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


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 -
As we trudge through the mud and steer the wheelbarrow into the rain and wind, it's good to remember that our driving season will soon be upon us and, with that in mind, take a look at the events on the cards for the coming year. I hope you'll find something to inspire you and that you'll join in as much as you can – there's lots on offer!
Sadly, this year will be my last as Area Commissioner. I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure but feel the time has come to hand over the reins to a fresh pair of hands, although I plan to stay very much involved in our Area activities. If you are interested in knowing more about the job of  AC, do get in touch and we can have a chat about what's involved. Ideally, a candidate would work alongside me during the coming season and be ready to take over fully at the end of 2020. Please don't be shy – give me a call!

See you soon...
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.


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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 13 May, 2020