News archive

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 )

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

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 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

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

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:

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


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