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2018 Show Dates Added - Click Here For Schedules and Entry Forms

 

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CARRIAGES AT THE CASTLE INFORMATION

CARRIAGES AT THE CASTLE SCHEDULES

 

NORTH OF SCOTLAND & GRAMPIAN AREA DATES

Saturday 7th April 2018 : Introducton to Driving Day at Strathorn Farm Stables, Inverurie (Contact : Ruth Skinner : 01464 851204) 

Wedneday 11th April 2018 : Junior Driving Day, Maryculter (Contact : Jane MacInnes : 07889 340362)

Saturday 5th May 2018 : Dressage & Cones Training Day, Maryculter (Contact : Jane MacInnes : 07889 340362)

Wednesday 9th May 2018 : Haddo House Drive, Methlick, Ellon (Contact : Anne Thwaite : 07751 326404)

Saturday 2nd June 2018 : SCDA Event, Cothal (Contact : Campbell Bosanquet : 07768 755996)

​Wednesday 13th June 201 : Plesure Drive, Dunecht Estate (Contact : Alan Fraser Ross : 07803 150124)

​Sunday 1st July 2018 : BDS Trec, Glenbrae Trading (Used to be Faraway Riding Centre), Huntley (Contact : Anne Thwaite : 07751 326404)

​Sunday 19th August 2018 : SCDA Event, Lourin (Contact : Ruth Skinner : 01464 851204)

​Sunday 9th September 2018 : Pleasure Drive, Clashindarroch (Contact : Anne Thwaite : 07751 326404)

​Saturday 22nd September 2018 : Pleasure Drive, Fettercairn (Contact : Ewan MacInnes : 07764 575291)

​Saturday 6th October 2018 : Pleasure Drive, Blackhall, Banchory (Contact : Ewan MacInnes : 07764 575291)

​Saturday 24th November 2018 : End Of Year Meeting, Keith Hall, Inverurie (Contact : Anne Thwaite : 07751 326404)

 

CENTRAL AREA DATES

Sunday 8th April 2018 : Training Day with Jane MacInnes, Indoors at Pitscandly

Sunday 15th April 2018 : Fun Day at West Newton

​FUN DAY POSTPONED DUE TO "SOGGY" GROUND.  RESCEDULED FOR SUNDAY 6th MAY, STARTING AT 11am

PLEASE CONTACT ZOE ON  1zoesanders@gmail.com  OR AUDREY BARRON ON 01241 872579 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME, PLEASE NOTE NUMBERS ARE LIMITED TO 12 - FIRST COME FIRST SERVED ! 

Sunday 20th May 2018 : Glamis Drive

Sunday 5th August 2018 : Tentsmuir Drive

Sunday 23rd September 2018 : Fun Day at West Newton

Sunday 7th October 2018 : Fun Day at Piscandly

 

For any of these events contact Zoe Sanders on 1zoesanders@gmail.com

 

LOTHIAN & BORDERS AREA DATES

Saturdea 31st March 2018 : Duns Castle Drive (Contact Anne : 07740 067798)

Sunday 22nd April 2018 : Drive at Beaumont Forest (Contact Anne : 07740 067798)​  DRIVE CANCELLED !

​Thursday 31st May 2018 : Talk/Demonstration by Rosie Mould (Vet and Carriage Driver).  7pm at Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk.              Cost £10 per person.  Followed by Lothian & Borders Area Annual Meeting and Supper.  

Pease book these by 17th May.  Contact Anne : 07740 067798  or Nan 0743 466717

May 2018 (Date to be confirmed) : Long reining demonstration by Fizz Marshall (Expert writer for Horse & Rider Magazine) at Ettrickbridge (Contact Nan : 01750 52284)

Sunday 10th June 2018 : Drive at Bowhill (Contact Nan : 01750 52284)

​June 2018 : Junior Training Days (Information to follow)

Saturday 18th August 2018 : Duchess Drive at Bowhill (Ponies/Horses need to be fit for this one) (Contact Nan : 01750 52284)

Saturday 8th September 2018 : Drive at Mellerstain (Contact Anne : 07740 067798)

 

 

NEW COMMITTEE CONTACT DETAILS ADDED - CLICK HERE

 

CHAIRMANS REPORT

It was with just a little trepidation but a great deal of enthusiasm and willingness to do my best to help the Scottish Membership that l stepped into the rather large shoes of Clive Rushton-Green who retired at our recent AGM as the new Chair of the Scottish Branch.  I would just like to thank Clive on behalf of the Scottish Members for all his hard work on the Scottish Committee and as AC for Lothian and Borders over the years.  It has been very much appreciated, I just hope I can do as good a job !
 
The vacated post of AC for Lothian and Borders has been filled bytwo new Joint AC’s, Nanette Marshall and Anne Roberts.  The AC for Central Scotland post, which had been left vacant by Heather Gow’s retirement last year, has also been filled earlier this year by Zoe Sanders.  I would like to wish our new AC’s all the best and I am sure the members in their areas will give them every support.
 
Clive’s retirement also meant that he and his wife Annie were standing down from running the BDS Scottish Showat Border Union Show, Kelso which they have done for many years.  I am sure the Scottish members would join me in thanking Annie and Clive for all their years of hard work running the show.  In 2018 the show will be run by a new team headed up by Claire Armet, and I am sure we all wish them well and hope that the Scottish Members support the show in 2018.
 
There are also two new members on to the BDS Scotland Committee this year, Ruth Martin and James Pearson.  Both well known drivers, we welcome them on to the committee and I am sure they will make a valuable contribution.
 
There have been many well supported shows and drives up and down the country this year as always and a new addition this year was a well supported Fun Day at Heriot in the Scottish Borders which was organised by Claire Armet and was very well received.  Another great success this year was a venue move for the BDS Central Area Show which moved to a large outdoor school at Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn.  This show was a great success with well filled classes and entries up hugely on previous years which was good to see. 
 
Scottish drivers also flew the flag at the BDS Championships at Driving Addington with three drivers and four turnouts making the journeySouth.  They did Scotland proud with three of the turnouts getting a first place and the fourth getting a second place and one making it through to the evening championship so well done all !  A long trip but very worthwhile.  We also had a Scottish representative at HOYS this year when Gillian McNinch again qualified her coloured riding pony, The Longhouse Glam Rock.  This was Gillian and Bentley’s second visit to HOYS having previously qualified in 2015, so well done to the McNinch family.
 
It was also good to see some new turnouts this year.  Some members, inspired by taking part in the Attelage De Tradition at Glamis Castle have recently purchased traditional vehicles and are now taking part in Private Driving Classes instead of the exercise vehicle classes that they used to take part in, so that was encouraging.  There have also been a couple of new competitors out this year in exercise classes who have made a great start to driving classes.  One with a lovely young Shetland pony who is recently been broken to drive and one with a lovely Welsh Section B mare who was previously a brood mare that had done a lot of in-hand showing who the owner was looking for a new career for so has started driving her.  The have certainly both done a great job and I look forward to seeing them out again next year. 
 
So I would just like to finish by wishing everyone all the best for 2018 and safe, enjoyable driving and most importantly have fun !

Caroline Watson 

Chairman of The Scottish Branch Of The British Driving Society

 

 

The Scottish Branch is part of the National Society. It promotes driving in Scotland by organising shows, drives and training sessions and assists newcomers to the sport.

 

With Scotland divided into five areas, each Area Commissioner will assist drivers and event organisers and is the first point of contact for anyone requiring information about driving

 

 

 

 

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