1st CIAT ELVEDEN (GB)
What a wonderful weekend of camaraderie, what Concours d’Attelage de Tradition is all about.
Earlier in August, twenty five beautiful turnouts came forward to compete over two days in the very beautiful Elveden Estate in Norfolk.
Gordon Marks, Event Director worked tirelessly with his team of Paul Mills, Liz Harcombe and Wally and Eunice Binder to produce the inaugural CIAT Elveden.
Thanks must go to The Earl of Iveagh for allowing us to use Elveden and to his staff who were very accommodating, patient and lent willing help aplenty.
We are hugely grateful to all our very generous sponsors and volunteers who allowed us to put on a lovely weekend of competition.
After a lovely get together on Friday night, the competitors were presented on Saturday morning in front of our judges Andrew Counsell, Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett and Richard Lanni whose experience and encouraging remarks lent panache and experience. There were some excellent scores and surely a record for regular winner, Sharon Wotton of 2.17 with her Welsh Pony and beautiful 1909 Dog Cart. A beautiful turnout and beautifully driven.
Unusually, the competitors left the presentation and headed straight out on the routier. This format was positively received despite the viewing being via a YouTube video link rather than seeing the difficulties for real! The estate is very picturesque and the short stretches of public roads brought many smiles to passers-by. The champagne difficulty placed near the lovely church under the cedar trees provided the usual challenge with much concentration and skill to negotiate.
We had a delicious barbecue on the Saturday night and the big tent was abuzz with fun and laughter as people enjoyed being together after so long with restrictions.
The cones course on Sunday morning provided a real challenge with some tight turns if drivers chose the direct route. Some skilful driving was seen of course.
Let’s not forget the focus of the weekend: the carriages. We saw a number of newcomers to CIAT which was very encouraging and delightful to observe different turnouts.
To encourage even more people to ‘have a go’, a Learning weekend was enjoyed by a group of people on foot. Devised and led by Richard James, this idea was very successful and the group had an interesting and informative two days. They could ask questions at any point and analyse the carriages, horses and harness close up. We hope that they will take part next year having been inspired by Richard!
It just remains to say that we’d love to do it all again at Elveden next year. We’ve already been chatting to the estate representatives to secure the spot.. Watch this space! 🌟
1st Trish Lebus
2nd Liz Jarman
3rd Kimberley Titmus
1st Sharon Wotton
2nd Ruth Martin
3rd Kate Cooper
1st James R Jeffery
2nd Rosemary Neale
3rd Claire Bourne
Supreme Champion: Sharon Wotton
Reserve Champion:James R Jeffery
Best Newcomer : Andy Bircher
Best junior : Kate Cooper.