The Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities is a registered charity (Charity Number : 1143265) and promotes the health of disabled people through the provision of training and driving opportunities in sports driving.
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The CDSG are ALWAYS looking for NEW and TALENTED drivers. If this is you and something that you aspire to please contact us as we are keen to help you progress and reach your goals.
THERE ARE NO LIMITS TO WHAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE
IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT!
Likewise if you know someone else that may be interested in joining us please do get in touch. As you will have seen in the section on classification there are two grades in Para Equestrian driving, the drivers listed in the table below are looking to aim towards selection for the 2018 Para Equestrian Driving World Championships.
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Below is information on several of the groups drivers. These include past and present competition drivers and many of the up and coming drivers for the future who attend the many training sessions that the group organises during the year
After leaving at 16 to go to college she found she was unable to ride when she returned home which made her feel very depressed. Through the RDA her Mum again found another group which this time did Carriage Driving. Since her first drive with the Herons Ghyll RDA Carriage Driving Group Sarah has been hooked.
Fortunate to receive a grant towards some individual lessons Sarah utilised these and had individual training with Sara Howe who somehow managed to talk her mum into getting a pony, then a carriage, then a lorry! I then joined The Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities
Sarah has been driving with Heron’s Ghyll RDA Group for 16 years. She won the National RDA Championships with her own pony Kelly at Hartpury in 2013 and also competed the Internation Para Driving event at Sandringham and was 6th.
With hard work, dedication and support from her family, Sarah was selected to compete as an Individual at the 2014 Para Worlds at Sandringham and again in 2016 in Beesd where she came 7th overal.
2016 FEI PE Driving World Champs. - Obs 3
Lucy was paralysed from the waist down aged 38 when a car ran into her horse whilst out exercising. She was determined that it would not be the end of her life spent with horses and having been lucky enough to find a beautiful dun mare, started riding side saddle in para dressage competitions.
However, following another accident in 2009 she had to give up riding so Golly was broken to harness and started driving. Lucy was on the Bronze medal winning team in 2012. Although Golly retired from outdoor competitions after Breda she had to come back into work in February 2014 after her replacement had an accident which left him unable to drive.
Lucy and Golly were selected as individuals for the 2014 Worlds and gained a 4th place overall. She is supported by her husband, James and her two sons.
Lucy took on the drive of Judy Hilditch’s Biishop Blue in 2015 and now competes him and her new up and coming horse Macho. Lucy and Bishop were part of the Bronze medal winning team at the 2016 PE Worlds in Beesd, NED where they also gain individual 6th.
She now competes with her beloved Irish Cob x Trotter "Barney" at Club and National Level and has represented Great Britain Individually at both Greven at the World Championships in 2002 and also at Hopetoun in 2004. In her quest for selection Heather is supported by Debbie Dale (groom) and the Poulter family.
Debbie who is from North Shropshire is paraplegic as result of breaking her back in a boating accident in 1997. Debbie first started carriage driving in 2005 with the Perry RDA Group where she attended RDA shows competing in dressage and cones before purchasing her first own driving pony. She competed successfully at BDS shows and Trec competitions before moving onto driving trials with the Chester Driving Trials Club.
During 2010 she drove Margaret Brockie's pony; Sweet Pea as her pony had gone lame.Together they gained 7th place overall and helped secure Team Bronze.
Debbie has since driven her own her own Welsh Sec C gelding “Valeside Galaxy” (aka 'Sparky') at three PE World Championships . In 2011 they won the Chester Club Open Pony points league, qualified for and competed at Windsor BHDTA National Championships and became the Para Open National Champions at Henbury.
Deb and sparky have developed a strong partnership and now compete in the Open Class at National level. They were on the Bronze Medal winning Teams at Breda in 2012 and Beesd 2016 where they also secured individual Bronze.
Deb is thrilled to be part of the Team GB squad and puts success down to her large group of supporters including her full time groom, back-stepper and friend Holly Dormer.
Terry a natural all round sportsman, suffered a tumour on the spine leaving him paralysed from the chest down. In 2006 after only 3 years of driving experience he swept the board at the National Novice Single Pony events and was also a member of the British Silver Medal Winning Team in Hellendoorn.
In 2008 driving his partner and support team, Rowena Coldwell’s Welsh Cob Megan he was the highest placed British Driver at the Greven World Championships. Terry was subsequently awarded the South Derbyshire Senior Sports award in 2009.
Margaret was born with abnormalities of the lower spine and limbs but has let nothing get in her way. An active rider with the Annandale and Eskdale RDA she was introduced to driving as a teenager and has since gone from strength to strength. It was as a result of watching the World Championships at Hopetoun in 2004 that she aspired to drive for her country. With the back up of Catriona Murray she competed with Catriona's tandem pony Tartan at club events all over Scotland.
Margaret secured a place on the GB team at the World Championships in Breda in 2010 where they helped to win Team Bronze.
She is supported by her husband and daughter Hannah. During the 2014 selection campaign she drove Claudia Bunn's coloured cob Daisy and was selected to compete at the World Championships at Sandringham.
Lindsey was paralysed down her right side as a result of a road accident at the age of four and despite the advice of her doctors was determined to continue to ride and rode into her teens with both the RDA and pony club. She took up driving when she was 14,experienced the thrill and adrenalin rush and has never looked back.
She has significant driving experience to fall back on, having represented Great Britain eight times including the First World Championships at Wolfsburg in 1998. She has twice been a member of the GB Silver Medal winning team and in 2010 was on the Bronze medal winning Team.
Partnering her own Welsh Cob; London Flash Jack,together they formed the llongest International Para driving partnerships having competed together at all Para Equestrian Championships and five consecutive World Championships between 2004 and 2012.
In 2009 she participated in the first
FEI International event in France where she won the dressage and returned with individual Bronze.
In 2007 Lindsey was voted Inspirational Sports Person of the year at the Norfolk Sports Awards and subsequently appointed as Patron of Norfolk Disability Sports.
During selection for the 2014 World
Championships she drove the Countess of Iveagh's Welsh Section C, Trixies Silver Spirit (Jack) and was selected as a member of Team GBR. Together they won the HRH Princess Haya Hand in Hand
trophy. She is supported by her husband Gordon Paice and her family and is extremly grateful to Elveden Estate who supported her through the selection campaign and her sponsors Chaldeen Estates
and Smiths Gore.
At 10 months old, Joanne had both legs amputated below the knee 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. Joanne owes her introduction to the sport to them as it was through this that she has been able to push herself to compete and admits that without them she wouldn’t be where she is today. In 2017 she was the RDA National Open Driving Champion.
Sue Johnson- Grade 2
Sue was diagnosed in 2000 with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) in 2000 but despite this continued working as a police officer until 2012 when a heart attack forced her to retire from the police service. She previously rode but as a result of the MS was involved in a riding accident which meant she was no longer able. Wishing to continue to affinity with horses she decided to have a go at carriage driving and loved it. She is now the Assistant Area Commissioner for North Wiltshire and Gloucestershire BDS.
Sue drives her own cob; Toby who as well as competing in BDS events also regularly competes with the Forest of Dean Driving Trials Group (FODDTG), Midlands Carriage driving Group and Powys Carriage Driving Group. Toby qualified as the BDS 4-Wheeled Exercise Vehicle Champion in 2012.
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Judi Ralls - Grade 2
Judi from Farnham in Surrey developed Ankylosing Spondylitis at the age of 10 (chronic juvenile arthritis). She rode side-saddle until finally giving up as the disease progressed. Since then Judi has had multiple hip replacements. She competed at three World Championships with her own Welsh pony bringing back both Individual and team medals in 2002 and 2004. In 2006 she was a member of the Silver Medal winning team and was the Grade 2 Reserve World Champion driving Angela Flanagan’s horse “Charlie”. In 2008 she drove Rachel Stevens’ World Championship pony, Glenmead Flashman and was selected for the British Team at the World Championships in Greven.
During selection for the 2014 World Championships she drove her own Welsh Section B; Symondbury Rockafella (George).
Elaine Schaschke - Grade 2
Following a serious riding accident in 2000, Elaine Schaschke from March in Cambridgeshire took up carriage driving with encouragement from Tom Farmer. She started out with a 2-wheel exercise cart bought from a Gypsy and only became fully involved with Horse Driving Trials in 2007. She’s a member of the East Anglian Carriage Driving Group and is very grateful for all the help and guidance she has received from fellow members. Elaine drives a chestnut Welsh Section C mare.
She is supported by her family and friends
Mick Ward - Grade 2
Mick was left with a below the knee amputation on one leg with his other leg fused at the knee following a boating
accident whilst diving in the North Sea in 2005. He was introduce to the Springbridge Carriage Driving Centre for the disabled in 2008 representing the group at several BDS shows including Chatsworth
and Windsor, winning at Chatsworth and second at Windsor in the disabled driver classes. Mick was introduced to the Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities at Stow on the Wold in
2010 whilst they were training, and became hooked on the sport.
“We had a really good first season winning Erddig Novice Pony class (club) and the Novice Para Championships at Henbury”
Mick was a member of the Bronze medal winning team at the 2012 World Championships driving Angela Flanagans, horse Double
Cream. Mick was selected a member for Team GBR driving Toby for the 2014 World Championships and won individual Bronze. He has twice won the Open National Para Championships. Mick is
supported by his family and friends and this season is being sponsored by Kate Cox, HumanHorseandHound, William Davis Ltd. Building Contractors, Morris Skip Hire, all of Loughborough and Sutton
Bonnington Riding Club.