Midlands Carriagedriving
Hot competition as Midlands returns to Widmerpool
30 August 2017



by Wendy Nix


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Midlands Carriagedriving made a welcome return to Widmerpool, Nottinghamshire, after a year out and competitors created hot competition over the two days.

It was especially tight in the Novice Horse class with just 0.88 penalties separating Philip Wright and Mark Riley after dressage. With both having one cone down in that phase, the margin remained the same at the end of the first day. However, Mark’s speedier obstacle times gave him the edge to win with Philip second overall and Rachel Reilly holding on to her third place.

Mark Riley. Photo by Geoff Marston.

Open Pony saw another close contest, this time between Granville Styler and Sue Corlett, with Granville just getting his pony’s nose in front at the finish line.

Granville Styler. Photo by Geoff Marston.

In the Novice Pony class Anna Jackson took an all-the-way win assisted by a double clear in the cones. It all fell apart for Anna’s nearest rival, Helen Jordan, when she drove the wrong route in Obstacle 3 and failed to go through the ‘F’ gate in Obstacle 5. Caroline Saunders, who backstepped for Helen and vice-versa, made the same mistake in Obstacle 3, eliminating both, so second place went to Joanne Gadsby.

Mick Ward was well on his way to yet another win in the mixed Intermediate class when he had to correct an error of course in the last obstacle, dropping him down to fourth overall. The winner was Steve Nicholls with Tabitha King in second and Claudia Bunn – this time driving a single – in third.

Steve Nicholls. Photo by Geoff Marston.

Graham Heath led the mixed Pairs class after dressage and cones. Sue Hargreaves was nearly 12 penalties adrift in second with Clare Morley and Emma Burton in third and fourth respectively. But it was the nippy ponies of Sue and Emma that came good in the obstacles, elevating Sue to first overall and Emma second. An error of course in Obstacle 1 dropped Graham to third with Clare taking fourth place.

Sue Hargreaves. Photo by Geoff Marston.

Siblings Peter and Emma Young fought it out in the Tandem and Teams class, Peter creating a wonderful sight with his tandem of Shires, winning the dressage over his sister. As her brother performed the cones phase HC, Emma came through with her team of ponies to complete and take the overall red rosette.

Despite slower obstacle times, Bob Auton held onto his lead in the Pre-Novice, keeping marathon winner Sandra Jackson in the runner-up slot. The One-Day Event saw a win for Elisabeth Greensmith – by 1.3 penalties – ahead of David Wagstaff-Myers who in turn finished just 2.20 penalties ahead of Jon White.

Peter Young. Photo by Geoff Marston.

Ever welcoming hosts, the Brooks family, had worked their socks off to clear the haylage fields in time for the competition, leaving organisers Ben and Jane Smith just three days to select a marathon route, which took competitors over some wonderful going, and create six well-built temporary obstacles.

Full results can be found on: www.midlandscarriagedriving.co.uk



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