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Welcome to the website of Chester Horse Driving Trials Ltd.

A friendly and welcoming driving trials club, providing opportunities for all abilities. Our events are held at locations across Cheshire and North Wales, throughout the year.

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Andrew Goodden

As we are sure many of you will have heard, the club has recently lost a dear friend Andrew Goodden; loving husband of Lesley and father to Zoe.

Andrew passed away on the 22nd April having suffered a heart attack. The Committee, and I am sure, all it’s members, sends its deepest sympathy to Lesley and Zoe during what must be a very difficult and harrowing time for them and their family.

For those that may not know, Andrew and Lesley were that wonderful couple, who more often than not, did the harness check and setting off for the Marathons at our club events. Andrew also often took on the role as TD at our competitions, including Novice Qualifiers at Llanymynech.

So, what can we tell you about Andrew and Lesley that you may or may not know? They both joined the club in the early 1990’s and it really was a family event, with Andrew’s parents and niece Gayle often helping out as obstacle (or hazards as they were called back in the early days) stewards, and of course his beloved Daschunds.

Andrew was well acquainted with Halkyn Mountain, having attended the first event there. Now, was it the wildlife or the stunning scenery that made him so fascinated with the terrain? No, it was the fact that, when they were ready to leave, on the Sunday, Andrew realised that he had lost the wagon keys, probably somewhere up on the mountain. It turned out that the wagon keys had actually gone off home in Ursula’s lorry. Colin kindly accepted Lesley and Andrew into a family party, and provided a stable for pony Joe, until Lesley’s Dad could bring the keys back for them.

Andrew and Lesley first competed with their little spotty pony Joe and soon moved onto driving Tandem with ‘the boys’ their Eriskay ponies (who they often showed at rare breed events).

Andrew was always more than willing to share his knowledge and offer support to new drivers and was especially supportive of our Junior members for whom he always made time to share any advice and offer encouragement. On one occasion, when acting as TD at Llanymynech Novice Qualifier, Andrew was more upset than Emma when he had to tell her she was eliminated due to missing a compulsory gate on the marathon.

As a couple, they also founded the ‘Blinkers’ indoor driving club at Hunters Gate. This led to the club getting involved and developed into the creation of the indoor events that you all know and support during the winter months.

It is certainly going to be strange starting out on the marathon not seeing them both there and will certainly bring a lump to the throat of many of our competitors as they set off on a Sunday….

R.I.P. Andrew you will be sorely missed


Results are now available on the results page for the event at Backford this weekend!

Well done to all Chester Members that competed at Ashfields this weekend. Especially Lynn Riley Winning Novice Horse!



2 day trials at Henbury Hall, Nr Macclesfield

2-3rd June2018

Please see entry form for details

Closing date for entries is Friday 18th May


   Please come along and join us, or support us as a “Helper” you never know you may get the bug!! We would love to see you at one of our next events!

Would you like to join us? Please come along and see us at one of our Events.

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We look forward to welcoming you! We also have a Facebook page-” Chester Horse Driving Trials Ltd” Please direct all queries and ideas for the website to anyone on the CHDTL Committee

  Recent Page Updates:

26.05.18 – Photo Gallery

07.05.18 – Results

01.05.18 – Dressage times