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Welcome to the North Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Area website.

Well that summer flew by, despite the quick changes in the weather we were lucky with almost all our events even if it rained as we were going home. 

The change of date for the Stowell Park Drive was very fortuitous as the arranged day was wet and horrible but the following week we were blessed with ideal driving weather, all the better to be able to enjoy the wonderful views. Most took the off-road route of 13 miles over some of the most beautiful Cotswold scenery.

Earlier in September we held the rather belated RDA Sponsored Drive for our local Kennet Valley RDA. Not so many turnouts as it clashed badly with other events, but we still managed to send them a cheque for £250.

Congratulations to Carole Baker from South Gloucestershire who has won the Carriage Driving Magazine’s Pleasure Driving Award this year with Moortown Mistress, her Piebald Shetland.

Also having a year to remember is Amelia Waddicor, who was one of our two very successful Young Drivers for many years. About two years ago she was given a 12hh Caspian horse, a complete novice having never been in harness before. Since then she has been successfully driving Khoja mainly at HDT events but in early October she was part of the Caspian Horse Society Demonstration Team who entertained the crowds the Horse of the Year Show as the only driven horse.

You will see in the following Calendar sections a few events over the Autumn and Winter months. Not as many or as varied as I would like but I am at a loss as to what and where to organise events as so few of you come. Suggestions are most welcome and particularly that may provide events for Gloucestershire as I do feel very conscious that distances to travel to events in such a large County can be a problem.

 

If you are currently without a turnout to drive perhaps you might consider offering to act as Groom for a fellow member or help out at events. If you think you can help please get in touch. Don’t forget if you have any new ideas or venues please get in touch with any of us, if you provide the information we will do the rest!  Equally if you are new to Carriage Driving and need some help and advice please do contact either Richard Berry or me as we are both BDS Support Officers.

 

Happy driving, be seen and be safe.

 

HAPPY DRIVING

Hazel Woodbridge BEM

Area Commissioner