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Dressage times for Mostyn are now available on the 2013 events page (under the Mostyn event).
As usual, harness check for Novice / Pre-novice will be 30 minutes before your test time. Penalties may be incurred if you are late for your check.
For anyone that didn’t get a chance to see the photographs from Backford, the link to the site is below (click on your event pages).
Had a few people advising problems opening the results for Backford, so have saved as a PDF as well as an Excel file.
As far as Mostyn in concerned, we have had a few more entries, so are on for this event.
Welcome back from a sunny, cloudy, wet and hailstone Backford (normal summer has resumed). Initial feedback from the event has been positive and for those who could not make the presentation, or this event, we have an opportunity to have this location as a regular event (and after all we are Chester), with the potential for permanent obstacles to be sited around the course!
A personal thank you to Dave (the owner), who could not do enough for us over the days leading up to this event.
Anyone wishing to use this facility as a farm ride or drive, the website is http://www.homefarmcountryride.webs.com/
As far as our next event (Mostyn) is concerned, we should now in the next day or so if we have enough entries to make this event viable, so please watch this space.
Finally, we nearly had to lose an obstacle this weekend due to a lack of available stewards. PLEASE, if you know anyone who would like to come along and help, can you put them in contact with Sue Pridding or Sally Massey.
To clear up any confusion, you will be allowed the normal pens / portable stabling on the lorry park at Backford, but as it has had horses on (they came off at the weekend), there is very little grazing on the park. If you wish to hand graze during the event, there is plenty of grass next to the lorry park.
Also, a few notes of caution:
As you come through the livery yard (to get to the park), there is a protruding concrete block on the left had side. This will be coned / marked, but please take note, especially if arriving at night.
As you enter the lorry park, there will be an area sectioned off on the immediate left, as it is very uneven and there is a concrete base that sticks out.
Water will be available on the lorry park.
Do not park in the erea sectioned off at the far left corner of the field, as this is near the end of E, so we need to keep clear for returning competitors.
Please be aware for this season, we will be trialling our Marathons without the 1k walk. As you may have seen on the BHDTA site, National events are removing the need to walk in this section. As we tend to struggle with helpers at club events and with this section being at any pace we are going to trial this year with Section A, followed by a 5 minute halt before start of E.
Our friendly saddler has confirmed that he will be coming along to Comberbach, so if you have any work that needs doing before the start of the season (or work to be picked up), he will be there all weekend
Not long got back from Backford to check out the land and route. Plenty of parking, permenant loo’s and once again the luxery of HOT WATER! If anyone is available to help, we will be there from Thursday morning (9th May) and need help flagging the marathon route, building and flagging obstacles etc…..
The more the merrier so please don’t be shy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available to help.
Times for dressage lessons as below
9.30 Julie Neary. 9.30 Fay Sanders
10.15 Phylis Lee. 10.15 Margaret Paddock
11.10 Jill Pickup. 11.10 Joseph Carney
11.55 Clive Jones. 11.55 Sandra Ormerod
1.40 Carol Wilkson
2.25 Clive Jones
There will be a “shindigs” in the marquee this Saturday night at Comberbach Practice Weekend. H has volunteered to cook his famous steaks ( from Sal’s butcher ) . £7.50 will get you a steak plus salad and some boiled spuds. If you would like to join us , please let H know before 6pm weds night. Everyone is asked to donate a pudding!! Bring your own table, chairs, cutlery, crockery and drinks. This will be our chance to give our Champion Chairman Colin, a well-deserved round of applause for his performance at Keysoe!
Please be aware that due to the recent “spring” weather, we have had to switch the training weekend to Comberbach. We have used this facility before and the land is very well drained. Full details to the event are as per the attached link and will be posted CHDTG as per usual events.
If anyone was not coming to Erddig and may be interested in attending the revised event, please contact Lyn ASAP.
Don’t forget that entries for the Erddig practice weekend close this Friday, please ensure you get your entries in, as we need to know numbers for both days.
If anyone is available, Trudie is looking for a lightweight backstepper to help out at the practice weekend. Planning to take it fairly easy, so doesn’t need to be a seasoned veteran. Just need someone fairly light to be on the back during dressage practice, cones, obstacles and if going out for a drive around the lanes. Don’t need to be available all day both days and I might even make you a bacon butty! Contact email@example.com if you are interested in helping out.
Well, a new season is nearly upon us once again and fingers crossed for a half decent summer!
There has been some confusion with regards to entry forms, so to make things simepl, all entry forms can now be found on the “Forms and Documents” page on this site. I have deleted the ones on other pages and updated the date for Llanymynech.
All entrants should have received details for Sunday’s arena challenge. CHDTG welcome visitors and there will be commentary throughout the event so please come along and see what we are all about. No charge for spectators and there will be hot food available from on site catering.
Warm up starts at around 10:30 Sunday with first timed rounds starting at around 11:00
We have novice pony, novice horse, open pony, open horse and multiples.
Please come along and support the club and this event.
Heather Hulme has asked me to put a copy of the letter from North West Air Ambulance, but unfortunately the letter will not scan very well onto the site. I have taken a copy of the letter as below:
“On behalf of everyone at the North West Air Ambulance charity, I would like to thank you for the generous donation of £625 received in memory of your brother . I am truly sorry to hear of his death. Your letter tells us that he will be sincerely missed but never forgotten.”
Reminder that the CHDTG AGM is this Sunday starting 12:00 prompt. This is your chance to have your say about how the club and its events are run.
Club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 24th February at Erddig, starting 12:00 prompt. See below link for agenda.
Anyone wishing for copies of the accounts prior to the AGM, please contact Lyn directly (we will not be posting the accounts online).
ARENA CHALLENGE- NEW FORMAT.
At our next Arena Driving Challenge on Sunday March 24th at Reaseheath EC, we will be trialling a different format. The aim is to make the competition more “user-friendly”. The day will proceed as follows:- ( timings are based on the number of entries we had in December so obviously are likely to alter depending on how many we get in March )
10.00 am-10.20am Novice Drivers ( horse & pony ) walk the course.
10.40am Novice Drivers drive one practice round.
11.20am Novice Drivers drive 1st timed round
12.00 Novice Drivers drive 2nd timed round in positional order
12.40pm Open Drivers ( horse & pony ) walk the course whilst Novice Drivers’ Presentation takes place- “mounted” in Outdoor Arena ( Health & Safety) . Stewards’ break.
1.30pm Open Drivers drive one practice round followed after short breather ( 1 minute ) by 1st timed round
2.15pm Open Drivers drive 2nd timed round in positional order
2.30pm Multiples Drivers walk the course whilst Open Drivers’ Presentation takes place “mounted” in Outdoor Arena
3.10pm Multiples Drivers drive one practice round followed after short breather ( 1 minute ) by 1st timed round
3.40 Multiples Drivers drive 2nd timed round in positional order
4.00pm Multiples Drivers’ Presentation takes place in Outdoor Arena. ( course is dismantled in Indoor Arena )
This format will mean that you can turn up in time for your class and then either go home after it, or tuck your horse/pony up on the wagon whilst you watch the other classes. It will mean hitching up only once and working-in will be a constant on-going movement in the Outdoor Arena where you will be expected to remain during your section.
Rosettes and Sashes to Class winners ( Horse & Pony ) plus rosettes to 3rd place and Rosettes & Sashes to Winning Backsteppers. Multiples is a combined class.
Approximate Times will be announced as soon as is possible after closing date of entries.
17th February now confirmed for replacement IHDT Qualifier at Reaseheath. ( To replace the one that was cancelled )
Entry form for the next Arena Challenge (24th March) can now be found on the forms and documents page.
AGM is set for Sunday 24th Feb at Erddig, time will be confirmed shortly.
We can also confirm that we will be holding a training / practice weekend at Erddig on the 20th – 21st April.
The Hulme family would like to thank CHDTG members and
friends for providing many, many happy memories for their beloved husband, Dad,
and Grandad, BEV on this very sad day.The family especially want
everyone who is involved with the club to know that you all played a part
in Bev’s enjoyment of the horse driving trials and he was often found at
his happiest helping out on the back step, supporting Heather and Charli in
their driving, or polishing, fetching and carrying, even just washing up. We
hope you will all remember him on those balmy, spontaneous summer evenings,
glass of red in hand, feeding the fire and relaying anecdotes of the day to his
Fondest Memories to dear, dear Bev on his sudden and unexpected passing,
11th January 2013
With all our love, Heather, Charli, Linzi, Jonny, Carey
Results from Saturday’s Arena Challenge are now posted on the results page. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and considering this was our first outing into this type of event, I don’t think it could have run any smoother.
Results from Saturday’s Adlington event and the current points table have both been updated on the indoor page.
Please see Indoors events page for the Start Times for our Arena Challenge on Saturday. Please note, these times are approximate. We are allowing 4 minutes per Competitor but obviously some will be less, some possibly more so please make sure you are warmed-up and ready to go at least 10 minutes beforehand. There is a superb, large warm-up arena outside of the main Indoor Arena. There will be stewards calling you in so please be polite & helpful when they call you to come in- they have given up their day for us! The Course will be Open to walk at 10am prompt. Everyone will have 15 minutes to walk & memorise it! These timings will be strictly adhered to in order that the day runs on time. Everyone will drive the course once as a warm-up/practice round. Then, immediately after the last Driver’s warm-up round, the First Driver will begin their 2nd round which will be against the clock. There may be a very short break ( for our hard working Stewards and Helpers ) before Round 3 is driven, which is also against the clock. The winner of each Class will be the one with the fastest combined Times.
The points league for the 2012-2013 Indoor Competitions is now available on the Indoors Events page (2012-13).
Entry form for the Arena Challenge are now available on the Admin – Entry Forms page.
And so the winter draws in. Don’t forget clocks go back one hour this weekend folks!
Details for the Christmas Arena challenge are now available on the indoor 2012-2103 events page and further updates will be posted in the coming weeks. Looks like a cracking event and we will welcome anyone who would like to come along and see what it is all about.
Due to the lack of interest, the indoor dressage clinic (see 13th Sept) has been cancelled. A more financially viable venue is being looked into, so watch this space for any update.
If of interest, there is a dressage clinic planned for 14th October at Tushingham Nr Witchurch.
Entry details are as per forms below and any entries are to be sent to the contact details on the form and not to Lyn.
dressage entry form.docx
CHDTG are looking for a volunteer to take up the role of helpers co-ordinator, ideally would be suited to a non competitor, as some organisation at events may be required. If you are interested in this position, please email Guy or Colin using details from the contacts page.
The new club membership form can now be found on the admin page of this site. Please note for non BHDTA members, the membership fee now includes the insurance premium (as agreed in last AGM). If anyone has problems opening the file, please email me (Guy Benest) via the details on the contact page. Please note, due to a slight technical error (for now), in order to access the new membership form, click on the button that says “Admin Stuff” and the file will be in blue text at the top of the page (doesn’t appear on the drop down at the moment if you just hover your cursor over the button). Hope this makes sense and will try and sort out ASAP
Henbury results are now posted on the results page.
Update on who won what for the end of season awards will be posted in the coming days. For those that made it to Henbury and to the Juniors that competed, we hope you all had an eventful free weekend and that you all made it home safe and sound. Far to many people to thank for putting on this event and I won’t embarrass any individuals by naming them (we all know who they are though). Couple of sore heads reported on Sunday morning and a few sore voices as well!
Think 2012 will go down as the season that never really got started, as the weather has certainly taken it’s toll on the season and forced a few last minute changes / cancellation of events. We do of course have to take into account the safety of our competitors, helpers and of course the horses and ponies. We also have to take into consideration the potential impact of the ground we are hiring and the financial consequences.
Anyway, as this season now draws to a close (good luck to all going to Windsor by the way), we can now start to look forward to another season of indoor driving and will post updates in the coming weeks.
Dressage times for club entries are now available on the Henbury events page.
In case anyone has problems accessing files:
Novice horse starts 10:30, Pre-Novice 11:00, Novice Pony 11:50, Open Pony 14:00, Open Horse 14:40, Pony Multiple 15:00, Horse Pairs 15:40
Please note the competitors may not be running in sequential order so please note your start times (and don’t forget 30 minutes for Novice presentation).
Will post the helpers list on the events page later tonight as well
Entries are very low for Henbury, so depending on final numbers there may be a change of plan regarding the Sat night celebrations. If you have not yet entered as a club driver and you intend to compete, can you please contact Lyn by end of Tuesday so we can plan as appropriate.
I would just like to express our thanks and appreciation to everyone who supported us this weekend raising funds for Macmillan Nurses Cancer Support, at the moment having raised just over £2500. Our special thanks go to Lesley Gooden and Cate Hargreaves for judging and scoring. Also to Gwyn Thomas and Fay Sanders for marking out the 6 and 10 mile drives out over Halkyn Mountain. Thanks very very much from Team Walmsley/Jones!
Henbury Update: Once again our outdoor season is drawing to a close. It’s fair to say that this hasn’t been the best of years for us (or many other clubs for that matter), but we make the best with what we can do. Due to the loss of two events this season we have reduced the points qualifying criteria from four to three events for this season (don’t forget Henbury 2011 counts towards this years points championships). Can we also ask that anyone with trophies from last year, that these be returned to Lyn as early as possible so that we can get things ready for the presentation night (ideal opportunity if you are going to the charity event this weekend).
Entertainment wise, we willbe having the end of season awards followed by the usual dancing and frivolities! If anyone wouild like to join for the meal, we are having a hog roast with potatoes, salad and a sweet. Cost is £10 per person and will have a vegetarian option if requested. Entries for the Junior Championships will pick up theirs via Sheila and ours can be ordered via Lyn. If you want them posted out, please include a SAE, otherwise, can you please find Lyn on the Friday / Saturday of the event, as we will be too busy trying to find everyone that has ordered.
Results from the weekend are now available on the results page.
Details for the end of season do at Henbury will be available soon, but don’t forget entries close Friday 10th August.
Having a few probs trying to load the pics at the moment (keeps on crashing on me). Currently loading onto the club facebook account and will try the club site account later
Yeay, we’ve done an event at last! Welcome back to those who made it to the Mostyn Farm Ride event. Photo’s from the weekend are currently being loaded onto our Google+ account (currently at 44 of 221 pics loaded) and a link will be posted as soon as they have finished loading. We have Colin and Lyn’s charity event next weekend (think there may still be spaces available, so contact Colin or Lyn ASAP if you are interested) and then we will be fully focused on Henbury for our end of season party and presentation evening.
More details regarding Henbury to follow in the coming weeks.
Please note that directions to this weekends event have changed slighlty. Go past the entrance for Mostyn estate (event from earlier this year when that rare yellow thing was up in the sky). When you get to the end of the road turn right. You’ll go past a few houses and then come to a sweeping right bend. As you approach the bend, you will see a left turn which leads to Mostyn Farm Ride. Stay on the track and you will go past the dressage and cones field on your right. Just past this field is a farm yard where you go left, stay along the track and follow the signs for Farm Ride parking. Past the menage (was not there last year) and into the lorry park (same field as last year). There should be CHDTG signs going up as well. Party being held in the barn and details will be posted at the event for start times. Starting off with the 80′s quiz hosted by Bamber Redgrave, followed by yours truly on the decks (well a laptop) for some classic 80′s tunes. Also trying to sort out karaoke of sorts, so will see how the night goes! Don’t forget your tables and chairs
Helpers list and dressage times are now on the Mostyn events page. Just in case anyone has problems opening, the groups are as follows:
Pre-Novice 10:00 – 11:00 Novice 11:20 – 11:50 Open Pony 13:00 – 13:48 Open Horse 14:00 – 14:36 Multiples 15:00 - 16:00
Also, forgot to mention, anyone joining in the party on Saturday night, you need to bring tables and chairs, also being an 80′s night, I’m expecting to see bottles of Pony and Cherry B!!!!!! Anyone not joining for the meal, you are more than welcome to join in with the quiz and dancing.
We would also like to thank Steve and Angela Chambers for providing the sound system for the party. Also, there will be a TV set up on Friday night for those who would like to watch the Olympic opening ceremony and a Bring Your Own BBQ (you bring the food and H will bring the BBQ)
Please note that the entrance for Horse Boxes / trailers at this weekends event is through the main entrance to Mostyn Farm Ride and not through the gates that we used last year. Follow the signs for Mostyn Farm Ride / CHDTG. Also, for the party on Saturday, we are holding indoors, so no need for any extra gazebo’s.
As you may have noticed, we’ve gone 80′s retro again for this week.
Party night on Saturday, with a fun 80′s quiz, dancing to 80′s classics and then a live set at the end
Providing the weather stays as forecast we are actually planning to have a competition next weekend!!!!!!
Just been to Mostyn Farm Ride and will be a final confirmation on Tuesday evening (but looking good at the moment). We will also be holding the party that was planned for Erddig at this event (menu and theme as per previous plans), so time to break out the shoulder pads and rah rah skirts (oh and the ladies can get dressed up too)!
We would like anyone who has bought tickets for the party let Lyn know (please by email as Lyn a little under the weather at the moment) if they still plan to join us or not. Likewise, if you had not planned to come to Erddig, but can make Mostyn and would like to join us for the meal, please let Lyn know. Lyn’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
CHDTG would like to congratulate all the juniors for bringing home the team gold at the ICKD Junior World Trophy. Full details can be found on the BHDTA website and the Blog is well worth a read (and very funny in places)
Team Walmsley-Jones charity event this year is taking place at Brynford’s finest
Carriage Driving establishment! To raise much needed funds for Macmillan Nurses Cancer Support North Wales Division www.be.macmillan.org.uk
It will be held on the weekend 4th/5th August 2012.
Please remember, all proceeds are for a good cause,you never know when you may need their
services (hopefully never)! Entry will cover an indoor/outdoor dressage arena, in the fully manicured ‘Arena Brynford’.
Indoor test 2011 2B. A two tier cone course and 3 obstacles driven twice. Approximately 10k short route or 18k drive out on Sunday with spectacular views over the Welsh Mountains, the Cheshire Plains and even reaching as far as Blackpool on a clear day!
Entry also includes on Saturday evening a Hog Roast/barbeque for two people, provided and cooked by Brynford’s finest culinary expert (Benson) H. Also musical entertainment (all offers considered)!
So to enter this prestigious event, you can download your entry form on Admin stuff page-Entry Forms. Or email Lyn email@example.com
Enter NOW to avoid disappointment. Numbers will be limited.
Closing date 1/8/12
Despite our best attempts, we can’t go ahead with the revised Erddig event. Rained all last night at Erddig and at the moment we can’t even get the club trailers off the field! We are now looking at options for the party that was planned and will advise over the coming days.
Subject to confirmation, we are hoping to hold the Erddig event this weekend. Final decision from the landowners is expected Tues / Weds so watch this space. If you had entered for Erddig and cannot make this weekend, can you please let Lyn know ASAP. If you are a club member and had entered for Catton, please contact Lyn if you would like to enter this weekend.
As you may have seen on the home page, we have had to pull the event this weekend.
Weather permitting we will be holding the event next weekend so watch this space.
Erddig is on for the weekend
Dressage list is posted on the events page (forgot to change Charli from Novice Horse to Novice Pony and Angela Chambers should read pre-novice H/C), as is the list for helpers across both days.
Cones course is built and dressage going up Thursday afternoon along with the marquee and obstacle flagging. If anyone is available to help, please contact Colin Walmsley by phone (email is down at their home at the moment).
Can all entrants please respect parking guidlines, as we are having to try and keep to the bottom end of the lorry park. We will also try and limit the amount of turnouts using the warm up area at any one time, as this will be at the bottom of the cones course (not where you enter the cones so should not be any problems with trying to come out of the cones). There will be a clearly roped off area separating cones and warm up. So, things are moving along nicely and looking forward to the party on Saturday (note message from 3rd July regarding request for additional gazebo’s).
Hope you’ve got your dancing shoes on for Saturday night and that you have dragged some 80′s gear out of the loft!
We could do with knowing who can bring a gazebo to add to the marquee extension, as we are looking at in excess of 120 on the night. If you are planning to bring one, can you please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (please put gazebo in the heading), or send me a message on facebook. At least then we will have an idea of how many we will have.
Fingers crossed that the weather holds out for us, but I’m sure it won’t dampen the spirits (or lager).
Should have the times for Dressage in the next day or so for Erddig, so watch this space. I have also enclosed details of the party night on Saturday. Don’t worry if you haven’t bought a ticket for the “Chuck Wagon”, you are still more than welcome to come along and help celebrate the clubs 25th Anniversary.
Please note that cutlery and plates will be provided, so you only need to bring your tables, chairs and maybe a sociable sweet sherry! Don’t forget, if you have a spare gazebo, please bring along so that we can extend the club marquee.
Finally, after the drivers meeting (should be at 18:30), Sally will be welcoming all to partake in a Pimms to celebrate John’s 88th Birthday (so you can’t get more 80′s than that can you)
I have attached a copy of the menu for the Erddig Saturday night party. As previously advised, tickets are £7.50 (if you wish to have the meal). It is a Western (cowboy) themed menu and we have been advised that our caterers for the evening (Jacqui and Julie) will be able to accomodate a non spiced version (see menu for options). Food will be brought to your table and will be served throughout the evening. Just awaiting a few more details on what we have planned for the evening, so watch this space!!!
Julie Tomasik is looking for someone to groom for her at the CHDTG event. If anyone is interested, please send me an email and I’ll forward to Julie email@example.com
If anyone would like to make a donation when taking photo’s off the club site, I have a paypal account set up. You can make a donation to paypal account firstname.lastname@example.org and please mark the payment as CHDTG donation (for my traceability). I will keep a record of all monies transfered in and will add to the charity event that Colin and Lyn hold each year. No set fee and is on a donation basis only, so is entirely up to you if you would like to make a donation or not. If this goes down well, then I’m sure the likes of myself and “H” will continue snapping as much as possible
Please note that there is a typing error in the club newsletter and page detail for the Erddig event. Entry fee should read members £50 and non members £65 (as per other events).
Received below message from Debbie Daniels
Welcome back from a slightly waterlogged Llanymynech! A real credit to all the team for actually being able to complete this event, as the weather was certainly against us and unfortunately it took it’s toll on a couple of the obstacles, especially number 5 that have to be pulled (due to the water level rising to around 6ft deep).
Photo’s from the weekend are being loaded onto the photo link as I type (including some of the flooding we had to contend with). Next event at Erddig in 3 weeks time and entries close on Friday (22nd June) and don’t forget to include your money for tickets to the 80′s party if you want to join in all of the fun. Nothing else to report for know, just hope that everyone got home safe and sound and that you’ve removed the remainder of Llanymynech from your carriages!
Helpers list is posted on the events page for Llanymynech. Hopefully you can open the file and the list will be posted in the marquee on Friday evening. As usual, if you are unable to help at your allocated time, can you please try and get someone to cover and let Sue Pridding know. If your name is not on the list and you would like to help, we’ll never refuse the offer!
Dressage times for Saturday are now available on the events page for Llanymynech. As usual, presentation for all Novice classes is 30 minutes before your posted start time.
If anyone has difficulty opening the file, please send me an email and I will post your time to you by return mail (if before Friday morning). Have loaded a PDF version as a few having problems with excel, so hope you can open ok!
Llanymynech is going ahead this weekend as planned.
If anyone would like tickets for the Erddig party (see 4th June newsletter), they will be on sale at the drivers meeting this weekend (from Lyn) or can be ordered by post (please include a note in your entry forms advising how many you are ordering) with your entry forms or as a stand alone order if you are not competing. Tickets are £7.50 per head and this is cost price, so the club is not making anything on the meal. We may be incurring some additional overheads, but these will be met by the club.
Unless ordered to be picked up at Erddig, we will not be selling tickets on the day, as we need to let the caterers know numbers, so please book as early as possible. Note that this meal is open to club members, helpers, non club members, ex club members and friends and family, so the more the merrier
Had a few mails and messages asking if Llanymynech is still on (as eventing cancelled this weekend due to weather). As fas as we are aware, we are still on for next weekends event and will update if anything changes to the contrary.
With only a few weeks to go to Erddig, here’s a rundown of what we have planned to celebrate the clubs 25th Anniversary:
Chuckwagon meal: Meaty Vittals (Beef chilli and rice with cornbread, Texan cream chicken and rice with corn bread, Bacon and mixed bean stew topped with melted cheese served in half a loaf). Veggy Vittals (vegetable chilli and rice with cornbread, mixed bean stew without the bacon). Candy Vittals: (Yankee chocolate brownie, Little Johnny Appleseed’s apple pie, both with fresh cream).
80′s music night (circa 1987), so please dress to impress! Dust of those leggings and leg warmers, get the big hair out (and even bigger shoulder pads) and gents, role those jacket sleeves up!!!!
For those that were at Colin’s 70th last year at Mostyn, we are planning the mass connection of gazebo’s, so if anyone can bring one with them, the more the merrier!
To cover the cost of the meal and hire of various bits and pieces, there will be a slight charge for the night, but it promises to be a cracking evening (details to follow).
Please note this celebration is open to all, not just current club members. If you are an ex member and want to come along, please feel free to get in touch and come along for a reminisce. If you are entering the Erddig event as a non member you will also be made very welcome, so come along and join in.
Finally, if anyone has any photos from the early days that they can bring along, we can put them up around the place to see how many faces you can recognise.
The BHDTA are looking for stewards to help at Erddig on the 10th to 12th August. Please click on the link below for completion should you be interested in helping out at this event.
Well, what a weekend at Mostyn! Unbelievably hot across the entire weekend, but at least we had a bit of a breeze. As ever, a huge thank you to all out helpers and event organisers. We did struggle with helpers on the Marathon, so if anyone would like to join us and help out at future events, please feel free to contact us via the contacts tab.
Results will be posted as soon as I get them (and now that I know how to put files on the site).
So here it is, the all new look CHDTG website. As with any relaunch, there are bound to be a few teething problems, so we hope to get any ironed out over the coming days. Much as I would like to take the credit, it all belongs to Jess Hart for formatting and putting this site together.
We are planning to relaunch this website in the near future to make it more user friendly (both for you as users and for me to keep it up to date). As such, you may find the site goes offline now and again whilst we try and load the new format.
Please bear with us and hopefully we can do with minimal disruption.
Watch this space!
Backstepper required for Mostyn 1 event (see wanted / for sale)
Sorry folks, but the recent weather means we are having to cancel Erddig. Dressage arena is flooded and two of the obstacles are totally undriveable.
If you have not yet entered for Mostyn and wish to carry your entry over, can you please contact Lyn to confirm. As yet we are unable to confirm if Mostyn will be going ahead, as we have less than a dozen entries so far (don’t forget this is only 2 weeks away)
List for helpers on Saturday as follows:
10am – 11am Alan Pridding
11am – 12pm Mike Hodgeson
12pm – 1pm Gwyn Thomas
2pm – 3pm Julie Neary
3pm – end Hayley Clark / Paul, Abbi
10am – 12pm Guy Benest (with Sally Massey 10 – 11 and Lorraine Davies 10 – 12)
12pm - 1pm Brian and Hazel with Alan Pridding
2pm - end Mike and Linda (with Paul Birchall until 3pm along with Paul, Abbi, followed by Carol Wilkinson from 3pm onwards)
Obviously, if there is anyone else who is available to share with helping on Saturday, we would never be so impolite as to refuse and it would give someone somewhere a break.
Again, we know it is not ideal having competitors helping out on the Saturday, but without people manning the cones and A, we can’t go ahead with these events.
Dressage times are now available on the start times page. Please remember if you are in Novice / Pre Novice, that you need to be at presentation 30 minutes before your dressage start time.
Reminder that entries for Mostyn need to be in by this Friday 11th May.
Update for Erddig. Fields have just been inspected and we are on for the weekend.
If anyone was planning to compete at Tutbury and would like to join us at Erddig, please contact Lyn immediately, as she is holding off working out the times until Tuesday.
As advised on 26th April, this will be a shortened Marathon on the Sunday, as we are unable to gain access to all the land at short notice. Full cones course (incorporating at least one of the new designs) and a 100mtr x 40mtr Dressage Arena. 4 National standard obstacles (including the bridge).
It’s been a long time coming but we’re here at last!
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the clubs control (the weather has taken its toll on the land), we have no option but to cancel the event planned for Egerton on 5th -6th May.
We had hoped to hold an alternative event at Erddig for the same weekend, but it is already booked for other activities. We are however, able to hold a two day event at Erddig the following weekend (12th – 13th). This will consist of dressage and full cones course on the Saturday and section E only on the Sunday (currently with access to 4 permanent obstacles).
Can everyone who has entered for Egerton please contact Lyn (or send a contact message via this site) to confirm whether or not you wish to compete at this alternative event. In addition, if you have not entered, but would like to compete at Erddig, please contact Lyn and we will try and accomodate any additional entries.
Please keep an eye on this page for any further updates regarding this revised event (as if this rain continues, we may have another problem to contend with)!
On behalf of CHDTG, we can only apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Welcome back from the training weekend, the weather was very kind to us in the end!
Really good feedback and good to see lots of new faces at the event. A huge thank you to our more “seasoned” drivers who gave so much help and support over the 2 days. It certainly backs up the CHDTG as being a friendly and supportive club.
Hoping that we have a few more things to announce before the season kicks of good and proper, so watch this space!
20th April (update 3)
Training weekend is going ahead as planned, fields have dried up nicely and it looks as though the Broughton downpour didn’t make it to Erddig!
2 dressage arena’s, a reduced cones course (due to top end of field still too wet underfoot) and 3 obstacles flagged.
Showers forecast for Saturday with Sunday looking the better of the 2 days
20th April (update 2).
Horrendous in Broughton, rain, thunder, lightning and hail! Heading up to Erddig in next half hour or so and will let anyone who has phoned this morning know the latest news. Won’t be able to update the site on my mobile, but will put an update on this evening.
As per yesterday’s note, if no update on the site and planning to arrive Friday, please phone and check before you leave!
Oh sun has just come out, how bizarre!
20th April (Update 1)
Stayed dry overnight, so all being well the training weekend should be going ahead as planned. Advise anyone planned to arrive later this afternoon still to check before leaving. If arriving Saturday onwards, just check this site for any updates.
For those that are not aware, Escrick in Yorkshire has been cancelled this weekend due to the heavy rain.
Currently,Erddig is at risk so if you are due to arrive on Friday, please check this website for any update or phone Colin 07792 328150 or Guy 07925 319021 before you leave. Currently the ground is wet but not muddy, but depending on what happens over the next 18 hours or so, we may have to cancel the training weekend!
Dressage slots are now posted on the start times page for both days. If your allocated time does not suit, it is up to you to arrange a change with someone else. If you arrive late for your allocated slot, you will not be allowed to run over, as it will only delay the following practice slots.
We have had a few requests for 2011 results so I think I have got them all back on the results page. If any are missing or you have problems accessing, please drop me a note on the contacts page
All the full results from the Indoor Championships (including times and scores) can be found on the IHDT site, but as you may have noticed, Colin won the Veterans class and can be seen on the homepage of the site! Well done Colin from all of the club.
Tandem – Mike Hodgeson 2nd
Open Horse – Phil Reeves 5th, Carole Redgrave 6th
Intermediate Horse – Janet Reeves 4th
Veterans – Colin Walmlsey 1st
Small Pony Pair – Mike Hodgeson 2nd
Senior Junior: Hayley Nickson 6th, Emma Jones 9th
Extra Young Junior: Megan Wheeldon 3rd
Novice Horse: Stephen Jones 6th
Novice Pony: Elaine Brown 12th
For those that may not be aware, the Egerton event is now confirmed as per the club events list.
A few changes with regards to lorry park and facilities, but apart from that we are good to go!
If of interest, there is a flyer on the documents page for a charity race event in Notts on 20th April.
The day will be supporting The Hunt Staff Fund, The Hunt Staff Benefit
Society and The Carriage Driving Sports Group for Drivers with Disabilities
Had a few techi probs recently so sorry for delay in getting some of the forms onto the site.
Results from the last indoors are now posted as are entry forms for the CHDTG 2012 season.
Once I get the list of who is representing the North West at the Indoor Championships at Keysoe next weekend, I’ll put the list on the site.
Struggled to get internet connection at Keysoe last year, so will try and keep facebook up to date with results and news from the Championships
A huge thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets at the indoor event.
Total raised on the day for raffle, cakes sale and those who donated for knocking balls down in the cones came to a fantastic £376
As you may have seen, we are holding a raffle at the next indoors event with all proceeds going towards Breast Cancer. A big thank you to club members that have kindly donated prizes towards the raffle and a special mention and thank you to the following who have also offered prizes:
In Harness Magazine – 1 years subscription
Northern Horse Magazine – 1 years subscription
John Rose Music (Sale) – £30 gift voucher
Mick and Fred Handley (Janet Reeve’s Blacksmith) – Polished Lucky Horseshoe and bottle of Whisky
BHDTA – Pair of Baseball caps
We have at least a further 4 or 5 prizes that I know of and feel that “H”‘s indoor selling total could be at risk this weekend!!!!
I don’t do subtle!
CHDTG are in the Pink for Breast Cancer. Carol Gilson (backsteps for Janet Reeves) is going to have her head shaved for charity, see message as follows:
Hi all, press officer jan here! My backstepper Carol Gilson will be having her head shaved on mothers day in aid of breast cancer. A close friend of hers has breast cancer and has lost her hair due to the treatment so Carol is doing this for her, please could I ask to consider sponsoring her at our next indoor event? Her hair is being sent to little angels, they make wigs for children.Please try and help x
We have decided that for the last indoor event at Northop, that the money raised from the raffle will go towards this charity event and a few of our drivers have already pledged sponsorship by the way of donation for each ball knocked down in the cones (so you had better watch out for a few interesting turns)!!!!
We are also asking that everyone wears pink for the day and anyone not doing so may get pounced on by the fashion police and cadjoled into paying a penalty!
We will welcome any sponsorship or donations and lets make this a fun day for what is a very worthy cause.
Entry forms for the Erddig practice weekend are now available on the documents page. Have put in Word and PDF format
Errdig confirmed for AGM starting at 12:00 prompt.
Go to entrance for Errdig house and let them know you are here for the CHDTG AGM.
Apologies to be sent to any of the comittee or you can send a message vis the club contact page on this site.
AGM date should read Sunday 26th Feb.
Awaiting confirmation of venue
CHDTG AGM is planned for Sat 25th February and should be confirmed along with location in the next day or so.
If anyone is looking for an experienced Backstepper, Roger Goodier has asked me to let you know that he is available for the upcoming season. Contact details are 07979 613583 or email@example.com
Results from today’s indoor event are now available on the results page.
Start times and helpers rota are now available on the start times page of this site.
See the Indoor tab for more details about this Saturday
Technical hitch should be sorted and membership form now loaded on docs page!
2012 membership form is now available on the documents page
So here we are again,
another year gone!
Not much to report at the moment, but watch this space for details as to where and when we will be holding our AGM.
Reminder that we have our next indoor event end of January and we are off to Northop for the next 3 events.
Anyway, Happy New Year to one and all and see you soon