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Mid-Atlantic Region

Regional Director
Heidi Ferguson, Milford, DE

Territory: New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington DC

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Note: ADS Recognized events are in Orange and Regional events are Grey




US Equestrian’s new Youth Lettering Program

You no longer have to be a record setting quarterback or captain of the cheerleading team to earn a junior high or high school varsity letter. Join the US Equestrian Lettering program to be recognized for your dedication to the equestrian sport!


Use the exclusive promo code below to receive a FREE US Equestrian Fan Membership and join the Lettering program today! Promo Code: ADS18 

The US Equestrian Lettering program recognizes the achievement of students and their devotion to the sport of equestrian. With nearly 17,000 students enrolled since the program began in 2010, more and more equestrians are receiving the recognition they deserve for their devotion to the sport.

The program recognizes and honors equestrians in grades five to 12. To be eligible, a student must: 

              ·              Be a US Equestrian member (Fan or Competing)

·              Log 100 hours of equestrian activity (which includes the competitions below)

·              Compete at three competitions of any type or level (shows do not have to be USEF)

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Introducing ADS’s New Executive Director

Author: Joe Barry

Cross Plains, WI.-The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) is proud to announce the promotion of Abbie Trexler to the position of Executive Director. Trexler was promoted from inside the organization after an open application and search process.

“Abbie reenergized The Whip in her last year and a half as Editor of ADS publications,” said ADS President Mike Arnold. “We look forward to her enthusiastic leadership and continued excellence.”

Abbie previously held the position of Associate Editor of The Morgan Horse magazine, and trained and bred Morgan horses prior to her work in publishing. She’s based in Pennsylvania where she resides with her husband and two small children.


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Nominations Sought: ADS Board of Directors

It’s time to begin assembling a slate for officers and directors who will serve a two-year term between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020

It’s time to begin assembling a slate for officers and directors who will serve a two-year term between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. These slates will be published on July 1, 2018 and will be voted upon during the 2018 Annual Membership and Board of Directors-elect meetings. The membership will elect the board of directors and the elected directors will elect the officers.

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2017 ADS Proposed Bylaw Changes

Notice to Members
Board of Directors
The American Driving Society, Inc.
Proposed Bylaw Changes 

The American Driving Society, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New York as a Not for Profit Corporation and also holds Federal Tax 501 (c ) 3 status allowing donations to ADS to be tax deductible according to law. 

As a New York Not for Profit Corporation we are required to follow New York’s applicable laws.  New York has made revisions that make it necessary for us to amend our Bylaws in order to comply.
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2017 ADS Proposed Bylaw Changes
Comments can be sent to gbl@americandrivingsociety.org  or simply comment below for all to see.

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The American Driving Society, Inc. launches NEW Volunteer of the Year Award program

The ADS Volunteer of the Year
Recognizing Those Who Give So Much to Driving


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US Equestrian and The American Driving Society Reach Final Agreement that Reinstates Recognized Affiliate Designation to The American Driving Society

Author: Joe Barry

At a special called meeting of the ADS Board of Directors held May 10, 2017, the board approved the signing of the USEF/ADS Affiliate Agreement.  This agreement, having been previously approved by the USEF Board and signed by their CEO, goes into effect immediately, reinstating the ADS as the USEF Recognized Affiliate for Combined Driving and for Carriage Pleasure Driving.

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The Southern Drive at Grand Oaks

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The Southern Drive at Grand Oaks!
May 11-14, 2017

Looks like this group has some fun things planned again this year, go out and have yourself some fun in the sun!

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carriage driver wanted

Author: Kimberly Cameron

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A message from the ADS Board of Directors re: USEF's recent decision revoking Affiliate status from ADS

Author: Mike Arnold

The Board of Directors of The American Driving Society, Inc. (“ADS”) was saddened and dismayed Thursday night when we read the letter we received from William J. Moroney, CEO of US Equestrian(“USE”).  Read more

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2016 ADS Northeast Recreational Drive-Columbus Day Weekend at Touchstone Farm

Columbus Day Weekend at Touchstone Farm

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Mid-Atlantic Region Driving Clubs

The tabs below are organized by state.  Click on a tab to see the driving clubs, along with their contact information, for each state in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  

Delaware Driving Clubs

Delmarva Driving Club
Most members from the Delmarva Peninsula (which includes Eastern Shore MD, Eastern Shore Virginia and Southern Delaware). Monthly “Delmarva Driving Lines” newsletter, video and book lending library. Educational clinics, annual Spring Pleasure show and club drives. Click here for membership info. 


Delaware Trainers: (ADS member)





Maryland Driving Clubs

My Lady’s Manor Driving Club
Most members from Baltimore, Carroll, Harford counties, and Southern PA.Bi-monthly “Putting To” newsletter and membership meetings.
Membership info: Ann Sanders, P.O. Box 1002, Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Maryland Trainers: (ADS member)


Pennsylvania Driving Clubs

Brandywine Valley Driving Club
Members from PA, MD, DE, and NJ and throughout the region. Most activities located in Eastern PA and Fair Hill, MD. Monthly “ Driving Lines” newsletter.
Membership info: Bobbi Hager, 293 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, NJ 07834, Bobbi@DSFGroup.org
Activities: bi-monthly membership meetings and programs, recreational drives, beginner clinic, Junior clinics,  ADS approved pleasure show, schooling CDE in May and Oct.

Susquehanna Whips and Wheels
Most members in North Central PA. Newsletter, 4 or 5 membership meetings per year.
Membership info: Jackie Zaloga, 455 Peterman Rd, Benton, PA 17814 570-458-6966 or JinglesZal@aol.com

Three Rivers Carriage Club

Pennsylvania Trainers: (ADS member)

New Jersey Driving Clubs

Gladstone Equestrian Association
Most members from Mid-Atlantic States, activities at Hamilton Farm, Gladstone NJ. No meetings or newsletter.
Membership info: Form on Web site.
Gayle Stinson 908-453-3332 or welshponypower@yahoo.com.

Garden State Horse and Carriage Society
Most members and activities are in New Jersey. 140+ members in 2010. Monthly membership meetings and newsletter “In Draft.” Clinics, Pleasure Drives. Membership info: Form on Web site. Ms. Elke Wilkin 63 Cooper Ave. West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Hunterdon Horse and Pony Association
Most members in NJ, PA and NY. Activities in Hunterdon, Morris, or Somerset counties, NJ. Membership info: Dan Rosenthal, 171 Little York-Pattenburg Rd, Milford, NJ 08848-264

Mane Stream PO Box 305 Oldwick, NJ 08858 (908) 439-9636 programdirector@manestreaminc.org

New Jersey Trainers: (ADS member)













Virginia Driving Clubs

Shenandoah Valley Driving Club
Members mostly from Charlottesville, Stanton, Lexington, VA and WV. Activities in Shenandoah Valley, Lexington, VA area. Bi-monthly newsletter.
Contact info: Cynthia Ruark 638 Springbranch Rd Lexington, VA 24450 540-462-2915 caruark@earthlink.net

Piedmont Driving Club
Most members from Loudon and Fauquier counties. Most activities near Middleburg, VA. Monthly “In Draft” newsletter.
Membership info: Form on website.
Marcia West, 54A Barclay Place Ct, Charlottesville VA 22901

James River Driving Association
Most members and activities in central Virginia area surrounding Richmond. Monthly “The Scoop” newsletter.

Blue Ridge Carriage Club
Most members are in or around Rockingham Co. & Shenandoah Valley area. Monthly meetings include a drive (weather permitting), short business meeting
and an educational segment. Activities: Shows and recreational drives in various parts of the Mid-Atlantic region.  
Contact:  Dixie Hovermale
449 Crestover Dr.
Broadway, VA  22815

Virginia Trainers: (ADS member)

  • Paul Maye                                    (540) 272-1134     carriagedriving@msn.com
  • Darlene Kemper                           (540) 246-1910    ridekkf@aol.com
  • Jennifer Johnson                          (540) 424-4868    Jenni@jcandalusians.com
  • Ray Norton                                   (434) 589-6537   rnorton@embarq.mail.com
  • Mary-Alice Matheson-Thomas    (540)270-6157   mcoachorse@gmail.com

Washington, DC Driving Clubs

West Virginia Driving Clubs





West Virginia Trainers: (ADS member)


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