Newsbrief Autumn 2018

WHAT’S ON

NOVEMBER

Sunday 4th Poppy Drive in the Wyre Forest.  10.30 a.m.

Friday 16th A.G.M. & Dinner.

Bewdley Pines Golf Club, Habberley Road, Bewdley DY12 1LY. Dinner 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm

A.G.M. 9.30 (Following the Dinner)

DECEMBER  

Saturday 29th. Annual Walk across Catherton and Silvington Commons.

10.00 a.m. at Nigel and Clare Caldicott’s Crumpsbrook Cottage, Hopton Wafers. DY14 0EP for coffee and mince pies and 10.30 start for the walk.  Followed by lunch at a local pub. (See attached schedule for full details.)

 JANUARY

Friday 25th. Virtual Trials at either Lincomb Club Room or Wolverley Church Hall. (t.b.c.)

This is a fun packed evening which will include a Dressage Test with a difference, Mini Wheelchair cones, Cross Country + Quiz and much more. Schedule to follow.

FEBRUARY

Friday 8thor 15th.  Skittles at the Squirrel at Alveley.  Further details later

MARCH

Long reining at Stourport Riding Centre.  Details and schedule to follow.

APRIL

Saturday 27th. Wyre Forest Drive. Details and schedule to follow.

CONGRATULATIONS & AMBITIONS

Congratulations to Julie Wedgebury who did very well at the Victoria Foods Driving Extravaganza in September.

First in Shetland Pony & Miniature Horse class with Liadan Isabell & Boggarts Crumpet as a tandem

1st in under 13 2hh Concours with the same tandem

2ndin Open Pleasure Driving under 13 2hh with Clingrahoull Cavalier (Clive)

Well doneto the 11 members who competed so successfully at the Indoor Driving Trials at Moreton Morrell in October.

With so many members now competing it may well be viable for the Club to organise a one day 3 phase driving trial next year.  This would mean that we would need to recruit stewards, so put your thinking caps on and identify people you know who would willingly come and spend a day helping us. If every competitor could produce two stewards that would be enough to man the event safely.

It’s a number of years since we were able to do this, but there was a time when we organised two events  in a year, so organising one could be an ambition for 2019.

Recommendation

THYE MUSEUM OF THE HORSE, TUXFORD, NOTINGHAMSHIRE NG22OLA is a most worthwhile visit.  It illustrates the influence of the horse on Human Civilisations throughout the ages, with a vast and eclectic collection of items, some over 2000 years old. www.horsemusem.co.uk

TRY DRIVING DAY, 30THSEPTEMBER 2018

Your driving club scored another success on Sunday last with our TRY DRIVING DAY at Lincomb Equestrian.

In August at the prestigious Burwarton Show we put on a team challenge of experienced drivers in a very public arena to great acclaim.

The try driving and its success demonstrates the versatility of your club and our desire to cater for all comers. In this case non-drivers trying the sport for the first time!

The day started with an upbeat and confidence building intro from Giselle Lockett.

Tony and Carole Gregory presented a comprehensive array of harness and driving regalia and Tony gave an informative talk about its safe use for each driving discipline. Got the impression he had done this before!

The day then got complicated. Club drivers having lessons with Andrew Williams our regular trainer, one group harnessing ponies and putting them to, another group learning correct rein handling, another back stepping and best of all a group driving ponies with double reins with help and encouragement from experienced Whips.

Cleverly organised by Tony and Gill Bache, the colour coded groups all got their turn and there were some tired ponies provided by Sara Bartlett, Jeanie Jordan, Kate Boswell Shattock, Giselle Lockett and Louise Wright.

Candidates were presented with folders of information and 14 of the 16 attendees completed a feedback questionnaire on the spot which were complimentary and useful to the club for future planning.

The day was funded by a grant from British Carriage Driving and lovely cakes came from various directions.

Thanks indeed to the Gregorys and the Baches for their organisation, to Lincomb Equestrian for use of their excellent facilities, and to club members who helped make the day a great success.

Keep an eye on the WDDC web site and face book to keep up to date with the club’s future activities.

David Smith

Remember it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

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