in Austria (2012), Poland (2014) and Germany (2016).

Megan started driving at the age of 7 with her Exmoor pony, Foxwood Skippy, after being a member of the Meynell Hunt Branch of the Pony Club since she was 4. She competed with Skippy at both outdoor and indoor competitions.

Megan then drove a strawberry roan mare, Gwen, who she won the Intermediate Junior Indoor title with in the 2012/2013 season and in 2014 won the Junior National Championships with her in class 2. Gwen was driven by Megan at both Austria and Poland in the Junior European Championships.

In 2016, Megan was the British Carriagedriving Intermediate Pony National Champion with Barney. In 2017, Megan won the best marathon and the Open Pony class at the Midlands Carriagedriving Championships.

At the recent Junior National Championships at Sandringham, Megan won the best marathon and was second overall in her age category.

Megan would like to thank all of the BYD trainers for their help, Shires and The Eques-Train for kindly sponsoring the whole team with rugs. Also, to Royale Leisurewear and Creation Studios for their work on both the rug embroidery and marathon tops for the team.

Pony
Penraven Prince
Welsh Section D
Grooms
Tracey Kelsall (dressage/cones)
Jack Ralph (marathon)
Based
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Class
Junior
 

 

 

 

 

Driver
Oliver Bennett (12)
I like to be called ‘OLLIE’; I began riding when I was 3, but I am from a driving family across 3 generations.

My grandfather was a tandem driver, my parents both team drivers, who have both previously competed for Great Britain and with my sister Jodie who rides and drives competitively too, we have lots of fun.

In the winter months I like hunting and I am a keen football player. I am Captain of my school, Abbeygate College, football team and I also play for Nantwich Town FC.

I started carriage driving competitions when I was 10 and became Indoor Novice Junior National Champion when I was 11.

After competing this year at the Sandringham Junior Championships, I have now gained the Outdoor 2018 National title for 12-14 yrs with my Pony Joe and we are looking forward to a great Competition in Hungary as part of the Great Britain Junior Team.

Pony
Joe
Welsh x
Groom
Emily Bennett
Based
Cheshire, North West England
Class
Children
 
Driver
Colette Holdsworth (16)

I have been around horses all my life and I started carriage driving when I was 12 years old, with our family 20 year old 11.1hh lead rein pony mare, Belle.

I now compete with my 13.2hh, 10 year old KWPN x Welsh, piebald mare, Pepper.

I am coached by Pippa Bassett and am a member of the Brockham Harness Club.

Pepper and I have been driving together since November 2015, we attend indoor events at Merrist Wood, and we achieved Indoor Supreme Champion 2018 and Indoor Supreme Junior Champion 2017 at the British National Indoor Championships at Keysoe.

In 2016 I became U14 National Champion, 2017 U18 National Champion and 2018 U18 National Champion at the British Young Drivers’ Championships held at Sandringham.

In 2016 we attended the European Youth Championships in Schildau, Germany, where I won the Children’s FEI Individual Bronze Medal.

My backstepper is my mother Catherine Holdsworth and I am over the moon that my sister Nicole Holdsworth will also be competing at the Youth European Championships in Hungary this year.

 
Pony
Pepper
KWPN x Welsh
Groom
Catherine Holdsworth
Based
Haywards Heath, W. Sussex
Class
Juniors
 

 

 

 

 
Driver
Nicole Holdsworth (14)

I have been carriage driving for nearly 3 years. Belle, our ex lead-rein pony showed me the ropes.

Since December 2017, I have competed with my 13hh, 12 year old Welsh Section B, chestnut gelding, Cennen Simba, Ken for short.

I am coached by Pippa Bassett and am a member of the Brockham Harness Club. We attend indoor events at Merrist Wood, and I have competed at the Indoor National Championships in the Intermediate class, and have achieved U14 Reserve National Champion at the British Young Drivers Championships at Sandringham.

My backstepper is my father Rod Holdsworth.

 
Pony
Cennen Simba
Welsh Section B
Groom
Rod Holdsworth
Based
Haywards Heath, W. Sussex
Class
Children
Driver
Grace Smith (18)

Grace started driving when she was 7 years old and has been competing since she was 8.

With her pony Pickle she was indoor national champion 4 times and won her class at the British Young Drivers’ championship twice. She also drove at the Junior World Trophy twice, winning individual bronze and team gold in Austria in 2012.

Grace is now competing with her two KWPN horses Max (18) and Milo (7). With Max she won the Novice horse National Championship and Howden Points League in 2015.

In 2016 she drove at the FEI European Championship and finished 7th in a strong class. In 2017 she won the Fenix Points league in the Intermediate Horse class, driving Milo at most events.

When she is not driving Grace backsteps for her father, Chris, and has also represented East Anglia at the British junior fencing championships three times. She is looking forwards to starting university in September.

Pony
Max, KWPN
Groom
Chris Smith
Based
Essex
Class
Young Driver
 
Driver
Isobel Wesbroom-Warr (16)

I started driving and have been a BYD member from the age of 8.

I have been Indoor Junior Champion in my age group 3 times with my pony Chelsea Bun and we were also was part of the Gold Medal winning team at the ICKD Junior World Trophy in Austria in 2012.

I am now driving Chinkwell Basil, a 13hh Dartmoor Heritage pony, training regularly with Joanna Broadbent as well as the BYD trainers.

I am delighted to be part of the travelling team to Hungary 2018.

Pony
Chinkwell Basil
Dartmoor Heritage pony
Groom
David Browne
Based
North Somerset
Class
Juniors
Driver
Katy Alvis (20)

I have been driving for ten years and this will be my third European Championships.

I drive Rosie, who is an 8 year old Section C mare who I have had for a year.

She had been super this season and our dressage has noticeably improved.

She comes from a scurry trials background so she finds the cones very exciting and definitely has the enthusiasm for it.

She loves what she does and is the happiest pony willing to take on anything I face her at.

I am very grateful to have such a willing pony and huge family support through my driving.

Pony
Tyssul Rambling Rose
Welsh section C
Grooms
Ellie Wallace (dressage/cones)
Jo Alvis (marathon)
Based
North Somerset
Class
Young Drivers
 
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