The White Horse Harness Club returned to Redenham Park by kind permission of Lady Clark over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The park looked magnificent in the autumn sunshine and despite storm clouds building and thunder rumbling the Saturday stayed dry for the dressage and cone driving. Sunday saw odd light showers, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the 37 Regional entries and 16 Club entries who took part in the two-day competition.
“A big thank you to Julia and White Horse Harness Club for organising a great event.” Hannah Emily Olliff-Lee
The Regional cones course proved testing, thanks to Steve Lucas and Chris Laing’s design, but although tricky everyone was pleased that it drove well. In the Club class cones Katy Harvey drove a beautiful clear round with her mare Daisy to show how it should be driven.
Saturday evening after the first day of the competition a local singer, Chris Berntsen, entertained us in the marquee with his fabulous singing whilst we enjoyed a superb hog roast and salad buffet, with a huge vote going to the scrummy vegetarian option. The two Janes (Dunsdon & Stuart) did a sterling job seeing that everyone was well fed. The rest of the evening was party time with interesting dance moves (mentioning no names) and huge applause at the end of the evening for Chris’ entertainment, looks like we will have to book him again for next year!
“Huge thanks to everyone involved. A truly pleasurable event – shared with friends.” Kayti Harvey
Sunday marathon and obstacles day dawned bright and sunny, the obstacles looked lovely, they were open and flowing with some technical elements such as on the bank and in the old bomb crater, which caught one competitor out with a tip up. Despite this they drove really well and although the ground was quite hard from the lack of rain over the last month the horses and ponies came home not too tired.
The day was sadly marred by a nasty accident when a competitor’s horse took fright at the sheep and bolted throwing everyone off the carriage. The horse, Ben, was given emergency veterinary care on site and then taken by horse ambulance to the veterinary clinic at Newbury for treatment. We’re pleased to report that he is doing well. The driver and groom, following x-rays, have been given the all clear, no fractures only serious bruising.
“Thank you white horse harness club lovely weekend had by us great course and smashin party as always.” Michael Pawson
The overall winner of the Regional event was Matt Were from Swanmore, a White Horse Harness Club member with his lovely horse pair, so we’re very proud of them. They won not only the advanced horse pairs class but best marathon and best overall score – taking home a whole host of trophies. The overall winner of the Club event was Rachel Moast.
A lot of hard work, thought and planning goes in to making this event work. A huge thank you to Steve Lucas and Chris Laing for all their help, support and hard work leading up to, during and after the event. We couldn’t do it without you guys. Here are some more messages of thanks we’ve received…