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4 Carriage Driving
Inspiring others with that Olympia feeling
One of my favourite shows of the season is the London International Horse Show at Olympia. Held just before Christmas, the show imbues a wonderfully festive feeling with a chance to see Father Christmas arrive on a sleigh, entering the arena to suitably seasonal snow flurries falling from the ceiling, and accompanied by all the razzmatazz that such a gala performance can muster. Myriad trade stands offer everything from mulled wine, mince pies and spiced cheeses to tartan sofa throws and bejewelled headbands. The arena demonstrations are entertaining and varied, from the power-packed ponies in the Shetland Grand National to hilarious doggie antics in the dog agility class, to riding demonstrations which put one in awe of the expertise of the riders as they ride bareback and bridleless and who are so in tune with their mounts it’s impossible to see a visible aid being given. Team this with world class show jumping and a four-in-hand carriage driving competition along with a party atmosphere thrown in, Olympia really know how to pull out all the stops and entertain the crowds. The Extreme Driving Event held here – part of the FEI World Cup Driving series – has the audience sitting on the edge of their seats as the mighty fourin-hand teams thunder round an incredibly tight course of colourful obstacles under the spotlights. Gasps, oohs and aahs are heard among the audience as the commentator spurs the teams on and rallies support for the participating countries. World class four-in-hand drivers ply their trade right in front of you, their teams of four seemingly to know the course as they dodge and weave their way through the obstacles. The drivers make it all seem so easy, their teams of four master the course without apparent direction, but this is an indication of the rapport these drivers have with their harness steeds, as well as a result of the many many hours of training and patient work which has gone into getting the teams just right for this event.
Our home grown four-in-hand teams had the chance to showcase carriage driving to a whole new audience at the recent Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show. A capacity crowd was treated to a first rate display of carriage driving by the UK’s Dick Lane, Daniel Naprous and Wilf Bowman-Ripley, with the event being organised by dream team, husband and wife James and Alex Broome, Minta Winn and son Rupert Barnard.
Putting carriage driving in front of a new audience can only be a good thing for carriage driving. Given the chance to see just how inspiring carriage driving can be, I’ve no doubt will encourage others to try our sport. The future looks bright.
Stephanie Kill Editor