Saturday 21st of September 2019
Driving

The Osborne Refrigerators BDS National Driving Championships

An autumnal morning greeted BDS Driving at Addington on 22nd September which featured the Osborne Refrigerators BDS National Driving Championships along with a full supporting schedule of other driving.

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BDS Trec has become increasingly popular throughout the UK and made a welcome return to Driving at Addington having been introduced to the show last year. Trec is aimed at drivers who do not really want to go showing, but want a bit of competitive fun, ideal for novice drivers as well as novice animals. There are three phases 1) safety presentation 2) the drive 3) the skills -each phase is marked out of 10. Oxfordshires Kelly Smith driving Sally Edwards-Marshall’s – Bella took top honours.

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Four BDS National Championships were in the mix, which included a wide range of qualified competitors for Exercise Vehicles, Light Trade and Private Driving. A change to this year’s rules allowed Young Drivers to enter direct and no longer be required to qualify, aimed at encouraging entries.

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Jack Kedward claimed the first of the days top awards – BDS National Young Driver Championships, judged by Gordon Marks and Vanessa Neal. Driving a Bellcrown with WG Parry’s chestnut – Gurnos Welsh Eyecatcher, in addition to the award Jack is invited to spend a day with Jessie Dudley Apicella with her Thornton Park Show Team.

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Osborne Refrigerators BDS National Exercise Vehicle Championships, judged by Fiona Gordon-Clarke, went to James Swann and Leyswick Dun’n’Dusted, the striking Dun Welsh Section C is co owned with Carol Armstrong. The combination have enjoyed a successful 2018, a particular highlight must surely be qualifying at BDS Annual Show at Smiths Lawn and being presented to HM The Queen.

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Following a hugely successful year – a combination who qualified at Royal Windsor Horse Show – John Henry White and his 8 year old bay roan cob, Trixies Charlie, clinched the Osborne Refrigerators BDS National Light Trade Championship. A particularly special win as Charlie was a birthday present from John Henry’s dad, bought as a foal and broken and produced by John Henry, who has been competing him for 4 years.

The vehicle, a butchers cart, “was bought from a friend and in bad order and we’ve restored it to its former glory” said John Henry who has been competing the combination in ‘Trade’ for just two years.

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Last year’s HOYS Harness Champion of the Year winner Paul Atkinson and Black Boy were crowned Osborne Refrigerators BDS National Private Driving Champions. The final class of the day was judged by Rachel Brown, Alexandra Lanni and Robert Robertson and produced an impressive line up, with many competitors enjoying a final run prior to this year’s HOYS.

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A huge thank you to all sponsors, competitors, judges and officials for their invaluable input and making BDS Driving Addington a huge success.

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