Tuesday, 17 July 2018

2 Day training Camp and 1 Day Event July 27-29


Just a little reminder that entries close midnight on Tuesday 17th for the 2 day training camp at Ashfields on Friday 27th and Saturday 28 July, full details here http://www.ihdt.co.uk/payg/data/eacdg/d2018/schedule_2284.pdf don't be disappointed, get your entries in now.

Also, you only have until midnight on Thursday 19th June to get your entries in for the one day event immediately following the training camp on Sunday 29th June, a perfect opportunity to try out the new skills you learn at camp.

 http://www.ihdt.co.uk/payg/data/eacdg/d2018/schedule_2281.pdf

Its only a one day event, no need to dress up, marathon dress is the norm for the event, only 3 obstacles to drive in the shortened marathon, don't miss it, it'll be fun!

As a final reminder, for those of you who haven't already, can you please take just a few minutes to complete the short survey regarding the recent cancellation of Sandringham, we really need your feedback regarding the future of this event. here is the link again for those of you who may have lost it https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/25X8RLH  

 

 We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Blandings 2 Day Event - 14th-15th July - Pims!


Just a quick reminder that our next event is just two weeks away on the 14th-15th July, it is a two day and one day combined event kindly organised by Louise at Blandings Carriage Driving Centre, full details can be found here:  http://www.ihdt.co.uk/payg/data/eacdg/d2018/schedule_2280.pdf

Entries close at midnight on the 4th july so please get your entries in now, you can enter as usual on the EACDG website http://www.eacdg.co.uk/events.html or directly with Louise on 07743932907

The EACDG committee will be organising a Pimms and nibbles reception on the Saturday evening, everyone is welcome.

We will also have a questionnaire for those attending, regarding the recent cancellation of the club event Sandringham and events moving forward, this questionnaire will also be made available shortly both online and on the EACDG facebook page.

We hope to see you all there.

Drive safe and see you soon. 

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Sandringham Horse driving Trials 2018 - club event cancelled


It is with much regret that we have to inform you that due to insufficient numbers, we have been forced to cancel the club event at Sandringham 2018.

The committee, over the last few days, have been working tirelessly together with the organisers of the National Event, looking into various options to try to make the event work, we have looked into many proposals including running alongside and immediately after the national competitors, unfortunately, insufficient entries have simply made it unviable.

Arrangements will be made over the next few days to reimburse your entry fees.

We know you will be disappointed but hope to see you at our next two day event held at Blandings Carriage Driving Centre on 14th - 15th July, entries close on the 4th July. 

 
Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sandringham Horse Driving Trials


Its good to see the weather has finally made a change for the better, I can't believe it's June already (where did that go?).

For those of you who haven't done already, please get your entries in for Eacdg Sandringham. This is one of the most picturesque venues we have, driving in the Royal grounds and through the Royal gardens, beautiful doesn't even come close to describing it.

Last year, entries were down and the club only just broke even, if the entries don't increase there is the risk of this event not running, if we take the decision to cancel then we will lose our venue deposit and there is the strong possibility that we may lose this venue in the future, as this is one of the most prestigious events of the year it would be such a shame not to be able to offer it as part of our yearly schedule.

There is plenty to see at this venue, there is an FEI National and Young Drivers Event, the CIAT Concours Internationale d'Attelage de Tradition will be having their Meet and Drive Saturday 1st & 2nd July, The British Coaching Club – will be having their meet and drive from the Sandringham show ground on Friday 29th June and on top of all this you have our annual 2 day club event. Where else will you be able to drive 6 of the same obstacles as the National Competitors?

All this by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen.
 

Please vote with your feet and get your entries in, it's your club, it's your money let's not lose it.

Entries close on Wed 20 Jun 2018, don't leave it too late.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Blandings 2 Day Event May 26-27


Hi All,
This is a reminder that our next event is fast approaching, it's a combined event which you can enter as normal for the two day event or if you prefer and you are a pre novice pony, small pony or have a very inexperienced horse/pony you can just do a one day event but on the same weekend.
This event is at the idyllic settings of Blandings Farm Carriage Driving at Chippenham in Cambridgeshire, just north of Newmarket, there are excellent hazards, good grounds which are hardly ever affected by the weather, and to top that Louise and Kim always make everyone welcome. 
The event is on 26th -27th May and the bookings close on midnight of this wednesday 16th, dont leave it too late, full details can be found here  http://www.ihdt.co.uk/payg/data/eacdg/d2018/schedule_2278.pdf
You can book online as usual on the EACDG website.
On another note, we desperately need some additional stewards for this event for the marathon on the 27th, you will be very well looked after and catered for. For further details please contact Louise on 07743932907
Please try and support this event, if you can't compete then please consider helping and stewarding, remember, without the generosity of the people who give up their time to steward then these events just simply couldn't go ahead. 
Hopefully we will see you all there. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Dear all, with much regret we are forced to cancel the 2 day event this weekend 14/15th April 2018 as Ashfields is under water. We hope you understand.

Zoe and Wilf have offered up a possible alternative date on 28/29th April.  Please can you e-mail Lorna if you intend to enter sec@eacdg.co.uk so we can see if its a viable option.  Everyone will be refunded for this event.

We thank you for your support.

 
Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee.


Tuesday, 10 April 2018


Dear all, we are very sorry to announce that we have been forced cancel this week's training at Ashfields as the ground is waterlogged and the forecast is more rain tonight and tomorrow. The trainers have some availability for next Thursday and Friday 26/27th April so please e-mail Lorna at sec@eacdg.co.uk if you would like to move your training to those dates or have a refund,
We are planning on running the 2 day event this weekend but further wet weather could possibly jeopardise this. We will make a final decision on Thursday lunchtime and inform you all as soon as we know.
We hope you all understand.


 
Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee

Sunday, 8 April 2018


Hi All,

We were at Ashfields today checking things out for our first two day event of the season and national novice qualifier, we can report that the fields are drying up nicely, unfortunately rain is forecast for Sunday but hopefully it will be short-lived and the ground will continue to dry. The hazards are looking good and the temporary stables have now been erected.

The stable field will be open from 12pm on Friday for those who are not training beforehand, please do not arrive earlier except by arrangement.

Note that you must use a waterproof membrane or solid matting in side- stabling and in any horse enclosure, which must not be more than 10’ x 10’ for each horse or pony. Electric fencing may be used to make a pen if you do not have a stable. A small number of stables are available for

hire: contact Zoe Morgan, 07770 944868.

The clubhouse bar and facilities are open all day Saturday/Sunday. There will be a 2 course meal for everyone on Saturday evening at £12.50 per head, with a vegetarian choice: you can book meals by contacting Zoe, again on 07770 944868 Please be aware that some parts of the Horsebox field may be soft so please walk to the area that you wish to park in and check the ground first, park in line, at least 6m away from any lorry, trailer, tent or caravan.

Water, toilets, horse waste disposal facilities are on site: please take your rubbish home and leave your site clean. Kindly keep your dog under control and be considerate of other people and animals. EACDG rules

apply: please read them on our website.

Get your season going with our two day spring competition and national novice qualifier. Meet up at our free Pimms reception in the clubhouse at 6:30pm on Friday.

 

We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

 

Best Regards

  EAST ANGLIAN CARRIAGE DRIVING GROUP COMMITTEE.

Monday, 2 April 2018


Hi Everyone, we hope you had a Happy Easter and didn't get too wet.

Our First competition of the 2018 season is virtually upon us, it is a two day event incorporating a National Novice Qualifier held at the Ashfield Carriage Driving Centre at Great Canfield, entries are closing on midnight of the 4th April, that is just 3 days away, please note that if you are intending to enter there will be No Late Entries accepted, so get your entry in now.

Dressage and cones will be held as usual on Saturday with the marathon on Sunday, Marathon will be Three sections, approximately 11km with a maximum of 6 obstacles including water, subject to weather and ground conditions, further details can be found in the events section of the website http://www.eacdg.co.uk/events.html 

If you are unable to compete but wish to come along and help with stewarding or similar then please call Lorna on 07855 451413 and she will discuss how you may be able to help. Don't be shy, its one of the best ways to get involved if you are a newcomer.

As usual we will have a number of official photographers on site during the event, these photographers give up their time to try to give you some special memories of the event, please try to support them by checking out their work and maybe purchasing a little memento of the occasion, if we don't support them then we may lose them, we don't want to see this happen. Our Official Photographers are easily recognizable by their blue tabbards, please feel free to approach them before the show commences if you want something special. On site printing will be available in the clubhouse for this event kindly supplied by Melody Fisher Photography.

We will supply our photographers contact details on your event paperwork when you arrive.

We look forward to seeing you all soon, have fun and drive safe.

 
Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee.

Monday, 26 March 2018


Hello all, the first event of the season is fast approaching and its going to be a big event, we already have lots of entries and we will be closing the books soon, so if you are planning to enter please do so without delay (we will not accept late entries).

Please note, in order to get everyone to the correct cones width and make the marathon run smoothly we have very limited availability for competitors sharing grooms , priority will be given on a first entered first served basis, please get your own groom/backsteppers sorted! Thank you.

If you are planning to share grooms/backsteppers can you please make sure you mention this on the notes section of your entry so we can ensure we can try to accommodate your wishes.

Please Note. We cannot accept entries where one person is planning to groom/backstep for three drivers  due to the complexity of organising times etc.

We are all looking forward to seeing you at what's looking like an exciting event.

Drive safe and have fun.

 
Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee

Friday, 16 March 2018


Dear all, the training days at Ashfields on the 12/13th April are now full , but I will be running a waiting list in case we have any withdrawals. If you wish to be put on the waiting list please e-mail sec@eacdg.co.uk and let me know, thank you Lorna.

Also, a little reminder that places for our first two day event with NNQ on 14-15th April are filling up and entries close on the 4th of April (just over two weeks). Please note that due to the time involved in organising these events no late entries will be accepted.

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Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee

Thursday, 1 March 2018


Hi Everyone and welcome to the first email of the 2018 season, this year we are planning to send out regular emails to you to keep you informed of up and coming events, results from events as the season opens up and any other information that we feel you may benefit from.

Our first training day's are on the 12th and 13th of April at Ashfields, your trainers are Anna Grayston, Sara Howe and Minta Winn, they will be offering flat work, cones, and obviously there will also be a hazard open for training purposes should you require. Places are filling up quickly so if you wish to take advantage of this pre season opportunity then get your bookings/time slots in soon. For any newcomers requiring an assessment you can get this done at the same time. As always you can enter directly from the website http://www.eacdg.co.uk/events.html

Our first event of the season is the 14th and 15th of April (immediately after the training days), its a two day event and also a National Novice Qualifier. It will be our normal format of Dressage and Cones on Saturday followed by Marathon on Sunday. Please be aware that all open singles and multiple turnouts will be required to complete the new BC Test 2 (2018) for dressage unless you request otherwise on your booking form. The Marathon will be 6 Obstacles and approximately 13km. Again, as its the first event of the year entries are coming in quickly so please don't leave it until the last minute to get your bookings in. You can book in directly on the link above.

For those of you who haven't already renewed your membership then please take this as a gentle reminder that memberships are now open and due.

We hope you will all have a successful season but most importantly drive safely and have fun.

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Best Regards
East Anglian Carriage Driving Group Committee.