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IHDT Cricklands 13 December 2014

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Putloe Court ODE 14 September 2014

Evening Event at Cricklands - 15 July 2014

Evening Event 17 June 2014

Evening Event 28 May 2014

Evening Event 1 April 2014

IHDT Event 2 March 2014

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IHDT Cricklands 13 December 2014

 

IHDT Cricklands 23 November 2014

 

IHDT Cricklands 19 October 2014

 

Putloe Court ODE 14 September 2014

 

Evening Event at Cricklands - 15 July 2014  Report by Elizabeth Pilkington

There was an amazing entry of twenty four turnouts for this final evening event of this summer. Numbers were swelled by members of the Powys Carriage Driving Group who were midway through enjoying their summer camp at Cricklands. The weather was beautiful if a little warm.

To encourage drivers to try another test, British Carriagedriving test BC Novice 100 was set. Everyone rose to the challenge, the majority achieving a score in the twenties. As this test takes longer to drive being in a 100metre arena, competition began at 4.30pm in order to accommodate all the entries before dark.

The long twisty cones course exacted a heavy toll for most drivers. Emily Ham had a resounding win in the Open pony class. She was the only driver of the evening to drive a double clear in the cones and her final score of 192.3 was the best of the event by some 15 points. Alison Dascombe was second finishing on a total of 207.5, an expensive cones round adding many unwanted penalties to her score. Alison was third with her other pony which was a little slower in the obstacles. Peter Finch was fourth also earning a lot of penalties on the cones course. Erica Rye was fifth, but very pleased that her young pony is gaining his confidence in the water.

The Novice pony class was well supported with ten entries. The winner was Jane Hendy. A dressage score of 22.5 followed by the second best cones round of the evening gave her a good base before determined driving in the obstacles consolidated the win. Alison Dunevein-Gordon was in second place after a consistent and steady performance. Maggie Martin was third, after rather slow times in the first two obstacles, considerably improved upon in her second round.

Peter Finch won the Open Horse class on a final score of 229.7, posting the fastest obstacle times of the whole competition in three of the obstacles. Alice Stables was second, deciding on a waterless yet neat route at the water.

Two pony pairs contested the Multiples class. Wendy Morris's ponies took the winner's rosette, with two bold drives of the water obstacle. Janet Macdonald's pair were slower here first time round but fully confident and having fun the second time.

Sue Johnson won the Novice Horse class with an assured drive after her recent trip to Sandringham, finishing on a score of 227.4 and Toby looking full of running. Janice Sidebottom was second after losing precious time in the first obstacle.

So another series of summer events is completed. The events have been very popular again, providing both beginners and more experienced drivers the wonderful opportunity to drive on the grass at Cricklands, and the enjoyment of fun yet competitive outings.

 

 

Evening Event 17 June 2014  Report by Angela Cherrington

 

As some already know, I have a new pony called Gypsy Jack, he is 5 and inexperienced at driving trials and we had mostly only ridden together in the preceding month, and never driven the dressage test together, so I didn't really know what to expect from him in this phase and we last practiced cones driving a month prior to the event too!

As a first event is it possibly not best to choose one with a tricky winding cones course and a water obstacle, but we just did our best. The goal for this event was to go calmly and not get eliminated both of which we achieved. Jess Bennett, my young dressage rider friend, agreed to backstep. What beautiful weather we were blessed with too!

On our first circuit of the sand arena Jack spooked a little at a banner on the fence but then settled and was obedient and responsive in the test, while I was just busy trying to remember where to go, rather than driving with any finesse. I managed to remember the transition to walk at M, which I sometimes forget. When the results came out I was delighted to see that we were second overall in the dressage!

Sue Johnson did dressage in the 100m grass arena in preparation for the World Para Driving Championships while I contemplated that we would have to be in that arena for the next competition it looks so huge! The cones course had some surprises, like 5B coming back in the opposite direction to A, but it drove well. We went wide and careful but driver error cost us 2 balls down.

Obstacle 1/3 was quite straightforward and we went for smooth and flowing, and Jack also decided that it would be a fairly sedate pace too. We didn't make any errors though. Obstacle 2/4 was the water, at which I didn't really anticipate any problems as Jack is always relaxed about any water we meet at home or on drives out, but the grassy banks, 'pond effect' and/or maybe a smell made him more cautious than usual. With a bit of encouragement he entered the water without too much trouble but then would only walk, sniffing the surface as he walked along. It was possible to complete this obstacle without going in the water at all (very long) or by going in the water up to 5 times. As Jack had the same response to the water the second time through it we did the rest of the obstacle on dry land. Our second run was a similar experience too. What surprised me most was his shying at the dark cross country jump on our way from C to D. I hadn't expected that funny boy.

I obviously didn't see everyone else's round but I did see Erica at the water. Her young pony was reluctant to go in but some helpful assistance from a steward did the trick and then he gradually got more confident and was going through the water happily. The outside assistance
sadly resulted in elimination for them but I'm sure Erica was pleased with her super pony and delighted that they had the overall best dressage score of the day.


Ainslie Turner was back stepping for Lin Dawson who was driving Ainslie's pony "Ditto". I believe this was Lin's first competition. She drove really well and was impressive at the water obstacle but sadly missed a gate on the second run through the water obstacle resulting in
elimination.


Although I didn't see them on the night I subsequently saw a video of Alison Dascombe and Holly Finch at the water. Alison was brilliant but Holly was amazing on her second run, cantering the whole obstacle, using the shortest route through the water all the way and having
the fastest time overall at that obstacle, an amazing 37 seconds being 7.5 seconds up on Sue Johnson. These three won their respective classes – not surprisingly!


Janet MacDonald had a disappointment because she walked the cones and obstacles but then Amber twisted a shoe coming down the horsebox ramp so it was a trip back home without competing for them. It was such a shame.

Apart from that the evening ran smoothly and was so pleasant in the evening sunshine. The atmosphere was really friendly as always, with lots of smiling faces and, as ever, we are all so grateful to the organisers, judges and stewards who make it all possible for us to enjoy.

 

Evening Event 28 May 2014

 

Evening Event 1 April 2014 - Report by Angela Cherrington

After really wet weather over the winter seriously curtailing my driving activities and pony fittening, as I rely somewhat on driving on my own in our fields, which were flooded, it was lovely to be able to get back on track and out to a competition with Sky. The rearranged date of 'April Fools' Day' was a bit ominous but all was above board and there were no pranks played!


Finding someone to back step is always a problem for me, especially as they need to be small/lightweight and I was delighted that Maggie Martin's daughter, Caroline, said that she would love to do it for me. Add to all this some really favourable weather, and I was feeling very fortunate.


I'm not sure how many people would normally be at the evening events as I'm sure some can't manage to get there after work, but I thought some of the people who might possibly have been there were perhaps otherwise engaged getting geared up for the Indoor Carriage Driving National Finals at Keysoe the following weekend.


Sky finds the dressage arena a bit hard going down the long sides and I had not really refreshed my memory of the test, resulting in my thinking I had a move at X instead of L. Our P&P score was somewhere in the usual range for us. I was then very pleased to go clear in the cones although our time was slower than I had thought it would be, and the obstacles drove very well too. At rising 6, Sky is beginning to feel stronger and more experienced.

I really enjoyed driving her and Caroline was a super back stepper. We had great fun. I was amused to see Holly Finch driving in her school uniform – something I haven't seen before. However, this didn't help her with her letters as she sadly lost her way a bit in the obstacles. Maggie Martin had a bit of a difference of opinion with Beauty in the canter work, resulting in a decision to take it much slower and steadier
than normal. Whether it was because of these things, or despite them, I can't say, but we were pleased to finish 2nd in the Novice Pony class, which is the highest Sky has been placed in these competitions.


Sue Johnson won the Novice Horse class and Peter Finch the Open Horse.


James Broome won the Horse Pairs with the second best overall score of the evening and Wendy Morris was alone in the Pony Pairs class.


It was no surprise that the best overall score of the evening was from Tony Clarke, in the Open Pony class – by some considerable margin. Well done Tony and back stepper, Kathy Reynolds

I often arrive at events on my own in the horsebox and I have to say that it is always heart -warming that other members frequently notice this and check that I can manage everything alright. Usually I can, but I appreciate very much the spirit of friendship and mutual support within our club. Thank you everybody! As is often the case, because I faff about and waste time, I was last to drive off the showground, having had a
really enjoyable evening.

Event results : Wales and Gloucester - David Broome Event Centre (02/03/2014)

This last event of the winter season attracted a record thirty three entries. There were those who came to hone their skills before the Indoor Championships in a month's time, those who brought their young horses for experience and those who came simply to enjoy driving at this increasinly popular venue. The bridge came out for the cones course but caused very little trouble. The obstacles were suitably testing for those going for the fastest times, but offered plenty of choice for the less ambitious. Obstacle times were scored to the hundreth of a second.

Katy Alvis led the Novice Pony class from start to finish, but only just, as Isobel Wesbroom -Warr was never more than a couple of points behind. The fact that both these drivers achieved two of the best scores of the day, reflects the very high standard of competition in this class. Caroline Sturgess was third.

In the Open Pony Class, Colin Cornwell took a well deserved win, Ainslie Turner having to be content with second place on this occasion. Hazel Fisher was third.

The six strong Pony Pairs class was also very hotly contested, Hazel Fisher winning by a margin of ten points from Ainslie. Times in the obstacles were generally slower than in the singles classes, the tight turns proving less accessible for two ponies. In third place was Janet Macdonald.

Three beautiful Horse Pairs produced excellent dressage scores, then James Broome's double clear in the cones and fast obstacle times gave his fellow competitors too much to do to equal his scores. Mark Broadbent was thus placed second and although she completed the competition, Karen Scott -Barrett was unfortunately eliminated in the cones.

Anja Walker won the Novice Horse class, taking the lead after dressage and cones and posting sound obstacle times. Janice Sidebottom was second, after a costly error in the fourth obstacle. Less than one point behind in third place was Sue Johnson.

Driving his little black horse smoothly round some incredibly tight turns in the obstacles, David Whitfield won the Open Horse class, with the overall best score of the day. Peter Sidebottom was close behind after both these drivers produced low scoring dressage and cones but could not match David's obstacle times. Peter Finch took third place.

At prize giving a vote of thanks and a appreciative round of applause was given for the loyal band of judges and stewards who have supported these events all through the winter season.


Class: Novice Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Katy Alvis 18 0 41.69 36.26 42.06 35.39 173.40 1 Junior
Isobel Wesbroom-Warr 17 3 40.97 37.40 41.22 36.60 176.19 2 Junior
Caroline Sturgess 21 4 47.35 40.40 44.39 35.60 192.74 3
Catherine Wesbroom-Warr 22 9 47.24 39.14 47.10 38.51 202.99 4 Junior
Nicola Shutt 21.5 0 50.31 47.29 49.70 42.66 211.43 5
John Williams 26.5 13 48.47 49.22 46.22 46.79 230.20 6
Lochlan King 38 50 52.24 44.53 48.34 44.72 277.83 7 Junior
Maggie Martin 22.5 39 86.58 46.90 64.69 45.34 305.01 8
Eddy Pyatt 28 56 150.41 49.35 45.81 42.34 372.35 E Elim Obs 2

Class: Open Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Colin Cornwall 18 3 45.22 34.60 41.43 32.30 174.55 1 Small Pony / Veteran
Ainslie Turner 17 5 43.65 37.31 44.87 39.82 187.65 2 Small Pony
Hazel Fisher 24.5 18 52.04 38.60 42.39 35.43 210.96 3 Small Pony
Tony Clarke 10.5 10 66.53 46.60 48.57 39.80 222.0 4
Alison Dascombe 24.5 114 65.47 59.97 61.35 48.14 373.43 5
Erica Rye 18.5 26 147.68 63.32 91.69 60.78 407.97 E Elim Obs 1

Class: Pony Pairs
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Hazel Fisher 15 2 46.95 38.28 53.45 39.09 194.77 1 Small Ponies
Ainslie Turner 22 4 48.59 44.59 46.25 38.97 204.4 2 Small Ponies
Janet MacDonald 16 9 58.08 43.38 45.10 52.40 223.96 3
John Weaver 20.5 6 48.19 70.37 50.82 39.45 235.33 4
Wendy Morris 23 21 60.08 54.03 60.72 50.60 369.43 5 Small Ponies
Modris Kesans 19.5 35 77.00 63.00 65.10 56.62 316.22 6

Class: Horse Pairs
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
James Broome 14.5 0 50.52 41.05 48.92 47.27 202.26 1
Mark Broadbent 17.5 18 58.18 52.89 61.83 53.22 261.62 2
Karen Scott-Barrett 13.5 35 54.78 47.36 49.87 50.81 251.32 E Elim Cones

Class: Novice Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Anja Walker 26 6 55.45 50.52 48.06 45.72 231.75 1
Janice Sidebottom 25 14 52.72 41.37 50.00 58.03 241.12 2
Sue Johnson 17.5 24 52.84 49.90 50.22 47.56 242.02 3
Holly Finch 34 34 52.09 41.93 50.16 40.00 252.18 4
Ralph Bailey 36 30 45.86 94.40 44.86 37.84 288.96 5
Elizabeth Pilkington 25 9 69.65 58.00 74.12 58.52 294.29 6

Class: Open Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
David Whitfield 24 3 38.90 31.12 37.72 28.52 163.26 1
Peter Sidebottom 23.5 8 45.03 37.87 46.63 36.45 197.48 2
Peter Finch 21.5 33 46.28 39.25 43.27 37.00 220.30 3


 

Event results : Wales and Gloucester - David Broome Event Centre (02/02/2014)

A slightly depleted field of stalwarts enjoyed another good day of competition at Cricklands at this, the fifth qualifying event of this winter season at Cricklands. With continuing wet and very stormy weather several had half expected this fixture to be cancelled. However the surface showed not a trace of water logging. The obstacles were set up at the opposite end of the arena to usual, possibly on a drier patch, with a spacious cones course in the middle of the arena.


Katy Alvis was the deserving winner of an eleven strong Novice Pony class. She added nothing to her dressage score in the cones and drove the joint fastest times of the day in all the obstacles. Isobel Wesbroom -Warr was second by 2.5 points and clocked identical times to Katy's in the obstacles. Finishing on 170.5 and 173.00 respectively these two young drivers achieved the two best overall scores of the day. Isobel's twin sister Catherine, was third with a final score of 183.00.


Ainslie Turner and Leo have made the Open Pony class their speciality this season and true to form, took another win this time, finishing on a score of 184.50. Colin Cornwell, slightly in the lead after dressage and cones, could not match Ainslie's times in the obstacles, so finished in second place with a score of 210.00. Hazel Fisher was third and in fourth place was Erica Rye with her young pony at only his second competition.


The Pony Pairs class ended on an unexpected note as all three contenders were eliminated, Hazel Fisher in the obstacles and Ainslie and Wendy Morris in the cones.


Two Horse Pairs driven by Mark Broadbent and James Broome respectively were an impressive sight. James held the lead after dressage and cones and consolidated it in the obstacles to win on a score of 287.00.


There were four competitors in the Novice Horse class, which was won by Sue Johnson on an excellent score of 178.50. Her horse Toby was clearly enjoying himself after a break. Ralph Bailey was second on 247.00 The other two drivers in this class bunched close behind by a very few points.


Karen Scott-Barrett driving an extremely elegant young horse won the Open Horse class from Peter Finch.



Class: Novice Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Katy Alvis 23.5 0 36 38 36 37 170.5 1 Junior
Isobel Wesbroom-Warr 19 7 36 38 36 37 173.0 2 Junior
Catherine Wesbroom-Warr 27 1 39 38 40 38 183.0 3 Junior
Caroline Sturgess 23 9 36 43 38 47 196.0 4
Neil Edwards 25 7 41 44 42 41 200.0 5
Nicola Shutt 25 18 42 40 39 38 202.0 6
Natasha Smith 30 15 46 43 42 41 217.0 7
Eddie Pyatt 39.5 25 46 46 42 39 237.5 8
Maggie Martin 28.5 23 46 56 47 52 252.5 9
John Williams 39 37 43 97 41 42 299.0 10
Lochlan King 31.5 24 69 47 45 45 261.5 E Elim Obs

Class: Open Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Ainslie Turner 26.5 8 37 38 38 37 184.5 1 Small Pony
Colin Cornwall 24 7 43 49 38 40 201.0 2 Small Pony / Veteran
Hazel Fisher 26.5 14 40 49 40 46 215.5 3 Small Pony / Veteran
Erica Rye 30 34 44 44 42 40 234.0 4

Class: Pony Pairs
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Hazel Fisher 27 29 42 43 40 41 222.0 E Elim Obs
Ainslie Turner 24 45 39 44 36 41 229.0 E Elim Cones
Wendy Morris 19.5 50 52 109 49 76 355.5 E Elim Cones

Class: Horse Pairs
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
James Broome 25 28 58 65 52 59 287.0 1
Mark Broadbent 26.5 49 61 67 57 62 322.5 2

Class: Novice Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Sue Johnson 23.5 3 40 38 36 38 178.5 1
Ralph Bailey 37 48 44 40 40 38 247.0 2
Elizabeth Pilkington 24 17 52 53 53 50 249.0 3
Holly Finch 38 54 45 40 38 37 252.0 4 Junior

Class: Open Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Karen Scott-Barrett 30 16 49 51 47 50 243.0 1
Peter Finch 34.5 35 40 39 43 59 250.5 2

 

Event results : Wales and Gloucester - David Broome Event Centre (11/01/2014)

This event was originally scheduled for Sunday 5th January but the forecast for that day, and indeed the actual weather, was so dire that it was postponed to the following Saturday.

Most people were able to change their diaries and make the new date and were rewarded by a spectacularly sunny day and good driving
conditions. Stewards were in short supply but such is the spirit of this sport, that various competitors helped out where they could.
The day ran very smoothly in a calm relaxed atmosphere. The sunshine does help!


The Novice Pony class was hotly contested. Isobel Wesbroom -Warr made the running all the way but Katie Alvis made a very strong effort to catch up with her in the obstacles reducing Isobel's lead to only 3 points. Neil Edwards was a good third, Nobby performing very gamely after arriving at the ground late following a difficult journey.


Ainslie Turner yet again took the Open Pony class with a double clear in the cones and fast times in obstacle 2 and 4. On her heels, only 2 points adrift was Colin Cornwell in 2nd place. Tony Clarke with his youngster was a distance behind in third place, taking his time in the obstacles, but with a dressage score of 12, the best of the day.

The Multiples class, consisting of seven Pony Pairs, was won by James Broome, driving his bay ponies. Every competitor in this class earned
significant time penalties on the cones course with the exception of James, who then powered through the obstacles to win the class by 9 points from John Weaver and his spirited Eriskay ponies. Ainslie Turner brought Woody and Leo out as a pair for this event, and finished in third place, just one point behind John.


Joanna Broadbent took her pony team through the phases quietly as usual, this time with both the nearside wheeler and leader being striking coloured ponies.


The Novice Horse Class was won by Holly Finch who having acquired a lot of penalties in the cones and dressage, posted very respectable times in the obstacles. Ralph Bailey was second.


Peter Sidebottom with his first coloured horse won the Open Horse class, with the best overall score of the day. His only serious challenge was himself with the other coloured horse who achieved a double clear in the cones and was second by 5.5 points. Peter Finch was third.



Class: Novice Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Isobel Westbroom-Warr 20 2 46 35 44 32 179 1 Junior
Katy Alvis 25.5 6 43 34 42 32 182.5 2 Junior
Neil Edwards 24 15 44 39 44 34 200 3
Caroline Sturgess 22 12 45 39 49 38 205 4
Catherine Westbroom-Warr 23.5 14 51 39 48 37 212.5 5 Junior
John Williams 27 25 81 40 49 41 263 6

Class: Open Single Pony
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Ainslie Turner 27 0 50 34 53 32 196 1 Small Pony
Colin Cornwall 29 7 46 36 45 35 198 2 Small Pony
Tony Clarke 12 2 59 76 46 95 290 3
Hazel Fisher 29.5 36 65 52 63 50 295.5 4 Small Pony
Alison Dascombe 25.5 61 65 137 73 64 425.5 Elim Obst

Class: Pony Pairs
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
James Broome 23.5 17 44 37 43 38 202.5 1
John Weaver 25.5 18 47 41 44 36 211.5 2
Ainslie Turner 25 17 49 39 46 36 212.0 3 Small Ponies
Averina Snow 41.5 28 44 42 44 38 237.5 4
Rowena Moyse 23 38 54 45 49 39 248.0 5
Hazel Fisher 28 23 69 45 55 40 260.0 6 Small Ponies
Wendy Morris 26 55 55 50 53 43 282.0 7 Small Ponies

Class: Teams
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Joanna Broadbent 30 76 142 82 79 74 483.0 1

Class: Novice Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Holly Finch 37.5 32 47 38 43 36 233.5 1 Junior
Ralph Bailey 34 40 49 44 45 41 253.0 2

Class: Open Single Horse
Competitor   Precision & Paces   Cones   Obs 1   Obs 2   Obs 3   Obs 4   Total Score   Place   Notes
Peter Sidebottom 27 3 39 34 38 34 175.0 1
Peter Sidebottom 26.5 0 43 36 41 34 180.5 2
Peter Finch 26.5 95 52 39 46 41 299.5 3

 

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