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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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Welcome to the world of
your interest - pleasure driving or competing, singles,
pairs or multiples - The British
Driving Society is here to help and encourage you.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Woodcock Close , Sandy , Beds SG19 2UW with a note of your address .
Nett proceeds to The Sanders Watney Trust.
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
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.
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would ask you all to continue to lobby your MP regarding VOSA's
interpretation of the driving regulations. Please use the latest
For further information please read the article on page 4
of the Horse and Hound 2nd April 2009 edition or go on their web
If you have been stopped by a VOSA inspector the
BDS and Horse & Hound would like to hear about it. Email
email@example.com 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
read the full details of Registration and to download an application form
for the commercial register.