Food for Nidd Hall Event

Here is the menu for evening food at the Nidd Hall event. Please order meals by phone or text direct from Rachel at Cottage Catering on 07951 738254 NO LATER THAN TUESDAY 14TH AUGUST.

Lasagne (beef or veggie), garlic bread, coleslaw and chips

Cottage Pie, chips and peas
Cheese and Onion Pie, chips and peas

Meals for Bywell

Coming to Bywell and planning on eating at Cottage Catering?

Rachel is doing lasagne on Friday (£8) and a 2 course dinner in the marquee on Saturday (£10). A choice of gammon or salmon (veg option available too) & pud.

But you must book meals and choices by Sunday 19th August with Patti Atkinson - not direct with Rachel. You can message Patti on Facebook (if you have her as a friend!), by text on 07789268861 or email to to book

Extra Arena Challenge

To make up for the cancelled arena challenge earlier in July, there will be an additional arena challenge on 30th September.

This will follow the same format as the other two arena challenges (cones then obstacles).

Fast moving, water-splashing, carriage driving fun with horses and ponies in a growing sport with dedicated followers of all ages!

Horse Driving Trials is unique - Click here to find out more!

It is the only equestrian discipline where you can compete on an equal footing from 10 to 70+, male and female alike, with ponies and horses.

The aim of the NEDTL is to promote the sport and pastime of competition carriage driving and to offer training, instruction, courses, lecture/demonstrations and social events.

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Arena Challenge - August 2018

Scorching hot day for the Arena Challenge at Manor Grange, but great fun had by all!

Many thanks to Pete and Ginny Ashford and the Potter family for setting up and running and to all who came to support.

Thank you also to Jane Wilson for her superb photography efforts.

Full results can be viewed here.

Arena Challenge - August 2018

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Arena Challenge

5th August 2018

Arena Challenge results are up and can be found on the results page!

The first Arena Challenge of 2018 took place at Manor Grange on Sunday 5th August. Having had to cancel the first planned event when the date was needed for the rescheduled Regional event at Escrick Park, competitors were obviously keen to get back to a bit of arena-based fun and a good entry of 21 drivers gathered on a scorching hot day.

Running a format of two consecutive cones rounds, one for 'practice' and then one timed and scored, followed by two obstacles each driven twice, the arena challenge provided an excellent opportunity for experienced drivers bringing on young horses and also for newcomers to driving and/or competition.

Craig Murphy and Richard Moxley, both more used to the role of back-stepper, had the chance to take the reins in the Novice class for the first time at Manor Grange. In a reversal of roles, Craig took the drive of Mike Charlesworth's pony Jade, with Mike acting as groom, whilst Richard, driving Carol Wood's Bob the Cob had his Dad Nigel on the backstep. Although neither manged a place, both coped well with their separate challenges and greatly enjoyed the experience.

Another driver for whom the event was a 'first' was Pippa Ridley, who drove her own Fell pony, Sophie in competition for the first ever time. A steady, smooth performance was a really good building block or future events.

It was Amanda Axe who took the Novice win, driving her handsome Section A gelding Ben, from Julie Lockey with Sue Dunne in third and Julie Howard fourth.

In the Open class the win went to Ruth Bamforth, who drove her pair of horses as singles on this occasion. With Steve Hoyle in second, Wendy Mason third and Judy Hilditch fourth, only 8 penalties separated all four drivers.

Two tandem drivers contested the multiples class and there was a great deal of friendly banter between John Wilkinson and Pat Cooper. With Pat's leader deciding that on this day, it was quite acceptable that only the wheeler and carriage went through the cones and whilst he could go around, it was John who ended up the winner.

If fact the cones phase in general played a big role in the placings, with an optimum time which caught several drivers out! A big thank you goes to event organisers Ginny and Pete Ashford, who along with the Potter family set up the cones and obstacles, timed, stewarded and scored.

If there is anyone out there who feels they could offer some help to steward at the next Arena Challege, which will take place on 9th September then please get in touch with Ginny and Pete and make the offer. Ginny's contact details can be found on the entry form, which can be downoaded from the website.

Photos by Jane Wilson



1 Amanda Axe

2 Julie Lockey

3 Sue Dunne

4 Julie Howard


1 Ruth Bamforth

2 Steve Hoyle

2 Wendy Mason

4 Judy Hilditch


1 John Wilkinson

2 Pat Cooper