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Member News

Here you will find reports and pictures on member news and achievements as well as interesting news from the area.


If you are a Hampshire member and have done something exciting with your horse or pony then please send it to us by emailing  We love to hear what our members get up to.

BDS Annual Show success

Congratulations to our Hampshire member Josie and her Shetland Milly with their achievements at the BDS Annual show at Smiths Lawn on Sunday! Josie has said …… This will probably never happen to me again in my lifetime. Sharptor Emily received 2 X 1st placings and a 3rd at the British Driving Society Annual Show Windsor yesterday. She also received British Driving Society Best Shetland Trophy, Blue Chintz Best Shetland trophy and the Mountain and Moorland Trophy across these classes. She also qualified for the Supreme Private Driving Championships, however she was also on the Concours d'Elegance drive around Windsor so could not be in two places at once. She came back from the drive without a sweat. Special thanks to my groom Summer on the day. Also Di who generously volunteered to help me clean my harness last week, this was especially helpful. Thank you to my Shetland pony Milly.
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First win for new team

Well done to Willow Holland and Coko who attended their first show of the season recently. A superb result of 1st Novice, 1st Open and then Driving Champion. Coko has only recently been broken to drive and this is a great result early in your driving career!
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Southern Shetland Group Show winners

Lin Sayers and Boris had a great result at the Southern Shetland Group show on 7th April 2024. 1st Veteran (his first veteran class) and best gelding. 1st open Shetland ring two 3rd standard Shetland 6th solid colour And reserve ring two champion. Well done Lin and Boris (Hornblower of Crafton)!
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Rally Miles completed

A massive well done to our AAC Sarah Simmons who has completed her rally miles with the British Driving Society - she has driven 200 miles on bds drives, events, etc with her lovely cob Petal. Sarah’s hasn’t been driving for that many years and petal was a young pony when she started with her so she’s done really well - well done
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AGM November 2023

A big well done to everyone who was awarded a veteran award at the BDS AGM last weekend - - Gillian Shorter with Bobby - Sally Johnstone with Fred - Roger Page with Grayswood Philandera, and - Roger Page with Grayswood Sioux Chief Well done to Gill who also won the award for the most miles covered in England. Well done guys xx
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Save the date - Kids Camp 2024

Calling all willing young drivers, that would like to attend the young drivers camp in August. How about joining the Young Drivers BDS membership now, instead of waiting to come to camp? The society offers opportunities to participate fully and enjoy the experience of driving a pony and carriage even if you don’t have access to a turnout at home. At our training days and annual camps you use experienced driving ponies and horses and everything is provided for you. This has been the starting point for many young drivers who have then gone on to participate fully in the driving activities offered such as trec, showing and rallies.
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