Arena Challenge competitions
We are hoping to run three Arena Challenge competitions this summer on the following dates:
These will be fun competitions for riders and drivers. Riders will have their own pony club games style course which will also include an obstacle. Drivers will have a course of two obstacles and cones. We anticipate that riders will do their competition on Saturday afternoon and drivers will do theirs on Sunday. We can hopefully be flexible with this, but we don’t want to wear our ponies out, so we are splitting it over the two days. If you are interested in taking part (external riders/drivers very welcome) do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee will be £20 per entry. Entry form is here: Entry form Arena comps 2021.
We can now reopen for riding for under 17s. Sorry adults but you will have to wait a bit longer, as will our carriage drivers – hopefully 17th May will be the date for you. Keep an eye on our facebook page and website for further updates on when we are able to reopen fully.
The ponies enjoying time off in the snow!
It is with great sadness that we have decided that we cannot run our indoor series at Newton Rigg again. The College is closing this year so the facilities will no longer be available. I know that will be a huge disappointment to many of our regular competitors. We hope that maybe one of the other Scottish clubs might decide to run a series instead.
Louise returns home
After eleven years with Chariots of Fire Louise has returned to Denmark to further her equestrian career there. She has achieved great things in her time here progressing from being a very novice driver to a national champion a number of times over. We will miss her greatly and wish her well for the future. No doubt we will be seeing her compete her team of Dartmoor Hill ponies in Europe very soon!
The Big Hoof
We were delighted to welcome Louis Hall and his lovely mare Irelanda for a couple of days at Chariots for a well earned rest on their charity ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End. They are riding as The Big Hoof in aid of Cystic Fibrosis so head to their just giving web page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louis-hallcf – to donate. Follow their progress on facebook @thebighoof.
Sports Driving Unlimited awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Chariots of Fire is delighted to announce that our partner charity Sports Driving Unlimited has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a charity could receive and we are all delighted. It is wonderful recognition of the hard work done by everyone involved in making our activities possible, you know who you are! #QAVS2020 @queensawardforvoluntaryservice
Thanks to The Holywood Trust and The Robertson Trust for supporting the work of Chariots of Fire with grant funding. It is invaluable for our work with young people with disabilities and additional needs.
We can also now supply recycling envelopes for ink cartridges etc through Recycle 4 Charity. Contact Rosemary for envelopes. SDU can get £1 per cartridge – that soon adds up!
Sports Driving Unlimited Wheels to Freedom Appeal
Despite all the best efforts of the charity in trying to raise finance in a myriad of ways, we are always short of available funding. Rosemary and Liza spend hours completing grant applications and volunteers hold events, raffles etc. Can you help at all? Could you organise a fund raising event? Do you know anyone who might like to donate? Do you have any different ideas that we might not have thought of? Do you know of any charitable trusts that SDU might not have discovered yet? If you think you can help in any way at all, please contact us. Phone Rosemary on 01576 610544 or email us. There are a variety of ways you can support SDU while you are shopping too, using Amazon Smile or the Easyfundraising website. Both will give a small percentage of what you spend to our charity. You can also donate direct through Localgiving.
Dartmoor Hill Pony Association
Many of the ponies that we use for all our driving (and riding) activities are from the Dartmoor Hill breed. These are the most fantastic ponies with wonderful natures. Gentle, strong, gutsy, beautiful paces – there’s nothing in the smaller pony world to beat them. They really need support though – they are vital for maintaining Dartmoor’s landscape and provide pleasure for visitors. But there is little general market for them and with indiscriminate breeding, too many foals are born. To save them from suffering, many are simply shot each autumn, which is a tragedy. The solution is simple: contraceptives for the mares, Ponies on the Pill, but the Association urgently needs land to achieve this. Please take a look at their website (http://dartmoorhillpony.com/) and support them in any way you can.