The BHTDA has a new chairman for 2002 and is moving its offices back to Stoneleigh

The British Horse Driving Trials Association has a new chairman. Tom Pettifer, from Tiverton in Devon, has taken over the reins from Jim French.

Tom has been a well-known and successful competitor in horse tandem classes in recent years with his two black Dutch Warmbloods, Harald & Karamba.

His interest in the sport began as a steward at Windsor, since when he has played a major role in the Great Western Harness Club, as well as serving on the organising committee of the highly-successful Newnham Park national driving trials.

“My greatest buzz was winning our first national event in horse tandems at Brighton,” said Tom, who has decided to retire from competing to concentrate on his new role.

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The BHTDA’s office will move back to Stoneleigh, Warwicks, at the end of January, where it will take up residence in the Royal Agricultural Society of England building.

Due to ill-health, Joe Moore – organiser of the Asprey International Driving Grand Prix at Royal Windsor Horse Show and a past Horse Driving Trials Chairman (from 1988-96) – has stood down from the council. He has been made an Honorary Life Member of the Association, in recognition of all he had achieved over the years.

The annual Chairman’s Award has been awarded to Andrew Mylius, organiser of the Scottish Open Carriage Driving Championships at his St. Fort estate since 1988.

The Junior trophy for the most promising young driver was presented to fourteen-year-old Ben Grose and British Horse Pairs team driver, John Attenborough, from Appleby in Cumbria, received his bronze FEI badge.