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Jun

2019

ADS Members Letter re Affiliate Agreement, 6.11.19

 The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) has a proud 45-year tradition of focus on our core mission of supporting, developing and enhancing the sport of carriage driving in the United States. For many years that tradition has also included being the carriage driving affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF). 
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11

Feb

2019

2018 Hours to Drive

Meet fellow ADS members who've been logging their hours on the box seat....in a wonderful variety of pursuits.
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13

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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19

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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