www.britishdrivingsociety.co.uk  
To Encourage and Assist those interested in Equine Driving
Patron: H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T.

 



Area websites

Many BDS Areas have their own websites. Click the links below to
see them.

The BDS operates a scheme to assist Areas
with setting up their own websites.

to find out more.

 Beds, Bucks & Herts
 
Berkshire

 
Cambridgeshire
 
Cornwall
 Cumbria

 
Derbys & Staffs
 
Devon
 
Dorset & Sth Wiltshire
 Durham

 Essex
 Glos & N Wiltshire
 Hampshire
 
Herefordshire
 Huntingdon
 Isle of Wight
 Kent
 
Lancashire

 Leicestershire
 Lincolnshire 
 Norfolk

 Northamptonshire

 Northumberland
 North London
 Notts & S. Yorks
 Oxfordshire

 

Shropshire
Somerset
Suffolk
Surrey

Sussex East
Sussex West
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Wilts and Glos
Yorkshire & Cleveland

Ireland

Scotland

Wales
 

 


Announcing the
2015 BDS Photographic Competition!
Are you an undiscovered photographic genuis? Do you love to capture the beauty of the harness horse and carriage? For the first time the BDS is running a photographic competition, which anyone can enter, to find the perfect images for inclusion in the first ever BDS Calendar. Copies of the calendar will be sold in time for Christmas and proceeds will go to the BDS Charity, the Sanders Watney Trust, which exists to help those with disabilities enjoy the freedom and delight of carriage driving.
Any BDS member can enter, at most two photographs which can be of anything to do with carriages and carriage horses. They need to be artistic and to capture the imagination of the judges and must be your own original work.
Copies of the complete Terms and Conditions can be obtained by emailing rosemary@roseneale.com . These include details of where to send your prints to - we cannot accept digital images.


HARD HAT RULING FOR OUR YOUNGER MEMBERS

All drivers / grooms / passengers under the age of 14 years must wear a correctly fitted hard hat when in a carriage or in attendance to a turnout.

 

Sanders Watney Trust

Registered Charity No 327023

Sanders Watney Trust scholarships
The Sanders Watney Trust offers training scholarships of up to £300 to any member of an RDA affiliated disabled carriage driving group.


Equine Passports



 


Information

WHAT DOES THE BDS DO FOR ME ?
This
section on our website has documents explaining the BDS involvement in government consultations about carriage driving. Guidelines and documents to help plan a BDS event.


BDS Affiliated Shows in 2015
Check out the diary dates for this year
  

 

BDS TRECs in 2015

 

Stolen Items Register
New item added 26/03/2013

 

Welfare in Animal (Transport) Order 2006
Welfare of Animals During Transport Regulations - Equine related case studies
INFORMATION and QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Click here to read the BDS visitors book
Thank you for visiting the BDS website.

Please sign our
   


Due to increasing levels of spam all entries are checked by the website moderator before inclusion.

Welcome to the world of
CARRIAGE DRIVING


Whatever your interest - pleasure driving or competing, singles, pairs or multiples - The British Driving Society is here to help and encourage you. Local Area Commissioners and Support Officers are on hand to give you guidance and the BDS has a panel of qualified instructors throughout the country and we run a proficiency test programme, which is respected world-wide as a basis for safe driving. Look at your local area website, below, for further details.

 

Website updated on Friday 26 June 2015


NOMINATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 Are your views being represented?

 The BDS Council of 12 members, manages and administers the BDS and they are your voice, so this is your chance to nominate someone who will reflect your views.

All BDS members over 18 years old can nominate a member.  As a proposer, you will be asked to give details of your candidate for the voting paper, explaining why they would be an effective member.  If more than four nominations are received, these voting papers will then be circulated with the Autumn newsletter.  The person you nominate must be willing to attend Council meetings, normally held four times a year, and take an active part in the work involved.

Nomination Form closing date June 30th

 

The Brian Sims BDS Junior Driving Scholarship 2015

This year our prestigious Scholarship will be held at Springbridge Stables near Willoughby Waterleys in Leicestershire on Tuesday August 4th, followed by ďA Day to RememberĒ for all those that have taken part, together with the Presentation to the winning students at The Royal Mews in London at a later date.
The qualifying age groups are 10-14 and 15 -18 with the winner of each age group being awarded a prize of £500 Training Bursary.

There is also an additional award for the best driver, the Barbara Stoddart Trophy and a Certificate and trophy (kindly presented by Mr Ian Townsend) for the Best Portfolios in each age group. 

We hope that Young Drivers from all parts of the country will take part and will have taken note of the Guidelines shown on the Young Drivers pages of the main BDS website.

Junior Scholarship Application Form 2015

 


BDS ANNUAL SHOW
21 June 2015
 
The results are now available on the Shows page 

 


The BDS Head Office
has now moved

to
Endersley,
Church Road, Wingfield,
Eye, Suffolk
IP21 5QZ


Tel: 01379-384-612
Email: email@britishdrivingsociety.co.uk
All communication to be sent to the Secretary, Mrs. T. Styles
 

VOSA
 from John Parker, BDS President

  
To read the letter click here

PDF File version


W
e would ask you all to continue to lobby your MP regarding VOSA's interpretation of the driving regulations. Please use the latest sample letter -

For further information please read the article on page 4  of the Horse and Hound 2nd April 2009 edition or go on their web site www.horseandhound.co.uk

If you have been stopped by a VOSA inspector the BDS and Horse & Hound would like to hear about it. Email abigail_butcher@ipcmedia.com and email@britishdrivingsociety.co.uk   with brief details of the incident.

BDS REGISTER OF COMMERCIAL HARNESS HORSE OPERATORS

Due to the concerns of a number of BDS memberís contacting the BDS Office, Council have recommended that the British Driving Society start a register of Commercial Horse Operators.      

 to read the full details of Registration and to download an application form for the commercial register.

 

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