Caldew Riding Club got its new season off to a great start with a well-attended and hotly-contested show at Greenlands. The club has been praised for making the show both fun and friendly as well as well-organised. There were classes to suit everyone from lead-rein beginners right up. Leah Donald took trophies with both Tweed and Yorkie after winning the 55 and 65cm pony classes respectively. Leah and Tweed also won the pony Mini and Mighty along with Chloe McHattie on Jiggy, while Siobhan Picken and Harris won the 75cm horse class on Harris and then took the honours in the Mini and Mighty class along with Alex McHattie on Zante.
The 95cm pony class was taken by Ayesha Wise on Marvel while Chrissi Cameron and the ever exuberant Primadonna Girl won the horse section. The club’s next date is the popular jumpcross show at Glasson on April 13th. Greenlands also played host to the third in a series of indoor carriage driving competitions. The overall champion was Chris Ainscough with Max, knocking John Nisbet and his Arabo-Friesian horse Otto into Reserve.
Junior driver Alicia Fraser won the Novice, while blind driver Lewis Shaw won the junior class with veteran pony Tiffy for the third time. Louise Kaiholm won the pairs with Stephie White in second. Chris also won the multiples with Amanda Nisbet’s tandem of spotty ponies, pushing Amanda into second place with her team.
Meanwhile, the locally based Sports Driving Unlimited charity which gives disabled drivers the opportunity to carriage drive is so short of funds it’s had to curtail many individual sessions for the foreseeable future. Organisers say this is absolutely tragic, especially for the drivers who find the regular boost they gain from driving these very special ponies has far reaching therapeutic effects.
The never-ending rain is hitting the British Eventing calendar. The event scheduled to be held at Somerford Park on 8 and 9 March has been cancelled due to the prolonged wet weather and waterlogged ground as has the fixture at Draycott House in Derbyshire on April 6 and 7. There’s better news from the Richmond Equestrian Centre which has confirmed it will be open for the Baileys Jump Training Championship qualifier on February 22.
And the organisers of the first Aston Le Walls event of the season on March 1-2 say they’re confident it will go ahead. Many of the event’s dressage classes as well as all of the showjumping are likely to be held on the centre’s large new artificial surface. A new Area Rep is needed for British Showjumping’s Area 14 – which covers North Cumbria. It follows the decision by Sarah Clifford to step down after holding the position for several years. It’s a voluntary position and if you’re interested, contact Nicky Dobbins on 02476698861 by close of play on Friday February 14. The CFHN branch of the Pony Club is holding a WH Show at Greenlands on Saturday March 1, pre-entries cost £8 per class. Entries will also be taken on the day at a cost of £10 per class. A Table Top tack sale’s being held at Cumwhinton Village Hall on Friday February 28, with all proceeds going to Eden Animal Rescue.
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