News Letters

Indoors 21/10/17

The new season got off to a flying start at Reaseheath despite Storm Brian causing a number of withdrawals. The club was delighted to welcome a number of new faces as well as some familiar faces with new ponies.

Largest class of the day was the Novice Pony.  Speedy obstacle times saw Heidi Weijburg and her popular pony,  Popeye,  move up from fourth to first place, with Julie Neary a close second, birthday girl Jodie Bennett third and Sally Massey with new pony Bob in fourth. The challenging cones course proved to be the deciding phase in the Club Novice class having the biggest impact on final scores. Less than 5 penalties separated eventual winner Debbie Blakemore from Kirsty Regan in second.  A good cones round saw Paul Lawton move up from sixth to third and some good obstacles times kept him ahead of fourth placed Helen Naden. Kelly Rush took fifth just ahead of  Loraine Jones in sixth.

“If you want to get ahead get a hackney” was the clear theme in the combined open pony class with 4 of the 5 entries forward being hackneys.  Leader of the pack was Ruth Lancaster with Stapleford Stepping Out, a rare solo outing for this pony who usually makes up one half of Ruth’s hackney pair. Second by the narrowest of margins was Ruth’s sister Rachel. We’ll be watching this sibling rivalry with interest as the season unfolds. Three exciting new Intermediate Pony combinations took 3rd to 5th places. An accurate and timely cones round pulled Kacie Lawton ahead of  Oliver Bennett to take 3rd and 4th respectively.  Ondine King took 5th place with her 4 year old hackney stallion who behaved impeccably on his first competitive outing. Julie Tomasik took the Club open pony class ahead of Emma Jones with her promising young cob, Billy, and our other  birthday girl, Carole Redgrave, and her Welsh cob Jerry finished a creditable third at his first indoor event.

Libby Castle had the Novice Horse Qualifier to herself.  Meanwhile Miriam Parker and Chris Taylor battled it out in the Club Novice class with Chris the eventual winner. An even closer competition between Rebecca Taylor and Fiona Aslaksen for third place was finally settled in Rebecca’s favour with less than one penalty separating them.

The combined Open Horse class was won convincingly by Colin Walmsley with a 15 point lead over Mark Riley who was also highest placed Intermediate Horse competitor just ahead of Ondine King in third. Ann Connolly was the sole entry in the Club Open Horse, but had a very competitive P&P score of  31.75.

Sole multiples turnout on the day was Rachel Reilly whose flying small pony pair drove some of the fastest obstacle times of the day.

We look forward to seeing you all again in November for another exciting event!


A message from John and Sue Lloyd:

“Would you please convey our thanks to all (underlined) club members for their kindness and best wishes.
We are very grateful to Anne and all who helped make Llanymynech this year and understand it was a great success.

John had a very difficult hospital appointment on the Friday just prior
to Llanymynech and hope you can all understand us keeping a low profile over the weekend.

Thank you again for all your good wishes”

John and Sue

The usual organisers John and Sue Lloyd were greatly missed at this years Llanymynech event, however, Ann Connolly and her team stepped up and did an excellent job in their place. The water obstacles were stunning as usual and the decorations of the other obstacles were fabulous, especially the Castle Lloyd with it’s towering nights and damsel in distress! Congratulations to our President, Colin Walmsley for achieving the lowest score of the weekend! We hope that John is feeling better soon and wish him the best!


Please don’t forget to get your entries in early or on time for the evolution event (12th August) and Henbury Hall (26/27th August) other wise they may fall to the same fate as Gwysaney and risk cancellation!


A very successful novice qualifier event was completed at our brand new venue, Plas Newydd, Pontblyddyn, this weekend. The new venue exceeded expectations, providing an excellent setting for the qualifier in the rolling Welsh hills. Congratulations to Lyn Riley for achieving the lowest score of the weekend and to Elsa Herriman and Mark Riley for qualifying for the National championships. Thank you to all who helped to organise, set up and run this event, as new venues always produce challenges, however it all ended in a very enjoyable weekend and we have kindly been invited back next year.


Dont forget our next event at Llanymynech, on the 15/16th July. Entries close this Friday the 30th June (please see entry form for details)! We look forward to seeing you there.


The beginning of the season has kicked off to a strong start with our first two day trials event at Home Farm, Backford. There was a good entry of 34, welcoming new faces from other regions as well as being well supported by our own members. Despite showers on Saturday making the cone course slightly more challenging the event was greatly enjoyed by all, especially the newly designed obstacles and marathon course, particularly the new water obstacle. Thank you to Nigel Torrens Photography for attending on the Sunday, some fabulous photos were taken and can be found on his Facebook page if anyone would like them. Nigel will be with us again at our next event at Erddig Hall on the 3-4th June (Please see entry form for details).


Finally thank you to all of the organisers and volunteers that ran this event making a wonderful start to the season. We are looking forward to seeing you all at Erddig.


A successful training weekend at Home Farm, Backford was held last weekend. Many thanks to Chris Ainscough and Fred Pendlebury for providing lessons. Turnouts were able to test three of the new obstacles including the new water obstacle, in preparation for our first two day trials event to be held on 13/14th May (entries closing on the 28th April). This event will be a good start to the season, providing six brand new obstacles and approximately a 12km marathon, with hot meals available on the Saturday evening. Watch this space for further information.


Congratulations to all Chester members who competed at the British National Indoor Championships, Keysoe this weekend.

All did fantastically well, making the club proud and the results are as follows:

Colin Walmsley – 6th – Veteran

Ruth Lancaster – 7th – Pony Pairs

Rachel Lancaster – 10th – Open Pony

Trevor Wear – 14th – Open Pony

Oliver Bennett – 1st – Novice Junior

Kacie Lawton – 5th – Novice Junior

Ondine King – 2nd – Novice Horse

Jill Pickup – 6th – Novice Horse

Sean Lewis – 2nd – Intermediate Junior

Mark Riley – 3rd – Intermediate Horse

Julie Wedgbury – 1st – Pony Team

Well done to all!


Thank you to all of the volunteers pictured here, creating new obstacles at Home Farm,  Backford on Sunday 3rd April. Special thanks to the people who left before the photo shoot who were, Diana Rimmer, Carol Fearnley and Gordon and Miriam Parker and Tim. Here’s to the start of the 2017 outdoor season! Your committee.

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 “At the BC AGM , it was announced that Affiliated Clubs must fall into line with regard to the BC ruling on Back/Body Protectors or they risk falling foul of BC Insurance requirements. Therefore, from January 1st 2016, both Driver & Groom must wear one for the Marathon phase of Outdoor Comps. Under 18’s have to wear one at all times when on a carriage. We were also led to believe that we could be acting negligently if we do not insist on them for Indoor Driving Trials as well so, from Jan 1st 2016, all Drivers & Grooms must wear one for all phases of Indoor Trials- this is the same as the ICD Ruling. “