Dorset & South Wilts Area

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and in line with Government advice, all Area events planned for the 2020 season have been cancelled.

We regret that this decision has been necessary and will be in touch with members later in the year as the situation unfolds.

Important Notice

The British Driving Society continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Britain and around the world.  We continue to follow government advice and are working closely with our member bodies to implement any restrictions required, including any requirements for the staff within our organisations.

We advise everyone to continue to follow Government advice because this is a public health issue.  Public Health England is the lead organisation and we urge our stakeholders to closely follow their guidance.


21ST JUNE 2020

It is with much regret that we announce the cancellation of the British Driving Society 56h Annual Show to have been held on the 21st June 2020 at Windsor Great Park.

This decision has not been taken lightly:  Whilst we are devastated to be making this announcement, we wholeheartedly support the government on this matter, public health and safety has to be our number one priority, for the sake of members, Judges, Show Stewards and officials and visitors and for our wider community.

We know this event is a calendar highlight for many but it was felt that the financial risk in seeking an alternative of re scheduling or another venue was not an option for this show, it is enjoyed by members and our fellow supporters in the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights and Coach Makers alike and also our Royal Patronage.  The many spectators that attend for ring side parking and visitors from overseas.

We would like to thank all who support our Show and Society and extend our best wishes to everybody at this challenging time.

We all look forward to working for The Annual Show in 2021 Date to be confirmed, and thank all our Members, Sponsors and Supporters for their continued support.

Carriage Driving is one of the most exciting and popular equestrian pursuits in the country.  The British Driving Society (BDS) was formed in 1957 and is the National organisation for a range of carriage driving activities.  The aim of the Society is to support and encourage people interested in carriage driving.  And welcome to the British Driving Society website. We hope you find the website both interesting and useful.   It will continue to be developed over the coming months with more information and news.


Regional Network …

The BDS stretches across the whole of the UK and has a regional network of Area Commissioners (ACs), working locally at county level. The AC’s arrange a variety of events in their areas, throughout the year and they are also available to members for general information, advice and guidance. You will quickly get to know other carriage drivers in your area and be able to join in with everything that is going on.

Benefits …

There are a number of valuable benefits that you will gain as a BDS member:

  • A wide range of carriage driving activities
  • A network of ACs and instructors ready to help you
  • Free legal liability insurance
  • Discounts on tests & horse passports
  • The opportunity to attend BDS organised events
And to keep you up to date, your subscription includes:
  •   The BDS Yearbook
  •   Newsletter three times a year

… so don’t miss out on all the fun this interesting hobby & mode of transport offers you, join the BDS now by completing the application form and start enjoying your carriage driving.






   Adult Membership £50.00 £10.00 £60.00
   Dual Membership
   2 adults, same address
£80.00 £10.00 £90.00
   Young  driver
   Under 18 years
£20.00 £20.00

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