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BDS Scotland AGM & Lunch

Hilcroft Hotel, Whitburn.  J4 - M8

Saturday 11th November 2017














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BDS Scotland AGM & Lunch


​Please book tickets and have cheques sent in plenty of time as the hotel need numbers confirmed and payment made a week before the lunch


Following on from the success of last year’s BDS Scotland AGM & Lunch we will be holding the same format this year. As the AGM is moving to different areas of Scotland each year it gives each area the opportunity to host the AGM and to allow the local members in that area a better opportunity to attend.

This year Lothian & Borders Area are hosting the AGM & Lunch this will take place at:

Hillcroft Hotel, East Main Street, Whitburn, West Lothian, EH47 0JU on November 11th 2017 at 1pm

Tickets for the 3-course lunch including tea/coffee afterwards are £18 per person. Cheques to be made payable to BDS Scotland and any special dietary requirements for the lunch to be sent to: 

Caroline Watson, Brackendale, Station Road, Addiewell, West Lothian, EH55 8NQ

We require to confirm numbers with the hotel 7 days prior to the event so all tickets must be purchased prior to October 30th

Rooms are also available at the Hillcroft Hotel for those wishing to stay the night before or after to make a weekend of it. Please contact the hotel directly on 01501 740818 the cost of the rooms are £72.50 














This is the first AGM in the new format. As you know the AGM has traditionally been held in Central Scotland and consisted of an AGM and shared Dinner Dance with our friends in the SCDA. We decided it was time for a change, we have only had the previous arrangement for thirty years, and move to a lunch and AGM, which will move round the country each year. Thank you for attending the first in this new format and to Janette Watson for organise the day. I hope this change will prove successful.

I hope you have all enjoyed your driving this year. Your Area Commissioners work very hard to put on the events that you want and they do a great job, our thanks go to them all. Standing down this year is Heather Gow who has been AC for Central Scotland for over 20 years, which by any measure is above and beyond the call of duty. My sincere thanks go to Heather who over this time has worked tirelessly for her area and the BDS. She will be greatly missed. So good has she been that we have so far failed to find a local member or group of members who are prepared to take over the area. This is a problem across all areas. To get the best out of the society we all need to contribute. There are, as they say, party goers and party givers, well more of us need to become party givers. We need more people to come forward and contribute. This year there was only one nomination for the committee and the same people cannot and should not, keep running things, we need fresh ideas, so please, don’t be shy get involved.

This year we had Scotland’s first Attelage de Tradition which was a great success. Not without a few teething problems, but for those who attended the dinner in the Great Hall of Glamis Castle it was an experience never to be forgotten. The competition was good the situation superb and the weather was generally favourable. To ensure it was as inclusive as possible a shadow event was held for exercise vehicles so all were welcome. Our thanks go to Aileen McDonald and her team for taking this on.

We are at last in a position to launch the Scottish Proficiency tests, in fact a group of us are off tomorrow to be put though our paces by Jane McInnis, so an early night for us. The tests are now available and your AC’s will be holding training evenings to get you ready for assessment and I hope at next year’s AGM we will be celebrating your successes.

Lastly I would like to thank all of you who have supported the drives and the shows this year. This is your society, run for you, it only works if we all support it and contribute to it.

I cannot close without congratulating one of our members for his success at the Horse of the Year show. Richard Lanni as we all know is a great supporter of the BDS a past Scottish Chairman, National Chairman and regular competitor. He started with Shetland ponies and somehow graduated to Gelderlanders but regardless of the size of the horse he has always been a turnout to be reckoned with. His success at HOY’s shows that we may be few in Scotland but the quality is second to none. Richard congratulations.

Enjoy your driving, be safe and have fun.        

Clive Rushton-Green




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






To encourage and assist those interested in equine driving.