Well so far, the weather has been really kind to us, but equine flu has played a big part in equine events prompting horse and venue owners to rethink their approach. In respect of this WDDC Committee has agreed that as a club we will insist that all horses/ponies have proof of up to date vaccinations. The challenge is which venues we use and their rules e.g. whether this is evidence of 6 monthly boosters or the annual booster – we will endeavour to choose venues which require the latter and then it is personal choice on the 6-monthly booster.
Following our planning session in January at Lincomb we have put together a programme for 2019 which we think reflects feedback e.g. a good combination of drives and events to which we can add. For example, we have not planned anything for July but several of you said you would be willing to organise something, so we have left this free to accommodate additional activities. However please feel free to look at other months and contact the committee accordingly.
Camp is 3 days again this year with the option of arriving on Thursday or Friday depending upon the time of your lesson. The application form is attached, and we would appreciate a prompt return so we can plan the training schedule. Please note that the “no dogs” rule still applies at Lincomb Equestrian Centre.
Reflecting on 2018\19 we are really pleased with how the club has performed. For example, the Try Driving was a great success thanks to all those who helped (equine and human) and many of our club whips have been busy with the indoor driving trials – see the club results in this newsletter. We have also grown our membership and I think it is testament to the friendliness of the club and its members who go out of their way to help and support newcomers. We have a good reputation as a grass roots club, and this is significant in encouraging more people into carriage driving.
I look forward to the 2019 season and joining you at the numerous events (both WDDC and other clubs’), and, on behalf of the Committee, thank you for your continued support, enthusiasm, and friendship. We must remain mindful that we all do this as a hobby and we need to retain that sense of fun and enjoyment. Long may it continue.
Best wishes and good luck for 2019.
CAROLYN AND IVAN MEREDITH.
Carol and Ivan have moved from Mount Pleasant Farm where the Club has held many enjoyable events over the years. We owe them a big debt of gratitude for their hospitality (including tea and cakes at the end of the day!) and hope they will be very happy in their new home. We look forward to seeing them at Club events in the future.
Their new address is: The Rectory, Elmley Lovett, Droitwich, Worcestershire
Tachographs on Heavy Goods Vehicles – new form required.
You must declare if a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) is exempt from needing a tachograph when you take it for its annual test (MOT).
When you next take your horse box for MOT test, you will need to take with you an HGV tachograph exemption declaration form.
The form is available to download from www.gov.uk. Search for ‘tacho exemption form DVSA75’
You can use this form for HGVs that don’t have a calibrated tachograph and are exempt.
The form needs to be given to the tester when the vehicle is tested.
2018/19 Indoor Driving Trials
Despite Equine Flu the Indoor Driving Trials have gone very well with Wolverley members supporting several events, mostly with the Midlands group. This year the organising and running has been in the hands of Clare Marley and Tony Cowles, with Andrew Williams at the helm with cones and obstacle design, and Linda Wiggin and Olive Belcher judging the P&P element. They have all done a great job which has been very much appreciated. Our club members have done well in the points league as follows: –
Novice Pony: Open Pony:
1st Darren Wall* 3rd David Smith
2nd Christine McCloud
3rd Debbie Blakemore Small Pony:
4th Louise Wright 2nd Giselle Lockett
5th Sally Hodgson
6th Sarah Bartlett Small Pony Pair:
8th Tony Edwards 1st Rachel Reilly*
9th Clare Caldicott 3rd Julie Wedgbury
Pony Tandem: Pony Team:
1st Jackie Pillinger* 1st Julie Wedgbury*
1st Jeanie Jordan
2nd Julie Wedgbury
1st Alfie Foster*- Alfie has just joined the club. Welcome to Alfie and his family
2nd Millie-Mae Harrington – Millie-Mae has come a long way from the Try Driving Day last year
* Qualifiers for Keysoe. We wish them all the best.