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 -
It has been a good summer for Dorset & S. Wilts Area with record attendances at our outdoor events and the best Area Show yet. I hope that there has been something to appeal to every member but would welcome your suggestions for next season. My grateful thanks to all those who have helped to organize and run our events – generously offering venues, preparing beforehand, stewarding on the day and, of course, making those lovely cakes! Without our support teams we couldn't run an outdoor programme and I thank all of you who give up your time in this way. New faces in the ranks always welcome!
The outdoor season may be over, but I hope many of you will come along to our winter evening talks.
Ann James, Dogdean Farm, Furzehill, Wimborne BH21 4HB


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 past may not be the same as the future.'



Website last updated 21 January, 2018