FEI Driving World Championship for Pairs

Kronenberg (NED)     8-12 September 2021


Jo Attenborough

Jo Attenborough is a company director and is based in Zomergem , Belgium.

She will be driving her internationally experienced pair consisting of the bay Holstein Cosimo and Charly 1251, a Grey German Sports Horse. She will have the grey Lippizaner 62 Conversano Gaetana as her spare.

Teaming up with Jo and the horses will be her previous world championships crew of Wilemijn Koch, Charlie Hancock and Sue White.

Jo says, “Many thanks to the Cotswold Wildlife Park for supporting Wilemijn to travel on the British Horse pairs Driving Team and for their support of our sport.”

Photo: Krisztina Horváth

Diana Lindsay

Diana, Countess of Lindsay, has been driving all her life having been born into a coaching family.

Based in Fife she is an all round equestrian having hunted all her life and is currently Master of the Fife Foxhounds.

Her groom for the World Championships is Chelsea Sinclair who has been with her for five years.

Diana drives three KWPN Dutch Warmblood horses: Malachy, a veteran of international competition at 20 years of age, Fantast M (stable name Jo) who is 11 yeas old and Ryan who is 14 years old.

Photo: Taken Photography

Nicola Pimbblet Quayle

Nicola has additional travel issues as she lives on the Isle of Man. Despite this she is a regular international competitor.

Nicola pays tribute to her husband and girls at home that keep their livery yard running to enable her to be away so much competing, and to all her friends who have helped at the shows this year as Covid restrictions on the island have made it difficult for her to bring someone from home.

She unwillingly got into driving over thirty years ago when the lady she helped at weekends and after school with her horses decided that she was going to start carriage driving. As Nicola was from a completely non horsey family, she went along with it to continue being around horses.

The 1st show she went to on the IOM was a showing Junior Whip class judged by Jack Collinson, who placed her first and this was the start of the driving bug.

One of Nicola’s first trips to the UK was to George Foye’s club event in Galgate (sometime in the 90’s). She borrowed a pony and harness from a local friend on the IOM, who managed to squeeze us all on the lorry but the carriage would not fit in. Jeff and Sandra Ormerod kindly lent her their wrap around 2 wheeler. After completing this show Nicola realised that driving trials was the way forward for her.

She slowly worked her way through the Novice, open and advanced classes which wasn’t easy. She had to arrange time off work to compete and early departures were often necessary if the sea was rough and you needed to get away in time to avoid it.

Nicola’s first World Championship was in 2014, driving her special horse Royston (Wanroi). Disappointment followed in 2016 when Royston sustained an injury just before the World Championships, which meant they couldn’t go.

In 2017 Nicola swapped into Horse Pairs with the highlight of the year finishing the Valkenswaard event in the Netherlands.

After two years stuck at home, mostly due to Covid, Nicola brought out a completely new pair this year, with no real expectations but quickly spotted their potential. In Kronenberg, she will be driving: Brown Boy B (aka Danny) 15yrs, Ewald (aka Beau) 12yrs and Harrard (aka Harrald) 9yrs.

Photo: Amy Mundell

Marisa Pinnock

Marisa was brought up near Lambourn, Berkshire surrounded by racehorses, so she was riding and competing at a very early age.

Coming up through Pony Club she still remembers bareback jumping classes and all sorts of things not allowed by Health and Safety now!

Originally her love was eventing and then dressage, until bad knees forced her to reconsider riding. She could not bear to be without horses so started carriage driving with a Welsh Section A, who had lots of presence and character, before moving up to a large chestnut Gelderlander who had even more presence and character!

She introduced them to driving as a pair and loved every minute of them until they split up and moved on. In 2019 she was honoured that Derrick Mayes offered her his Section D pair as he was retiring and she has had great fun during the last 2 trying years with the horses definitely keeping her sane.

When the new horses arrived, Marisa also inherited the carriage, harness and backstepper from Derrick. Diane Philips has joined us on our expeditions. Marisa drives Victor and Zorro, 15 year old Welsh Section D geldings.

Photo: Evelyn Radnai

Chris Smith

Chris Smith, from Essex, started driving in 2001 when his hunting horse went lame. Originally he stuck to pleasure driving and some light trade shows using a milk float, which his great grandfather had from new in the 1920s.

His attention then turned to driving trials, first with a single horse and then a pair. He has been indoor national champion in the pairs class three times, represented GBR at the last Pairs World Championships in 2019, won Driver of the year in 2018 and 2019 and finished as Reserve National champion in 2018.

Having become heavily involved with the sport, Chris was Chairman of British Carriagedriving from 2016 until he retired at the AGM in 2020. He has continued as Vice-Chairman this year before retiring in order to take on the role of British Equestrian Council Chair.

Chris’s daughter, Grace, grooms for him and he returns the favour and grooms for her in the Advanced Single Horse class.

Chris has four Arabo Freisian horses from which to select the three that will travel to The Netherlands: Hiske V (just call her Hiske) an 11 year old mare, Jellie Fan 'E Wierewei (aka Jellie) a 10 year old mare and two 7 year old geldings, Dark Thunder (aka Thunder) and B. Ghajanas (aka George).

Photo: Taken Photography

  • Chef d'Equipe - Minta Winn
  • Assistant Chef d'Equipe - Gerard de Lange