There will be a Celebration of Life service for Heather on Monday 25th June 2018. This will take place at 11.30am at The Pavillions, Harrogate (Yorkshire Show Ground).
There will be a Committal Service for family only in the Stonefall Cremetorium at 12.20
Heather has requested No Flowers, but instead would welcome donations to Yorkshire Cancer, Ovacome and St. Gemmas. There will be a collection box and donations will be divided between the three charities.
It would be fitting for Heather to leave The Pavillions through an Arch of Whips, if any drivers would like to take part on foot.
Refrshments and buffet will be provided in The Pavillions from 12.20 onwards.
It is with great sadness I write to share the news that Heather Clark (Clarky) passed away on June 2nd 2018
Heather was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in January 2017 and she fought the disease with great gusto in true Clarky fashion and whilst doing so worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease.
Heather touched so many hearts and I am sure that there are not many people in the driving world that didn't come across her.
Together with her trusty steed Barney, Heather competed at Club and Nationals against able bodied drivers for nearly twenty years .
Heather represented team GB four times in the para driving trials.
May I invite you to please take a minute to reflect on the courage and inspiration that Heather instilled into the sport.
Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly .
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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.
Provisional dressage times for this weekend's competition at Witton Castle are available for download by clicking here.
Please remember, as ever, these times are provisional so you must check them again with the event secretary on arrival.
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17th - 18th June 2017
Allerton Park results are up and can be found on the results page!
NEDTL had a record entry for their Allerton Park Event, with 79 competitors spread across Regional and Club classes. Two dressage arenas were kept busy all day Saturday, starting at 9am in the morning and not finishing until 5pm – a very long day for the judges and stewards!
In Arena 1, best score of the day came from George Wood (Novice Pony) on 42.2. Other notable scores in Arena 1, in which all regional competitors did their test came from, Nicola Corby (Intermediate Horse) on 43.6, Jane Smith (Advanced Horse) on 47.25 and Mark Carruthers (Advanced Horse Pair) on 47.46.
In Arena 2 which looked after the club competitors, Tara Wilkinson driving Emma Burge’s pony pair had an excellent score of 39.2 - the only person to break the 40 barrier. New to competitive driving this season, Julie Lockey driving her very smart Sec C Pony in the Introductory class had a respectable score of 52.14. At the other end of the scale, Pat Cooper who is certainly not new to competitive driving posted a good score in the tandem class of 52.40.
Once again, the Allerton cones course, designed by Birgitta Kronqvist, had a telling effect on the overnight scores with only one person out of all the drivers gaining a double clear. That honour fell to Stephen Trebble driving in the Regional Intermediate Pony. Six other drivers did manage to go clear and a total of twelve people across various classes did the time, so the long, testing course certainly took it’s toll on everyone except Stephen!
Held over the hottest weekend we’d had in Yorkshire so far this year, with temperatures on Sunday reaching 26°, competitors had to pay close attention to their cooling regime at the end of the marathon. Luckily everyone finished safe and happy with no ill effects other than a few sunburnt (driver’s) arms and necks! Fastest obstacle time of the day went to Louise Kaiholm in the Club Open Pony Pairs class, who managed to get round the seven obstacles with just 71.65 penalties. Close behind her on time was Leslee Wilkinson in the Regional Open Horse class. Driving the horse she has taken over from husband John, Leslee finished with a very fast 72.40 penalties. Others who put up a speedy performance were Wagstaff-Myers (Regional Open Pony) on 73.14, and Jane Wilson (Regional Open Pony) on 74.15. In other club classes, Graham Clements (Regional Open Pony) was fastest on 74.03 with Gemma Smith (Pony Pairs), Lyn Riley (Novice Horse) Tony Mould (Pony Pairs) and Mike Charlesworth all posting respectable times in the 80s.
Best Novice Dressage: Ginny Ashford
Best Intermediate Dressage: Peter Carter
Best Open Dressage: Colin Walmsley
Best Multiple Dressage: Pat Cooper
Best Marathon Single Pony: Graham Clements
Best Marathon Single Horse: Lynn Riley
Best Marathon Multiple: Louise Kaiholm
Photos by Mike Cook of Action Stills (Watermarked) and Emrys Jones