A CARRIAGE driver from Boreland has stormed to victory in the British Carriage Driving National Championships.
Louise Kaiholm, a coach at the Chariots of Fire Centre, swept the board in the Advanced Pony Pairs class, winning all three phases of the competition against the best pony pairs drivers in the country. Drivers from across the UK competed throughout the summer to qualify for the National Championships which were held at Cirencester last weekend.
And Louise, with groom and backstepper Stephie White – a fellow Chariots of Fire coach – won the cones by seven points, the dressage by 13 and the marathon by 15 points, making her a clear winner in the competition.
Her two Dartmoor ponies, Cordonford Icarus and Rayne Sinatra, have improved steadily throughout the summer and Louise said they were on top form at the weekend.
She said: “I am thrilled to have won and to have secured first place in each category is more than I could have hoped for.
“It was very much a team effort, I couldn’t have done it without Stephie on the back step, my coach Lyn Winder has been wonderful and the ponies behaved perfectly all weekend.”