Midlands Carriagedriving
Oasby proves to be an excellent site for driving trials

23 September 2021

by Wendy Nix

Midlands Carriagedriving’s (MC) new venue at Oasby, Lincolnshire, proved to be an excellent site for driving trials – with potential for improvements in 2022. Those who came and took part on 18 and 19 September had an enjoyable weekend, expressing many positive comments on the layout and obstacles.

In Novice Horse Mary Fuller started the first day well, leading after dressage but she was soon overtaken by Joanne Gadsby who put up a storming performance in the tricky cones phase.

Mary Fuller. Photo: Kingswood Associates.

Joanne held her lead despite being beaten by Rosemary Armstrong and Mary through the obstacles; Mary finished second overall with Rosemary in third.

Joanne Gadsby. Photo: Kingswood Associates.

Lyn Chorlton not only had the best cones score of the day (3) but also put up the fastest marathon of the competition to win the Novice Pony class while in the Intermediate Horse Mick Ward led all three phases to win over Rachel Reilly.

Lyn Chorlton. Photo: Kingswood Associates.

Mick Ward. Photo: Kingswood Associates.

Elisabeth Greensmith had Open Pony to herself as both Stephen Trebble and Sue Corlett had to withdraw thanks to mechanical problems preventing participation.

Sue, who travels from her home in the Isle of Man, was travelling down the M6 when the brakes on her motorhome ceased to function. Being a Friday afternoon and with no hope of new parts until the Monday she had no option but to abandon the offending vehicle and take her accompanying pony home in his horsebox.

Elisabeth Greensmith. Photo: Kingswood Associates.

‘New kid on the block’ Nicola Parkin stormed round in the Pony Pairs class, overtaking Wendy Wadsworth after dressage and recording second fastest obstacle times of the weekend.

Nicola Parkin. Photo: Kingswood Associates.

MC would like to say a special ‘Thank You’ to Helen Minnis for stepping in at the eleventh hour to provide para-medical cover on the Sunday after the original team had to pull out, having contracted Covid-19. Helen not only sent a paramedic and an ambulance, but she also managed to drive the marathon HC after a quick walk round in the morning.

Helen Minnis. Photo: Kingswood Associates.

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