Progression from Novice to Open

In the interests of good sportsmanship the directors have reviewed the novice results from 2017 forwards, and have agreed that no novice competitor will be required to move up to open for the 2022 season. Please note that for the 2023 season the previously published progression requirements will take effect.

However, in order to assist our novices with their progression we will be allowing a choice of dressage test in the open single classes which will include the BC Novice Test in addition to the tests already being offered.

Dunbog event – general information for competitors (updated 14/4/2022)

Running Order for Sunday 17th April 2022
Open Pony / FEI 2*
1 Susan Don10:00
2 Patsy Muir Simpson10:10
Novice Pony / BC Novice Test
3 Jane Squirrell10:20
4 Vicki Largue10:30
5 Wendy Scott10:40
6 Jade Christie10:50
7 Laura Chaffe11:00
8 Rachel Stewart11:10
15 min break
Pony Pairs / Test 2
9 Ian Gilbert11:35
10 Hamish Reid11:45
Small Pony / Test 2
11 Sasha Crookston11:55
Open Pony / Test 2
12 Heather Reid12:05
13 Pam MacArthur12:15
14 Janet Pilling12:25
25 min break
Multiples / Test 2
15 Sanchia May13:00
16 Margo Smith13:10
Open Horse / Test 2
17 Lyndsey Brown13:20
Open Horse / FEI 3*
18 Ian Bertram13:30

Kindly PRINT your own competitor number in a LARGE and LEGIBLE format.

Anyone on a carriage (i.e. groom as well as driver) must wear hard hats in the cones (and will not be penalised for also wearing hard hats in the dressage).

Don’t forget you must also be wearing hard hats and body protectors for the marathon obstacles.

Please also note that you may take a break in between dressage/cones and the marathon obstacles and are not required to do all 3 phases altogether.

1] The format of the event will be dressage at your scheduled time, followed by the cones and obstacles. There is no allotted time for you to complete the cones and obstacle phases. However, please be courteous to the event organiser and your fellow competitors ensuring that there is an even flow of competitors through the cones and obstacle phases. It is suggested that competitors do dressage followed by cones.

2] Grooms can stand through all phases if they wish.

3] For anyone who wishes, horses / ponies can be led through the water without carriages attached, prior to the event proper.

4] There is no grazing at Dunbog and the owners ask that we respect this

5] No carriages and animals are to be taken along past the Stable buildings to save stress on competing ridden horses. Competitors should use the long way around track.

6] We will post numbers and running order a few days before on the this website. Please would entrants print out their own numbers.

7] We start at 10.00am on Sunday morning

8] Due to the amount of horses around, any dogs must be fully under control at all times.

John Bates (Bates Sound) – Obituary

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that John Bates died on the 27th February 2022.

Jane Isaac writes:

John and Sarah have been such an important part of the Hopetoun National and FEI events ever since I took over as the Event Organiser in 2008, and probably long before that. The sight of the Bates Sound entourage rolling into Hopetoun through the Blue Gate really signified the start of the event.

It was only at the last National/FEI event before Covid shut us down that he and Sarah finally admitted that it was time for the A Team to help with knocking in the posts for the radio masts! John was always charming and helpful and I am sure that Sarah will miss his support terribly – we all will.

On a personal note, my memory will be of John being a wonderful friend to Louise and me, not only sorting out the microphones, speakers, radios and all the communications so vital to us as scorers – but just anything we needed help with at Hopetoun. He had a lovely, gentle sense of humour, always had a twinkle in his eye, and as Jane says, we will all miss him.

Mike McCutcheon

Event Schedules 2022

Please find below the schedules for events in 2022. You can also find the schedules by visiting our Events Listing page and clicking on the blue links on the right hand side of the page.

These are all PDF files – if you have any problems opening or reading the files, please send me an email ( and I’ll take a look. Thanks!

Dunbog – 17th April (revised 20/3/2022 – correction to dressage test options)
Cardross – 7th/8th May
Hopetoun (1) – 27th-29th May
Cothal – 11th June
Seacliff – 2nd/3rd July
Hopetoun (2) – 30th/31st July
Lourin Fair – 13th/14th August
Townfoot – 20th/21st August
Coxhill – 16th October

Please use the SCDA 2022 Entry Form (v2 – revised 20/3/2022) – you can download it by clicking on this link.

Ardmedden Indoor Events 2022

Please find the schedule for the Ardmedden Indoor Events here. The entry form should be sent to Victoria Moore – see schedule for details.

Update: Please use the SCDA 2022 entry form (revised 20/3/2022) – if you’ve already entered using the indoor events entry form, no need to resend!


Results for the Ardmedden Spring Events are now available on the Indoor Carriagedriving website: