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2nd - 3rd March:
Training at Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire
28th - 31st March:
Easter Camp, Unicorn Equestrian Centre,  Stow on the Wold.
24th - 28th July:
FEI European Youth Championships, Flyinge, Sweden.
22nd - 23rd August:
Summer Camp, Glebe House. West Sussex
24th - 25th August:
BYD Championships, Glebe House, West Sussex

British Young Drivers'

March training at Moreton Morrell

2-3 March 2024

 

The British Young Drivers started their 2024 season early on 2nd & 3rd March at Moreton Morrell training with Belgian four in hand driver Glenn Geerts.

The training allowed drivers to get some early practice in, ahead of upcoming competitions whilst learning from one of the best in the world!

For some drivers, this was the first training session this year as part of their selection campaign towards the FEI Youth European Championships in Flyinge, Sweden.

Ruby Gray attended the training weekend, starting her preparations for European Championship selection, and provided some insight on what everyone got up to…

“It was great getting together with all the young drivers at the recent training weekend. It was clear to see everybody has been working on their own individual goals and everyone’s ponies were all looking in top shape.

It was a great opportunity to have some training with Glenn Geerts and I took a lot away from the lessons and I’m sure everyone else did. He is so knowledgeable and complimentary of your driving whilst also making tweaks to improve things some more.

Mike and Sara were also training at the weekend and my cones lesson with Mike was really good and again I took a lot from it including driving the course backwards without walking it.

We had an opportunity to see a cones masterclass on the Saturday night and watched Mike and Grace being taught by Glenn.

Everyone was so intrigued to listen to what he had to say and we were fortunate enough to then take that into Sundays lessons.

Everybody was really excited about the opportunities we had at the weekend and it was great to catch up with everyone and get to talk about our plans for the season.

As you can imagine there was a lot of hype around the European championships due to be held in Sweden in July and there are lots of us all working really hard towards selection for that.

I’m really looking forward to taking what I have learnt into my training at home and also attending the upcoming Easter camp where we all get to see each other again.”

The next training camp for the British Young Drivers will take place on 28th-31st March at the Unicorn Equestrian Centre.


British Young Drivers at Royal Windsor 2022

A group of British Young Drivers were grateful to be invited to steward at Royal Windsor Horse Show on marathon day.

The 8 junior drivers: Harvey, Alex, Katy, Molly, Phoebe, Izzy, Amy and Harriet (as well as the squad’s Chef D’Equipe, Jo Alvis) had a brilliant day in the sunshine observing obstacles, reporting times and keeping an eye out for the dreaded knockdowns!

It was great to watch the knowledgeable team drivers in competition, and the juniors admired the rein handling and skills required to drive each obstacle.


Photo: Amy Mundell

Full results: CAIO4* Royal Windsor (GBR)


Easter Camp 2022

BYD took to the Unicorn Equestrian Centre once again, following a two-year Covid enforced break, for the Easter Camp sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds.

Two camps ran over the Easter weekend (15th – 18th April) with the 16 to 30-year-old camp first, followed by the 8 to 16-year-old group.

The weekend saw a total of 15 young drivers, including some on-foot who had the opportunity to backstep and drive other turnouts.

Lily French, one of the young drivers who attended the 8 to 16 camp, was asked about her time there:

What did you enjoy most about Easter Camp?

What I enjoyed most about camp was doing obstacles/hazards.

What are your driving plans for the rest of the year and how did Easter Camp help you work towards these?

I plan to compete in the Certius championships at Cricklands and Onley BYD camp and competition. Easter camp helped me to use my voice instead of the whip. In my on-foot lesson I learnt about the tack and insides of a horse. In my homework I was told not to scare my Mum too much and to use my shoulders to turn instead of my whole body.

What was your favourite on foot activity and why?

That would be learning about a horses’ intestines and making it ourselves, we called it fluffy (it was very ugly).

Would you recommend Easter Camp, or other BYD training, to young drivers who have not attended before? Why?

I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone because it can help you learn new things that you may never have heard of. You learn but at the same time you have fun.

BYD would like to thank Sydney and all at the Unicorn Equestrian Trust for hosting us, Mary-Jane Campbell for all of the organisation that went into camp and the trainers: Roger Campbell, Rosanna Freer and Phillipa Howe.

If you have any questions or would like more information, email byd@britishcarriagedriving.co.uk


Calling all Young Drivers

The selection document for this years FEI Driving European Youth Championship is now available!

For anyone aspiring to be selected for the Squad, please email: youthchef@britishcarriagedriving.co.uk

There are three age categories:

  • Children (age 12-14) 
  • Juniors (14-18) 
  • U25 Young Drivers (16-25)

The Championship will be held in Kisbér-Ászár, Hungary, 16th to 21st August 2022

FEI Qualification criteria (PDF document)

2021 BYD Round-Up and Plans for Next Year

2021 was a big year for the Young Drivers, after the lack of competitions in 2020, this year provided all the junior drivers with the opportunity to compete a lot more. The BYD year started off with the virtual Easter clinic in April, followed by Cricklands training in May. Many of the drivers went on to compete throughout the season at regional and national competitions, in preparation for team selection and aiming to qualify for the National Championships.

There was a great level of confusion regarding the 2021 European Youth Championships, with venue changes and a lingering question of whether COVID would once again disrupt the championships. However, every member of the team remained positive and in July the BYD training proved a great success. The 11 attendees enjoyed working with Sara Howe and Roger Campbell (the junior team trainers) in the days before the BYD Championships, which were held that weekend. There were many new faces at this year’s Summer Clinic.

The BYD Championships proved popular, with 13 competitors across the 4 age categories. The classes were hotly contested, and for a few of the new drivers it was their first 2-day event! This year’s National Champions were Phoebe Matthews (Class A), Harriet McEntee (Class B), Megan Wheeldon (Class C) and Amy Mundell (Class E).

A few of the team drivers attended the British National Championships at Ashfields as a last run-out before the European Youth Championships, both Phoebe Matthews (1st) and Amy Matthews (2nd) competed in the VIP class, and Harvey Clegram-Brown as Reserve Champion in the Open Horse class. The BYD selected drivers also hosted a dog show and welly-wanging to fundraise for the European Youth Championships, which was a huge success!

The drivers selected this year were: Isabelle Brunner and Phoebe Matthews (Children), Sophia Routledge, Amy Matthews and Katie Cameron (Junior) and Harriet McEntee, Harvey Clegram-Brown and Megan Wheeldon (Young Driver).


Photo: Amy Mundell

After a long build-up of preparations and fundraising, the European Youth Championships were upon us. The team travelled together from Dover, stopping over in Reims for one night before a second day of travel to Sélestat, France (near the Swiss/German border). Arriving on the 24th August the team settled in, with a day’s rest and training/preparation before the first day of dressage on Thursday, followed by Nations Night. Friday was comprised of dressage for the juniors and young drivers as well as obstacle walking.

Marathon day was enjoyed by all, with a few of the drivers getting the fastest times for their class in some obstacles, the final day of the competition was Sunday, where the team each drove impressive rounds, notably Megan Wheeldon who was 3rd in the Young Drivers class. Everyone representing the team drove to the best of their abilities throughout the competition and performed well in every phase. The team secured 4th place overall, an incredible result seeing as it was 7 out of 8 drivers first international event.


Photo: Amy Mundell

This year was Mary-Jane Campbell’s final year as the team’s Chef d’Equipe, without whom it would not have been possible to organise this years Championships, and who has been a continued support of all the junior driver’s for 14 years. We are delighted that she will remain involved in the BYD programme and thank her for all of the time and effort that she invested into the team.

Looking ahead to 2022 we have the excitement of preparing for another European Youth Championship, which will be held at Kisbér-Ászár, Hungary. Most of the team are aiming for selection again next year, with many hoping to progress with their driving at National and International events in the future. There will be another British Young Drivers Clinic in Easter, which will be a chance for the drivers to catch up and set their goals for 2022.

Harriet McEntee


2021


British Young Drivers Easter Clinic has gone Virtual!

8th-11th April 2021

British Young Drivers are running four on-line evening sessions over what would have been their annual Easter Camp.

A message from BYD “As we can’t all be together at Unicorn due to current Government Guidelines, we hope you can join us online!”

There is lots planned: Q&A with our Competition Vet, Talking dressage with International Judge Andrew Counsell, Training tips with your videos, Meet the BYD team, and more...

Additionally, there is a one-day training clinic with Frank Campbell on 10th April at the Unicorn Equestrian Centre GL54 1JZ. Due to the government guideline changes about the use of indoor arenas, the training will be run in the outdoor arenas at the Unicorn Equestrian Centre. The price has been reduced to £75 for 2 lessons.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact MaryJane: byd@britishcarriagedriving.co.uk

If you would like to take part, please sign up through the members' login portal.

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When you’ve signed up, a reminder to send in your Questions for our first session: ‘Ask the Vet’. Send them to byd@britishcarriagedriving.co.uk

Plus 1-2 min videos of your training - it can be training anywhere; yard, in hand, on the road in a school! These will be used in the training tips session.


BRITISH YOUNG DRIVERS OCTOBER CLINIC 2020
By Amy Mundell

Over the weekend 24-25th October the Unicorn Equestrian Centre was a hive of young and enthusiastic drivers. The annual British Young Drivers Easter Camp was lost to the first lockdown, so under the circumstances organiser Mary Jane Campbell executed a fantastic smaller version of what was missed at Easter. The new rules that were enforced due to the corona virus situation didn’t dampen the event, everyone was respectful of this allowing the weekend to flow smoothly and heighten its success.

It is encouraging to see BYD alumni back at clinics this time in teaching roles as competent and successful drivers. Roger Campbell made the trip over from his base in Germany to support the event in his role as trainer. Working alongside him on this occasion were Phillipa Howe and Rosanna Walter-Symons - together passing on their knowledge and skills to the next generation.

Each driver was assigned a trainer to mentor them across the weekend. The clinic opened up the perfect opportunity for the Junior rising stars who are aiming for the Youth Europeans next year to come and assess their performance in a non-competition environment. As well as opening the doors to keen young drivers who are only just starting out and looking to develop their driving, at this camp the youngest was 8 with the eldest being 24!

Across the two days everyone had the chance to focus on each of the three phases, Dressage, Cones and finishing up with the exhilaration of the marathon on Sunday. Informative course walks were given by Frank Campbell to small groups across the morning which went down very well with the younger members who thoroughly enjoyed burning off some energy running route options.

The 2020 British Young Driver Award was presented to Megan Wheeldon, who has been a part of BYD for many years and has represented GBR at numerous FEI Youth Championships. The Wheeldon family are long supporters of British Carriagedriving and British Young Drivers. Megan’s most recent success is her win in the Open Pony class at Ashfields in September. As the British Carriagedriving AGM went digital, BYD grabbed the opportunity to be able to announce and present Megan the trophy in person at the clinic.

Halloween was looming so a Pumpkin carving competition seemed necessary, which kept everyone busy in their free time. The Pumpkin entries were all very inventive and followed the ‘Unicorn’ theme, Molly Turner won the competition as her masterpiece stood out from the rest.

Easter Camp 2021 dates are to be confirmed. If you are interested in future British Young Driver events please contact MaryJane Campbell at byd@britishcarriagedriving.co.uk and like our Facebook page @britishyoungdrivers

 


The Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) is an award scheme for the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) designed to recognise the time and effort young volunteers give to equestrianism and shape their experience, so they become equestrian leaders of the future.

YELA runs over three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze requires 20 hours of volunteering and introduces skills in responsibility, organisation and communication, and Silver develops these further. The Gold Award requires 120 hours of volunteering, encouraging leadership and the planning and delivery of a specific project.

Young Equestrian Leaders Award Youth Coordinator: yela@pcuk.org

Website: www.yela.org.uk