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ADS Announces new location for NA Preliminary Championships

Cross Plains, WI. – The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) has selected a new venue and date for the 2018 North American Preliminary Championships (NAPC). The Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) will host the championships on August 24-26, 2018 at their facility in South Woodstock, Vermont.

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Cross Plains, WI. - The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) has announced the dates and location of the 2019 ADS Licensed Officials Super Clinic.

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For immediate release
 

June 14, 2018
 

Cross Plains, WI. - The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) has announced the dates and location of the 2019 ADS Licensed Officials Super Clinic.

The Super Clinic will be held July 26-28, 2019 in Parker, Colorado, at the Holiday Inn Parker, a full-service hotel just a 25-minute drive from the Denver International Airport.

“We are thrilled to be working with the local driving club to have in-person demonstrations with equines, along with digital learning options and live seminars in a classroom setting for our officials,” said ADS Licensed Officials Committee Chairperson Ruth Graves.

Visit americandrivingsociety.org for more information as it becomes available.

The ADS is the premier carriage driving organization in the United States educating and licensing competition officials, judges and technical delegates on a nationwide basis, along with promoting education and competition for CDE, pleasure and recreational driving. The ADS is the US Equestrian National Affiliate for Driving.

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Interested in the NEW ADS Safety Vest Rule?

Interested in the NEW ADS Safety Vest Rule?

Check out this article and much more in the May 2018 issue of The Whip

May 9, 2018 228 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The new ADS rule reads: To require protective vests that meet applicable domestic or international standards 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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Submit your Nominations for ADS Volunteer Award

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

Apr 18, 2018 216 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Driving shows and club events of all sorts, and the administration of the ADS would not be possible without the hard work and incredible dedication of volunteers.  Our volunteers do everything from parking cars in blazing heat to obstacle judging in pouring rain, from office work to course construction, airport runs for officials and opening their homes to out of state competitors. We simply could not begin to run our organization, clubs, and our competitions without this cadre of capable and generous people.
 

All of our volunteers deserve to be recognized, but there are some that stand out for the extra miles they go and the efforts they make.  Please take a moment to think of a standout volunteer, and submit a nomination with the following information:
 

The name and contact information of the volunteer
 

How was their contribution outstanding?
 

A few words of praise – how has this particular volunteer made your life easier? An event/show/clinic made better?
 

What did they do that was above and beyond? Please submit a high-resolution photo if available.
 

Please include your name and contact information on the nomination
 

The recipient will be gratefully acknowledged at the ADS Annual Members Meeting in December and featured in The Whip.
 

Nominations should be submitted to info@americandrivingsociety.org by September 1, 2018.

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Congratulations to our first ADS Driven Dressage Awards Medal winners!

Apr 18, 2018 232 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

ADS wishes to congratulate its first round of Driven Dressage Awards Medal Winners!
 

Daniel M Rosenthal      Bronze

Kim Cameron               Bronze & Silver

Kathleen Schmitt         Bronze

Bill Allen                      Silver

Hardy Zantke                Gold

Gail Aumiller                Blue & Bronze

Riley Wiltison               Blue

Allyn Carman                Silver

Jennifer Matheson       Gold

Apply for your medal now!

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Celebrating an ADS Honorary Director

Celebrating an ADS Honorary Director

Apr 18, 2018 211 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

At the 2018 ADS Winter Board of Director’s Meeting, ADS President Mike Arnold read aloud a letter from Elaine Kendig announcing her resignation from the board. Arnold thanked her for all the help she gave him personally as well as to others and thanked her for her service.  ADS Treasurer Dan Rosenthal moved that the ADS Board elect Elaine Kendig to the position of Honorary Director in recognition of her many years of valuable service to the ADS. The motion carried unanimously with enthusiastic support from the board members and staff.
 

Elaine’s introduction to the world of equines began on the back of a plow horse and driving Welsh ponies around her family’s tree farm in Litiz, Pennsylvania. “When I moved to Chicago I had the opportunity to receive “proper” training and participated in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, and Eventing disciplines.
 

“My move to Tucson, Arizona gave me the opportunity to serve as secretary as secretary to the local hunt club. I was an ASHA (USEF) licensed Dressage Technical Delegate, served as Chair of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bylaws Committee and also as USDF Secretary. After moving back to Pennsylvania my interest changed to carriage driving and I became active in ADS. I’ve had the honor of serving on the ADS Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance & Bylaws and as a member of the Executive Committee.”
 

The staff and board members extend their sincere thanks to Elaine for her years of service to ADS and look forward to her continued work with ADS as a G&B committee member.

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US Equestrian’s new Youth Lettering Program

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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)

·              Submit proof of enrollment in school

 Students receive an achievement certificate, a free letterman patch and a lapel pin for each year that they complete the program’s requirements. Additionally, students can purchase US Equestrian Lettering merchandise, including a US Equestrian Letterman Jacket.

More information about the US Equestrian Lettering program visit usef.org/lettering or email lettering@usef.org.

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Introducing ADS’s New Executive Director

Introducing ADS’s New Executive Director

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December 20, 2017

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

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Nominations Sought: ADS Board of Directors

Pat Cheatham, Chair - ADS Nominating Committee

 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.

I ask all ADS members to think about the tasks and challenges faced by our society and submit names of persons they would like to have as an officer or director. You may send suggestions to

ADSNomCom@americandrivingsociety.org. Please tell us which position you would like to see your candidate serve and why, along with the individual’s e-mail address and phone number. Your submissions will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and the person suggested may be interviewed. Your suggestions should be submitted no later than April 15, 2018. Any information received by the Nominating Committee will be held in strict confidence.

Members may also nominate someone for the board of directors from the floor during the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting.  Details for nominations from the floor will be published along with the proposed slate of candidates in July.

The ADS Nominating Committee makes every attempt to select individuals with the knowledge and expertise necessary to carry out the duties of the Board for the good of the society and our sport. All nominees must be members in good standing with the ADS. In addition to the regional directors, we work toward a geographical spread so all areas of the country are well represented.

Resources: Current Roster of Officers & Directors:

http://www.americandrivingsociety.org/AboutUs/BoardofDirectors.aspx

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