Gallery

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Christmas Lunch. 11th December 2017.
(These photos taken at The Bear Inn in Burwash are courtesy of Chris Barber.)


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Chalvington Fun Competition. 30th October 2017.
(All these photos taken at Chalvington are courtesy of Chris Barber.)
The penultimate driving day of the year was bright and sunny, but with a chill in the air. Val decided that it was time for another Fun Driving Competition for which there would be no winners or losers, but through a newly laid out course of flags on sticks, mugs on poles, convoluted obstacles, tricky cones, and upturned boxes for our leads to step over. As always at Kipling, everyone had a great morning.





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Sands Farm Indoor Trial & Qualifier. 26th September 2017.
(All photos taken at Sands Farm are courtesy of Mike Cyster.) Please see our “Kipling News” page for full details and results.

Josie drives Prince, with Sheila as companion, through the Dressage in Assisted Class.

Gay drives Dennis, with Jo as companion, through the Dressage in Novice Class.

Sally drives Prince, with Sheila back stepping, through the Dressage in Open Class.
(Debbie supports in the background.)

Josie drives Prince, with Sheila as companion, through the Cones in Assisted Class.
(Debbie & Sally supporting in background)

Josie drives Prince, with Sheila as companion, through the Obstacles in Assisted Class.

Gay drives Dennis, with Jo as companion, through the Obstacles in Novice Class.

Sally drives Prince, with Sheila back stepping, through the Obstacles in Open Class.

Josie is presented with her rosettes.

Gay is presented with her rosettes.

Sally is presented with her rosettes.

Val is presented with her Kipling County certificate.

A proud Josie showing her rosettes to her family.
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Funday at Stonegate with “Acorns”. 21st September 2017.

Our members start to arrive for Kipling County Funday. After the driving competition and presentation of awards we were treated to a Bar-B-Que managed by Hal, followed by the raffle.
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Heron’s Ghyll “One Day Event” 7th September 2017.
These are the photos taken at Heron’s Ghyll “One Day Event” held at Burchetts Farm in Whitesmith. Please see our “Kipling News” page for full details and results.

Beth drives Prince (with Val as companion whip) through the Dressage in the Open Class.

Sally drives Alan (with Sheila as companion whip) through the Dressage in the Open Class.

Sally drives Alan (with Sheila as companion whip) through the Cones in the Open Class.

Josie drives Prince (with Val as companion whip) through the Dressage in the Open Class.

Josie drives Prince (with Val as companion whip) through Cones in Intermediate Class.

Linda drives Alan (with Sheila as companion whip) through the Dressage in Novice Class.

Linda drives Alan (with Sheila as companion whip) through the Cones in Novice Class.

It’s lunch time, and we sit down in little groups to gossip whilst munching our sandwiches!

Linda driving Alan at speed (with Allison) through the Obstacles in Novice Class.
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The Oaks 40th Annual Show & Funday – 13th Aug 2017
These are the photos taken at The Oaks 40th Annual Show & Funday. This year we were fortunate because our club photographer, Chris, was able to join us and the following are his photos:-

After her superb result coming 1st at Bradbourne for the best turnout, Amanda is raring to go into the Non Assisted. Judy sat beside her, keeps a watchful eye on Dennis.

Josie, in her smart jacket, peers through the bright sunlight as she drives Alan into the Non Assisted Class. Val is thinking about safety, and reminding herself who drives next.

The bowler hatted judge (we love these old fashioned courtesies) kindly puts Amanda at ease whilst he carries out his inspection.

Dennis may look peaceful and calm, but boy, he’s hiding another side full of character.

Alan turns away from his hay – Can he see the carrots we were handing out?

Linda proudly displays her well deserved 2nd place rosette in Assisted class.

The judge presents Susie with her award for turnout and deriving the most pleasure from carriage driving.

Susie proudly displays her rosette for 6th in Assisted, sat next to Judy.

Peter has been given permission to remove Linda’s wheelchair fastenings.

Josie, in the Non Assisted class, looks confident as she drives Alan around the course.

The following photos of our drivers competing, are from John:-


Kipling County arrive bright and early and start to prepare in the morning sun.

We pause to admire some splendid competitors in “Country Turnout & Private Driving”.


Josie drives Alan to her superb 1st place in Non Assisted Class.


Amanda drives a superb looking Dennis to an excellent 3rd place in Non Assisted Class.

Our very own Janet, driving a magnificently turned out Crumble to 4th in Open Class.

Janet goes again, this time to a 3rd in Exercise Vehicle 13hnds and over, Debbie back stepping.

Linda checks to see who’s watching as she drives Alan to 2nd in Assisted Class,

Susie drives Dennis to a great 6th in Assisted Class.

Our last drive of the day, where Janet drives Crumble in the Veteran/Senior competition, with Judy back stepping. We are told the ages of the drivers, ponies and grooms are added up to help decide the winner. Due to their youth, we came a credible 5th.
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RDA Bradbourne Fun Day/Le Trec, Sevenoaks. 9th Aug 2017
These are the photos taken at RDA Bradbourne Fun Day/Le Trec held at Sevenoaks in Kent on one of our wettest days of the year. Please see our “Kipling News” page for full details and results.


An overview of a section of the field from higher ground. The BDS Le Trec lead off into the trees from an open gateway near the pony at the left.

Beth holds Alan stationary with Debbie as companion whip, whilst Judy acts as their groom. Here the judge marks our carriage and harness, drivers attire and hi viz wear, spares and first aid kit, and other safety features before driving the 2km BDS Trec.

Back from “Le Trec”, Beth drives Alan (with Debbie as companion whip) through the “Bean Bag” obstacle, where she has to pick up three bean bags and drop them one at a time into a bucket! Our Kipling County supporters are visible on top of the ridge.

Beth drives Alan (with Debbie as companion whip) through “Walking the Plank” with cups of water. Debbie laughs as water bounces from her cup, to be measured a few metres further on!

Beth drives Alan (with Debbie as companion whip) through the Cones. It was the last event before the rain bucketed down!

Amanda drives Smokey (with Janet as companion whip) and emerges from the 2km Le Trec. Sue bravely squelches behind through the pouring rain visible in the photo.

Amanda drives Smokey (with Janet as companion whip) through the Cones. By now, poor Amanda and Janet are both thoroughly soaked.

Josie smiles as she holds Alan stationary (with Val as companion whip) whilst Judy acts as their groom. Here the judge marks our carriage and harness, drivers attire and hi viz wear, spares and first aid kit, and other safety features before driving the 2km BDS Trec.

Josie leans forwards as she drives Alan (with Val as companion whip) through the Flags, moving them from one cone to another.

Josie concentrates as she drives Alan (with Val as companion whip) through the Cones. Their faces and clothes show just how wet they have become!

Suzie raises the flag as she drives Smokey (with Janet as companion whip) through the Flags, moving them from one cone to another. The rain continues to fall and Sue keeps her head down as she continues to support them as groom.

Suzie drives Smokey (with Janet as companion whip) through the Arena. They maintain the Kipling County spirit, showing huge smiles in spite of the weather!

Suzie drives Smokey (with Janet as companion whip) through the Carpet Bridge, although the carpet was removed for safety reasons. Just look at those smiles, in spite of the weather!

Russell drives Smokey brilliantly around the cones (with Janet as companion whip).
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Musical Evening with Leo Andrew. 6th August 2017.
These are the photos taken at our Musical Evening starring Leo Andrew. Please see our “Kipling News” page for more information.

A happy audience, and how lovely to see Sally joining us after her operation.

Even some of the men wore floral shirts!

The star of our show, Leo Andrew with favourite songs from the shows.

One of Leo’s emotional songs?
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RDA Felbridge, East Grinstead. 25th July 2017.
These are the photos taken at RDA Felbridge, where our members entered Dressage, Condition and Turnout, Assisted Whip, Novice Whip, and Cones. After the previous day’s rain, the event took place on a lovely warm and sunny day. Please see our “Kipling News” page for the results.

A general view of competing drivers, ponies and companion whips during judging.

Beth drives Alan with Val as companion whip, coming runner up in Dressage.

Timmy driving Smokey with Sheila as companion whip coming 1st in Condition and Turnout. All the hard work cleaning and polishing by everyone on Monday helped him to his superb result!

The Judge chats to Linda driving Alan with Val as companion whip, coming runner up in the Assisted Whip.

Gay drives Dennis with Jo as companion whip coming 3rd in Novice Whip.

Josie drives Alan with Val as companion whip coming runner up in Novice Whip.

Josie driving Alan with Val as companion whip receives her rosette in Novice Whip.

Gay drives Dennis with Jo as companion whip coming 3rd in Novice Whip.

Gay driving Dennis with Jo as companion whip receives her 3rd Place rosette in Novice Whip.

Beth drives Alan with Val as companion whip coming 2nd in Cones.

Josie drives Alan with Val as companion whip coming runner up in Cones.

Gay drives Dennis with Jo as companion whip coming runner up in Cones.

Amanda drives Smokey with Sheila as companion whip coming runner up in Cones.

Linda drives Alan with Val as companion whip coming runner up in Cones.
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RDA Hartbury, Gloucestershire. 14th July 2017.

Here is a great photo of Jo driving Dennis to victory at Hartpury, with Val acting as her backstep.
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The Oaks “Inside Out Competition”. 20th May 2017.
These are the photos taken at The Oaks “Inside Out Competition held at Burchetts Farm, Whitesmith. The event took place on a lovely Spring day under a bright blue sky, and members entered the RDA, Novice and Intermediate events. Please see our “Kipling News” page for the results.


Kipling County members arrive and enjoy a leisurely start in the sunshine.

Is Peter giving Linda a few tips on carriage driving?

Linda driving Alan through dressage, with Val as companion.

Linda driving Alan through the Cones, with Val as companion.

Josie has a huge smile on her way to the dressage arena.

Josie driving Alan through dressage, with Val as companion.

Josie driving Alan through the cones, with Val as companion.

Josie drives Alan through 1st Obstacles, with Val as companion.

Josie drives Alan through 2nd Obstacles, with Val as companion.

Linda drives Alan through 1st Obstacles, with Val as companion.

Linda drives Alan through 2nd Obstacles, with Val as companion.

Linda receives her RDA overall 2nd place rosette award.
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Annual Christmas Dinner. Monday 5th December 2016.
These are the photos taken at our Annual Christmas Dinner when we returned to The Bear at Burwash. All the photos were kindly provided by Judy’s husband, Chris.

Lots of happy faces of members and friends.

More happy faces.

And a final group.

Janet,one of our founder members, presents well deserved Award Certificates to members of our Thursday “Acorns” group.

Our other founder member, Jan, is presented with a certificate showing that our brand new Fenix Freedom carriage has been named in her honour.

Doreen gives Amanda a lovely cuddle.

Timmy Brown presents our Group with a kind donation in memory of his Dad.

Beverley chats to Debbie.

Cherry, Jo, and Sue.

Geoffrey and his wife beside Judy.

Peter in full swing, telling how the raffle will work.

Suzie and Russell both looking festive.

Carol enjoying a chat.

Who has the biggest smile?

Having fun solving a chinese puzzle from a Christmas cracker.

Mum, Josie, Donna, Linda and Beth.

Sue and Jo.

John selling raffle tickets.

Fiona having a quiet moment.

Janet comparing notes with Judy.

Oh no …………. It’s speech time !
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Sands Farm Indoor Trial & Qualifier. 27th September 2016.
These are the photos of Stephen, Linda, Sally & Jo during the indoor competition at Sands Farm, Warnham in West Sussex. Sorry if some of the photos are a little blurry, but I didn’t want to use flash in case it frightened our ponies, Alan & Prince. For the full results, please see our “News” page.

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Stephen driving Prince through the dressage course in our brand new Fenix Freedom beside Val.

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Stephen driving Prince through the complex cones and obstacle course in our brand new Fenix Freedom beside Val.

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Linda driving Alan through the dressage course in our brand new Fenix Freedom beside Andrea.

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Linda driving Alan through the cones and obstacle course in our brand new Fenix Freedom beside Andrea.

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Sally driving Alan through the dressage course in the Hartland Top Sport, with Andrea back-stepping.

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Sally driving Alan through the cones and obstacles course in the Hartland Top Sport, with Andrea back-stepping.

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Jo driving Prince through the dressage course in the Hartland Top Sport, with Debbie back-stepping.

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Jo driving Prince through the cones and obstacles course in the Hartland Top Sport, with Debbie back-stepping.

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Acorns Fun Day. 22nd September 2016.
What great weather for our Acorns Fun Day. Everyone enjoyed the driving, cakes, raffle, and of course, the Bar-B-Que. The smiling photos below show that everyone had a lovely day.

We are again indebted to our “Official Photographer” Chris for the superb photos.

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It wouldn’t be a proper Fun Day without a Bar-B-Que and they did an excellent job. Our “Master of the BBQ” was Alan (who is a friend of Hal) and is a qualified chef!

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Smokey retains his composure whilst our members break out in smiles. Fiona’s lead is Liz, who has recently joined us, and we hope she thoroughly enjoys being a member of our friendly group.

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Allison looks slightly pensive whilst Mo adjusts the reins for Russell.

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Two of our founder members! Janet is timekeeper with Jan at her side.

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Amanda provides us with a lovely smile, whilst sat next to Judy.

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Does Francis look concerned, sat next to Fiona?

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Fiona enjoys a nice cup of tea, closely watched by Suzie and Timmy.
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