Driving Digest – Cambridgeshire & Suffolk

20-21st August 2016 – Attelage Report 2nd CIAT Euston

On Friday our Stable Manager welcomed arrivals from Cornwall to Yorkshire and places in between. The American Barn style of stabling was very welcome adding cover when working and somewhere to congregate for a communal drink and gossip!

It all started with a Hog-roast on Friday night for the 17 competitors, friends and family,70 in all with judges and stewards. It set the party mood for the weekend. On Saturday morning everyone was briefed and shown the 16km Routier, including 5 PCs (Skills). Saturday afternoon the Presentation took place in front of 3 individual judges. Saturday evening A coach arrived to take everyone, not having a car, to the beautifully decorated new village hall in Sapiston for a drinks reception and Gala Dinner. Pictures from 1st CIAT Euston 2015 were displayed on a screen, allowing reminiscence for those who took part. Dinner of smoked salmon and Euston Red Poll beef was consumed before an illustrated talk by Amy Bracey, project manager for
The Carriage Foundation. Following a delicious trio of deserts, a pair of Sporting Tandem prints by Henry Alken was auctioned by Richard James and purchased by Peter Lebus. The Rosette for Best Presentation was presented to Jessie Dudley Apicella.

Martin Wilkinson presented his Tabe Annema Memorial Trophy, ironically to Helen Annema – Hughes for the Best Horse Harness. A touching moment!

Grace, Speeches and the Loyal toast. concluded the very special evening.

Sunday was lovely weather for the beautiful Routier through country lanes and back into Euston Park, for skills including the Rein-back, One handed Left Circle, the Curved Rail, the Drinks Stand and the Stop on a down hill Slope. The 20 gate Cones Course in front of the Hall sorted out the final placings. The prize giving followed with presents for all. The AIAT silver salver was presented to Supreme Champion, Jessie Boden with single horse Tilly Trotter to a spindle-back gig by Parker & Parker 1902.
Reserve Champion was Sharon Wootton with single pony, Flash Harry to a round-back Gig by Poad Helps & co.1869

Next year we shall be doing it all again, 3rd CIAT Euston 19-20 August 2017.
Richard James says “It takes 3 goes to get it perfect”
With much gratitude to competitors, Judges, Stewards and all the invaluable help.

Eunice & Wally Binder – BDS Area 24