Recreational Driving is, generally speaking, non-competitive driving. There are some activities that fall under Recreational Driving, such as long distance carriage driving, which have a competitive component; but even in a long distance drive, you are not at a "horse show" per se.
For many, recreational driving is just taking a drive in an arena or around the pasture. For others, it may mean driving on quiet backroads. For others, it may mean really roughing it out on the trails. Some may choose to try their hand at driving through town. Be aware that in many cities or towns, to give "rides" on your carriage, you need to be licensed and be insured.
The ADS provides support, educational opportunities and other benefits to the recreational driver.