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Indoor Driving Trials in October

We have secured new venues for the October Indoor Trials:
10th October – Ardmedden Equestrian, Oldmeldrum AB51 0AG
24th October – Ladyleys Equestrian, Oldmeldrum AB51 0DR

Entries for the Ladyleys Equestrian event close this Thursday (14th October). To enter please visit the Indoor carriage driving UK site

Email problems!

Unfortunately, for technical reasons, we’ve been having issues with emails addressed to the SCDA secretary. The issue has now been resolved and Sheila is catching up on the backlog. Apologies to anyone affected by this. We have been working with our internet service provider and taken steps to avoid it happening again in the future.

Cancellation of Garth & Coxhill events

Unfortunately, neither the Garth event nor the Coxhill event will be going ahead due to the very low numbers of entries.

SCDA end of season party

Here’s the date and the details…

Saturday 16th October – venue: Huntingtower Hotel, Perth

There will be a prizegiving at 6.30pm followed by 2 course buffet meal.
We’ll be partying to the band “Squeeze n Teaze”
Tickets £40.00 to be reserved from Susan Don (
Accommodation can be booked direct with the hotel on 01738 583771 quoting “SCDA party”. Room rates are £80 single or £90.00 twin/double.

See you there!!!

BC National Championships 2021

Well done to the SCDA members who qualified for and competed at the National Championships at Ashfields this weekend (13-15th August).

Not only did we have some great individual performances, but SCDA won the title of “Best Affiliated Club”

Carol Boswell won the marathon in the Advanced Horse FEI 2* class, and finished second overall.

Susie Don won the dressage phase of the competition, and finished 4th in the Open Pony class, with Patsy Muir-Simpson finishing in 6th place.

In the Novice Pony class, Yvonne Anderson finished 7th.

Having won the dressage in the Pony Tandem class, unfortunately Sanchia May had to withdraw after the marathon.

Wishing all the competitors, helpers, sponsors and officials a safe journey home.

Thanks to the sponsors of the Championships from the SCDA area: Riding and Harness Stuff (Sanchia May), OPG (Owen & Janet Pilling) and Paddockhall Farm (Ruth & John Martin).

Hopetoun BC National / SCDA Club Event
(23rd – 25th July)

Message from your webmaster / scorers…

First of all – thank you to everyone who entered Hopetoun’s July 2021 event and made it such a wonderful competition. We were blessed with glorious weather – but enough of a breeze to make it comfortable for competitors and horses (and dogs!!). The Hopetoun Estate is such a beautiful venue – our thanks to the Marquess of Linlithgow and the Earl and Countess of Hopetoun for permission to hold our events there.

If you have any feedback or comments on the event, we’d love to hear from you. You can send us a message here, or head over to our facebook page and leave a comment there.

Events would not take place without the generous support from our sponsors. Margo and Gerald Smith have been major sponsors of Hopetoun for many years and for this we are truly grateful – they also sponsor the shower facilities for which so many competitors and officials (us included) are appreciative!!! Their venues Netherby Hall and the Pentonbridge Inn were kind sponsors of Obstacle 7. Owen and Janet Pilling (OPG) sponsored Obstacle 1, Paddockhall Farm and Holidays Cottages (Ruth and John Martin) sponsored Obstacle 2. Benview Garden Centre (Wendy Scott) sponsored Obstacle 3 and the flowers around the main arena. The Spirited Bond (Tom MacArthur, son of competitors Pam & Graeme MacArthur) sponsored Obstacle 4 . Halspan Ltd (Ruth and John Martin) sponsored Obstacle 6. Thank you to all of our sponsors.

So much work goes on behind the scenes – Jane Isaac our event organiser, the A-team, the stewards convenors, the event secretary, the stable managers all work long hours to make things just “happen”. We have an amazing set of volunteers who steward the obstacles, the main arena, man the road crossings, provide lunches – anything they are asked to do. Our judges and their writers, our safety officer, our commentator, our TD and probationary TD all travelled quite some distance to contribute to the success of the event. Thank you to everyone who has helped in the run up to the event and during the three days of the event itself.

It’s great to be able to announce that several SCDA members have qualified this weekend for the National Championships:

Novice Pony: Katie Cameron
Open Single Pony: Patsy Muir-Simpson
Open Pony Pairs: Ian Gilbert & Hamish Reid
Pony Tandems: Faith Szczuka
Pony Fours: Mary Kusin
Open Single Horse: Susan Henry, Margo Smith and Lyndsey Brown

Full results can be found using the link below.

Best wishes,
Mike & Louise

Seacliff Event – 3rd / 4th July

Final results are now available

Hopetoun – June 2021

Congratulations to SCDA members who competed at Hopetoun and qualified for the National Championships:

Yvonne Anderson – Novice Pony
Stephie White – Open Single Pony
Sanchia May – Pony Tandems
Carol Boswell – Advanced Single Horse (2*)

All of the results can be found on the BritishCarriagedriving website (link opens in a new window).

Huge thanks to all those who took part, and to everyone who helped in any way – as stewards, course builders, obstacle painters, A-team, judges, organizers, commentator, stable managers – it was a great team effort and in spite of some restrictions, it proved once again to be an enjoyable and friendly event. A personal thanks from us (Mike & Louise) to those of you who worked with us to get dressage sheets and marathon scores and timings to us electronically. It made the job of producing results very straightforward and remarkably quick and safe. There’s room for improvement (I know that getting an internet signal at the start of A was a real challenge) but we got some very positive feedback and we look forward to using this system again at Seacliff. If you have any comments you would like to share on any aspects of the event, please feel free to send us a message – just click here.

We had a lot of positive feedback about the new Gateway classes – well done to all the competitors and congratulations to Stephie, Dougie and Lorraine who won their classes.

We’re heading to Seacliff this coming weekend – look forward to seeing you there, or at any of the events throughout the season.

News archive

Previous stories have now been archived, but are still available online. Click the link here and you’ll be able to read news from the past couple of years.