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.
This agreement best serves the driving community as well as the needs of both USEF and ADS organizations. Driving has long been an essential part of equestrian sport and recreation; a renewed connection between our organizations is a vital part of unifying the sport, providing ample opportunity to share the joy of our unique discipline throughout the entire equestrian community.
Some notable items from the agreement (see the agreement for the exact wording):
The ADS is not required to drug test, though if we do decide to implement drug testing, we agree to establish terms acceptable to USEF.
Preliminary and Intermediate may be offered as ADS or USEF in combination with Advanced or not.
At USEF-licensed as well as joint USEF/ADS shows, the lower levels will be subject to drug testing, but if the lower levels are ADS, they will not be assessed a drug fee.
The ADS will continue to license its own officials, but USEF will be able to issue a USEF-only license without the requirement of an ADS license.
The ADS will continue to train all officials.
There are various things that will need updating, such as our entry forms - with the addition of the notification of potential joint show drug testing as well as the addition of the non-discrimination clause, among others.
Clicking these links will let you see the agreement, the joint announcement and a letter from Bill Moroney.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org or use ADS Matters so that all can see the question/concern and any responses.
Let's get driving,
President, The American Driving Society, Inc.