28th to 31st August 2020

Tenantry Farm, Fordingbridge, SP6 3PA, by kind permission of Rob McLeod

For our members and friends, the SCDC club are offering a low-key, stress-free weekend for practice, training, fun and socialising. The weekend will have something for everyone – whether they have been able to keep their horses fit and are taking part in the driving trials this summer or starting to build up for the indoor season in October or simply enjoying being back driving or riding or working their horses / ponies / donkeys again.

Camping and stabling will be available for the weekend; however we fully support those that would prefer to just visit for the day (or several days). We also welcome those that want to camp without a horse or want to bring a riding horse instead of driving. The weekend is open to members and non-members of the club.

Tenantry Farm and the village of Rockbourne are close to the New Forest and the city of Salisbury with its lovely cathedral, making it an ideal base for days out too.

FACILITIES
The campsite is at the ‘dairy farm’, with a flat camping field and (very posh) portable stabling in the paddock next door. Horses are not to be penned or side stabled in the camping field. There are large open barns which will be used for socially distanced socialising. There are ample toilets and an emptying point for those with their own chemical toilets. There will be showers and several hand washing stations. The health & safety risk assessments which include the Covid secure practices will be available ahead of the weekend, and we encourage all feedback please.

Day visitors and campers will have access to all of the following facilities to use as often as they choose throughout the weekend.

  • 7 miles of driving (or riding) around the farm, there are short cuts and loops which can shorten or lengthen the route. The driving is not too hard for the less fit, there is one section of hill-work, the rest is undulating.
  • Two dressage arenas will be set up – probably 100m x 40m and 80m x 40m. These can be ‘booked’ to guarantee uninterrupted time to practice your test. If the new indoor test is available, we can reduce one arena to 50m x 20m.
  • A practice cones course and obstacles will also be available to ‘book’.

Please note that although there will be first aiders on site, we will not have a paramedic. The obstacles are used at the drivers own risk, speed should be kept to a minimum when practicing.

CATERING
We had feedback in the recent survey where the majority preferred to only have supper provided, not lunch or breakfast. We are exploring all possible options for evening meals, so once we have an idea of how many people are booked in; we will be able to firm up the plans.

WHAT IS HAPPENING OVER THE WEEKEND?

THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST
For those interested in an additional night camping, they can arrive any time after 12noon. The farm will be open for driving around the fields.

FRIDAY 28TH AUGUSTTraining Clinic day
We are pleased to have both James Rooney and Caroline Douglas available for lessons on Friday. Both instructors will be happy to help drivers, riders or those preferring groundwork, with basic schooling, a dressage test, a cones course or with an obstacle.

James Rooney – 45 min lesson £50
A List 1 International & FEI Judge, a member of the British CarriageDriving Council and President of the Jury at driving trials. James is heavily involved in the sport and recreational pursuit of carriage driving. Starting off competing at national level, James now trains people in both Driving Trials (Indoors and Outdoor Trials) and Private Driving. James does not teach you how to drive, he can, however, help you enhance and improve your horse’s way of going, through ridden and driven schooling.

Caroline Douglas – 45 min lesson £45
A Light Harness Horse Instructor (LHHI), judging at driving trials and also judged the carriage driving class at Horse of the Year show in 2017. Caroline is also a BHS Intermediate Instructor (riding). Caroline grew up driving, with parents that participated in a variety from trials to showing. Attelage is Caroline’s latest passion which combines the elegance of the show ring with the practicality of driving a well-trained safe horse. Caroline enjoys helping novice drivers to lay strong foundations and encouraging the more experienced driver to their next level.

Practice
The farm is also open for driving and to book a slot in a practice dressage arena, cones or obstacles – including for those who have come for a lesson.

Guest speaker
In the evening we will possibly have a guest speaker.

SATURDAY – 29TH AUGUSTCones Challenge Day
During the day we will hold a fun cones competition. There will be classes for both driven and long reining. This will not be a speed competition – there will be an optimum time, the further away from that time, the more penalties are awarded! We will have the cones forwards, cones backwards, odd cones, even cones, accumulator cones.. cones, cones and more cones!

Training
James Rooney & Caroline Douglas will both be available for further lessons

Practice
The farm is open for driving and to book a slot in a practice dressage arena, cones or obstacles – including for those who have come for a lesson. Daily visitors who have come for training are welcome to make full use of the farm.

‘Wheelbarrow Evolution’
In the evening we will be holding the inaugural ‘Wheelbarrow Evolution’ competition. Driving teams will have to navigate the short form of dressage, cones and obstacles with their appropriately turned out wheelbarrow, prizes will be given for best turned out (posh or fancy dress?), plus a few other gems along the way, like who can ‘trot’ most like their horse…

SUNDAY 30TH AUGUSTInside Out Day
During the day we will hold an inside out event. There will be classes for both driven and for long reining. This will not be a speed competition – there will be an optimum time, the further away from that time, the more penalties are awarded!

Training
Caroline Douglas will be available for lessons

Practice
The farm is open for driving and to book a slot in a practice dressage arena, cones or obstacles – including for those who have come for a lesson. Daily visitors who have come for training are welcome to make full use of the farm.

Social evening
In the evening after a busy day, we will have a relaxing social evening, possibly with some musical bingo…

MONDAY 31ST AUGUST – Fun Challenge Drive
In the morning we will have a ‘fun challenge drive’ with a combination of trec type challenges and quiz questions.

Practice
The farm is open for driving and to book a slot in a practice dressage arena, cones or obstacles in the morning.

The weekend will close in the afternoon and we wish everyone a safe journey home.

HEALTH & SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Everyone is expected to do their part to keep each other safe and respect their personal social distancing preferences. The venue have placed hand sanitiser at many locations (e.g. at gates), everyone is expected to use these.
  • Every person on site must be registered with organisers and provide contact details (track & trace)
  • SCDC Members driving under club insurance will have completed a driving assessment before the weekend.
  • SCDC Members are able to complete their driving competence assessment by booking a lesson with either instructor. This must be completed before they can participate in the activities.
  • SCDC members with British CarriageDriving membership will have provided a copy of their 2020 membership card to the club membership secretary for their entry to be accepted.
  • Drivers that are not familiar to the organisers with may be asked for a reference to establish their competence; this is a requirement for our insurance.
  • Those long reining only do need to provide their liability insurance details.

HOW TO BOOK

All payments will be made online using the HorseMonkey website to reduce handling cheques and cash. Entries on the day are not accepted.

For Daily Visitors – Entries close Thursday 20th August 2020

Entries are made directly on the HorseMonkey website, no need to book.
On the club HorseMonkey page there are two options for each day (Friday to Monday)

  • Option 1 – £25 for use of the farm, dressage arena, cones and obstacles
  • Option 2 – £40 for entry into the activities plus use of the farm, dressage arena, cones & obstacles

For Campers – Entries close Sunday 16th August 2020

Capacity is capped to the number of stables available hence no direct booking online and stables will be allocated on first come first served basis. Bookings are from £150 which includes:

  • Camping and stabling for 3 nights and off road driving for 4 days (Fri to Mon)
  • Use of all facilities (fields, dressage, cones, obstacles)
  • Entry into all activities

There is a 4 step process to book in:

  1. Complete the booking form (online form is preferred)
    CAMPING BOOKING FORM – with horse
    CAMPING BOOKING FORM – without horse
    – If not using the online form, complete and email this word.doc form to scdc.kayti.harvey@gmail.com
    – Also email proof of insurance if not a member
    – A copy of British CarriageDriving 2020 membership card if not already forwarded
  2. Stables are put ‘on hold’ for 5 days by SCDC
  3. Instructions on which ‘class’ to enter on HorseMonkey is sent
  4. Confirmation of booking & payment is emailed by SCDC

Booking Training – Entries close 16th August or when full

Once fully booked a waiting list for training will be held. Lessons are not available to book directly through HorseMonkey. The lesson price includes the travel costs of the instructor.

Booking is online by using this specific form (online form is preferred)
TRAINING BOOKING FORM

Alternatively, if not using the online form, complete and email this word.doc form to scdc.kayti.harvey@gmail.com