United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and The American Driving Society (ADS) Reach Preliminary Agreement to Reinstate ADS as the USEF Driving Affiliate

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Cross Plains, WI & Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) have reached a preliminary agreement that resolves the issues pertinent to enabling the restoration of the ADS as the USEF affiliate for the driving discipline. The leadership of both organizations are delighted that progress could be made and that it will be possible to continue their 40+ year relationship to the benefit of all of our driving competitors, officials, competitions, and the driving sport, and to be able to consider the driving affiliate matter to be settled.

Murray Kessler, President of the USEF, and Mike Arnold, President of ADS, jointly issued the following statement: “Together, the USEF and ADS look forward to utilizing the best of both organizations to further enhance the quality and participation in the driving sport throughout this country and abroad, while at the same time implementing the Safe Sport and Clean Sport policies that are critical to the future of equestrian sports.”

Details of the agreement, along with the restoration of the Affiliate Status of the ADS, which are subject to the approval of both the ADS and USEF Boards of Directors, are expected to be released within the next few weeks.

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Equine Affaire - Columbus OH

Drive with the Best Clinician - Sign up

Feb 7, 2017 625 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Here’s your opportunity to drive with ADS and USE Judge, Dana Bright, and to glean gems from her forty-five years of driving experience!

Sign-up as a Participant through the Equine Affaire website before February 15th

 Dana is a “Drive with the Best” clinician at the 2017 Equine Affaire held in Columbus, Ohio on April 6th – 9th

Dana’s clinics will be held on Saturday (April 8th) and Sunday (April 9th) in the Voinovich Center, Breed Pavilion. This is a busy venue with lots of on-lookers. It’s a perfect venue to prepare yourself and your equine partner for a season of equine activities, but it is not a venue for green ponies or horses. You and your partner need to be able to work away from home in a congested and active indoor arena. You will also need a person available to assist you on the ground.

Here’s the Scoop.

Session 1: (Saturday, 11:30- 12:30) Driving Equitation: Focus on Driver’s Appearance and Effectiveness from Rein Handling to Posture. Participants should be familiar with basic school figures and gaits, working and slow trots, lengthenings and transitions. 

Session 2: (Saturday, 3:15 4:15) Why Didn’t the Judge Like My Pleasure Driving Horse? Here participants should turn-out for a pleasure driving show. Tweak your turnout before the first show this season!

Session 3: (Sunday 11:00-12:30) Why Didn’t the Judge Like My Dressage Driving Horse? Focus will be on improving basic dressage with emphasis on gaits, simple figures, bending, and changes in topline. 

Session 4: (Sunday 2:15 -3:30) Using cones to School the Driving Horse More Effectively. Here’s a chance to practice with cones and obstacles. Speed work is not anticipated, but participants will need a navigator or header. 

Equines of all sizes and breeds are welcomed! A variety is desireable because it demonstrates that driving is open for all.  Up to six participants can join each session, so make your plans to come and bring a friend! 

This will be some of the richest and least expensive instruction you will receive in your lifetime. Not only will you and your equine experience the activity, sights, smells and sounds similar to a show, you will have the experience of a live performance in front of an engaged audience.  Priceless experience! Costs for each session are $80.00. And the costs include 24 hour stabling and admission! What’s not to love?

If you are not already completing the Application on the Equine Affaire website, here’s more about Dana.

Dana works with all types of drivers, recreational, pleasure, and competitive, to achieve the drivers’ goals. She uses dressage as a progressive framework for educating and developing partnerships with our equines.  She is well equipped to do so.

Dana is first a horse lover and competitor. She started her competitive career in eventing and dressage before moving onto driving ponies where she competed at the advanced level.  In her 30 year career as a judge, she was honored to judge at the most elite pleasure driving shows, Walnut Hills and Lorenzo.  In 2016 she was asked to judge the USEF (now USE) National Pairs Championship for combined driving. 

Dana is a graduate from Michigan State University’s Animal Science Department and Morven Park International Equestrian Institute in Virginia. She served as a US Pony Club District Commissioner for many years, as regional director for the ADS, and committee member for the USE. She received the ADS President’s Award in 2006. 

Dana and her husband, Stephen, a second generation farrier, reside at Cubbyhole Farm in Felton, Pennsylvania. 

Her many accomplishments aside, Dana’s passion and love for the sport of driving, her commitment to bringing new drivers to the discipline, to advancing present drivers, to growing and to elevating the sport of driving engages her daily. We mid-American equestrians welcome Dana, and are grateful she is here to share her wisdom with us. 

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Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

Feb 1, 2017 584 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus
“Ask the Experts” is the theme for the Michigan Horse Draw Vehicle Association Winter Series.  In January Jan Wolfin presents a program on the 220 mile drive across the upper third of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on the Shore to Shore Trail. From the western edge the trail starts from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. It travels through the Boardman River Valley, follows the Au Sable River for fifty miles, and goes through mixed hardwood and conifer forests to Oscoda on Lake Huron.

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