This program is intended to recognize, encourage and inspire drivers in American Driving Society Combined Driving Events in the Intermediate Division. The program is designed to enable these drivers to measure themselves against others at the same level of proficiency, acknowledging that it is not practical for them to meet to compete head-to-head because of the size of our country.
Scores from any ADS-approved CDE occurring after this year’s annual meeting can be used (see explanation below); the cut-off date for scores that count for the first Championship is the last Friday in August.
Click here for the "2017 Official Results"
There will be a Champion and Reserve Champion for Intermediate classes as set forth herein:
Should a tie in scores occur, placings will be decided by:
If all those are equal, a coin toss will determine placings.
Champion: Dwayne Pash
Reserve: Karen Milojevich
Champion: Nifty Hamilton
Reserve: Brooke Tadlock
Champion: Boots Wright
Reserve: Mary Phelps
Reserve: Paul Grippa
Champion: Stan Packard
Champion: Craig Grange
Reserve: Paul Maye
Champion: Doris Leacy from Arizona
Reserve: Cheryl Rivers from Vermont
Champion: Nifty Hamilton from Florida
Reserve: Barb Chapman from Michigan
Champion: Boots Wright from Florida
Reserve: Carina Crawford from California
Champion: Jacques Lemieux from Quebec
Reserve: Max Montoya from Kentucky
Champion: Stan Packard from California
Champion: Craig Grange from Florida
(Other classes did not have qualifying contestants.)
Click to view the full scoring documents - (download pdf)
Champion: Karen Lenberg, Yakima, WA (298.38)
Champion: Doris Leacy, Oro Valley, AZ (223.21)
Reserve Champion: Rebecca Gutierrez, Windsor, SC (239.20)
Champion: Boots Wright, Ocala, FL (223.74)
Reserve Champion: Kari Harmon, Hamilton, OH (286.68)
Champion: Stan Packard, Wilton, CA (390.37)
Champion: John Levy, Grass Valley, CA (227.46)
Reserve Champion :Barbara Chapman, Metamora, MI (233.56)
Champion: Jacques Lemieux, St Gervais, QC (252.91)
Reserve Champion: Max Montoya, Hebron, KY (266.81)
Single Pony Champion: Suzy Stafford, Delaware, 219.87
Reserve: Bettina Scherer, Florida, 230.96
Single Horse Champion: Scott Adcox,Florida, 210.78
Reserve: Barb Chapman, Michigan, 228.02
Pair Pony Champion: Boots Wright, Florida, 219.40
Reserve: Linda Yutzy, Texas, 302.37
Pair Horse Champion: Zenon Gal, Illinois, 262.93
Reserve: Jacques Lemieux, Quebec, 279.91
Four-in-Hand Pony Champion: Frank Luetz, California, 426.97
Single VSE Champion: Karen Lenberg,Washington, 330.68
Single Pony Champion: Dwayne Pash, New Jersey, 211.61
Reserve: Tracey Morgan, Maryland, 218.21
Single Horse Champion: Lowell Nelson, Washington, 196.61
Reserve: Kim Stover, Delaware, 232.85
Pair Pony Champion: Boots Wright, Florida, 222.22
Reserve: Megan Benge, South Carolina, 290.95
Pair Horse Champion: Wiebe Dragstra, North Carolina, 245.67
Reserve: Pat Hastings, Vermont, 286.48
Four-in-Hand Pony Champion: Frank Luetz, California, 323.24
Reserve: Katie Whaley, Kentucky, 333.39
Single VSE Champion: Lori Hanes, Washington, 259.15
Reserve: Mandy Hood, Washington, 265.58
Single Pony Champion: Paul Maye, Virginia, 206.49
Reserve:Janelle Marshall, South Carolina, 212.22
Single Horse Champion: Lowell Nelson, Washington, 200.88
Reserve: Jill Warren-Pond, California, 227.14
Pair Pony Champion: Boots Wright, Florida, 233.54
Reserve: Sherri Dolan, New Jersey, 255.72
Pair Horse Champion: Fritz Grupe, California, 243.65
Reserve: Pat Hastings, Vermont, 245.21
Four-in-Hand Pony Champion: Heather Schneider, Florida, 380.90
Single VSE Champion: Merridy Hance, Washington, 300.66
Reserve: Mandy Hood, Washington, 309.75
Pair VSE Champion: Wanda Lusk, Washington, 283.03
Single Pony Champion: Terri Jones, Washington, 197.70
Reserve: Debbie Schuster, Ohio, 200.46
Single Horse Champion: Megan Sibiga, Oregon, 186.01
Reserve: Nifty Hamilton, Florida, 209.41
Pair Pony Champion: Linda Yutzy, Texas, 235.74
Reserve: Donna Yanik, Oregon, 246.57
Pair Horse Champion: Pat Hastings, Vermont, 253.03
Reserve: Rae Fischer Ontario, 255.06
Four-in-Hand Pony Champion: Eleanor Gallagher, North Carolina, 321.17
Reserve: Heather Schneider, Florida, 365.71
Four-in-Hand Horse Champion: Gerard Paagman, Alberta, 511.72
Single VSE Champion: Merridy Hance, Washington, 230.02
Pair VSE Champion: Wanda Lusk, Washington, 283.99
2017 Preliminary Champions
2017 Intermediate Champions
2014 Preliminary Single VSE
2014 Preliminary Pair VSE
2014 Intermediate Single VSE
2014 Preliminary Single Pony
2014 Preliminary Pair Pony
2014 Preliminary Single Horse
2014 Preliminary Pair Horse
2014 Preliminary Four-In-Hand Horse
2014 Intermediate Single Pony
2014 Intermediate Pair Pony
2014 Intermediate Single Horse
2014 Intermediate Four-In-Hand Horse
2014 Intermediate Four-in-Hand Pony
The 2017 ADS North American Championship locations have been announced!
More information to follow
Championship Venue Name: The Grand Oaks Resort - 3000 Marion County Rd - Weirsdale, FL 32195
Championship Venue Name: Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park
Application due date extended to Oct 15, 2016.
The ADS North American Championships are part of the Awards Programs promoting Drivers/Athletes in the Preliminary and Intermediate Divisions.
Timeline for 2017 Championships:
September 30 October 15, 2016 - 2017 Bid Documents due at ADS office from Host Organizers
2017 Intermediate NA Championships - Omnibus Info & Bid Form
2017 Preliminary NA Championships - Omnibus Info & Bid Form
October 20, 2016 - Host recommendation at Scheduled Board of Director’s meeting for approval.
October 24, 2016 - 2017 Hosts will be announced
July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017- Competition dates (season) for ADS NA Championships
2017 Preliminary Championship Competitor Criteria:
2017 Intermediate Championship Competitor Criteria:
2017 Preliminary Championship Host Requirements:
2017 Intermediate Championship Host Requirements:
Preliminary Championships - Hickory Knoll CDE
July 20-22, 2018 - Fitchburg, WI
Intermediate Championships - Katydid CDE/CAI**
November 1-4, 2018 - Aiken, SC
Thank you and Congratulations to both venues!
Attached please find the criteria for the 2018 ADS North American Preliminary and Intermediate Championships. While there are not enormous changes from last year, please review carefully and contact me with any questions.
Keep in mind that these championships are for current ADS members competing in Preliminary and Intermediate ADS level competitions. The USE Preliminary and Intermediate competitions will not count as qualifiers for the NACs, unless they have dual recognition.
Organizing Committees interested in hosting one of the North American Championships are encouraged to submit a bid before the September 1 deadline. The hosts to the championships will be announced shortly thereafter.
Submissions should be sent to the ADS office. email@example.com
We look forward to working with you on this.
2018 applications and criteria
Program criteria (Updated) - Includes competitor and venue information
Preliminary Championship Application (for potential host venues)
Intermediate Championship Application (for potential host venues)
Please read through the 2018 North American Championships Criteria. There are specific requirements for both Preliminary and Intermediate Championship divisions. Because of these separate requirements, each Championship has a dedicated Omnibus Bid / Entry form. This will hopefully make the process easier and quicker for you. Please be aware that you will still need to submit the regular Omnibus Entry Form for your full Combined Driving Event.
Immediately following the due date, September 1, the Combined Driving Committee and the Event Standards Committee will meet and evaluate the submissions. Any additional materials, relative to your venue, would be of interest to the committees. Photographs and previous course/obstacle maps would be appreciated.
Program questions? Contact Marc Johnson, Director / Chair ADS Combined Driving Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions By Section:
Section 1: Please be sure to E-mail the form to email@example.com only. This way each form will be collected in the same manner and not be lost.
Section 2: Please fill out all names required in the grey fields. Turnout and Class information is already entered on the form as given in the criteria.
Section 3: Each Official field is required by the criteria. Please check the “Judges List” to verify that your intended official has the proper licensing as listed in the 2018 NA Championships Criteria.
Section 4: Please list all Fees. We understand that some may be different from your non-championship divisions.
Section 5: Please be as specific as possible with your tentative schedule. Please be aware the First Inspection is a requirement at both championships and needs to be scheduled prior to the start of Dressage, usually the afternoon before.
Section 6: Dressage tests should be chosen to satisfy requirements in the criteria. For the Preliminary Championships, please choose tests with Presentation on the Move (POM). Please specify modified Arena sizes for VSEs. Include footing type and any other important Dressage information.
Section 7: Please describe your intended Marathon. Sections requirements and number of obstacles are already specified. Any maps and photographs available of your course would be appreciated with your bid.
Section 8: Please describe your Cones arena. Is there a bridge or water in the arena?
Electronic timing is required for the Intermediate Championships. Should your organization have trouble satisfying this requirement, the CDC will assist you. Please ask!
Please indicate if you will be using “Minimum Clearance” or “Standard Settings” for measuring cones. (These choices are different from “Standard Width” in the rules.)
Section 9: Other information about your competition is listed here. The twice around rule is governed specifically by the 2018 NA Championship Criteria. Championship awards are provided by the ADS. Food and accommodation listings are important for consideration. Please generate a complete list.
Section 10: Approval by your competition TD is required. Please be sure the completed form has been sent to your TD prior to submitting the bid.
Hours of Driving Log for Youth Recreational Championship Fillable
ADS Recreational Driving Youth Champion:
Riley Schoenecke - 60.75hrs
ADS Pleasure Driving Youth Champion:
- Avery Wilson - is in 1st place with 24 total points (12 points each for each a second place out of 12 competitors at the Grand Oaks Classic in Single Horse Working as well as Progressive Obstacles).
- Beth Dahlberg - is in 2nd place also with a total of 24 points (from the Villa Louis show with 13 points for her first in reinsmanship in a class of 11 and 11 points for her 2nd place in Gambler's Choice in a class of 11).
The tie is broken according to the following rule: "Ties to be broken by second best scores," (12 for Avery, 11 for Beth).
3. Jennifer Hinkel with total of 14 points (nine from a third in Gambler’s Choice at the Villa Louise in a class of 10, plus six points for a first in a class of four Reinsmanship at the Columbus Carriage Classic).
ADS Combined Driving Youth Champion:
1. Kaylee Angstadt with 108.65 points from Prelim at the Elk Grove CDE.
2. Marcus Holzinger with 113.36 points from Prelim Single horse at the Hermitage Classic.
3. Sarah Cerone enrolled, no scores filed.
***To be awarded by the ADS each year by the end of December with the winners published in The Wheelhorse
Open to any ADS member under 21 years of age - at the time of the event of the submitted scores - on his best verifiable scores sent in by applicant and achieved during the 12 months preceding the closing date of November 30th of each year.* Only correct and complete filled ADS Youth Championship Applicant Forms to qualify. Drivers can apply in any or all of the disciplines, but can win only one discipline per year. ADS Youth Championship's Award decisions to be final and not protestable.
To be awarded to the lowest total score in penalty points from any ADS recognized CDE or HDT on Preliminary level or above (no Training Level, no ADT’s). HDT Scores to be adjusted by adding 15%. Thereafter Preliminary scores to be taken as posted, Intermediate Level scores to be credited 15% of total score and Advanced Level scores to be credited 30% of total score. Ties to be broken by best dressage scores.
Example: Competitor A sends in his best score reached at a ADS CDE on Prelim level with 96.73 penalty points. Competitor B sends in his best score on Interm. level with 115.63, Competitor C has his best score on Adv. level with 132.16, and Competitor D has his best score as Preliminary Level HDT 86.22.
A gets 96.73, B gets 115.63 ./. 15% = 98.29, C gets 132.16 ./. 30% = 92.51, and D gets 86.22 + 15% = 99.15 . So C wins, followed by A, B and D.
To be awarded to the highest points from any two ADS or USEF recognized Carriage Pleasure Driving Classes judged by an ADS judge. One of the two class results to be either from a Working / Reinsmanship or Turnout class, and the other result to be from any other Pleasure Driving class. Points to be calculated with one point awarded for each competitor behind the applicant plus 3 points extra credit for a first place, 2 points extra credit for a second place and 1 point extra credit for a third place. Ties to be broken by second best scores.
Example: Competitor A sent in his best score having finished 3rd in a Reinsmanship class with 12 competitors and an 4th in a Gambler’s Choice Class with 8 competitors. Competitor B sent in his best score having won a Working class with 8 competitors and a 3rd in a Timed Obstacle class of 4 competitors, and Competitor C sends in his best score having placed second in a Turnout class with 9 competitors and a first in a Double Jeopardy class of 6 competitors.
A has 8 competitors behind him in the Reinsmanship class, so gets 8 points plus 1 for third place = 9 points plus 4 points for the Gambler’s Choice = 13 points.
B has 7 competitors behind him in the Working Class, so gets 7 points plus 3 for first place = 10 points, plus 2 points for the Timed Obstacle class = 12 points.
C has 7 competitors behind him in the Turnout class, so gets 7 points plus 2 for second place = 9 points, plus 8 points for the Double Jeopardy = 17 points.
So C wins followed by A followed by B.
To be awarded to the driver who drove the most hours during the time from last December 1st * up to November 30th (or his 21th birthday, which ever came first) on a diary of every hour driven with date and driving time with each entry signed to be true and correct by an adult ADS member. Only hours driven himself to be entered - not hours as groom or passenger.
ADS members who enjoy recreational driving will be able to earn recognition for time spent in its pursuit, with the start of the ADS Hours to Drive Program which began April 1, 2008.
The program, which will operate on the honor system, is designed to be a simplified version of the old ADS “miles program” for recreational drivers. You drive your horse or pony and write down the number of hours, on the log sheet spent on the box seat that day.
Hours to Drive Program
Log Form - Fillable
Youth Log Form - Fillable
Drivers can earn an “Awards Pin” for 100 hours, 250 hours, 500 hours, 750 hours and 1000 hours of cumulative driving, by completing a log form. Logs must be returned before November 1st, so we can report on members who have reached a milestone in the February Whip.
Youth can earn credit towards an end of the year Youth Recreational Championship award.
Have fun doing the thing you love to do most...driving!
The ADS Volunteer of the Year
Recognizing Those Who Give So Much to Driving
Driving shows and club events of all sorts, and the administration of the ADS would not be possible without the hard work and incredible dedication of volunteers. Our volunteers do everything from parking cars in blazing heat to obstacle judging in pouring rain, from office work to course construction, airport runs for officials and opening their homes to out of state competitors. We simply could not begin to run our organization, clubs, and our competitions without this cadre of capable and generous people.
All of our volunteers deserve to be recognized, but there are some that stand out for the extra miles they go and the efforts they make. Please take a moment to think of a standout volunteer, and submit a nomination with the following information:
The recipient will be gratefully acknowledged at the ADS Annual Members Meeting in October, and featured in The Whip.
Nominations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2017.
The American Driving Society is pleased to award the very first Volunteer of the Year award to Carol and Frances Bowersock, of Colton, Oregon.
Of all the nominations that were submitted, and there were many, the Bowersocks were the true stand out. These ladies are twins, in their mid-70s, and have made a “retirement career” of volunteering at carriage driving events, although neither competes.
Merridy Hance, who wrote one of the nominations for these remarkable women, said:
“With the disclaimer that they “ran away from home to Oregon to escape responsibilities,” they have been event secretaries for CDEs, DTs, ADTs, and importantly for United States Driving for the Disabled, where they also did secretary duties and fundraising. They have been dauntless navigators. They’ve manned every volunteer position from office to field to outback. On more than one occasion their skills as paramedics have been called upon, where they are masterful, competent, and reassuring. They’ve helped a navigator who was having a stroke every bit as much as, in a previous era they both delivered babies in the back of an ambulance. When they come to events, they come prepared. They are accompanied by “Toto” the golf cart, “Tom” the flatbed trailer, and “Nathan” the RV. All they ask is a job to do and an opportunity to do it well.”
Others have commented that if they ever get tired of volunteering for carriage events, they have a formidable career as stand-up comics; these ladies are masters of snappy repartee.
The ADS and our event organizers could not manage without our volunteers, and we want to recognize them all for the unstinting help they give us, year after year, and sometimes decade after decade. The Bowersocks epitomize this wonderful spirit of giving and we are pleased to recognize them for this at our Annual Members Meeting in October.
Congratulations, and Thank you!
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