Club News

SDHC votes to merge with WHHC

At the AGM on 1 December, SDHC agreed to merge with the White Horse Harness Club.

“SDHC celebrates 40 years” – Carriage Driving

There is a two page spread in the December issue of Carriage Driving. The article focuses on what’s changed in 40 years and concludes:

The driving world has changed completely since 1978 and so in many ways has the Club. The Club, now affiliated to British Carriagedriving, covers West Sussex and Hampshire and drives are no longer the core activity. The Club continues to protect Rights of Way; and the Lisa Joyce event and the Open Show are still held annually. Most importantly, the Club’s friendly atmosphere, encouraging all types of carriage driving at all levels, has remained unchanged over the past 40 years

Thank you to all who contributed, especially Helen for the photos. (They will appear on the History page soon.)

Lynne Hamill
2 December 2018

Congratulations to Jack!
Congratulations to Jack Ralph on winning the Intermediate Pony class at Cricklands. Full results here: (Opens new page.)

20 June 2018

Louise Nicholson

The SDHC is greatly saddened to hear that Louise Nicholson passed away peacefully on 15 April after a very long, hard fought and very brave battle against cancer. Louise was a pillar of the Club for many, many years. She served as a Committee member for many of those years and was energetic in running events. But she will be best remembered for her catering – especially her cakes. And above all for the annual summer camps she ran single-handedly in the New Forest. Not only did she provide a weekend of fun driving events, but she ensured no-one went hungry!

Louise has been a good friend to many, always smiling; she will be sorely missed.

We offer our condolences to her family.

April 2018

Congratulations to Kayti!
Conratulations to Kayti Harvey on coming second in the Intermediate Pony class at the 2018 Indoor Carriage Driving Championships at Keysoe. Full results here: (Opens new page.)

10 April 2018

Petition to support public access to the countryside

The Government has launched a consultation on its proposals for the future of food, farming and the environment. This will shape the upcoming agriculture bill and have a significant impact on the future of access to the countryside.

The Ramblers have teamed up with Cycling UK, The British Horse Society, the British Mountaineering Council and the Open Spaces Society to protect the future of countryside access. Sign our petition to ensure the agriculture bill includes measures which protect and enhance access to the countryside.

Please consider signing and distributing. We don’t want equestrians to get the short straw yet again.

Link to petition:

March 2018