BDS Wales

Welcome to the WELSH Branch of the British Driving Society, an organisation run entirely by volunteers, the aim of which is to support and encourage carriage driving.

The BDS Welsh Branch is run by an elected Committee who meet three times a year including the members AGM which is held at the end of the calendar year. BDS Wales is sub-divided into seven regions headed by Area Commissioners, who always welcome enquiries about driving and are the first person you should contact, if for example, you are new to driving or want to check out any activities arranged by the various areas.

The countryside varies considerably in Wales, with lovely hills, valleys and coastal areas offering many opportunities for carriage driving. Some are perhaps quite challenging but all are enjoyable.

Activities that are arranged in Wales include those of a leisurely nature, for example; Pleasure drives; Training for adults/junior drivers, Rallys and Social evenings. For a more competitive edge, events can include; Showing, Trec, Cones and Dressage.  All activities however are conducted in a friendly and relaxed manner, with the emphasis always on everyone being willing to support and if appropriate, offer advice to others with perhaps less experience.  You will find details of upcoming events in the Event and Show Calendar of the Main BDS website.  You will also find details of past events in the Driving Digest section and photos in the Gallery.

BDS Wales promotes safe driving practices and the welfare of horses and ponies is extremely important.

Chairman: Michelle Peters, 58 Penygroes Road, Gorslas, Llanelli, SA14 7LA Tel: 07966515325 email

Vice-Chairman: Morfydd Greatorex, Barn Cottage, Llanllechid, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 3LE Tel: 01248-601-012/07759-607-556

Hon. Treasurer: Mrs Amanda.Say, 100 Ashford Close North, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 2BL 01633 484776,

Hon. Secretary: Anthea Birch, Tel: 01874-730-724 email:

ROW Coordinator: Janet Williams, Tel: 01978-750-024

West Wales (Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire & Carmarthenshire) (Area 36)

AC Penny Hopkins, Pant-y-Cendy Hall, Abernant, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA33 5RN Tel: 01267-281-738

North East Wales (Flintshire, Denbighshire & North Powys) (Area 37)

AC Janet Williams, Bryn Eithin, Old Roman Road, Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham LL11 5UL

Tel: 01978-750-024 Email:

West South Wales (West Glamorgan) (Area 38)

AC Gwen Kesans, 6 Crymlyn Terrace, Bonymaen, Swansea SA1 7BQ

Tel: 01792-646706/07970-424-128 Email:

Mid South Wales (Mid & South Glamorgan) (Area 48)

Vacancy: Please can interested parties contact Michelle (as above)

South East Wales (Monmouthshire) (Area 49)

AC Pat Dutson Tel: 01495-791-898

Mid East Wales (South Powys) (Area 56)

AC Ann Ham, Tel: 01874-690-253 Email:

North West Wales (Gwynedd, Conwy & Anglesey) (Area 55)

AC Morfydd Greatorex, Barn Cottage, Llanllechid, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 3LE

Tel: 01248-601-012/07874-208-314

BDS Wales is a branch of the BDS and as such has it’s own set of rules.  Click here to view them. BDS WALES Rules 2015