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12/17/15: North American Prelim. & Interm. Championships Host Site Applications

Application Form DUE Jan 15, 2015

If your event is interested in hosting one of the North American Championship divisions please fill out and return your application to the ADS office by January 15, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and the host venue will be announced in February.

12/17/15: 2015 Rulebook

Click Here to Pre-order your paper copy of the 2015 Rulebook now and save! Rulebooks ordered after Jan 31 will be $28.00 and subject to availability. We do one single press run so once they are gone they are gone. As always the Rulebook is available for a free download from the ADS web site.

12/17/15: New! Educational Activities Insurance

Application Form

Do you or your club want to host an Educational Activity? ADS Educational Activities further the mission of ADS to make the sport of carriage driving safe, fun, and fair for all. Educational activities are to inform drivers, trainers, organizers, media and/or volunteers in the sport or to provide training, experience or practice suited to individual skills.

11/10/14: ADS Preliminary and Intermediate Head-to-Head Championship Results

The ADS is pleased to announce the results for the first annual head-to-head driven North American Preliminary and the North American Intermediate Championships. The Preliminary Championships were held at the Glen Willow CDE, September 5-7 in Avondale, Pennsylvania. The Intermediate Championship were held at the Katydid CDE, October 30 – November 2 in Windsor, South Carolina. All VSE Championships were held at the Equestrians Institute CDE, August 8-10 in Ethel, Washington.

Click to view 2014 results

9/18/2014: ADS Calculated Intermediate Championships-

Once again we bring you the annual ADS North American Combined Driving Intermediate Championships.  This is the familiar program of recognition that has been running since 2009.  It's the program that is based on nationwide scores across the U.S. and Canada rather than single head-to-head competition events.  All drivers of full three-competition CDEs are automatically included in the program, and scores are tallied over the competition year that begins the last weekend in August and ends the following year one weekend before that.  Those dates notwithstanding, each event is counted only once in the competition year.  Any events occurring after those dates will be rolled over into the next competition year.

We ask you to look over these results and let us know if you see any discrepancies.  Our tally master is extremely skilled at keeping the records, but even at that, we don't want to miss anything.  Champions will be saluted at the upcoming Members' Meeting in Acadia, September 25 - 28.  We look forward to seeing you there!

ADS Calculated Championship Scoresheet 

9/16/2014: Reminder the Rule Change Proposals are open for comment until Oct 8. To view and make comments click here

9/4/2014: September Wheelhorse: You can download your copy of the September Wheelhorse here.

8/25/14:American Driving Society to honor 40 individuals as part of 40th anniversary celebration

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) is honoring individuals who have made a difference for the Society, and who have also worked diligently with related associations, breeds, disciplines, education and outreach.

Nominations were submitted by friends and members of the ADS and reviewed by a diverse committee of member-volunteers. In all, over 100 nominations were received. The 40 individuals represent the past, present and future of the ADS and have contributed in significant ways to the sport of carriage driving both competitively and for pleasure.

The following individuals will be honored on September 27 as part of the ADS Annual Members Meeting and 40th Anniversary Celebration, September 25-28 at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Mike Arnold

Marc Johnson

Claire Reid

Debbie Banfield

*Charles Kellogg

*William Remley

Audrey Bostwick

W. Craig Kellogg

Mike Rider

Micki Bowen

Elaine Kendig

Thomas Ryder

Dana Bright

Jean & Frank

Muffy Seaton

Veronica & Ted

Susan Koso

*Victor & Evelyn Shone

Barbara Chapman

Bill Lawson

Lisa Singer

Anne Councill

Bill & Linda Long

Allison Stroud

Martha Duchnowski

Mary O’Rourke

Kelly Valdes

Judy Gregg

Deirdre Pirie

*John J. P. (Jack) Weir

Natasha Grigg

Louisa N. Plummer

Judson & Frances

*Robert Heath

Larry Poulin

Hardy Zantke

Barbara & Trish

Ann Pringle

* denotes members of
the ADS founding

*Philip B. Hofmann  

Holly Pulsifer


7/1/14: ADS Proxy Vote Procedure
A note from Amanda Horton, Chair, ADS Bylaws and Governance

The annual members’ meeting of the ADS is coming up in September in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine. If you are unable to attend the meeting (actual meeting on September 27), use the proxy form.

The use of proxies allows the ADS to meet the quorum requirement (100 members) in order to conduct business at the meeting. In addition, the holder of the proxy may cast that member’s vote in the election of the board of directors and other business conducted at the meeting. To use the proxy, fill out the form and designate the name of your agent – typically an ADS member that you know will be in attendance at the meeting. Send the form into the ADS early enough that it will arrive in the office by September 19, 2014. It is also possible for your representative to bring a signed proxy to the meeting and present it to the Secretary, Ann Davis. We encourage you to use the mail-in method to avoid delay at the meeting.

6/11/14: Slate of Nominees - ADS Board of Directors

2015-2017 Term, Election will be held at the ADS Annual Members Meeting, September 27, 2014 in Maine.

Learn more about the nominating process

Read candidate bios and view the slate



competition updates

September 18-21: Shady Oaks CDE, Judge change

September 19-21: Garden State CDE & CT, Early Bird entry date changed, Judge change

New! October 25: Union Bridge Pleasure Show, New Show in MD

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


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