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4 5 HDT CLUB NSW - 2011 roundup. horse to what vehicle, everyone was accommodated in compliant vehicles so that all had a safe and comfortable First a special thank you. Our club owes a lot of what we experience. have done this year to a Special Project Funding grant received from Equestrian NSW. Our club’s horse driving trials event at Grafton in September was not as well supported as we had hoped, 2011 was another successful and busy year for our but was well worthwhile for those who made the effort. club, however numbers of long term horse driving trials Novices especially felt that terrific adrenaline rush which participants in our part of the state are always difficult comes during the marathon and enjoyed the opportunity to attract. Our club covers a large area, stretching from to improve their skills at a ‘real’ event. Organisers had Tamworth to Inverell and Bingara on the tablelands made some great improvements to the obstacles aided by to Casino, Grafton and Glenreagh on the coast. Club handing them over to club members to re-design, re-rout coaches Bill Wicks and Judy Meredith have continued and dress and some fabulous innovative ideas came to put in many kilometres and hours encouraging and forward. training new and novice drivers at Come and Try days and One Day Driving Activity days, ably supported by their Several club members travelled to Warwick for the enthusiastic spouses Patsy and John and many other Queensland Carriage Driving Championships later in the helpers who come along for the day and fill in where year. Congratulations to Bill Wicks who won Champion needed. These coaches not only share their expertise but Single Open Horse, to Patsy Wicks second in the large their horses, carriages and harness to enable new drivers pony class, to Margie O’Brien who won the novice small to learn in safety and comfort. Slowly but surely our club pony marathon and commiserations to Wayne Gadke who numbers are growing and a group of new drivers have was beaten by the flu and/or the hail storm! purchased suitable horses, carriages and harness and are As the end of the year approached the rain arrived in keen to attend whatever driving days we run. many places. We ran a well-supported one day activity In February at our first Casino Open Day for the year, at Inverell though suitable tracks were hard to come we were delighted to have the Perrys from Kyogle come by because of the heavy rain. We have plans for some along with their pair of purebred Percherons. The Perrys demountable obstacles which will help to make this weren’t sure that they could compete in this sport but venue a more competitive course. we convinced them to give it a go as we were sure they The club’s end of year function was again disrupted could. Since then they’ve successfully completed one day by heavy rain with some tablelands members and activity days at Glenreagh and Caboolture as well as the competitors being bogged down or flooded in, concerned Grafton Horse Driving Trials with their pair. they wouldn’t get back home if they travelled to the A heavy horse field day and auction at Kyogle was a great coast, so the rest turned up at Glenreagh to join with the social day and opportunity for us to promote carriage coastal crew for a relaxed and fun driving day and dinner driving, then on to Bonalbo the next day for a Come out sharing with our friends and family the wonderful and Try day finished off a great weekend. The lovely sport of carriage driving. showground at Bonalbo is surrounded by a forest of Patsy Wicks eucalypts and we look forward to driving there on another Publicity Officer visit. The many drivers and spectators especially enjoyed Teddy, a Fjord pony, recently broken to harness. Teddy is typical of his breed – ideal for harness. While some club members prepared for the big trip south to the 80 year celebrations of carriage driving at Bundanoon, we successfully trialled our first one day 1) Max Pearce driving Cherry Farm Golden Maid, Carolyn Blakey in the background. driving activity at Glenreagh. We had 12 starters and with 2) Max at the Xmas Parade the help of club members who lent harness and vehicles, 3) Ty Nichols – ENSW Driver of the Year it was frantic but fun. Everyone had a run and while some 4) Boyd, Franz Venhaus and Graham Sharley (EA Board) at Equitana heads were spinning with the speed of harnessing which 5) Boyd with Max and Bob Edwards Photos: Thanks to Cathy Pearce 29


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