News Letters

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. “