The FEI Single Horse Driving and Para-Driving Championships were held in Kronenberg, Denmark over the weekend and Great Britain had teams in action in both competitions. Rupert Barnard and Lindsey Tyas Paice, part of the British Carriage Driving support teams, provided updates throughout the Championships, writing up travel blogs for British Carriage Driving. To read all about the team's journey and their experience at the Championships head to the British Carriage Driving website.
Below is a summary from the final day of the Championships.
Single Horse and Para-Driving Championships
In the Single Horse Championships, Great Britain was represented by Sara Clough, Karen Scott-Barrett, Tracey Fletcher and Frank Campbell.
The final day of competition took place on Sunday with just the cones left to take on (results from the dressage and the marathon can be found here). First to run was Sara, who was the first person to break the time allowed of 180 seconds. Though she was clear on time, 5 cones meant that Sara had 15 to add to her overall score, finishing her world championships on 195.80. Next in was Karen, who’s measured round resulted in 3 cones down and time. In total Karen added 12.10 penalties to her overnight score, resulting in a final score of 189.46. Following-on later in the morning was Tracey, who herself followed UK-based Aussie Gail Bain. Tracey’s round resulted in 5.96 to add (1 cone and time), giving Tracey a total after all 3 phases of 171.00. Unfortunately, Frank’s round never came to be, as he withdrew from today’s cones competition having made the decision that his horse Z was not fit to compete.
From the 19 teams that competed, Great Britain finished 13th as the victory went to the Netherlands. Poland's Bartlomiej Kwiatek was crowned individual champion.
Final scores and placings for Great Britain's drivers were:
- 33rd - Tracey Fletcher (171.00)
- 55th - Karen Scott-Barrett (189.46)
- 60th - Sara Clough (195.80)
- Ret. - Frank Campbell
- Team ranking: 13th
- Special mention to Gail Bain, who came 43rd on 179.93.
In the Para-Driving Championships it turned out to be a fantastic weekend for Great Britain's Deborah Daniel (Grade 1), Jamie Williams (Grade 1) and Mick Ward (Grade 2) as they produced superb performances across the weekend to help the team clinch bronze on the final day.
The British Carriage Driving teams would like to say a massive thank you to all of their sponsors, supporters, family, friends and fellow competitors for making this an unforgettable experience as well as Chef d'Equipe Minta Winn and Team trainer Wilf Bowman-Ripley for their efforts behind-the scenes and in the run-up to this event.
There has also been recent success for one of Britain's younger drivers at the FEI European Youth Championships as Colette Holdsworth was crowned junior champion in Hungary diving Catherine Holdsworth's Pepper. There were also prize givings for Colette and Grace Smith in the dressage phase, for Collette and Oliver Bennett in the marathon and for Collette, Nicole Holdsworth, Izzy Wesbroom-Warr and Megan Wheeldon.