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Northern Ireland branch of the British Driving Society and our remit is to promote interest in equine driving activities, which includes promoting safe driving practices and the welfare of horses. This is all done voluntarily by committee and volunteers.


The death took place on Thursday 8th October 2015 of Alexander Thomas Presho (Alex as he was fondly known) Greenhill Road, Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh dear husband of 19 years to Louise and darling dad to James (15) and Mark (13).

Alex was well known over Ireland and Great Britain and further a field in Equestrian Circles as a breeder, rider, showman, Carriage Driver and farrier etc.  Alex’s wonderful achievement in 2014 on gaining the Tandem Bars  British Driving Society shows)  – the only person in Ireland to do so.
The Officer Bearers and Members Northern Ireland Branch-British Driving Society convey Heartfelt and Sincere Sympathy to Alex’s wife Louise, sons James and Mark, his father Robbie and Mother Madeline and the family circle on the great Loss of their Member Alexander Thomas Presho.
We will miss him.


9th November is AGM

Hon. Secretary:/A.C. Margaret Carlisle,
Treasurer:Mrs Staceyann Strain

Chairman Liz Kelly-Ward

You’re committee is: ,
Vice Chair Robert Smyth,Eugene Larkin
 Mervyn Ward, David Newell, John Weir,
 Norman Brown, Brian Bradley,

Co-op: G Smyth

You can contact any committee member  for  advice.

As in all walks of life accidents will occasionally happen but many may be avoided by following the rules below.

The first 6 items below are stipulated on the BDS insurance policy

1   The driving bridle must not be removed whilst the horse(s) is still attached to the carriage.

2   It is a condition precedent to liability that when the horse(s) is in harness and attached to the carriage that a driver will be on the box seat and in control of the reins at all times.

3  If the driver dismounts, then a groom must be in control of the horse(s) by holding the head by means of a lead rope attached to the bit ring or headcollar or by holding the reins close to the horse’s head.

4   No passengers will be in the carriage unless the driver is on the box seat and in control of the horse(s).

5  The horse(s) will not be tethered or tied up whilst still attached to the carriage.

6  Driving/Long Reining the horse whilst walking beside the carriage is not considered suitable control under the terms of this policy. The only exception to this condition is working with horse drawn agricultural implements.

 Stanley was born in Belfast on 10th December 1929 and was married to Hazel (nee Irwin) who predeceased him on 10 May 2011.They had one daughter Ruth (an only child) who died suddenly on 9 September 2014. The large crowd of mourners included Members of the Northern Ireland Branch - British Driving Society and they wish to convey sincere sympathy to his many friends. We will miss Stanley.

New to Driving and need some help?We now have BDS Assessors  who will be prepared to help new and or inexperienced members with advice and support, with queries about harness fitting, vehicle balancing etc. Mr. Robert Smyth and Mr. Mervyn Ward, or ask any committee member for help

Sad News

8TH OCTOBER 1973 – 8TH 0CTOBER 2015


10-12-1929 to 10-10-2015

The death has taken place on 10th October 2015 of Stanley Stewart, Oroory Hill Road, Dromore, Co. Down. Stanley for the past months had been in failing health and was a patient in Bannside Care Home, Banbridge where he passed away.