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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…


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:

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.

Officials Training update

British Carriagedriving is holding a series of clinics in March for judges and officials, at Cricklands and at Rheged (Penrith) for Club Course Designers (potential and present) – details can be found in the following link:

To encourage attendance, British Carriagedriving does not charge attendance for these clinics.

In addition, to encourage SCDA members to participate, the club is willing to contribute to members’ travel and accommodation expenses, up to a maximum of £150 per person.  If you want to take advantage of this offer, simply drop an email to with the return mileage and accommodation details from your trip.

The club contribution to your expenses will be calculated at 20p per mile and £50 per night accommodation.  We appreciate that a trip to Cricklands will almost certainly exceed the £150 maximum, so car-sharing is encouraged, but we will leave accommodation sharing to individual discretion.

Graeme MacArthur
Chair, SCDA

On behalf of the SCDA Committee

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.

Looking back at 2023

We had a wonderful mix of indoor, outdoor and training events throughout the year. To round it off, the SCDA annual party was held at the Huntingtower hotel back in November.

First up – thanks again to Ian Bertram of Gee Gee Rug Wash for sponsoring the Points League. The 2023 winners were:

Single Horse: Ian Bertram
Single Pony: Susan Don
Horse Pairs: Elinor Bosanquet
Pony Pairs: Hamish Reid
VSE: Cathy Duff
Multiples: Sanchia May
Club Novice: Robert Elliot
Young Driver: Sam Rhodes

The beautiful Points League rosettes

A number of special awards were also presented:

Buddy Trophy: Team Seacliff Carriage Driving
Archie Donald Quaich: Mike McCutcheon
Graham Murray Trophy: Hamish Reid
Melville Trophy: Cathy Duff
Braxfield Jack Trophy: Sam Rhodes
Fun and Friendship Trophy: Alan Clark and Ann Miller

Alan Clark & Ann Miller – awarded the Fun and Friendship Trophy

That just left the serious job of partying, and silly games to be won. Winners of the ICED prize (Imaginary Cones Eliminations Dance) were Joyce Simpson and Brian Don. They navigated an eye-watering variety of elimination cones:

  • exposing all four knees
  • having a third nipple
  • rolling tongues
  • >10 year age gap
  • 4-eyed homochromatism, and
  • black underwear!

Well – they look happy with their prizes

Here’s to another enjoyable and successful season in 2024!!

Website updates

Event and training dates for 2024 have now been published (click on the links, or see the main menu).

The 2024 membership form is now available – click here to go to the membership details page. The event entry form will be available shortly – please check again soon.

The rules for progression from Novice to Open have been revised for 2024 – please see this post

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.

Gee Gee Rug Wash / SCDA Points League 2023

The final results are in…

You can download this as a PDF by clicking on this link

Coxhill Results 15th October 2023

Congratulations to overall champion Jade Christie. Full results can be found in this post

Brechin event – final results posted

Day two started bright and breezy, perfect for a marathon day.

We’ve had some excellent marathon scores, and a very close run final result with Ian Bertram ahead of Alan McIndoe by less than a point to claim overall champion at Brechin 2023.

On this link you’ll now find all of the final results.

Thanks to the estate owners, our organisers Sanchia and Susie, our judges, stewards and helpers, and all the competitors who took part.

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

Townfoot event -final results online

That’s it – competition over for another year. Click on this link to see the final results. Thanks to all the stewards, helpers, our hosts Gerald and Margo, Graeme and Pam, organizer Hamish, and all the competitors who made this a great event.

New SCDA Secretary

Eileen Cornish was recently appointed as SCDA Secretary, taking over from Sheila McNeill, who has a change in her work commitments.

The SCDA Directors extend a huge thank you to Sheila for her commitment to the post, and thank her for remaining as a Director.

Hopetoun National and SCDA Club Event May 2023

Cathy Duff

Click here for the full set of results from the Hopetoun May event.

Cardross 2023 event – final results now posted

Final results from the Cardross 2023 SCDA Club event are now available online – please click here for all the details.

Huge thanks to all our stewards & helpers without whom these events would not run, Zoe our judge and all the other officials, Sanchia and Patsy our organizers, and especially to the competitors who turned out for what proved to be a wonderful, sunny and super fun event. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks at Hopetoun!

SCDA Executive Committee

After over 4 years in each of their roles as Chairman and Treasurer, both Colin Smith and Louise McCutcheon have decided that it’s time to step back from their Officer roles within the Executive Committee. We are sure you will want to join us in thanking them for their huge contribution to date, and we are grateful that they will both continue to serve as Directors on the Committee.

In terms of their replacements, Graeme MacArthur has offered to step up to the role of Chairman and Sharron Vass has offered to replace Graeme as Event Liaison. Both these appointments have been unanimously agreed by the Committee and so Colin, Graeme and Sharron will now work on a quick handover of duties.

The Committee has decided not to fill the role of Treasurer from the existing Committee members. We are therefore immediately embarking on a process to find the right candidate, from our existing membership or beyond, to take over this important role from Louise. To that end, anyone who feels they have the right skills and who wishes to register an interest should send an email to

Policy and guidance documents

In addition to the Safeguarding Policy, we’ve now published the SCDA Whistleblowing Policy and Equality Policy documents. You can find them in the reference page and also in this year’s Omnibus.

Please also see the following post:

SCDA advice regarding vaccinations

Should you have any queries on any of the above, please contact the SCDA Secretary at

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.