British Driving Society
Dorset and South Wiltshire BDS




2016 BDS Dorset & South Wiltshire Area Show

Show Reserve, Area Members & Grooms Reserve Champions
Show Champion
Area Members Reserve & Grooms Champions

Show Reserve, Area Members &
Grooms Reserve Champions
Karen Matthews & groom Chanie
Matthews with Banjo

Show Champion
Joe Rowe
with Noddy Vyse Temptation


Area Members Reserve & Grooms Champions
Phil Worley & groom Tony Parker
with Banksgate Shannon

The Area Show was held on Sunday 12th June 2016 at the Turnpike Showground, Motcombe.
Please see Past Events for full results and photographs by Helen Lorentzen - Dorset Equestrian Photography


It is with great sadness that we record the death on January 17th of our Area Commissioner, Dryden Pennington.  Dryden took on the role of Assistant AC in January 2015, becoming Area Commissioner in May of that year. A dedicated optimist, he brought enthusiasm and good humour to the task, earning the affection and respect of our membership. His aim, in his own words, was 'to make every member proud to belong to the British Driving Society' and he was keen to encourage new recruits to join and to share in his passion for carriage driving.
Dryden had a gentle way with horses, who responded to his quiet reassurance and praise.  Always mindful of the welfare of others, he was concerned with Area activities and plans even in the last months of his illness.
He will be much missed



Our next Area Show will take place on Sunday 11th June 2017,
at the Turnpike Showground, Motcombe.
In addition to a good selection of showing classes, including In Hand, Novice Whip, Novice Horse, Exercise Vehicles, Pleasure Driving, Mountain & Moorland, Light Trade, Concours d’Elegance, Private Driving and a Red Rover Show Drive,
this year’s show will also include Cones and Dressagesomething for everyone.

As ever our show is only possible thanks to the generosity and support of very many folk
and we need your help please with the following:-

Class sponsors:  Some of our previous sponsors have very kindly once again pledged their support.  If you would like to join them, £20 sponsors the rosettes for a class, which will attribute the class to you, your company, friends or family as you wish in the schedule.  You will receive free passes to the show, be invited to present the rosettes to the class winners and join us for refreshments.  Please contact Alison ASAP and by 19th February 2017 latest for inclusion in the schedule.

Stewards:  Central to the smooth running of the show, more stewards are needed please to join our jolly band of hugely appreciated regular stewards.  It is a great way to be involved and if you can spare a few hours and would like to discuss how you might help then please contact Alison ASAP.

Competitors:  Without whom of course there would be no show!!!  We hope to welcome very many competitors to our show this year, both seasoned campaigners and newcomers.  For more information about taking part please do not hesitate to contact Alison.

Spectators:  Ringside parking.  The more the merrier!

Full details will be in the show schedule available in March.

Please put Sunday 11th June in your diary now.
Do not hesitate to contact me regarding any aspect of the show and we look forward to seeing all Area members and visitors from further afield on the day.

Many thanks
Alison Trevett - Show Secretary
Tel: 01258 881295 (evenings and weekends)   E-mail:


Events for next year are currently being organised and should be included in the next Newsletter and on the 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 wagon rests in summer
The sleigh in winter
The horse never.

Yiddish proverb



Website last updated 18 February, 2017