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US Equestrian Announces New Safe Sport Training Requirements

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Aug 29, 2018 417 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

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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2018 ADS North American Preliminary Champions Announced

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Hot competition in cool Vermont


by Abbie Trexler

August 28, 2018

The 2018 ADS North American Preliminary Champions were crowned on August 26 after three days of stiff competition at the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in South Woodstock, Vermont.

18 competitors from New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Canada vied for the North American Championship titles.

Attention to detail by the organizers set the GMHA’s competition apart. Potted annuals added depth and color to the cones course, and FEI Course Designer Richard Nicoll designed and built an impressive course that was both challenging and fun for the competitors and visually spectacular for fans.

Simon Rosenman and GMHA’s Executive Director Tracy Ostler co-organized the event. President of the Jury Francois Bergeron was joined by Mickie Bowen and Sem Groenewoud. Ellen Ettenger was the Technical Delegate.

New Jersey’s Mary Mott and Townshend Robinhood edged out New York’s Dirk Young and Averil Yes for the Single Horse Championship. Mott and her Morgan came into Sunday’s marathon neck in neck with Young and his Haflinger after Dressage and Cones, a close battle that separated the two by less than two-tenths of a point in the final results.

Daniel Rosenthal drove his two Dartmoors, Millcreek Rice Krispy and Singletree Roadside Skipper, with his trademark precision to secure the Pony Pair Championship. The pair from New Jersey boasted a 51 in Dressage.

Fourteen-year-old Riley Wiltison of Maryland bested a field of eight to claim the Pony Single Championship with Willow’s Aslan. These two sat fifth coming into Sunday’s marathon, but their blisteringly fast times that topped the charts in each of the six obstacles moved them into championship position. Reserve champion was Ontario’s Michelle Courtemanche and Fashionista, who scored an impressive 43.6 in Friday’s Dressage test followed by a double clear in cones.

The Small Pony Champion was Connecticut’s Cynthia Bliven and Stonecroft Fancy Package. The duo held on through all three phases.

Linda Peterson, of Connecticut, and Dually claimed the VSE Single Championship with a notable double clear in cones. Reserve went to Dorothy Maggio and Royal Oaks Painted Berry of Vermont. Both VSEs topped the steep mound in obstacle six, inspiring boisterous cheering from the throngs of fans milling about the obstacle.

Visit for complete results. Make sure your ADS membership is current to receive the November issue of The Whip that includes full coverage from GMHA, complete with photographs. 

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USEF Presidential Modification

Jul 25, 2018 282 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

July 20, 2018

  Dear Mr. Nicoll:

Thank you for submitting a Request for a Presidential Modification to the application of DC922.4 on behalf of the USEF Driving Sport Committee. A Presidential Modification is granted in cases of substantial, extraordinary circumstances. When measured against that criterion, it has been determined that your Request meets the standard for a Presidential Modification and is, therefore, approved.

As a result of this Presidential Modification, driving carriages at the Preliminary and Intermediate levels will not be subject to the minimum weight requirements outlined in DC922.4 for the remainder of the 2018 competition year.

In reviewing the Request, it was noted that the Driving Sport Committee has approved a rule change which removes the minimum weight requirement of a driving carriage at the Preliminary and Intermediate level. It was also noted that 2018 is the first year in which driving competitions are offering Preliminary and Intermediate levels. This Presidential Modification is effective immediately and will continue through the effective date of the approved rule change – December 1, 2018.
For more information


 William J. Moroney
 USEF Chief Executive Officer

cc:       Murray Kessler, USEF President
            Matthew Fine, USEF Chief Compliance Officer
            Mike Arnold, American Driving Society President
            Danielle Aamodt, USEF Director of Driving


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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 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 675 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 479 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 by September 1, 2018.

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Congratulations to our first ADS Driven Dressage Awards Medal winners!

Apr 18, 2018 542 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 477 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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