The weather was kind to us all in Sussex for the weekend of fun and frolics and our hosts tended our every need. Familiar faces and pony pairs blew off the winter cobwebs and arrived at Jeff’s for a weekend of driving. New faces arrived also and put their ponies through their paces on both the Saturday and Sunday, negotiating a cones course in the sunshine. Charlotte and Ian arrived at Ryefield Farm with their new large pair of ponies, Jeff trialled a new large combination and Alison drove her new palomino pair. Watching all ponies and drivers from the sidelines proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that this season is going to be fast, furious, exciting and full of close results and placings. After all the ponies had been exercised the party began in earnest on the Saturday night and in true tradition their was plenty of food, drink and entertainment for everybody. A good nights sleep, a hearty breakfast and out came the scurry teams again, as drivers had negotiated the course the day before, drivers were notching up even faster times and completed excellent schooling rounds, before putting ponies back in their stables. Once everyone was assembled in the sunshine, in the courtyard it was time for cakes all round. Talk soon turned to the coming season and when we could not eat any more cake or drink any more tea or coffee, lorries were packed, stables were emptied and we all left to go home. It goes without saying a very big thank you to Jeff, Alison and team for a fantastic weekend and here’s looking to a bright, successful and exciting 2012 season.