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The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS)

Established in 1974, The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) supports carriage drivers in the United States and Canada. The ADS is a 501c3 dedicated to the future of carriage driving and carriage driving competition. Help to preserve that future by supporting the ADS. You can do that best as a member of the organization which built and keeps the sport, maintains the Rulebook, creates and updates driven dressage tests, trains and licenses officials for driving events, supports regions and driving clubs, and forms the entire basis of the driving sport.

Over 80 ADS-recognized events are held across North America each year.

Since 1974 the ADS has operated primarily through its member volunteers—members helping members. The ADS has a 25-member Board of Directors and 12 committees that underpin the society: Combined Driving, Pleasure Driving, Recreational Driving, Education, Rulebook, Event Standards, Development, Dressage, Affiliate Relations, Licensed Officials, Executive, and Governance & Bylaws. 11 Honorary Directors who have a long history of service to the ADS act in an advisory role to the Board. Two staff members support the organization.

1974 Founding Officers and Governors of The American Driving Society, Inc.



President: Philip B. Hofmann, Annandale, NJ

Secretary: Robert G. Heath, Harrison, NY

Treasurer: John J.P. Weir, Califon, NJ

Vice-President: Charles W.  Kellogg, Sharon, NJ

Vice-President: William M. Remley, Pittsford, NY

Vice-President: Victor D. Shone, Millbrook, NY


Mrs. Dean Bedford

James Cagney

Mrs. J. Austin duPont

Hugh D. Holbrook

Clement R. Hoopes

Ward Melville

John M. Seabrook

Chauncey Stillman

Mrs. Barbara Brewster Taylor

Mrs. J. Macy Willets




Mrs. Clarkson Addis Jr.

Dr. Mark W.  Allam 

Mrs. James H. Blackwell

Miss Audrey Bostwick

Mrs. Alberta McW. Bowen

Sam Brod

Mrs. Anne A. Collins

Henry L. Collins III

Mrs. William C. Cox

Mrs. Harden L. Crawford III

Harrison Cutler

William P. Davisson

Mrs. Edward C. Dukehart

John H. Fairclough

J. Cecil Ferguson

Miss Marie Frost

H. Seymour Hall Jr.
Mrs. Phoebe Hamilton

Robert G. Heath
Scott Hill Jr.

Philip B. Hofmann

Charles W.  Kellogg

Mrs. Richard Kimball

Mrs. R.A. Larsen

Mrs. Jean McConnell

Mrs. John McDonald

Dr. E. D. Vere Nicoll

James O’Rourke Jr.

J. D. Pemberton

William H. Radebaugh

Mrs. Joanne Ranucci

Jon Riker

William M. Remley

Mrs. James K. Robinson Jr.

Tom Ryder

Miss Susan Saltonstall

Victor Shone

Dr. Otto H. Siegmund

Howard F. Streaker Jr.

William Taggert

Col Donald W.  Thackeray

John J.P. Weir

  George A. Weymouth

Mrs. John S. Williams