The annual scholarship day again attracted much interest from BDS young drivers of all ages and these gathered in early August at the ideal venue of Leicestershire by kind agreement with Springbridge RDA. The annual qualifying age groups are 10-14 and 15-18 with the winner of each age group being awarded a prize of £500 to be used at a carriage driving yard of their choice.
The younger age group winner this year was Ruth Rowlands aged eleven years who will also receive the Brian Girling Award. Fifteen year old Emily Curnock won the older age group scholarship and will receive the Simon Baker Memorial Trophy, presented in memory of Simon Baker the founder and CEO of Voice Products who sponsored the scholarships for many years.
These trophies, together with the certificates, and the trophies for best portfolios (courtesy of Mr Ian Townsend) were presented at Driving Addington 2015. In addition Robbyn McClements aged fifteen years from Herefordshire took home the Barbara Stoddart trophy for best overall driver, an award that the driving section assessor, Mr Martin Atkinson, agreed was thoroughly well deserved.
Arranged by outgoing BDS Commissioner for Junior members, Caroline Dale-Leech OBE, candidates and friends enjoyed a ‘day to remember’ at the Royal Mews in London. they were treated to a truly amazing ‘behind the scenes’ experience. Commemorative rosettes were kindly presented there by Mr Jack Hargreaves, Head Coachman to HM The Queen.