Patricia Margaret ELphick



Show Dates, Schedules and Entry Forms
















The Honourable Miss Jean Galbraith




























Membership Form

Safeguarding Policy










Dumfries and Galloway area intend to hold a zoom meeting for our area's members on Wednesday 25th November at 7pm to allow us to have a bit of a catch up with each other as we have not been able to hold any events this year. Please look out for an email invitation and link to join in the meeting in due course.  If you do not receive this and would like to take part please contact Kirstin McBride on 07854120453 or  I hope to have the link sent out approx a week before. 


As we are unable to hold our much loved annual Christmas Long Reining Fun Day we are holding a fun competition for juniors in its place... Decorate a horseshoe for Christmas.  So dig out those old horseshoes and turn them into a Christmas decoration.  Please send photos to Kirstin on above details with your name address and age if you would like and if you would like the pony the shoe has come off mentioned then please add their name too and we will post the pictures of all entries on facebook page.  Entry is free and rosettes will be awarded.  Closing date Saturday 12th December






Animal Portrait Raffle


With the current Covid19 situation and lockdown restrictions we have all missed being able to meet up at shows and drives.  So to give us something different to do and something fun to look forward to, Scottish Branch of The British Driving Society are running an animal portrait raffle !

We are offering the amazing prize of a 60cm x 50cm oil painting (unframed) of an animal of your choice by the very tallented artist, Brian Priest !

To buy tickets, either contact one of the Scottish Area Commisioners or BDS Scotland Committee members who have tickets to sell or follow the instructions below to buy online !

Go to and use the e-mail address to send payment

If you are unable to pay by paypal, e-mail this address and other options to pay will be made available.  On the sending page in notes, put Raffle so that payment can be identified.

Tickets are £5.00 each - eg if buying 3 tickets, total would be £15.00 

Purchase and ticket numbers will be confirmed by e-mail.

The raffle will be drawn at the BDS Scottish Branch AGM (To be held in November) and winner notified.

A great opportunity to get an amazing oil painting of your horse, dog, cat or any other animal, I am sure we would all love a special oil painting on our wall ! 


Here are a few examples of his paintings !





BDS Dumfries & Galloway Alternative Show


Photo Show Schedule


Like most shows this summer Dumfries & Galloway Annual Area Show is also likely to be cancelled, due to Covid19 so a decision has been made to try an alternative Photo Show.  As you can see in the schedule a mix of judges has been secured mostly associated with driving including BDS Chairman, Neil Wray, Magazine Editors and more well - known names.  Please have a look at the classes and entry form and pass on the information to friends and family. The schedule and eventual winners’ photographs will be on most driving Facebook pages, also on BDS Dumfries & Galloway and BDS Scotland websites.  The first week for photo judging will be Monday 29th June and will run over 8 weeks with 2 classes per week.  Open to all, old and new photos welcome.  A generous sponsorship has been secured from John Thomas and Bryan Galloway of J Houghton & Sons Saddlers & Harness Makers, this welcome donation will go towards Rosettes and Postage.

Please support this venture, a number of clubs are running photo competitions but this is a bit different.













2019 Show Results Added - Click Here For Results


2019 Points Tables Updated - Click Here For Points Tables


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Driver's Diary 2019












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








My first year as Chairman of the Scottish Branch has went very quickly and we have had a busy and varied year up in Scotland with our members enjoying many shows, drives, fun days and even a Trek competition.  We also had a group from the North of Scotland sit their Road Driving Assessments which was very good and something we are keen to get members to sit.

The weather might have made a very difficult start to the year with snow every week until April it made it hard for people to get their ponies back in work after the winter but once the snow went we had the most fabulous summer (and dare I say it !  Maybe too hot at times !) and I am sure everyone took full advantage of the warm, light evenings and warm dry weekends.  It certainly made a change from scraping mud off harness and vehicles I can tell you !

We have had a massive increase in turnouts competing at the shows around Scotland with 22% increase in the number of turnouts at the shows in Scotland. With several shows having an extra four or five turnouts compared to the last few years.  So that is hugely encouraging.   We have also had a huge increase this year in the number of drivers achieving their Gold Showing Award for attending seven or more shows with nine drivers achieving their gold award this year.  So it is great to see more turnouts coming out more often which is exactly what these awards were started to encourage.    

The BDS Scottish Show was once again held at Border Union Show at the end of July and I would like to express the Scottish Committee and all the competitor’s thanks and congratulations to Claire Armet on her first year running the show.  She did a fantastic job in her first year,  Well done and Thank You ! 

We are in a very fortunate position in Scotland to have access to some fabulous estates and grounds to hold drives away off the public roads.  This year we held drives at Barskimming in Ayrshire, Haddow House, Fettercairn, Bowhill and Mellerstain.  It was especially nice to be invited to Barskimming earlier this year for a memorial drive for Miss Jean and members enjoyed a lovely lunch after a fabulous drive and we raised a good sum for one of her favourite charities, the Poppy Appeal.    

The Scottish Committee is also delighted to welcome two new members.  With Kristy Matheson from Central Area and Gillian McKnight from North of Scotland Area joining us I am sure they will make a great contribution to the committee.

We also have a new AC for the North of Scotland Area with Anne Thwaite stepping up from AAC to take over the reins from Ruth Skinner who is retiring as AC after many years.  I am sure all the local drivers in her area will support Anne and look forward to hearing about events in her area. 

I would also like to congratulate the Scottish representatives who qualified to drive at HOYS and made the long trip down.  Gillian McNinch drove the Athey’s Welsh Pony, Stonedge Solomon and Richard Lanni drove his pair of Gelderlanders, Symen & Vinny.  Well done to you both ! 

So I would just like to finish by wishing everyone a fun, safe and enjoyable driving season in 2019, and hears hoping for as good weather as we had this year !


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




Constitution (Updated Nov 2019)






To encourage and assist those interested in equine driving.