A Glimpse of the New Normal
by Amy Mundell

21 July 2020

Whilst event organisers are busy working hard to get ready for the return to competition under the 'new normal', we have seen glimpses of what to expect.

Driving has already begun at Ashfields, they have had the pleasure of welcoming back East Anglian Carriage Driving group for a number of socially distanced training days. These have been a great insight into how the sport is going to be a little different on it's return, and how drivers themselves can adapt to ensure the safety of all involved.

Tandem Driver David Taylor has created the 'Carriage Distancing Screen' a different way to adhere to Social Distancing rules for Single, Pairs or Tandems.

"Constructed of shatterproof Poly-carbonate as used in Police Riot Shields with a simple attachment to the carriage adaptable to most if not all Three Phase carriages, the screen effectively separates driver and groom"

For those less handy with Construction, Face Shields were seen in use by backsteppers as a simple solution to providing a barrier between Driver and Groom.

Around the showground there are many sanitisation stations for you to give your hands the once over, appropriately positioned by the gates.

No more turning on taps ! Organiser Wilf Bowman-Ripley has developed a 'hands-free' system for water points. Simply place your bucket under the tap and press your foot on the pedal - no touching needed.

Photos kindly supplied by Amy Mundell and Paul Orchard.