Welcome to BDS Wales the WELSH Branch of the British Driving Society, an organisation run entirely by volunteers, the aim of which is to ‘encourage and assist those interested in equine driving’.

The BDS Welsh Branch is run by an elected Committee who meet three times a year which includes the members AGM which is held at the end of the calendar year in November. BDS Wales is sub-divided into seven regions headed by Area Commissioners (AC), who always welcome enquiries about driving and are the first person you should contact, if for example, you are new to driving or want to check out any activities arranged by the various areas. The Committee is made up of these seven ACs, the Rights of Way Officer, Young Drivers Representative, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman.

The countryside varies considerably in Wales, with lovely hills, valleys and coastal areas offering many opportunities for carriage driving. Some are perhaps quite challenging but all are enjoyable.

BDS Wales Amroth Drive Carmarthenshire

Activities that are arranged in Wales include those of a leisurely nature, for example; Pleasure drives; Training for Adults/Young drivers, Rallys and Social evenings. For a more competitive edge, events can include; Showing, Trec, Cones and Dressage.  All activities however are conducted in a friendly and relaxed manner, with the emphasis always on everyone being willing to support and if appropriate, offer advice to others with perhaps less experience.

Unique to Wales is the BDS Wales Trec Championship series, the BDS Wales Young Drivers Award, the Young Drivers Summer Camp and currently we have received sponsorship to support two training days for adults from In Harness Magazine which will be aimed at the BDS Road Driving Assessment. These days will be held in North and South Wales to accommodate as many BDS Wales members as possible.

BDS Wales promotes safe driving practices and the welfare of all equines.

BDS Wales Trec Championship

Sunday 11th September 2016

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Upcoming Events

all-day Area 38 West South Wales Drive BDS West South Wales
Area 38 West South Wales Drive
Aug 29 all-day
Area 38 West South Wales Drive from The Cottage Inn near Llandeilo. Move off at 12 noon Distance approx 6 miles. Sunday best dress code please. Kindly catered by The Cottage Inn’.
all-day Amroth Drive @ Amroth Sea Front BDS West Wales
Amroth Drive @ Amroth Sea Front
Sep 3 all-day
Routes: Short, Medium Drive from the sea front at Amroth, along the coastal path and onto quiet lanes. There will be no catering this year, but tea & coffee will be provided. Bring a picnic[...]
all-day Erddig One Day @ Erddig Hall Sontley Farm BDS North East Wales
Erddig One Day @ Erddig Hall Sontley Farm
Sep 10 all-day
Saturday – Help / Training / Cones All BDS Members welcome The cost will be £18.00 for one day or £30.00 for 2 days Please make cheques out to BDS Area 37
all-day Annual Area Show BDS North East Wales
Annual Area Show
Sep 11 all-day
Classes for everyone and Grooms too! £25 covers all your entries Show Schedule – MS Word Format Entry Form – MS Word Format   Show Schedule – PDF Format Entry Form – PDF Format  [...]