British Driving Society
Dorset and South Wiltshire BDS




Dorset & South Wilts Area

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and in line with Government advice, all Area events planned for the 2020 season have been cancelled.
We regret that this decision has been necessary and will be in touch with members later in the year as the situation unfolds

Ann James
Area Commissioner

John Vyse, Show Champion, Dorset &S. Wilts BDS Area Show
Chanie Matthews, Area Champion, Dorset &S. Wiltshire BDS Area Show
Show Champion John F Vyse
driving Archie
Chanie Matthews driving Banjo
Dorset & South Wiltshire Area Champion

The Area Show was held on Sunday 9th June 2019 at the Turnpike Showground, Motcombe
Please see Past Events for full results and lots of photographs by Helen Lorentzen -
Dorset Equestrian Photography


Lockdown tales/photos
It's a strange summer and we've missed our gatherings and lovely interval drives but, despite the lack of activity nationwide, the BDS magazine is going ahead with its summer issue, planning for publication in August.
Obviously, we have no reports or photos from our outdoor season to send in to the editor, but I'd be grateful if you could let me have any 'lockdown tales' of how you (and your horses!) have adapted to these strange times. And if you have good-quality photos,(not sent from mobiles or Facebook),we could perhaps fill at least a page for Dorset & S Wilts...
So, if you have an amusing or interesting story and/or photo, please email it to me at by the end of June and include a contact phone number. A few lines will do – you don't have to rival Dickens!
All my best wishes to Dorset & S Wilts members
- Sandy Smyth (Newsletter editor)


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.


If any member would be happy to received the Newsletters by e-mail (which will save postage, printing etc.,) Please send your e-mail address to: -



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.



'Some horses come into our lives and quickly go
but others leave hoofprints on our hearts
that will never fade'



Website last updated 29 June, 2020