British Pony Driving Team - World Championship ‘19

by British Pony Driving Team in Stoneleigh Park, England, United Kingdom

British Pony Driving Team - World Championship ‘19
We did it
On 30th August 2019 we successfully raised £6,035 with 63 supporters in 28 days

Help the 9 drivers + 25 horses of the British Pony Driving Team win GOLD for GB at the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in Hungary

by British Pony Driving Team in Stoneleigh Park, England, United Kingdom

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#JoinTheJourney and play your part in helping the 9 drivers & 25 horses of the British Pony Driving Team win GOLD for Great Britain at the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in Hungary next month.

The British Pony Driving Team are, collectively, Great Britain's elite athletes in the equestrian discipline of Driving. The team have achieved great success in recent years, winning four individual medals (including two gold) and a Team Bronze in the last three renewals. This time, the team are setting their sights high once more, 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 -

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 2019 FEI World Driving Championship for Ponies is being hosted in Kisbér-Ászár, Hungary. The championships will begin on Tuesday 24th September with the horse inspection and run through until Sunday 29th September, 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 Kisbér-Ászár we need to transport 25 horses and at least 18 carriages in some 9 enormous lorries with trailers across 6 countries and one sea! That's a lot of diesel, ferry tickets, and road tolls! And when we arrive there we need to fund more than EUR 8,000 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!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£400 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Exclusive Lake District Pheasant Shooting Day

Gun at exclusive 100 bird pheasant shooting day at the Arles Beck shoot near Windermere, Lake District. To be redeemed on a date during the 2019/20 season by mutual agreement with the host. IMPORTANT: Users must have a valid shotgun license and bring their own shotgun and cartridges.

£30 or more

South East House/Horse/Dog Sitter

Need someone to house sit or look after the dogs or horses whilst you get away for a few days? TeamGBR driver Averina Snow could come to your rescue! (Price is per night. Available for up to 3 nights and within 50 mile radius of Guildford on dates to be mutually agreed. Valid until 31 March 2020.)

£30 or more

10 of 15 claimed

Tour of Historical Fenix Carriage Collection

Two tickets for a tour of the Fenix historical carriage collection hosted by Mark Broadbent, President of the Coaching Club of Great Britain and owner of Fenix. Have a detailed look around the many rare carriages and coaches at Fenix Carriages in Devon, with a talk from Mark on the different types, their history and many interesting stories associated with them. Date: Saturday 12 October.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Harness Making Experience

Spend an afternoon as a harness maker’s apprentice! Make your own hand-stitched leather belt. Location: Essex

£30 or more

Cotswolds Carriage Drive

A carriage drive in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, with the option to have a drive yourself, followed by a drink in the local pub!

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Royal Horticultural Society Membership

Gift membership of the Royal Horticultural Society, which allows you to enjoy unlimited days out in its four gardens, exclusive access to shows and expert advice.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

GB POD Training Group Taster

Taster day with the GB Pod Training Group. Bring your horse/pony for two training sessions and join in with this enthusiastic group of fellow drivers for the day!

£40 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Seasonal Wreath/Candle Making Experience

Get ready for the festive season making a seasonal wreath or candle at a workshop in Kent. All materials provided and you'll go home with a couple of lovely homemade creations. A light lunch of homemade soup, bread, cake, tea & coffee is included. Full list of workshop dates will be published in October 2019 but will run on weekdays from Late November through mid December.

£50 or more

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Driving Lesson (North West)

Lesson with TeamGBR driver Chris Ainscough at Thompson House Equestrian Centre (North West) with either your own turnout or one of Chris’ schoolmaster ponies.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cream Tea Carriage Ride

Four-in-hand carriage ride with TeamGBR driver Sara Howe followed by cream tea. Location: Sevenoaks, Kent

£50 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Driving Lesson (South Wales)

Lesson with TeamGBR driver Rowena Moyse at the South Wales Carriage Driving Centre with either your own turnout or one of Rowena’s schoolmaster ponies.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Driving Lesson (South East)

Lesson with World Champion Pony Pair driver Anna Grayston with your own turnout. (South East)

£50 or more

Twickenham Stay

Weekend in London? Going to Rugby? On your way to Heathrow? We have a 3 bed flat in Twickenham, with off street parking for one car. Walking distance to Rugby stadium, excellent transport links into central London and on a bus route to Heathrow. (Price per night. Dates to be mutually agreed with owner. Valid until 30 June 2020).

£50 or more

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Driving Lesson (South West)

Lesson with TeamGBR driver Rosanna Walters-Symons at her stunning coastal yard in South Devon with your own turnout.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Champagne Breakfast at BC Event

Full English breakfast with a glass of bubbly for 4 people at a British Carriagedriving event of your choice!

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bennington Carriages Experience

One hour carriage driving experience or driving lesson with your own turnout at the Bennington Carriage Driving Academy near Newark with Sue Mart, UKCC level 3 and APEC Coach. Opportunity to drive International single pony (Steppers Viceroy – Zac), who was driven by Sue as part of the Bronze medal winning British team at the World Championships in Breda (Ned) in 2015. Valid for one year, expires 30th September 2020.

£70 or more

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Cotswolds Equestrian Experience Day

Cotswolds equestrian experience day. Spend a day in the Cotswolds watching and learning about training horses and ponies with TeamGBR driver Robert Buck, including one riding or driving lesson and a light lunch.

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sail88 Sailcloth Directors Chair

A high quality and beautiful Directors Chair to use day in and day out from south Devon company Sail88 ! Made from a classic wooden frame and sailcloth seat and back crafted by talented local sailmakers!

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Dog Friendly Dartmoor B&B

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

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tranquil Farmhouse Room in the Severn Valley

Two night stay in a cosy double room at a charming farmhouse with a private entrance opening out on to a terraced garden with views of the Severn valley. Carriage rides and pony trekking are available through the surrounding gloucestershire countryside. Dogs welcome.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Christmas Turkey!

Get organised for Christmas early by ordering your Free Range Turkey from The award winning Cottage Farm Turkeys in Kent through us! Any size you like up to 25lbs and delivered anywhere in the UK in time for Christmas, or available for collection from the butchery in Sevenoaks.

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

New Forest Stay with Stables

Two night stay for a couple in a beautifully presented modern flat in the New Forest with stabling for two ponies. Direct access to the forest for fabulous driving, riding, cycling and walking. Five miles from the Georgian town of Lymington, famous for its sailing and the beaches from Keyhaven to Bournemouth.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cheviot Hills Cottage Retreat

Three night stay for six peoiple in a beautiful dog-friendly farm cottage in the spectacular Cheviot Hills in Northumberland overlooking Yeavering Bell. Wonderful walking nearby and close to the stunning Northumberland coast for Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island. (Subject to availability, excl. Bank Holidays).

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Brecon Beacons Cottage Stay

Long weekend at a charming two bedroom cottage set in the peaceful rolling countryside of the Brecon Beacons national park with stunning views across the Black Mountains. A haven for enthusiastic walkers and cyclists with direct access to the countryside. Offering easy access into the traditional towns of Brecon and Hay-on-Wye. (Subject to availability) More information >>>

£200 or more

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Equine or Family Portrait Session

Creative Equine or Family Portrait session with professional photographer Sue Barratt. To include 2 hours photography at a location of your choice (within 75 mile radius of Barnard Castle, Co Durham), private viewing of all your fully edited images at the studio in Barnard Castle and a beautifully framed 16" image of your choice. (Non-transferable. Must be redeemed within 6 months). Check out Sue’s work >>>

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Scottish Country House Retreat

Two nights dinner bed and breakfast for four people at a private country house in Glenisla, a base for tourism in Perthshire, Angus and Aberdeenshire. Balmoral and Glamis Castles, Grampian mountains, Cairngorm National Park and many famous golf courses all within easy reach. (Subject to availability)

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Training Livery

One week of training near Cheltenham, with livery for your horse/pony, with TeamGBR driver Robert Buck.

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Devils Horsemen Experience

Truly unique opportunity for a group of up to 10 people to spend an afternoon with Daniel Naprous and the Devil’s Horsemen! See how their 90 horses (who have starred in blockbusters such as Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, The Crown and War Horse) live at home and watch them in training for filming. Then, have a personal tour of some of the 700 carriages and 1000 saddles used in movies and tv shows over the years and the stories that go with them

£450 or more

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Long Weekend at Luxury Exmoor Cottage

Long weekend (Thurs - Mon) at luxury 4 bedroom cottage on Exmoor. Perfect for family groups or friends looking for something special in a peaceful and tranquil location. Dogs welcome and horse can be accommodate on request. (Subject to availability from October-March, excl. Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays.) More information >>>

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Exclusive Clay Pigeon Shooting Experience Day

Exclusive Clay Pigeon Shooting Experience Day for up to 12 people at Wrennalls Hall, Wigan, including breakfast, lunch, drinks and prizes! No previous experience necessary - all guns, cartridges and tuition will be provided in a safe environment. To be taken on a Saturday by mutual agreement with the host.

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