This year CAI Beekbergen has another course designer than previous years. Barry Hunter will build the course in Beekbergen this year. He is asked by the organizing committee because he is also the course designer of the Word Championships for pairs later this year.

Barry is 70 years of age and spends the summer months in Europe and the winter months in Florida since retiring from his profession as a manager at a Further Education College. Previously he was a lecturer in Mathematics. He started carriage driving in the early 1980’s and competed in the UK with a single turnout for many years though mainly at club level. In the late 90’s he organized with a group of other drivers the national event at Alnwick Castle, which lasted for seven years. This is when he took up course designing. He has been an International course designer since 2004 and was promoted to Official International (Level 4) CD in 2010. His work has been in the UK, Europe and the USA, including Lowther, Sandringham, Royal Windsor, Catton Hall, in the UK and Sunshine State, Little Everglades, Shady Oaks, Katydid and Hermitage events in the USA.

World Championships
In August of 2011 he designed the course for the World Championship for Horse Pairs held in Conty, France and in 2013 the European Youth Championships in Szilvasvarad, Hungary. In 2014 and 2016 the Para-equestrian World Championships in Sandringham and Beesd respectively. In 2017 he was the Course Designer at the Longines FEI European Four in Hand Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden and in 2018 the European Youth Championships in Aszar-Kisber, Hungary.

About the course
About his plans for the course in Beekbergen Barry tells: “The object of my designs is to provide as many options as possible so that the drivers have a test of their judgment as well as driving skills. There will be options for flowing routes and technical turns, it will be a true test of the driver’s knowledge of their horses’ capabilities.” And the cones course? “The cones course will test the suppleness of the horses and the driver’s accuracy. There will be plenty of turns but there will be a flow so that the drivers can maintain a good pace. There will be options for taking shorter or longer routes.”

Photo: Krisztina Horváth