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RDA South East Regional Conference


Eight Heron`s Ghyll members attended this meeting and were proud to applaud our three Awards Winners, Sue Page who received her 30yr Award and Anthea Shipley and Liz Major both their 25yr Awards ------ Congratulations to all three!




There were several lectures covering various aspects of RDA including caring for the ponies with particular attention to correct fitting of bits, bridles and harness. The responsibility of running a successful RDA Group was discussed at some length with reference to the importance of maintaining a safe and happy atmosphere and good empathy with all the disabled members. It was stressed that an understanding of each individual driver`s capabilities was important in order to enable them to enjoy their driving as fully as possible. The morning ended with a buffet lunch which was much appreciated.




Sands Farm Indoor Event


This year Heron`s Ghyll were a rather reduced group with only four competitors with two ponies. Tracey and Nutmeg with companion whip Angela drove in the Open Class and came 2nd but it was a very close thing, however she did Qualify for the National Championships at Hartbury for the 3rd year running so congratulations, Tracey. Vianne, Chris and Greg all drove in the Novice Class Vianne with Lottie and Sue P. Chris with Nutmeg and Angela and Greg also with Lottie and Sue. Commiserations to Vianne who only just came 3rd and therefore missed out on Qualifying for the National Championships.


It was a wonderfully warm and sunny day and everyone enjoyed it and thanks as always to all the helpers and towers and especially to Sue and Sandra for kindly bringing Lottie and Nutmeg it meant a very early start for them. 



News Update August/September


Our Annual Winkle Fun Day was held on Thurs August 17th and, although the weather looked decidedly doubtful at first, it luckily stayed dry and everyone enjoyed the relaxed morning and Hilary`s `fun` course. Some of the leads did have problems throwing the ball in the bucket and some companion whips had trouble putting the flag into the hole but that all added to the fun and amusement. Congratulations to the Winning Turquoise Team of Karen, Ian and Greg, see Results.


We were again fortunate to have good weather for our ODE on Sept.7th and we were pleased to welcome four members from the Kipling County RDA carriage Driving Group, it is always more fun to have some outside competition. Hilary had once again designed a challenging Cones Course and interesting Obstacles and the Dressage was - well – just Dressage! This year the Heron`s Ghyll Group excelled themselves winning all three Classes and Congratulations to Tracey and Sam for winning the Open, especially as it was our new pony Sam`s first show, and to Vianne and Lottie and Chris and Nutmeg who won the Intermediate and Novice Classes respectively.



 See Results. Many Thanks to everyone who came to help get everything ready for both events and to tidy up.


Our last `Drive Out` of the season was at Sheffield Park, a new venue and thanks to the Staff for allowing us to drive on their lovely Parkland. We were again fortunate that the rain held off until the afternoon and everyone was able to enjoy the new surroundings and the ponies also seemed quite excited at `pastures new`!


Once again our thanks to all who loaded and towed trailers and horse boxes and everyone who came to help and special thanks to Sue Page and Tracey Spencer who organized the event.


See Photos


We are now coming to the end of this Driving Season and the AGM is being held on Thurs. Nov. 2nd please note change of date, at Dicker Village Hall 10.30am so we hope to see as many members as possible there. Our final `Get Together` will be the Christmas Lunch at Pilgrim`s Hall, Halland on Thurs. Dec 7th please see Karen for details. However there is still the ODE at Sands Farm on Tues. Sept. 26th and 4 of our Whips will be representing the Group. Best of luck!