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Membership votes in 2019/2020 ADS Board of Directors

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Important business from the 2018 ADS Annual Members Meeting weekend included the election of 2019/2020 Board of Directors and Officers. The slate of nominees as presented by the ADS Nominating Committee was approved as follows after the proposal by the Governance & Bylaws Committee requesting allowance for more than one Vice President was passed during the Annual Members Meeting:





Daniel Rosenthal


Vice Presidents:

Dana Bright, Education Committee Chair

Shelly Temple



Teresa Bron



Pat Cheatham, Finance & Audit Committee Chair


Regional Directors:


Northeast Region – Dianne Koopman

Mid-Atlantic Region – Heidi Ferguson, Recreational Driving Committee Chair

Southeast Region – Maureen Grippa

Central Region – Lynn West

Midwest Region – Jada Neubauer

Southwest Region – Hilda Wilkins

Pacific Region – Pam Miller-Mitchell

Northwest Region – Ann Craig


Directors at Large:


Maren Amdal

Jessica Axelsson, Licensed Officials Committee Chair

Gwen Bassetti

Allyn Carman, Rules Committee Chair

Suzanne Edwards

Kacy Tipton-Fashik

Ruth Graves

Margaret Grillet, Governance & Bylaws Committee Chair

Marc Johnson, Combined Driving Committee Chair

Tracey Morgan, Dressage Committee Chair

Jeff Morse, Pleasure Driving Committee Chair

Kelly Valdes, Development Committee Chair

Esther R. “Boots” Wright, Event Standards Committee Chair

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Formal Dispensation Process for ADS Para-Drivers

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At the December 2, 2018 ADS Board Meeting, Esther R. “Boots” Wright presented a formal dispensation process for Para-Drivers who are ADS members. The motion was passed and will replace the current ADS rule in G.R. 1.8, effective Jan 1, 2019:

Disabilities and Related Dispensations - when submitting entries, competitors should follow the ADS’ Policies and Procedures with respect to any accommodations they require. Management should accommodate these requests and adhere to the procedures set forth in the ADS’ Policies and Procedures. These competitors are expected to provide their own equipment and personal support staff necessary to participate and compete.

The new Para-Driver Dispensation Process follows:


Policy: The ADS believes that the sport of carriage driving and all activities of the ADS related

to carriage driving events or carriage driving educational activities should be open to all

members of the ADS and that requested dispensations and allowances for para drivers should be made.


Further, the ADS believes the burden of documenting, describing and recording such

dispensations and allowances should be minimized as much as possible. Accordingly, any ADS

member requesting such dispensation or allowances (either temporary or permanent) and upon providing documentation of the cause and nature of such dispensation or allowances will be provided with a certificate listing all requested and approved dispensations and allowances and that such certificates will be honored at all ADS events. Certificates issued by the USEF or the FEI under their programs will also be honored at all ADS events.



a) The driver will submit the Dispensation Certificate Application to the ADS. Drivers requesting Certificates must be ADS members in good standing.


b) The application and supporting documentation will state if the circumstances leading to the

application are permanent or temporary in nature. In the event that they are temporary, the

anticipated expiration date of the dispensation will be noted on the Certificate issued by the



c) The driver will accompany the application with medical certification in the form of a Doctor’s

letter on his/her letterhead describing the driver’s disability as well as the compensating

dispensations and allowances requested. The application will list the compensating aids,

dispensations, and allowances requested on the application.


d) In the alternative, the driver may submit their USEF or FEI dispensation certificate or State-issued disability permit or placard as supporting documentation. It should be noted that despite

the nature of the cause for the requested dispensations and allowances, if the materials submitted show an expiration date, this date shall be used on the Certificate issued. Accordingly, anyone applying for a permanent Certificate must provide documentation in support of their request.


e) The application and supporting documentation will be sent to the ADS Executive Director (abbie@americandrivingsociety.org) who will issue a certificate listing the compensating dispensations and allowances including aids, adaptive equipment, variances in dress or other allowances requested.


f) The driver will include a copy of their ADS certificate with their entries to ADS events.


g) The ADS will keep a confidential copy of the documentation on file and, where appropriate,

issue an identifier/placard for those using motor vehicles while inspecting the course(s) (in order to allow the ready identification of permitted vehicles.).


h) The Organizer will include a copy of the certificate(s) for each driver in each Official’s



i) A copy of these policies and procedures will be provided to anyone requesting a Dispensation.

Certificate Application.


j) The ADS reserves the right to revoke Dispensation Certificates for reasons including but not

limited to the following:


1. Expiration of temporary certificates.

2. Lapse of ADS membership exceeding 60 days.

3. False information supplied on the original application.

4. Resolution of the applicant’s disability status.


k) Junior Drivers must renew their Certificate under their own signature after their 18th birthday.

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Changes to Fees

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During the examination of the current financial report and 2019 budget, the ADS Board of Directors voted to increase the cost of a Lifetime Membership to $1,800. This increase will allow the ADS to continue to provide its products and services to Lifetime Members without losing money after the first 13 years of the membership. This increase makes the membership more viable for the ADS while continuing to carry a significantly lower pricetag than other equine membership organizations. The board also agreed to a $30 shipping fee to all annual International Memberships (NOT Life Memberships) in order to cover the costs of shipping The Whip internationally each quarter.

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Introducing the ADS Preliminary Calculated Championships

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During the December 2, 2018 ADS Board Meeting Marc Johnson and Mike Arnold proposed to create the ADS Preliminary Calculated Championships for 2019. Boots and Dave Wright will extend their generous sponsorship of the Intermediate Calculated Championships to the Preliminary Calculated Championships, as well. This program is intended to recognize, encourage and inspire drivers in ADS-recognized Combined Driving Events in the Intermediate and Preliminary divisions. 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. Simply, if an ADS member drives in the ADS Preliminary or Intermediate divisions at an ADS-recognized CDE, their scores are entered automatically!

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Clarifying the Safety Vest Rule

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After some discussion in the Annual Members Meeting the ADS Board of Directors clarified the Safety Vest rule that goes into effect on January 1, 2019, remove previous wording regarding “applicable International or Domestic standards”: To require protective vests for everyone participating on a carriage during a marathon or any competition that includes marathon-type obstacles starting January 1, 2019. Junior requirements would be unchanged.



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FEI Opens Bidding Process for Individual World Championships in 2022

FEI President: This does not necessarily mean the end of FEI World Equestrian Games.

Nov 19, 2018 960 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

November 17, 2018- The FEI has twice opened the bidding process for the FEI World Equestrian Games 2022, but this has not resulted in any realistic bids. As a result, the Bureau unanimously approved the opening of a bidding process for individual world championships in all disciplines for 2022, but with preference being given to multi-discipline bids. The Bureau agreed that world championships for Dressage and Para Dressage should be combined.

The President stressed that this does not necessarily mean the end of the FEI World Equestrian Games and bids to host the full seven-discipline Games for 2022 and 2026 will be considered. However, he made it clear that securing world championships for 2022 in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines was crucial as these serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.

The timeline would call for expressions of interest to host world championships 2022 by the end of February 2019, followed by workshops with bidders to understand their expectations and constraints. Bids would be fully evaluated over the spring/summer of 2019 with allocation at the in-person Bureau meeting at the FEI General Assembly in November 2019.

The FEI European Championships 2021 will be allocated at the in-person Bureau meeting at the FEI Sports Forum in April 2019. The FEI World Cup Finals 2022, 2023 and 2024, and the FEI European Championships 2023 will be allocated in November 2019.

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US Equestrian Announces New Safe Sport Training Requirements

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

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Lexington, Ky. – On August 27, 2018, the US Equestrian Board of Directors approved a rule change requiring that effective January 1, 2019, all US Equestrian (USEF) adult members with a Competing Membership must complete USEF’s Safe Sport Training in order to be eligible to participate in USEF activities.  USEF members can immediately access the free Safe Sport Training directly through their member dashboard or can click here to learn more.


US Equestrian President Murray Kessler stated, “I am very proud of the work done in drafting this proposal and the Board of Directors which approved this critical rule designed to keep our children safe while they enjoy, excel, and advance in our sport.”


The rule has three main requirements. Sections 1 and 2 are already in effect and Section 3 has been added:


  1. Every USEF member and Federation Participant* shall abide by USEF’s Safe Sport Policy and the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code of Conduct*As described by the USEF Safe Sport Policy, a Federation Participant is any USEF member or non-member, who participates in, or attends a USEF-licensed competition or sanctioned event.
  2. In order to comply with S. 534, the Protecting Young Victim’s from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, the USEF Safe Sport Policy, and the Center’s SafeSport Code of Conduct, every USEF adult member and USEF participant, with the exception of the victim, is required to report suspected sexual misconduct within 24 hours to the appropriate authorities and to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
  3. Beginning January 1, 2019, every USEF adult member with a Competing Membership must complete USEF’s Safe Sport Training, as approved by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center).


A 30-day grace period to complete the awareness training will be provided to all members who renew or join on or after December 1, 2018.  Members joining prior to December 1, 2018 will have until January 1, 2019 to complete the training.  Those who do not complete the training within the grace period will be ineligible to participate in USEF activities, including competitions.


The Safe Sport Policy and the rules that govern it have been created to protect all athletes from misconduct within the sport. This new rule is consistent with our efforts to ensure the safety and welfare of equestrian participants, especially minors. Education and training everyone is crucial to protecting athletes and eradicating abuse in our sport.


Additional information and resources on Safe Sport, how to report sexual and non-sexual misconduct, access to a free training module for parents of equestrian athletes, a Safe Sport FAQ, the Safe Sport Sanction list and more can be found here.

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