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17 March 2020


As you are aware the group’s Spring clinic and AGM is planned at Stow in the Wold in April, however given the strategies being put into place by government it is highly likely that we will have to postpone the meet and the AGM until later in the year. Please pencil in 3/4 October for the Autumn meet - this is likely to be when we will now hold the AGM too.

Thanks for your understanding. Your health is the most important consideration at this time so let’s look forward to a meet up once this has blown over.

Stay healthy and if in doubt, hug a horse! 


5th October 2019


Inspired to improve your driving skill, then what come along theCDSG-did Training which is planned for next year. Margaret Brockie  has already set dates for the April and October training at the Unicorn Trust, Stow on the Wold.

Get dates in your calendars now and share the word.


Dates.for 2020 are:


Tuesday 21st - Wednesday 22nd April 


Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th October


Open to both RDA  groups and individuals inspired to improve their driving skills it. Is an opportunity not to be missed.


If this is of interest to you, please get your names down early and share with your RDA group and contact Margaret Brockie to find out more.

2 September 2019


For the first time in its ten year history, the Open National Para Championships were included as part of British Carriagedriving's National Championships which this year was held at Bywell, Northumberland. The Para Drivers were out in force with two contending in the intermediate classes, Jamie Williams and Mick Ward cand four in the Para class.  It was sure to be a fiecly fought competition in the first of the selection events for the 2020 Para Driving Worlds.

Joanne McNicol driving Pip Holgate's Texas on loan to Andrea Scott, went into an early lead in the dressage with a score of 50.24 and was closely followed by Deb Daniels driving her own Sam to 52.62.

With all to play for in the Marathon over a tough course;m routes were studied and early starts in preperation for a busy day. First of the Paras on the course was Tracey Spencer driving her own  Welsh cob "Bill" making her first appearance at national level having progressed gradually from RDA. They had a safe round and Tracy was delighted to complete. Hot on her heals was a very speedy Katie Eyers who made some very fast times to win the marathon. Jo Mcnicol was delighted with the progress that both her and Texas had made since their debute at the 2018 Championships and this put them into 2nd place. An unfortunate incident meant that Deb Daniels had to withdraw from the competition.

All eyes were on the scores for the cones. After her exceptionally fast times in the marathon and only one ball down in the cones, Katie secured her place as the 2019 Para Champion and was presented with the Heather Clark Rose Bowl.  Joanne took the Reserve Champion.

For a full round up of all the scores please follow the link to the results.

28 AUGUST 2019


The Champion of the Para class at the forthcoming British Carriagedriving's National Championship at Bywell, Northumberland will be presented with the Heather Clark Rose Bowl. Heather was a key player in the development of the group playing an instumental role on the committee for a number of years as well as competing as a member of Team GBR's successful Para Driving Team at World Championships on a number of occassions.

Heather was an inspiration to all that she met and will always be remembered for her grit, determination and fun loving approach to life.

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23 August 2018


With international para drivers looking ahead to preparations for the 2020 World Championships, there is great interest in the news that Schildau has submitted a bid to host the 2020 Para Driving World Championships. Although at this stage this is the only candidate there is great interest as it has previously and successfully hosted international competition for ponies during August this year and in 2016 was host to the FEI European Championships. Although at this stage it is not sure when the FEI will officially allocate the championships, the 2020 Worlds for drivers is likely to be held in August.
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 16 August 2019


The CDSG-dd is again running two days of training at the Unicorn Centre, Stow on the Wold. Running on the 14-15 September, the training is an opportunity for both groups and individuals to receive training from World Class coaches.  The training is open to drivers challenged by disability and also AB whips who assist with either RDA groups or groups for disabled drivers.


As well as improving your own driving skills it is also an idelal opportunity to watch training and also view the many carriage, seat and rein adaptions that are used by drivers.


The training at the Unicorn Trust is organised by Margaret Brockie.  If you think this is something that may be of interest to you and you would like to know more, please contact Margaret Brockie in the first instance as spaces are limited.

26 April  2019


An exiting two days of training held on 24 and 25 April at the Unicorn Trust. Great to see some new faces coming into the sport and to watch them develop during the clinic.


AGM took place on the Saturday and plans already being made for the Autumn training. Many thanks to all the committee for their hard work over the years. This year saw Liz Baverstock take on the role of Secretary after Lindsey Tyas  Paice stepped down after almost two decades in the post. Julie Camm also joined the committee having taken on the Para Chef d”Equipe role last year. Exciting times ahead.Many thanks to Margaret Brockie for organising the training.


11 March 2019


with Alison Mastin-Moore

Unicorn Equestrian Trust, Stow on the Wold

Wednesday 10 April 2019   9.30am – 5pm (Coffee from 9.00am)

To reserve a place please contact: Julie Camm - 07778931950 /

Westwind, Stone, Nr Berkeley, Glos, GL13 99LE

Cost £15.00 plus £10.00 for tea/coffee and lunch.    Pod Members FOC plus £10.00 for lunch

19 October 2018

- Louise Blanche

An action packed two days with horses, drivers, backsteppers and coaches all enjoying their time together was had by all those that attended the recent CDSG-dd Traing at the Unicorn Trust, Stow on the Wold earlier this month.


With an array of drivers and turnouts in attendance many travelled from various locations nationwide to come together at the fabulously well equipped Unicorn Centre to work with UKCC Coaches Sarah Howe and Rachel Belliere-Wilson and learn from each other.


There was also opportinity to discuss and enhance drivers seating.whilst in the carriage.

Everyone came with their own different aims and objectives and I personally found the whole experience hugely positive as it was my first visit with my own (Ok, my children's pony) and after being coached by Rachel and discussions with Sara and Margaret know what we need to do next  to follow on our para Driving journey.. Cheetah (the Pony), Nicky ( my friend and backstepper) and I definitely would like to improve enough to be considered for part of the team one day.
Park Lane RDA - travelled from Twickenham with two turnouts and all Drivers and coaches felt more confident and that they had built on their skill set by the time they left.  They were also full of praise for the standard of accommodation both for themselves and the horses. And very impressed by the quality of the meals- an essential component for optimum performance.

16 July 2018

Following fierce competition with eight para drivers vying for a coveted spot on the team, selection for the 2018 FEI Para Equestrian Driving Championships in Kronenburg has now been made for the team and individual places.



After a scorcher of a weekend at the last selection event at Blandings the pressure was on for all athletes and their equine counterparts to perform, and that they did. It was not only the weather that was hot but also the competition.


With selectors basing their decision around an agreed selection criterion which had been set out earlier in the year; selection was tough, and it was evident that each driver had to drive hard to secure their place on the team.  Selection was not only based on results from competition and selection events but also on how athletes worked together with each other and their support teams both at competition and during squad training.


With strong performances across the board, the team is as follows:



  • ·         Deborah Daniels driving Sam
  • ·         Mick Ward driving Douglas
  • ·         Jamie Williams driving Elmo
  • Individual and First Reserve: Joanne McNicol driving Pip Holgate’s Texas
  • First Reserve – Individual: Joyce Carrick driving Tickle

Unfortunately, due to injury, two of the squad’s stalwart and experienced members; Sarah Baverstock driving Kelly and Lucy Barclay driving Macho had to withdraw prior to the final selection event. Both them and their support teams were bitterly disappointed, but we wish them the best of luck in their recovery and look forward to seeing them competing again soon.  


It is also with regret that Katie Eyres has also had to withdraw from this year’s process, as she is still in the process of establishing her grading. This is being carried out over the coming weeks and we wish her success in gaining classification.


Photos to follow in Album


11 June 2018


5 September 1961- 2 June 2018

How does anyone start to sum up this amazing person - a small physical pocket rocket who exploded into our lives with love, laughter, courage and carefree abandon. Clarky, as she was known to many, was loved by all whose lives she touched.


She took up driving in her 30’s having been introduced to it via the RDA. She had spent her early years riding and had always built very special attachments and relationships with her equine partners, providing her with enormous freedom and independence from her physical challenges.


In 1995 she purchased her forever friend, Barney, a 5 year old coloured cob, with whom she competed for the rest of her career so successfully at club, national and international level.


Her attitude was ‘anything’s possible’. She believed and trusted completely in Barney - as he did her - and together they were selected for and competed for Great Britain in numerous Para World Championships including Hellendoorn, Hopetoun and Greven.

Her courage and attitude always kept her pushing herself to the maximum. Anyone watching would see her putting every last effort into every turn - in the absence of any arms, she used the maximum range of her body and shoulders, and if she ran out of room, she’d take a loop of rein with her teeth, never losing Barney’s rhythm of momentum.


And she’d always be prepared to try something new - with breaking news that a foreign competitor had been seen driving with crossed reins to avoid him having to take loops when turning, Heather gave it a go.. and it went brilliantly, right up to the point where she momentarily forgot her reins were crossed. Pulling the right rein, Barney obliged by turning left up, vertically up the bank, exiting the water in a rather unconventional and dramatic manner. “I think I might have pulled the wrong rein” Heather concluded.

But Heather was more than just a pioneering competitor, she was a personality. As popular abroad as she was at home, the Orange Army following her from obstacle to obstacle certainly rivalled the sea of Red, White and Blue flags flying for her.


She was always at the centre of a party and, as unbelievable as it sounds, even climbed the party marquee pole one night in Hellendoorn, aided by the Dutch supporters who had adopted her as their own.


Clarky loved to laugh, with others and even at the irony of her own situation. On arriving at an event after a Foot and Mouth outbreak, a dutiful steward stopped her lorry at the gate and asked all in the cab to get out and dip their feet in the disinfectant trough. Heather chucked her false legs out of the window and with a mischievous twinkle in here eye, asked the steward to kindly dip them himself.


Heather was a true inspiration and taught us all many lessons in how to live life to the full. Her quick wit was something to behold. She was a dear friend to many and - with little regard to her own challenges - would always be there for others through their own highs and lows, with encouragement, love and support. She touched many people’s lives and she will remain in our hearts always.


by Rachel Belliere-Wilson


The Celebration of Life Service will be held for Heather on Monday 25 June at 11.30 at Pavillion of Harrogate, Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ.


All those who would like to be part of this are welcome to attend. An Act of Whips will receive Heather into the Pavillion.


Those who would like to be part of this are very welcome to join in this fitting farewell. In this case, please arrive in good time and attend with whip and suitable driving attire. The Celebration of Life service will take place at 11.30, and all are welcome.


The Committal will follow the Celebration and will be attending just by family and close friends, however everyone is invited to stay at The Pavillion for a buffet afterwards.

Sarah Baverstock receiving Training from Sarah Howe - Credit: Lindsey Tyas Paice

4 June 2018



Rhythm is the dancer may have been a huge success in 1992 but this time it was certainly one of the hot areas that Team GBR was working on with all athletes during the two days of intense Para training at Ashfields last week.


Organised by Julie Camm with Team Trainer Sara Howe and Chef d”Equipe Rachel Belliere Wilson; the two days of training provided drivers with the opportunity to work with all members of the support team prior to the first selection event at Cricklands next week. Driven exercises were carried out across all three disciplines to help athletes enhance their performances during competition and develop up and coming athletes aspiring to compete in the future.  Coaches also discussed the importance of a strong support team and how vital communication was in fulfilling this.


It was a fun filled two days of training and all drivers in attendance raised a special toast to remember fellow para driver and friend; Heather Clark who sadly passed away last week but played such an inspirational and instrumental role in the sport. Special thanks must also go to everyone at Ashfields who always go out of their way to accommodate the paras both during training and competition.


Joanne McNicol under the watchful eye of Leonie and Barry Marshall together with selectors - Credit: Lindsey Tyas Paice

With the FEI Para Driving World Championships now almost upon us, 2018 will be the first of its kind to run alongside another FEI Driving World Championships. This year the world’s leading Para drivers will be joining the FEI Single Horses from 28 August to 2 September in Kronenburg, Netherlands. The venue promises to be a fabulous event for both drivers and spectators alike and Team GBR are delighted to be looking to field a strong team.


Competition for a place on the British team will be fierce with seven drivers vying for a place on the team. Selection events will take place at the at the Para National Championships at Cricklands (15-17 June) and Blandings (14-15 July) with the team being announced after the event at Blandings.


The following drivers are up for selection:

Lucy Barclay - Macho
Sarah Baverstock - Kelly
Joyce Carrick - Tickle
Deborah Daniels - Sam
Joanne McNicol - Texas
Mick Ward - Douglas
Jamie Williams - Elmo


The team will consist of three members, (one of which must be a Grade 1), with the possibility of further individual places. Confirmation of the final number of individuals however will be confirmed closer to the event.


Selectors are looking to get the best team and therefore selection will not be based on a first past the post selection but instead will allow selectors to consider individuals' other results, support team as well as other observations during training and competitions.


4 June 2018

1961 - 2018




It is with great sadness I write to share the news that Heather Clark (Clarky) passed away on June 2nd 2018

Heather was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in January 2017 and she fought the disease with great gusto in true Clarky fashion and whilst doing so worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease. Heather touched so many hearts and I am sure that there are not many people in the driving world that didn't come across her .

Together with her trusty steed Barney, Heather competed at Club and Nationals against able bodied drivers for nearly twenty years. Heather represented team GB four times in the para driving trials.

May I invite you to please take a minute to reflect on the courage and inspiration that Heather instilled into the sport .


Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly .
Debbie Dale


30 April 2018



The FEI, in cooperation with the Organising Committee of the CPEDI3* in Hartpury (GBR) and the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), is pleased to inform you that Para-Equestrian Athletes (both Dressage and Driving) with Visual Impairments will have the opportunity to be internationally classified in Hartpury on 3 July 2018.

No fee will be charged to athletes attending this particular IBSA Classification.

National Federations are kindly requested to submit the VI Classification requests to
Chloe Harty by Monday 21 May 2018 with the following documents:

  • The FEI Classification Request Form
  • The FEI Consent for Classification Form
  • The IBSA Medical Diagnostics Form, completed by a registered ophthalmologist

All of the above forms can be found on the FEI Para-Equestrian Classification page and must be completed in full, legibly and in English or with a signed translation in copy.


30 April 2018


The FEI Classification Research project has been launched with a research partnership, run by Dr Sarah Jane Hobbs, between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and Hartpury University Centre, both located in Great Britain. This project, which will have a duration of three years, will evaluate the FEI Classification system and will provide evidence-based research to the system, in compliance with the IPC Classification Code.
The FEI is seeking candidates, from the Para-Equestrian community, for the Classification Research Reference Group which will be an advisory group to the researchers. This is open to people who have an interest in the development of Para-Equestrian Athlete Classification. We are seeking members with technical knowledge or experience from within the sport of Para-Equestrian (Dressage and/or Driving) who are able to actively contribute to the research project in an advisory capacity. The invitation for candidates is open to Para-Equestrian Athletes, Classifiers, Coaches and Officials.
The Classification Research Reference Group will be a point of reference for the FEI Classification Research Project’s team from the University of Central Lancashire and Hartpury University Centre. It is anticipated that the group will have a global representation and therefore conference calls will occur at several times per year. There will also be the need for additional liaison via email as required with the possibility of smaller group meetings in person if necessary.
The group will play a key role in receiving and reviewing project updates and providing advice on the following aspects of the project:

  • technical aspects of the sport (Dressage and Driving) as it applies to Classification of Athletes
  • suggestions or actions that may need to be taken as the project advances
  • dissemination of information in easy to read language
  • interpretation of results achieved

In addition, the Project Reference Group will:

  • assist the research team in ensuring that the research questions, methods and interpretations are appropriate, acceptable and achievable
  • advise the research team with regards to the production of information and consent materials and processes, as well as practicalities of recruitment.

As the Project has commenced, there is a need for the group to be convened within the coming months so we ask for nominations to be made to the FEI, using the attached candidature form, by 18 May. Please send any queries to Chloe Harty.

(Image Credit: Photo by Amy Mundell

1 April 2018

In preperation for the FEI Para Equestrian World Championships taking place in Kronenburg (NED) later this year, Deborah Daniel and her new equine partner Sam joined five international drivers to compete on the international stage in the Para Drivers Class at the CAI 2* at Exloo (NED)..


In a competitive class with several members of the 2016 Gold Medal winning team from the 2016 Worlds competing, Debbie put in a solid performance in the dressage; scoring 55.06 to come 4th with 2016 Grade 2 Gold Medalist Ingmar Veneman winning the dressage (45.52). With everyone going for the marathon, a strong performance by Debbie moved her up to 3rd place behind marathon winner Jacques Poppen who had moved up to 2nd place. However on the day of the Cones he had to withdraw from the competition. With a tight and twisty cones course Debbie and Sam completed a clear round with only a few time fauts leaving them in 2nd place.Debbie was accomanied by groom Holly Dormer and together travelled with Robert Buck who was also competing with Julie Camms pony on the International stage.


Since the 2016 Worlds Julie has been working closly with new and up and coming drivers and equines keen to join the Para Driving squad and develop a plan to best prepare for this years World Championships.  She was also instramental in organising and running a successful two days of training at the Unicorn Trust where support teams including trainers, physios, pscologists, seat support adapters BES Rehab, and vets. The two days of training was a great success and invaluable to those driving and on foot. The squad is very grateful to the support that they have receieved from the Sanders Watney Trust.

(Image Credit: Somerset Levels RDA

23 March 2018


One of Somerset Levels RDA's leading stars; Beryl, has recently passed away after a severe laminitis episode in which she was not able to recover from.


Beryl together with Somerset Levels RDA was one of the first ponies who attended CDSG-dd training and over the years brought an array of drivers keen to improve their skills.


Her love for cone and obstacle driving will always be a lovely memory! Point and go!  Competition Beryl was so different to RDA Beryl!  As well as CDSG-dd fun, she became Reserve Pleasure Driving Champion at the Hand stadium, the first official RDA National Champion at Harpury where driving events were held at the same venue as ridden; went to multiple Windsor horse shows, helped with supermarket collections (some dressed as a reindeer with Santa in her carriage!), she was also a regular equine participant on RDA group holidays


She had been with RDA for about 15 years, showing the new equines that she was in charge and was retired a few years ago at the young age of 23. I am sure most of you will have fond memories of Beryl, and would like to join me in sending Carolyn Drouin our sincere thanks for giving Beryl such a lovely retirement over the last few years. She will be sorely missed..


(Image Credit: Perthshire Picture Agency, Graeme Hart)

3 March 2018

Past member of the CDSG-dd and Team GBR member at the IPC World Driving Championships at Hopetoun in 2004; Aileen Nielson is to contest in her third Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea next week.


Having initially tried curling at the age of 15, she took up curling competitivly in 2005 and has since gone on to compete and medal at several World Championships and at the Sochi Paralympics in 2014 helped win Bronze.  She is the first woman to skip a wheelchair curling team in either the Paralympic Games (2010) or World Championships (2011).and aspires to bring back Gold.


 “It’s every athletes’ dream to be on the podium with a gold medal around their neck.  We wish Aileen and all members of Team all the best as they go for Gold.


28 February 2018


Margaret Brockie is again organising training for RDA groups and individuals at Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.


Running from 21 to 22 April attendees will recieve training sessions from World Class Coaches,  Each session allow all abilities the chance to improve their rein handling of horses, overcome their own obstacles and participate in social activities with other drivers challenged by disability from across the UK.  If this is something that  you would be interested in finding out more and attending, please contact Margaret Brockie directly.


 Full details can be found on the calendar

28 January 2018
unning on 21 and 22 April at Stow on the Wold this course is for drivers bringing their own turnout. It is open to disabled drivers driving their own or borrowed turnouts, also members of RDA Groups bringing an RDA turnout. RDA Whips or helpers who wish to improve their own skills are also accepted if places are available. RDA Stella Hancock Grants can be used to pay towards the course. 

Anybody who just wishes to come and watch and learn or help is very welcome to do so at no cost other than for meals. 


The course is on a first come first served basis, so if you are interested in attending or even if you are not ready to send in the forms please can you let Margaret Brockie know. 

If you have a pony who is fit enough and you would be happy for another driver to take part please let Margaret know. This could reduce your travel and stabling costs and allow an RDA driver or RDA Whip/Coach to gain valuable experience.


2 November 2017



In 298 days, the FEI World Championships for Single and Para Driving will kick off. It is for the first time in the history of the international carriage driving sport, that both World Championships are organised on the same venue. The equestrian site Grandorse in Kronenberg (Horst aan de Maas) will host the World Championships of the Year from 28th August to 2nd September 2018.

Photo to follow

16 July 2017


Following the success of this competition over the past few years we are delighted that Carriage Driving is thriving at the National Championships. Regional Qualifiers were once again held for Novice, Intermediate and Open classes with the competition consisting of dressage and a combined cones and obstacle course


New driver to the sports group and reccent attendee to the Para Training at Ashfiels last month; Joanne McNicol upped her game from her 2nd place last year winning the Open Carriage Driving class at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury at the weekend.  Driving the wondereful Dennis from the Kipling County RDA, who at 27 years young and with a long service award to boot put his heart and soul into it.


By all accounts Joanne had a great time and extends her thanks to all the RDA organisers at Hartpury and to Janet Bettell-higgins, Sue O'Dell Val Eyres and the rest of the team at Kipling County for getting them there. "I loved every second".

Photo to follow

15 July 2017


Report to follow".

2017 National Novice Para Champion; Sarah Gernie

2 July 2017



Sarah Gemie won the title as National Novice Para-Champion at the novice championships held recently at Sandringham.  Hosted by the East Anglia Carriage Driving Club and taking place during the national event at Sandringham, this was a great competition and an opportunity for drivers to gain experience in big national obstacles.


Graham Smith won the dressage phase with coloured pony Pepper, but was beaten into reserve spot after Sarah won both cones and obstacles with Strawbs (Truelove Candy Mandy). Both ponies are owned by the charity Sports Driving Unlimited which supports carriage driving activities for those with disabilities and additional needs.

2016 National Novice Para Champion; Charlotte Thompson

29 June 2017


This weekend sees the National Championship take place at Sandringham. Organised by the East Anglian Carriage Driving Group the Championships is a fantasic opportunity for Novice drivers to drive at a prestigious venue around fantastic obstacles with national recognition.


Drivers come from as far a field as Scotland and we are deligted again to be joined by drivers Sports Driving Unlimited who are based in Dunfieshire.


Several of the CDSG-dd drivers who have also progressed through the group will also be competing in the National event which is also being run alongside the Championships.

31 May 2017


More than 70 delegates from 24 countries gathered in Stow on the World for the second edition of the Para Equestrian Forum following the success met in Essen (GER) in 2015. The Forum, organised by the FEI and hosted by British Dressage, was held immediately after the two-day FEI Classifier meeting which united 18 classifiers from around the world, and was then followed by the FEI Para-Equestrian Committee Meeting.  


Over the two-day Forum - led by the Para Equestrian Technical Committee - presentations, discussions and working groups covered the following topics:

  • Development of the sport (statistics and development pathways)
  • Competition formats and the use of music in team tests
  • Coaching
  • Classification
  • Facilities/arrangements for FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018
  • Rio2016
  • There was also a demonstration of the new tests for Grades I to V with interactive feedback and scoring from the judges to each of the riders and delegates on site.

For more information/presentations, please click here.

23 March 2017


To see the full classification management system for Para Equestrians, please go to the classification page.


Dear National Federations, We would like to remind you the following principle in term of Classification:


  1. New Athletes requiring FEI Classification for the first time -  must apply through their NF to the FEI by completing the FEI Classification Request Form
  2. Athletes who are FEI Classified and listed on the FEI Classification Master List with a status of Review (R) 
  3. Athletes listed on the FEI Classification Master List with a status of Confirmed or Review with a fixed review date requesting a Review because their impairment and activity limitations are no longer consistent with their current Grade must apply through their NF to the FEI by completing a Medical Review Request form.


All necessary information and relevant forms can be found published under the following link FEI Website and all request must be sent to the FEI HQ.


28 February 2017

Margaret Brockie is again organising training for RDA groups and individuals at Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.


Running from Wednesday 5th to Thursday 6th April attendees will recieve training sessions from World Class Coaches,  Each session allow all abilities the chance to improve their rein handling of horses, overcome their own obstacles and participate in social activities with other drivers challenged by disability from across the UK.  If this is something that  you would be interested in finding out more and attending, please contact Margaret Brockie directly.  Full details can be found on the calendar.


The CDSG-dd will also be holding their AGM during the lunch break on Wednesday 5th April.  If you require further detailsplease contact the secretary Lindsey Tyas Paice.

16 February 2017

The FEI has as awarded the 2018 Single Horse World Championships and the Para-driving World Championships to the organizers of the international competition Horst aan de Maas. The two championships will be held simultaneously on the grounds of the Peelbergen Equestrian centre in Kronenberg (Horst) August 28th to September 2nd, 2018. 


It is for the first time in the history of combined driving that two World Championships will be held at the same time. “With the ambition demonstrated by this organization, the international championships fit perfectly into our vision of organizing world-class driving events. We are thrilled that both the KNHS and the FEI are entrusting our organization with both of these championships,” tells chairman Nico Rijnbende.


At this moment with the support of the Region of Horst and the Province of Limburg, the first preparations are being made to the grounds. On April 20-23rd the annual edition of the CAI3* Horst will be for the first time be held at its new home at the Peelbergen Equestrian Centre.


Tentative program World Championship 2018:

  • Monday August 27 Competitors arrive
  • Tuesday August 28 Opening ceremony and Nations night
  • Wednesday August 29 Vet check PE & H1 Dressage PE
  • Thursday August 30 Dressage H1 Part 1
  • Friday August 31 Dressage H1 Part 2
  • Saturday September 1 Marathon
  • Sunday September 2 Cones

7 AUGUST 2016


Report to follow

(L) New para-driver Jamie Williams with Glenside Chosen One. (R) Debbie Daniels with Valeside Galaxy. Photo Kingswood Associates

14 July 2016


Following a final selection event (8-10 July) and intensive training (11- 13 July) held at Ashfields Carriage and Polo Centre, Essex, two members of the Para-Equestrian team have so far been named to represent Great Britain at the Para-Equestrian World Championships to be held in Beesd, Holland, from 3rd to 6th August 2016.

Experienced World Championship competitor Debbie Daniels and her grey pony Valeside Galaxy (Sparky), along with newcomer Jamie Williams and his chestnut gelding Glenside Chosen One (Glen), will be on the team, with the third member to be declared in Beesd.

Accompanying Debbie and Jamie to Beesd will be Sarah Baverstock (Kelly), Lucy Barclay (Bishop Blue) and Emily Ham (Alfie).

One of these will be selected to join Debbie and Jamie in the team, the other two will compete as individuals.

Chef d’Equipe is Rachel Belliere-Wilson; she said: “With the venue and date of the World Championships being announced late, selectors have had to analyse performance across mainstream competition and para-driver classes as well as assessing everyone during training.

We have selected Debbie and Jamie based on their consistent progress and competitive success; at Ashfields Debbie won the Para-Driver Open Championship while Jamie, who is showing great talent, was very close behind to finish Reserve Champion.

“With a few considerations to keep in mind and with the significant improvements made over the past three days of training by all turnouts, we have, with full consultation of the squad, agreed that we will hold off making the decision about the third team member until we have to declare the team on-site. It was unanimously agreed that this was in the best interests of the team.

“We are indebted to Ashfields and in particular to Zoe Morgan for making this all happen. She makes it look so easy when we know it isn't, and she is totally accommodating; always with time for you to ask a question or add in another request! The wonderful training facilities at Ashfields have prepared the team as well as it possibly can be for the World Championships ahead.”

The squad will be arriving at Beesd on Monday 1st August and, following final team and individual declaration, will compete on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in dressage, marathon and cones respectively.

Rachel will be assisted by Julie Camm with Sarah Howe continuing in her role as team coach.

14 June 2016

Britain’s para-equestrian carriage drivers are setting their sights on team selection for the 2016 World Championships. Announced only recently, the prestigious event will take place in Beesd, Holland, from 3 to 6 August. 

Those putting their names forward competed at the recent British Carriagedriving (BC) Windsor Park Regional event with final selection being made after the BC National at Ashfields, Essex, which takes place from 8 to 10 July. This event will also host the British Para-Equestrian National Open title. 

Among the team hopefuls of established drivers such as Debbie Daniel, Lucy Barclay, Sarah Baverstock and Judi Ralls will be newcomers Jamie Williams, who won the Para class at Windsor, and Emily Ham. Debbie, Lucy and Sarah were among the British representatives at the last World Championships held on home turf at Sandringham in 2014 where Lucy finished individual fourth. Individual Bronze medallist at Sandringham, Mick Ward, is unavailable for Beesd.

Chef d’Equipe will be Rachel Belliere-Wilson assisted by Julie Camm with Sarah Howe continuing in her role as team coach.

14 June 2016

Britain’s para-equestrian carriage drivers are setting their sights on team selection for the 2016 World Championships. Announced only recently, the prestigious event will take place in Beesd, Holland, from 3 to 6 August. 

Those putting their names forward competed at the recent British Carriagedriving (BC) Windsor Park Regional event with final selection being made after the BC National at Ashfields, Essex, which takes place from 8 to 10 July. This event will also host the British Para-Equestrian National Open title. 

Among the team hopefuls of established drivers such as Debbie Daniel, Lucy Barclay, Sarah Baverstock and Judi Ralls will be newcomers Jamie Williams, who won the Para class at Windsor, and Emily Ham. Debbie, Lucy and Sarah were among the British representatives at the last World Championships held on home turf at Sandringham in 2014 where Lucy finished individual fourth. Individual Bronze medallist at Sandringham, Mick Ward, is unavailable for Beesd.

Chef d’Equipe will be Rachel Belliere-Wilson assisted by Julie Camm with Sarah Howe continuing in her role as team coach.

8 March 2016
Running on 23 and 24 April at Stow on the Wold this course is for drivers bringing their own turnout. It is open to disabled drivers driving their own or borrowed turnouts, also members of RDA Groups bringing an RDA turnout. RDA Whips or helpers who wish to improve their own skills are also accepted if places are available. RDA Stella Hancock Grants can be used to pay towards the course. 

Anybody who just wishes to come and watch and learn or help is very welcome to do so at no cost other than for meals.

The course is on a first come first served basis, so if you are interested in attending or even if you are not ready to send in the forms please can you let Margaret Brockie know. 

If you have a pony who is fit enough and you would be happy for another driver to take part please let Margaret know. This could reduce your travel and stabling costs and allow an RDA driver or RDA Whip/Coach to gain valuable experience.

Click here to download the application form.

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3 February 2016
AMANDA SAVILLE - A true inspiration 
"there's no such word as can't"

It is with immense sadness that we received the news that Amanda Saville had died peacefully, still smiling, in the arms of her husband John, on Friday 12 February. There can be few people who touched the lives of so many. Her enthusiasm and dedication to helping others was legendary.

Amanda's enthusiasm for the sport extended far and wide. She would arrive at events in a truly massive lorry, out of which spilled numerous kids, ponies and carriages. Amanda’s own competition record was excellent. Her speciality was the marathon where she flew round obstacles and was the one everyone had to beat. She was Single Pony National Champion in 2002. Despite battling through her cancer treatment, Amanda competed in National events and the National Championships with her pony four in 2013. She won the Open Pony Pairs National Championships in 2014 and competed again in 2015 where she finished 4th overall (but had the fasted marathon of course!)

Her Chariots of Fire Display Team travelled around the country bringing driving, in many forms, to crowds at large agricultural shows. She had a pair, put to a magic carriage, which split into 2 single turnouts. She launched her carriages over jumps, flew through burning hoops and even proved you could safely drive a cow!

Amanda's inspiration & belief that anyone could, should push through their boundaries to a more exciting and fulfilled life led to the establishment of Sports Driving Unlimited. For 8 years she led a team of coaches who trained disabled people to develop carriage driving skills with enormous life changing success. People of all ages with a wide range of disabilities were introduced to the pleasure of carriage driving and inevitably, encouraged to enjoy driving trials, proving that even blindness is no barrier if you want to do something. Together with the Sports Driving Unlimited team, Amanda and husband John Nisbett were an invincible force to be reckoned with and together would travel with teams of young and disabled drivers to compete at driving events both indoors and outdoors and for the past six years travelled with individuals to compete in the National Novice Para Championships at Escrick, Henbury and more recently, Sandringham. 

In 2015 Amanda was awarded the accolade of Disability Coach of the Year by sportscotland at their CoachingOfficiating and Volunteering Awards ceremony. She was recognised for the outstanding contribution she makes to the lives of the people she works with. Amanda will be remembered with great affection and admiration by so many people. She’ll never stop smiling! 

21 November 2015 

Are you already planning your activities for next year's diary, then you put the dates in your diary of the 2016 CDSG courses running at the Unicorn Trust, Stow on the Wold

* 23-24th April 2016
* 8-9th October 2016

If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please contact Margaret Brockie - who will be able to provide you with further information. Application forms will be sent out to those keen to attend 6 weeks beforehand.

4 November 2015

The Para sports event run on 25 October proved to be a great success with a number of different sports uniting to inspire future athletes to get involved in Para Sports. Medallists from both Para driving and Para dressage were on hand to explain to prospective athletes of the future how they could get involved.


Para Driving Medallists & CDSG-dd members Lucy Barclay, Deborah Daniels, Lindsey Tyas Paice and Mick Ward represented the CDSG-dd at the event and spoke with a number of people keen to know more about the sport, pathway opportunities and how to get involved.

Anglia News video clip from the Para Sports Event

10 August 2015

10-11 October - Training at the Unicorn Centre, Stow on the Wold. Please contact Margaret Brockie if you are interested in attending. Even if you are not ready to send in the forms please can you let Margaret know if you think you will be coming or, if you are a regular, please let her know if you are not. Click here to download the application form.

7 July 2015
The Para-Equestrian National Championships took place at Sandringham (26 – 28 June); the Open title being contested during the British Carriagedriving National and International competition while the Novice Championship was hosted by East Anglia Carriage Driving Group during its club event which ran concurrently. 

The Novice contestants, all members of the Sports Driving Unlimited group based in Scotland had quite a fight on their hands until Charlotte Thomson came through to retain her crown. After dressage, Charlotte and Lewis Shaw – who is guided only by Amanda Nisbet’s voice as he cannot see – were tied first on 56.0 penalties with Graham Smith hot on their heels on 56.2. All drove clear with time penalties in the cones phase with Lewis the quickest of the three. However, his fortunes changed in the marathon where he incurred time penalties on Section A although he was only marginally slower than Graham through the obstacles. But it was Charlotte who stormed through to win by 14.85 penalties overall from Graham with Lewis a highly creditable third. 

(L) Deborah Daniel takes the National Open Champion title_Kings wood Associates (R) Charlotte Thomson on her way to becoming National Novice Champion

In the Open Championship Deborah Daniel regained the title she won in 2011 and 2012 with an all-the-way win, having posted a 49.12 dressage score to give herself a healthy lead over Mick Ward (63.22) and Lucy Barclay (63.54). Mick, who won the title in 2013 and 2014, sadly had to give best after Section A of the marathon as his pony, Toby, did not feel right and he withdrew. Driving Judy Hilditch’s Bishop Blue, Lucy was just 6.91 penalties adrift of Deborah on the marathon but her dressage deficit and six cones down left her as Reserve Champion. 

12 June 2015

I am sure you will all join me in congratulating long standing CDSG-dd member Margaret Brockie on being awarded the MBE for services to the community and to Carriage Driving through her work with Riding for the Disabled Association. Margaret is the Chairman of Driving for the Disabled and is heavily involved in introducing disabled people to the sport. 

As many of you will be aware as well as being the RDA Carriage Driving Chairman, an ambassador within RDA driving, she is also a member od the CDSG-dd has been  since its set up in 2002 where she was one of a number of individuals involved in its set up., She now organises the CDSG-dd training at The Unicorn Trust, Stow on the Wold twice a year and is renowned for introducing drivers to the sport with her beloved RDA pony "Sweet Pea". Margaret of Great Lever, Bolton, said: "I feel very honoured to have been given this award."


Margaret was also recently presented during the 40th celebration of driving for the disabled at the Unicorn Trust with an award from Princess Anne for her long service in helping disabled people get into carriage driving.

13 January 2015
 RDA and British Dressage have launched a National Classification Policy for Para-equestrian which is designed to give clearer guidance and offer a more structured system in line with that used by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). Coming into effect from January 1st 2015, a National Classification Panel has been created which will review all initial applications and offers them classification in regional days, where two classifiers will carry out assessments, or give details of a National classifier local to them to arrange and assessment. The change has come about in response to growing demand for classifications, and to ensure a more comprehensive process for assessing riders whose disability might be more complex or progressive. The ‘two classifier’ system again brings the UK in line with the FEI, which has always required more than one classifier for its assessments. The policy gives a more constructed process although many aspects of the classification remain the same, with no changes being made to the profile or grading of riders. David Hamer, British Dressage Para Director, said: “The popularity of Paralympic sport post London 2012 has been a great boost and it is essential that those coming into the sport have a system that can support the growth in demand for classification. The National Policy gives more clarity and guidance to what was already a very comprehensive process.”
National Classification policy

03 January 2015

The national and international driving event in Horst, the Netherlands, will host a para equestrian class again from 16-19 April. If you are keen to participate at this event, please contact Rachel Belliere-Wilson, Sara Howe and Chris Van Reen. Click here to view provisional schedule

04 December 2014
British Dressage Para-Equestrian Coaching Symposium
If you're involved or interested in para dressage this is a not-to-be-missed seminar. Held and Moulton College in Northamptonshire over 7 - 8 February, the 2015 Para Coaching Symposium is open to all and features some top names like Nigel Redman, Nina Venables, Dr Rachel Murray, Russell Guire, Vanessa Fairfax and Deb Criddle
Click here for further details and timetable
Book tickets by clicking here

20th November 2014
Please contact Margaret Brockie if you are interested in attending. Additional information will be published shortly on the calendar.

19 October 2014
26-28 JUNE

30 June 2014 

Sandringham Estate (GBR), the much-loved country retreat of HM The Queen, provided the gorgeous backdrop for the ninth FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships which took place last weekend. Germany was the strongest nation taking home the team title as well as individual gold in Grade II thanks to the 27-year old Alexandra Röder. Jacques Poppen representing The Netherlands was crowned champion in Grade I and added a second world title to the one won in 2008.

During three days, 24 competitors from eight nations took part in the FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championship at Sandringham, located in Nothfolk, 150 km north of London. The beautiful estate is well used to Driving competitions, having hosted FEI World Championships on two occasions: the first time in 1985 followed by the first edition of the FEI World Championship for pony four-in-hand drivers held in 2001 

After a tough few days of top competition Germany held on to its overnight lead after the marathon to take Team Gold in the FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships at Sandringham. The Netherlands took Silver with the USA a mere 3.29 penalties behind in Bronze. Great Britain finished in fourth place. 21 May 2014 German driver Alexandra Roeder made it a double for her nation when taking Individual Grade I Gold at her very first World Championships. Silver went to USA’s Robert Giles, also at his first World Championships, with Bronze being presented to Team GBR’s Mick Ward, who climbed from overnight sixth place having had just one cone down in the deciding phase. 

Jacques Poppen of the Netherlands was a very popular winner of the Grade II Individual Gold; he did it in style with one of only four double clears to keep his lead over 2012 World Champion Heiner Lehrter (Germany) in Silver with Lehrter’s team mate Markus Beerhues in Bronze position. 

For the Brits, there was further celebration as Lucy Barclay, driving as an Individual, finished in fourth place (Grade I) and the ever-cheerful Sue Johnson and her cob Toby won the Cones phase (Grade II) with a double clear; Mick was second and he was also crowned British National Open Champion, successfully defending the title he won at Sandringham last year. 

There was a highly poignant moment for the crowd of spectators and Jacques Poppen when he was presented with the Jan Renzijn Perpetual Memorial Trophy for best dressage by Jan’s daughter Sonja (photo right by ADW Media). As a mark of respect Jacques carried his late close friend Jan’s hat on his carriage. The HRH Princess Haya Hand-in-Hand Trophy – a pairs competition for one para-equestrian driver teamed with one able-bodied driver – was won by Team GBR’s Lindsey Tyas Paice and Ireland’s Barry Capstick, who earlier in the day had won his sixth consecutive Advanced Horse Pairs class at Sandringham. Presenting the magnificent trophy, designed and produced by Aspreys of London, was Bettina de Rham of the FEI along with Vice Chairman of the FEI Technical Committee, Australia’s Boyd Exell. The winners were presented with small keepsake replicas.

Full Results

To read press releases, please click on the links below:
Lucy Barclay -  Lindsey Tyas Paice  - Sue Johnson -  Mick Ward

21 May 2014

Following the last of the GB selection trials at Escrick Park last weekend, the team and individuals representing Great Britain at the FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships (Singles) has been announced. The team of three will consist of Mick Ward (Toby), Deborah Daniel (Valeside Galaxy) and Lindsey Tyas Paice (Trixie’s Silver Spirit owned by Lady Iveagh). Individuals will be Lucy Barclay (first team reserve), Sue Johnson, Judi Ralls, Margaret Lupton and Sarah Baverstock. As host nation, Britain is permitted to enter five individuals as well as the team. Mick secured his team place early on having won four of the six selection events, Deborah Daniel won two and was placed second at Escrick while Lindsey came second at five events; the best three positions to count. All three para-drivers have previous International experience with Mick and Deborah being part of the team that won Bronze two years ago when Lindsey drove as an individual.


To read Profiles of athletes selected to represent GB at the upcoming 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships (Singles) in Sandringham (25-29 June), can be viewed by clicking on the link to the official Team GBR website

Image: (LtoR) Sue Sherlock, Lancelot, Serenade and Sue’s daughter Lara Sherlock

13 May 2014
The Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities’ (CDSGdd) training weekend (26 – 27 April) at The Unicorn Trust, Stow-on-the-Wold, was not only well attended but thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part. One participant, Helen, said: “Do you know, I didn’t feel disabled” after driving organiser Margaret Brockie’s super little pony, Sweet Pea, through the cones course after her first drive. A regular attendee to the annual training sessions commented: “It just gets better and better”.


The mix of drivers comprised beginners, RDA groups, drivers wishing to become Able-Bodied whips and several new recruits as well as more experienced para-competitor drivers.  UKcc Level 3 coach Sara Howe provided outstanding coaching for drivers; each session tailored skilfully to make it relevant to that person and delivered at a level that allowed everyone to take it at their own pace and still improve.


Rachel Belliere-Wilson, chairman of CDSGdd, said of the weekend at Stow: “The event embodied the spirit of what CDSG is all about, which is providing a forum for people with disability to get involved, try out new ways of doing things, increase their independence and core strength and network and share ideas with others.  


15 March 2014 

2004 squad member and driver at the Hopetoun  Para Equestrian Driving World Championships, Aileen Neilson has inspired Great Britain’s wheelchair curling team to a bronze medal at the Winter Paralympics.  

Neilson, the skip, produced her best performance of the competition as Britain rallied from 3-0 down to defeat China 7-3 and return to the podium for the first time since 2006.  Tearful skip Aileen Neilson paid tribute to her rink's never-say-die attitude as Great Britain battled to an unlikely bronze at the Winter Paralympics.


Neilson, a Primary School Teacher originally from East Kilbride and now living in Strathaven,drove and successfully competed with Alec and Maureen Hogg's dun pony at the 2004 World Championships.  In 2005 whilst watching the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in Glasgow she was inspired to take up the sport and has never looked back.

She said: "This feels like a gold medal. This bronze medal feels like gold. We worked really hard this week, we dug deep. This is a gold medal for me."
Huge congratulations go to the British Team and their support teams.

Photo: British Para-Equestrian competitor Lindsey Tyas-Paice at Sandringham 2013. Photo by Kingswood Associates

12th October 2013

Unique opportunity to support 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships

26 – 29 JUNE 2014 

to be held at 
By gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen


Organisers are already planning for the FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles in Britain next year. To be held at Sandringham House, Norfolk, by gracious permission of HM The Queen, the Championships take place from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 June 2014. The event will also incorporate International and National classes for able-bodied drivers. 


British para-equestrians have a good record of success at this event, most recently winning Team Bronze in 2012 at Breda in Holland. Entries for the 2014 World Championships are expected from across the World; America has already indicated its intention to compete with entries from Europe, in particular Belgium, France, Germany and Holland, widely anticipated. Media coverage will correspondingly be worldwide, including print, online, audio and visual outlets. 

Businesses, groups and individuals are invited to help support the event – and the British para-equestrians – with a range of sponsorship opportunities, from title sponsorship to class rosettes (£50 per class). Other opportunities include obstacle sponsorship, banner advertising and para-equestrian competitor facilities such as showers and electric plug-in sockets for buggies. 

Social events during the Championships are also available for sponsorship, namely the Nations Night (Wednesday 25 June), the FEI World Para-Equestrian Championships Opening Ceremony and Pimms Reception (Thursday), cocktail party (Friday) and disco on Saturday. 
In return, organisers offer sponsors a great benefits package including free trade stand space, free advertising in the programme and free tickets on all three days of competition for the sponsor and guests (depending on level of sponsorship). 

Organisers would also like to hear from anyone who speaks German as a translator may be required for the German team and also to read out scores on the PA system. 

Spectators and supporters will be welcome to bring their caravans for all or part of the event at a cost of £10 per night (permits need to be applied for); stewards and officials will be able to stay free of charge while competitors will be allowed two free caravan permits per horsebox (horsebox and caravan permits will be issued at the horsebox park gate on arrival). 

For more information and/or a Sponsorship Pack please contact Sally Moreton on 01526 388643 or email:

12th July 


CDSG-dd training will be held at Ashfields driving and Polo Centre, Essexon 11th and 12th August. Numbers will be restricted so 2013please contact Martin Yemm via e mail if you wish to attend. Further details will be available soon.

8th July 2013
t’s been an overwhelmingly exciting week for Britain’s para-drivers; Mick Ward beat off some determined opposition to take the 2013 Open National Para-Driver Championship with a pony that was virtually ‘brought back from the brink’, Charlotte Thomson successfully defended her Novice National Championship crown and the venue where all this took place – Sandringham in Norfolk – has been awarded the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles which will take place from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th June.

This year’s para-driver competition at Sandringham was granted FEI (International Equestrian Federation) status in response to the organisers’ bid to host the 2014 World Championships and, just three days after the event, news came through that the bid had been successful. Plans are already afoot to rebuild existing obstacles, including revamping the water obstacle to make it bigger. America has immediately confirmed it will send a team and, with competitors representing Great Britain, Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands taking part this year, organisers’ are looking forward to hosting a full-on International event in twelve month’s time.

Click here to read the full report and see the results 

3rd July 2013

Following the FEI Bureau meeting on 2nd July the FEI has allocated the 2014 World Para Equestrian Driving World Championship to Sandringham (GBR). The event will run from 27-29 June.

2014: FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championship for Singles, Sandringham (GBR), 27-29 June

1st July 2013
Open National Para Champion - Mick Ward and Toby 
Novice National Para Champion - Charlotte Thomson and Dash -Full report to follow

12th June 2013
Team Bronze medalist and 2013 Novice Horse Indoor Champion; Lucy Barclay urgently needs your help.  In a bid to raise funds for the CDSG and support the Sandringham bid for the 2014 Para Equestrian Driving World Championships she is looking to compile a recipie book which we hope will be popular enough throughout all equestrian sports to get us the funding we need.

The main aim of this book is to fill it with simple recipes that can be cooked in a horsebox or caravan. This means with minimum equipment, skill, washing up and time or a meal that has been prepared at home and can be kept in a tiny fridge, then heated in a small oven or on the hob! If you have any general Picnic/BBQ/camping tips or recipes they would also be useful. Best of all would be if you had any amusing camping stories that I could include!  

Lucy would be delighted to hear from you. Recipies can be sent direct to Lucy at

UKcc coach Sara Howe discusses some points with Sue Johnson and her groom Sue Morris while Toby listens intently

5th June 2013
Members of the Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities (CDSG) gathered together at Ashfields Carriage and Polo Club at the beginning of June for a busy weekend of training, their AGM and preparation for forthcoming team selection trials. The group is run for all disabled drivers, not just those aiming for international competitions, and the training sessions reflect that aim. This latest weekend was organised by Sara Howe and Martin Yemm who arranged a packed itinery of activities which focused on one-to-one driver training, interaction with other drivers and opportunity to share experiences and achievements. .  

Rachel Belliere-Wilson, para-driver chef d’equipe, chaired the group’s AGM. She said: “Our AGM was held over a working lunch on Saturday; it was a good opportunity to recognise the important work that CDSG does, staying true to its Constitution by continuing to offer great experiences and remedial benefits to disabled drivers who may never wish, or have the means, to compete in driving trials. Margaret Brockie is instrumental in the work she undertakes for CDSG and its liaison with RDA groups. 

“It was also invigorating to be able to recognise the achievements this group has made over the past year and to see how organisers of mainstream competitions have embraced and included para-competition in their schedules. We thank British Carriagedriving and the many club, regional and national event organisers for their support in this


UKcc coach Sara Howe added: “It’s great to see each of the individual drivers progressing; working with their mentors and individual coaches on their development plans and performance gaps. Without exception, everyone has improved since we were last together at Stow-on-the-Wold in April. “The facilities at Ashfields are fantastic and leave CDSG wanting for nothing, with flat, full-sized dressage arenas, a measured cones course and training across the venue’s superb obstacles; we are indebted to Zoe Morgan and Wilf Bowman-Ripley for their generosity”.

24rd April 2013 
The Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities (CDSG) started the 2013 outdoor season in fine style during a training weekend at The Unicorn Trust, Stow-on-the-Wold. The weekend, attended by 28 para-drivers, able-bodied whips, backsteppers and supporters, incorporated a qualifying competition for the RDA National Championships to be held at Hartpury on Friday 12 July.  Click here to read the report and see photos.

23rd April 2013
Forms available to download for Ashfields Training on 1st-2nd April
here for further information and to download the form to attend the training, please click here. For any additional information please contact Sara Howe. 

23rd April2013
The AGM of the CDSG-dd will be held during the Ashfields training weekend. 
Meeting date: Saturday 1st June 2013 Meeting time: 12.30 - 2.00 pm Meeting Place: The Club House Address: Ashfields Carriage and Polo Driving Centre Green Street Great Canfield Essex CM6 1JU We really hope that you will be able to attend, whether you are driving at the Ashfields Clinic or not. This is your chance to give us feedback on the events and activities and to help us shape the direction of the group for the future. The agenda and papers will be sent out shortly. Please email the Secretary to advise if you will be able to attend or not and if so, whether you would like us to provide lunch (which will be at your own cost) via the Club House? If we have sufficient interest in the provision of lunch, then this will be possible but we do require a minimum number of people to do this. 

25th March 2013

Sadly with the current winter weather the ground at Ashfields is very wet and therefore the CDSG-dd training weekend that was being held alongside the EACDG training has had to be cancelled. 

The EACDG are re-organising their training weekend for the 13/14th April, but as that clashes with our training at Stow we will not be able to follow suit. Zoe Morgan has offered us the opportunity to use Ashfields either 1/2 June, or 8/9 June as an alternative. Sara Howe has confirmed that she can do the training on either of these dates.  Please let Martin Yemm know if you would like to attend CDSG training either of these weekends and if so your preference. Sadly with the current winter weather the ground at Ashfields is very wet and therefore the CDSG-dd training weekend that was being held alongside the EACDG training has had to be cancelled. 

The EACDG are re-organising their training weekend for the 13/14th April, but as that clashes with our training at Stow we will not be able to follow suit.  Zoe Morgan has kindly offered us the opportunity to use Ashfields either 1/2 June, or 8/9 June as an alternative. Sara Howe has confirmed that she can do the training on either of these dates.  Please let Martin Yemm know if you would like to attend CDSG training either of these weekends and if so your preference.


13th March 2013
Feast of opportunities for Para Drivers at Sandringham
Schedules are now available for the BHDTA National Driving Trials at Sandringham (28-30 June) offering a feast of opportunity for Para Drivers from Novice to International level.

Read more

1st February 2013
Forms available to download for Unicorn Training 13th-14th April

Click here to download the form. Further Information is available by contacting Margaret Brockie. Tel. 01204 531301 / 07801 494588

23rd January 2013 
Forms available to download for Ashfields Training
This course is open to disabled drivers driving their own or borrowed turnouts, also members of RDA Groups bringing an RDA turnout. We also accept A.B.Whips or helpers who wish to improve their own skills. Anybody who just wishes to come and watch and learn or help is very welcome to do so at no cost other than for any meals required.

Click here for information on the course and download the application form by clicking here.

15th January 2013 
Items required for Table Top sale at South of England Driving Fayre at Merist Wood arena, Guildford on Sunday, 21st April 
Judi Ralls is having a stand at the 
South of England Driving Fair for the Stella Hancock Driving Group and will be happy to collect any items people want to sell from Stow training camp in April. People need to confirm with Judi if all money raised from any sale is for the fundraising appeal and what is to be done with items that do not sell.

It was decided at the recent Para meeting that any funds raised should be split 50% towards team funds for 2014 World Champs (hopefully Sandringham) and 50% to the CDSGdd group funds.  Please contact Judi Ralls directly if you have anything that you would like to sell to help raise funds. Judi Ralls: 

8th January 2013
British drivers invited to compete in Para Equestrian Class at Horst
An invite has just been recieved from the organisers of the international driving event at Horst aan de Maas (Netherlands) for Great Britain to send Para Equestrian drivers to compete.  The event  runs from 19th to 21st April.  Further information can be found by clicking 
here.   Anyone interested in competing at Horst should contact Rachel Belliere-Wilson.   The event website can be found by clicking here:

11th December 2012
Mick Ward wins the Loughborough Senior Disabled Sports Personality of the Year Award 

29th November 2012
New training date set for Stow training - 13th - 14th April 2013

Please contact Margaret Brockie if you are interested in attending. Additional information will be published shortly on the calendar.

28th November 2012
International para-drivers show early interest in Sandringham

Para-drivers from Belgium, Germany, Holland and the USA are already showing interest in competing at the CAIB ‘World Championships warm-up event’ at Sandringham in 2013. Organisers of the annual National Driving Trials at the venue are hoping to host the Para-Drivers’ World Championships in 2014. 


Of the German drivers, current World Champion Heiner Lehrter is among those looking to compete while three from the USA will be seeking to use loaned horses and carriages for the event next year (Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June). The competition will also host the British Para-Drivers Open National Championship with the Novice Championship incorporated in the East Anglia Carriage Driving Group’s two-day club event running alongside the main event. Organisers already have significant pledges of financial sponsorship from Hugh Scott-Barrett, Tim Bradford and Lady Iveagh with other potential sponsors showing strong interest; there have also been several promises to provide prizes


Anyone wishing to offer their horse or pony and carriage to American para-drivers for Sandringham in 2013 should contact Rachel Belliere-Wilson on 07841 036268. For further information contact the CSDGdd Secretary, Lindsey Paice on 07721 833730.

15 November 2012 
Sandringham to apply to put on a Para Driving International event 

News has been received from the organisers of the Sandringham Horse Driving Trials event to that they are applying to hold an International Para driving event at Sandringham in 2013. The event which will be run in conjunction with the national driving trials will run from 28 to 30 June 2013. The dates will be 28, 29, 30 June. The 2012 Para Drivers National Championships ran with great success alongside the mainstream national event . Sandringham is also aiming to put a bid in for the 2014 Para world championships. The event organisers are keen to gauge responses for support from international para drivers for a Para event at Sandringham particularly if the same showground is able to host the 2014 Para Driving World Championships. Sandringham have indicated that if necessary they would be able to provide stabling within the Sandringham estate (they are not proposing to put up temporary stabling) and they are suggesting that they would not make an entry fee for para drivers at all. We are delighted to hear the news and would be grateful if you could feed back whether this would be something that you would be looking to support so that we can give Sandringham organisers some general feedback. Please send any feedback to CDSG-dd Chairman; Rachel Belliere-Wilson at

5 September 2012


It may not be an Olympic sport but the British para-drivers earned themselves a Team Bronze medal in a fantastic performance at the Para Equestrian World Championships, held at Breda in Holland last weekend.


Team members Lucy Barclay from Stixwold in Lincolnshire, Deborah Daniel from Whitchurch, Shropshire, and Mick Ward who lives in Loughborough, Leicestershire, put in a storming performance to finish well clear of USA, holding onto their third position following the dressage phase

Deborah Daniel wins at Sandringham Photo by Kingswood Associates

10 July 2012
Following a highly successful third selection trial at the BHDTA National competition at Sandringham, the team to represent Great Britain at the World Para-Drivers Championship in Holland (Thursday 30th August – Sunday 2nd September) has been announced. Read more  


It is Deborah Daniel (Grade 1) driving her own Welsh Section C, Valeside Galaxy, Mick Ward (Grade 2) driving Angela Flanagan’s Double Cream and Lucy Barclay (Grade 1) with her own Golly Gosh. Lindsey Paice (Grade 1), who is sponsored by Online Lighting, is first reserve for the team and will represent GB as an individual with her own Welsh Cob London Flash Jack.


Lindsey-Paice-wins-at-Offchurch Photo by Kingswood Associates

18 June 2012
Lindsey continues her winning streak in bid for team place

Aiming for a place on the 2012 Para-Drivers World Championship GB Team, four drivers were back in action at Offchurchbury (organised by Midlands Driving Trials Group) for their second selection competition. The venue was a replacement following the unfortunate cancellation of Tutbury a few weeks ago.


Lindsey Paice (nee Tyas) from Norfolk continued her winning streak despite having taken time out to get married in between selection events and driving a different horse, this time with Angela Flanagan’s Shania. She led throughout, as she had in the first selection event at Ashfields. Dressage results found Lindsey on 47.5 penalties with Lucy Barclay (Lincolnshire) and her own Golly Gosh not far behind on 50.0. Mick Ward (Leicestershire), driving Angela Flanagan’s Double Cream, and Deborah Daniel (Shropshire) with her new pony Valeside Galaxy were a little adrift with 57.0 and 62.0 respectively. 


Mick produced the only double clear of the class in cones, which moved him up to second place after the two phases, just ahead of Lucy.  The four had a solid marathon phase, with Deborah Daniel proving the fastest through the obstacles, finishing just ahead of Lucy, although there were only 5.0 penalties between all of them on this section. 


The final outcome left Lindsey, who is sponsored by Online Lighting, in first overall, just ahead of Mick Ward who in turn finished just 1.6 penalties ahead of Lucy Barclay.


The final selection event will take place at Sandringham, in conjunction with the Para-Driving Championships; Open drivers competing across three days in the BHDTA National competition and Novice drivers competing over two days in the East Anglia Carriage Driving Group’s club event.

Photo by Matthew Olley


14 June 2012
Big celebrations were held on Saturday 26th May when Gordon Paice and International para-equestrian driver Lindsey Tyas finally tied the knot at All Saints Church, Old Buckenham in Norfolk.

Alison Tyas (bride’s sister) was bridesmaid.  Unsurprisingly, transport to and from the church was provided by horse and carriage. Many equestrian and farming friends joined the family to wish the couple well.


Having had pre-wedding photos at home and with her Welsh cob - London Flash Jack, with whom Lindsey competed at the last four Para World Championships - the bride then travelled to the church with her father Paul in a Victoria carriage driven by Chris Van Reen and kindly horsed by two of Mr Allen’s chestnut Welsh cobs. After the wedding Gordon and Lindsey travelled to Banham Community Centre for their wedding reception. Due to the forthcoming Para World Championships and harvest, the couple’s honeymoon plans have been put on hold until the beginning of next year.

23 May 2012 
AGM and two days of training make for a busy weekend
The Carriage Driving Sports Group for Drivers with Disabilities (CDSGdd) recent AGM and training sessions proved a great success and provided a busy weekend for participants and trainers alike.  It was very rewarding to see how much some of our regular drivers have progressed since the first time we started working with them some years back, and energising to see how much new drivers were taking from it. We are very grateful to Margaret Brockie for organising the training sessions.     


Seventeen drivers from across the country took part in the event held at the Unicorn Trust, Stow-on-the-Wold. CDSGdd chairman Rachel Belliere-Wilson worked alongside UKcc coaches Sara Howe and Angela Flanagan to provide one-to-one training sessions to both new and more experienced drivers, including the first junior para-driver, across dressage, cones and obstacle phases. Rachel commented: “Without exception, everyone progressed with general dressage fundamentals and cones schooling, building to a fun filled Sunday afternoon with some obstacle training.  It was very rewarding to see how much some of our regular drivers have progressed since the first time we started working with them some years back, and energising to see how much new drivers were taking from it. We are very grateful to Margaret Brockie for organising the training sessions.


“The AGM was upbeat and inclusive, with many members getting involved and volunteering to take up roles in fundraising and organisation of training sessions.  We sadly bade a fond farewell to Terry Kirby who has served on the committee as Treasurer and is now turning his focus to his golfing.  Martin Yemm is picking up the reins as Treasurer and Sara Howe is a very welcome new committee member and will add enormous value to our future direction with a focus on training and development,” she added.

23 April 2012
Shortened marathon proves no bar to para-drivers in first selection event

The first selection event for the 2012 Para-Drivers World Championships took place at the East Anglia Carriage Driving Group one-day event at Ashfields. Keen to make their mark with selectors, Lindsey Tyas, Mick Ward and Deborah Daniel were undaunted by torrential rain that meant, as the last class to compete, the marathon section was shortened and obstacles reduced to three

Carriage Driving Fair 2012
Several drivers from the Stella Hancock RDA Driving Group took part in the RDA display at the Carriage Fair. The Carriage Fair was held for the first time at Merrist Wood College and proved to be a great success.

Charitable Status
After much hard work by the CDSG-dd's dedicated Treasurer; Terry Kirby, the group has now obtained Charitable Status. The CDSG-dd is now registered as a charity - 1143265.  

The Carriage Driving Sports Group for drivers with disabilities is a registered charity (Charity Number : 1143265) and promotes the health ofdisabled people through the provision of training and driving opportunities in sports driving.

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