British Driving Society
Dorset and South Wiltshire BDS




2019 BDS Dorset & South Wiltshire Area Show

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



Dear All -
A very happy new year to you – I hope it will be full of enjoyable carriage driving and that you will be supporting the Area events planned for the 2019 season (see here).
Our Steering Group members are always interested to know your views on the events planned and your suggestions or ideas for new directions, so do please feel free to get in touch – contact details are listed here.
And if you can offer a suitable venue for a drive or training day, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Happy driving!


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.



'The essential joy of being with horses is that it
brings us in contact with the rare qualities of grace,
beauty, spirit and fire'
             Shannon Ralls Lemon



Website last updated 18 September, 2019