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Jun

2020

ADS Covid-19 Action Plan

The ADS Executive Committee along with an Ad-Hoc Committee it appointed, comprised of the Technical Committee Chairs (Pleasure Driving, Combined Driving, Dressage, and Event Standards) have been working hard to develop a statement about Covid-19 compliance and recognition of ADS competitions. 

The situation with regard to Covid-19 awareness,  management and mitigation changes every single day. All of us who have worked on this matter of behalf of the ADS are deeply devoted to the sport of driving and would like nothing more than to be able to return to a normal competition environment. Our Executive Committee and the 4 technical committees will continue to monitor changes daily and as soon as a consensus emerges in support of reduced distancing that would allow for more than one person on a carriage will implement that change joyfully.
 

June 9, 2020

Dear ADS Members and Organizers,

We have received many concerned comments from the membership and we continue to evaluate and update this Action Plan while considering member feedback, changing conditions, and industry standards.

We are pleased to inform you that the prohibition against more than one person on a carriage has been deleted from our Covid-19 Protocol. We do expect masks to be worn even when they are not worn in private settings. 

6.25.20 ADS Covid-19 Action Plan

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May

2020

ADS Covid-19 Survey Results

Click below for a summary of survey results by state.

ADS Covid-19 Survey Results by State

Respondent’s Notes from Covid-19 Survey 

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16

Mar

2020

Canceled Events - please note that unless you click on this link you will not see all canceled events.

Northwest Horse Expo - March 20-22, 2020 - Oregon
Equine Affaire - April 2-5, 2020 - Ohio
Southern Pines CDE and ADS NA Preliminary and Intermediate Championships) - April 9, 2020 - North Carolina
Black Prong CT & DT - March 27, 2020 - Florida
Windsor Trace CDE & CT - March 20, 2020 - South Carolina
Northeast Recreational Drive (NERD) @ Rockefeller - September 24-27,2020 - New York
Gladstone Driving ADT @ Willow Brook Farms - April 18, 2020 - Pennsylvania
Suffolk Stables Schooling Show - April 5, 2020 - New Jersey
ADS Spring Board Meeting is now teleconference only - April 13, 2020 
Aiken Carriage Classic - April 18-19, 2020 - South Carolina
ADS Training Show - March 29,2020 - Hawaii - POSSIBLE RESCHEDULED date April 18th or 25th, 2020
Date Change - NTW Sunrise Ridge Driving Trial & Combined Test - from April 18-19, 2020 to September 5-6, 2020, Texas
Carriage Classic in the Pines - May 2-4, 2020 - North Carolina
Larry Brinker Clinic hosted by Brass Oaks Driving Club, March 27, California
Scott Monroe Clinic at Sargent Equestrian Center, California
Katydid CDE @ TIEC - April 22-26, 2020, North Carolina
Burbank Showcase Horse Show - April 23-26, 2020, California
James River Classic ADT - May 16th, 2020, Virginia
The Devon Horse Show and County Fair, May 2020, Pennsylvania
Toad Hollow ADT - April 25, 2020, Virginia 
Elk Creek CDE - June 6-7, 2020, Maryland
Equestrian Institute CDE - August 14-16, 2020, Washington
Morven Park International Equestrian Center Carriage Pleasure Show & Arena Driving Trial June 12-14, Virginia
Pioneer Pleasure Driving Show - May 30-31, 2020, Nebraska
HACA Pine Hill DT & CT - May 23-24, 2020, Texas
Bromont International Driving - June 26-28, 2020 - Canada
TCA Carriage Classic - May 9-10,2020 - Texas
TCA Dressage and Cones - September 12, 2020, Texas
Date Change - GMHA Spring Driving CT and ADT from May 9th and 10th 2020 to August 1st and 2nd, 2020. Vermont
Carolina Carriage Club DT & CT - May 16-17,2020, North Carolina
Metamora CT & CDE 2020 - June 26-28, 2020, Michigan
Vermont Morgan Heritage Days - July 4-5, 2020, Vermont
Eastern Iowa Carriage Glow CT & Pleasure Show - August 1-2, 2020, Iowa
The CDE at Inavale - July 17-19, 2020, Oregon
Lexington Carriage Classic - June 18-20, 2020, Kentucky - We will be running a virtual show starting next week that will be pinned during our show dates June 18-20. We will be posting details as to how to enter and class descriptions on Facebook and our website 
2020 Combined Driving Officials Clinic - July 17-19
Lorenzo Driving Competition - July 17-19,2020, New York
Gladstone Driving Horse Driving Trial - September 26-27, 2020, New Jersey
Wade Carriage Days and CT - July 17-19, 2020, Wisconsin
My Revelation Carriage Classic - July 11-12, 2020, Missouri
The Orleton Farm CT, DT and Pleasure Driving Show - August 6-9,2020, Massachusetts
NTW Sunrise Ridge DT & CT September 5-6 2020, Texas
Villa Louis Carriage Classic September 11-13, 2020, Wisconsin
Colorado CDE and CT, September 25-27, 2020, Colorado

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16

Mar

2020

March 13, 2020 Letter from ADS President re COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Dear ADS Members, 

We join the organizers of the Southern Pines CDE, Black Prong CAC CT & DT, and Windsor Trace CDE and CT in deep disappointment at the notice that they’ve canceled their 2020 ADS-Recognized Events that fall within the next 30 days. We support the organizers’ choices and appreciate their reflection on and evaluation of the safety to the drivers, officials, and volunteers involved in their events. Southern Pines CDE was the location of the ADS North American Preliminary & Intermediate Championships in 2020, and this was to be a big retirement party for the organizers, as well as the location of the ADS Spring Board Meeting (which will now be held via teleconference).

The Board and staff of the ADS are monitoring the situation on the COVID-19 Pandemic as it relates to the safety of our members. The ADS encourages you to stay home if you are sick and to follow regulations put in place by your State and Local Governments. 

The ADS recommends that ADS Member Clubs limit large social gatherings and food services at events, restrict attendance to essential personnel, provide stocked handwashing and hand sanitizing facilities, and enact regular cleaning and sanitizing procedures for common areas and restrooms. 

Organizers of ADS-Recognized Events, as well as ADS-Member Club Events, should assess the risk based on conditions in their geographic area and make responsible decisions for their drivers, volunteers, officials, and members. 

I hope you are able to find time to get outside and enjoy driving. 

Sincerely,
Dan 
Daniel M. Rosenthal 
ADS President
WE are the ADS!!!

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Mar

2020

2020 Northeast Recreational Drive

Update on the 2020 Northeast Recreational Drive (NERD)

March 12, 2020
 

Update on the 2020 Northeast Recreational Drive (NERD)
 

The organizers of NERD made the difficult decision this morning to cancel the upcoming fall recreational drive at the Rockefeller Estate.

 

The vendors who supply the various goods and services that help make an event like NERD successful require a 50% non-refundable deposit six months in advance. If the pandemic continues and the event was cancelled at a later date, the personal financial burden to absorb those deposits would be unmanageable for the organizers. Additionally, drivers who registered could lose deposits on hotels, stalls, and other costs associated with participating. 

 

Organizers are exploring options to hold NERD on the same weekend, but in a venue which doesn’t require as much vendor infrastructure. 

 

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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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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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Dec

2018

Approved 2019 ADS Rule Change Proposals (RCPs)

The following RCPs go into effect January 1, 2019.

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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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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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