The Bowman family from Penrith are world champions in horse driving trials. They teamed up for this event with the Sutherlands from Calgary in Canada who excel in chuck-wagon racing. The Bowman's had been the first Europeans to be invited to take part in the Calgary Stampede. This was a return visit for the Canadian's and a further part of a filmed documentary conceived by the British Horse Driving Trials Association.
The stage coach used was the 'Border Union' purchased by George Bowman and Jack Collinson in 1971. It was used for a 7 day run from Edinburgh to London in 1972. There is a photo of it in Morpeth here. In 2009 (as the 'Molly Malone') it did a four day run from Limerick to Dublin raising money for the Barretstown charity.