26 July 2008

Juliet and David Oswald

It is with great shock and sadness that we record the news of the sudden death on Saturday, July 26th of Juliet and David Oswald who died together in a car crash on the A9 while returning home to Fliskmillan, near Newburgh in Fife, from one of those fishing weeks which they both so much enjoyed.

Juliet had been involved in carriage driving in Scotland for twenty years or so, as a driver in the single pony classes and then as a dressage judge. In recent years she and David continued their active and enthusiastic connection with the sport by appearing as obstacle stewards at club events, at Dalmeny and St Fort to name just two, and with membership of the Scottish Carriage Driving Association. Many of us have had cause to be grateful to Juliet and David for their kindness, encouragement and endless good humour.

It is less widely known that soon after arriving in Scotland twenty years ago, Juliet started the Fliskmillan RDA group for carriage driving with disabled people, another project which benefited from her enormous drive and enthusiasm, and her work is continued today by some of those who were with her in those early days, now operating under the name of Kingdom Carriage Driving for the Disabled.

Juliet and David had a huge circle of friends, both inside the carriage driving world and in the many other areas of their busy, active and sociable life. Those friends will miss them greatly, and like them, our thoughts are with their children and grandchildren at this awful time.