Nine-year-old Cerys Gilbert from Guyhirn (pictured below) represented Great Britain with the Junior British Carriage driving team last week as the youngest member.
Cerys with her grandparents’ pony Pepper travelled out to Austria which took them three days in a horsebox. They competed over three days in dressage, derby and cones obstacle driving. Cerys finished the competition in fifth place as an individual and was a team member that won gold in the world trophy.
This was an amazing experience for Cerys as this was hopefully the first of many international competitions. Cerys and her family would like thank their generous sponsors, Hairtech, 2gether insurance, Pallet Network Anglia, WEP Fabrications, Equity Shoeing Ltd, Smeeth Saddlery and all those that sponsored her on her sponsored drive.
Cerys and her team-mates had to self-fund their trip as carriage driving trials is a non-Olympic sport. Team sponsors: Baileys Horse Feeds, NAF (natural equine supplements), Classic Dressage Collections Ltd and Horse Quencher and to Joint Chefs d’Equipe, Sara Howe and Zoe Morgan for their support.
For more information and results visit: www.horsedrivingtrials.co.uk