The BSTD is well into the season and not only have we seen a huge influx of new competitors but at Sandringham we are going to have a Five Nations Competition with England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and we are in talks with our New Zealand friends which we made at the Worlds in 2014 which were held at the same venue for Living Heritage so this year it could become a Six nations Championship as we would include an Oceana Team so as to include some of our Australian competitors too! Watch this space!
As with previous years the BSTD also runs a Grand League and this year we have been able to include a class for the Very Small Ponies.
Always popular with the Living Heritage crowds when they watch these little ponies skidaddling around our courses, there has been so many join in the fun we have decided that they deserve their own class and place in the grand league.
So now Living Heritage kindly sponsor the whole range of pony heights in our classes. Drivers of note include Team Scott who include Kim and daughters Lucy and Philippa. Themselves sponsored by Adveco Water Heaters they compete small and large pony pairs and singles. Jane Logan and her Tristar sponsored pony pair Tri & Star.
Single pony drivers of note are Joanne Thomas, Lucy Foster and Harriet Bradford and those dastardly miniature ponies headed by Nigel Sycamore, Lindsey Doran and Rachel Reilly but we still have many shows left to do so favourites could easily change.
A unique event for Living Heritage is the Beast V Machine competition where three of the pony turnouts take on the mighty Isuzu D-Max truck driven by Jason Sharpe. A mirror course is driven at the same time and it is such a popular attraction where often the Isuzu simply towers over the ponies but the ponies still hold their own and often manage to beat the truck around the course. See this event at Cheshire and all the Living Heritage Events, it is truly amazing to see.
Whatever type of ponies the audience prefer the BSTD always encourages plenty of audience participation and the ponies just love to hear the shouting and applause as they each take on the course. All various turnouts too from single ponies to tandems (one behind the other) and we even have a unicorn of miniature ponies competing (a pair with a single pony in front) so do come to the ringside and make as much noise as you can!