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The ADS Board of Directors invites you to join us for the ADS 50th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting Weekend

October 9-13, 2024

Big Sky Farm in Southern Pines, NC

Registration is open until September 15. Login to the ADS website if you are a member, then register HERE. Need assistance with registration? We'd be happy to assist you over the phone. Call (608)237-7382 M (9-5 Eastern), T (9-1), Th (9-1), F (9-5).

Tentative Schedule:

Wednesday October 9, 2024

9:00 Stables Open

12:00-4:00 Hospitality at Big Sky Lounge - soda, water, snacks

12:00-4:00 Marked trail available to drive at will


Thursday October 10, 2024

8:00-10-00 Hospitality Big Sky Lounge - light breakfast, coffee, tea, donuts

10:00-12:00 ADS History Over the Years, under Big Sky Tent

10:00-12:00 Marked Carriage Drive (5k)- driven at will 

11:00-2:00 Boxed Lunch Big Sky Tent

12:00-4:00 Registration Big Sky Lounge

1:00-2:00 Attelage (marked route with tasks and cones, 5k) judged by Sem Groenewald

2:00- 3:00 Safari Drive, judged, equine and golf cart divisions, awards for most animals, fastest time and best suited for safari (5k)

3:30 Four in Hand and Coaching Seminar
VSE/Pony Measurement Training for Licensed Officials & Pony Measuring

6:00 Light dinner and cocktails for 2024 donors at the Benefactor, Coachman, Wheeler, and Leader levels or Annual Meeting $1,000+ Level Sponsors at Daphne White's home


Friday October 11, 2024

8:00-4:00 Hospitality Big Sky Lounge

9:00-11:00 Golf Cart Cones Courses

10:00-11:00 Blindfold Golf Cart Cones - 8-10 cones, timed, awards, golf carts provided

10:30 Picnic Drive through Southern Pines to Kaylor Field (8 miles roundtrip), boxed lunch for all registered, carriages return to Big Sky at 1:00

2:00 ADS Committee Meetings - Big Sky Tent
2:00-3:00 How to Become a Licensed Official, Big Sky Tent

2:30-4:00 Claire Reid’s Carriage House Tour curated by Jack Day

5:00 Carriage House Tour, Cocktail Party & Horn Blowing Competition- Jamie O’Rourke’s “The White House” and Drumatee Stable in Honor of Mary O’ Rourke, curator Jack Day.
5:00 Scavenger hunt form due to Margaret Crevar in the office


Saturday October 12, 2024

8:00-4:00 Hospitality Big Sky Lounge

9:00-11:00 Pleasure Driving Course Design Contest & CD Obstacle Design Contest - timed, judged, awards
11:00- 12:00 - Centennial Drives

11:00-2:00 Boxed Lunch Big Sky Tent
1:00 Guided Drive (6 miles). Drivers pickup box lunch under tent and meet in the Warm-Up Area. 

12:00-3:00 Educational Events Big Sky Tent 
  • Dave Quist- Carriage Maintenance in field
  • Shelly Temple Dressage Clinic
  • Farm Life - Sharon & Jim Granito

4:00-5:00 ADS Annual Meeting of Members at Douglass Community Center Auditorium 

6:00 ADS 50th GALA & Awards Dinner - Big Sky Tent 


Sunday October 13, 2024

9:00-12:00 ADS Board & Directors’ Meeting at Douglass Community Center Auditorium 

11:00 Four in Hand Club Seminar at O’Rourke Carriage House

12:00 Four in Hand Annual Meeting at O’Rourke Carriage House

Stabling is limited, so please make sure to purchase your stalls when you register. On-site RV spots have sold out, but you can google "RV parks in the Southern Pines, NC area" to make reservations off-site. 

We have a hotel block reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Southern Pines. The rates are $164 (standard) or $184 (studio). The deadline for booking under the ADS block is August 8, 2024. You must use this booking link to reserve in the ADS block: Hampton Inn & Suites ADS Link

Registration is open until September 15. Login to the ADS website if you are a member, then register HERE. Need assistance with registration? We'd be happy to assist you over the phone. Call (608)237-7382 M (9-5 Eastern), T (9-1), Th (9-1), F (9-5).

Please consider making a donation to the ADS Annual Meeting, click HERE to be routed to our Donation page.

Coming for the weekend? We suggest:

  • For those who might want to play golf, we have several courses within

    10 miles. For tee times contact the following clubs:

    Hyland 910-692-6400

    Longleaf 910-692-6100

    Mid Pines 910-910-692-2114

    Pine Needles 910-692-8611

    There are many more in the area including Pinehurst.

  • There is very nice shopping in downtown Southern Pines which is three

    miles from the show grounds. Also, the Village of Pinehurst is seven miles


  • Go online and look up things to do the Southern Pines, NC and

    Pinehurst, NC. You with find among others hikes in Weymouth Woods,

    visiting our many breweries, kayaking on the reservoir, etc.

  • NC is known for its pottery. Visit Seagrove NC for a great shopping treat.