The South West of Scotland Horse Driving Club held a very successful driving weekend at Low Kirkbride Farm, Auldgirth by kind permission of Joe and Zan Kirk.
This was the Clubs first time here and we are very grateful to our generous hosts. Members were able to participate in a long weekend of driving activities.
On the Thursday night we combined with the BDS and an enjoyable drive was held round the country lanes of Dunscore returning for an excellent supper and chat.
The competition got under way on Saturday afternoon with the dressage which was judged by John Cowdery from Tynron followed by a cones course which failed to produce any double clear rounds. The marathon route of 14km gave the members a mixture of country roads before going cross country on neighbouring farmland overlooking the event field before returning to complete the five obstacles and finish.
The event was sponsored by Carl Bevan and the winners of each class received an engraved Low Kirkbride picture frame.
In a closely contested Open class, Zan Kirk driving Copper drove a good dressage and cones to lead going into the marathon and posted some very quick times in the obstacles to win just ahead of Drew Douglas in second and Pat Gillan in third.
In a strong Multiples Class Barbara Paterson took first place ahead of Julie Bennison in second and Iain McKendrick in third. The beginners class was won by Linda Lyle and the Field Class (2 phase) by Carol Black and Field Class (3 phase) by Kirsten McBride.
Winner of the A G McMinn Shield was Zan Kirk.