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Welcome to the Essendon & Epping Forest Dressage Group website.

***We are pleased to be running Summer Dressage Shows at Woodlands again.
Please read PROTOCOL COVID 19 article in the News Section before entering. Thank you***

EEFDG is an affiliated riding club which has been in existence for more than 30 years and has an active membership of more than 70 people, Based at Woodlands, near Chingford, the club is one of the largest in area 8 of the BRC and has members from London, Essex and Hertfordshire. As an affiliated BRC club we exist to provide support and encouragement to amateur riders of all levels. We regularly have teams competing at regional and national BRC events and we hold our own dressage leagues  with summer and winter championships as well as Expert clinics, Test and Train events and BD Dressage shows.

Comments from the Chair

Laura Vandervleit

Above Laura Vandervleit © SMR Photos

Hello,

We are living in very strange times and I am sure it has given us all time to reflect and reconsider what really matters to us in life. I do hope you are all keeping well and able to enjoy your horses safely. Like many people, I am unable to work at the moment which is certainly different, but of course Chess, my lovely mare has been off work and so I have kept myself busy looking after her and working her in hand, which is actually good fun and keeping me surprisingly fit!! I also have my dogs and enjoy walking them too. In addition, I have set myself a huge list of projects to achieve whilst on lockdown and my house is decorated, cupboards are organised, floors are polished and my end of year accounts are complete!! I hope despite the weirdness of life in lockdown you have also been able to have some fun and get a few of those dreary jobs completed!

Of course, with the sudden change in our situation and the implementation of lockdown we were unable to complete the winter league for 2019/20. We looked at virtual competitions but for various reasons and guidelines, this wasn’t possible and so we have decided we will award trophies and prizes based on points won to date. The list of worthy winners 

Class 1

 

 

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Jacquie Field

Goose

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Lydia Murphy

Hop `n`Skipp

 

 

 

Class 2

 

 

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Mel Turner

Diamond Tina

jnr

Lydia Murphy

Hop `n`Skipp

 

 

 

Class 3

 

 

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Jacquie Field

Goose

jnr

Rocky Leahy

Polaris Penrod

 

 

 

Class 4

 

 

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Jade Casey

Tempo

jnr

Isabela Gheorghui

Glynceirch Arwell

jnr

Rocky Leahy

Polaris Penrod

 

 

 

Class 5

 

 

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Michaela Takkas

Calato`s New Moon

 

 

 

Class 6

 

 

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Steven Macatonia

Charm Diamond

 

 

 

Class 7

 

 

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Alyson Parker

Pebbley Grand Affair

 

 

 

Class 8

 

 

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Samantha Williams

Jim Murphy

jnr

Hannah Luesley

Caramac

 

 

 

Class 9

 

 

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Hilery French

Frans Josef

 

 

 

Class 10

 

 

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Finn OBrien

Don Estrella

 

 

 

Class 11

 

 

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Penny Lock

Crazy L A`s Baby

and very many congratulations to you all

I hope you can enjoy celebrating your success. Do post some photos of celebration in Lockdown on our Facebook page. 

We hope to be able to return to competitions as soon as possible and BD/BRC is keeping us up to date with the new rules (see website for full details). Hopefully we will be able to resume competitions in the late summer and will be able to hold a combined championship in September/October this year. More to follow when we have news and we will post any updates on Facebook and the website. 

Sadly, we were also unable to hold our AGM this year and our accounts are now almost complete so we will share these on our website shortly. I am pleased to reassure you that financially we are in a very healthy position and so, despite the cancellation of so many events, we are still financially able to operate and we will get back up and running offering competitions for you and your horses as soon as we can. 

The sunshine in April and these first few days of May have been very welcome and let’s hope this good weather continues.  Please continue to enjoy your horses safely and I wish you and your loved ones continued good health. We will meet again soon when we are able to get back to what we all love doing – competing, enjoying ourselves with our horses and of course staying safe

Best wishes

Laura Vandervleit

Chair

 

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