Newsbrief Autumn 2019

Notes from the Chair 

Time has flown by and we are nearly at the end of the Club’s driving calendar with our last competitive event on Sunday 6 October at Charlcotte Farm.  For many members this signals the start of the Indoor Driving Trials and I am confident that Wolverley members will be very active supporting these events, taking the opportunity to develop their own driving skills, keeping their ponies fit and having fun. The Annual Poppy Drive is Saturday 2nd  November – this year we hope to have a record turnout and purple poppies will be available.

This year we are reverting to holding a separate Annual Dinner and Awards and AGM.  The latter will be on Thursday 5 December at Lincomb Farm Equestrian Centre Club House, commencing at 19.30hrs.  After the formalities of the AGM we will have a short session regarding next year’s events schedule.  The proposal is to mirror this year’s programme as a starting point with similar dates and venues where possible. Our aim is to get this out with relevant entry forms in the New Year.  This will be made available before the AGM itself so you can review it, or if not attending the AGM, provide feedback.  You can also add items for discussion under the “Any Other Business” heading – see agenda on the events calendar page of the web site.

A warm welcome to new member, Lorna Murray from Pattingham, Wolverhampton who has joined us with her horse April Rose.

The Committee looks forward to seeing you all at the above events.     Giselle


Non committee – Newsletter Editor –Gill Bache.  01299 266412

  • Chair – Giselle Lockett –  01299 896280 & 07977205441
  • Secretary – Linda, Sprosen – 01562 824350 & 07792778224
  • Treasurer – Sandra Phillips – 01299 250508 & 07899650111
  • Safeguarding Officer – Clare Caldicott – 07980592314
  • Safety Officer –  Nigel Caldicott –  07875924905
  • Without Portfolio – Julie Wedgbury – 01746 789686
  • Jim O’Grady – 07773329653
  • Darren Wall – 07711517618
  • Jason Millard

WHAT’S ON  – See Events page of the website to download schedules etc


Sunday 6th, One Day Event, Charlcotte Farm, Cleobury North, WV16 6RR by kind permission of Mr. & Mrs. David Green, commencing 9.30am 


Saturday 2nd,Poppy Drive, commencing 10.30am from the Visitor Centre on the main A456 road from Kidderminster to Leominster (Map reference S138-752740) Post Code DY14 9XQ.  Follow the brown tourist signs. Large Parking Area  for Horse Boxes:–  Parking Fee applies 

Friday 22nd,Annual Dinner, Commencing 7.00 for 7.30pm, Bewdley Pines Golf Club, Habberley Road, Bewdley DY12 1LY


Annual General Meeting, at 7.30 pm, Thursday 5th December 2019 , venue: – Lincomb Equestrian Centre, Lincomb, DY13 9RB

  • Apologies
  • Approve the minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2018. 
  • Chairman’s & Treasurer’s Report for 2018/19
  • Subscriptions to be kept the same as previous year, 
  • Appointment of Auditor.   
  •  Election of Officers and Committee for 2019/20

Sunday 29th, Christmas Walk, Commencing 10.30 for 11.00am, from The  French Hen, Bromsgrove Road, Clent, Stourbridge DY9 9PY. Park in the pub car park 


Saturday 27th April dawned cool, damp and blustery as a result, we were told, of Storm Hannah so it was not looking too good as we travelled to the Forest. When we arrived we were met by Forestry Officers who warned us about a weather report that might mean them having to close the forest tracks due to high winds at round 11am. Pleasingly they had coned off the Lorry Park prior to our arrival so we were able to get sorted out in good time ready for the drive out.

We had already had messages from a few people telling us that they were unable to make it, which was sad, but we decided to go ahead with the drive. Jeanie Jordan and Clare Caldicott plus their grooms were first off the starting blocks, aiming to get out into the forest while the weather was OK. David Smith arrived in his horseless carriage (Skoda Yeti!) as a precursor to him driving his turnout into the forest from his nearby stable yard. Kim Beacham bravely decided to long rein her pony through the forest which completed the line-up of participants.

Fortunately, the weather gradually calmed down – Giselle Lockett and Nigel Caldicott manned the base for the drive and were able to welcome Gill and Tony Bache and representatives from Far Forest and Rock Legion Branch, Martyn and May Carter who came along in support of the Drive.

Luckily the weather behaved itself and the winds subsided which meant that everyone who took part had a really enjoyable time in the Wyre Forest which was showing all the signs of Spring.   We are now looking forward to the Wyre Forest Poppy Drive on Sunday 3rd November – hope to see you there, weather permitting!



This was my first official driving event ever, having previously attended camp and successfully managed to get around all 3 disciplines with a lot of help and guidance from Clare Marley. She has been a superstar along my journey in learning to drive, as have my lifelong friends Louise & Darren who have supported and encouraged me to take up this fantastic sport and given me multiple golden opportunities to learn as much as my middle-aged brain will take!  Joining WDDC, attending Try Driving and spending time last year with both Julie & Tony G added to my knowledge!  

On a very hot and sunny Sat 29th June I arrived at Prestwood almost at the end of set up after an exciting meeting in the morning with the man who was building my lorry.  I’d also bathed Dave (or Dav as he is affectionately known) and long reined him through the test as many times as I thought I needed to. More on that later!  The ever-willing committee were setting up and Darren was mid flow on the cones course, getting ready to challenge us all!!   I helped where I could (most was done) then set about walking the course and getting my bearings!   I benefited from walking the obstacles too, under the watchful eye of Louise.   Obs 1 & 3, 4 lefts and 2 rights. Sounds easy huh …not when left and right is a challenge and remembering patterns isn’t my forte, but I worked out what gates I could & couldn’t use until driven and was quite proud I’d managed to almost get it. ALMOST!  Went home & promptly forgot the lot. 😊  

Next day was show day, so, without a lorry, I was like a travelling circus: pony with a transporter friend, Clare kindly towing a trailer borrowed from the ever-helpful Lou & Darren & me in the car with the lunch and harness etc. Without them all I’d have been stuck!

Prestwood holds memories of shows from many years ago so to be back competing was a real bonus for me! It’s a lovely show ground, ‘proper’ toilets and a nice area to sit afterwards for tea, the ever-present cake, chat and prize giving!  So, we put Dav to and set off for dressage. I almost remembered it, (hoping for 3rd time lucky at Enville!) and only had one horn beep when I was on a never-ending circle and forgot to go up the centre line!! Mr Gregory didn’t mark me too badly.    

The cones followed.  Well I was incredibly happy at my FIRST clear, in a steady trot. We did it, the course drove well & I loved it!  After unharnessing I helped Sally & the lovely Ivor by backstepping their dressage & cones which is always a pleasure. 

Then we had a break.  Dav was on his second hay net by now & I’d walked the obstacles 32 times & was thinking I still didn’t know them!  Anyway, off we went, all nice and steady, went slightly wrong but managed to correct myself without causing total chaos and this time my brilliant Sat Nav Clare didn’t have to correct me too much!

Next up, while Dav’s was still eating, I had a fun time backstepping for Darren’s obstacles with the ever-willing Toby.   All in all it was a fabulous day with knowledgeable people and a lot of fun, great cake and more things to work on back at home!! 

So how did we do?  Well we came 6th which I was happy with because it’s not about winning (yet) it’s about taking part and learning right now … I’m already looking forward to Enville and building on what I’ve learned so far … Thanks WDDC and Louise and Darren for a great event.       


Darkie enjoying himself in obstacle 4.Had a great day at Enville Hall last Sunday with WDDC (once the rain had passed!) with Judi Reeve

Posted by Tony Edwards on Friday, 16 August 2019


 from a spectator/steward’s perspective 

Unfortunately, in the week prior to the fabulous Enville Hall event (where I was entered), I had to withdraw as my pony ‘Dave’ had come in from the field with a very strange injury to his face/jaw.  This meant that I was late again for the set up on Saturday (sorry!) due to a vet’s call out. (The advice was it would not be wise to attend on the Sunday). Most of the work had been done, but I made the effort to pop over anyway as it’s always nice to see everyone and the hard work that had been put in already! 

Sunday arrived and despite being a bit disheartened that I had had to withdraw, ( I had not only learnt my test but arranged the travelling circus – see Prestwood report above)  I went along to see where I could help and further my knowledge from being at an event close to home ! 

The weather was pretty shocking for most of the dressage and cones, resulting in some soggy humans and ponies. (Maybe Dave secretly saw the weather forecast & banged his jaw on purpose ???) Poor Clare & Nigel did look especially wet at one point!

After the lunchtime briefing, I took myself off to walk the obstacles and learn them as practice for the future – no Louise to give me the lefts & rights this time as they were at Lowther, so I was solo!! 

Shortly after I was asked to help with timing on one of the obstacles.  This really was a great opportunity so of course I said yes!!  I was put with the ever entertaining and knowledgeable  Tony G & Stephen Pond, together with Karen who was also helping.   Stephen & I were pretty much spot on with our times for all the turnouts and it was great to watch and realise how & why mistakes were made & see who used which route and whether it matched the one I had worked out previously.  

Tony & Stephen were great in-between competitors answering my questions, showing me the scoring and how to log on the sheets for the team who tirelessly compile the results for us all (Thank you!) 

I really enjoyed the day, the cake (of course) and the company.  A little give back every so often goes a long way! If you get the chance to steward do it! 

Albeit selfishly, I hope I’m competing at the next one! 

Thanks again WDDC.


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