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2/23/15: Important Updates from Mike Arnold, ADS President

Dear Members:
I hope each of you are surviving the extreme weather faced by so much of the nation in the last weeks.  There are several topics to bring to your attention:

North American Championships
The 2015 North American Championships will be held as follows:

VSE Championships -  March 27-29, 2015 - Windsor Trace CDE

Intermediate Championships -  April 10-12. 2015 - Southern Pines CDE

Preliminary Championships - September 17-20, 2015 - Shady Oaks CDE

In the original announcement of the Championships, a number of competitor requirements were included.  Since these requirements were new for competitors this year and two of the event dates are close at hand, the Executive Committee, on behalf of the board, has set aside most of these requirements. For the 2015 North American Championships, the only requirements will be:

I. Championship competitors must be ADS members in good standing.  Persons paying the non-member fee may compete in the event, but may not be placed as a champion or reserve champion.

II. Championship competitors agree to photo release by virtue of entering the championship competition.

Transition Team
As has been previously announced, our Executive Director resigned effective February 20, 2015. The office and Board of Directors have been hard at work during the past two weeks preparing a plan to continue services in the absence of an Executive Director. I have appointed our Vice President, Amanda Horton, to lead a transition team to investigate workflow and transition planning. We believe that rushing this process will not produce the best results and we plan to proceed in a deliberate fashion. We continue to look to a bright future for the ADS and driving in the US.
$15 Non-Member Fee 
In order to encourage those that are not members of the ADS to participate in an Arena Driving Trial, Driving Derby or Recreational Drive (as described in the ADS Rules for Recreational Driving), the non-member fee is being reduced from $30/competitor to $15/competitor for those events. 
To simplify the work for organizers & secretaries, if the primary event allows for the $15 non-member fee, then a Combined Test at the same event would also allow a $15 non-member fee.

This change is effective immediately, we will be updating the forms as time allows during the transition.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know.

Mike Arnold
President, American Driving Society, Inc.

2/18/2015: ADS Announces Host Venues for North American Championships

The American Driving Society (ADS) is pleased to announce the host venues for the head-to-head driven North American Preliminary, Intermediate and VSE Championships. To learn more about the program, including venue information, requirements and previous winners, click here






competition updates

May 1, 2015: Vinyard Classic, (CANCELLED)
May 2, 2015: Carolina Carriage Club DT & CT Mail entries to Margo Savage
May 9, 2015: GMHA ADT&CT Level added, tests changed
May 15, 2015: Gayla CDE, DT changed to CT
May 15, 2015:
Gladstone DT (CANCELLED)
NEW! June 13-14:
OHHA Cowboy Country CDE
June 12, 2015: Orleton Farm CT & PD Super Derby added, many changes
June 13-14: Idaho HDT: Divisions added, health reqs change
June 19:
Bromont CDE Many Changes!
June 28, 2015:
Skunk River DT, Secretary address correction.
NEW! June 26-28: CAA Carriage Festival
July 10, 2015: Inavale CDE Organizer and cones updates

View all ADS recognized events in the electronic version of the Omnibus


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