British Driving Society
Dorset and South Wiltshire BDS




2018 BDS Dorset & South Wiltshire Area Show

Dorset & S.Wilts BDS Show Champion
Dorset & S.Wilts BDS Area Champion 2018
Show Champion Victoria Morris
driving Drysiog Daniel AP Jet
with judge Modris Kesans,
Area Commissioner Ann James & sponsor Gill Smith
Chanie Matthews driving Banjo
Young Driver Champion,
Dorset & South Wiltshire Champion
and Reserve Show Champion

The Area Show was held on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Turnpike Showground, Motcombe.
See Past Events for full results and lots of photographs by Helen Lorentzen - Dorset Equestrian Photography



Dear All -

We've had to contend with miserable weather so far this year  - first the Beast from the East bringing us ice and snow, followed by the wettest March many of us could remember. As I write the fields are only just beginning to recover but there are signs of Spring and the weeds are certainly sprouting!
All this has made it difficult to keep horses going or to get them fit, but I hope that our coming season of outdoor events will cheer you up and that you'll find plenty to interest you.
We start the season with a non-BDS event at Tenantry Farm, Rockbourne, where we are invited by the Hampshire branch of the British Horse Society and the South Downs Harness Club to join them in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the BHS, and to help in raising awareness of access to rights of way. See below for details, and don't forget to Bring your Bling!
There are plenty of other events this season, and I urge you to come along and have some fun. Each event has contact details so if you need more information don't hesitate to call.

Finally, one of our most popular interval drives, from Highsteppers on 1st July, would welcome volunteers to steward on the day. Most of the drive is off-road, but there are some road crossings to man and control as the need for safety is paramount. See the forthcoming events for contact details.

I look forward to seeing you supporting our BDS Area in the coming months,
and wish you...

Happy Driving!



Events for next year are currently being organised and should be included in the next Newsletter and on this website. Please remember that we need your support for all our events – if you want to find out more about an event  before committing, just get in touch with any of our Steering Group members and they'll be glad to help.


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Please note that from now on anyone taking part in any BDS-run event MUST HAVE FULL, UP-TO-DATE BDS MEMBERSHIP.

It will no longer be sufficient to produce evidence of 3rd party insurance, or to take up one-day BDS membership for an event.

Proof of membership must be given on booking a place at any BDS-run event.

This ruling applies to all whips, including junior whips,  but not to grooms, helpers, or spectators.



'The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire'. Sharon Ralls Lemon



Website last updated 30 September, 2018