Oaks Driving Club
World Cup event at Bluemans Farm
14 August 2017


by Liz Howe


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Fifteen drivers turned out to compete at our World Cup-style event run at at Bluemans Farm by kind permission of Tim Whimhurst.

Christina Fowden had organised the event again for us and on Saturday, setting up in the pouring rain, we were beginning to wonder if we would be able to go ahead. Sunday however had blue skies and a good breeze to blow any grey clouds away.

All the drivers had a practice round in the morning, groups of cones interspersed with obstacles and the ever popular water splash.

It was a good job there was a practice round as at least three drivers would have been eliminated by driving cones in the wrong direction, but help was on hand to correct them. Remember - always drive with the red number or letter on your right!

The object of this event, run on a bogey times, is to promote good accurate driving. Keep all the balls up and try and match the bogey time.

If anyone was watching Tina Ray drive her tandem of ponies, then they had a real treat. Tina has been Champion Indoor Tandem driver at least two times and she drove an exhibition round with old favourite Tommy in the lead and Penny in the wheel.

Tina Ray  

Angela Lydall drove RDA Sam at his first world cup and despite being hesitant at the water splash some encouragement and help from Susanne WIllis saw them go on to complete the day.

Alison Burgess asked if we could accommodate a carriage dog class and we were happy to oblige. This was run at the end of the day, three Dalmatians competed and had their own set of tasks to complete as well as the world cup course. It was most entertaining to watch, the winner being Donna Simmons' dog with Alison Bones' new pony who never reacted at all when a brightly coloured umbrella was put up as a distraction for the dog.

Prize giving was held at the finish of the day.

Chairman's Choice was awarded to Joanne McNicol who drove Texas extremely well throughout the day, this was a very popular choice. Best groom went to Rosie Fieldwick who although not driving herself kindly backstepped for three drivers and helped them negotiate the course nine times.

Thank you to Christina for running the event and to everyone who stewarded and generally helped. Gordon sorted out the scoring and Jessie, Margaret and Ron kept everyone fed and watered - they even ran out of cake which shows just how good they are!

Class One - Beginners and Novices
1st Alison Burgess
2nd John Wisley
3rd Sam Shipley
4th Sandra Pochin
5th Maggie Harrington
6th Margaret Lang

Class Two - Multiples
1st Tina Ray

Class Three - Intermediate / Open
1st Dick Carey
2nd Bella Freeman
3rd Janet Bettel-Higgins
4th Joanne McNicol
5th Angela Lydall

Class Four - Carriage Dogs
1st Alison Bones
2nd Alison Burgess
3rd Nina Pace

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