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1 The Southern Carriage Driving Club more speedy sections of cone and obstacle driving. This was great fun and even though technical aspects were The Southern Carriage Driving Club had a productive year, covered, everyone enjoyed them. hosting big events with more planned for 2012. The SCDC covers the southern section of NSW and draws members November came all too quickly and it was with great from the Canberra/Cooma/Yass/Goulburn districts. anticipation that many carriage drivers were preparing to compete at Equitana 2011. Boyd Exell was to be The cooler months of March/April always brings on the one of the star performers at Equitana and his arrival end of the show season but many show enthusiasts are in Australia ten days prior to Equitana meant that the out and about using the local agicultural shows as warm enthusiastic and devoted converged at Beauwood Stud ups for the prestigious annual show at Sydney Royal. in Goulburn to train with Boyd and help him prepare. The club was well represented at Goulburn Show 2011 Everyone at Beauwood Stud was very busy in the lead with many harness competitors. It is a great show to up to Equitana - training the team, preparing the team, gain experience for novice horses and to prepare horses building obstacles and courses, feeding everyone and for Sydney Royal which was scheduled shortly after generally having a fantastic time together. Goulburn. Bob and Bev Edwards from Toowoomba in Qld provided After a well earned rest during the winter months, the five horses needed for Boyd’s team - the horses were the SCDC joined forces with the ACDS Club from Cleveland Bay Xs and were a credit to Bob and Bev. Jack Bungendore (Bungendore Carriage Driving Club) to host Murphy travelled from Qld with Bob to assist him and a training day in early September. The venue was Dot did a fantastic job over the 10 days prior to Equitana as and Doug Willcoxson’s superb property at Witwood, near groom. Bungendore NSW. Max Pearce instructed on the day covering all three phases of combined driving - dressage, Elizabeth Lawrence and Lorraine Cairns arrived fresh from cone driving and obstacle driving. the Marra Event with their horses to help Boyd prepare for Equitana and both girls did a great job in Sydney The day started in the morning with learning the during the event. Max was certainly busy over the week importance of how to walk a dressage test. All and once they all arrived in Sydney, had the busy task participants then had a turn at driving a dressage test of making sure everything ran smoothly for Boyd. Max in front of Dot Wilkinson, an FEI international dressage also got the gig of back stepping in the Zilco 4-In-Hand judge. Dot then would go over the test with the driver Challenge on the Friday night with Byron McIntyre. and they could redo the test if they wished. As each Boyd excelled in the Zilco 4-In-Hand Challenge and won driver drove the test again, it was brilliant to see the with Bob and Bev’s team on the night – it was a truly improvements. After lunch, everyone concentrated on the spectacular crowd pleaser! As part of the festivities leading up to Christmas, it has now become a tradition that Santa and the Mayor of Goulburn are paraded through the city centre, delivering Santa in Belmore Park for the annual Christmas Carols. We had a great turnout of carriage drivers and helpers this year and it was a credit to club members that their horses were well behaved in traffic – they certainly looked fantastic with many of the carriages festively decorated. 2 26


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