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
 

 

Advice for potential
show organisers

Please Click the link for more information

BDS Leaf Spring Award 2016

This award is open to anyone who exhibits a traditional type turnout on ten occasions or more in one season at a BDS Affiliated Show or BDS Area Activity (Northern Ireland – four occasions, Channel Islands– three occasions.) To take part please obtain a Leaf Spring Award card from the BDS Secretary. Enter all the details of your turnout including vehicle type, makers name and age, also your horse, pony or donkey details and details of the driver. Carry the card with you at the Show/Activity attended, and present it to the judge/steward to verify the details against your turnout and sign. Not later than 30th September 2016 post your completed card to the BDS Secretary. A BDS specially commissioned china plate, sponsored by Mr. John Vyse & Family, will be awarded at the 2016 BDS AGM to all participants who have met the criteria above.

Note:

Traditional type turnout means a turnout in which vehicle has the traditional profile of an identifiable type to resemble the design of a carriage built prior to the First World War. The vehicle may be made from modern materials but must have traditional style springing and carriage lamps.

A Show/Activity will count as one occasion regardless of the amount of classes entered.

The award is open to private driving and trade turnouts.

The turnout owner and whip must be a current BDS member.


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 2016
Check out the diary dates for this year
  

 

BDS TRECs in 2016

 

Stolen Items Register

 

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

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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.

 

The BDS Office would like to wish our members a Prosperous New Year.

Please remember that your membership subscriptions are now due.

This will ensure your continuity of Personal Liability Insurance starting 1st January 2016

Please either send cheque or pay by card over the phone

01379 384612

BDS Office, Endersley, Church Road,

Wingfield, Eye, Suffolk, IP21 5QZ

Adults £36, Juniors £15, Duals £60

There is an additional £1 administration charge for all card payments.

 

The BDS Council and Members would like to congratulate Hazel Woodbridge on being awarded an BEM (British Empire Medal) in the New Year’s  honours for services to carriage driving.

 

Reports from the 2015 BDS AGM can be found on Councils Corner or hard copy requested from the BDS Head Office enclosing a stamped addressed envelope A4 size.

 

 

Please get your orders in for the first BDS calendar- just £5 each plus £1.19 p&p - send your cheque made out to The British Driving Society to

15 Woodcock Close , Sandy , Beds SG19 2UW with a note of your address .  Nett proceeds to The Sanders Watney Trust.

 


BDS OFFICE

 

Changes in Companies Legislation mean that organisations of our size and type are no longer required to have a Company Secretary.  As all executive functions are vested in Council and Committees, the roles of Company/Executive Secretary are now redundant.

The Society is enormously grateful to Tessa Styles for all her hard work over the past years, and we wish her well for the future.

Post and e-mails should continue to be sent to the usual address.  Telephones will continue to be manned between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.

VOSA
 from John Parker

  
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 member’s 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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