British Driving Society
Dorset and South Wiltshire BDS




2017 BDS Dorset & South Wiltshire Area Show

Pauline Holcombe
Liz Coombes
Pauline Holcombe driving
Westbourne Highflyer
receiving the Show Champions trophy
from Area Commissioner Ann James

Liz Coombes and her Dartmoor ponies
Stourton Bryony and Stourton Bracken
Dorset & South Wiltshire
Area Champions

The Area Show was held on Sunday 11th June 2017 at the Turnpike Showground, Motcombe.
Please see Past Events for full results and photographs by Helen Lorentzen - Dorset Equestrian Photography



Dear Members -
My appointment as your new Area Commissioner is due to be ratified by BDS Council later this month, so I'm taking this opportunity to introduce myself to the Dorset & S. Wilts membership.  I have been a BDS member for 41 years, and my involvement with driving horses goes back to my childhood on the family farm in Dorset, where my father kept heavy horses as well as a pony and trap. Later on I got involved with breeding stock and produced some talented young horses which sold to international riders such as Lucinda Green, Judy Crago and Tiny Clapham. In the 1960s and 70s I lived on the New Forest and ran a livery yard while keeping a small herd of New Forest ponies.
I still maintain a strong interest in the ridden horse and my Welsh cob Kira has reached Medium level dressage under the tutelage of Louise Downing. And there's a 17.3hh Hanoverian working to PSG in the wings!
But my first love has always been driving and I have been privileged to own and drive several much-loved horses, such as my beautiful Hackney mare Iver Primrose - we competed in many a Private Driving class, including at Smith's Lawn. I've enjoyed many of the Area activities, including driving from one side of Dorset to the other and staying at several BDS camps.
Nowadays my driving is recreational but I am very much involved with all areas of the driving world and, with the support of my husband Terry and a team of helpers, run several annual events for the Dorset & S Wilts Area at Dogdean Farm. My aim as your AC is to encourage existing members to take part in as many activities as possible and to attract new members, especially young whips, to the BDS. And whilst I will always uphold the principles of the British Driving Society, I should also like, with help from the Steering Group, to cater for all our members' tastes.
I look forward to meeting many of you at the forthcoming events.
Happy driving!
Ann James, Dogdean Farm, Furzehill, Wimborne BH21 4HB


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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 past may not be the same as the future.'



Website last updated 7 October, 2017