Tickets To The North of England Equine Fair
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate on 29 and 30 November.
Courtesy of Contour Exhibitions & Events Limited you can
now win tickets to attend the event!
For a chance to win one of 4 family tickets worth £25
each, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
including your name and address.
Closing date 13th November 2003.
Winners will be the first entries drawn at random after the
Your details will not be disclosed
to any third party.
Driving Star Step Out At Equine Fair
driving star Gary Docking will be showing the crowds the full extent
of his skill at this year's North of England Equine Fair, Great
Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate on 29 and 30 November.
Docking is one of carriage driving's most colourful characters who
has earned himself the title Mr Private Driving.
a start far removed from carriage driving - as a red coat at Butlin's
- Gary now runs a superb yard with 16 boxes, 40 acres of land, an
outdoor school and a soon-to-be indoor one as well. As a Light Harness
Horse Instructor (LHHI) Gary is qualified to teach carriage driving.
He is also a respected judge and has judged as well as given lectures
and clinics in the USA and Australia.
have been used as transport for centuries, but the modern sport
of horse driving trials only came into existence in 1968 when HRH
Prince Philip formulated the rules for the new sport.
driving trials take place over a three-day period, and according
to the British Horse Driving Trials Association it is the only equestrian
sport where competitors can compete on an even footing regardless
of their age, sex or the horses or ponies they drive.
first day is devoted to dressage, which consists of a sequence of
set movements driven from memory: these are designed to display
the schooling and obedience of the animal.
Judges look out for accuracy of the movements prescribed in the
dressage test, which includes circles, half-circles and serpentines,
driven at various speeds and paces - from walk to extended trot.
Other manoeuvres include circles driven one-handed, serpentines,
halts and rein-backs (reversing).
movement is awarded marks out of 10. At the end, all points are
added and the total is subtracted from 150 (maximum score) to give
the final mark. The competitor with the lowest mark is therefore
the winner of the dressage phase.
Further penalties may be added for errors of course or dismounting
of grooms. All turnouts must carry a groom (two grooms for teams
of horses or ponies) who must remain seated throughout the test
and may not speak or sign to the driver.
The marathon takes place on the second day, when competitors drive
the five timed sections of the cross-country marathon course. The
last stage is 10 kilometres in length and includes up to eight obstacles
which must be driven at speed. The obstacles are often built up
around natural features and are made up of a series of lettered
gates that must be driven in order. Different routes within the
obstacle course leads to tight turns that require a great deal of
judgment and skill from the driver if the course is to be competed
with the minimum of time penalties.
A veterinary examination may be carried out during the halts, where
horses and ponies will be checked for pulse rate, respiration, dehydration
or injuries and any which are deemed to be unfit shall not be allowed
The third and final day consists of cone driving. This element of
the competition equates to the show jumping phase of a ridden event
and test the skill and competence of the driver as well as the suppleness
and obedience of the horse. The objective is to arrive, in a set
time, through narrowly spaced pairs of cones with only centimetres
to spare on either side of the wheels.
are awarded for exceeding the allowed time or for dislodging any
of the balls that are laced on the cones. Further penalties will
be given for errors of course or for the groom dismounting. If a
driver manages to drive the course within the allocated time and
without hitting any cones, he will have driven a "double clear"
and will incur no penalties.
North of England Equine Fair will take place in Flower Halls 1&
2, the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, on Saturday 29 and
Sunday 30 October 2003, 9.00am to 5.00pm on the Saturday and 9.00am
to 5.00pm on the Sunday. Ticket costs are: Adults, £9.00;
Under 16's £6; Under 5's free; OAP's £7.00; Family Ticket
(two adults and two children) £25.00. Advance booking discounts
are available. Please call 08700 115007 or log on at www.contour.uk.net.
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