WHAT DO YOU DRIVE?
Jim (Ciffig Jimbo) Welsh Section D (150.2cms).
IN THE BEGINNING…
I started when I had my riding horse broken to drive. He taught me a lot but I wanted to be more competitive than he did and after a long search we bought Jim in 2010.
WHY CARRIAGE DRIVING?
Like many families I used to ride with my daughter and my husband used to sail with my son. When they left home Neil and I were looking for something we could do together and carriage driving fit the bill.
Jim is a small horse and really enjoys the Indoor Driving. This runs from October to April and we tend to concentrate on that series. We compete at all WHHC Sparsholt events and most of the Merrist Wood as well. Highlights have been our progression through the classes within the ICD. We started in the Novice class 2011/12 and found remembering obstacles quite a challenge. However the following year we qualified for the finals at Keysoe, came third and moved up to Intermediate. Came third again that year and moved to Open. This year we qualified again and were really pleased to achieve fifth place in the Open Class at the Keysoe Championships.
YOUR FAVOURITE PHASE?
Like most people the obstacles. Another reason we enjoy the Indoors is because you have a really busy day, always on the go, with very little waiting around.
Don’t be tempted to keep changing horses. We may have been lucky with Jim but have found that whenever we come up against a challenge with him we have learnt much more by working him through it rather than making a change.
BACK @ THE YARD
Before going to an event make sure that you have packed all you need. We try to carry with us items of spare tack for Jim and some spare parts and tools for the carriage. Be prepared for the unexpected.
TEA OR COFFEE?
IN THE LORRY PARK
Find us at our black Ifor Williams HB610.
IF IT WAS POSSIBLE…
We already have. We celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary last year and decided to splash out. We bought a new trailer and a brilliant Revolution Carriage (called Ruby) from Simon Willis. This should see us out!
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