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Call for Stewards!

We’re looking for volunteers to help at the Townfoot event which takes place on the 17th & 18th August. If you’re available to come along for either or both days, but especially Sunday 18th (marathon day), you’d be given a warm welcome and lunches / snacks will be provided. It’s a very friendly event and easy to get to – just off the A702 between Biggar and West Linton.

For more details or to let us know you can come along, please contact Callum Dougan on 07535 313471, or drop an email to townfootstewards@gmail.com Thanks – and we look forward to seeing you there.


Tara Wilkinson – SCDA Training in Aberdeenshire 5th-6th August 2024

Venue: Hillhead Steading, Cothal, Fintray, AB21 0HU.
By kind permission of Elinor Bosanquet.

BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN

We are delighted to be able to offer this training up in the Aberdeenshire area and very excited to meet Tara and hear about her recent travels. Team Wilkinson are very busy competing and training and we are very fortunate that Tara has managed to squeeze us in to her busy schedule.

Training sessions will consist of 45-minute individual slots at a cost of £55 per session. To book, please email trainingaberdeenshire@gmail.com. No booking is confirmed until payment is received. Please note that no refunds will be issued in the event of cancellation unless the space can be filled by another driver.

For full details of this training event – please see this post.


Seacliff National and Club event – 22nd/23rd June 2024

Champion Bex March and Reserve Champion Susie Don

All of the weekend’s results are now available. Well done to all our winners and everyone who took part in the competition. Thanks to all the helpers and volunteers who’ve made this a wonderful event.




Rebecca March Training – Organised by Vicky Largue
6th-7th July 2024

By kind permission of Nicola and Philip Craigen
Braeside Croft, Durno, Inverurie, AB51 5ER

We are delighted to be able to offer a new training event in the Aberdeenshire area. For full details, please see this post


The late Tommy Fawcett

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of another carriage driving great.

Tommy Fawcett passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday 3rd June 2024, after many years of heart problems, including a heart attack in 1994, and a triple heart bypass seven years ago.

A beloved Dad and Grandad, Tommy was also a much-loved member of the carriage driving community, that we are all proud to be members of. We were so lucky to have him with us for so long. His knowledge, wit and kindness will be missed by all who knew him.

Tommy was an Honorary member of SCDA, and a frequent visitor to SCDA Events, including as Show Director at Hopetoun for many years. He helped the Raehills team to establish that event and gave valuable advice in his lovely, quiet but respected manner. He was often seen in his judging role too. Tommy was a true gentleman and a great ambassador for the sport. He will be very sadly missed and we offer our sincere condolences to his widow, Elaine, his children Adam, Robert and Sarah, and grandson Sam (also an SCDA member) and Tommy’s other five grandchildren, all of whom he enjoyed being with so much. A true family man, now re-united with his first wife, Barbara.


Hopetoun National and SCDA Club Event 24th-26th May 2024

Hopetoun 2024 – the final results are in. Thanks to all the competitors who participated, our judges, stewards and helpers who did a fantastic job in spite of the weather conditions. We’re grateful to the A-team, Morag our event organizer, our sponsors and supporters without whom this event would not happen. Wishing everyone a safe journey home and onto Seacliff in a couple of weeks’ time.

Click below for the final results – just one note, the Gateway competition had to be curtailed because of the weather conditions, so their results appear under the “Dressage + Cones” category.


Cardross Event 11th-12th May 2024

Congratulations to Ian Bertram, our 2024 Cardross Event champion and Joyce Simpson, our reserve champion.

Thanks to Sanchia, Patsy and all the team who put in so much hard work to create a lovely event in a stunningly beautiful estate. Thanks also to Carol Lumsden our judge, Yvonne Anderson our course designer, and all the volunteers who came along to help out over the two days of the event.

Huge thanks to our sponsors Benview Garden Centre and to our hosts Sir Archie and Lady Orr Ewing, Cardross Estate

We’re all off to Hopetoun in a couple of weeks’ time. Hope to see you there.

In the meantime, you can find all the weekend’s results by clicking on the following link:


Training Dates

The training dates for Summer 2024 have been updated. Please see the training events page. For all bookings, please email training@scda.co.uk


Hopetoun website now live!!

It’s great to be able to announce that the Hopetoun event has its very own website. There’s lot of information about the event, carriage driving in general, how you can get involved, links to enter the event and much more. Take a look now at hopetoun.scda.co.uk. Many thanks to Callum Dougan for his work in designing and building the website!


Dunbog Event 21st April – Cancelled

Message from the organizers at Dunbog:

A further assessment has been made of the Dunbog ground conditions, the weather forecasts and the views of the Oakden family. It is quite clear we have to cancel the event for this year due to flooded ground.

Refunds of entry money will be made in due course, we are sorry for the disappointment but this is completely outwith anyone’s control


Progression from Novice to Open

Quick reminder that the rules for 2024 can be found in this post. You can also find a link to this on the reference page.


Strathallan event 28th/29th September 2024

Details of this new event are now on the website events page, where you can download the schedule, along with schedules for all of this season’s other events.


Reminder about entry closing dates…

Please note that the SCDA committee has asked event organisers to take a firm approach to closing dates this year to try to eradicate the last-minute culture we have seen becoming an increasing issue.

We thank you for making sure that you enter all events this season before the closing date. To avoid disappointment, please enter as soon as you are able – one event this year has already been oversubscribed and entries were turned away before the closing date!

Our Points League is kindly sponsored by Gee Gee Rugwash. Please support the businesses who support our sport. Ian is happy to collect rugs at each event and return them to you at the following one.


Instagram

We now have an Instagram account!! (thanks to Sanchia). We’d love pictures or video clips of you and your turnouts – here’s the link…

https://www.instagram.com/scottish_carriage_driving_scda/


AGM

Thanks to everyone who turned out to our Helpers’ Lunch and AGM. Our guest speaker Roly Owers, Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare, gave a fascinating talk covering a wide range of topics, but with focus on Social Licencing and the public perception of horse sports in general. We also heard from Lucy Barclay-Carr from HorseScotland (SCDA is now a member of HorseScotland), and met Chairman John Burns. We’re looking forward to working closely with HorseScotland and we’ll be highlighting some of the exciting work being undertaken by them, by World Horse Welfare and their partners.

In the meantime, for more information about Roly, please see this link to his bio on the WHW site: https://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/about-us/our-people/staff

Chairman Graeme MacArthur, in his review of 2023, highlighted the “what3words” he would use to summarize last year: “Successful”, “Transitional” and “Encouraging”. He gave an upbeat assessment of the 2023 season and we’re looking forward to another exciting and successful season in 2024. He thanked Eileen for producing the Omnibus and OPG for its support in designing and producing it. (he also pointed out that the what3words location success.transition.encourage is just off the coast of Hawaii – but that doesn’t mean that next year’s AGM will be held there!!!)

One point that Graeme mentioned in respect of the coming events season: most events this year will have a zero-tolerance policy towards late entries. Late entries cause nightmares for organizers and officials – so please respect the closing dates for entries. They are shown on the events page, in the Omnibus, and reminders will be posted on Facebook.

On that subject, note that the closing date for the Strathorn event (which will be held on 2nd March 2024) is Monday 19th Feb.

The minutes of the AGM will be published shortly and will be uploaded to the reference page.


SCDA Membership 2024

The updated membership page is now available. It contains all the details about the benefits of SCDA membership, the 2024 membership fees and a link to the online form or downloadable application form. Please use the menu option above or click on this link.


Website updates

We draw your attention to this post (Disclaimer of Liability), you can find it listed in the Recent Posts and also in the main reference section.


SCDA Welfare Liaison

Equestrian sport (in all its various forms) is coming under ever-increasing scrutiny from the public and, most notably, animal rights protestors.  The SCDA Directors have therefore created a specific Welfare Liaison role on the Committee, to inform and assist our members on the emerging concerns and actions that may be required from this complex area of Equine Welfare.

I am delighted to inform you that Sanchia May has volunteered to take up this role as part of her (many!) existing activities on the SCDA Committee.  Please join me in thanking Sanchia for taking on this important new role.

Graeme MacArthur
SCDA Chairman


Website updates

SCDA has adopted the British Equestrian Safeguarding Policy. This policy is available on the website under the “Other Pages” menu option, on the reference page and also can accessed via this link. It is important that all members of SCDA read, understand and implement the key principles of safeguarding as set out in the BEF policy and should apply that policy itself as far as they can.


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.