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Frickley Park
Another jewel in Midlandsí crown
9 July 2019
Midlands Carriagedriving (MC) has been blessed this season with not one but two fabulous new venues. Locko Park in June proved to be a terrific location for driving trials and hot on its heels - and equally terrific - is Frickley Park near Doncaster (6 - 7 July).

The rolling Yorkshire countryside and probably the longest stretch of obstacle water in the UK made for a testing but fair marathon course. Making full use of the parkís natural features and one of British Eventingís permanent cross-country jumps, organisers only had to erect four posts to create the six new obstacles Ė surely a record.

David Waggstaff-Myers third in the Tandem class. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

Being a bit further north than MCís usual venues, this event was well supported by North East members, competitors and stewards alike. However, it was the one MC team (Midlands) that took the spoils in the Inter-Club Competition, winning by a margin of 44.45 penalties.

Chris Patrick performs dressage in front of Frickley House. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

The team of Rosemary Armstrong, Paul Hart, Julie Tomasik and Emma Young were lying in second place behind North East 2 team of Julie Lockey, Leslee Wilkinson, John Wilkinson and Glenys Ellis by less than six penalties after the dressage and cones phases.

North East 2 would possibly have been the bookies' favourite to win, had Glenys not suffered a mechanical failure with her carriage just before Obstacle 6, forcing her to withdraw. Poachers came third, with North East 1 in fourth place.

Emily Viller in the Intermediate class. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

In the individual classes all the members of the Midlands team won their respective classes; Rosemary Armstrong held off Wendy Mason for a convincing win in Novice Horse while Paul Hart had a comfortable win over Emily Viller and Chris Patrick in the Intermediate class.

A very competitive Open class saw Julie Tomasik take the red rosette following Glenysís retirement and Jane Wilsonís withdrawal from the marathon after her horse threw a shoe in the cones.

Event organiser Anne Chambers heads the Tandem class. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

Just 3.72 penalties covered first to fourth in this class with Steve Trebble in second and Leslee Wilkinson in third finishing a mere 0.52 penalties ahead of Nicola Corby. In the Pony Fours, Emma Young and Angie Smith were neck and neck in dressage with Emma performing slightly better in cones to go in front and her quicker obstacle times kept her in the lead.

Emma Young winning the Pony Fours. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

It was good to see five entries in the mixed Tandem class although Jeff Ormerod had to withdraw after the first two phases. Pat Cooper amassed some hefty time penalties on Section A and suffered two course corrections to leave her in fourth with the class taken by event organiser Anne Chambers ahead of John Wilkinson and David Wagstaff-Myers respectively.

Julie Tomasik creates a splash. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

Ruth Bamforth won the Horse Pairs class after Angela Flanaganís very attractive skewbald youngsters took some persuading to enter the water (but once in were quite happy to trot through).

Novice Pony winner Julie Lockey. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

Julie Lockey ran out the Novice Pony winner, less than six penalties ahead of Joanne Gadsby. Joanne was delighted to win the King of the Cones award with just 1.5-time penalties, no-one managing a double clear.

Paul Hart winner of the Intermediate class. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

Sole entry in the Short Format class, Graham Clements completed with his nice young horse having an excellent educational competition.

MC is indebted to the owners of Frickley Park for giving permission to the club for this event and have already indicated that they would be pleased for a return visit in 2020.

Inter-Club Trophy winners Emma Young, Paul Hart and Rosemary Armstrong, with MC President George Spencer. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

North East 2: Leslee Wilkinson, John Wilkinson, Julie Lockey, MC President George Spencer and Glenys Ellis. Photo by Kingswood Associates.

For more information on MC events, how to join the club and enter competitions please visit: www.midlandscarriagedriving.co.uk