This year our prestigious Scholarship will be held at Springbridge Stables near Willoughby Waterleys in Leicestershire LE8 6UL on Sunday 6th August. All those who take part will also be invited to a special day out in September.
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.
Young Drivers BDS Scholarship guidelines:
Dress to impress! You`ll need a suitable driving jacket , hard hat, gloves and apron.
Bring along a portfolio with photographs and text detailing your personal up to date carriage driving activities.
Demonstrate how to harness up a single horse or pony with breast and full collar, put – to either a two or four wheeler then take out and un-harness with full regard to safety .
Demonstrate and discuss the balance of a two wheel vehicle.
Demonstrate a safe and practical ability to drive a single horse or pony turnout ( as provided ) using the` English coaching` hand .
Be able to completely dismantle a single set of harness and re-assemble it. Be sure you can name all the parts of this harness.
Display a good knowledge of traditional vehicles, be able to name the different types and include the identification of springs, axles, shaft furniture.
You`ll also be interviewed about your driving career so far and what you would like to do in the future. Be prepared to chat to someone about your schooling perhaps, your holidays and maybe your pets and family.
Friendly tips …..
Bring warm clothing if it’s a chilly or wet day.
A picnic and hot drink might be a good idea.
Bring books or magazines to fill any waiting time.
A notepad and pen might be useful too.
A camera ?
Make sure you`ve practised everything listed many times before the day itself !
The Brian Sims Scholarship Day by Junior Commissioner Emily Ham
This year of 2016 was the seventh of this particular sponsorship of the Young Drivers Scholarship, in memory of Mr Brian Sims a keen member and supporter of the Dorset BDS, whose love of education and the traditional ways of driving makes it a fitting memorial.
Five eager young drivers came forward for the day and enjoyed a varied programme at Bradbourne Carriages in Kent. Everyone performed very well and results were extremely close.
The Best Driver Award, Barbara Stoddart Trophy, was won by Opal Weaver who also took the overall award for the 15-17 years category. Callum Anthony Jones was so keen to take part that he had made his way independently by train and underground from South Wales and was a mere 1% behind Opal, with Laura Priestly very close behind him. The standard was excellent and these young drivers show a real understanding and knowledge of traditional carriages and harness. They displayed great confidence and competence in traditional rein handling and how to present the turnout to the highest standard.
The 10-14 category was won by Melita Powell just ahead of Jack Kedward. Both young drivers are also keen riders with a good grasp of stable management and in driving share a passion for cones driving as well as being competent in traditional rein handling. Both submitted portfolios showing their enthusiastic involvement in driving activities with Trec also popular. Jack also has an impressive record of success in driven showing.
Sincere thanks to Sara Howe for hosting this prestigious event and giving so generously of her time in assessing practical driving as well as the horses, her staff and wonderful facilities, to Gary Docking for assessing the driving for the show ring and traditional harness, Antonia Gallop for kindly bringing her private driving vehicles and assessing the carriage house elements, Linda Swain for conducting the interviews.
Everyone involved enjoyed the day and the two lucky overall winners will be able to spend their bursaries on further training thanks to the generosity of the annual Brian Sims Bursary.