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Winter Season 2017-2018 Indoor Carriage Driving
Sat 7 Oct
Sun 12 Nov
Sun 17 Dec
Sun 7 Jan
Sun 4 Feb
Sun 4 Mar
Cricklands (Forest of Dean Driving Group):
Sun 15 Oct
Sun 26 Nov
Sun 17 Dec
Sat 6 Jan
Sun 4 Feb
Sun 25 Feb
Sat 14 Oct
Sat 21 Oct
Sat 25 Nov
Sat 16 Dec
Sat 20 Jan
Sat 17 Feb
Sat 10 Mar
Championships Fri 6th – Sun 8th April 2018
Known as Indoor Carriage Driving, they are a great environment for young and novice drivers to develop their skills and equine fitness ready for the summer outdoor season. Experienced drivers too are attracted to the format in which they can qualify for National Finals, held in April at Keysoe, Bedfordshire.
The Wales and West Equestrian Centre, Monmouthshire and Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire are two locations within the WDDC catchment. At each of those venues, hot food is available – nothing like a bacon sandwich and a hot drink on a cold winter’s morning!
Annual membership of Indoor Carriage driving UK cost £30.00 plus an entry fee for each event of £32.00
Midland Carriagedriving Club – Trials Events 2017
Catton 15/16 April
Anslow 29/30 April
Belvoir 10/11 June
Onley 5/6 Aug
Widmerpool 19/20 Aug
Catton 16/17 September
National Carriagedriving – Trials Events in our [local] Area 2017
Catton 5/7 May
Windsor ¾ June
Cricklands 9/11 June
Sandringham 30/2 July
Ashfields 14/16 July
Lowther 11/13 Aug
Cirencester 8/10 Sept
Completed Events & Results
Sunday 1st October, Charlcotte Farm One Day Event – ONE-DAY DRIVING TRIAL 1st October 2017
Jeannie Jordan’s Ridge Farm Drive Saturday 16th September 2017
Monday 28th August, Training Day at Lincomb Equestrian Centre, DY13 9RB with Andrew Williams – follow WDDC Facebook for updates
Sunday 13th August, Traditional Driving Day at Ivan and Carolyn Meredith’s Farm
Sunday 23rd July, Wheathill Drive with Julie Wedgbury
Enville Outdoor Indoor 2017, at The Enville Estate DY7 5HD
Blossom Drive Entry Form Sun 28th May 2017 from Wichenford WR6 6YN
Spring Camp at Lincomb Equestrian Centre, Stourport, DY13 9RB
Arrive Thursday 18th May for 3 Days of activity Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017 – *BDS Road Driving Test to be held on Saturday*
Wyre Forest Drive Sat 6th May 2017 DY14 9XQ
Sunday 23rd April 2017 Long Reining Day at Lea Castle Equestrian Centre, DY10 3QB
Sunday 26th March 2017 Indoor (Outdoor) Event Lincomb Equestrian Centre, DY13 9RB
Please note: The dressage tests being used at the above event will be the ones in use at the Indoor Championship at Keysoe, Bedfordshire in April 2017. Unless you have ‘open status’ resulting from previous competitions, please enter as ‘novice’ and learn the corresponding test Click this link to download the ‘open’ and ‘novice’ dressage tests
Saturday 4th March, Road Driving Assessment & Training Day at Ivan and Carolyn Meredith’s Farm – Road Driving Training 4.3.17
Friday 27th January 2017, Annual Dinner and Awards – The Granary, DY10 4BS
Join up Training with Barry Thomas Saturday 21st January 2017 – Non members welcome but please complete an entry form – from 9.30am at Lower Bromdon, Wheathill, Bridgnorth WV16 6QT
Christmas Walk Wednesday 28th December 2016
Security Talk by West Mercia Police
Saturday 19th November at the Victory Hall, Clows Top, DY14 9HG from 12.30 – 2.30pm. Tea + Cakes to follow
Annual General Meeting Starts 7.30pm prompt Friday 25th November 2016
at Wolverley Church Hall, DY11 5TH
The meeting will be followed by a Hot Supper. Tea and Coffee will be provided. You are most welcome to bring along other liquid refreshments.
Wyre Forest Poppy Drive 10.30 am Sunday 6th November 2016
The Drive will commence from the Visitor Centre on the main A456 road from Kidderminster to Leominster, Post Code DY14 9XQ. Follow the brown tourist signs. (Map reference S138-752740)
Large Car Park: – At the Wyre Forest Centre participants to pay car/lorry parking charges £4 on day of drive.
WDDC ONE-DAY DRIVING TRIAL 18th Sept 2016 at Charlcotte Farm, Cleobury North WV16 6RR by Kind permission of Mr. & Mrs. David Green
Traditional Driving Day and WDDC’s 40th Birthday Celebration on Sunday 14th August 2016 at Mount Pleasant Farm, Elmley Lovett, Droitwich WR9 0PX, by kind permission of Ivan and Carolyn Meredith
Competitors can enter and drive whatever style they like but will improve their marks by making an attempt to drive coachman. That’s the rein handling technique specified in the sport of traditional driving (Attelage de Tradition) and adopted as the theme of the day.
Burwarton Show at Cleobury North on Thursday 4th August
WDDC Enville Outdoor Indoor Trial Sat 26th June 2016 Enville DY7 5HD
Unfortunately, the above event was cancelled due to a significant number of club members having other commitments
WDDC Blossom Drive Sat 28th May 2016 Wichenford WR6 6YN
WDDC – Spring Camp May 13th – 15th 2016 Lincomb Equestrian Centre DY13 9RB
WDDC Wyre Forest Drive Sun 24th April 2016 Wyre Forest DY14 9XQ
Long Reining Day Sun 3rd April 2016 Stourport Riding School DY13 9JD
WDDC – Illustrated Talk, 7.30pm, Wolverley Church Hall, DY11 5TH, Friday 19th February. Free admission – Members, Non-members and Guests all welcome! Coffee, Tea for a small donation plus a raffle
Subject: My life and Times with The Royal Horse Artillery, King’s Troop and at The Royal Mews
WDDC – Annual General Meeting Wolverley Church Hall DY11 5TH – 7.30pm Friday Nov 27th 2015 – supper provided by volunteers
WDDC – Poppy Drive Wyre Forest Sunday 1st October 2015
WDDC – ONE-DAY DRIVING TRIAL 4th October 2015, Charlcotte Farm, Sunday Oct 4th with course building and obstacle walking on Saturday 3rd Oct – Dressage Test will be the 2013 British Carriagedriving 80 Novice
This type of event, introduced this season, will be held outdoors but follow the same format as the winter season Indoor Horse Driving Trials, which will require fewer stewards and obstacle set up time compared with the 6-obstacle outdoor format to be held at Charlcotte Farm at the end of the season. Two obstacles will be driven twice, making a total of 4 times recorded. The format also includes dressage and a cones course comprising normally 10 pairs plus an ABC slalom section. The dressage test being used for the event will be the Indoor Horse Driving Test used during the 2014-15 winter season. The arena size will be 20m x 60m.
WDDC – Wyre Forest Drive, Saturday April 25th 2015
WDDC – Long Reining Fun Day Stourport Riding School, Sunday 29th March 2015
Annual Dinner Friday 30th January 2015 at The Granary Hotel, Heath Lane, Shenstone, Kidderminster DY10 4BS including a talk by Major Laura Holmes, followed by the presentation of awards.
Major (Ret’d) Laura Holmes, BVM&S, MRCVS, now practising at St George’s Veterinary Group in Wolverhampton, served in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps until this spring. She will be telling us of her experiences as the Veterinary Officer to the Household Cavalry and her tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Sunday 28th December 2014, Christmas Walk and Treasure Hunt, followed by a Carvery Lunch Christmas Walk at Parlors Hall Hotel, Mill Street, WV15 5AL, Bridgnorth
38 people took part. Sandra and Geoff Phillips won the treasure hunt. Thank you to organiser David Smith.
AGM, 7.30pm, Friday 28th November 2014, at Wolverley Church Hall, DY11 5TH, including a hot supper
Charlcotte Drive and Pub Stop, Sun 5th Oct 2014 organised by Julie Wedgbury
Midlands Carriagedriving Championships, Catton Park, Sat 4th/Sun 5th October 2014
National Driving Trials Championships, Erddig, N. Wales, Fri 19th – Sun 21st Sept 2014
National Carriage Dog Trials, Lincombe, Sat 6th/Sun 7th September 2014
Widmerpool Trial with Midlands Carriagedriving (was MDTG), Sat 30th/Sun 31st August 2014
Practice/Training Day, Charlcotte Farm, 23rd Aug 2014 Cancelled due to circumstances beyond the control of the organising committee.
Trial with West Midlands Driving Group, Sunday 24th August 2014
Driving classes at Burwarton Show, Thursday 7th August.
Shropshire BDS Driving Days begin, Saturday 26th July 2014
Onley Trial with Midlands Carriagedriving (was MDTG) Sat 26th/ Sun 27th July 2014
Catton Trial with West Midlands Driving Group Sunday 20th July 2014
National Three Day Trial, Catton Park, Fri 11th/Sat 12th/Sun 13th July
“THE SHED”, Stourport, TALK & SOCIAL – First Impressions Count, Fri 4th July 2014
The Talk & Social took place on Friday 4 July at The Shed Café in Stourport at 7pm (post code DY13 9SE). The evening started with Julie Taft, ex-nationals whip, explaining the ins and outs of preparing a turnout for presentation, ahead of the WDDC Traditional Driving event, taking place on Saturday 2nd August. The talk was followed by a social evening and meal, taking advantage of The Shed’s delightful menu and facilities.
Trial with West Midlands Driving Group, Sunday 25th May 2014
Belvoir Trial with Midlands Carriagedriving (was MDTG), Sat/Sun 31st May/1st June 2014
It was a lovely cool morning for a change. Just right for the ponies to enjoy the exercise whilst their drivers and grooms found their way around the 21 clipper stations.
Once again we enjoyed the hospitality of Carol and Ivan Meredith and the quiet lanes in lovely countryside around Elmley Lovett.
The 7 participants all took it seriously. I understand that not one stopped for an ice cream at Cutnall Green post office!!
Julie Wedgbury just posted the best score, finding all 21 locations in the best time.
Thanks to Ivan and Carol, Sandra Philips, Linda Sprosen and Tony Bache for their help, and to Sue Anderson for “clearing the course”.
A new and partly off road venue is sought for next time.
26/01/2013 : Annual Dinner
28/12/2012 : Christmas Walk
30/11/2012 : Skittles Evening
16/11/2012 : AGM and Supper
13/10/2012 : Autumn Drive
29/09/2012 : Wick Drive
02/09/2012 : One Day Driving Trial at Charlcotte Farm
19/08/2012 : Fun Day and Cones Challenge
22/07/2012 : Mini Event at Arley
07/07/2012 : National Carriage Dog Championships
23/06/2012 : Two Day Driving Trial, Lincomb
17/06/2012 : Three Counties Show, Malvern
29/05/2012 : Malvern Carriage & Harness Sale
19/05/2012 : Wyre Forest Drive
06/05/2012 : President’s Drive
29/04/2012 : Coaching Day
15/04/2012 : Introduction to Carriage Driving
04/03/2012 : Drive and Cones Challenge