Lovely day at Plas Dolben on the 15/10/2017 for F&DPC members starting off with a ride over the mountains in some fabulous October weather and equally fabulous views over the Vale of Clwyd, followed by lunch, then an afternoon of fun and Games with Fran. Thanks to Iona and her family for putting on this great event for the kids and their ponies and Fran for keeping them all under control in the games.
The first Winter League Show Jumping Competition of the season was held at Celt n Gael on Saturday 16th September and run by Anglesey and Aberconwy PC Branches. It was good to see regular and some new F&D members taking part in their first WL. In Class 2 (60cm): Harry Wheway riding the speedy Wilma nipped into 2nd place, and hot on his heels was Eban Davies & Ben who came 3rd. Class 3 (10yrs & U): Unfortunately only Harry & Lili from F&D had entered, so they were put into a mixed team. Harry did a fantastic double clear to get placed individually, Lili had a couple of poles down, but is developing and learning all the time....so watch this space the clear rounds will soon come! The mixed team of F&D & Dwyfor came 5th. Class 4 (Pairs): Very successful class for F&D - Eban plus 1 won this class, Orphelia & Hattie were very speedy but just had a fence down to come a close 2nd, and Eban (with his 2nd ride 'Ben') & Harry were also placed. Class 5 (13yrs & U): The F&D team which consisted of Georgie, Eban, Hattie & Scarlett - going into the 2nd round the team were on 0. Georgie rode a lovely double clear, but unfortunately luck wasn't on our side and the team occurred a few faults to finish 5th out of nine teams. Class 6 (Intermediate); Orlagh Toner & Emily Vaarkarp were the only two F&D members taking part in this class, the first round proved tricky for all, with poles flying and faults occurring everywhere. However the 2nd round was much better, with riders demonstrating some lovely clear rounds. Class 7 (Dengie Debute): Eban and his pony Jac stayed on to compete in this class, hope they have managed to qualify, if not there is always next time. It was a very long, but fun day, with all team members supporting and encouraging each other....we do need more F&D members to join in, so that we can make up full teams, as league points are lost if we don't have F&D Teams in WL classes. If you fancy having a go, please get in touch with Bethan Edwards and get your entries in.....it's a FAB competition and really helps to bring your riding and jumping skills on over the winter. Hope to see more of you out and about representing the F&DPC at WL SJ'ing. The next WL SJ'ing is on Sunday 1st Oct at Somerford, followed by Sunday 15th October at Bryn Derw
Area 5 Dreassage Qualifier which was held at Foxes Riding School, Wirral on Sunday 23rd July Very long, but fun day with all members trying their best, riding some lovely tests and all were beautifully turned out. Scarlett Owen was awarded the prize for Best Under 12's Tack & Turnout in the Regional Section. F&DPC Teams 4th in the Regional/Grassroots Team: Shannon Lloyd-Pepperall, Faye Jones, Elin Robinson and Scarlett Owen 6th in the Novice Team: Orlagh Toner, Emily McParland & Emily Vaarkamp, Sian Lind, Libby Edwards & Louise Evans. 2nd in the Open: Sophie Wilson & her sister Ellie achieving 62% in the Open Test. Warm up Class: Libby Edwards, Sian Lind, Faye Jones & Beth Howatson Sophie has qualified for the PC Open Championships in both the eventing and dressage and Ellie has for the dressage with the mixed team, not individually Well done to everybody taking part and supporting F&D
F&DPC Plas Dolben XC Training 20/07/17 Fun evening spent at the F&DPC XC Training which was held at Plas Dolben, thank you Iona & Gareth for organising and holding this annual XC training for the members, and to Meg, Chrissie & Debbie for instructing the kids. All photos from the evening can be viewed and purchased at www.peterowenphotography.zenfolio.com
It was a great opportunity for F&D members to act as demo riders for the Area 5 Young Instructors Course which was held at Mostyn. Lovely to see the young instructors giving confident and well planned sessions which our members thoroughly enjoyed. To finish off the evening Meg Green kindly rewarded the demo riders by taking them cross country schooling. Thank you Meg for organising this training course for the Young Instructors and the Demo Riders, I am sure they all gained a lot from it.
F&DPC Cross Country Training at Kelsall Hill Saturday 29th April 2017 Attached are some photos from the XC training at Kelsall Hill last Saturday, F&DPC members and their ponies had an awesome time riding around the BE Cross Country course under the expert tuition of Louise Shepherd. Thank you Aloma Wynway for organising the training.
Lovely day with amazing weather for ponies & friends at the F&DPC annual fun SJ'ing competition which was held at Ystrad. A BIG Thank You to Iona Griffiths Pierce and Fran Hughes for organising and running this annual event so that the kids can gain valuable competition experience in a friendly and fun environment.
Amazing day at Mold triathlon with fab results from Meg's amazing tetters. Isabella Stone 1st in the mini girls(8/9) with a fantastic top shoot of 940, Leah Lamb 2nd best swim & run mini girls(8/9), both girls coming 5th and 6th in the 8-11 category out of 27 girls. Will stone 3rd best run and new member Archie Lynch coming an amazing 4th best swim and qualifying for champs on his first outing. New pre mini girl Beth Howatson gaining top beanbag and Daisy stone just out of the placings but a consistent performance overall.
F&DPC New Year Fun Show Jumping Competition held at Ystrad, Denbigh on Monday 2nd January 2017 Lovely way to start the New Year, plus we were blessed with beautiful blue sky's and sunshine as members enjoyed a fun show jumping event which was held at Ystrad. A massive thank you to the Brookes family for allowing us to use Ystrad's facility, and also to Iona for acting as Events Secretary and Meg for kindly agreeing to judge the Show jumping classes. We would also like to thank the parents and PC members for supporting the show and making it an awesome experience, it was lovely to see members enjoying themselves and encouraging each other.