A new and very popular activity which many
Area Commissioners are organising for their members.
following is a guide for such events.
PHASE ONE - THE SAFETY PRESENTATION
Suggested 50 points awarded per turnout to start , with
points to be awarded or deducted by an experienced judge
- Correct or incorrect harnessing procedure
- Fitting of harness & balance of vehicle
- Safe putting-to
- Driver & grooms attire .. suitability for the task
- Comprehensive spares kit
- Any additional safety features eg florescent wear /
PHASE TWO - THE DRIVE, A TEST OF TIMED DISTANCE
- Turnouts to leave at intervals with their score cards &
- Quiet lanes or off road tracks would be ideal.
- Excessive speed is not desirable … 5-8 miles distance
at 7-8 mph recommended.
- Turnouts must keep on the move at whatever pace. If
stationary anywhere other than a checkpoint, points will be
- One or two checkpoints should be included en route, at
which a steward marks the score card with the time the
checkpoint is reached.
- Points awarded for arriving at the checkpoints at the
correct time, allowing 1 minute either way.
- A compulsory walk section might be included with points
deducted for any break of pace.
THREE - THE SKILLS
Turnouts now attempt a minimum of 6 untimed skills, with
a possible 10 marks awarded for the skilful completion of
each one, for example:
- Reversing alongside a straight line painted on the
- Trotting a 20 metre circle , perhaps one-handed.
- Negotiating a cone slalom
- Walk a straight line between 2 markers
- Complete standstill , whilst groom dismounts , walks
around the turnout , then remounts the vehicle.
- Trot between 3-4 offset pairs of cones with balls set
- Groom to dismount , open `gate` , for turnout to drive
through , groom to remount after shutting `gate` .
- Drive through `L` shape of ground poles.
- One minute motionless halt.
- Whilst in vehicle, groom to move flag from one cone to
- Safe negotiation of any available uphill or downhill
SOME SUGGESTIONS :
- Do not be over ambitious with speed & distance of
drives, or types of skills.
- Allow plenty of time between each of the phases.
- All entrants should have a note of the organisers
mobile phone number.
- Provide written route instructions as well as a map of
- Rosettes & prizes should be given to both driver &
groom of winning turnouts.
- Ensure all entrants are adequately insured.
`skills` equipment for BDS Trec may be purchased from:
Forsport, 2 Brook Court, Blakeney Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1HG
Telephone: 0208 658 2007 Email:
More suitable kit -
Argos Extra currently stock `Hy-Pro` Space Markers - a pack of 50 with
stand - just £14.79. Oder no 010/4449
For more information about
the BDS Trec, please contact:
Linda Swain - Tel. 07850 706978