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Championships and Award Programs

ADS CDE Calculated Intermediate Championships

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.

Awards: 

There will be a Champion and Reserve Champion for Intermediate classes as set forth herein:

  • Single Horse, Single Pony, Single VSE
  • Pair Horse, Pair Pony, Pair VSE
  • Four-in-Hand Horse, Four-in-Hand Pony, Four-in-Hand VSE
  • Tandem Horse, Tandem Pony, Tandem VSE

Should a tie in scores occur, placings will be decided by: 

  • Dressage scores
  • Marathon
  • Obstacle / Cones 

If all those are equal, a coin toss will determine placings.

  • Driver and class determine a competitor’s placing.
  • Awards are to be given at the ADS Annual Meeting.

Qualifications:

  1. Competitor must be an ADS member in good standing all during the time between the competitions and the awards.
  2. Competitor must be qualified to compete at this level, as set forth in the ADS rulebook, Article 916.16

Criteria:

  1. The lowest two total-penalty scores will be used for each competitor. Marathon scores will be adjusted for qualifying events with fewer than seven obstacles; that is, the competitor’s time in the obstacles will be normalized to equate to seven obstacles using that competitor’s average obstacle time.
  2. Scores used are from the competition year from Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting.  Cut-off date for scores will be the last day of August.
  3. Eligible scores are from any ADS-recognized Intermediate CDE  (but not HDTs or ADTs). Competitor must complete (as noted in Article 916) the full CDE.
  4. It is not required that each qualifying driver use the same turnout throughout the season.

Other:

  1. All ADS-recognized CDEs are eligible and should therefore give recognition to the awards.
  2. It is intended that space be devoted in the Omnibus to promote this program.
  3. Scores shall be deemed unofficial until the end of the competition year, at which time scores will be separately verified. 

2016 Winners

Single Pony
Champion: Dwayne Pash
Reserve: Karen Milojevich

Single Horse
Champion: Nifty Hamilton
Reserve: Brooke Tadlock

Pair Pony
Champion: Boots Wright
Reserve: Mary Phelps

Pair Horse
Champion:Jacques Lemieux
Reserve: Paul Grippa

Team Pony
Champion: Stan Packard

Team Horse
Champion: Craig Grange
Reserve: Paul Maye

2015 Winners

Single Pony
Champion: Doris Leacy from Arizona 
Reserve: Cheryl Rivers from Vermont

Single Horse
Champion: Nifty Hamilton from Florida
Reserve:  Barb Chapman from Michigan

Pair Pony
Champion: Boots Wright from Florida
Reserve: Carina Crawford from California

Pair Horse
Champion: Jacques Lemieux from Quebec
Reserve: Max Montoya from Kentucky

Four-in-hand Pony
Champion: Stan Packard from California

Four-in-hand Horse
Champion: Craig Grange from Florida

(Other classes did not have qualifying contestants.)

Click to view the full scoring documents - (download pdf)

2014 Winners

Single VSE
Champion: Karen Lenberg, Yakima, WA (298.38)

Single Pony
Champion: Doris Leacy, Oro Valley, AZ (223.21)
Reserve Champion: Rebecca Gutierrez, Windsor, SC (239.20)

Pair Pony
Champion: Boots Wright, Ocala, FL (223.74)
Reserve Champion: Kari Harmon, Hamilton, OH (286.68)

Four-In-Hand Pony
Champion: Stan Packard, Wilton, CA (390.37)

Single Horse
Champion: John Levy, Grass Valley, CA (227.46)
Reserve Champion :Barbara Chapman, Metamora, MI (233.56)

Pair Horse
Champion: Jacques Lemieux, St Gervais, QC (252.91)
Reserve Champion: Max Montoya, Hebron, KY (266.81)

2013 Winners

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

2012 Winners

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

2011 Winners

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

2010 Winners

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

ADS North American Preliminary and Intermediate Championships

2015 Champions
2014 Champions

2015 North American Champions

Preliminary Champions

  • Single VSE - Judy Tintera - Windsor
            
  • Pair VSE - Ann Baughman - Windsor
            
  • Team VSE - Linda Willis - Windsor
            
  • Single Pony - Leslie Berndl- Shady Oaks
            
  • Pair Pony - Debbie Packard - Shady Oaks
            
  • Single Horse - Stephanie Putnam - Shady Oaks
            
  • Pair Horse - Gary Gang - Shady Oaks
            
  • Team Horse - Fritz Grupe - Shady Oaks

Intermediate Champions   

  • Single VSE - Kim Allen - Windsor
            
  • Single Pony - Doris Leacy - Southern Pines
            
  • Pair Pony - Sheri Dolan - Southern Pines
            
  • Single Horse - Nifty Hamilton - Southern Pines
            
  • Pair Horse - Paul Grippa - Southern Pines

2014 North American Champions

2014 Preliminary Single VSE

  • Champion - Marcia Wright
  • Reserve - Isabela Mailman

2014 Preliminary Pair VSE

  • Champion - Tamara Hinck

2014 Intermediate Single VSE

  • Champion - Mandy Hood
  • Reserve - Karen Lenberg

2014 Preliminary Single Pony

  • Champion Dwayne Pash, Scooter
  • Reserve Champion, Cynthia Doll, FCF Power Play

2014 Preliminary Pair Pony

  • Champion Sara Bates, FG Onyx Star, Dura Max
  • Reserve Champion, Daniel Rosenthal, Singletree Tabitha Twich, Singletree Roadside Skipp

2014 Preliminary Single Horse

  • Champion Nifty Hamilton, Makari Design
  • Reserve Champion, Brook Tadlock, LR Ami Sahib

2014 Preliminary Pair Horse

  • Champion Paul Maye, Bono, Bombay
  • Reserve Champion, Cindy Vollers, Dark Timke, Dark Upke

2014 Preliminary Four-In-Hand Horse

  • Champion Alan Aulson, Nordby Coalies Coal Dust, Nordby Coalies Duke, Nordby Shadow's Sam Spade, Black Prong Night life

2014 Intermediate Single Pony

  • Champion, Rebecca Gutierrez, Naria BW6
  • Reserve Champion, Doris Leacy, Katydid Baroness

2014 Intermediate Pair Pony

  • Champion, Boots Wright, Marko, Mista, Rio

2014 Intermediate Single Horse

  • Champion, Daphne White, Halstead By Legacy
  • Reserve Champion, Barb Chapman, Meara

2014 Intermediate Four-In-Hand Horse

  • Champion, Alan Aulson, Nordby's Sam, Meddo's Chief, Nordby's Duke, Nordby's Coal Dust, Black Prong Nite Lite

2014 Intermediate Four-in-Hand Pony

  • Champion, Wendy O'Brien, Olivin Diabolo, Maximus, Conan, Clowny Clark

ADS Announces 2016 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 and the North American Intermediate Championships. The Preliminary Championships will be held at the Longview by the Lake CDE, September 17-19 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Intermediate Championships will be held at the Katydid CDE, November 4-7 in Aiken, South Carolina. New this year, VSE Championships will be held along with each championship.

Each event will be a driven championship, taking place over a single competition weekend. Now in its third year, the North American Championships change location every year to allow drivers in various areas the opportunity to compete.

Program Documents

Program criteria (Updated 7/20/15) - Includes competitor and venue information
Preliminary Championship Application (for potential host venues)
Intermediate Championship Application (for potential host venues)

Application Instructions:

Please read through the 2016 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, August 15, 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 obstacle21@aol.com

Instructions By Section:

Section 1:  Please be sure to E-mail the form to Omnibus@americandrivingsociety.org 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 2016 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 2016 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.

2017 ADS North American Championships

The 2017 ADS North American Championship locations have been announced!
More information to follow


2017 Preliminary North American Championships

Grand Oaks CDE

December 1-3, 2017
Entries Open Date - October 1, 2017
Entries Close Date - November 7, 2017

Championship Venue Name: The Grand Oaks Resort - 3000 Marion County Rd - Weirsdale, FL 32195
http://thegrandoaks.com/


2017 Intermediate North American Championships

Bromont International Driving

June 30 - July 2, 2017
Entries Open Date - March 1, 2017
Entries Close Date - May 30, 2017 

Championship Venue Name: Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park
http://internationalbromont.org/



Application due date extended to Oct 15, 2016.

Purpose:

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:

  1. Championship Athletes must be ADS members in good standing. 
  2. Preliminary Championships are open to any Athlete who has not completed more than one CDE above Preliminary Division (Driving Trials, Arena Trials and CAI 1* exempted) in the 24 months prior to the scheduled Championship. No athlete shall have competed at a World Championship in the last five years.
  3. Athletes must have successfully completed a minimum of three ADS-recognized CDEs or DTs in the Preliminary division. Completions at DTs above Preliminary will also be recognized for qualification. 
  4. Preliminary Championship Athletes are not eligible to enter the ADS North American Intermediate Championship in the same calendar year.
  5. An Athlete may enter only one turnout in the competition hosting an ADS North American Championship. The North American Championship entry, which includes the Athlete and groom(s) for Marathon and the Athlete for Cones, must compete before participating in the non-championship entry in Marathon and Cones. 
  6. Athletes will agree to a photo/video release.

2017 Intermediate Championship Competitor Criteria:

  1. Championship Athletes must be ADS members in good standing. 
  2. Intermediate Championships are open to any Athlete who has not completed more than one CDE above the Intermediate division (Driving Trials, Arena Trials and CAI 1* exempted) in the 24 months prior to the scheduled Championship. No athlete shall have competed at a World Championship in the last five years.
  3. Athletes must have successfully completed a minimum of three ADS-recognized CDEs or DTs in the Intermediate division. Completions at DTs above the Intermediate will also be recognized for qualification.                                                                                                                         
  4. An Athlete may enter only one turnout in the competition hosting an ADS North American Championship. The North American Championship entry includes the Athlete and groom(s) for Marathon and Cones. The Championship entry must compete before participating with a non-championship entry in Marathon and Cones.
  5. Athletes will agree to a photo/video release.

2017 Preliminary Championship Host Requirements:

  1. Omnibus entry bid documents are due no later than October 15, 2016. The 2017 bids will be reviewed by the Event Standards and Combined Driving Committee for recommendation to the Executive Committee.
  2. Organizing Committee must offer an ADS-recognized event and have offered an ADS-recognized CDE for at least two years prior to the Championship date. The Organizer must have recent experience running an ADS-recognized CDE at least to the Preliminary level for two years prior to the Championship bid.
  3. It is mandatory to prominently display an ADS banner during the duration of the Championship event.
  4. Preliminary Championship jury president must be at least ADS Registered (R) CDJ.
  5. Preliminary Championship jury must have a minimum of three CD judges as defined in Article 987.1.6. 
  6. Preliminary Championship technical delegate must be at least ADS Registered (R) CDTD.
  7. Preliminary Championship course designer must hold, at least, a USEF Combined Driving Course Designer license or have designed a minimum of six courses (Marathon and Cones) at ADS-recognized CDEs, at least to the Preliminary level.
  8. Preliminary Championship entries will have a required First Inspection prior to Dressage under Article 935.2.
  9. Preliminary Championships shall take place over three or four days.
  10. VSE Preliminary Championship Dressage arenas will be an applicable size-a--adjusted arena, per Appendix F.
  11. Preliminary Championship Marathon shall have 6 Obstacles in Section B.
  12. Electronic timing is recommended for Cones.
  13. No eligible entry may be refused. Individual or lone entries in any class offered must be accepted. There is no minimum number of entries required.

2017 Intermediate Championship Host Requirements:

  1. Omnibus entry bid documents are due no later than October 15, 2016. The 2017 bids will be reviewed by the Event Standards and Combined Driving Committee for recommendation to the Executive Committee.
  2. Host venue must be an ADS-recognized event and have successfully offered an ADS-recognized CDE for at least two years prior to the Championship date. The Organizer must have recent experience running an ADS-recognized CDE, at least to the Intermediate level for two years prior to the Championship bid.
  3. It is mandatory to prominently display an ADS banner during the duration of the Championship event.
  4. Intermediate Championship jury president must be, at least, ADS Registered (R) CDJ.
  5. Intermediate Championship jury must have a minimum of three CD judges as defined in Article 987.1.6.
  6. Intermediate Championship technical delegate must be at least ADS Registered (R) CDTD.
  7. Intermediate Championship course designer must be USEF/FEI or EC Licensed CDCD.
  8. Intermediate Championship entries will have a required First Inspection prior to Dressage under Article 935.2.
  9. Intermediate Championships shall take place over three or four days.
  10. VSE Intermediate Championship Dressage arenas will be an applicable size adjusted arena, per Appendix F.
  11. Intermediate Championship Marathon shall have 7 Obstacles in Section B.
  12. The same carriage must be used in the Dressage and Cones competitions.
  13. Electronic timing is required for Cones.
  14. No eligible entry may be refused. Individual or lone entries in any class offered must be accepted. There is no minimum number of entries required. 

Youth Championships

Application Form
Hours of Driving Log for Youth Recreational Championship Fillable

2016 Results

ADS Recreational Driving Youth Champion:
Riley Schoenecke - 60.75hrs
ADS Pleasure Driving Youth Champion:
1st Place
- 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).
2nd Place
- 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.

CDE Drivers:

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.

Pleasure Drivers:

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.

Recreational Drivers:

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.

Hours to Drive

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 30, so we can report on members who have reached a milestone in the Whip and on the Web site.

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!

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