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5/11/15:Remembering John Fairclough

It is with the heavy heart that we announce the passing of John Fairclough. Mr. Fairclough was an integral member of the driving community and served as an ADS Honorory Director for many years as well as past president of the Carriage Association of America. Read more about John Fairclough

5/5/15: Annual Meeting – Celebrate Driving in California Wine Country!

Members and friends of the American Driving Society (ADS) are encouraged to attend the 41st Annual Members Meeting, September 24-27 in the heart of picturesque Lodi Wine Country - one of California’s major wine growing regions. California is also home to one of the largest ADS-member contingencies in the nation. Registration will open May 15 and close September 8, 2015.

The purpose of the Members Meeting is to connect ADS enthusiasts involved in all areas of the diverse sport of carriage driving. “The Members Meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet up with driving friends from around the country, enjoy educational sessions and beautiful scenery in the heart of Lodi Wine Country,” says Mike Arnold, ADS President.

A committee of diligent volunteers is working to plan a mixture of activities and sessions that will appeal to a wide array of ADS members. This year’s meeting does not include a separate registration for attendees wishing to bring an equine, however area stables are available. Please contact the ADS for more information.

The host hotel for the meeting is the Hampton Inn & Suites, located in Lodi, California. Hotel reservations are not included in meeting registration. Please reference the “American Driving Society” when making reservations for a special group rate. If reserving online, use promotion code "ADS".

Agenda, travel information and registration details are available here. More information about the Members Meeting can be found on the ADS Facebook and Pinterest pages. Please contact the ADS with questions at or (608) 237-7382.

5/5/15: High Performance Developing Driver Program

There will be a developing driver clinic July 3-5, 2015 to be held at Top Brass Farm in Newton, NJ. Jim Fairclough will be the clinician for this clinic. If you are interested in participating in this clinic please refer to the link below for more details.

The first clinic of 2015 was a great success and we are excited to offer this clinic at this wonderful facility. If anyone has any questions about the Developing Driver Program they may go to the USEF web site or contact Lizzy Staller directly at 908-326-1159 or



competition updates

June 6-7: Elk Creek CDE, Int II, 4-in-hand added
NEW! June 13-14:
OHHA Cowboy Country CDE
June 12: Orleton Farm CT & PD Super Derby added, many changes
June 12-14: Summer Festival CDE Combined test added
June 13-14: Idaho HDT: Divisions added, health reqs change
June 19:
Bromont CDE Many Changes!
June 28:
Skunk River DT, Secretary address correction.
NEW! June 26-28: CAA Carriage Festival
July 4: Notara Farm HDT, Prelim for multiples added, POM added
July 4: Morven Park Pleasure Show Changes to awards & divisions
July 5: VT Heritage Days. Organizer change, class clarification
July 10: Inavale CDE Organizer and cones updates
July 18-19: Pacific Region Driven Dressage, show added
July 24-26, Buckeye CDE Division added, multiple changes
Oct 10-11, Let's Have Fun, TX, Division added
Oct 14-18, Hermitage Farm CDE, Dressage test changes

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