Waldingfield HDT July 2015

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on August 3, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Written by Kim Porter:

SInce 1988 the Waldingfield Driving Trial has been a favorite for competitors and spectators alike. A prototype for the one day driving event, this venue is popular with novice drivers and seasoned veterans alike. The annual event also serves as a fundraiser for the Essex County Trail Association, instrumental in protecting and maintaining the local trail system for use by horsemen, cyclists and hikers.The grounds of the estate, Waldingfield, offer a perfect backdrop for dressage and cones, and the marathon course offers a delightful mix of rolling fields and refreshing wooded trails. This year's event was held on July 11 and 12 and as always, did not disappoint. Although the weather was warm, there was a sea breeze to keep everyone comfortable. Flawlessly organized by Holly Pulsifer, and with Susan Koso as secretary, the theme for the 2015 trial was children's books. Competitors were asked to recall their favorite reads, which were scribed on cards that decorated the tent. Following the briefing and official course walk on Saturday afternoon, competitors, grooms and officials were treated to a barbeque sponsored by the Myopia Driving Club.VSEs were well represented - the largest division - driving their dressage test and cones course on Saturday and finishing with their marathon on Sunday. Other divisions competed all three phases on Sunday. Dressage, held on well groomed grass with more than ample warm up, has plenty of shade for spectators. The cones course, designed by Marc Johnson, was just challenging enough. Marathon obstacles, tailored for the training and preliminary levels, The Yellow Brick Road, The Jungle Book, Mr McGregor's Garden, the Three Little Pig's Houses, and The Fantastic Mr Fox were inviting and offered interesting options for drivers. Technical Delegate Lauren Reece was assisted by Scott Munroe.Dr Annemarie Butler of North Shore Equine monitored the vet check.Following the competition, President of the Ground Jury, Billie Hill generously offered to answer any competitor's questions they may have about any of their dressage scores. Trophies were wonderfully handmade by Susan and Alex Koso from harness parts donated by Deirdre Pirie.Division winners were VSE Training - Katherine DeLacy with Saint Nick, VSE Preliminary - Susan Lathrop with Farthing, Training Single Pony - Kim Porter with Thunder, Training Single Horse - Larry Catlett with Trace, Preliminary Single Horse - Sue Rogers with Solara, Intermediate - Jackie Kane with Roy. For complete results visit

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