I started driving in my 30s when I trained my mother in law’s shire horse to drive. I have always enjoyed doing farm work with the horses, but my true passion is driving trials. I was part of the British Heavy Horse Driving trials team for many years and competed in France and Belgium with them. In recent years I am more frequently seen on the backstep for my children with their teams.
I have been an active driving member of the club since 1994 and have seen many changes over the years, going from a rally orientated club to a good grass roots competition club.
I got involved with the club from Linda, not being from a horse background only having a family bet on the grand national each year was as close as I got. I started by doing a bit of stewarding with the guidance of Betty King, then got involved with other activities that the club offer. When Anne Taylor stepped down as club treasurer, Linda asked if I would like to take on the roll, & 2 years later I am still part of the committee.
I been driving for 13 years, my horse is Tyson age 22. Together we enjoy dressing up for the drives and participating in the treasure hunts.
I have had a lifetime involved in both riding and driving horses. I first joined WMDG in 1995 after taking up carriage driving when I could no longer ride. I credit the club in getting me well established with my driving skills and introducing me to driving trials. During my time with the club I have served on the committee for many years. I am always keen to encourage new members and to encourage people to take up carriage driving.