EACDG Club Championships 2015 at Ashfields

Wow and amazing just about sums up our Club Championships this year. Being our last event of the year and having 3 days to savour the event made for a very relaxing and social event! I know it was a strain for some to make the 3 days, but for those that did we could not have imagined how much fun we would have! The atmosphere was magical, bringing out the very best in everyone, horses and the weather! What a successful event in every way!

Terry Chambers kindly allowed us to use his gorgeous property, how lucky are we to have such a great patron of our sport?

The flags were quite literally out for us along the drive, the grass manicured perfectly, every road way and path swept, all this and the flower arrangements gave the championships a national feel!

Wilf designed us a great marathon course and yet again the sun shone on us!

Our TD Malcolm Aickin did a great job and always seemed in the right place at the right time! Lorna was everywhere, not sure how she does it!

The sashes (organised by Emily Viller) were very popular with our winners, as were our massive Rosettes! Thank you Fiona Powell for sharing a photo of your prize with us!

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Thanks to our judges Jacki Clarke – Annabel Jenks – Sarah Jane Cooke and Barry Marshal. A massive thank you to Carol and John Meredith for a great cones course! Thank you to our writers Catherine Aickin and Lucy Fletcher and A movers Patricia Goodrum and our TD Malcolm Aickin also covering this job.

A massive thank you to all the many hands that helped to steward, build, organise and tidy, as well as Jen and her team in the kitchen for keeping us all so well fed all weekend!

Sonny Hillier and Dan Naprous brought along young horse teams for their first taste of competition, looking good! And great to see Derek Mayes out competing after sadly losing one of his horses.

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Sonny Hillier and his new team!

The cones competition was followed by a driven presentation of prizes for each class. I loved watching the Novice class, Louise Garnham won Novice but her horse Ben doesn’t enjoy presentations, she came in on foot while Wilf drove Ben round outside the ring, dear Alfie Budd, ever the gentlemen, offered Louise a lift for the lap of honour. I think this summed up the whole weekend for me, the sportsmanship and friendliness of carriage driving captured in this picture.

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Geraldine Stephenson and her über fast ponies won the pony barrage competition!

Wilf came up with the idea Saturday night that we should have a cones Barrage event at the end of the competition on the Sunday, he started the pot off with £250 and donations came in to make the pot up to a massive £500, this was divided between the first 3 ponies and first 3 horses! The pair drivers were limited to the trot and the cones were at team width, just to make sure everyone drove flat out! The winnings ensured we kept about 18 teams back at the end of the 3 days to compete for the pot! I so enjoyed myself not just taking part but watching on, my favourite was Amelia and Graham Roose, was it just the start of the year Amelia was feeling a little overwhelmed by her dear Pluto’s turn of speed? Well no more they positively galloped round the course, I know that Wilf wondered if they would make the turn from 14 to 16, but they did and came 3rd overall and in the money! The winner was Susan Skeggs (also winner of open horse) and her super fast horse, what an amazing pairing they are! The pony winners were Geraldine Stephenson pair of greys, they were like the proverbial —- off a shovel’

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Ashfields nationals 2nd – 4th May

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With only 7 weeks to go until the Ashfields national, this years party theme Is “Back to the 80′s”, so dig out you’re old shell suits and best Madonna wigs for the party of the season. There will be live entertainment and a DJ to party the night away. We look forward to seeing you all.

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calling all stewards

East anglia carriage driving group are going to be holding a stewards training day this coming Saturday the 15th, here at Ashfields. A free lunch will be provided, please contact east anglia driving group if you are interested in attending.

Zoe Morgan is looking for stewards to come and help with our national event on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May. If you are interested please call on 07770944868.

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NEWSFLASH

Due to the amount of rainfall we have had over the last few months, we are sorry to say the ground here at Ashfields is still saturated.Therefore we are having to postpone the training event and one day show that was due to be held on the 22nd and 23rd of April. The new dates for this event are the 10th and 11th May.

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Training days at Ashfields with Minta Winn

We are pleased to announce the dates for this years training with Minta Winn. These courses are aimed at the newbie driver/pony/horse combination who want to have a go at dressage, cones and obstacles, both indoors and outdoors weather permitting, if you are not sure get in touch and ask and I am sure we can help.
Everyone taking part must be a member of a driving group BDS/BHS/BC or your local driving group, proof of insurance will be required. Dates as follows;

Feb 20th Wednesday (half term) 10am-4pm
Feb 22nd Saturday 1pm-5pm
March 9th Sunday 10am-4pm
April 12th Saturday 10am-4pm
May 28th Wednesday 1pm-8pm
July 23rd Wednesday 1pm-8pm

Please book with Minta Winn on 07771 900100, Facebook Minta Winn or email aramintawinn@btinternet.com.
Costs £35 per lesson

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