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Junior Driver Bursary Scheme

Posted by Webco on September 28, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Junior Driver Bursary Scheme

At the 2018 Federal Conference, Federal Council announced the introduction of a Junior Driver Bursary Scheme to encourage junior drivers participation in carriage driving.

The application period for the 2018-2019 round of funding opens on 1 October 2018 and closes on 31 October 2018.

Attached is a Junior Driver Bursary Application. If a junior driver is interested in applying, please read the application form and if you require further information, please contact the Federal Secretary.

Peter Lee

Federal President

National CDE and Driven Dressage Grading Lists

Posted by Webco on September 17, 2018 at 8:05 AM

The latest National CDE Grading list and the New National Driven Dressage Grading List is now available on the" target="_blank">Publications page.

CDE Rule book update 2018

Posted by Webco on July 28, 2018 at 11:35 PM

It's here! the long awaited updated Australian Rules for Combined Driving Events 2018 has been released. You can find it on the" target="_blank">publications page.

New By-Law 2.11

Posted by Webco on July 28, 2018 at 11:35 PM

27th July, 2018.

Notice to Members

Federal Council has introduced a new by-law in relation to the definition of an Associate member as follows:

By-Law 2.11

“An office bearer being either the President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer of a State Branch or Local Club must be 18 years or older and be either a Single Member, be part of a Family Membership, be an Associate Member or an Honorary Life Member, subject to compliance with the State Branch or Local Club Rules”.

Purpose of By-Law

Federal Council is aware that it is becoming more difficult for State Branches and Clubs to find people who are willing to act as President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer.

Following a discussion at Federal Council, it was agreed that a by-law be introduced to allow a person who is an Associate Member or an Honorary Life Member to hold a position as an office bearer, subject to compliance with State Branch or Club Rules.

Previously the only persons who were able to act as office bearers were Single Members or Family Members.

It is important that State Branches or Clubs who wish make use of this new By-Law check their own Rules to ensure their Rules do not state something contrary to this By-Law. If their Rules are contradictory, the State Branch or Club will need to amend their Rules first.

For enquiries or clarification of the above, please contact the Federal Secretary.

Sue Waters

On behalf of the ACDS Federal Council

CDE Grading List April 2018

Posted by Webco on April 26, 2018 at 7:25 PM

The April CDE Grading list has just been released and is available on the publications page.

Close of receipt for Nominations for the 2018

Posted by Webco on April 26, 2018 at 7:10 PM

Dear Members, 

Please be advised that at the close of receipt for Nominations for the 2018 Federal Annual General Meeting, the following have been received:

Federal President – Peter Lee.

Nominated by: Karen Rogers. Seconded by: Lorraine Cairns

Federal Vice President – Kate Wholagan.

Nominated by: Phil Marshall. Seconded by: Cody Marshall

In accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the ACDS, Peter and Kate will be duly elected.

As no nominations have been received for the positions of Federal Secretary and Federal Treasurer, the ACDS shall seek nominations up to and including at the Annual General Meeting.


Sue Waters

Federal Secretary

CDE Grading List March

Posted by Webco on March 22, 2018 at 6:05 PM

The CDE Grading list as of 22 March 2018 has just been released and is available on the publications page, please note grading points from the Marrar Event are not currently listed.

Vale Janet Gilmour ACDS Life Member

Posted by Webco on January 16, 2018 at 4:15 PM

It is with sadness that I advise the passing of ACDS Life Member Janet Gilmour.

Janet was Federal Secretary of the Society from 1982 until 1994, a remarkable 12 year commitment, and Editor of the Journal for many years. Together with her husband Neil (Federal President 1981-84), Janet freely contributed an enormous amount of time, energy and passion to the development and operation of the ACDS.

On behalf of members I would like to gratefully acknowledge that very significant contribution, and express my deepest condolences to Janet’s family.


Brendan Dwyer

ACDS Federal President


Boyd Exell 'formula one of equestrian'

Posted by Webco on January 9, 2018 at 9:55 PM

Australian Boyd Exell is virtually unbeatable in a sport described as the 'formula one of equestrian' - carriage racing.


Posted by Webco on August 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

o CDE Grading list

o Updated Event Officials list

o Updated Federal Executive/State Delegates, Council Appts, State Executives and State Convenors lists

Vale Dr Peter Anderson

Posted by Webco on August 28, 2017 at 11:45 PM

It is with sadness that we advise the passing of Dr Peter Anderson; Peter was a past Federal President (1980/81) of the Australian Driving Society, an enthusiastic supporter and competitor in the early days of Combined Driving, and one of our earliest regular overseas competitors, driving for several seasons in the UK.

On behalf of the ACDS, we extend our sincerest condolences to Peter’s wife Jill.

Photo is of Peter and Jill competing at the National Harness Show c1979 with ‘Bonaparte’ (Photo credit Lois Nash)

Vale Geoff Waters

Posted by Webco on August 2, 2017 at 9:45 AM

The Federal Executive is deeply saddened to advise the passing on 1st August 2017 of Geoff Waters, husband of our Federal Secretary, Sue Waters.

Our thoughts are with Sue, Lisa, Steven and other members of the immediate family and we will provide whatever support we can to the family at this difficult time for them. On behalf of all ACDS members we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences. Please respect the privacy of Sue and the family at this time. Further, at the request of the family, please do not send flowers.

The ACDS Federal office will be closed for a period of time. Please direct any general enquiries to the Federal President and membership matters to the Federal Treasurer.

Brendan Dwyer

ACDS Federal President

2017 Dressage Test updates

Posted by Webco on July 2, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Minor alterations have been made to Several Driven Dressage Tests.

Elementary No3

FEI 8B.2017

FEI No 7A.2017

Altered dressage tests available on

Federal Conference - Entry to Sovereign Hill

Posted by Webco on June 5, 2017 at 11:50 PM

2017 Federal Conference and AGM at Sovereign Hill

I would like to clarify a question that has been raised in regard to entry to Sovereign Hill for those members attending the Federal Conference and/or AGM.

There is no entry fee payable to Sovereign Hill` for those attending. Entry is complimentary as the ACDS has booked part of the facility for the Conference and AGM.

However there is a Conference Fee payable to the ACDS for those attending the Conference to partially cover some costs being incurred by the ACDS. It would be greatly appreciated by the organisers if members who plan to attend would pre-book so that the ACDS can provide a list of persons who are attending to the front gate at Sovereign Hill as this will make entry easier for all involved. Booking forms have been sent to all members and there is a copy on the Federal website.

Finally, for those members who require accommodation and have not yet booked, the hotel style accommodation described on the booking form is fully booked so the organisers will need to allocate any further requests to book the motel rooms to the next level down which is the Canadian Barracks and we will refund any difference in price accordingly.

Peter Lee

Federal Treasurer

Federal Conference Bookings

Posted by Webco on June 3, 2017 at 9:15 AM


Reminder that all booking forms must be received by the Federal Treasurer by Friday 9 June 2017. We are required to provide final numbers for accommodation and meals the next day to Sovereign Hill. We will only accept bookings that are accompanied by payment. Keep in mind that Australia Post can take more than one week to deliver mail so please act now and send you forms. Also, hotel accommodation is almost full so we may need to allot you barracks accommodation if your booking form is received next week (and refund any monies if necessary).