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CIAT Picton Castle


Debriefing CIAT PICTON 2016 EN


'Queen of the Shetlands reins' supreme!


Continuing her reign as 'Queen of the Shetlands', prolific shetland pony driver Julie Wedgbury trounced the competition at the CIAT Picton Attelage de Tradition over the last weekend in June and took away the Supreme Champion, Best Lady Whip and Best Multiples categories. This win adds to Julie’s many accolades as one of the foremost ambassadors for shetland pony driving, often derided as the poor relation of the driving world. Her team of her outstanding chestnut Shetlands was put to an original varnished wagonette, one of the oldest and most original carriages on the circuit and showed the abilities of the small ponies that they compete on an equal basis to all other equines in an Attelage de Tradition competition.. The correctness of her turnout and excellence in driving skills bode the team well to win the overall highest scores. The competition now in its fifth year at Picton attracted a growing number of entries from all over the country including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Shropshire and Herefordshire but sadly it was noticeable of the absence of local drivers who were unable to support this event due to their other commitments. The competition did attract some extremely high standard turnouts and fabulous carriages including Yorkshireman David Calvert and his pair of Hackney part breds and Russell Hand with his outstanding team of coloured Gelderlanders put to an original Hoopers private Omnibus. Russell’s excellence and attention to detail won him the coveted award for highest placed turnout at presentation. 'Poacher turned Gamekeeper’ Lester Dagge suspended his organisational skills during the event to take part himself with his wife’s New Forest part bred with their debut in traditional turnout. Their efforts were hard earned and rewarded the Best Gentleman whip award and ranking 2nd overall. Jane Friend from Herefordshire won her category with her delightful Dartmoor Pony whilst Nicki  McDonagh drove her’s and Margaret Honeybourne’s pair of Shetland ponies to a delightful Shetland Pony Ralli Car. Despite their protestations that their ponies would be woefully late and unable to meet the Routier times, actually surprised the owners and came in on time, illustrating the astonishing abilities of the breed. Paul Mander with his now iconic Miniature Roof Seat Brake drove his team of shetlands which again supported the principle that the Attelage de Tradition is suitable for equines of all sizes; even though the Routier stage was 15km long, his ponies were still bursting with stamina at the end and capable of doing another round!

The Attelage de Tradition is a three stage competition starting with a preliminary judging by three individual judges. This year  Picton was honoured to have Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett, a prolific Attelage de Tradition competitor, Colin Henderson, Chairman of the Carriage Foundation and Gordon Marks an eminent BDS judge. Their individual presentation scores were added to the overall scores for the competition including the timed Routier with five driving skill difficulties featuring a salute, hill stop, junction stop, music and carpet of honour in front of the Castle. The Picton Castle estate delighted the competitors and spectators alike offering outstanding picturesque scenes and a photographers delight. The event was supported on the Saturday morning with Sidesaddle Association classes adding to the style, panache and elegance of the occasion. The honorary Sidesaddle Judge, Mrs Peta Roberts had her work cut out for some very keen and popular entries.

Alongside the Attelage Tradition, the host organisers, Dyfed Carriage Club also ran a Carriage Driving Challenge competition for modern vehicles with a healthy contingent of club members and visitors from around the country. The competition runs in tandem along the same principles as the Attelage de Tradition, save for modern exercise vehicles. This allows for newcomer competitors to savour the essence of Attelage de Tradition and encourage them to compete in the future with original traditional vehicles. This year, the overall winner for the Carriage Driving Challenge went to veteran driver Marian Dunevein from Wiltshire who managed to get back in the box seat after 25 years with thanks to coaching from her mentor Amy Bracey.

The Carriages at the Castle event was a triumph of teamwork and clockwork organisational skills thanks to the members of the Dyfed Carriage Club. The heart of the event was the well stocked members tent manned by club stalwart Judith Parr supplying endless cups of tea and coffee for the guests. Their hospitality started off with Friday night meet and greet barbecue for members, helpers and competitors and the Saturday night champagne reception in the castle met with a traditional Welsh welcome with the melodic tones of a Welsh Harpist. The gala dinner allowed competitors to socialise and compare notes with an eloquent after dinner talk by Colin Henderson on the work of the Carriage Foundation. The event runs to a tight ship with an intensive and exhaustive scoring system manned by Club Secretary Victoria Parr. The final placings are only ever revealed until the last competitor has completed the cones course and it is then that Vicky and her team of scrutineers are able to announce the category winners. With the hard working Hornblower Bob Elliott welcoming the winners with a suitable fanfare, our commentator Rosemary Neale was able to make the revelations. The very nature of the event is about friendly sportsmanship in a fair and equal platform. The complex scoring system, based on penalty points, optimum times and presentation scores offers a level playing field for all competitors, so when the final placings are announced, all competitors celebrate jubilation for their piers.
Finally, an event of the nature is a massive organisational challenge and is extremely grateful to the support of the Picton Castle Trust, tenant farmers, competitors, judges, volunteer helpers and multitude of sponsors. This year, particular thanks go to title sponsors Fenix Carriages, Allan & Page and the many private individuals who made it an outstanding success.
Details on line at www.dyfedcarriageclub.co.uk

Results:
Supreme Champion, Best Lady Whip, Best Multiples: Julie Wedgbury
Best Gentleman Whip, Best Single Horse: Lester Dagge
Best Presentation: Russell Hand
Best Single Pony: Jane Friend
Best Pony Pair, Nicki McDonah
Best Horse Pair: David Calvert
Best Carriage Driving Challenge: Marian Dunevein

Debriefing CIAT PICTON CASTLE 2016


 

Queen of the Shetlands reins' supreme!
Continuing her reign as 'Queen of the Shetlands', prolific shetland pony driver Julie Wedgbury trounced the competition at the CIAT Picton Attelage de Tradition over the last weekend in June and took away the Supreme Champion, Best Lady Whip and Best Multiples categories. This win adds to Julie’s many accolades as one of the foremost ambassadors for shetland pony driving, often derided as the poor relation of the driving world. Her team of her outstanding chestnut Shetlands was put to an original varnished wagonette, one of the oldest and most original carriages on the circuit and showed the abilities of the small ponies that they compete on an equal basis to all other equines in an Attelage de Tradition competition.. The correctness of her turnout and excellence in driving skills bode the team well to win the overall highest scores. The competition now in its fifth year at Picton attracted a growing number of entries from all over the country including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Shropshire and Herefordshire but sadly it was noticeable of the absence of local drivers who were unable to support this event due to their other commitments. The competition did attract some extremely high standard turnouts and fabulous carriages including Yorkshireman David Calvert and his pair of Hackney part breds and Russell Hand with his outstanding team of coloured Gelderlanders put to an original Hoopers private Omnibus. Russell’s excellence and attention to detail won him the coveted award for highest placed turnout at presentation. 'Poacher turned Gamekeeper’ Lester Dagge suspended his organisational skills during the event to take part himself with his wife’s New Forest part bred with their debut in traditional turnout. Their efforts were hard earned and rewarded the Best Gentleman whip award and ranking 2nd overall. Jane Friend from Herefordshire won her category with her delightful Dartmoor Pony whilst Nicki  McDonagh drove her’s and Margaret Honeybourne’s pair of Shetland ponies to a delightful Shetland Pony Ralli Car. Despite their protestations that their ponies would be woefully late and unable to meet the Routier times, actually surprised the owners and came in on time, illustrating the astonishing abilities of the breed. Paul Mander with his now iconic Miniature Roof Seat Brake drove his team of shetlands which again supported the principle that the Attelage de Tradition is suitable for equines of all sizes; even though the Routier stage was 15km long, his ponies were still bursting with stamina at the end and capable of doing another round!

The Attelage de Tradition is a three stage competition starting with a preliminary judging by three individual judges. This year  Picton was honoured to have Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett, a prolific Attelage de Tradition competitor, Colin Henderson, Chairman of the Carriage Foundation and Gordon Marks an eminent BDS judge. Their individual presentation scores were added to the overall scores for the competition including the timed Routier with five driving skill difficulties featuring a salute, hill stop, junction stop, music and carpet of honour in front of the Castle. The Picton Castle estate delighted the competitors and spectators alike offering outstanding picturesque scenes and a photographers delight. The event was supported on the Saturday morning with Sidesaddle Association classes adding to the style, panache and elegance of the occasion. The honorary Sidesaddle Judge, Mrs Peta Roberts had her work cut out for some very keen and popular entries.

Alongside the Attelage Tradition, the host organisers, Dyfed Carriage Club also ran a Carriage Driving Challenge competition for modern vehicles with a healthy contingent of club members and visitors from around the country. The competition runs in tandem along the same principles as the Attelage de Tradition, save for modern exercise vehicles. This allows for newcomer competitors to savour the essence of Attelage de Tradition and encourage them to compete in the future with original traditional vehicles. This year, the overall winner for the Carriage Driving Challenge went to veteran driver Marian Dunevein from Wiltshire who managed to get back in the box seat after 25 years with thanks to coaching from her mentor Amy Bracey.

The Carriages at the Castle event was a triumph of teamwork and clockwork organisational skills thanks to the members of the Dyfed Carriage Club. The heart of the event was the well stocked members tent manned by club stalwart Judith Parr supplying endless cups of tea and coffee for the guests. Their hospitality started off with Friday night meet and greet barbecue for members, helpers and competitors and the Saturday night champagne reception in the castle met with a traditional Welsh welcome with the melodic tones of a Welsh Harpist. The gala dinner allowed competitors to socialise and compare notes with an eloquent after dinner talk by Colin Henderson on the work of the Carriage Foundation. The event runs to a tight ship with an intensive and exhaustive scoring system manned by Club Secretary Victoria Parr. The final placings are only ever revealed until the last competitor has completed the cones course and it is then that Vicky and her team of scrutineers are able to announce the category winners. With the hard working Hornblower Bob Elliott welcoming the winners with a suitable fanfare, our commentator Rosemary Neale was able to make the revelations. The very nature of the event is about friendly sportsmanship in a fair and equal platform. The complex scoring system, based on penalty points, optimum times and presentation scores offers a level playing field for all competitors, so when the final placings are announced, all competitors celebrate jubilation for their piers.
Finally, an event of the nature is a massive organisational challenge and is extremely grateful to the support of the Picton Castle Trust, tenant farmers, competitors, judges, volunteer helpers and multitude of sponsors. This year, particular thanks go to title sponsors Fenix Carriages, Allan & Page and the many private individuals who made it an outstanding success.
Details on line at www.dyfedcarriageclub.co.uk

Results:
Supreme Champion, Best Lady Whip, Best Multiples: Julie Wedgbury
Best Gentleman Whip, Best Single Horse: Lester Dagge
Best Presentation: Russell Hand
Best Single Pony: Jane Friend
Best Pony Pair, Nicki McDonah
Best Horse Pair: David Calvert
Best Carriage Driving Challenge: Marian Dunevein

Report & Results CIAT PICTON CASTLE 2015


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4th CONCOURS INTERNATIONAL D’ATTELAGE DE TRADITION

PICTON CASTLE

27th and 28th June

 

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June, the 4th Attelage de Tradition took place at Picton Castle and everybody had a wonderful time. The entries entries were down due to a few people unable to compete at the last minute and others promising to come, but failing to attend but it was their loss and in spite of this it was a great time with very good quality entries and again marked improvement on returning competitors with better appointments.

 

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Our overall winner , Best Gentleman Whip and Best Single Horse entry was Wally and Eunice Binder, 

Our Best Lady Whip and Best Horse Pairs entry was Elizabeth Cartwright Hignett

Our Best Multiples was Paul Mander and his Winchester of Shetlands

Our Best Pony Pairs was Rosemary Neale

 

Lester Dagge and his team also held the Sidesaddle classes as well as other in-hand and ridden breed classes which for the first year were promising with popular reports that people want to come back next year, a good sign!

To help with the interludes, they also ran some fun entertainment classes including a hobby horse champagne challenge, the wheelbarrow race and the electric car scurry challenge in the cones course. The spectators loved it and had a marked improvement on visitor numbers too, which helps pay for the even for the Castle estate.

 

Well done and let’s wait for the next one !!!

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Report CIAT PICTON CASTLE 2014


Report from “CIAT Carriages at the Castle”

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Venue: Picton Castle Pembrokeshire 28-29th June 2014

A festival of Elegance at Picton…

Dyfed Carriage Club hosted their third annual ‘CIAT Carriages at the Castle’ at Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire on the last weekend in June which enjoying some glorious weather that turned out to be a ‘quintessential festival of elegance’ . With the finest carriages in the land and an invitational show from the Sidesaddle Association, it was indeed elevated to a premier equestrian event status!

The 2 day competition is run strictly to the rules of the  AIAT (Association International d’Attelage de Traditon) to follow the popular European format for Concours d’Elegance d’Attelage de Tradition. This competition is more widely know as the event run at Cuts in France, but is also popular in Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands. Picton is the only AIAT event currently run in the United Kingdom which takes full advantage of it’s prestigious castle backdrop, popular holiday location, picturesque scenery, miles of quiet country lanes, the chance to dress up for the Gala dinner in the castle and an enthusiastic club membership; all the ingredients essential to run a good  ‘Attelage’.

This year’s event enjoyed a marked step change with improved facilities for a bigger, better and more entertaining competition. After 12 months of keen fundraising, the club members were able to hire in (at great expense) an on-site stable block which greatly aided competitors taking advantage of their weekend stay. Competitors traveled far and wide from Cambridgeshire, Wiltshire, Sussex, Leicestershire, Cornwall and Shropshire to enjoy the friendly and enthusiastic welcome from the Dyfed Carriage Club members. In addition to the new stable block, the event enjoyed a new large flat grand arena that allowed for a more inclusive atmosphere. Central to the arena was the new member’s tent which hosted the Friday night ‘meet and greet’ BBQ, another essential ingredient for  good Attelage.

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In addition to the carriage event, the Side Saddle association were invited and held three sidesaddle classes including a spectacular costume class held in the castle forecourt. The showstoppers had to be their thee junior riders, Tegan Niblo, Seren James and master Carl Daly! Local sidesaddle stalwart Val Rees completed the picture of three generation side saddle riders with her daughter Mel James and grand daughter Seren. Tanya Guest and her Cleveland Bay won the costume class with her Gainsborough inspired period costume.

Saturday saw the side saddle classes take part in the Grand arena judged by Sara Parry-Jones with large entries of up to 14 in each class. Meanwhile, the first of the three carriage stages started in the afternoon in front of the castle. The competition saw 15 turnouts entered, sadly one competitor had to withdraw  couple of days before due to a violent robbery at home. Our two judges, AIAT technical delegate Richard James and John Marson then had to individually scrutinize all the turnouts in intricate detail at a standing presentation, awarding scores along the way. Competitors were judged on their horses, carriages, harness, passengers and overall impression. These scores are then be collated and added to the rest of the scores accrued over the weekend. A wide variety of turnouts came forward, from the very correct and impressive pairs with their vintage vehicles down to local club members with their exercise vehicles. It was an event for all to take part in and enjoy!

Saturday night was time to party and all the competitors were invited for a formal black tie gala reception inside the castle followed by a gourmet meal in the castle restaurant. A prize raffle was run to great popular acclaim (our ears are still ringing to the screams of joy from the luxury picnic hamper winner!) It was also an opportunity to formally welcome all the competitors and thank the kind sponsors and volunteer helpers, including Fiona Bonney who donated a set of new Zilco WebZ harness to the supreme champion.

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Sunday morning saw the start of the second stage 15.2km Routier with difficulties along the way. These simple tasks proved quite challenging for many and were relished by the spectators around the Castle Estate. Richard James was at home manning the bonfire difficulty whilst John Marson was in charge of dispensing the champagne!  Other difficulties included a parallel rail over a narrow castellated bridge, a salute, a tractor and loud music. The Champagne difficulty drew the most crowds with the public surrounding the castle forecourt in awe at the sight of the splendid range of carriages and horses whilst fascinated and amused a the drivers attempts to drink and drive at the same time!

Sunday afternoon saw the conclusion of the stages with a gentle lowing cones course. The cones width are altered to suit the carriage track, and Paul Mander’s debut with his miniature Roof Seat break and Trandem of shetlands  proved challenging as the calculations are decided on the width of the wheels, not the width of the three ponies… but a decision was agreed on the width of his splinter bar and all was well. All the competitors managed the course of 20 gates with relative ease, the rules are relaxed on rein handling for the cones course. Whilst the scrutineers completed the collation of all the scores and crunched the numbers, the main arena was given over to some entertainment. Silverstone Green Energy kindly supplied an all electric Renault Twizzy car with British Autograss Champion (and groom to Russell Hand) Liam Evans competing against former Indoor Driving Trials Champion Lindsay Doran with her Dartmoor Pony Missy to a Bennington Spirit marathon vehicle. Both drivers battled a round of cones with the pony coming in 1 second faster than the car. Unfortunately Lindsay suffered 20 penalty points for balls down, but was still a very impressive result. Both drivers swapped vehicles to have another go, with Lindsay missing out to Liam, however the challenge gauntlet was thrown down for next year’s competition!

 

Back to the main competition and with all the result in, a winner was announced for the various categories, with Elizabeth Cartwirght-Hignett, stalwart of the AIAT driving scene for many years declared overall supreme champion, Best Lady Whip and Best Horse Pairs winner. Elizabeth was awarded a brand new set of Zilco WebZ harness by Zilco Europe’ Managing Director Fiona Bonney. The WebZ is Zilco’s latest design of competition performance harness and enjoyed it’s world debut here at Picton. It was fitting that Elizabeth in a final act of generosity, has offered her new harness to her local RDA driving group in Wiltshire. Other results also included Best Gentleman whip going to Russell Hand, Best Pony Pair to Rosemary Neale, Best Horse to Helen Annema, Best Pony to Lindsay Doran, Best Multiples to Paul Mander , Best Carriage Dog to Jane Friend, Best Veteran Horse to Russell Hand and best Exercise to previous winner, Ellie Stevens.

The event was a resounding success both for fun, entertainment and profit for the visitor attraction for the estate. With the high standard of competitors, outstanding facilities, wonderful location, affiliated CIAT status and the club’s friendly and welcoming nature, it made the event even more speciala and re- affirmed th

is to be the premier Attelage event in the UK! We look forward to next year’s event and cordially invite new competitors to take part!

More details can be seen online at the event’s own facebook page where a full almanac of photographs from the competition can be seen (look for “CIAT Carriages at the Castle”) and check out the Dyfed Carriage Club’s website at www.dyfedcarriageclub.co.uk

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