Norman Brown, Lough Road, Boardmills near Lisburn hosted a private drive of horse drawn carriages from his home on Easter Tuesday 7th April 2015.
Northern Ireland Branch - British Driving Society stewards John Powell, Eugene Larkin, Brian Johnston, Liam Rooney, Mervyn Ward and Norman Brown were kept busy, with some competitors travelling over 100 miles to participate.
The April afternoon sunshine and the beautiful County Down scenery with a backdrop of the Mourne Mountains in the distance made the afternoon very enjoyable.
Mr Graham Hancock, of ‘Antiques at the Stile’ Saintfield, Co. Down judged the turnouts and sponsored the winning Prize ‘A Crystal Whiskey Decanter’ with silver trims.
Graham’s chosen turnout was Mrs. Louise Presho (Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh) driving her horse ‘Teddys All Gold’ to a Butcher’s Cart owned by Massey of Saintfield (Butchers).
Also participating were Northern Ireland Branch-British Driving Society Area Commissioner Liz Kelly-Ward with husband Mervyn as groom driving ‘Fronarth Flashman’ a 10 year old Welsh section ‘C’ to a four-wheel Pleasure Vehicle.
James Creighton (Saintfield) accompanied by grandson Ruairi Creighton drove their eight year old Cob ‘Felix’ to a Bellcrown Road Vehicle.
Alex Presho (Brooke borough) harnessed ‘Brooke borough Rambo’ to a Hartland three phase Wagonette.
John Weir and his son John (Ballyclare) drove their 17 year old Welsh Mountain Pony ‘Milltown Boy’ to a two-wheeled Exercise Vehicle.
Brian Bradley (Purdysburn, Belfast) drove ‘Rhydwilliam Nice’ a seven year old Welsh section ‘A’ to a road vehicle.
Joe McAleese (Aghalee) harnessed ‘Pinky’ to an American Road Cart.
Norman Brown – a retired business man - is a well known figure in equestrian circles. He owns a magnificent collection of Vintage Horse drawn Vehicles and has judged at shows in America and the British Isles.
Norman thanks all who participated in the Private Drive for their generous donation to the Alzheimer’s Society and Judge Mr. Graham Hancock, ‘Antiques at the Stile’ Saintfield.
Margaret Carlisle, Hon. Secretary of Northern Ireland Branch –British Driving Society hosted an afternoon tea party in the Coach House.
On Saturday 21st March 2015 a very successful Training Day was held at Mr. Norman Brown’s Manage. The BDS Trainer was Mr. Robert Smyth (vice chairman) Northern Ireland Branch – British Driving Society assisted by Mr. Mervyn Ward. A good crowd enjoyed their training and refreshments. Several people have completed application forms to take their Test for ‘BDS Road Driving Qualification for Harness Horse’.
The chairman of Northern Ireland Branch British Driving Society, Eugene Larkin thanked Norman for his kind invitation, the splendid hospitality and wished him continued prosperity in the future. Thanks also went to all who helped in any way to make the day a success.
More details on the Northern Ireland Branch - British Driving Society website www-bds.co.uk.