Eight Victorian drivers ventured north into NSW to the small town of Murrami (between Griffith and Leeton) over the weekend. Murrumbidgee Carriage Driving Club have established a very good venue for their Level 3 CDE. Although the strong wind raised quite a bit of dust for the dressage and cones all drivers managed to survive the elements to front up for the marathon the next day. Saturday evening saw most competitors, club workers and officials head over to the Fire Shed for a very warm and filling meal. Next morning the wind had dropped somewhat but so had the temperature with everyone well rugged up if they were out early. The Self Stewarding event was well organised and presentations were made at 3.00pm allowing everyone to head for home nice and early. Put this event on your radar for next year. It is a great event and perfect for the start of the season. Results Pictured above Margaret Sperrin (winner of Novice Small Pony) and Julie Mackay Photos by Nicole Barry
Victorian Indoor Series Final
Twenty finalists presented to the judges at the Victorian Indoor Series Final on Sunday September 9th at Broadhangar Indoor Arena at Kalkallo. These drivers had all earned the right to compete at the final by qualifying at two Indoor series events held during the season.
Precision and Paces judges, Cheryl Dowling and Nicole Linic completed their judging in good time to allow the Cones Course to be erected by the many helpers. Best overall Precision and Paces score was won by Tracey Tuohy driving Lorabella Harmony whilst the best overall Cones score was won by Bernadette Lewis driving Astro Star (pictured above). Following a short lunch break when the obstacles were placed in position, drivers harnessed up and tackled the last phase of the competition. Best time in the Obstacles was also produced by Bernadette Lewis and Astro Star.
Congratulations to all winners; Single Small Pony - Bernadette Lewis and Astro Star, Single Large Pony - Julie Mackay driving Poppy, Single Horse - Phil Marshall and T.W. Homelands Sapling, Multiple - Andrew Pollock driving Wylandra Harry and Wylandra Poppy, First Season Competitor - Jenny Demaio with Moondale Onyx and the VSE class was won by Jan Moore driving Gallandeer Ridge Matisse. Results
Congratulations and many thanks to Oaklands Horse and Carriage Club members who conducted the event. Job well done.
Final Indoor Qualifier held at KalKallo on August 26th
Oaklands Horse & Carriage Driving Club held the final Indoor Qualifier at Broadhangar Equestrian Centre on Sunday August 26th. As the Indoor Championship will be held at this venue on September 9th, many drivers took the chance to have a run under similar conditions. Pictured above Club member Kim Filmer who will be competing at the Indoor Championships. Photo by Sandra Fleming Results Program & Entry for the Indoor Championships
Indoor Series continues at Inverleigh
Two days of competition were held over the weekend conducted by the Geelong and District Carriage Drivers at their home ground at Inverleigh. Although competitors were treated to some cold and windy weather all drivers had a very enjoyable weekend of competition. Pictured above Mandy Lawrence and Julie Mackay. Thanks to Sandra Fleming for photos Results
Northern Country hosts Indoor Weekend at Koonoomoo
Northern Country Carriage Drivers held an Indoor event (held outdoors) over the weekend. The event was well attended despite the cold weather we have all experienced over the last few weeks. It was great to see new drivers and, in some cases new horses, enjoying the encouraging courses. The Indoor Series continues to be a very successful innovation to get new combinations out and about and keep seasoned competitors in tune over the winter. Pictured below, junior driver, Isabelle Beecroft having her first competitive drive. Results
Indoor season continues
Mornington Peninsula Pleasure Harness Club conducted an Indoor qualifier over the weekend of June 30th/July 1st. The event was run at Emu Plains and, although the weather was unkind the first day, all competitors had a great time. Some modifications were made due to the water on the course but all agreed it was a great event. Results Pictured above Tracey Tuohy. Below Mandy Lawrence and Margaret Sperrin The next Indoor Qualifer will be held in the north of the state conducted by Northern Country Carriage Drivers on the weekend of July 28th & 29th. Entry details and other info can be found on the Calendar.
Indoor Series commences at Elmore
The Indoor Series kicked off over the weekend with the first qualifier held at Elmore Equestrian Park, Elmore, Victoria. The weather gods did their stuff and two days of glorious sunshine allowed all competitors to enjoy the wonderful facilities. What a wonderful innovation the indoor comps are, giving novice drivers and novice ponies and horses a great introduction to carriage competition. Class winners were offered a Boyd Exell cap, the first ones to be brought to Australia. Thanks must go to Peter Harkness for supplying all the equipment, Peter Lee for scoring all weekend, Phil, Glenda and Cody Marshall for stewarding, setting up, packing up and many other tasks. Thanks to the judges, Vicki Stevenson, Deb Fuller and Arthur Walter and also the catering crew, Debbie Harvey and Christine Christie. Thanks to all competitors who also pitched in when they weren't driving. Special thanks to Gwenifer Hack from On Track Park Consultants who provided sponsorship for the raffle prizes. Pictured above Phil Marshall driving Ben Kindblad's horse Homelands Sapling, Victoria Jerman and Jan Moore sizing up the opposition and Peter Lee sporting his new BE cap. Results
The next Indoor competition will be held on next weekend, June 30th and July 1st at Emu Plains run by the Mornington Peninsula Pleasure Harness Club. Programs and entry forms are available on the Calendar.
The Indoor Series is a great way to get into the sport of Combined Driving by just giving a taste of each of the three phases. Indoor competitions include a Precision and Paces phase, which is just like a short dressage test in a smaller arena than normal. A shortened Cones Course is then driven with usually about 10 sets of cones. After a break drivers are given the opportunity to walk and plane their routes through two obstacles. As everyone is all walking together, newcomers can get valuable
Oaklands Horse and Carriage Driving Club conducted an ACDS Level 2, an FEI 1* and 2*, an EA Participation event as well as a Dressage Judges Clinic and Course Designers Workshop over the weekend of April 27th to 30th at the Greenvale Equestrian Centre. This was the first time in many years an FEI Driving Event has been run in Victoria and was supported financially by the EA Development Fund.
Drivers travelled from as far as northern NSW, SA and all over Victoria to compete at the event. To comply with FEI requirements some officials must come from overseas. James Rooney from the UK judged in the dressage arena whilst Christian Iseli from Switzerland officiated as the TD for the event. Other judges and officials included Dot Willcoxson, Jen and Ty Nichols, Christine Gibbons, Cynthia Doherty, Peter Harkness, Karen Rogers and Andrea Webb.
A huge thank you must go to Peter Lee, Peter Harkness and Cheryl Dowling who worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the event, during and after the event to make a successful weekend of driving competition. Pictured above is Jackie Boyd competing in the 2* event. Photo by Janice Gorick Results
Dressage State and National Titles
Eastern Vic Pleasure Harness Club hosted the Victorian Graded Driven Dressage Championships and the Skye Park Equine Tailors Australian Graded Driven Dressage Championships over the weekend of April 14th and 15th at Maffra. The dressage arenas were magnificent to drive on and are probably the best in Australia. Despite the very windy and sometimes wet conditions, drivers managed to complete all their required tests. On Saturday evening a Freestyle to Music under lights was held with nine competitors presenting to the judges. At final presentations Tom Dowling thanked all sponsors, judges, stewards, club members and competitors. Results
Skye Park Australian CDE Championships
The Skye Park Australian CDE Championships were held over the Easter break at Witwood, the lovely property of Dot and Doug Willcoxson. The work that the members and friends of the Bungendore Carriage Driving Club had put in over the last twelve months was very evident. A huge extension to the clubrooms, a completely new obstacle and many improvements to other obstacles meant that the course and facilities were second to none in this country. Congratulations to all sponsors, competitors, organisers, volunteers and officials who were involved and a heartfelt thank you to the naming rights sponsor, Di Boardman of Skye Park rugs. Results Pictured below Ned Andrew and Ruby Lawrence on their way to winning the Novice Small Pony and Novice Large Pony classes respectively. Their Mum, Elizabeth Lawrence was also victorious in the Pony Team class. Photos by Linda Mace
Driven Dressage Qualifier at Huntly
Congratulations to Central Highlands Pleasure Harness Club who held a successful Graded Driven Dressage weekend at their grounds at Huntly over the weekend of March 24th and 25th. This was the last chance to qualify for the Victorian and Australian Dressage Championships in Maffra over the weekend of April 14th and 15th. At presentations Hilary Billett thanked all those who had helped at the event and in particular Dressage Judges Madeleine Bentley and Dawn Walter and Cones Judge, Karen Rogers. Pictured above is Julie Wilson driving Rupert winner of the VSE Dressage Hi-score prize kindly donated by club member Desiree Stewart. Results The latest Driven Dressage Grading List is available on the Dressage page under the Disciplines tab on the Menu Bar.
Victorian CDE Championships
The Sallan Reality Victorian CDE Championships were held over the weekend of March 10, 11 & 12 at Koonoomoo Rec Reserve and conducted by Carriage Horse Driving Trials Club. Forty eight competitors, including six pony teams, presented to the judges on Dressage Day. Marathon Day was hot and competitors were given some extra time to allow their horses to cope with the heat. A cool change overnight meant a lovely cool, breezy morning for competitors to tackle the cones course. At presentation awards the President of the club, Rob Robertson thanked all sponsors, organisers, stewards and competitors. Pictured above, State President Bernadette Lewis with her pony Astro Star winners of the Intermediate Small Pony class. Results
The latest Driven Dressage Grading List is available on the Dressage Discipline page. Please check your points.
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Updated September 17th, 2018