Important Message – Dressage Tests

Dressage Tests for the 2022 Season – Please Note!

BC has reviewed their dressage tests for 2022. There have been a number of changes to tests – a small change has been made to BC Test 2 (now labelled 2022) and most notably, the adoption of FEI tests for all Open and Advanced classes.  

NICDA and HSI Carriage Driving have both agreed not to follow BC with regards to adopting the FEI Dressage Tests at our club events.  Please note that any Open and Advanced drivers who wish to use the FEI tests at club events who wish to complete in GB or abroad will be facilitated. 

The following dressage tests will be used at club events by both clubs North and South in 2022. Prenovice Class and VSE/Small Pony Class – BC Pre Novice Test (2008) *NO CHANGE

Novice Single Horse and Novice Single Pony classes – BC Novice Test (2021) *NO CHANGE

 Open Single Horse and Pony Classes – BC Open Singles 2021 *NO CHANGE
(See PDF as this test is no longer available on the BC website)

Intermediate Single Horse and Pony classes – BC Test 2 (2022) **NEW UPDATED
Tandems – BC Test 2 (2022) **NEW UPDATED
Horse and Pony Pairs classes – BC Test 2 (2022) **NEW UPDATED

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Membership Forms and Code of Conduct 2022

NICDA Memberships 2022

Membership subscriptions are now due for 2022  with no change to the
membership fees.

Memberships will be taken at the AGM on the 28 February (cash please or
cheque).  For those not attending, a Membership Form and Code on Conduct
can be downloaded from the NICDA website (go to Contacts & Click on Membership Form 2022).  Please assist our
administration by paying well in advance of the first event.  NI
Competitors and their backstepper must be members to compete.

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

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