MEET THE SQUAD
With the experience of four World Championships behind her, Debbie will be putting all her expertise into practice to go the extra mile with her new equine partner, Welsh pony Todleyhall Samuel (Sam). Together they competed in the Para Class at Exloo and Kronenburg earlier this year gaining valuable International experience. Debbie was a member of Team GBR’s Bronze medal winning team in 2010, 2012 and 2014 where she also won Individual Bronze in the Grade 1.
Previously a police officer, Debs, broke her back as a result of an explosion on a scuba diving boat. Having always been involved in horses, driving was a natural way back into the competitive equine world. Her yard produces show jumpers as well as driving ponies.
With two World Championships behind him, Mick will be driving his own Welsh cross; Douglas with whom he has been working with over the past season and again took the National Para Driving Championship title. A member of Team GBR’s Bronze medal winning team in 2012, Mick also won Individual Bronze in the Grade 2 class at the 2014 World Championships at Sandringham.
Injured as a result of a diving accident in 2005, Mick was first introduced to carriage driving by the Springbridge Carriage Driving group where he developed his love of driving. Later inspired by fellow Para drivers at the CDS-dd training at Stow Mick was then determined to take competitive driving further and hasn’t looked back.
This will be Jamie’s second appearance on the World stage and having developed a strong repertoire with his Welsh Cob.; Elmo he is hungry to improve on his previous placing where he was a member of the 2016 Bronze Medal winning Team.
Before his accident Jamie was a black belt in karate, competing for England on four occasions. He started driving in 2007 after breaking his back in a car accident in 2004. Since then his he has gone from strength to strength and as well as driving single and pair is an accomplished tandem driver competing successfully both indoors and outdoors. Based in Normanhurst Jamie is thrilled to again be a member of Team GBR and will be supported in Holland by his family and young son.
Although relatively new to the sport of driving, Joyce is not to horses. A keen equestrian in her youth, taking her daughter through successes in tetrathlon, show jumping and working hunter, a freak accident in the stable in 2012 resulted in paralysis. Initially determined to ride again, it was a chance meeting with Chris Ainscough at Thompson House Equestrian in 2015 that led her to take up the reins and experience the feeling of total freedom driving across fields and round obstacles that she had previously had whilst riding. This is when her addiction to driving trials started.
Having experienced the thrill of driving indoor competitions with Sports Driving Unlimited in 2016, she then competed outdoors with Chester Driving Trials i n 2017 and started driving with Tickle, a pony found for her by Chris Ainscough. Soon she was driving with the Para Squad and inspired to represent her country. Joyce has completed all the selection events and more importantly enjoyed every moment of this amazing sport and is thrilled to be part of Team GBR and first reserve for the individual place
A newcomer to the para squad, Joanne will be driving Texas, a 13-year-old Trotter Cross. Together they have been competing at Club and National Novice and developed a strong partnership. Joanne is over the moon to have been selected to represent Team GBR as an individual is very grateful to Andrea Scott who is letting her drive Texas (owned by Pip Holgate).
Joanne had both legs amputated below the knee at 10 months old due to a birth deformity. She started riding aged 9 with the RDA and later progressed on to owning her own horse. Marriage and children then became her priority and horses were put on the back burner for a while. Her life changed in 2013 when she was introduced to driving and started driving with Kipling County Carriage Driving Group..