Friday, 15 March 2019

March Training and One Day Event

I hope you are all well and the winter months haven't been to hard on you, spring is here and with it comes the start of our 2019 season.

What a season it's going to be, lots of training as requested and a busy event calendar.

With this in in our thoughts can we take this opportunity to remind you that the 2019 memberships are now open, so please, if you haven't already, get your membership renewed.

Our first event is training on Saturday 30th march, this is proving very popular and we only have a very few spaces left. Also, immediately following this on Sunday 31st is our first one day event of the year, it's a short format, dressage and cones in the morning followed by a marathon of approximately 6km with just three hazards driven twice. Marathon dress for all phases. Both these events are held at the excellent facilities at Ashfields. Why not book both and stay over for the weekend, the clubhouse will be open for food and drink as usual.

Entries close this weekend so please don't delay and get those bookings in, to make it easy for you simply click Events at the top of the page

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Passports and Vaccinations

With the recent equine flu outbreak and the onset of our 2019 season we have reviewed the safety precautions at EACDG events to minimise the risk of spread of this disease.

ALL horses/ponies attending EACDG events (training or competition) MUST be accompanied by their passports and be up to date with flu vaccination. Passports will be checked on arrival - please do not unload until your passports have been checked.
Passport details will be held on a secure database to enable EACDG to fast track your entry at future events.
If you do not have the passport with you or vaccination is not up to date, you will be asked to leave (no refund will be given). There will be no exceptions.

What are the vaccination requirements?
Horses must have completed their primary course (2 injections 21-92 days apart) before they may attend events.
A first booster must be given 150-215 days after the second injection. Subsequent boosters must be given at intervals of no more than one calendar year.
Horses may not attend events until 7 days after completion of the primary course or within 7 days of a booster.

Whilst we will not require horses to have a booster every 6 months, if it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend that you discuss a booster with your vet.

What are the signs of flu?
Signs include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs. If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately.
It is essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse please take immediate veterinary advice.

What else can I do to protect my horse/pony?
Flu virus is very contagious and is spread by air as well as on equipment and people. You can help to reduce the risk of spread by practising good biosecurity e.g. minimising contact between horses, not sharing equipment such as water buckets.

Where can I find more information?


We apologise for any inconvenience caused but feel strongly that we need to do all that is possible to stop this disease from spreading.
If you have any questions then please get in touch with any committee member.

Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee

Friday, 11 January 2019

Training with Wilf Bowman Ripley

Hi All,

We are pleased to announce that after the success of the training sessions before Xmas, Wilf Bowman Ripley has released more dates for training, Indoors or Outdoors (subject to weather and ground conditions) at Ashfields.
Morning sessions flatwork, afternoon sessions hazards or cones. £40 for 1/2 hour session, £70 for full hour.
Saturday 19th Jan, Sunday 20th Jan.
Saturday 2nd Feb, Sunday 3rd Feb.
Saturday 16th Feb.
Saturday 2nd March, Sunday 3rd March.
Saturday 16th March, Sunday 17th March.
Please contact me on 07508724333 to book.

Best regards,

Malcolm Brown

Friday, 12 October 2018

Indoor Training with Wilf Bowman Ripley - Ashfields

We are excited to announce that Ashfields are offering the chance for Indoor Training for the 2018/2019 winter season.
Dates are as follows;
Sunday 21st October.
Sunday 25th November.
Sunday 2nd December.
Cost is £40 for 30 minutes or £70 per hour, the hour sessions can be shared by two turnouts if required.
Dressage and Cones Training in the morning sessions and Obstacle Training in the afternoons.
The majority of the training will be carried out by Wilf Bowman Ripley but Minta Winn will also be available if required.
These places will fill up quickly and are offered on a first come first served basis, so don't delay.
For available time slots and to book your preferred trainer please contact me on 07508724333

Best regards Malcolm Brown 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Ashfields Open Day 6th October

Ashfields open day!

Come and have a look around the facilities, view the carriage museum, new and secondhand harness for sale, master class with Wilf Bowman Ripley on the art of obstacle driving, leather workshop now open.
6th October 2018 2pm-6pm.

Refreshments and cake being served in the function room, that is available to hire for parties, weddings meetings and corporate events.
Ashfields Carriage and Polo Club, Great Canfield, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1JU

One day event Sunday 30th September Cancelled

Due to a severe lack of entries for the fun day 1 day event on the 30th September, we unfortunately have been forced to cancel this event, we are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Please remember our AGM on Saturday 6th October 6.30 pm where we will be discussing the issues regarding cancellation of events.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

One day event Sunday 30th September

May I take this opportunity to remind you that our last event of this year is fast approaching.

It will be a one day-fun day event, on Sunday 30th September to be held at Ashfields Carriage Driving Centre. The format will be announced shortly but is liable to be along the lines of:

Marathon dress for the entire event.

Dressage, either your standard class test or we can offer the Indoor test for those planning to compete indoors this season, we will need to know your preference.

Marathon and cones, we will combine a cones course between 3 hazards that you will drive twice, between 4-5km, paces to be confirmed.

Entries close on 20th September, we need a minimum of 25 entries to make this work, if we do not get the numbers then we will cancel this event.

Please note....There will be NO late entries accepted, if you wish to take advantage of this extended weather then get your entries in now.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon.


Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee.