Paul Mowbray, John Attenborough and Adrian Puddy head British hopes at the World Pair Driving Championships

Seventy-one competitors from 23 nations, including Britain, Argentina, Australia, Spain and the USA, will take part in the ninth World Pair Driving Championships at Riesenbeck, Germany this weekend.

Britain, who won team gold at the same venue in 1997, is represented by Paul Mowbray, John Attenborough and Adrian Puddy.

The FMD crisis has curtailed competition experience for both John and Adrian, but Belgium-based Paul, who was British national pairs champion in 1999, has spent the season competing against his international rivals. He finished a creditable 10th against a strong field at Beekbergen, Holland recently.

The countries with a chance of a medal are Hungary, Holland, Germany and Britain. Individuals to watch include Australia’s Boyd Exell, current World Champion Vilmos Lazar of Hungary, Paul Mowbray,Holland’s Riny Rutjens and the current US champion, Lisa Singer. David Saunders, a former British national champion, is also in the American team.

  • See Horse & Hound issue dated 16 August 2001 for full preview.