British Pony Driving Team - World Championship

by British Pony Driving Team in Minden

British Pony Driving Team - World Championship
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On 1st August 2017 we successfully raised £5,080 with 73 supporters in 28 days

Help the 5 drivers & 15 horses of the British Pony Driving Team win GOLD for GB at the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in Germany

by British Pony Driving Team in Minden

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#JoinTheJourney and play your part in helping the 5 drivers & 15 horses of the British Pony Driving Team win GOLD for Great Britain at the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in Germany next month.

The British Pony Driving Team are, collectively, Great Britain's elite athletes in the equestrian discipline of Driving. The team are the current world championship bronze medal holders after their historic achivements in the Netherlands two years ago. This time, the team are setting their sights even further to challenge the top nations for the gold medals.

Driving is a non-olympic discipline and therefore receives no funding at all. We are competing against other nations whose athletes are partly or even fully funded and yet we are still challenging for medals - imagine what we could achieve with that extra bit of investment!

We're therefore reaching out to all of our compatriots to play a part in helping us to achieve success for Great Britain on the world stage. Every pound that you pledge will give us access to further training, veterinary and physiotherapy support, a sports psychologist - everything that we need to continually improve and achieve our ultimate goal.

Please join our journey by pledging what you can and follow us through our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/BritishPonyDrivingTeam

The Sport

The equestrian discipline of driving is based on the ridden discipline of eventing - drivers sit on a vehicle drawn by a single horse, pair or a team of four and they face three trials – dressage, marathon and cones.

Dressage involves performing a sequence of compulsory movements, which must be executed from memory. 

The marathon is a spectacular time trial that includes up to 8 obstacles which are designed to test the horses’ fitness and stamina as well as the drivers' accuracy at speed. Each obstacle will include up to 6 gates, flagged A to F, with the objective being to drive through the gates in sequence in the shortest possible time.

Cones tests the fitness, obedience and suppleness of the horses after the marathon, as well as the skill of the driver who must weave cleanly through a narrow track outlined by cones with balls balanced on top.

The Championships

The 2017 FEI World Driving Championship for Ponies is being held in Minden, Germany. The championships will begin on Tuesday 15th August with the horse inspection and run through until Sunday 20th August, with 3 days of dressage, one marathon day and cones on the decisive final day.

Individual medals will be awarded to the top three drivers in each class - single, pair and four-in-hand - and there are also team medals for the top three nations based on the combined score of their drivers.

 

Why we need to raise money

Driving is an expensive sport! For the World Championships at Minden we need to transport 15 horses and at least 10 carriages in some 6 enormous lorries with trailers across 5 countries and one sea! That's a lot of diesel, ferry tickets, and road tolls! And when we arrive there we need to fund nearly EUR 4,000 in entry fees plus the cost of our trainers and veterinary support, etc. 

As driving is a non-olympic discipline the top athletes receive absolutely no funding at all and prize money is almost insignificant. Therefore, drivers must achieve what they do off their own backs and with the kind support of generous benefactors like you!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Thank you for your generosity! We'll give you a shout out on our Facebook page to let everyone know that you have joined our journey!

£15 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£15 Reward

Two weekend (Sat + Sun) entrance tickets to the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in Minden, Germany, 19-20 August.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

Equine Therapy Swim Session (Northamptonshire)

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

Arena hire OR private ridden lesson at Moulton College, Northamptonshire.

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

4-night stay for touring caravan at Campney Grange Caravan Site, Lincolnshire. For further information visit www.campneygrange.co.uk.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

Carriage Driving Lesson with TeamGBR driver Rosanna Walters-Symons (South West) - own turnout or one of Rosanna's schoolmaster ponies

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

The perfect cheese board! A handmade slate table runner engraved with a sea creature of your choice! Choose from Turbot, Mackerel, Lobster, John Dory, Brown Crab, Plaice or Bass! (Size 60x30 cm or 30x30cm depending on design)

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

Carriage Driving Lesson with TeamGBR driver Sara Howe (South East) - own turnout or one of Sara's schoolmaster ponies.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

Carriage Driving Lesson with former TeamGBR driver Joanna Broadbent (South West) - own turnout or one of Jo's schoolmaster ponies.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

Carriage Driving Lesson with TeamGBR driver Rosanna Walters-Symons (South West) - own turnout or one of Rosanna's schoolmaster ponies.

£50 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

Carriage Driving Lesson with Chris Ainscough (North West) - own turnout or one of Chris' schoolmaster ponies.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£75 Reward

Two night stay for two people at a traditional farmhouse B&B on the edge of Dartmoor, near Ashburton, Devon. Dog Friendly.

£100 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£100 Reward

Picnic Carriage Drive with TeamGBR member Sara Howe (South East)

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 Reward

A “Try driving” experience for one person driving a single turnout with TeamGBR member Sue Mart (East Midlands) - 2 hours session.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 Reward

A day at the Races - One night of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at Alveston House Hotel (Bristol) followed by two tickets to Chepstow races (subject to availability).

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

An exclusive collectors item - Toggi TeamGBR polo shirt signed by the World Championship Bronze Medal winning drivers of the British Pony Driving Team from Breda 2015.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Cotswolds Equestrian Experience - Visit to Gloucestershire racing yard with breakfast after the gallops followed by carriage drive in the Cotswolds.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

An excuse to dress up..! Lunch and tour of Costumiers at Sands Film Studio, Rotherhithe, London, for up to 6 people.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Bennington Carriages Experience - Training day with your own single or pair turnout at Bennington Carriages (Nottinghamshire) with TeamGBR member Sue Mart. Overnight stabling available. 2 sessions during the day and back step session with one of Sue’s international level ponies. Behind the scenes tour of the Bennington stables and an insight into The Bennington Team training programme.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Cotswolds Getaway - Two-night mid-week stay for up to 6 people in a stunning cottage in the Cotswolds (just outside Stow-on-the-Wold). To be taken on one of the following dates: 12-14 September, 19-21 September or 10-12 October. Regretably no dogs allowed!

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

Bristol Experience - Afternoon Cream Tea, Bed and Breakfast for two people in a Double/Twin at Alveston House Hotel (Bristol) with 2 tickets to take the fully guided, hop-on hop-off, open top bus tour with Bristol Insights to sample the best that Bristol has to offer (subject to availability).

£250 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£250 Reward

Limited edition framed photo montage signed by Boyd Exell to commemorate his World Championship Gold Medal in 2016.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£400 Reward

Two VIP tickets for one day at Driving Valkensward International 2018, a top 3* carriage driving event at the home of World Champion Boyd Exell in The Netherlands. For more information visit www.drivingvalkenswaard.com/hospitality.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£400 Reward

Fenix Carriages Experience - Coffee on arrival, tour of the Fenix Carriages Museum for up to six people followed by a trip on either a coach or roof seat brake with the Fenix four-in-hand horse team.

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