At Bywell Park, nr Stocksfield in Northumberland, Bywell Horse Driving Trials are hosting the British Carriagedriving National Championships for 2019 and the Para Drivers Championships. The competition will attract athletes from all over the UK to this venue, brand new to driving in 2018.
By kind permission of Lord and Lady Allendale the park at Bywell will be transformed to provide colourful and exciting competition. Champions will be crowned on Sunday following the Cones section of the competition.
Great dressage and cones arenas with fabulous tracks around woodland and fields make this a superb setting. There are lovely views over the Tyne Valley. 8 Obstacles, all differing in design and construction, are set in an undulating field close to the arenas. The dressage will be held on the Friday, and the marathon on Saturday, and Ponies and horses – singles, pairs and teams of 4 - will compete to be Champion in their division.
The Para Drivers Championships will be a fantastic sight too, and it will be brilliant having them included in the British Carriagedriving National Champtionships. Since 1998, when the first World Championships for drivers with disabilities was held in Germany, the sport, competition and training programs for those involved in Para Driving has developed immensely and now, twenty years on it is a common sight to see Britain’s Para driving athletes competing on the National circuit as regular competitors. Both past and present para drivers, we are told, are therefore delighted that in its tenth year, the Open National Para Driving Championships has come to Bywell and for the first time is included as part of British Carriagedriving’s national competition.
Over the years, Team GBR has seen great success on the Para world stage bringing back team silver and bronze medals and an array of individual silver and bronze medals across the grades. Still striving for the elusive gold, the Paras now have an extensive training and development program in place to mount their fight for first.
Spectators to the event are very welcome with food and coffee stalls, trade stands and horses galore. Only £5 per car (which includes a programme) with easy access from the B6309 and parking close to the action.
Bywell itself is located just a mile from a major dual carriageway and 11 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/239134990107406/
and you can contact the Paras through their website here: www.cdsg-dd.co.uk