A loader that changed my life
”For the first time in years I felt I was independent” -Jamie Williams
Jamie Williams, who represented Team GBR for the first time in Carriage Driving last year broke his back 10 years ago, which resulted in him being left paralysed from the waist down. Not letting this get in his way, Jamie’s hard work, determination and real passion, has seen him take the Carriage Driving world by storm.
Based in Hastings, Jamie loves everything about Carriage Driving and it has enabled him to travel around the world to participate in the sport.
Last year Jamie and his 14.2hh Hackney, Glen achieved fourth place individually and team bronze at the FEI World Para Driving Championships, held in the Netherlands.
Said Jamie: “It was an incredible honour to represent my country, I was over the moon at being placed at my first ever world championships.”
At home, although Jamie has learnt to manage his team of six horses on a daily basis, everyday tasks often required someone else to help – but recently his life has changed – and for the better with the addition of the Hand Drive Avant 528 compact loader to assist around the yard.
The Avant compact loader can be controlled and driven forward and reversed directly from either control mechanism. Because the drive can be operated with the thumb on the joystick, the driver can manoeuvre and control the movements of the boom at the same time. This makes it possible also for paraplegic people to make full use of the machine.
Jamie said: “Having the new Hand Drive Avant 528 compact loader on the yard has changed my life. Now I can do 90% of the yard tasks myself, the Avant has given me my independence back.
“Before I was unable to push a wheel barrow or move shavings but now I can at the push of a button.” said Jamie
“The Avant enables me to do normal jobs quickly and effectively, like cleaning out the stables and adding fresh, new bedding. The Avant is just the right size, it fits into every stable and around the yard perfectly.”
The development of the new Avant series, gives people the freedom to reach their true potential, an innovation to hugely improve independent living.
Besides being super versatile, the new machines are powerful, easy to drive and provides great 360° visibility. These compact machines are enhanced further by the availability of 200 attachments, making so many outdoor jobs straightforward.
Jani Käkelä, Sales Director of Avant Tecno: “We got the idea for the hand drive control from our customers some years ago, we wanted to design a loader that would be easy for those people who don’t have functionality in their legs or had weakened ability. Through launching this hand drive loader series, we hope to help improve people’s independence and create freedom. The new hand drive control was launched in Naidex, UK 2017. We have got a great response from the markets and we are extremely pleased.”
Hand drive control is available as an option to Avant 200, 400, 500, 600 and 700 series.