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Federal Calendar

New South Wales

Queensland  &


have their own Calendars.

When available additional Event info can also be found under the Events & Results Tabs

Saturday Mar 11 - Monday Mar 13
Sunday Mar 12 - Monday Mar 13
Saturday Apr 1 - Sunday Apr 2
Friday Apr 14 - Monday Apr 17


Federal Executive 2016 - 2017

President: Brendan Dwyer

Vice President: Trevor Brand

Secretary: Sue Waters

Treasurer: Peter Lee

ACDS Affiliated Clubs can now be found on the Info Tab

Need some information we have a variety of publications?

We have a variety of  downloads including society information, endurance and pleasure driving, CDE and all the current Australian dressage tests for you to print.

Driven Dressage

The New 2015 Dressage manual is now available.

The full downloadable pdf is available on the Information tab under publications

Like a copy of the latest

Show Driving Handbook

The full downloadable pdf is available on the Information tab under publications

Send me your story, photos or event results.

Would you like to contribute to the photo gallery?

You can send in your own favorite photos to

Are you interested in Carriage Driving and think you would you like to join the Australian Carriage Driving Society? 

Start by visiting one of the 52 ACDS Affiliated Carriage Driving Clubs throughout Australia

find the one closest to you here.

ACDS Member Discounts

Further info on the Calendar and SA Events page

Manual Entries close 7th March

Further info on the Calendar 

and Vic Events page

Entries close Monday 27 February, 2017

2016 AGM and Conference

A packed weekend

Tony James

Tony James was presented a Life Membership by Brendan Dwyer, 

Guest Presenters

Equine Dentistry, a very popular and informative session.

Federal Executive for 2016/17

Brendan Dwyer President
Trevor Brand Vice President
Sue Waters Secretary
Peter Lee Treasurer

ACDS Event Officials List

Do you need Judges or other ACDS qualified officials? 

Show, Dressage, Cones and Presentation Judges, CDE Officials, Technical Delegates, Endurance and CDE TPR's 

- Update December 2016 -

Now available under publications on the Info Tab.

Please check your details are correct. Contact Val Blows on her new email   [email protected]  with any corrections.

ACDS Insurance Renewal 2016-2017

Federal Council is pleased to advise that the ACDS has secured renewal of all existing insurance policies for the 2016-2017 year through Affinity Insurance Brokers Pty. Ltd.

read on

2016-2017 Certificates now available under publications on the Info Tab. 

ACDS Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018

Released today is the ACDS Strategic Plan document; this plan outlines the broad organisational goals which ACDS Federal Council has set for the period 2016 - 2018, and the context within which these goals will be pursued. Whilst the Plan may appear relatively simple, it is the culmination of considerable work on the part of several members of Federal Council, and for the first time for our organisation, we now have a clearly communicated direction and framework to guide future decision-making. ACDS Federal Council welcomes feedback from members on the Strategic Plan. 
Brendan Dwyer 
ACDS Federal President 
19 May 2016

New 2016 Update One Activity Membership form

Now available under publications on the Info Tab.

When do you need to Register your horse with the ACDS?
ACDS Horse Registration is compulsory for Dressage, Indoor and CDE Competitions.
ACDS Horse Registration is not compulsory to participate in Show Driving, Pleasure Driving or Club activities.
Graded Dressage – Competitors competing on a One Activity Membership are not required to have ACDS Horse Registration, however, the horse is not eligible for grading points, qualification for Championships or prizes at the event.
If unsure, please contact the Federal Secretary for Clarification.
Posting Pictures

To add a profile pic.

Step 1 Find a suitable jpg photo that is less than 50 kb and remember where it is on your computer

Step 2 Go to edit profile click on upload photo, browse to find it on your computer and upload.

For the Forum and to add photos to your info page

To add photos you will need to use an online photo uploader,

I use TinyPic and copy and paste the 'Direct link for Layout'.

Please keep your photos small. Relevant Photos only.

Step 1 Make sure you know where you have stored your photo on your own computer.

Step 2 Keep the ACDS website open and open a new browser window, type tinypic into the address bar go to

Step 3 Follow the instructions and upload your photo to the internet

Step 4 You will be given 4 options choose the last option, 'direct link for layout'. It will look something like this:// Highlight this and click copy or ctrl+C.

Step 5 Go back to the ACDS website, to the spot where you are composing your message.

Step 6 When composing a message or your profile, click on the picture frame at the top it is next to the smily face:). A box will come up that says ' enter the URL of the image'  paste your copied link using ctrl+v

Give it a go, tell me if it works.

download a .pdf version

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