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New SCDA Secretary required as soon as possible.

The Directors look forward to a volunteer springing up to take up this important role for your Club.

Message from Eileen Cornish…

After nearly 7 years in post as SCDA Secretary I have decided that it is time to spend more time with my family, garden, and pets and go travelling.

The volunteer post will be less onerous than previously, as it is intended that memberships will go online ready for 2021 renewal, and there is no longer a need for a paper copy of the omnibus since nearly all members are able to access the website.

As far as admin tasks are concerned Sheila McNeill takes the Directors’ meeting minutes and Susan Don organises the party.  Jane Isaac and Jamie March attend BC Council meetings to give our views and bring back information for us.

Colin Smith is Chairman, and Louise McCutcheon deals with all finances, including SCDA event levies, as Treasurer.  Sanchia May organises Facebook, and Mike McCutcheon keeps the website up to date.  We also benefit from the wisdom of Ian Bertram and the ex-treasurer, Dave Russell, the latter keeping the membership lists up to date on one of his famous spreadsheets!

In lockdown we have discovered that a Zoom meeting is an excellent meeting forum, which will save directors many hours of travel at their own expense.

SCDA Secretary Job Description
  • Essential to be computer literate, able to use social media and organise admin.
  • Room in your home for SCDA laser printer and copier.
  • Usually 4 meetings a year – plan to have 2 Zoom and 2 face-to-face once lockdown is over.
  • Circulating directors’ meeting minutes after compiling them from Sheila’s notes.
  • Membership – should be online so much less work.
  • Omnibus no longer required to be compiled, so no long hours at laptop getting it ready for the printer.
  • No filling of envelopes at the 11th hour before the AGM, or posting them out as members join.
  • Co-ordinating SCDA Event Dates.
  • Organising trophies and rosettes for SCDA Party.
  • Answering questions from possible or actual members by phone or email – not many per year.
  • Receiving training clinic applications and passing on to the organisers, Jane Isaac and Rebecca March, and the Treasurer, Louise McCutcheon.
  • Organising AGM in February at Blair Drummond hall annually – booking hall/P.A./caterers/ Tea/Coffee/AGM agenda and minutes/succession planning of directors.
  • Keep database of Driver Competence details.
  • Keep database of Event Risk Assessments.
  • Book paramedics for each season for Club Events and Raehills regional.

    It seems sensible for the new secretary to take over as soon as possible as co-ordinating dates will start shortly, and with this present lull in activities it will be easier to ease into the post.

I look forward to hearing from potential volunteers as soon as possible, please.  You can use the contact page or email me at the address below.

Keep safe,
Eileen
secretary@scda.co.uk


Latest update from Horsescotland
22nd May 2020

Following the Scottish Government announcing its road map out of the COVID-19 crisis, Horsescotland has compiled a few reminders about changes we may see within the equestrian sector as we move forward to Phase One.  For all the details see this post.


A message from the Training Clinic organisers

SCDA training clinics are definitely cancelled until the end of July.  The SCDA directors will continue to monitor the situation and if restrictions are lifted we are ready to run a clinic at Seacliff in August.  Jan De Boer has been able to move his April air ticket to the August date.

Please do not apply at the moment – we will open up the booking system as soon as we have notice of restrictions being lifted.

In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and well.

Jane Isaac and Rebecca March
8 April 2020


A Message from the Chairman of SCDA
29 March 2020

Dear Members

 I hope this e-mail finds you well and you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

As we near the end of the first week of government lock down I would like to take this opportunity to extend the thanks of SCDA to our members working on the front line and in essential services in what are very testing and trying times.

The world and the United Kingdom are currently facing one of the biggest challenges we have faced in modern times. From the news reports around the world there are some long and difficult days ahead and we look forward to a time when life will return to a semblance of what we remember as normality. It is likely to be some way off but we must remain positive in the ever-changing circumstances created by the virus sweeping the world.

Whilst we would hope this situation passes quickly the early indications are that we will be facing several months of disruption and restrictions to our daily lives. This will have a significant impact on the activities of SCDA and the directors have already taken the difficult decision to cancel all programmed events until restrictions are lifted, in the hope that if and when restrictions are lifted we can resume and resurrect any events still to run.

The Hopetoun team have already made the difficult decision to postpone and then cancel the FEI and National event for 2020 with the next event now scheduled for May 2021.

Some of our members are currently in self-isolation due to age and underlying heath issues. I would urge you if you know anyone locally who may be having to self-isolate, to give them a call and check everything is ok; unlike the 2001 season which was curtailed due to foot and mouth it is more difficult this time as we need to restrict human to human contact.

We will endeavour to stay in touch and provide updates as regularly as possible until things return to what we can regard as normal, as such all published dates for the 2020 season will be regarded as provisional until restrictions are lifted.

For now please stay safe.

Best Regards

Colin Smith
Chairman SCDA


CONGRATULATIONS

Please welcome Zara Margaret Rose March into the world – born 10th March 2020.

Very best wishes to her and her proud parents Jamie and Bex, and to Granny Carol Boswell too!!


Statement from the British Equestrian Federation – COVID-19

The BEF has released a statement regarding the current outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The statement can be read or downloaded here


Website updates…

The training dates published in the SCDA 2020 Omnibus have been added to the events listings page.

The additional Jan de Boer / Carol Boswell dates have been added to the online booking form.

At the recent AGM, it was requested that the SCDA constitution was added to this website.  As a company limited by guarantee, the SCDA is governed by a document called a “Memorandum and Articles of Association” – this is the set of rules and objectives of the company.  You can find a PDF copy of this document in the reference section.


Fountain / Coxhill Spring 2020 events

A message from the Coxhill and Fountain organisers…

Please get your entries in asap (doing so really does help us to organize and plan events)

Given the weather we have been having, remember that horses/ponies don’t have to be competition fit to come to Coxhill or Fountain!

Coxhill is a Grassroots event at the start of the season, and you can drive / long rein as many phases (or as few) as you and your horse are able to!

For the event listings / vaccination requirements, and to download the 2020 Omnibus which has all the event details, please look under the Events menu on the SCDA home page.

p.s. if you wish to compete at Fountain or Coxhill, you must be a current SCDA Member.  For membership details and an online application form, click here


Obituary – Jimmy Park

Jimmy Park, a stalwart of the West of Scotland BDS and SCDA, has sadly passed away.  He had a long interest in driving and showed in private driving classes extensively with great success.  He was also a regular helper when organising the numerous driving trials events held in the West of Scotland.  His speciality was organising the cone driving and he regularly added extra events in which the grooms participated with activities such as rolling the girdle and cleek.  Jimmy organised many fun days for carriage drivers and set out the BDS Long Distance Driving courses at Aberfoyle, including Britain’s first Gold Award event.

Jimmy’s funeral takes place on Friday 28th February at 10.30am at Paisley Crematorium and afterwards at the Riverside Inn, Crosslee.


Updates for 2020

Following a well-attended and very informative Helper’s lunch and AGM, we are pleased to announce that Colin Smith has been elected as Chairman of SCDA.  We wish Colin every success in this role – his contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.  We also welcome Jamie March as a director.

The 2020 omnibus is available for download – please click on the events menu.  You will also be able to download the entry form for 2020 events.  Please remember to enter as early as possible. 

Event dates for 2020 are listed along with the details of vaccination requirements for each event – please click on the links in the events menu.

The updated membership form for 2020 is also available for download or you can complete the form online and pay by BACS.

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events.


Former chairman of SCDA

Dear Members and Friends,

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the passing of Campbell Bosenquet, former chairman of SCDA.

Campbell died peacefully at home with his family at his bedside early on the morning of Sunday 26 January 2020 after a long battle with bowel and liver cancer, which he stoically accomplished with his usual positive outlook on life, and some black humour thrown in by him to help him through some darker days.

Campbell had been in hospital since just after Christmas, but came home last Saturday where he was nursed around the clock by his devoted wife, Carole, his three daughters, Lydia, Victoria and Elinor, and Carole’s sister. He asked to see as many of his friends as possible so the house was very busy, and the family’s hospitality to visitors was second to none.

Colin Smith visited last Saturday and Sheila McNeill and I visited on Wednesday. We joked to him that we were just passing by, which he was amused at!!

He was very weak, but still able to approve articles and schedules for the Omnibus, and was still organising everyone so that he left SCDA in safe hands.

He was very touched and pleased that he was given the ‘Fun and Friendship’ Trophy from SCDA in November and it is in pride of place in their lounge.  The trophy was given by the Rome family in memory of Vivienne, to someone ‘who has made a light-hearted contribution or has lent a helping hand’.  Campbell lent a helping hand to everyone who required it – he was the Mr. Fixit of the Scottish Carriage Driving world and Hopetoun in particular.

There was very little that he could not repair in the middle of a driving field – how many of us have arrived on site with a lorry, ramp, caravan, quad, fridge, cooker, generator or other piece of equipment performing inadequately, and Campbell with his cheery smile, and boyish grin, fixed it?  His blue van had the most amazing array of tools, spare parts, and useful bits for making running repairs to almost anything.  These were all tidily stowed so that he could always find the piece of kit he needed.

We will all fondly remember Campbell and his wee green tractor busy at Hopetoun, moving portaloos, obstacle and arena building etc.

He also ran four very successful Indoor Driving competitions at Fountains each year with his family heavily involved in the organisation required for those.

His outdoor Grassroots Event at Cothal gave many Novice and Young Drivers the opportunity to drive a dressage test, followed by a testing cones course in the morning, before driving a short marathon with four obstacles, two of which were permanent, in the afternoon.  Strawberries and cream completed the afternoon just before Prizegiving.  He very much wished to encourage the younger drivers and helpers to be involved.

SCDA wish to send our condolences to Carole, Elinor, Victoria and Lydia and the extended family,

In sympathy,

Eileen Cornish
SCDA Secretary


SCDA AGM details and 2020 event dates now available

Details of the SCDA AGM and the 2020 event dates are now available.  The 2020 dates are listed on the events listing page.  (note that the Dunbog event is now to be held on 19th April – not the 26th as previously posted).

SCDA Membership for 2020

Memberships for 2020 are now due.  You can join, or renew your membership online.  Click here for all the details.  Alternatively, you can download the entry form here.  All the instructions are on the SCDA Membership page.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on February 15th, more details here.


Latest update to the training clinic bookings process 

Please note the latest change to the booking process for Jan de Boer / Carol Boswell training clinics:

The clinic timetable will be posted at least 7 days before the clinic.  If a member is unable to attend their lesson, unable to arrange a substitute themselves, and notifies the Organiser by 9pm on the Monday before the start of the Clinic, then 50% of their payment will be credited towards a future clinic booking.

Cancellations within 5 days of the start of the clinic will not be refunded.

For full details please see the training clinics page.

Please continue to make bookings through the online booking form


Change to training dates in April 2020

Please note that the training in April 2020 will take place on the 11th/12th, not the 18th/19th as previously announced.  More details about the training here


Fountain EC Indoor Events 13/10 & 27/10/2019

See final results here


Scottish Points League – the final results are in…

Final placings have now been announced.  See the Scottish Points League page for the final 2019 standings


New training dates announced for Winter 2019 / Spring 2020 – ONLINE BOOKING now available!!

Jan de Boer and Carol Boswell will be providing training clinics this coming Winter / Spring 2020.
For more details and an online booking form, see here


Previous articles

Townfoot 2019 results

See latest results here


Results for Auchlishie 

Final results here

Carriage Driving today at Auchlishie. Fun in the water jump!

Posted by Auchlishie Eventing on Sunday, 15 September 2019


 

2019 British Carriagedriving National Championships – Bywell Hall, Northumberland

See all the news from the National Championships here

Hamish Reid
2019 Intermediate Horse National Champion


New website now online!

Welcome to the new look SCDA website. We’ll try to keep the content more up-to-date and post results as soon as they’re available.

We’ve also updated the format so that it’s more accessible on phones and iPads. Probably doesn’t work on stone tablets but hey…

All of this year’s results are available, previous years will be available online soon.

If you have any comments, suggestions or find any issues on the site, please send us a message. There’s a quick and easy form to fill in on the site or you can send an email to website@scda.co.uk

Mike


Lourin Fair 2019 – results online here


Raehills 2019 – results online here

Anna Grace – Obstacle 1

Dalmeny 2019 – results online here

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