Statement from BCDC Committee

Update from BCDClub Chairman April 2022

Hi everyone,

Hope you have all been able to enjoy the nice weather we've had recently either out driving or walking or doing whatever you like to do.
My sympathies go out to all who have suffered with Covid over the last few months, believe me, I know what it's like, and I hope you have recovered well or are recovering if you've had it recently.

There's been a fair amount going on since January, apart from Covid!
In January we held the Club Quiz with 9 teams. Trish's teachers team triumphed so watch out for some tricky questions next year! Amhurst School very kindly allowed us to use their premises as we outgrew the Clubhouse this year.

In February, Dan Foley, a brilliant farrier, gave us a talk on how to look after our horses' feet throughout the year, focussing on some foot ailments like thrush, seedy toe and white line disease and he gave us some interesting advice on how to use studs when competing. It was well presented and Dan showed great knowledge. It was very interactive and Dan was willing to answer all our questions. We asked for voluntary donations which enabled us to give Dan £90 for his time and efforts. We had also previously agreed to give him £50 from Club funds. All who attended asked him if he would be willing to come back again which he has agreed to do. Dan is very knowledgeable in his field and I would thoroughly recommend you come to his next talk.

We held our much awaited Car treasure hunt in March. 4 cars set out, with 10 people, at intervals from Bradbourne attempting to solve all the clues which took them on a 25 mile journey around the local area. Anita had worked very hard to set the clues but everyone managed to find their way round. Anita has also had a few requests for the clues so others can do the route in their own time. Just e mail Anita if you would like a copy. Again there has been a request to do another one next year. Did I mention that the clues ended at a pub? We all had a lovely lunch together and it was especially great to see Wendy Fielder out and about again.

April has been busy so far and firstly I want to say a big well done to all our members who went to the Indoor National Championships at a very chilly Arena UK. You all showed such determination and driving ability and I'm sure all Club members are so proud of you.

I know Phillipa Howe isn't currently a member of the Club but I wanted to congratulate her on taking the Open Pony and Supreme Championship with Sox. Sara was on the back and it would have been Leonie Marshall's birthday that weekend. It was an emotional win for the Howe family and on behalf of the Club we are all so proud of their achievement.

Last weekend (9th) we had our Pleasure Drive, very ably worked out for us by Sarah Owlett who had also organised for us to park in the White Rock Inn car park. 6 turnouts came along to tackle a 7 mile road drive. Sarah and I and Cathy White followed the convoy in two cars. There's one steep hill said Sarah. She didn't mention the other less steep hills! This didn't, however, prevent everyone from enjoying the lovely sunny day and the superb scenery around the local villages including Ightham Mote. Then a nice pub lunch. We do like our pub stops at Bradbourne! We were able to give Sarah £85 for her charity in the Gambia by voluntary donation.

We have lots more coming up in our calendar this year which I hope you will be able to support:

21st May BCDClub ODE incl Gateway class at Absolom's Farm
If you're not competing we always need help on the ground at this event. Please let us know if you can help. Schedules out very soon
                 
18th or 19th  June Midsummer Dog walk and BBQ venue TBC. Advert for this will be coming out very soon
                       
30th July ODE incl Gateway class at Old Hay, Nettlestead. This is a joint event with Weald Harness Club. Again, if you're not competing we will need help on the ground, stewarding, time keeping, scoring, etc and its always a great way to learn how these events function. Please let us know if you can help out. Schedules will be out at end of May.
                         
25th August Bit talk with Gill Batt
Please note this is a Thursday evening but Gill will be showing us different types of bits and how to fit them hopefully with a live 'guinea pig'. If you would like her to use your horse/pony as an example please get in touch and we can arrange that. Further details will follow in due course
                       
17th September BCDClub ODE at Absolom's Farm. We hope this event will be an Inter Clubs event. Further details will be available nearer the time
                             
October BCDClub have invited Barry Collyer to come to Bradbourne to show us some effective horsemastership. Barry comes highly recommended and he is willing to work with any horse or pony. If you want Barry to work with yours on the day please let me know.

I really hope you will be able to support these upcoming events in one way or another. The committee work really hard to get our calendar together each year and its always great to see our membership getting involved whether it is a driving event, a talk, demo or a social.

On behalf of our committee I hope to see many of you soon.

Best wishes
Debbie Tatton
Chairman,
BCDC