Nicda Workshop…

The committee of NICDA intend to run several workshops early this year. Our first workshop will be for anyone interested in learning how to record the scores using a computer program. It would be ideal if many people were trained in this to spread the workload. This training will take place on Saturday 22nd January in The Lakes, Moira from 2-5pm. There will be further opportunities to access this training if this date does not suit. Please let me know if you are able to attend on this date. Many thanks. Dominic Muldoon 07394090720

Committee Meeting

Published by Denise Taylord  · NICDA Committee Meeting – September 2021Members Update:• Our NICDA Dinner/Supper Evening has been postponed given the current NI Covid infection rate and the onset of winter. It is hoped to hold a social occasion in Spring 2022. • Many hands make light work! We are a small club and a lot of work is done by a few to run our events. Help from members is so welcome! It’s hoped that by helping, they feel actively involved too, e.g. the rapid clearing of the course at Aughnacloy. Spreading the workload means we can all enjoy our sport. • Compiling the results at competitions is an essential role. The Club is urgently appealing for several volunteers willing to be trained to input information onto Mike Watt’s Scoring Spreadsheet, which is widely used by GB Clubs. Richard and Jemma Logan kindly piloted this excellent Excel tool and found it straightforward to use. For more information/see a demonstration please contact Terry Logan via WhatsApp, mobile or email – 07802 750332 /• Judging, course building, course designing – the Club wants to encourage and support anyone interested in developing their skills to work towards these roles. Training is available via British Carriage Driving; please contact Pauline Campbell – 07716 237550. • NICDA intends to offer a Very Small Equine (VSE) Class in 2022. More information will follow in due course.• The NICDA Event Calendar for 2022 is in development and it is hoped to run a full season of events. Initial dates so far are:Sat 30 April/Sun 1 May 2022 – Loughguile 2DE Sat 25/Sun 26 June 2022 – Terryglassog 2DESat 9/Sun 10 July 2022 – Shanes Castle 2DEIf you are willing to organise an event for the 2022 season, please contact a member of the Committee. Thank you.

Aughnacloy 2DE 28th & 29th August… (Track & Trace Forms)

Please download, fill out & bring with you to event.

By kind permission of Peter McConnell..

Organiser: Dominic Mulldoon
Course Designer: John Goodwin.
Technical Delegate: Terry Logan.
Dressage Judge: Eamon Lynch.

Full Dressage and Cones with 6 Obstacles, in a flat 38 acre field.
Catering on siteMusic on the Saturday Night…. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help as  Obstacle Stewards Etc. Please contact Dominic 07394 090720 

Entries to Denise Taylor by Text or Email – 07549 868233 Email  Entries close on Tuesday 24th August.
Directions: In Aughnacloy at the Bureau-de-Change, turn left onto Ravalle Road, aprox., half a mile to venue.
All are welcome to park-up on Friday night and permitted to use corrals for stabling.

Message from Mary Bryson

It is with great sadness that I am writing to give note that John Cowdery has passed away.

John was a ‘founder member’ in the early days of British Carriage Driving in the early 80’s. In many ways John and his carriage driving  ‘ cohorts’ set the tone of competitive carriage driving , they were a great ‘team’, It was a far cry from the traditional coachmanship which John held as a true passion but John embraced the changes and through the early days of Carriage Driving ,as a competitive sport, many of the traditions and standards were maintained.

I have been asked by Sara Clingan to write this on behalf of the NICDA, we were both mentored by John as apprentice Judges and he was incredibly kind and imparted his knowledge and views with a quiet authority.

When we were both competing in the single pony classes in the early 80’s , 2 rookie drivers with modest but pocket rocket ponies , John’s help was always there, this from a coachman at the highest level.

In his time with British Carriage Driving John’s input will always be  highly valued .

The last time I saw John was at Lowther were he was commentating, he ,like his son Andrew had a good voice for commentary, my only regret is that I never heard him sing, he was a grand chorister!

On a personal note Bill and I had many happy times with John and Pat, great memories.

Thank you John.

Thoughts are with the family.

Mary Bryson

Dirraw Farm Equestrian ODE Event, Finvoy

NICDA are very pleased to announce our next event will be at the Dirraw Farm Equestrian Centre, Finvoy. Ballymoney on Saturday 24th July.

ODE. Dressage, Full Cones, and 4/5 Obstacles with Water Splash.

. Track & Trace Forms :.. Please download or copy and bring with you. This applies to everyone attending event. Entries to Denise Taylor Mob 07549868233..Please give details of Class.

Everyone welcome on Friday night, Campfire and Singsong….

Entries A.S.A.P. no later than Tuesday, 20th July. Entry fee £35 Juniors £20 Cash on the day please.

Shanes Castle 2021. All Ireland Championship & BC Regional Qualifier

Click Link Below for details of Event.

Please Get Entries in by Thursday 1st. July. Entries to Sharon 07921192762

Entry Fee £60 .. Juniors £30