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A super day at Putloe Court yesterday for our Gateway competition. The sun shone - maybe just a bit too strongly ! - the obstacles and cones were well thought out and inviting and everyone had a great time, not least because of the camaraderie and friendly banter amongst the competitors. The stewards were so helpful and encouraging and even the most novice driver was put at their ease. The cakes and drinks kindly provided by Jane were much appreciated too ! Thank you Jane and all helpers , judges and stewards for giving us this opportunity for a fun competition. Well done Ainsley - overall winner ! 👏👏👏 Thanks to whoever took the photos - couldn’t take any myself ( except the one of Ainsley with her prize, kindly donated by Robert Gillman) as competing as driver and groom. If anyone has any more, feel free to post on this page ... See MoreSee Less
A super day at Putloe Court yesterday for our Gateway competition. The sun shone -  maybe just a bit too strongly ! -  the obstacles and cones were well thought out and inviting  and everyone had a great time, not least because of the camaraderie and  friendly banter amongst the competitors. The stewards were so helpful and encouraging and even the most novice driver was put at their ease. The cakes and drinks kindly provided by Jane were much appreciated too ! Thank you Jane and all helpers , judges and stewards for giving us this opportunity for a fun competition.  Well done Ainsley - overall winner ! 👏👏👏 Thanks to whoever took the photos - couldn’t take any myself  ( except the one of Ainsley with her prize, kindly donated by Robert Gillman) as competing as driver and groom. If anyone has any more, feel free to post on this page

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Thank you to all from Lucy Sam and Nellie (my patient backstep) we all had a super time and so proud of our 4th place and only one down in the cones looking forward to more. Thank you all.🐎❤️🐎

It was the best day! At least it wasn’t raining! Thank you to FODDTG for another fab competition! I can’t wait for more. Thank you also to the club for supporting the lending of backsteppers so I could join in the fun! I don’t suppose anyone got any video of any obstacles? 😊 x

Well done all 😁

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A selection of photos from the last Gateway training event at Putloe Court. Lots of smiles all around! ... See MoreSee Less
A selection of photos from the last Gateway training event at Putloe Court. Lots of smiles all around!
ENTRIES CLOSE JULY 30th - DONT MISS OUT !

GATEWAY COMPETITION ! Sunday August 7th at Putloe Court, Morton Valance GL2 7 ND, by kind permission of Jane Gillman and family.
Open to all - check BC website for rules but will be a very friendly competition to encourage all drivers - new and more experienced, to take part and experience the excitement of a proper competition !
Email Jane at Jane.gillman@btinternet.com with details of your entry - £30 per turnout for members, £35 for non members. State whether you are competing with single horse or pony or pairs, and whether you are in the Newcomers or Allcomers section ( see BC website)
Come and have some fun - there may be cake !

To pay by BACS
Sort Code: 53-81-21 , Account number: 83007008
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ENTRIES CLOSE JULY 30th  - DONT MISS OUT !

GATEWAY COMPETITION  !  Sunday August 7th at Putloe Court, Morton  Valance GL2 7 ND, by kind permission of Jane Gillman and family. 
Open to all - check BC website for rules but will be a very friendly competition to encourage all drivers - new and more experienced, to take part and experience the excitement of a proper competition !
Email Jane at  Jane.gillman@btinternet.com with details of your entry - £30 per turnout for members, £35 for non members. State whether you are competing with single horse or pony or pairs, and whether you are in the Newcomers or Allcomers  section  ( see BC website)
Come and have some fun - there may be cake !

To pay by BACS
Sort Code: 53-81-21 ,   Account number: 83007008
What an excellent day at Putloe yesterday for everyone - young inexperienced ponies, out of practice drivers, more established ponies who hadn’t been anywhere for months - they all benefitted. Thank you so much to Jane Gillman and her band of family and friends who worked so hard to put out a great course with dressage, cones and obstacles. We all had so much fun and the refreshments were so welcome, especially the cake ! Didn’t manage to get any pictures of the actual driving, but just to show that the refreshments were indeed welcome ! Sorry the pictures are not very flattering but taken rather quickly ! Looks like Tony has got his harem around him! Thanks so much Jane - really appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less
What an excellent day  at Putloe yesterday for everyone - young  inexperienced ponies, out of practice drivers, more established ponies who hadn’t been anywhere for months - they all benefitted. Thank you so much to Jane Gillman and her band of family and friends who worked so hard to put out a great  course with dressage, cones and obstacles. We all had so much fun and the refreshments were so welcome, especially the cake ! Didn’t manage to get any pictures of the actual driving, but just to show that the refreshments were indeed welcome ! Sorry the pictures are not very flattering but taken rather quickly !  Looks like Tony has got his harem around him! Thanks so much Jane - really appreciated.

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Thank you Jane, Sue, Esther, Nicola, Maggie and team for yesterday - and a huge thank you from 💕Lola and her parents for making them feel so welcome at their first event 💕 xx

Thank you to everyone involved for a great day. I got to do some extra back stepping on the day , which was great experience for me. But Cosmo is still my favourite.

Thank you from Sam Nellie and not forgetting Lucy for arranging everything and doing all the hard work so all we had to do was turn up and have fun. See you all on the 7th for a go at the real thing🐎🐎🐎

Thank you so much for having us. We had a fantastic day, and everyone was so welcoming! And helpful!

Well done all 😁 Hopefully I will be able to attend the next one 😉

Lovely to meet you all. And thank you for the cakes 😋. So sorry i can’t be at the next one as will be over at Glebe.

It was a lovely afternoon. Thank you to everyone who organised, helped etc...I only back stepped for Wendy Barke . It was smashing!

Did anyone pick up a black Fleck driving whip - I left it in the field 🥹

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NEW EVENT !

We are delighted to announce that the much anticipated Gateway Competition to be held at Putloe Court, will be 7th August 2022.

We will send round full details tomorrow and post them here, but in the meantime, pop the date in your diary!

If you fancy a practice beforehand, then there are still a few days left to enter the practice event at Putloe, 24th July. See details and entry form below
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NEW EVENT !

We are delighted to announce that the much anticipated Gateway Competition to be held at Putloe Court, will be 7th August 2022. 

We will send round full details tomorrow and post them here, but in the meantime, pop the date in your diary! 

If you fancy a practice beforehand, then there are still a few days left to enter the practice event at Putloe, 24th July. See details and entry form below

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Where can I get an entry form for the July event

Vicky Brennan - think we are already booked up though?

Emily Healey

Sharon Gauld one for you.

Agathe Jreijiri and Jennie Blakehill 🤗

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We have been given the opportunity of having a ring at Frampton Country Fayre on Sunday 11th September to put on a display or hold a competition, plus the opportunity to hold a display or parade in the main arena during the day. This would be a great opportunity to showcase our club and have a bit of fun, but the downside is that we would have to be on site by 8.30 am and would not be able to leave until 5.30 pm. They will make a donation to the club. We need confident experienced drivers and turnouts as this will be a busy show with a lot going on, and we obviously need sufficient numbers to put on a good show.

This is what they have put forward to us - As agreed please find below the outline of the opportunity for FODDTG to join us at Frampton Country Fair this year which will be on Sunday 11th September.


Your group will be given a large arena to occupy throughout the day so that members of the public can see the horses and carriages and learn more about your club.
You will also be able to hold an ‘arena event’ during the day in our Main Ring. This can either be a simple parade or you can hold an obstacle race as we discussed.
Frampton Country Fair will make a donation to the FODDTG

Some other things to be aware of

All horses boxes, lorries, trailers etc to be in place on the showground on the day of the Fair by 8.30am
You may however arrive the day before and stay overnight on the showground (toilet facilities only available)
You will no be able to leave the showground on the day of the fair before 5.30pm

Please could you comment below to express your interest or otherwise, or email Sandra.fisher@btinternet.com.
We need to get back to the organiser in the next couple of days. If there is insufficient interest we will have to decline. Many thanks.
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Doesn’t look as if we are going to have enough support for this - shame ☹️

Excellent opportunity hope you get enough support.

A fantastic way to make people aware of our sport especially with a well briefed commentator. I hope you can do it!

Sounds like a great opportunity. Anyone got a spare horse?

Interested!

Esther Rawlinson Henry wouldn’t be phased at all!

Interested xx

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A lovely day for our Gateway Training event, ably organised by Sue Johnson and Nichola Waddicor. The courses were smooth and flowing and everyone had plenty of time to practice their routes and vary their speeds. Thank you so much to Carolyn , Alan and Ainsley for stewarding and offering help and encouragement - not to mention clearing up the droppings ! Helpful comments on the dressage tests were made by Esther - many thanks. Well done to all involved , it was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves. Let’s hope we can have another event soon. ... See MoreSee Less
A lovely day for our Gateway Training event, ably organised by Sue Johnson and Nichola Waddicor. The courses were smooth and flowing and everyone had plenty of time to practice their routes and vary their speeds. Thank you so much to Carolyn , Alan and  Ainsley for stewarding and offering help and encouragement  - not to mention clearing up the droppings ! Helpful comments on the dressage tests were made by Esther - many thanks. Well done to all involved , it was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves. Let’s  hope we can have another event soon.

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Was really hoping to join in but pony not quite ready - can’t wait for the next one as I will be first on the list! ☺️

Sorry i was working..at least the sun gods shone for you

Do so wish I could have come today, sadly work and Buddy prevented 😔

Great day thsnk you all xx

What a great day! It's a really good format, superbly organised by Sue and Nichola. What a team! Nike must have nicked their motto! Special mention for Karen who drove with distinction around all the curly bits!

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What a fabulous evening we had to celebrate the end of the winter season and to look forward to our spring and summer events. There was plenty of food, wine and laughter - so much fun and camaraderie. It was meant to be a fun evening but I have to say the quiz certainly brought out the competitiveness amongst those present ! My sides ached with laughter at all the comments, little asides and jokes and I’m not quite sure who won in the end ! The quiz to guess which committee member had done what proved really difficult - hardly any right answers, though everyone suspected it was James with the cricket ball throwing record ! Most important was the presentation of the memorial trophy in memory of our dear friend Erica Rye, to one of our volunteers. This year it was awarded to Carolyn and Alan Hill for their sterling efforts stewarding the cones at our competitions, standing out in all weathers and being unfailingly cheerful and encouraging. Sadly Alan was away on business and could not be there, but Carolyn was delighted to accept the award and said how much they both enjoyed coming along to the competitions and helping out. Thank you so much to all who turned out on what proved to be a rather wet night to support us and join in the fun. I think it’s safe to say we all had a brilliant time ! ... See MoreSee Less
What a fabulous evening we had to celebrate the end of the winter season and to look forward to our spring and summer events. There was plenty of food, wine and laughter - so much fun and camaraderie. It was meant to be a fun evening but I have to say the quiz certainly brought out the competitiveness amongst those present ! My sides ached with laughter at all the comments, little asides and jokes and I’m not quite sure who won in the end ! The quiz to guess which committee member had done what proved really difficult - hardly any right answers, though everyone suspected it was James with the cricket ball throwing record ! Most important was the presentation of the memorial trophy in memory of our dear friend Erica Rye, to one of our volunteers. This year it was awarded to Carolyn and Alan Hill for their sterling efforts stewarding the cones at our competitions, standing out in all weathers and being unfailingly cheerful and encouraging. Sadly Alan was away on business and could not be there, but  Carolyn was delighted to accept the award and said how much they both enjoyed coming along to the competitions and helping out. Thank you so much to all who turned out on what proved to be a rather wet night to support us and join in the fun. I think it’s safe to say we all had a brilliant time !

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Thank you for a lovely evening, first time for me to go Out Out for 2 years. Great company and lovely food. xx

It was hillarious , thank you for organising.. Great to get together again after 2 years of not being able to. I think I counted that there were 9 quiches ! The year of the quiche!! 😆 absolutely brilliant fun xx lovely to remember Erica as she is massively missed xx

Thank you so much for a wonderful, funny evening 😁 Your quizzes made the night Sandra x

It was a brilliant evening thanks for organising Sandra.

** Wednesday 4th May Afternoon **
Your chance to use the wonderful all-weather facilities at Cricklands for a GATEWAY PRACTICE/ TRAINING EVENT.
New for 2022, BC have introduced a Gateway event (similar to the indoor format). Come along and try the new format in a relaxed and encouraging environment.
• Dressage (Gateway test)
• Cones course – Gateway specification
• 2 obstacles, to be driven twice
As this is a practice/training event the Cones and Obstacle will NOT be timed. Dressage will be judged. This event is OPEN TO EVERYONE.
Gateway Newcomers is aimed at drivers new to competitive driving, Gateway Allcomers is for everyone. (Full details of the Gateway Events available from BC website). Qualification
events will be run across the Summer culminating in a National Championship to be held 25th September at Cricklands.
£30 Entry Fee.
For more details and to enter please contact sue.johnson2@sky.com, or simply print off and return the attached entry form.
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** Wednesday 4th May Afternoon **
Your chance to use the wonderful all-weather facilities at Cricklands for a GATEWAY PRACTICE/ TRAINING EVENT. 
New for 2022, BC have introduced a Gateway event (similar to the indoor format).  Come along and try the new format in a relaxed and encouraging environment.
• Dressage (Gateway test)
• Cones course – Gateway specification
• 2 obstacles, to be driven twice
As this is a practice/training event the Cones and Obstacle will NOT be timed. Dressage will be judged.  This event is OPEN TO EVERYONE.
Gateway Newcomers is aimed at drivers new to competitive driving, Gateway Allcomers is for everyone.  (Full details of the Gateway Events available from BC website).  Qualification
events will be run across the Summer culminating in a National Championship to be held 25th September at Cricklands.
£30 Entry Fee.
For more details and to enter please contact sue.johnson2@sky.com, or simply print off and return the attached entry form.

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Sarah Elizabeth I’m entering this. Can you come?

Do you allow spectators?

Esther Rawlinson

Just a reminder about our social evening on Wednesday March 30th at 7 pm at Cricklands. This will mark the end of our winter season of competitions and we will be presenting the Erica Rye Memorial Trophy to one of our volunteers. We all bring a sweet or savoury dish to share, and will have some fun activities on the night ! Please let Jane Gillman know if you are intending to come, and whether you are bringing a sweet or savoury dish, as we need to have an idea of numbers. Email Jane - jane.gillman@btinternet.com Please do try and come along, it would be lovely to see everyone and no hassle having to bring ponies and carriages etc ! Really looking forward to seeing you all ... See MoreSee Less
Just a reminder about our social evening on Wednesday March 30th at 7 pm at Cricklands. This will mark the end of our winter season of competitions and we will be presenting the Erica Rye Memorial Trophy to one of our volunteers. We all bring a sweet or savoury dish to share, and will have some fun activities on the night ! Please let Jane Gillman know if you are intending to  come, and whether you are bringing a sweet or savoury dish, as we need to have an idea of numbers. Email Jane  -   jane.gillman@btinternet.com     Please do try and come along, it would be lovely to see everyone and no hassle having to bring ponies and carriages etc ! Really looking forward to seeing you all

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See you’ll tonight. I’ll bring a veggie savoury

Yes I can xxxx

Sarah Elizabeth can you come?

Dominic Carter

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