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INSIDE: News l Classifieds l Giveaways l Features Winter 2009

A Quarterly Magazine for The Driving Community

Anne Dickens – a member of the Working Horse Trust – explains about her passion for heavy horses and dogs


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team bowman! George Bowman and family set off on an historical journey


Editor’s Letter & Contents

Welcome Welcome to our Winter issue of Drivetime. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us, this year, while introducing Drivetime to you as a free magazine for the Carriage Driving Community. As a result of the enthusiastic response, we have now been able to produce the magazine as a Quarterly publication, on a National basis, and still retained it as free-to-pick-up. We care passionately about Carriage Driving and will endeavour to promote all aspects of the sport. Considering the huge costs involved in transportation and all the new legislation, people are still determined to travel the length and breadth of the country to attend shows, so lets hope that 2010 brings some better news on the financial front.

Linda Warburton Editor


What’s Inside…

03 An Interview with Georgina Frith 06 Looking after your harness Advice from the Society of Master Saddlers.

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Front Cover image: ©Paul Orchard The Driver is Amanda Saville driving Geronimo and Gypsy. Groom; Stephie White.

09 Lester Dagge opens a new driving club The Dyfed Carriage Club near Carmarthen.

10 From Limerick to Dublin in four days George Bowman recreates the original route that the Molly Malone Stagecoach would have taken.

14 News From the South. 15 News From East Anglia. 17 a nne dickens Driving and Dalmations. 20 Snapshot A selection of your favourite photos. 22 Museum of London Two-day conference on carriages. 24 Classifieds Items For Sale.


26 Events Diary Events from October to December. 31 giveaway 3 copies of The FEI World Equestrian Games 2006 – Carriage Driving DVD.

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Georgina Frith Hands Over The Reins

What the future holds for one of the UK’s leading names in the driving world


op carriage driver Georgina Frith, sponsored by Abbey Saddlery, handed over the reins to Boyd Exell earlier this year as she awaited the arrival of her first baby. Based near Dorking in Surrey, Georgina is supported in her efforts by Abbey Saddlery who provide Pro-Equine boots for the horses and Abbey Bits. Saracen Horse Feeds also provide Georgina with feed. Drivetime catches up with Georgina who recently gave birth to her daughter Sophie Ann Collingwood Hunt and is now looking forward to getting back in the driving seat.... Will you be up and running for the World Equestrian Games 2010 in Kentucky? Definitely! The horses have been ticking over this year. My pregnancy has given me the opportunity to take a step back and analyse more carefully what needs to be done to achieve that aim rather than be on the merry-go-round of a competition every other weekend which inevitably makes you focus short term. Each horse has had more individual attention as I stopped driving four-in-hand some time before I stopped driving pairs and singles. They are also being worked under saddle and from the

Words by Linda Warburton ground to help with suppleness, obedience and muscle building. I will put every effort into preparing myself, my team and my support crew so that we are in a position to represent the country a professional way. However the reality is that without BEF funding for the flights I am not personally financially in a position to make the trip, and have to be realistic about the number of fairy god mothers there really are! Boyd Exell has done so well this year, but how many of your horses has he used during this season? Boyd bought one horse from me last year who he used very successfully at Royal Windsor. Unfortunately he slipped and damaged his knee on the exit of the last obstacle after a very fast winning round and has had to have surgery and rest for the rest of the year. Luckily one of my wheelers was able to take his place and he uses him for all phases of the competition in the wheel (either side depending on who he is driven with).

my daughter is only a few months old and I am already on the box seat What made you decide on Boyd, other than his obvious winning form? Boyd and I have a long-standing friendship from when he first moved to England and worked for Alwyn Holder just down the road from me. We have worked together on numerous projects from breaking and training, to displays and championship preparation and execution. Importantly I trust him to look after my horses and have great faith in his insight into 

 Toby, Georgina and Sophie

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ensures that they are treated fairly and encouraged to give their best performance. We have similar amounts of competitive spirit which makes the whole thing a lot of fun! When finding a horse for driving do you generally prefer mares or geldings or would you aim to mix the team? I used to mix the genders without hesitation when I drove ponies, but with the horses I have a strict no mare policy and the yard is much more peaceful as a result. I like my horses to be horses as much as possible and herd them together for as much relaxed turn out as possible. They are now too valuable to risk them fighting in the playground over who’s kissing whom behind the bike sheds! If your horses are going to be fit for 2010, do you think you will be under pressure to match

your own fitness following the pregnancy? Of course. It would be irresponsible to sit behind such a powerful competition fit team if I didn’t feel up to it. However, my daughter is only a few months old and I am already on the box seat so I think I have enough time through the winter to achieve full fitness by the beginning of the season. What happens once she’s toddling is another question!

Georgina would like to thank her sponsors Abbey Saddlery and Saracen Horse Feeds for their continued support. DT

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Caring for Your Harness

A HARNESS Is For Life!


Advice and guidance from the Society of Master Saddlers on caring for this vital piece of equipment Words and Images supplied by Pat Crawford


lthough in terms of value it isn’t ‘expensive’, good quality leather driving harness and equipment costs a lot of money. Carefully looked after, it holds its value very well and provides service throughout the life of the horse or pony. Badly treated, it can be well nigh valueless. But of course, it isn’t just the cosmetic appeal that is important. Welfare and safety are big issues too. Like any articles made from leather, if it isn’t cared for and ‘fed’, harness will dry out and may crack – even break. ‘Time’ is a big factor. Arriving home – maybe late and tired – after splashing through puddles and mud, it’s tempting to put cleaning off until the next day. That’s fatal! The mud will have dried and hardened and be ten times more difficult to remove! Far better to wipe all the mud off immediately – and then put the harness somewhere it can dry out slowly – well away from a widow where heat from the sun can penetrate in the summer – and never near a radiator or other artificial heat in the winter.

Some golden rules n H  arness should be taken apart on a regular basis. Preferably once a week, less often if time is really scarce – but always consistently. Every item should be checked over carefully for wear – and this applies to both the leather and the metal parts. n Avoid potential accidents by arranging repair immediately any wear is detected. In the case of made-to-measure harness, it is advisable to return to the original harness-maker who will match the materials and stitching exactly. n Repairs to off-the-peg harness should be undertaken by a Society of Master Saddlers’ Master or Qualified Harness-maker. n Use proprietary leather care products strictly in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions. Avoid the temptation to use a little more than advised – too much is equally as bad as too little!

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Caring for Your Harness 07 contact details  Information about the Society of Master Saddlers, including lists of Master and Qualified Harness-makers, can be obtained on the website: www. or email

Tack should be dismantled before cleaning

Master Saddler working on harness

n The surface of patent leather is sealed and it will not absorb dressing. After any mud and splashes have been removed, it can be ‘shined’ with a proprietary spray (some drivers prefer to use Pledge or Sheen!). n Clean the metal parts thoroughly. Brass parts can be polished with Brasso which is easier to use than liquid polish. Stainless steel can be washed in warm soapy water and then polished with a soft cloth. n After cleaning is completed, the harness should be reassembled. It is best hung on a curved, custom-made rack but if this isn’t available, a saddle rack is a fairly good alternative. n Check out insurance policies carefully to ensure there aren’t special conditions or exclusions to the cover provided for tack and equipment. DT

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New Wheels in Wales Sensational new club for carriage driving enthusiasts in South and West Wales

Lester Dagge recently hung up his mantle as ‘Hereford Dagge’ and moved back to Carmarthenshire to discover an untapped resource in a wealth of carriage driving talent in West Wales. Used to a very active driving community, Lester found it a culture shock to discover that despite an inkling of driving in the region, there was still room to promote and develop this raw talent. Lester felt the need for better communications and availability of information for the planned events. It was clear to Lester that there was a need for a serious forum for carriage driving enthusiasts to meet and share information. A venue and speaker were found and posters went out... and hey presto a new driving club was borne. The Dyfed Carriage Club was formed drawing on the old collective names of the countries of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. The Club meet on the first Monday of every month at the Whitemill Inn near Carmarthen and they are affiliated to the BDS. DT

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Carriage Drive across Ireland

It’s a long way to Tipperary Especially when you are travelling by Stage Coach and Horses! Words by Tracey Dawes Images ©Les@hullnewsandpictures


he tale starts when Joe Egan, world famous boxer and sparing partner of Mike Tyson and good friend of Robert Bowman of Cumbria found a stagecoach in a very tired state in a barn in County Galway. Robert had always wanted to own a stagecoach that had a colourful history and decided to purchase the vehicle. The Molly Malone did not fail to deliver and during its painful restoration, musket balls fired from a flintlock were found embedded in the woodwork. According to the archives from Blarney Castle by Barrister and QC Jack Colllinson, The Molly Malone was originally built by O’Shea of

Mullingar, who up to that point had only built jaunting carts and originally ran from Limerick to Dublin 1865. The trip took three days, weather and Guinness permitting. On one occasion, for a wager of 100 guineas, the coach completed the journey in two days with an average speed of 12 mph. Travelling at this speed had never been heard of before. On Monday 21st September 2009 at 9am the Bowman family set off from Limerick to recreate the original route that the stagecoach would have taken. George Bowman Snr; well accomplished at driving Stagecoaches and the most experienced was happy to drive the first part of the journey. On

board for the first leg of the journey was The Mayor of Limerick who had a great time and was thoroughly impressed with everything. The Molly Malone Coach looked magnificent with an old fashioned Barrel of Guinness on the top (unfortunately it was empty!) There were three Teams of horses traveling the route and a few spares (16 in total), three horse transporters with trailers and a crew of 22 plus a film crew and photographer from Cavewood Studios, Hull. Each team of horses and driver did two sections of the journey with horse boxes on hand at each changeover. The total mileage for the journey was 133 miles.

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Not many people have driven a coach and four through the streets of Dublin and I am very happy to say that I am now one of them.

 Steve Collins holding the stagecoach to ransom in Dublin whilst riding Muskateer

Charles Hewitt who faithfully attends every Coach run with George Bowman Snr.

 Barnaby  Bowman

 Steve Collins as the highwayman

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Carriage Drive across Ireland

The Molly Malone did not fail to deliver and musket balls fired from a flintlock were found embedded in the woodwork At each stop the locals were very welcoming and there was a lot of support on the road – many people beeping their horns and shouting hello, or something similar. People were really generous with donations. All the proceeds went to the children’s charity ‘Barretstown,’ a ‘Hole in the Wall Camp’ which looks to rebuild lives affected by childhood cancer.

George Bowman Snr

The stops over the four days were generally at pubs and hotels in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Dunboyne, Co. Meath and finally at the Conrad Hotel, St Stephens Green, Dublin. All proved very generous at putting on lunch and Guinness for the entire team plus there were always many curious and happy locals that had gathered to see the coach and horses. Other people had traveled over the Irish Sea from home to offer their support along the way. The journey was on schedule and the coach arrived in Dublin on Thursday as planned. The Mayor of Dublin was invited on board and Steve Collins the Irish Boxer accompanied the coach

Drivetime on horseback as a highway man collecting money and handing out leaflets. When stabled overnight in the hotels such as Racket Hall & Dunboyne Castle the management put local Irish bands on as entertainment, plus during the entire journey, the ABBA tribute band traveled on the coach and sang every night – they were great at collecting money and proved to be a fantastic and fun attention grabber. This was very much a family trip with George Bowman Snr, Robert Bowman, George Bowman 4th & Barnaby Bowman driving. The rest of the crew consisted of Grooms, a horn blower and Horse box drivers One of the highlights of the trip was taking Lord Ivy (The Guinness Heir) through Phoenix Park to Farmleigh his old ancestral house where he was born. It was very nostalgic for him and brought back lots of good childhood memories. Sponsors of this trip included Eddie Stobbarts and Cumbria Homes – whom the team would like to say a big thank you to – And the rest was sponsored by the Bowman family with all money raised along the way going the Barretstown Children’s Hospice. George Bowman 4th said “The Trip was more successful than anticipated and fully enjoyed by all those involved, it was a great experience for all the family and a great way to help charity. We are already planning our Trip again for next year which we plan to drive from Galway to Dublin” DT A dvd following the journey is available from www.

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Driving ponies: harnessing potential A life Changing Experience


ports Driving Unlimited is a charity that aims to make the sport of carriage driving more widely available to anyone who is disadvantaged, has a disability or is terminally ill. The charity, based in Lockerbie, blends the exhilaration and excitement of sports carriage driving and therapeutic involvement with ponies with the expertise of developing individual confidence, motivation and sense of achievement. Participants can be involved in sports driving to any and all levels whether for fun, as a hobby or more seriously in sports driving competitions. The Trustees have a wide range of knowledge and experience including health and social services, Pony Club, training, legal services and equine welfare; and each has an interest

in equestrian sports driving. David Broome, twice Olympic medal winner and consecutive European and world champion is the Patron. Amanda Saville, a sports driving champion at both Scottish and National level, is the primary coach and has successfully trained a disabled driver to be World Disabled Pairs Gold and Bronze medalist. Amanda also trains young drivers who have become National Junior Indoor and Outdoor champions on several occasions. Participants are trained in all aspects of working with ponies, including stable-craft and care of equipment as well as the skills required for successful sports driving. Each person’s training is tailored to their own preferences and abilities. Participants learn to drive a pony at walk, trot and if they wish at canter and group

sessions include competitive games. They can go on to enjoy the thrill of competitive sports driving in open competition and engage in teamwork with other sports drivers, both disabled and able bodied. All these activities help to increase self esteem, self reliance, motivation, confidence and social skills A particular benefit is how children with a disability come out of themselves when interacting with the ponies. Inhibitions fall by the wayside and they start to communicate much more than usual. Feedback received from participants, parents and carers informs us that these activities have had an ongoing positive impact. For example improvements in general behaviour and mood and verbal communication of participants are

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attributed to their regular participation in sports driving. Michael Hodgson and his rescued Shetland Pony Winford Brown Sugar (Brownie for short!) retained the Sports Driving Unlimited Shield for drivers 10 – 14 years old at the recent National Indoor Championships 2009. They won the shield for the first time last year. Brownie was rescued from slaughter along with his stable friend, Blackie, and both Shetlands came into the family as un-broken wild stallions. They are now both ridden and driven individually and in a tandem. The caliber of Michael’s driving at these Championships again made him a well deserving winner of the shield. His speed through the obstacles made the adults sit up and take notice, starting at a full gallop and finishing with no reduction in pace!! Brownie obviously just loves his job! The charity is delighted to donate the shield for this competition and even more chuffed that it was won by a rescued pony! DT

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Anne Dickens

on Driving and Dalmatians A life long driving and Dalmatian enthusiast, Anne Dickens chats to Drivetime


Words by Linda Warburton

ack in the days of yore, Dalmatians were frequently used by Carriage Drives as guards to accompany the horses and carriages on their various journeys. Not only were they used to protect the passengers as they traveled through the wilds of the British Countryside, but they were also handy for hunting and killing the vermin in the stables overnight and to reassure the horses. They were initially introduced into this country at the beginning of the 17th century when younger members of the aristocracy bought them back from their travels in Europe. No doubt part of their appeal was their unusual appearance but Dalmatians also have incredibly strong feet and legs which help them to easily travel long distances, ideal for the rough roads on which the carriages traveled.

Each year the Society holds National Trials which provide a modern competition to demonstrate the Dalmatian’s traditional role as a companion to horses and carriages. It is both an endurance and obedience event and all competing dogs must do a basic obedience test alongside their handler’s horse or carriage. The aim of the obedience test is to replicate, as far as possible, modern horse and carriage working environments, where the dog must be under the handler’s control at all times. The endurance element tests each competing Dalmatian’s stamina and capacity for work. It is essential that the dog shows

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willingness and enjoyment of its work throughout the trial. One such driver within the Carriage Dog Society is Anne Dickens who is based in Ashford, Kent and Drivetime caught up with Anne after seeing her take part in the London Harness  Horse Parade at the Ardingly

The British Carriage Dog Society was established in 2006 and exists to help preserve the working heritage of the Dalmatian as a coaching dog. The main aims of the Society are to: n Preserve the working heritage of the Dalmatian. n Run national Trials n Encourage common standards for all Carriage Dog Trials. n Offer advice and support.

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Anne Dickens

 Showground earlier this year.

I asked Anne what came first for her, was it her love of dogs or Heavy horses? Anne rides a beautiful Percheron. “Dogs first” answered Anne, “We always had dogs in the family when I was younger, there were many different breeds including a wonderful Dalmatian called Penny. I also rode and had my own cob, but never had anything to do with heavies. I vowed to myself that I would own a Dalmatian again one day. 25 years later, that dream came true when I moved from

London to Sussex. Later when I got my Dalmatian I was riding other people’s horses, after a series of competition horses I felt I was getting back into riding. I was lucky enough to have a dog of a high show quality, so I made friends with lots of other people in the Dalmatian show world. Some of them were involved with starting Carriage Dog Trials in this country. UK trials founder Alison Burgess, also a carriage driver, had been to the United States to observe their trials and decided to get them going over here. That was in 2003 when the first Trials were held. I stewarded at those trials and have competed ever since. Firstly I borrowed horses to work with my first Dalmatian ‘Munin’, now seven and a half years old, in the Road Dog Trials. I then acquired a pony and he and I learned to drive so that we could do carriage work”. Anne explained

how difficult it was to train a new dog. “Some Dalmations” says Anne “have very strong instincts to work with carriages and will work behind them naturally with little actual training. Others require more time and training. Many, including my own boy, have an instinct to work at the front. That is tricky as the modern carriage dog trials requires the dog to be alongside or behind for safety. This means dedicated training. Dalmatians respond well to positive reinforcement, so that is how we train them. They also love exercise and love being out with their owners, so being part of a team with the horse suits them. Dalmatians are endurance dogs and have a highly efficient trot, once they get into a groove behind a carriage they can go for miles without tiring.” Anne does not generally breed her own Dalmatians as she loves having the puppies around but hates to let them go. She did breed one litter as she wanted another dog and now has Fenris who is three and a half years old.

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I wanted to know if it was traditional to work a Carriage Dog with a heavy horse and according to Anne this would not be the case. The history of the Carriage Dog is not formally recorded, but pictures from the 18th and 19th centuries show dogs working with lots of different carriages including private road vehicles and coaches. They would accompany and guard passengers and the horses and would also be there to decorate the turnout and look pretty. As heavy horses tended to work with merchants, brewers, farmers etc. with no need to decorate their vehicles with dogs and without passengers to guard, there is no tradition of heavies working with Dalmatians. As Anne states “Perhaps I have started a trend”. Anne is a member of the Working Horse Trust and volunteered to work with them for a season. Whilst working she admired the single Percheron they had in their ‘collection’. She liked the stature of the breed, the height and the bulk with relatively

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clean legs. As Anne is 6’ tall herself, she prefers to ride a horse that is over 17hh. She now has her own Percheron ‘Nobel’ who is an 18hh heavy French type. Anne says “they are not particularly fashionable these days, as Percherons are being bred lighter in the UK”. Fashionable or not, I was certainly impressed by Nobel when I saw him earlier this year. Anne’s dogs do most of their work with her pair of 11.2hh spotty ponies. Anne says “It is a much easier turnout to take out on the road. Unfortunately I have no off road where I live so everything has to be done with cars in mind. Also, it’s quite hard to work the dogs behind Nobel’s large wagonette, because they can’t see me way up on the driver’s seat. So we are practicing. I have not had Nobel a year yet, but he is very good with the dogs. I’ve really enjoyed my first year owning a heavy horse. He’s lovely and he gets on with the ponies really well. My dogs have qualified as Silver and Gold carriage dogs having completed 20kms and 40kms respectively.

Some Dalmations have very strong instincts to work with carriages and will work behind them naturally That was with the ponies. Nobel has been to a number of displays at country shows where he and the dogs always turn heads. We usually come last in any driven class, as we don’t have the fancy vehicle and posh harness, but we don’t mind as the spectators love to see him and the dogs. When Anne first bought Nobel he was white. During the time Anne has had him he has developed a few small spots all over his body. Says Anne, “this happened to my second pony too who came to me with about five spots and now has hundreds. I think the horses come out in sympathy with the dogs!” For further information see The British Carriage Dog Society DT

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 M DTG – Mick Peace makes a splash

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in the water obstacle.

 MDTG – Sammy Fairburn and her miniatures take part in the Newcomers & Small Ponies class

 Oaks Driving Club Annual Show – Lucy Smith with her superb hackney pony, Royal Sunshine.

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Courtesy of Northernplan©  Sonny Hillier winner of Novice Horse with groom Nick Hammond at Windsor.

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 Mr Schröder presenting


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Sonny Hillier winner of Novice Horse.


 T his years National Carriage Driving championships at Windsor – Rene Schoop winner of Horse Tandems.


 Towerlands October 2009 – Special award presented to Griselda Macdonald for her dedication to The Hackney Society

 Minta Winn at Towerlands – Osborne Refrigerators BDS National Champion 2009

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Carriages as Status Symbols

Pomp & Power Museum of London to host a two-day conference on carriages as status symbols


o celebrate the installation of the Lord Mayor’s Coach in the City Gallery in November 2009, in advance of the launch of the new Galleries of Modern London in Spring 2010, Museum of London will host a two-day conference about carriages as status symbols, and the influence of English carriage design and manufacture abroad. The conference brings together experts from around Europe and the USA who will explore different aspects of the coachbuilding trade in London and examine particular coaches made in Britain and Ireland from the 17th to the 19th century. The social history of carriages will be discussed as well as French and British influences on British carriage design. Rudolf Wackernagel is a key speaker who will be talking about the development of carriages in England and France.

City Gallery ©Museum of London

David Mitchell is a fantastic academic who will be talking about innovations in the coach building trade. Janet Jones is an interior designer who worked on the refurbishment of Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s residence and has done extensive research on the coach décor. Silvana Bessone is Head of Lisbon Carriage Collection, the best collection in the world and will be looking at the relationship between Britain and Portugal in terms of coaches. John Greene will talk about the appeal of coaches as a place of seduction. As you can see there are an incredible range of speakers from all over the world coming together to talk about the magnificence of coaches. The following weekend sees the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in London. This is the annual outing for the Lord Mayor’s Coach, when it can be seen and admired by the public as it would have been over 300

Drivetime years ago. The Museum, along with the City of London, cares for the coach and has a team of expert conservators to ensure the Coach is prepared for the outing. The Coach is one of the Museum’s star exhibits and for the first time the stunning carriage will have a spectacular new home in a purpose built glass-fronted gallery. The Galleries of Modern London will open in spring 2010 and the Lord Mayor’s Coach will be the only exhibit to be on 24 hour display. It has become apparent that the original Article of Agreement that commissioned the construction of the Lord Mayor’s Coach in 1757 is missing. A copy is held in The National Archive and it is believed the original agreement is now in private hands. The Museum is seeking to locate this and would be very pleased to receive any information which may help in the search. Spaces are still available for the conference on 12-13 November 2009. DT Call 020 7001 9844 to book or email groups@

Lord Mayor’s Coach ©Museum of London

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Carmarthenshire £1,000 ono

Carmarthenshire £3,250 ono


Early Dick Carey Comp Pony Exercise cart. Suit Welsh Mountain ponies as has higher swingle tree than similar Polish ‘Shetty’ vehicles. Detachable pole, disc brakes, swingle trees. To fit 10.3hh to 12hh Tel: 01994 484766

Exquisite, rare vintage pony phaeton, suit 11.2hh pr Welsh Mountain ponies. Restored by Wellington Carriage Co. Inc pole, handbrake, metal spokes, mats, bisc col. upholstery + add set black vinyl weatherproof cushions. Tel: 01994 484766

Height – 12.2hh Age – 6yrs 5mths Reg Welsh Sec B Dark Bay Gelding. Driving/lead rein/1st Pony. Superb traffic/perfect catch, load etc. Beautiful floating paces. 14 day trial or 30 day exchange given. Tel: 01485 577007/ 07816 589480 (P)

Height – 11.2hh Age – 10yrs Welsh Sec A Grey Mare. Fabulous Cremello X Driving Pony. Pair/ single, suit novice/child. Great fun and willing. Vacc/wormed etc. 14 day trial or 30 day exchange. Tel: 01485 577007/ 07816 589480 (P)




East Sussex

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Non HGV Mercedes Y Reg (83). Stalls for 6. Side ramps, grooms area/day living. Make superb polo, stud/sj lorry. Reliable/easy drive. MOT Oct, 6 mths tax. Good travellers wagon. Near Totnes, Devon Tel: 0  1548 521755/ 07879 430366

Height – 16hh Age – N/A Ride and Drive Warmblood Hungarian Black Gelding. Good to box/shoe. Driven as pair wedding/ funerals. Used as outrider’s horse at funerals. Make nice dressage horse, prefers riding to driving. Tel: 0  1400 231126/ 07941 061586 (P)

Height – 16.2hh Age – N/A ID X gelding, black. Has been used for commercial driving as a pair to date. Good to box, shoe, clip and traffic. Lovely natured horse, sadly for sale as giving up business. Tel: 01400 231126/ 07941 061586 (P)

Height – 13.2hh Age – 4yrs 4mths Reg Welsh C Chestnut Gelding. Hardys Rufus. Safe/fwd going. To make good Private Drive, shown in hand. Good in traffic, Lightly ridden. Good to load etc.





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£1,600 ono

MAN 7.5 ton 1996 box with living. Tax April/MOT Oct 2010. Fully serviced. Used as catering storage only. Immaculate inside/out.

Height – N/A Age – 3yrs Beautiful Welsh B Mare, broken to drive. Acceptable to new ideas. Also selection of welsh b youngstock all well handled/ shown. Always in prizes.

Height – 13hh Age – 3yrs 4mths Welsh B Bay Mare - Dream drive, nice nature. Eager, selling with Cart/full driving harness. Needs good loving home. Could make riding horse.

Tel: 0  1322 350495/ 07810 576689

Tel: 0  1752 851841/ 07766 004845

Tel: 01753 685532/ 07884 090334








£950 with Cart

Tel: 02392 345658/ 07854 979688



Height – 15.2hh Age – 8yrs Ginger Prince, Welsh cob, Driving Stallion. Good natured SH in private drive and wedding’s. good in traffic. Good to shoe/ box. Would make a good sire, good blood lines. Price lowered. Tel: 07956 466013




Double spindle back Irish gig, from cork. VGC, well sprung, lovely smooth ride. Shown at Smiths Lawn. To Fit: 15hh to 15.2hh

Height – N/A Age – 10yrs (P) Barny Buttons, exc Shetland Driving Pony Gelding. Good in traffic. Strong and full of fun. Loads well. Trap available. Also Tiny Bows to make exc driving pair.

Height – N/A Age – 5yrs Trixie, Shetland X R&D Mare with new Cart. Good in traffic. Friendly. Unusual colour. Looks like a miniature Fjord. Ridden by children. Loads well.

Height – 16.2hh Age – 10 & 11yrs Stunning pair Bright Bay Dutch Warm Bloods – half brothers. Superb to handle in every way. Driven as single, tandem, pair and team.

Tel: 07956 466013

Tel: 07909 794249

Tel: 07909 794249

Tel: 01732 465440/ 07802 305230

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Height – 13.2hh Age – 6yrs Easy to do, friendly. Green, quick learner. Good to catch etc. Hacks alone/co. Good in traffic. Learning to jump. Has driven, not for a year, long reined regularly. Lives in or out. Price to inc. some tack Tel: 0  2392 586265/ 07796 555943 (P)

Height – 12hh Age – See below Pair of R&D Welsh Sec A. Misty 8yrs mare. Bill 5yrs gelding. this season 8 wins out of 8, 3 of which Nationals. Both exc to drive single, both broken to ride. Exc in traffic, shoe, clip etc. Tel: 0  1539 624553/ 07837 658096 (P)

DAF 45 7.5 ton P Reg (1996) 16 ft ali body. Used for 10ft Victoria carriage + 2 horses. Could fit 6 horses (no living). 6 months MOT/ tax, PS. Easy to drive and starts first time every time.





Single Leather Harness; Breast Collar to fit 14 – 15hh. Also For Sale Pair Black Leather Harness to fit 14 – 15hh with Breast Collar. Call for futher details.

DT Tel: 01603 279205



Tel: 07967 812070/ 07771 726553





New Dick Carey Pony Pair/team Presentation Vehicle with Harness and Lamps. Brit Racing Green, brass trim. With pony pair 12hh – 13hh present/show patent leather harness, holly whip & carriage lamps. Top quality turnout. Tel: 01162 861800 07957 609077 (P)



Chair Back Gig used on 11.2hh – 12hh ponies. Dark blue/cream lines. Black leather buttoned upholstery, brass furniture. Dennett type springs and Warner type hubs. Exc cond to show – PD single/tandem. Tandem bars avail separately. Tel: 01473 736776 (P)

Height – 13.2hh Age – 8yrs Dun Driving Pony with harness/ rugs, fwd going, Good traffic. Shows – driven and in hand. Unusual dorsal stripe, black stripe on legs. Good to catch etc. Cannot be ridden, bad treatment in past. Tel: 07766 516099 (P)

Height – 16/16.2hh Age – N/A Reg ID Grey Colt breed by Beeston Lord Henry out of Blue Henry Mare. Weaned and ready to go.


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West Sussex

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Height – 13hh Age – N/A Henfynyw Welsh Lady, golden palomino Reg Welsh C R&D Show Mare 4 white socks.100% in all ways. Good in traffic, shoe etc. Breeding back to Parc Marvel one side and Nebo Brenin. Sad sale, genuine enquiries only. Tel: 07912 346761 (P)

Oakley horsebox on Mitsubishi Canter, S reg 1999. 7.5 ton. 12mths test/tax. Partition 4 horses or 2 horse/ carriage. Power steering, electric windows, drives superb. Rubber matting/light ramps. Suit lady driver. Back/side load. Very smart box. Tel: 0  1255 821639/ 07891 258928 (P)

Exercise Cart with harness – pony size. To fit 12hh to 14hh inc. Nearly new webbing harness. Cart in good condition. Bargain.

Blue exercise cart suit large horse 15.2hh to 18hh, built for a Shire. Good condition and good tyres.

Tel: 07882 630455

Tel: 07882 630455

Evesham, Worcs £3,250 ono

West Yorkshire

West Sussex

Height – 14hh Age – 14yrs Reg Fell Gelding R&D confidence giver. Obedient/resp/bombproof. Smooth ride. Escort 4 young horses. Perfect RDA/Club for junior/mature driver. 100% shoe, traffic etc. Contact Claudia Bunn Tel: 0  1386 860626/ 07594 588411 (P)

Leon carriage for sale. 12 months old, only used 4 times, exc condition. Take single horse or pairs. Seats 6. Brakes front and back. To Fit: 15hh to 16.2hh

L/w Dark Blue Landau with Lamps. New hood/lining/seats/ carpet. Price to inc.lamps VGC and ready for work. To fit single horse 14.2hh to 16.2hh.

Tel: 01274  682310/ 07759 051837

Tel: 01903 762979/ 07775 752886

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Height – 14.2hh Age – 10yrs Reg Welsh Sec D R&D mare. Exc breeding/pedigree on request. Good temp, conformation, movement/manners. Chipped/ Vacc. Prof broken. Bred one foal. Rides out alone/co. Quiet to box/farrier. Great potential. Tel: 07977 751116 (P)

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October 23 Kent Evening meeting – Littlebourne Village Hall. Talk by Mefo Phillips on her pilgrimage on horseback from Canterbury to Santiago de Compostela in aid of the Pilgrims hospices. Contact Maria:  07817 470618  or visit www. October 23 Isle of Wight Road Test assessment day – Longcommon Farm 10 am till 4pm Last chance on the Island @ £5 Tel Margaret to book  01983 615338 October 25 Lincolnshire Indoor Driving Trials – Laughton Manor. Contact Anne Chambers  0163 682 1154 October 26 Central Scotland End of Season Meeting – Pitscandly, Contact Heather Gow  01307 462437 October 27 Central Scotland Winter Meeting – Fairweather Hall, Contact Sheila McNeill  0141 639 7510 October 31 North East Wales HALLOWEEN FUN CONES 11 till 3 – Maelor EC, Gresford Road Hope Flintshire LL12 9SD £10.00 per whip, November 1 Derby & Staffordshire Instructional Training Day 11am – Red House Stables, Darley Dale, for more details call David Tivey  07836 561934 November 4 Beds, Bucks & Herts Heavy Horse Talk – Wimpole Hall, Royston, Herts 11am - including an opportunity to meet the gentle giants. £8 includes coffee on arrival. Booking please tel  01223 206000 November 6 Northern Ireland Annual Dinner dance – Temple Golf club. Contact E Larkin or Margaret Carlisle on  028 92 621184/028 92 665893 November 8 Sussex Indoor Driving Trials – Royal Leisure Equestrian Centre, Henfield, Sussex November 8 Lincolnshire Indoor Driving Trials – Tick Hill. Contact James Binns  01636 821840 November 8 Wiltshire Drive from Court Close Farm – North Wraxall by kind invitation of Sue Wright 11 for 11.30 refreshments on return. Contact Hazel on  01793 77086262  (This will also possibly be the pre-test drive) November 12 Dorset Evening Meeting With Dorset Horse Watch – Bere Regis Sports Club, Bere Regis. Further details tel Alison:  01258 881295

November 13 – 15 Kent YOUR HORSE LIVE – Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ. Tel:  01733 288141 November 14 Beds, Bucks & Herts Annual end of season dinner – The Novotel , Stevenage, Herts. Tables of ten available with tickets just £25 each. Please send your cheque made out to ‘Beds Bucks & Herts BDS’ to Linda Swain, 35 Havelock Road, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 0DB. November 14 Sussex Indoor Driving Trials – Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, East Sussex November 15 Devon Members Annual Meeting – White Hart Hotel, Okehampton 2:30 pm Bring and Buy horsey items. Tel: Judy Green  01404 812742 November 20 Kent Shepway Harness Club AGM – Littlebourne Village Hall. Contact Maria:  07817 470618  or visit www. November 21 North East Wales FUN CONES & TRAINING DAY 11 till 3 – Maelor EC, Gresford Road Hope Flintshire LL12 9SD £10.00 per whip November 22 Lincolnshire Indoor Driving Trials – Laughton Manor. Contact Anne Chambers  0163 682 1154 December 5 Devon Christmas Fun Show – Cholwell Equestrian Centre.Tel: Brian Colebrooke-Clark  01409 211000  for schedules. December 5 North of Scotland End of Season Meeting – Presentation of Prizes Keithhall Village Hall, Inverarie Tel:  07753 802917 December 8 Lancashire Official Boxing day drive – with a choice of routesvarying in length. Meet at 11am, telephone me for further details  01772 423630 December 12 North East Wales CHRISTMAS FANCY DRESS FUN CONES – 11 till 3Maelor EC, Gresford Road Hope Flintshire L L12 9SD £10.00 per whip, December 13 Derby & Staffordshire Christmas Drive – followed by Santa Parade around Darley Dale, please ring  01629733583 December 20 Lincolnshire Christmas Party/Fun day – Elms Farm EC. Open to all.Fun competitions, Buffet etc proposed times 11.00am-3.00pm more details to follow. Contact David Faulkner  01205 460351

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Pony and Carriage Ltd We supply horse drawn carriages harnesses and carriage driving accessories for pleasure & commercial use Specialising in every thing you might need for carriage driving For product information or assistance:

+44 56 00729143/01297 551461 2 Kingsdon, Colyton, Devon EX24 6EZ

Mealrigg Hall Stud Friesian x TB identical matched pair. Full gelding brothers, rising 2 and 3yrs old to make 16.2Hh+. Perfect conformation etc. Sire is the UK’s top Friesian stallion Wessel. For more info, videos and pics see website. 

£6,400 for pair

Samson and Soloman

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Wagon Painting

Wagons, drays and carts painted from simple lining to elaborate scrolls. Also all art work, fruit, baskets, animals, etc... Traditional gold leaf and wood graining. From primer to lacquer finish. Sympathetic restoration work bringing existing paint back to new. Competitive rates, full portfolio of existing work. Based in Carlisle

Contact Derek on: 07747 013299 New phone number to come

CARRIAGE DRIVING Carriage Driving is a new venture for Rumbolds this year with the arrival, from France, of Robert and Annie Wilkinson and their four Norman driving cobs. We have a 100m x 40m all weather arena specifically for driving, available for practice and competition. Robert and Annie have been trained by a world class driver based in France and they are very interested in expanding the sport and bringing new drivers to Rumbolds for instruction, training and competition. Arena Hire available.

Robert or Annie on 01428 653525 (eve) or at the farm on 01403 871404 (day)


OAKS DRIVING CLUB A friendly carriage driving club ideal for those wishing to take up carriage driving based in East Sussex with members in West Sussex, Kent and Surrey. For further details and a list of future events please ring the Membership Secretary Hilary Hill on 01435 866108 or the Chairman Martin Holgate on 01424 893002


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Henry Morgan

Horses & Ponies broken to drive Youngsters or outgrown child’s pony Unhandled youngsters for pre-breaking Schooling facilities/24hr supervision Great attention to ground work Public Liability insurance Use of harness and vehicle included

For details call: 07902 040301 Hampshire

Anne Chambers, LHHI HDT Pleasure and Private Driving Instruction Beginner to Advanced Newark, Nottinghamshire Will travel Tel: 01636 821154 for details Quality Solid Wood Collectables Order NOW for Christmas


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Lowest Prices Highest Quality The A – Z for the carriage enthusiast all under one roof Ashfields welcomes personal shoppers – we open to suit you 24/7 opening (just phone)

John – 07775 760333 Wilf – 07802 899004 Ashfields Driving Centre, Dunmow, Essex CM6 1LD

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Ring Ian or Frances for helpful advice or to discuss your requirements and order on 01424 756021 or 07749 761068 Email:

We have all you need for the winter Driving Season!! Distributors of Zilco & Tedman Harness Bowlers, Aprons, Fleck Whips, Underhalters, Stopwatches, Number Holders, Gloves, Bits, Helmets, Poly Pads & coming soon ‘Body Protectors’ suitable for carriage driving Marathon Shirts to your own design from

CRS Carriages

We provide top of the range carriages and equipment along side top class service

➧ Provide tailor made to ➧ Harness, Harness your order racks & Driving accessories ➧ Competition and Pleasure vehicles ➧ Electric winches supplied and fitted ➧ 2-Wheel exercise carts Professional fittings can be arranged to ensure correct depths and lengths of harness before your purchase Tel: 01775 719027 Mobile: 07554 125580 Website:

Ousbey Carriages – Ousbey Harness Room Rodney Ousbey Coach Painter and Restorer of Horse Drawn vehicles and vintage cars Suppliers of Driving Equipment

Suppliers of all your Equine & Livestock requirements

• Calphos • Breeze-Up • Bio-Trition • Calvalite • FlexiVite HA • Garlic Granules • Haematrol K All Lincoln products, Horse Rugs, Riding Boots, All horse feeds and much, much more gallop gantry harness Super Quality Gig/Driving Harness with SS Fittings. Black only in sizes: Shetland, Pony, Cob. Full Harness in either Nylon or Leather Price from £64.66 Tel: 07760 774676

Tabe Annema Harnessmaker Manufacturer of top quality leather and synthetic harness

Tel: 01789 450351 Mob: 07875 577003

Please contact Tabe to discuss your requirements

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HILLAM Full Range of Exercise Vehicles

From Shetland to Shire Prices from £430 We are also agents for IDEAL HARNESS AND ZILCO Visit our website at or tel: 01274874939

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Friendly qualied carriage driving tuition for all levels

Capturing the true character and personality of your animals

Hareeld Farm, Fordham Moor, Fordham, Ely, Cambs, CB7 5LX (01638)721655 or mob 07780 970 530 e-mail • One to one tuition with single, pair or tandem using your own turnout or one of ours. are dedicated to promoting Equine sports in general, and carriage driving in particular, to make the sport available to a wider audience. We provide video services for entertainment or training purposes

01477 544427

• Coaching for the show ring and driving trials.

• Preparation for BDS Assessments with regular test days throughout the year.

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• RDA approved instructor.

• Welfare of Animals in Transport Order (WATO) Assessor, also qualied to assess BDS Preliminary, Intermediate and Road Driving Tests • Very experienced commercial driver offering staff training and contract driving to other professionals.

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Pat Cooper Carriage Driving

Grayswood Carriage Driving Centre

Single, pair or tandem tuition by National Tandem Champion

For the transport of equines. Take your WATO test @

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• BDS Approved Test Centre • Weddings • Liveries • Horses taken for training in harness • L essons by the hour or residential courses Roger & Sue Page

Fenix Carriages

Contact Mark Broadbent on 01823 652600

Horses Broken and Reschooled

Sue Barraclough, has places available Caring professional approach to breaking and reschooling horses and ponies to harness Contact Sue Barraclough on

01213 514879 or 07771 856299

Katie Eyres

Mike Daniell


Harness fitting service available by Katie Eyres; 5 times Indoor Driving Champion Advice given on all aspects of carriage driving Horses/ponies taken in for schooling and breaking Driving lessons given on own turnouts or come and drive one of my ponies Email:

“Come on, have a go – it is really good fun!”

Pat Cooper 07961 564348 (Leeds area)

Outgrown Family pony??

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and Carriage Driving Centre Driving Tuition & Schooling n Open all year round n Tuition and practice in all driving disciplines n Carriage Building n Restoration n Driving Accessories

Beginners a speciality

Breaking, schooling and training at all levels – Singles and Multiples For pleasure, BDS, showing and HDT

Why not have him broken to harness and discover an exciting new hobby for all the family!

Not sure? Then why not come along for a carriage driving taster session with one of my schoolmasters, and find out what it’s all about! Free friendly advice is only a phonecall away call Sonny Hillier

07930 265915 anytime 01795 870437 eves

SID KING Breaking Re-training

See forum for training dates with Mike at Wix EC this winter

Horses bought and sold

All drivers welcome Get some winter practice

Ely, Cambridgeshire

Tel 01394 410293 or 07771 517110

Tel: 01353 862121 Mob: 07814 724268

Tel: 07824 866917

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Horse Breaking We specialise in driving horses – preferably untouched. We can pick up anywhere in UK and return. Horses will be broken to drive, shod and ridden if required. The horses will see everything. If we can’t break them, you don’t pay. References available.

Price £500 Chester le Street, Co Durham.

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WELCOME TO EQUINECK Specialists in equestrian neck wear, for all equestrian participants who want something unique to wear under their jackets. No matter what discipline Carriage Driving, Dressage, Cross-Country, Showing, Jumping, Eventing, Hunting, Riding/Pony Clubs, Sponsored Rides Or just that Fun Days Out we cater for your every need. Our Equestrian Neck Wear is special to none. No matter what style ALL our items are individually hand-made to the highest quality. Offering you the opportunity to mix & match colours and fabrics. If you are looking for something unique, then EquiNeck are world leaders in Custom-Made Neck Wear; Ready Tied or Self-Tied Stocks, Ruched Stocks, Bib Stocks, Jumping Bibs and now matching Hat Bands with Bows all at very competitive prices. We are now able to offer the NEW Ruched Style of Stock & Ruched Bib Stocks. These have been designed by ourselves and are Exclusive to EquiNeck. Great thought has gone into this unique design and although it may not be too everyone's taste, it has been specifically designed for Quickness and Ease. With no tying or Stock pin required, all that's involved is for you to fasten it around your neck it couldn’t be easier.

"No more fumbling or trying to find the elusive stock pin especially when time is limited" The Bib version fastens at the neck with Velcro, whilst the "RUCHE" (stock) is neatly gathered giving a wonderful appearance under your jacket. The top of the "Ruche" is incorporated in the neck while the bottom is held neatly in place to the bib via a small piece of Velcro. Adjustment is allowed for on the Ruche with elasticity to the sides, so can be moved either up or down to give more fullness at the neck if required. The Ruched stock is the same principle without the bib. We also offer a FREE design programme where we create your very own unique design of stock in the colours of your organization. Ideal for all Equestrian Clubs, University Teams and Equestrian Centres who want there own individual identity. We can also embroider your club logo onto the item. Please feel free to contact us for further info

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Equestrian Vision is the country’s largest specialist distributor of equestrian programmes on DVD. The FEI World Equestrian Games 2006 in Aachen, Germany, were undoubtedly the best ever, and Equestrian Vision are the distributors of the Official series of review programmes on DVD. Equestrian Vision would like to give 3 lucky winners a copy of the following DVD: The FEI World Equestrian Games 2006 – Carriage Driving. This DVD contains highlights of all the phases and interviews with the drivers. Approx 100 mins. Equestrian Vision offers a large selection of DVDs, CD ROMs and games for all equestrian enthusiasts. For great Christmas gift ideas, further enquiries or mail order, call 01403 864173 or visit

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How to Enter Equestrian Vision is offering 3 lucky Drivetime readers the chance to win a copy of the following DVD: The FEI World Equestrian Games 2006 – Carriage Driving. All you have to do is write a caption for the picture on the left, then send it to us on a postcard with your name, address, telephone number and email address and we shall enter you into our prize draw. All entries must be posted to: Picture Caption Competition Drivetime, The Granaries, Paynesfield, Henfield Road, Albourne, West Sussex BN6 9JJ Closing date for entries is 10th December Rules of Entry The competition is open to UK mainland (including Isle of Wight) residents only. Only completed entries received by the closing date, December 10, 2009 will be eligible. No entries received after that date will be considered. No cash alternatives will be offered for any prize. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Only one entry per household. Employees of ENM Solutions, Equestrian Vision and their associated companies and their families are not eligible to enter.

Victoria Edmondson BVSc MRCVS For ADDED performance! As a rider, driver and equine veterinary practitioner Viki is pleased to have been able to assist driving clients at local, national and international levels improve their performance. Viki offers private consultations at your premises, on a showground or at her clinic for any equine locomotor or medical matter including mobilisation & manipulation (under sedation if required). A telephone call to arrange an initial confidential and detailed consultation could be all it takes to put your team on the road to better performance. Testimonials and case histories can be provided.


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