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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).

Federal Conference and AGM 2017 timetable

Posted by Webco on June 3, 2017 at 9:10 AM

2017 ACDS Conference Provisional Timetable

Sovereign Hill – Ballarat

Saturday 24th June – Sunday 25th June, 2017

Friday 23rd June, 2017

7.00p.m. Evening Meal - the Red Lion Hotel – 223 Main Road, Ballarat – (03) 5331 3393

Saturday 24th June, 2017

9.00 Commencement of Conference Registration (Charles Napier Hotel)

(DVDs provided by Venue to play during Registration)

9.15 Federal Council Forum

9.45 Morning Tea

10.15-10.45 Group 1 – Stable/View Carriages

Group 2 - Wheelwright/View Carriages

(Carriages on view are at two different sites)

10.45-11.15 Groups swap over

11.45-1.30 Free time at venue to view the various demonstrations available.

Lunch to be purchased during this time.

1.30 Registration – Federal Annual General Meeting – (Charles Napier Hotel)

2.00 Federal ACDS Annual General Meeting

2.45 Afternoon Tea

3.00 Speaker – Cody Rawson-Harris – Film Livestock Australia

4.00 – 5.00 Free Time


6.00 United States Hotel - Canapes - Pre Dinner Drinks available from the bar

6.45 Victoria Theatre - Conference Dinner

8.00 Light & Sound Show “Blood on the Southern Cross”

Sunday 25th June, 2017

9.15 Sovereign Hill Historian - Jan Croggon - Transport on the Goldfields

10.00 Morning Tea

10.15 Competitors Forum – CDE/Dressage/P&E

11.30 Speaker - Gavin Robson - Horse Operations Manager Sovereign Hill

12.15 Federal Council Forum – Conference Feedback

12.30 Close of Conference

1.00-5.00 Free time at venue

The Gold Museum is located opposite the venue and worth a visit - $12.50 entry payable.

Federal Conference and AGM 2017

Posted by Webco on April 25, 2017 at 7:35 AM

Australian Carriage Driving Society Inc - Federal Conference and Annual General Meeting

Sovereign Hill – Ballarat

Saturday 24 th June – Sunday 25 th June, 2017

Step Back in Time & DRIVING Into the Future

 Sovereign Hill is a “working Museum” with working/static displays and demonstrations. The Conference organisers are making use of the venue to provide a new and interesting concept for members to participate in.

 Conference speakers and demonstrations shall be provided by the venue. Demonstrations could include: close inspection of the stage coaches, wheel wrighting, carriage restoration, saddlery, black smithing and guided tour of the gold mine. Other displays are available for you to visit during your “free time”.

 Registration Fee allows you unlimited access to Sovereign Hill and the attached Gold Museum (well worth a visit) over the two days.

 Accommodation is on the grounds in either “The Barracks” (single or twin rooms) or the venue Motel. Additional accommodation is available outside of the venue.

 Mobility aids are available if required (parts of venue are hilly).

 AGM and parts of the Conference are to be held in the Charles Napier Hotel – an interesting authentic building.

 To keep costs down for participants, lunches shall not be catered for. Meals are available from several establishments ranging from café to restaurant meals. (The sausage rolls at the bakery are awesome and highly recommended!)

 Morning and Afternoon Teas shall be catered for and included in the cost of registration.

 A discounted ticket shall be available for those who wish to participate in the sound and light show “Blood on the Southern Cross” on the Saturday night.

 Conference Raffle – 1 st prize -American handmade authentic miniature spoked carriage wheel, 2 nd prize $100 gift voucher from Mahbrook Carriages. If anyone would like to donate an item for the raffle please contact the Federal Secretary. Proceeds shall be donated to a suitable cause.


 Bus transport is available from Tullamarine Airport direct to Ballarat.

 Drive from Melbourne to Ballarat is less than 2 hours.

 Train from Melbourne to Ballarat approximately 1-1 ½ hours.