A celebration of 10 years of Carriage Driving in Peterborough!
The Annual Peterborough Classic was conducted as always on the March long Weekend (Adelaide Cup Weekend) at the Peterborough Rodeo Grounds. This was a very special event for our club as it was the 10 year anniversary of GPCDA in Peterborough.
From humble beginnings, GPCDA has evolved into a progressive club with great facilities. We now proudly have our own clubrooms, two dressage arenas, permanent obstacles, a storage container, rain water tank and a wonderful membership that made it all possible. We proudly offer competitors safe yarding at no cost and spacious camping areas for visitors, red dust comes at no extra charge!
Well done GPCDA members for all the achievements over the last 10 years and for more to come!!
The Level 3 event was run in conjunction with a Level 4 to gain maximum competitor participation. A pleasing field of 21 starters entered, including singles and multiples.
Day one started in lovely conditions for Dressage and Cones. The competitors looked spectacular in their presentation turnouts and some lovely Dressage tests were driven followed by fast and accurate Cones Driving. The excellent cones course was designed and judged by Hilton Trigg.
Many local spectators turned out for the day and were delighted by the spectacle. After lunch however, the heat set in and our poor stewards and Judges were sweltering. Very sensibly, the Judges made the decision that competitors could wear summer attire and forgo their jackets – Thank You!!
Day two and it was freezing and windy! All the sunburnt Stewards and Judges from the previous day were rugged up and shivering for the Marathon. The cool conditions were great for the horses and ponies and all coped with the course well.
Thanks must go to Lawrie Tyas for a great course and obstacle design.
Huge thanks must go to our generous sponsors and trophy donors. The trophies were magnificent!!
Class winners went home laden with lovely trophies and cash prizes for our special 10th Anniversary event.
Thank you to all who supported us in any way!
Photography by Andrew Graham – Kangra Photo GRAPHIC ACTION