News archive

Training with Anna Grayston

As mentioned, unfortunately we’ve had to cancel the May training that was planned. Hopefully Anna will be able to come to Scotland later in the year – we’ll keep you posted on the website and on facebook..

Anna is one of very few UKCC Level 4 Coaches and is also a BDS Accredited Coach. Her achievements are too plentiful to mention but one of her greatest being World Pony Pairs Champion and Gold Medalist. She has a wealth of knowledge with all levels and combinations of turnout and has a very positive and supportive manner.

We wish her a speedy recovery!

John Bates (Bates Sound)

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that John Bates died at the end of February 2022. Please see this post for more details.

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 (susan.don@scda.co.uk)
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.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

It is with much sadness we hear today of the passing of one of the founding members of our sport of driving trials, and long-time supporter of our events in Scotland – His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness was a strong supporter of our national events in Scotland as a competitor and, more recently, as an obstacle steward making the annual pilgrimage to Hopetoun House to accompany, among others, Bobby Simson on the water obstacle.

Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family at this time.

Colin Smith
Chair, SCDA

(You may like to read an obituary on https://www.britishcarriagedriving.co.uk/ )


Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Carriage Driving Association – 15th April 2021 at 7.30pm (by zoom)

Dear Members

On behalf of all the SCDA Chair and Directors, I hope this message finds you all well and staying sane (though sanity is doubtful anyway when one owns an equine!)

As we have been unable to hold our usual Helpers’ Lunch and AGM at Blair Drummond this year, we have arranged an online “meeting” which we hope as many of you as possible will be able to join. We recognise that not everyone will have access to a computer but it is possible to join by telephone too.

Instructions are given on the Notice of AGM which can be downloaded here. Members should also have received minutes of the previous AGM and summary accounts. If you would like to receive a copy of these, please contact me via the contact form.

If you have questions to be raised at the AGM, please email them to me by Sunday 11th April via the contact form, or you can use the “chat” feature during the actual meeting.

Unfortunately, it looks like the lockdown rules won’t be sufficiently relaxed for one member with “the technology” to team up with another who may not, so hopefully the above will accommodate everyone.

Best wishes
Sheila McNeill, SCDA Secretary
secretary@scda.co.uk


Cancellation of SCDA events in March and April 2021

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to cancel all SCDA events planned for March and April 2021. For more details see the post here. We do hope to be able to run the Dunbog event later in the year. The updated event and training dates list is here.


The Late Barry Hilditch

Barry died recently and director Eileen Cornish was asked by our Chairman to send a sympathy card on behalf of SCDA to his wife Judy and their family.

Barry was a very good friend of SCDA and supported us as a steward in recent years. Previous to that, he had been a backstepper for Judy until ill health overtook him.

He was always supportive to all, and a very helpful mentor to our director Eileen Cornish as a National Organiser.

A true gentleman with a wealth of carriage driving experience and knowledge, he was always willing to help everyone in any way he could.

His obituary can be found on the British Carriagedriving website


SCDA directors’ meeting 12th November 2020

The minutes of the recent meeting of the SCDA directors are now available for download here.


British Carriagedriving Privacy Notice

As SCDA is a club affiliated to British Carriagedriving, the privacy notice published on the British Carriagedriving website applies to members of SCDA. The notice is attached here for your information.


SCDA directors’ meeting 10th September 2020

The minutes of the recent meeting of the SCDA directors are now available for download here.


GB Pod Training 8th & 9th September

Last week we welcomed POD training to Scotland for the first time with trainer Robert Buck ably organised by Julie Camm. The clinic was well attended by drivers from far and wide ranging from the Scottish Highlands as well as Central and Southern Scotland, we even managed to tempt Deborah Daniel over the border to the north. It was a great two-day clinic and lovely to catch up with everyone after such a long dry spell. We welcomed some drivers new to the training clinics as well as the junior driver Katie Cameron driving Claire’s wonderful cob Jim.

I think everyone was delighted with the training and left feeling inspired to carry on and improve.

Huge thanks must go to Owen and Janet Pilling for hosting the clinic and being thoroughly helpful and welcoming.


SCDA directors’ meeting 20th July 2020

The minutes of the recent meeting of the SCDA directors are now available for download here.


Training update

We are sorry that our training opportunities for 2020 have not materialized – we had a lot planned for 2020 and coronavirus has changed many things, including that plan.

Hopefully, many of you can continue with some form of riding and driving and training in the meantime and will have seen the updates on potential competitions on the BC website.

We know that some of you have been getting involved with the Eye Spy Training with the GB POD Training Group. Feedback from this has been really positive – ‘complements what I learn at the SCDA Training days’, ‘a chance to refresh on the basics’ and ‘as a learner driver I feel very comfortable in commenting and asking questions’. Their training group had hoped to run a ‘taster’ training day for us in Scotland in July, but Covid-19 restrictions are still making it impossible to run a training for more than 2 people at present.

In the meantime, we have attached some information from the  GB POD Training Group  – please get in touch with Julie Camm if you have any questions julie@juliecamm.co.uk 07778 931950

Option 1 On-Line Membership £35.00 which would include:

  •  Inclusion in our GB Pod Training WhatsApp Group
  • Option to Join C19 WhatsApp Group with many short training videos
  • Video Review from home training
  • Eye Spy – member rate £8.00 per session not £10.00
  • Special Member rates for Annual Events
  • Simple Training Plan

Option 2 £75.00 Full Pod Member, includes all of the above plus special member rates for the following:

  • Performance Review (Zoom meeting discussing Aims followed by Preparation of detailed Training Plan)
  •  Special rates at Pod Days – Cost £60.00 per driver to include 2 sessions per driver (driven, ridden, lunge or longrein plus demonstration session. Attendees encouraged to watch other sessions and be involved in discussions. We would have to charge travel at cost and if it was a 2 day clinic would need somewhere to stay. Day rate for training is £350.00
  • Specific Cones Training Days
  • Reduced rates for Training Livery
  • Short Residential Training for Horse and Driver
  • Competition Support at Events,
  • Support if competing abroad.
  • Zoom Review of Competitions, all phases reviewed from video provided.

For any queries about training please contact Rebecca or Jane via secretary@scda.co.uk

Kind regards

SCDA Secretary – Erica Mancini


Raehills Event – cancelled

Raehills event is now officially cancelled – see posting here


GB Pod Training

GB Pod Training is an independent training initiative that has been taking place for some time now and until the Covid-19 lockdown was always a practical session mainly held in the south of the UK. Due to the current restrictions GB Pod have now started Zoom sessions which are aimed at drivers of all levels, judges, and trainers. Films of riders and drivers are watched & commented on by a judge and a trainer, then the Zoom participants are involved through comments and questions.

Carol Boswell, Rebecca March, and Jane Isaac were all invited to participate in a session to find out about it, and found it interesting and helpful. It is in no way intended to be an alternative to the extremely popular training that the SCDA has been offering until now, and intends to resume as soon as is allowed. This is an alternative to keep interest up and challenge our knowledge.

A Zoom Session will last up to 1½ hours and costs £10. There must be a minimum of 8 participants. If you are interested in joining a session, please contact secretary@scda.co.uk


Advice and Guidance for coaches and trainers in Scotland
(effective 28th May 2020)

The following guidance has been issued by the Scottish Government:

One on one personal training or coaching is permitted if it is outdoors, physical distancing can be maintained, and is with members of your household and/or members of 1 other household.

A coach or personal trainer should not deliver training to more than 1 household at any one time or provide training to more than 1 household per day.

When participating in training or coaching, where possible, avoid touching surfaces and sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face.

For Facilities, the guidance is as follows:

Indoor sport facilities must remain closed at this time.

Play parks must also remain closed due to the increased risk of transmission via surfaces such as playground equipment.

Unmanned, open facilities such as outdoor skate parks or cycle pump tracks can be used, with strict physical distancing in place.

Full information can be found here:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/pages/exercise/


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 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


Previous articles

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


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