Preparation, preparation, preparation Presented by James Rooney and Sara Simmons, this will be an on-foot training evening to help you prepare for the upcoming outdoor season.
Plus: hot refreshments and a chance to be social
Sara and Sirus competing at the 2014 World Singles Championships
All welcome - drivers, grooms, hangers-on, any level, open to non-members.
The evening will start with breaking down the new Intermediate dressage
test in to its component parts and showing how to prepare for each
movement. We are also happy to talk about specific movements from any other test on request on the night.
During the soup interval Sara will talk about preparation
for the cones phase including training before an event, course walking,
warm-up and then preparation for each element within the actual course.
The last session will be on obstacle driving including what to
practice at home, choosing the right routes for your turnout and
preparing for each turn within an obstacle.
There should be plenty of time to ask questions.
James is a member of BC Council, an International judge in both ridden and driven spheres and a dressage trainer in both spheres as well. He has also competed up to Grand Prix level in ridden dressage and recently up to International level in driving.
Sara Simmons and James Rooney
Sara has been involved in driving since 1992 as a competitor, navigator, organiser, occasional judge and Course Designer's wife (yes that is a defined role!). She took her current horse, Sirus, from unbroken 4 year old to International level culminating in representing team GB at the World Singles in 2014 finishing best of the British based horses with a creditable 10th place on the Marathon. They are now training at Advanced Medium level in ridden dressage. Sara will be using Sirus as her demo horse at Casi's.
We are indebted to the RDA for the use of Casi's indoor facilities for the evening. Although it is very compact, it is every bit as cold as most other arenas, so please do dress warmly.
On top of this at the newly refurbished centre will be soup, tea hot chocolate and coffee along with rolls , cakes and biscuits all included in the ticket price
Or email Sarah Garnett on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01306 884956. You can pay by cash or cheque on the night but YOU DO NEED TO BOOK IN with Sarah in advance so we know how many people we are catering for.
Join us on our annual pleasure drive on the beautiful lanes around Ewhurst.
Ewhurst Brickwords (also known as Ockley or Smokejacks Brickworks) RH5 5QH Monday 1 January 2018 meet from 11:00 for a 12:00 departure. Mulled wine and mince pies at the start.
What a great way to start the year
This convoy drive takes a circular route along roads with stops for refreshments and socialising at three pubs. Refreshments will also be provided at our starting point.
Ewhurst Brickworks to Bulls Head, Ewhurst 2.9 miles Bulls Head, Ewhurst to Parrot Inn, Forest Green 2.4 miles Parrot Inn, Forest Green to Scarlett Arms, Walliswood, 2.0 miles Scarlett Arms to Ewhurst Brickworks 1.0 mile
Total 8.3 miles
If you aren't able to travel by horse and carriage, you are very welcome to join us at any (or all) of the pubs.
We need to know numbers (for those bringing a turnout) so please, please let Frances Winter know if you intend to come along.
Small Pony Grand Prix 29 July 2017 held on the glorious Goodwood Estate by kind permission of the Earl of March
No minimum height. Max = 122cm (12h). Larger ponies and horses are encouraged to enter the Evolution competition (same test, same cones, same obstacles, chance to qualify for the Evolution class at the National Finals).