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Scottish BDS AGM will be held on Sunday 31 October at the Murrayshall Hote, Scone, Perthshire. 

Lunch is 12:00 for 12:30 with the AGM with speaker to follow. 

Final arrangements and menus to follow. 






It is with great sadness that we note the passing of John Cowdery on 21 August.  John was a pas Scottish and National Chairman of the BDS and was a well known judge, competitor and organiser of driving events.   His funeral will take place on Tuesday 31 August, the horse drawn hearse will be leaving Dumfries Rugby Club approximately 10:40am and then at St John's Church, 8 Newall Terrace, Dumfries, DG1 1LW at 11:00am.  We send our condolences to his daughter Debbie Wicks and her family. 


West Of Scotland Area 

West of Scotland Drive at Barskimming, Mauchline, Ayrshire on Sunday 12th September 2021 by kind permission of Lord Strathclyde and family.


Setting off at 2pm. 

If you wish to attend please contact Kendall Young on 

07736 960081

or e-mail  




Central Area


Sunday 12th September


Pitscandly near Forfar with kind permission from the Gow and family. 


Dressage practice and training help from Jane MacInness in the morning.  Fantastic oportunity to brush up on skills and accuracy in a relaxed environment.  

Bring your own picnic lunch (and folding chairs) and enjoy some catch up with other club members. 

Cones course with a few obstacles in afternoon.

Rosettes for your efforts

£15 per turnout for the day (Just bring on the day please) 

Numbers required in advance, so please contact Kirsty Matheson asap if you can come.

07818 424246 or  

Start time depends on numbers.

If you cannot come with horse and would like to still join in then let me know and of course you can attend for free. 


Sunday 3rd October

West Newton near Arbroath with kind permission of Audrey Barron.


If weather is good, everythign will take place on a great grass surface, if not we can retreat indoors.

If weather permits, there can be a short drive around the tracks, but this is not a TREC day so it will not be the extended route through the fields.

Special shortened dressage test designed for long reining adn in hand work.  This will be judged.  I will send out copies in advance if you are attending. 

This will take part in the morning as can the drive after our long reining session.

Packed lunch get together, please bring your own chairs

Cones course in the afternoon. 

Rosettes for all.

£15 per turnout for the day (Just bring on the day please) 

Will aim to be 10am start but depends on numbers

Please contact Kirsty Matheson asap if you can come.

07818 424246

Again if you cannot come with a horse and would like to attend to join in please let me know and the day is free.



Lothian & Borders Area 

Saturday 18th September 


Autumn drive at Mellerstain Estate. Meet at 10.30 for 11am at Darlingfield Farm.

Drive around farm and forest tracks of 6 miles then bring you own picnic.


Please let Anne know if you plan on coming 07740067798







Bowhill Estate was the perfect location for the Borders & Lothian Trec. The drivers gathered in the expansive flat showfield on a cool breezy day, received a special rosette and instructions from Annie & Clive Rushton Green, the organisers. Alec Hogg inspected the harness and carts of the five turnouts before they set out on a picturesque 4 mile circuit with instructions to gather shells at certain locations. Much to everyone’s amusement none were found, they had mysteriously disappeared. Drivers returned to a cone course before breaking for a picnic. Harnessing up again Maureen Hogg had set up challenges for the members, they then completed the cone course for a second time. Marks were totalled up, rosettes were presented Susan Robson, John and Christian Curtis and a special sash awarded to Alexandra, the donkey and Clare Armet. We hope to meet again there next year, 


(Photos by Charlotte MacGregor Photography)





Results in link below and photos now on facebook page 






Dumfries & Galloway Area Show 

Sunday 15 Aug 2021






BDS Grampian 2021 Events

September 26th- Glentanar pleasure drive

November 20th- AGM and stovie supper, Keithall, Inverurie


Please Contact 


AC : Kizzy Masters , ,

07713 559584

AAC :  Vicky Largue , ,

01466 730764 or 07787 269086






Driving Extravaganza, Morris EC CANCELLED
Dundonald Show CANCELLED
BDS Lothian & Borders Show, Hopetoun House CANCELLED

Glamis Castle Attelage


17-18 JUL 2021
SWPCA Show - Lanark TBC
Royal Highland Show

16 JUN 2021


Doune & Dunblane Show CANCELLED
Kirrimuir Show CANCELLED
Wigtown BDS Show TBC

BDS Scottish Show       

(Venue change : Now being held at Hopetoun House)

24 JUL 2021 



Turriff Show CANCELLED
Peebles Show CANCELLED

BDS Dumfries & Galloway Area Show

Barstobrick EC

15 AUG 2021


BDS Central Area Show TBC
BDS Grampian Area Show 01 AUG 2021 (See Above)






HELD VIA ZOOM - 30th JAN 2021 


Well what a year 2020 has been !  When we were all wishing each other a Happy New Year back in January, none of us would have dreamt how last year was going to turn out ! 

We delayed our normal Annual Meeting and Lunch which was due to be held in Perthshire in November with the hope that we would be able to run a lunch and meeting come March, but as time went on and restrictions we tightened and we were put back in lock down and no sign of things lifting any time soon this proved to be impossible and any further delays to the meeting were not practical so we decided to go ahead, as many other groups and societies have, with having our annual meeting via Zoom tonight !  I know it is not the same and not ideal and I am sure I am not alone in wishing we could all meet up but unfortunately it is the best we can do in the current circumstances !

2020 started off as any other year, with us all making plans for the coming season and looking forward to getting out driving.  Events and meetings started to take place and I attended a pre-season meeting and lunch for the West of Scotland Area at the end of January through in Ayrshire.  This is always a lovely afternoon and great opportunity to catch up with those we haven’t seen for a few months over the winter since last season and enjoy a lovely meal.

At the end of February I also attended a well supported evening talk and presentation organised by Central Area by BDS Judge Richard Lanni.  We were treated to his many stories as well as some stunning photos and video of some magnificent turnouts he had seen and judged while on his trips to various Attelage competitions in Spain the previous year. 

As March progressed, the pandemic situation was becoming more and more critical and by the time the national lockdown was declared we had already unfortunately had to take the sad decision to cancel a planned lunch and talk with our National Chairman, Neil Wray, which had been organised after Neil was unfortunately unable to come as planned to the Scottish Annual Meeting the previous year.  This had been due to take place at Murrayshall Country House Hotel in Perthshire at the start of April.  Maybe it will be third time lucky next year Neil !

We were also left with no option but to cancel the fantastic indoor show held at Morris Equestrian Centre in Ayrshire that is organised by West of Scotland Area.  This is normally the start of the showing season here in Scotland and is held at a fantastic indoor venue.  It was such a shame that this had to be cancelled but by that stage nobody was surprised, it was unfortunately inevitable !

Cancellations of the agricultural shows came in thick and fast !  Even the Royal Highland Show was cancelled !  However, with all the usual events and shows not taking place, a couple of areas managed to run very successful digital events.  There were on-line digital quizzes and on-line digital photo shows which were popular.

The Scottish Committee decided to run a raffle for a beautiful bespoke oil painting of your animal by the fantastic artist, Brian Priest.  This raffle was extremely popular and a great success and provided a welcome boost to branch funds.   It was originally planned to offer just one first prize of a portrait but it was so popular and such a success that the committee decided to give two first prizes of a portrait and a runner up prize of a bottle of champagne.  So congratulations go to Hew Hunter our runner up prize winner of a bottle of champagne and our two portrait winners, Edythe Hogg from Kelso and Finlay, care of Ruth Martin.  We very much look forward to seeing the finished portraits when they are done !  We plan to feature these in future newsletters, so look out for those.

As restrictions eased, it allowed some areas to run small events.  One area held an outdoor, socially distanced, quiz afternoon which was successful and welcome after being locked down for so long.  A couple of areas also managed to hold small drive outs with just a few turnouts and everything kept suitably socially distanced and Covid restrictions compliant.

With all the agricultural shows in Scotland cancelled, it was looking like there would be no showing at all in Scotland this year.  However by the end of August restrictions were such that Grampian Area was able to hold what turned out to be the only driving show held in Scotland this year.  It was the first show Grampian Area has run for many many years and was extremely well supported considering the circumstances. 

There is obviously more positive news now in as far as the vaccination roll out is gaining pace and I am sure that there are even some here tonight that have already had their fist vaccination.  So although things are extremely uncertain in the short to medium term we plan to run events and drives etc as and when restrictions allow so keep a close eye on the website and facebook as some of these may end up being arranged at quite short notice. 

Unfortunately we are already seeing cancellations of many of the regular Scottish Agricultural shows which were due to take place over the summer and I am sure there are more to come in the next few week.  These larger events are heavily dependent on the general public and the gate admission money to be viable.  Without the public being able to attend, sadly these events are just not viable without the gate admission money.  

However, I am confident that smaller club, area events, drives, shows etc which are not reliant on the general public will be able to resume at some point this summer so I am hopeful that we will be able to run some events in some form as the year progresses.

It is almost impossible to arrange anything at the moment with any degree of certainty but we will do all we can over the next few months to run what we can, when we can, where we can.  We are however dependent on restrictions, venues etc so it is all very much a waiting game at the moment unfortunately !

This was my third and last year as Chair of the Scottish Branch and I just want to thank all the current and past members of the committee and current and past AC’s and AAC’s for all their help the last 3 years and all the best for this coming year, whatever it brings ! 


Caroline Watson (Chairman of the Scottish Branch of the BDS, 2018-2020)











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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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To encourage and assist those interested in equine driving.