Midlands Driving Trials Group (MDTG) has announced a new British Horse Driving Trials Association (BHDTA) national competition to be held at Arena UK in Lincolnshire on 15-17 April 2011.

The Arena UK event will be good news for the BHDTA, which has become more used to losing than gaining shows.

Nine competitions have been lost since 2000 although Farleigh and Normanhurst hope to return for 2011.

“The BHDTA lost their driving competitions at both Lowther Horse Driving Trials and the Brighton Horse Trials,” said Wendy Peckham of MDTG.

Several groups have expressed an interest in taking part, including the British Driving Society, the Scurry Drivers Association and the Hackney Society.

The MDTG is looking for sponsors. Tradestand holders are being offered free space around the dressage and cones arena.

For more information visit www.mdtg.co.uk.

Potential sponsors should call 01539 824339 or email marketing@horsedrivingtrials.co.uk. Traders should call 07730 572381.

This article was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound, 16 December 2010