Sunday, 26th May - Grass Roots Introduction to Showing at Grayswood Carriage Driving Centre, Lowhill Farm, Portsmouth Road, Fishers Pond, Hampshire, SO50 7HF 10am - 1pm. This is aimed at the beginner who wants to have a go at showing but doesn't know where to start! We will look at correct clothing, shoes, hats, gloves, aprons, etc. Vehicles, harness and correct show ring etiquette. There will be a demonstration on what to do when in the ring! £5 per person to include tea and coffee. All money raised today will go towards funding this year's Hampshire Area Show. To book in please ring Sam Searle on 07883 538591 or <e-mail >
Wednesday, 29th May - Spider Drive. Unfortunately, as Amy Tripp is unwell, Ian and Amy are unable to host the drive in Minstead. However, there will still be a picnic drive in the forest on that day and the new location is by the gate from Roe Inclosure onto Kings Garden. Access from Milkham, Amies Corner, South Slufters, or the A31 underpass. Please contact Sue Craufurd-Kennedy on 01425 272211 by Friday 24th May for further details and to book in. If you have previously booked for the original event to the Tripps, there is no need to ring her unless you want to cancel.
Sunday, 2nd June - Interval Drive at Bisterne Manor near Ringwood by kind invitation of Hallam and Lal Mills. Bring your own picnic to have at 11:30am.Turnouts will then leave at 5 minute intervals after lunch. Suggested minimum donation of £10 for Bisterne Church will be collected on the day. To book please contact Sue Craufurd-Kennedy on 01425 272211 before 28th May.
Wednesday, 5th June - Spider Drive & Lunchtime BBQ to Anderwood from 12.30pm, in aid of Cancer Research UK. £10 per head to include salads, bread, strawberries and cream, tea and coffee and soft drinks. Bring your own meat to put on the BBQ. Names to Georgina Burrows by Friday 31st May on 02380 283433.
Sunday 14th July - Summer Driving Camp
at Lowhill Farm from 2pm on the Friday
until Sunday afternoon. Bring your own turnout and lorry/caravan/tent. Lots of
things to do throughout the day such as dressage, cones, obstacles, treasure
hunt around the farm, lunging, long reining, horse agility, etc.
The weekend will include Friday and Saturday evening food (BBQ/ Hog Roast/ fish and chip supper) and entertainment - music /disco, quiz, fun and games. On the Friday evening Mickey Page, Country and Western star, will be making a return appearance.
These evenings will also be open to all BDS members and friends at a cost of £20 per person Friday and £15 pp Saturday.
The weekend will finish with afternoon tea on Sunday along with results and rosettes.
Cost of driving camp is £180 per turnout for the three days-inclusive of food and entertainment for two people. Limited stables available at extra cost – please ask for details and to book.
The camp will only run if there are enough participants, so please contact Sam Searle on 07883 538591 ASAP to register your interest.
Saturday August 3rd - Young Driver’s Day to be held at Lowhill Farm. Open to all juniors, who do NOT have to be members of the BDS to join in. Please contact Sam Searle on 07883 538591 for further details.
Sunday August 18th
Hampshire BDS Annual Area Show
at New Park, Brockenhurst.
New classes for 2019. For Schedules & Entry Forms, click on the links below
or send a sae to Caroline Douglas, Valley Farm, Arnewood Bridge Road,
Brockenhurst, Hampshire. SO41 6DA.
Thursday 26th September - Cream Tea Spider Drive to Burley Outer Rails Cottage for 12 noon, by kind invitation of Tracey and Ian Thew. Cost £5 per person. Please contact Sue Craufurd-Kennedy on 01425 272211 by Friday 20th September for further details and to book in.Friday - Sunday, 27th to 29th September - Annual New Forest Driving Weekend
Please remember, all BDS Members of any Area (including Hampshire Area Members taking part in Hampshire Area Drives) must be fully paid-up members of the BDS before taking part in BDS organized Driving Events (with the exception of training events which take place in a suitable enclosed area). Hampshire Area would also recommend that all whips participating in one of our Driving Events have their Membership Card with them at the time.
We have been asked by the Forestry Commission to kindly remind our members that we are allowed to drive on gravel tracks only and not across the lawn areas of the forest.
The path within the Aldridgehill Inclosure between the Keepers Cottage and the Rhinefield Road is designated as unsuitable for carriages. As there isn't a continuous gravel track, we should not be using it, although special permission may sometimes be granted at certain times of year following consultation. This is a particularly sensitive area with young deer and the Area is keen to cooperate with The Forestry Commission's request.
And finally a reminder to drivers to please have their forest permit disks displayed on either the harness or vehicle so as to avoid embarrassment if they are checked as the Forestry Commission continue to make random checks.