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Cones and Obstacle Training Day - May 2018
Fabulous weather for the cones clinic and obstacle training day!
A huge thank you goes to Pete and Ginny Ashford for their help in setting up, Nigel Wilson, who replaced balls, checked widths and raked tramlines all day, to everyone else who took a turn with measuring, to everyone who helped pack up at the end of the day, to Judy Hilditch who helped coach everyone in the obstacles and of course to Barry Hunter who conducted the cones clinic, ably supported by his wife Joan.
And not forgetting Jane Wilson, who organised the entire event and kept everything running smoothly throughout the day, as well as coaching obstacles alongside Judy.
And of course it goes without saying, thank you to all those drivers who turned out to support this training day - you make it all worthwhile!
National Indoor Championships - April 2018
Congratulations to the following NEDTL members at the National Indoor Championships:
Mike Charlesworth - 2nd Veteran. Joanne Thomas - 4th Intermediate Pony Diane Longbottom - 4th Intermediate Horse Steve Hoyle - 5th Veteran
Well done guys!!
Blue Sky - March 2018
Finally, an indoor event has managed to sneak past the winter weather!
A special thank you to Rosie, Tony, Patti, Keith and everyone who helped today.
Another great event at Askham Bryan today even though we got a bit damp.
Big thank you to John and Leslee Wilkinson and team for setting up, Alwin Harrison, Nigel Wilson and Barry Hilditch for timekeeping, Louise and Alan Potter for scoring, Melody Jones for photo taking and manning the gate, Tracy Squire for also doing a sterling job on the gate, Keith Hampshire or stepping up to steward for the cones and anyone else I may have missed.
Well, to be honest, it was a bit of a trial of a pleasure at the indoor today - but only because it was sooooo cold! Icy rain for a couple of hours didn't help either. But, Christmas spirit was there in abundance, not to mention also in the form of mulled wine!
A huge thank you to John and Leslee and their team for going the extra mile in terms of Christmas decorations, to judges Mary Lunn and Angela Flanagan & friend, to Alwin Harrison and Julian Hartley for timekeeping, to Judy Hilditch and co for the thankless task of getting people up out of the warm up arena in time and manning the gate, to the Potters for scoring, to Penny Hartley for the mulled wine, to Melody Jones for taking pictures all day as well as cones stewarding, to Rachel at Cottage Catering for keeping us supplied with hot food and drink, to any of the other fantastic helpers who's names I've missed off here and, of course, to our wonderful drivers for supporting the event
Another great - if somewhat chilly! - indoor event at Askham Bryan today.
Big thanks to the following: John and Leslee Wilkinson and their team for bringing everything and setting it all up and various other tasks throughout the day. To Angela Flanagan and Mary Lunn for judging, to Alan and Louise Potter for scoring, Alwin Harrison and Julian Hartley for timing etc and Mary Longbottom for being an excellent manure removal technician!
None of us could enjoy ourselves competing without all the hard work which goes in to making the events run.
Excellent first indoor event at Askham Bryan today.
Big thank you to John and team for setting up - and particularly to Leslee for all the halloween-themed decorations! To the Potters for scoring and other sundries, Alwin and Julian for time keeping, and various door openers - and of course to all our fabulous drivers for supporting the event.
Congratulations to Paula Kay and her team for winning the costume competition!
Congratulations also go to Tara Wilkinson, who has been chosen to represent Great Britain at the forthcoming Combined Pony World Championships in Minden, Germany, in August.
Great job Tara!
Sponsored Drive - March 2017
A beautiful sunny day for the sponsored drive. Thank you to all those who came to support fund raising for such a worthy cause.
We'd like to say a big thank you to a friend of Sheila Hawking - Les Liddle - for taking some super photos and letting us use them.
Update: Sheila Hawking would like to thank all Participants, Sponsors, Stewards and not forgetting the Course Builder, for helping to raise £2,854 for MacMillan Cancer Support.
Since 2004, we have raised £46,920 for various Charities, my goal has always been to reach £50,000!! so, hopefully, God willing, we will get there. My sincere thanks to Everyone.
Scorers Clinic - March 2017
A small group of enthusiastic helpers gathered together to take part in a scoring clinic, organised by Barry Hilditch, to train up new scorers and build upon the knowledge of our existing scorers to assist with the smooth running of the events.
The day was led by software writer Mike Watts, who very kindly wrote and provides for free the software some of you may be familiar with which produces our results sheets (amongst many other things - it's quite a clever Excel spreadsheet as we discovered).
The morning was spent having a refresher course (for many) and a speedy crash course for me at least, in the technicalities of scoring - how to calculate a dressage score when all you have is a list of numbers from 1 - 10, how many penalties do you award for a groom down and what exactly is the difference between an error of course and a corrected course.
We then found out the software calculates it all for us anyway (as I said, clever piece of software!) but it's always handy to know just in case.
After a super lunch prepared by Sue Oddy, the afternoon was spent going through a theoretical 2 day event, from the planning stage and drawing up the schedules right through to printing off the final results sheet and posting online.
Having the author of the software on hand to answer our questions, show us easier ways of working and letting us in on some trade secrets when using the spreadsheet will hopefully put our group of scorers in an excellent position for the upcoming summer season and we hope the new recruits will provide some extra backup to our often overlooked existing scoring team.
Indoor Driving Event - Askham Bryan, March 2017
Another excellent and final event at Askham Bryan today. Many thanks to all those who help it run so successfully, John and Leslee, Craig, Julian, Mary, the redoubtable Potter family and anyone else I may have missed.
It's also lovely to see everyone mucking in to help change the course over and put everything away at the end, which really helps lighten the burden! Thank you also to all those who have come to support the event throughout the season.
Indoor Driving Event - Askham Bryan, February 2017
Another big thank you to John Wilkinson and his team for all their hard work in setting up and running Askham Indoor Event today together with every one who judged, stewarded, scored, manned the door etc etc!
An excellent but VERY chilly day at Askham Bryan today.
Big thank you to John, Leslee and Co. for setting up and to Alwin, Julian, Craig, Louise, Alan and Ian Potter, John and Carol Meredith, both judges and all other helpers for spending the day freezing their you-know-whats off so that we could all have fun!
A good turnout for today's AGM, many thanks to all those who attended.
After the meeting, we took the opportunity to make a presentation to Douglas Strachan, who today retired from his position on the NEDTL committe, after a staggering 25 years service!
I know you will all join me in thanking Douglas for his hard work and dedication over the years.
Indoor Driving Event - Askham Bryan, December 2016
Another excellent event at Askham Bryan today.
Big thank you to John and Leslee Wilkinson and their 'team' for all their hard work, to Alwin Harrison and Julian Hartley for time keeping, Craig and Mary Longbottom for ball retrieval and poo-picking!, the Potter family for scoring, Nigel Wilson for manning the gate and everyone else who helped to make the event run smoothly.
First Indoor of the Season - Askham Bryan, October 2016
An excellent event at Askham Bryan today!
Big thank you to John and Leslee Wilkinson for organising, the Potter family for scoring/manning the gate, Jill and Mary for judging, Craig and Mary for stewarding - along with Janet and Steve Nichol who, I'm sure, could have found something more romantinc than timekeeping to do on their ruby wedding aniversary!!
Excellent Result for NEDTL members at the British Indoor Finals - 1st – 3rd April 2016
Those drivers who qualified for the Indoor finals at Keysoe really did the club proud over the weekend.
Steve Hoyle, who was Intermediate Champion in 2015 and Novice Champion in 2014, pulled off the hat trick by becoming 2016 Open Horse Champion. In the Open Pony – largest class of the championships with 22 competitors - Tara Wilkinson also scored a decisive win to become not only Open Pony Champion, but also Supreme Champion of the whole event!
In other classes, Molliemay Campbell finished her first ever season of indoor driving decisively by coming 3rd in the big and competitive Novice Junior class. Abby Swaine and Dianne McRae were placed 4th in the Intermediate Pony and Novice Horse class respectively whilst Angie Smith came 5th in the Team class. Lynne Longbottom was awarded the JAKTAK Shield for The Best P&P in Arena 2.
Other results were:
Graham Clements - 7th Intermediate Pony Liz Greensmith - 7th Vetran Lynne Longbottom - 8th Vetran Ian Potter - 10th Novice Junior Mike Charlesworth - 13th Intermediate Pony George Wood - 14th Novice Pony
A big well done to everyone!
Benridge Indoor Fun Day - 13th March 2016
It was a truely busy weekend for the club!
Here are the results from the "Competition and Cakes" event in the far North of the region, organised by Rosie Mould at Benridge EC.
Askham Bryan Indoor Driving - 13th March 2016
An excellent end-of-season indoor event at Askham Bryan today, where even the weather was lovely!
A big thank you to John, Leslee and team for setting everything up, to Janet Nicolls and Alan Potter for scoring, to Alwin Harrison and Barry Hilditch for timing, to Craig for manning the gate and to Louise Potter for arena duties (and any one else I might have missed).
After a busy season of competing, the points are in and results are as follows:
Novice Pony Graham Clements Novice Horse Diane McRae / Melody Jones Intermediate Pony George Wood Intermediate Horse Lorraine Swift Open Pony Rosie Mould Open Horse John Wilkinson Pairs David Calvert / Mark Winder Tandems / Teams Pat Cooper / Angela Smith
National Championships Results - Cirencester Park 2015
Click here for the full, official results from the National Championships.
NEDTL members did extremely well as follows:
Elaine Brown - 6th Novice Pony Steph Milner - 2nd Inter. Pony Tara Wilkinson - 1st Open Pony Kim Usher - 3rd Advanced Pony Mark Winder - 3rd Open Pony Pairs Jeff Ormerod - 1st Pony Tandem Leslee Wilkinson - 3rd Inter. Horse John Wilkinson - 5th Open Horse Fred Pendlebury - 1st Horse Tandem Pat Cooper - 4th Horse Tandem
National Championships - Cirencester Park 2015
Good luck to all 21 NEDTL drivers who have qualified for the championships this year!
Results to follow!
Video produced by Jane Wilson
Inside-Out Arena Challenge - August 2015
The 9th August saw another Inside-Out arena challenge at Manor Grange, with a good number of competitiors (especially in the Novice class).
Some scores were very close (1.50 points between 1st and 2nd in the novice class) and full results can be viewed here.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website!
Having taken over the job of managing the NEDTL website, I'd like to thank Alwin Harrison on behalf of everyone at NEDTL for managing the website so diligently and keeping everyone up to date and informed over the web!
He has very kindly allowed us to carry on linking to his very large album of pictures going back several years, so do take a look to see the latest events!
Inside-Out Arena Challenge - July 2015
Another great Inside-Out arena challenge was held at Manor Grange on 19th July!
Ginny Ashford and her team did a great job organising the day and everyone had an enjoyable day!
NEDTL's first driven dressage competition took place at Escrick Park on 17th May.
A big thank you to the following: Nigel Wilson for helping to construct and deconstruct the arena, Patti Atkinson and Alison Sewell for judging, Jackie Herd and Keith Atkinson for writing, new-to-the-job Sheila, who did a fantastic job as a dressage steward all day and to Richard Moxley who collected sheets for me.
On top of that, thank you to everyone who came and supported the event - I hope you've all thawed out! Results can be viewed here.
Picture courtesy of Lucy Barclay
Catton Park Nationals - 2015
Congratulations to all NEDTL drivers at Catton Park National this weekend! Click here for the full results.
The entire Wilkinson family qualified for the National Championships by winning their respective classes - Open Horse, Open Pony and Intermediate Horse.
Other NEDTL members were: Elaine Brown (2nd Novice Pony), Angela Flanagan (2nd Adv. Horse Pairs), Sarah Meredith (2nd Adv. Horse) Jeff Ormerod (1st Pony Tandem), Pat Cooper (1st Horse Tandem) and Jane Wilson, (3rd, Intermediate Pony).
Picture courtesy of Dot Willcoxson
Arena Challenge 2015
All events to be held at Manor Grange Stud (WF11 0AZ) will be an Inside Side Out format.
This is Dressage (last years Indoor test) followed immediately by Cones course. Then lunch and learn 2 Obstacles to be driven twice in the afternoon.
Great events for Newcomers, Young Horses and Experienced Drivers and horses to polish up their skills.
Reached easily from A1/M62. Check the dates on the Calendar page!
Sponsored Drive - March 2015
We have gathered in all the money from the sponsored drive and I am delighted to announce we have raised a grand total of £3,560!
The money will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Well done everyone!
We'd like to thank Sheila Hawking for organising the sponsored drive, all our drivers who took part and everyone who donated to this wonderful charity.