a conversation with...KAREN BASSETT
Karen Bassett is a leading international horse team carriage driver, and has competed as part of the British Team at 8 World Four-in-Hand Carriage Driving Championships. In May 2011, she was featured in the ITV programme 'All the Queen's Horses', presented by Alan Titchmarsh.
On March 22nd 2015 Karen had the great honour of taking King Richard III on his final journey on the gun carriage through the city centre of Leicester to the Cathedral. She began carriage driving at the age of 8 and started driving a pony team at the age of 12. Since 1980, she has won the National Four-in-Hand Pony Team Championship 8 times, the National Four-in-Hand Horse Team Championship 5 times and is the 2011 and 2014 National Four-in-Hand Pony Team Champion. At Saumur in 1995, Karen made history by becoming the first lady ever to win an International Four-in-Hand Carriage Driving competition. A record she still hold to this day. In 1996, Karen was part of the British Team when they won a Bronze Medal at the World Championship at Waregem in Belgium, and finished 12th in the individual placings. The 2004 World Four-in-Hand Carriage Driving Championship was a good year for Karen. She finished 12th overall, was the highest placed British driver and was the Leading Lady Driver. At the 2006 and 2008 World Four-in-Hand Championships, Karen retained her title as the Leading Lady Driver. Still to this day Karen is the most successful lady driver in the world.