Australian Carriage Driving Society (ACDS) was formed in 1971 after R M Williams invited a group of prominent harness exhibitors to discuss the formation of an organisation to promote harness activities. Now 40 years on the ACDS consists of 6 state branches, over 50 Clubs and more than 1200 members across Australia.
Christmas Parade, Bairnsdale Victoria
Eastern Vic PLeasure Harness represented by Jamie the largest Club member and Tommy the smallest, the pair together provided the aweeeee factor.
More Club pics in the Gallery.
Belinda Drury Tandem Open Pony Winner
Australian Carriage Driving Classic 2013
Australian Carriage Driving Classic 2013
A huge thanks to Euroa Silver horseshoes club for putting on another fantastic Tandem Special on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of November!
Running an event that encourages Tandems is such a great concept – as it encourages the horsemanship, training, and trust required to develop a tandem, with a display which has to be approaching the pinnacle of sports driving in Australia.
It was brilliant to see 11 tandems at one event, congratulations to all 9 drivers who took up the challenge. The standard of driving was very high and the competition was keen; the special novice class had 8 competitors and Gavin Robson showed his skill and international experience by winning this class. The open pony tandem was a closely fought affair, with all 3 drivers winning a section by the slimmest of margins (about 1.5 secs in cones and 2 points in marathon). I was very pleased to have won this class with a tandem of Shetlands – about 3 HH smaller than Nicole’s and Gavin’s ponies!
Merryn Byers had a very busy and successful day winning both the novice large pony and pony pairs classes, and Don Cunningham’s pony Jazz (driven by Merryn) won the Ray Bresenello memorial trophy. Paula Rhodes won the open large pony class - showing that life really does begin at 50. Happy birthday Paula! Andrew Pollock won the horse teams with his team of homebred horses.
Thanks to Di Boardman of Skye Park Rugs for the lovely trophy rugs for all classes, and all the other sponsors for the fantastic prizes such as Maygars hill for the wine given to all tandem competitors!
I really appreciate the big effort a small team of dedicated organisers and workers have put in for such a great competition, continuing a tradition of great competitions over many years. Looking around at the event team, I was particularly struck with the fact that there were the same faces that organised the first special tandem event (back in 2000) that I was fortunate enough to win with my leader’s mother! So, my heartfelt thanks go out to the Longwood club for the 2013 Tandem special!
Belinda Drury 22/11/13
Boyd Exell 3rd at the 3rd round of the FEI world Cup Driving in Stuttgart, Germany. German Driver Daniel Schneiders won the round but Boyd is still in the Championship leed.
All the details and a great read about who is who and who trains who and the horses here, https://next.fei.org/news/newcomer-daniel-schneiders-triumphs-home-turf-stuttgart
FEI photo © Karl-Heinz Frieler
The Second leg of the FEI World Cup Driving 2013/2014 is on in Verona, Italy.
Boyd Exell drove 2 fast and clear rounds to win the first competition.
All the details on Hoefnet.nl
Equitana Sydney 2013
Wayne Armstrong, presenting at Sydney Equitana.
Wayne is part of The Waler Legacy which has been a 12 month program to hi-light the plight of the thousands of wild horses running free in Central Australia. The program is aiming to showcase the versatility of these horses that are part of our Australian Heritage.
Wayne was partnered with 'Trooper' to train to Harness. He arrived to Wayne as a wild colt in November 2012, since then there has been a transformation and 'Trooper' is being presented in harness at Sydney Equitana 2013. Rhonda also joined the program with 'Digger' in July, he is a nine year old and had had a few setbacks but is now being ridden successfully under saddle.
You can read all about Wayne and Rhonda and The Waler Legacy program on the Equitana Website.
Good luck Wayne and Rhonda.
Message from Federal Council
"Due to financial constraints, Federal Council has reluctantly decided to not proceed with the Janelle Marshall clinic series this year. It is hoped that the clinics may be re-established in 2014-15."
Janelle placed 16th overall. Well done Janelle!!!!
A nice surprise after the medal ceremony for World Champion Ewoud Boom at the World Championships in Pau. The Polish firm Zdzislaw Dominiak had offered a marathon carriage to the winner of the World Pairs Championships. Boom, who already drives a carriage of the same brand, was very happy with his new carriage.
British driver Roger Campbell was awarded with a Pottok foal last night at the prize giving ceremony of the marathon. The French association for Pottok ponies offered the foal to the fastest time in the single pony class in the obstacle which they had adopted, obstacle 4.
Well done Janelle, only one ball down in the cones and a few time penalties. There was only one competitor to drive without time penalties.
Dot Willcoxson spent the day on official duties at the cone course but reportedly heard Aussie contingent cheering Janelle on.
The Australian flag is deservedly flying high.
Full results on Hoefnet
Janelle Marshall with Amber Eansen
After a big day on the marathon Janelle is happy.
They are now sitting just in the top half of the field, Cones tomorrow.
Marie de Ronde-Oudemans
Sitting 10th in a field of 28 after the Dressage, with Karen Rogers as groom.
Photo by Debra Fuller
Pony World Championships 2013
'Aussies around the world'
Rhiannon Damsma, a young driver from Victoria, has just spent 3 months in South Carolina.
Before leaving she had the opportunity to drive "Ricky" an Arabian Pony "owned by the late Deborah McDowell" at the Pine Tree CDE, USA.
Gerard Paagman groomed for her, she Finished mid field in the dressage, drove a great marathon and was 1st in the Cones!!!
To add a profile pic.
Step 1 Find a suitable jpg photo that is less than 50 kb and remember where it is on your computer
Step 2 Go to edit profile click on upload photo, browse to find it on your computer and upload.
For the Forum and to add photos to your info page
To add photos you will need to use an online photo uploader,
I use TinyPic and copy and paste the 'Direct link for Layout'.
Please keep your photos small. Relevant Photos only.
Step 1 Make sure you know where you have stored your photo on your own computer.
Step 2 Keep the ACDS website open and open a new browser window, type tinypic into the address bar go to tinypic.com
Step 3 Follow the instructions and upload your photo to the internet
Step 4 You will be given 4 options choose the last option, 'direct link for layout'. Copy this by highlighting then ctrl+c it will look something like this
Step 5 Go back to the ACDS website, to the spot where you are composing your message.
Step 6 When composing a message or your profile, click on the picture frame at the top it is next to the smily face:). A box will come up that says ' enter the URL of the image' paste your copied link using ctrl+v
Give it a go, tell me if it works.
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