On a rainy Saturday in March some of our members took a road trip to Richmond to watch a Western Riding Demo. The demo was given by Emma Chapman Training and her team of fantastic riders and their amazing horses.
The demo began with Emma giving an introduction of the riders that were there on the day and their horses including their preferred disciplines and experience. She then went on to give an overview of the different disciplines of western riding and the different dress styles for each.
Well yet again the weather interfered with this social ride. With the morning weather proving not as bad as forecast a decision was made that the ride would go ahead. A few of our hardy riders set off from different locations with the full intention of meeting at various route points. Unfortunately hail storms, gusty winds and blizzarding snow soon made conditions too difficult and unsafe and the riders had to admit defeat and turn for home.
However, in true Pole Moor fashion the riders did eventually meet up at the Wils O Nats for a cheeky drink albeit not on horses.
There is a still a possibility of the ride taking place at a later date and we do hope to organise more social rides for 2018 so keep an eye on our event page.
If you would like to lead a ride or have an idea for a route please get in touch with a member of the committee with further details.
Our teams had an amazing time on the weekend, despite the severely cold weather! We had plenty of rosettes and some fabulous riding all round. As the event had been postponed from Christmas due to many of the competitors being snowed in – the dress theme was still Christmas Jumpers (which was fortunate really as these helped keep out the cold).
Our novice team (60/65cm), quite aptly named 'The Christmas Jumpers' was made up of our own Pole Moor members Joanne Hallinan riding Bonny and Holly Killburn riding Beau. We were joined by Ackworth member Emma Martin riding her mothers youngster Louis and Colne Valley's Danni Shaw riding Bambi. All of the horses were young or green so it was a big test for them to compete in a spooky indoor arena over a winding course with plenty of fillers. Everyone jumped at least one clear round and the team ended up on a total of 8 faults resulting in them being placed 4th.
Today along with some of the riding club members I went on a trip to visit Dial Wood Carriage Driving for the Disabled to find out further information about what they do. Dial Wood is located approximately 45 minutes away in NewHall just next to the women’s prison.
As we were slightly early (this has to be a first for us) we decided to have a bit of a nosy about whilst we waited for the rest of our group to arrive. As we walked onto the yard we could immediately see the arena where one of Dial Wood’s clients was having a lesson driving a lovely gelding who we later learnt is called Duncan.