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


2nd December 2018

Pre-Christmas Drive, Springfield Farm, Rushlake Green, TN21 9QA

Two routes available.  Quiet country lanes with superb scenery.  Feel free to dress up your carriage with tinsel to start the festive season off.

1st January 2019

31st December 2018


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

Arrive from 10.00am.  Tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards.  

This drive normally incurs a 5.00 parking fee.  This year we are able to treat East Sussex members to this venue from our area funds.  So please renew your subscription in time as we will have to check membership for 2019.

20th January 2019

Area Annual Meeting and luncheon at The Merrie Harriers, Cowbeech, BN27 4JQ

Meeting at 11.00am.  This year we are holding our annual meeting at the Merrie Harriers and incorporating a pub lunch, which you will need to book in advance through Pearl Hudson.  She will contact you via email with more details nearer the time.

10th March 2019

Havenswold Drive, BN27 3PR

Arrive from 10.00am. 

2nd April 2019 Showing Clinic with Gary Docking, Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, Chiddingly, BN27 3SS

Please ring Helen on 01825 872030 for details and to book a place.  Turnouts 35 for 1/2 hour instruction.  Spectators welcome at 5 per head.

7th April 2019

Springfield Farm, Rushlake Green, TN21 9QA

Two routes available.  Quiet country lanes with superb scenery.

21st April 2019 Windsor Park Equestrian Club Charity Drive

in aid of the Alexander Devine Children's Cancer Trust Hospital Appeal (charity no. 1118947)

Entry fee 25.  Minimum sponsorship 35. for more information.

22nd April 2019 Easter Harness Horse Parade, Ardingly Showground
5th May 2019

Highview, Framfield, TN22 5PX

Quiet country road drive from Sue Page's yard.

12th May 2019


East Sussex BDS Area Show, Firle Park, Firle, Lewes, BN8 6NS

Fantastic new venue for our area show.  Judge is Caroline Douglas. Lots of rosettes on offer.  You can download the schedule here .  If you have any trouble downloading this file just send an email to and you will be emailed it directly.

25th May 2019

Heathfield Show

27th May 2019

Bexhill Horse Show

2nd June 2019


Drive at Peasmarsh.

21st June 2019

Summer Solstice Evening Drive, Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, Chiddingly, BN27 3SS.

This is an early evening drive and will encompass the by-way.  Meet from 6.30pm.  Cost 5.00 for parking.

23rd June 2019 BDS Annual Show, Smiths Lawn
7th July 2019

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 10.00am.  

14th July 2019

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).

14th July 2019

Surrey BDS Area Show

Horton Country Park, Epsom, Surrey

21st July 2019

Havenswold Drive, BN27 3PR

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

3rd August 2019

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.

11th August 2019

Oaks Driving Club show (affiliated to the BDS) 

Classes for all.

25th/26th August 2019

Edenbridge and Oxted Show

8th September 2019

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.

15th September 2019

Lou's Drive in Waldron, Well Cottage TN21 0LY

Please ring Lou on 07854 460305 or email her on

29th September 2019

Havenswold Drive, BN27 3PR

Arrive from 10.00am. 

13th October 2019

Pevensey Drive, Little Downash Farm, BN27 2RN

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

Caters for pairs and small ponies.  Superb views.

20th October 2019

Windsor Great Park Drive, Berkshire BDS

Organised by Berkshire BDS this is a lovely drive and well worth the effort in attending.  Click here for entrance form .

27th October 2019

Highview, Framfield (Sue Page's yard) TN22 5PX

Arrive from 10.00am. 

10th November 2019


Springfield Farm, Rushlake Green, TN21 9QA

Two routes available.  Quiet country lanes with superb scenery.


Please phone Helen Bridges 01825 872030 for more details. Or contact Pearl Hudson if you can attend email Pearl on 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.

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.