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Dec

2018

Approved 2019 ADS Rule Change Proposals (RCPs)

The following RCPs go into effect January 1, 2019.

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12

Dec

2018

Membership votes in 2019/2020 ADS Board of Directors

Important business from the 2018 ADS Annual Members Meeting weekend included the election of 2019/2020 Board of Directors and Officers.

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12

Dec

2018

Formal Dispensation Process for ADS Para-Drivers

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

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12

Dec

2018

Changes to Fees

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.

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12

Dec

2018

Introducing the ADS Preliminary Calculated Championships

During the December 2, 2018 ADS Board Meeting Marc Johnson and Mike Arnold proposed to create the ADS Preliminary Calculated Championships for 2019.

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12

Dec

2018

Clarifying the Safety Vest Rule

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

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Nov

2018

FEI Opens Bidding Process for Individual World Championships in 2022

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

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Aug

2018

US Equestrian Announces New Safe Sport Training Requirements

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

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.

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29

Aug

2018

2018 ADS North American Preliminary Champions Announced

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 americandrivingsociety.org 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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Jul

2018

USEF Presidential Modification

 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

Sincerely,
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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