Events Diary 2015




6th - Easter Monday. It the London Harness Horse Parade, and we are taking the Tip Cart.

19th - SCHHA Spring Working, Harbridge Farm, Ringwood. Will be signposted from the A331


We hope to be starting our wagon rides again. Watch this space!


27th - We will be back at Virginia Water Carnival Capers! Come and have a wagon ride.


18th - Its the Byfleet Parish Day! We will be leading the parade round the town and then offering carriage rides.


8th & 9th - Chertsey Show. Two days full of action, traditional showing classes, show jumping, jousting, livestock and dog show.

31st - Chertsey Ploughing Match. I'll let you know the venue soon. We'll be there ploughing.


Dates TBC, but we're off on the Route du Poisson! - CANCELLED


4th - Henley Ploughing Match, Bishopsland Farm, Dunsden RG4 9NR

18th - SCHHA Ploughing Match at Slade Farm, Rogate, starting 10.30am



Previous Years' Shenanigans.


Where to start? We had a lovely second season at Newlands Corner and again were at Sandown Racecourse for the Tingle Creek Festival.

We attended both the Junior and Senior Camps of the Chiddingfold Pony Club. The Juniors had a harnessing demonstration and then a high speed carriage trip. The Seniors were put through their paces to obtain their Carriage Driving Achievement Badges.

On the showing circuit, we attended Chertsey Show bringing home a 2nd and a 3rd place rosettte. We left the Tip Cart at home and instead chose to show our modern log arch as something new. The judge was rather tickled by our turnout!  

In the London Harness Parade we took home another first class award as well as slight sunburn because the sun really shone and we were parading in shirt sleeves.

We also got into ploughing, or as it is known in our household - rowing! Richard and I can't plough together without fighting, so my sister's husband bravely stepped up as my assistant. We did a couple of demo days and entered three matches , Chertsey and SCHHA where we won the single horse class and Cobham ploughing match where we were second of two horse ploughmen. I think the tractor boys were a little confused.


March found us on Saturdays out in the Runnymede area collecting money for the Marie Curie Daffodil appeal, raising a total of over £500. 

On Easter Monday we took part in the London Harness Horse Parade and were awarded a First Class Award for our turnout, a big thank you to all spectators who turned out to see the parade and judging.

We had an exciting day in May, visiting the Park Lane Stables Branch of the Pony Club, based in Teddington. We coaching the members through their carriage driving mini achievers badge. We also took part in a photo shoot at Teddington  Station to celebrate its 150 year anniversary.

August found us at the Chertsey Show which was two full days of fun including traditional showing classes, show jumping, jousting, livestock and dog show. We again showed the Victorian Tip Cart, taking home two third place rosettes for it. Tamise won 5th place in the ridden heavy horse class, an outstanding result as she is hardly ever ridden properly under saddle. We also sent Tamise into the young handler class with a friend's 10 year old daughter who had half an hour of practise beforehand. They took a well deserved 2nd place.

We went showing again in September, this time to Alresford Show in Hampshire, and took home two 2nd prize rosettes: one for the tip cart and one for heavy horse in harness class.

And finally this year saw more continental silliness with both Richard and myself heading to Libramont with the British Team for the Route du Luxembourg Belge, a 48 hour relay race around the Belgium/Luxembourg border, Ardennes region. Needless to say it rained all week, it started as we put the tent up and didn't stop until we'd taken the tent down again. Richard was in the support car for all the night stages, successfully navigating the drivers along their routes. Emma ended doing a little of everything; lorry groom, carriage groom and navigator, even a brief stint on the change team and ended up as the Chief d'Equipe's chauffeur.


In September 2012 Emma and Richard travelled to France as part of the British Team to take part in the Route du Poisson. A relay race that runs from the French coast to the outskirts of Paris. It takes place over 36 hours, each driver has to do a day stage and a night stage. There were 11 teams in total competing. Thrown in at the deep end, with only 4 weeks notice, a borrowed pair of horses and very little practise, it was the experience of a lifetime. Emma and Richard's first stage was at night, with the lights on the carriage not working properly, Richard was having to light the way using a torch trying to work out the least bumpy route across the fields to take. The day stage was somewhat smoother, travelling along rural roads and passing through several villages. Somehow Emma managed to win the day stage.

August saw Emma helping a client with his Shire mare Annie at the Chertsey Agricultural Show. Over two days we entered 7 classes and won rosettes in 6 of them. Classes varied from in-hand to under saddle and driven. A very good result if you consider that horse and owner only started their driving training in March 2011 and the ridden classes were done by the owner's 10 year old granddaughter. 


This was Emma and Tamise's first year competing in the heavy horse driving trials. Somehow they managed to win the club's Single Horse Championship.

Working Horse Trust Show and Open day - Tamise wins the single heavy horse driving trial, and takes 6th place in the showing class.