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The British Driving Society
East Sussex

EVENTS IN 2020
 

Events in blue are non-BDS events.  This means that where they are drives, the mileage cannot count towards your Rally Miles.

 

31st December 2019

Drive from Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, Chiddingly, BN27 3SS

Arrive from 10.00am.  This drive normally incurs a £5.00 parking fee.  This year Cliffe Equine Veterinary Practice have invited us to take mulled wine/juice and mince pies at their premises.  This will mean a drive of 8.8 miles.  The usual drive of 5 miles will also be available but will not include refreshments of mulled wine etc.

2nd February 2020

Groundwork Training Clinic Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

Training and spook busting course with your horse In-Hand suitable for young horses, retired or non ridden horses, or for those wanting to improve on their groundwork skills and confidence. A variety of obstacles including spooky obstacles in an enclosed school.

Small groups. Max 4.

£20 entry, £15 Priory Court Farm Members

For further information please text 07736698262 or 07596322452 

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/27818

DATE CHANGE

9th February 2020

16th February 2020

East Sussex Area Annual Meeting Broad Oak Village Hall, Burwash Road, Broad Oak, Nr Heathfield, TN21 8SS

Meeting at 11.00am to 1.00pm.  This year we are holding our annual meeting at Broad Oak Village Hall.  We have booked the hall for 2 hours so please arrive promptly at 11.00am.  There is plenty of parking on hard standing.  Tea and coffee with cakes and biscuits will be provided.  We are also planning to hold a raffle so donations of raffle prizes would be much appreciated.

23rd February 2020

Pole and Grid Clinic Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

An excellent way to get the horses working gymnastically over their backs and improve the confidence of the horse and rider whilst working on the riderís position . 1 hour clinic in outdoor school.

Small groups. Max 4.

£20 entry, £15 Priory Court Farm Members

For further information please text 07736698262 or 07596322452 

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/27817

29th February 2020

Demo workshop from Monty Roberts Instructor Chris Morris @ Whispering Equus Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

Want to learn some Horse psychology, behaviour and training techniques? This demo day with Monty Roberts instructor Chris Morris will give you a great insight into the aspects of natural horsemanship, including ground manners, introduction to join up, as well as training techniques which will help with loading, mounting, leading and horses behaviour and learning how they process the world around them which helps you develop a better relationship with your horse on a day to day basis. Chris can also talk to you about what is taught on his longer courses & is a great introduction to natural horsemanship methods & why they work. Further information about his work is available on the website https://whisperingequus.co.uk

£15 entry, £10 Priory Court Farm Members

For further information please text 07736698262 or 07596322452 

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/28146

1st March 2020

Polework Confidence Clinic Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

An excellent way to get the horses working gymnastically over their backs and improve the confidence of the horse and rider whilst working on the riderís position . 1 hour clinic in outdoor school.

Small groups. Max 4.

£20 entry, £15 Priory Court Farm Members

For further information please text 07736698262 or 07596322452 

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/27817

21st March 2020

Jumping a Course Clinic Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

This clinic will help ride a Showjumping course and focus on the control and approach to a variety of fences. This is great practice for those wishing to compete or attend clear rounds without pressure. Small groups. Max of 4 , 1 hr Clinic in outdoor school. Spaces are limited.

£20 entry, £15 Priory Court Farm Members

For further information please text 07736698262 or 07596322452 

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/28276

21st March 2020 Bennington Open Day at Bennington Carriages, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5GA 

10.00am - 4.00pm 

Many demonstrations, with lots of take home exercises for all carriage drivers from beginners to pleasure drivers.

A fun and informative day for all driving enthusiasts.  £5 per head.  Click here for more details 

https://www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk/driving-academy/2020-events-calandar

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

22nd March 2020

Havenswold Drive, BN27 3PR

Arrive from 10.00am.  50% Off road drive through woodland weather permitting.

13th April 2020 Easter Harness Horse Parade, Ardingly Showground
18th April 2020

Have a go Dressage Clinic Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

Have you only just started doing dressage or would you like to have a go at test riding? Have you ever wondered what a judge is looking for when they are watching your test? Do you wonder how you can improve your marks? Do you need help moving up from a intro to prelim?
Pick the test from those below, ride and have a discussion with the Judge on how to improve. Then go and have a little practice on what has been discussed then ride again. Both tests will be marked.You will be riding in an arena.

Tests to choose from:

Intro A (2016)
Intro C(2016)
Prelim 2 (2016)

£23 entry, £18 Priory Court Farm Members

For further information please text 07736698262 or 07596322452 

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/28278

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

26th April 2020

Springfield Farm, Rushlake Green, TN21 9QA

Several routes available.  Quiet country lanes with superb scenery.  Routes suitable for small ponies or pairs.

2nd May 2020

Jump Cross Training Day Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

JumpCross XC Training day. Chance to practise water, steps, bank, ditch and other obstacles on a cross country terrain with knock down fences. Group lessons of 4 -6 riders

** Current Standard body protectors/skull caps/riding hats and medical cards are compulsory ..No fixed peak hats ? All riders should be confident cantering on grass in open spaces and jumping small fences. All riders will be assessed on a warm up fence prior to riding on the course. ? **By Entering classes online you are giving permission for photographic images to be taken & may be used in magazines, websites & social media**

£30 entry, £30 Priory Court Farm Members

For further information please text 07736698262 or 07596322452 

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/28847

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

9th May 2020

 

****************** BONUS POINT EVENT ****************** 

Fun Day, Firle Park, Firle, Lewes, BN8 6NS

Consisting of Sunday Best showing; Hazards section; Best matched time cones course.  Rosette for attending and rosettes to 6th place judged on combination of hazards and cones section.  Starting from 12.00 noon and going on to no later than 3.00pm.  For details on the hazards please .

10th May 2020 Bennington Training Event at Bennington Carriages, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5GA 

10.00am - 4.00pm  Indoor format suitable for all turnouts.

Click here for more details 

https://www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk/driving-academy/2020-events-calandar

23rd May 2020

Heathfield Show

25th May 2020

Bexhill Horse Show

14th June 2020

Copford Farm and Sawmill, Dern Lane, Waldron, TN21 0PN

Several routes available along quiet country lanes and through small picturesque villages.  Parking in lovely field From 10.30am.  

14th June 2020 Bennington Training Event at Bennington Carriages, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5GA 

10.00am - 4.00pm  Indoor format suitable for all turnouts.

Click here for more details 

https://www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk/driving-academy/2020-events-calandar

21st June 2020 BDS Annual Show, Smiths Lawn
VENUE CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19

21st June 2020

****************** BONUS POINT EVENT ****************** 

Summer Solstice Charity Evening Drive, Cliffe Equine Veterinary Practice, Harbens Farm, Mill Lane, Laughton, Lewes BN8 6AJ.

NOW AT HAVENSWOLD, HAILSHAM, BN27 3PR

This is an early evening drive and will encompass the by-way.  Meet from 5.00pm.  A donation of a minimum of £10.00 for each turnout.  Cash collected on the day.  The money is going to American FondoUK which provides veterinary and farrier care to the poor hardworking horses, mules and donkeys in Morocco.  To learn more about this charity .

4th July 2020

Pole and Grid Clinic Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

This clinic will be out on the show jump field with Therese and focusing on balance, rhythm and horse and rider fitness building up from polework to a Grid Small groups - 1 hr clinic.   *Private and Semi-Private lessons also available by request.

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£18 entry, £15 Priory Court Farm Members

For further information please text Therese on 07736698262  

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/29496

5th July 2020

Trec replaced with a drive instead - same time, same venue just a change to the event

East Sussex BDS Trec Event, Fletching, TN22 3SA

Meet at Fletching in Sue Page's woodland at 10.30am.  This fun event consists of three phases: Presentation; Road drive or cones (you choose which you would like to do); Skills test (a series of skills to test your driving ability and your horses obedience and agility).

11th July 2020

Dressage and Flatwork Clinic Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

General Dressage or flatwork Clinic and also great practice for our Dressage Ride & Re-test Training competition the following week (18th July) with Therese and Glenn.
We will be working on the following tests: Intro A, Intro C or Prelim 2

*Private and Semi-Private lessons also available by request.

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£15 entry, £5 Priory Court Farm Members (*Special price for those entering Ride & Re-test Training competition*)

For further information please text Therese on 07736698262

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/29479

12th July 2020 BDS Surrey Area Show, Horton Country Park, Epsom, KT19 8PL
12th July 2020 Bennington Training Event at Bennington Carriages, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5GA 

10.00am - 4.00pm  Indoor format suitable for all turnouts.

Click here for more details 

https://www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk/driving-academy/2020-events-calandar

18th July 2020

Dressage Ride and Retest Training Competition Priory Court Farm Polegate BN26 6QX

A chance to ride your chosen test and get feedback from our judge and instructor, then re-ride your test again which will be scored & placed with rosettes.

*Private and Semi-Private lessons also available by request.

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£23 entry, £15 Priory Court Farm Members 

For further information please text Therese on 07736698262

 https://www.equoevents.co.uk/ViewEvent/ViewEventDetails/28278

26th July 2020

Havenswold Drive, BN27 3PR

This will incorporate 3 separate by-ways.  Lots of off-road driving.

1st August 2020

Evening Drive, Little Downash Farm, BN27 2RN

5 routes available from 12.9 miles to 5 miles.  Quiet country lanes.

Arrive from 6.00pm drive off from 6.30pm.

7th - 8th August 2020

Chertsey Show, Mead Lane, Chertsey

Click here for more details: http://chertseyshow.co.uk

8th August 2020

Highview, Framfield, TN22 5PX

Quiet country road drive from Sue Page's yard.

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

23rd August 2020

****************** BONUS POINT EVENT ******************

East Sussex BDS Area Show, Broad Farm, Hellingly, BN27 4DS

30th - 31st August 2020

Edenbridge and Oxted Show

Click here for more details: http://edenbridge-show.co.uk

6th September 2020

Sevenoaks Show

Click here for more details: http://edenbridge-show.co.uk

6th September 2020

Firle Park, Lewes, BN8 6NS

A drive around Firle Park and the village of Firle.  Then out onto the Old Coach Road byway to Berwick and back.  Superb views.

20th September 2020

Sue Page's woodland, Fletching TN22 3SA

Quiet country road drive.

27th September 2020 Bennington Training Event at Bennington Carriages, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5GA 

10.00am - 4.00pm  Indoor format suitable for all turnouts.

Click here for more details 

https://www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk/driving-academy/2020-events-calandar

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

4th October 2020

Windsor Great Park Drive, Berkshire BDS

Organised by Berkshire BDS this is a lovely drive and well worth the effort in attending. To download the entry form

4th October 2020

Highview, Framfield, TN22 5PX

Quiet country road drive from Sue Page's yard.

18th October 2020

Little Downash Farm Drive, BN27 2RN

5 routes available from 12.9 miles to 5 miles.  Quiet country lanes.

Arrive from 10.00 am.

25th October 2020

Havenswold Drive, BN27 3PR

Arrive from 10.00am.

26th-30th October 2020 Bennington Test Drive Week at Bennington Carriages, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 5GA 

10.00am - 4.00pm  Booking essential.

Click here for more details 

https://www.benningtoncarriages.co.uk/driving-academy/2020-events-calandar

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

8th November 2020

Springfield Farm, Rushlake Green, TN21 9QA

Two routes available.  Quiet country lanes with superb scenery.

31st December 2020

New Year's Eve Drive, Havenswold, Hailsham, BN27 3PR

Arrive from 10.00am

Please contact Pearl Hudson if you can attend email Pearl on pahudson@aol.com or telephone 01323 509986.

In addition to the drives already planned we are hoping to add some impromptu drives throughout the year.  If you are interested in attending any of these pleasure drives, please contact Pearl Hudson.

EVENT RULES:
Remember to bring your B.D.S. membership card with you to all driving events as proof of insurance. Each turnout should carry a competent groom at all times. 

Juniors aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Also drivers, grooms and passengers who are under the age of 14 years and who are participating in any British Driving Society officially organised event, activity or competition must wear a hard hat which fits whilst on any horse drawn vehicle and this includes grooms who have dismounted to assist with the horse.  A hard hat is that typically used for riding and kite marked to the latest safety standard and with an appropriate chin strap harness attached.  Current safety standards are EN1384, BSEN1384 and PAS015.

BDS East Sussex Area RECOMMEND that all Drivers, Grooms and Passengers wear hard hats and, on the roads hi-viz, on our official drives. If you choose not to, by attending, you are aware and acknowledge that it has been recommended.