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ADS Covid-19 Action Plan

Jun 5, 2020 373 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

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. 

7.27.20 ADS Covid-19 Action Plan

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

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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. 

Daniel M. Rosenthal 
ADS President
WE are the ADS!!!


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Memo from the Governance & Bylaws Committee, September 15, 2018 Proposed Bylaw Changes

Sep 17, 2018 746 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

*Note to members: This proposed bylaws changed will be up for vote by the board at the November 7, 2018 ADS Board Meeting, and if it passes will be ratified by a vote of the members at the ADS Annual Meeting of Members on Dec 1, 2018.

The business of managing the affairs of the ADS has become increasingly complex. The ADS continues to rely, for the most part, on the efforts of volunteers as committee members, officers and directors. The bylaws of the ADS describe the role and title of Vice President but are silent on the issue of having more than one such individual. We believe that it would be useful for the board to be able to designate more than one Vice President. As a result, we are recommending changes in the bylaws of the ADS to specifically allow for the Board of Directors to choose more than one individual to be designated a Vice President. In the event that the board nominates more than one Vice President, one is to be identified as “First Vice President” solely for the purpose of identifying the individual who would act as in the place of the President in circumstances in which the President could not fulfill the responsibilities of that office.
Motion to be put before the ADS Board of Directors - We recommend the following changes be made to the bylaws of the ADS:

Article V. Directors
Section 1.
b) Change …”Vice President” To ‘’’Vice President(s)”
Section 4.
Change “whenever called by the President, Vice President or any two” to “whenever called by the President, Vice President (s), or any two)”
Article VI Officers
Section 1.
change “President, Vice President” to “President, one or more Vice Presidents”)
Section 3.
Vice President The Vice President – change name to Vice President(s) and The Vice President(s) shall
Add “in the event that the Board of Directors appoints more than one Vice President, one of these shall be designated as “First Vice President” for the sole purpose of applying the remainder of this Section.”
In the first sentence, change “The Vice President shall” to “the First Vice President shall”
Change “the Vice President to” “The Vice President(s) shall” in the last two sentences.
Article VII. Executive Committee
Change “the Vice President” to “the Vice Presidents”
Article XII Financial Policies
Section 3.
Bank Drafts
Change “countersigned by the President or Vice President to” “countersigned by the President or Vice President(s)”
ADS members should email comments to: danrosenthal@americandrivingsociety.org
Daniel M Rosenthal
Chair - Governance and Bylaws Committee
The American Driving Society, Inc.

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USEF Presidential Modification

Jul 25, 2018 1022 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

July 20, 2018

  Dear Mr. Nicoll:

Thank you for submitting a Request for a Presidential Modification to the application of DC922.4 on behalf of the USEF Driving Sport Committee. A Presidential Modification is granted in cases of substantial, extraordinary circumstances. When measured against that criterion, it has been determined that your Request meets the standard for a Presidential Modification and is, therefore, approved.

As a result of this Presidential Modification, driving carriages at the Preliminary and Intermediate levels will not be subject to the minimum weight requirements outlined in DC922.4 for the remainder of the 2018 competition year.

In reviewing the Request, it was noted that the Driving Sport Committee has approved a rule change which removes the minimum weight requirement of a driving carriage at the Preliminary and Intermediate level. It was also noted that 2018 is the first year in which driving competitions are offering Preliminary and Intermediate levels. This Presidential Modification is effective immediately and will continue through the effective date of the approved rule change – December 1, 2018.
For more information


 William J. Moroney
 USEF Chief Executive Officer

cc:       Murray Kessler, USEF President
            Matthew Fine, USEF Chief Compliance Officer
            Mike Arnold, American Driving Society President
            Danielle Aamodt, USEF Director of Driving


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Safe Sport

Jun 27, 2018 1000 Views 1 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The ADS and Safe Sport

Safe sport is a right of all athletes, and The American Driving Society, in partnership with USEF, supports this initiative.  Our policy statement is below, along with our position on drug testing.

As the Recognized Affiliate of USEF, the ADS will reciprocate any sanction imposed by USEF for a violation of the Safe Sport or Drugs & Medications policies. 

Driving should be enjoyed by all and safe for all.  Please take a moment to read our policy below.

As the Recognized Affiliate of United States Equestrian (USEF), the ADS supports their policy on Safe Sport, as follows:

There are numerous reasons to engage in equestrian sport at any level, from the beginner to the Olympic athlete. Equestrians share a love for the sport and a personal bond with the horse. People often engage in equestrian sport, whether in the role of an athlete, official, staff member, or other participant because of their love of horses and simply to have fun. In addition, equestrian sport encourages a healthy lifestyle and builds self-confidence. 

Unfortunately, sport can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct. All forms of misconduct are both intolerable and in direct conflict with the United States Equestrian Federation’s Vision Statement: to continue to lead equestrian sport in the United States while ensuring fairness, safety and enjoyment for an ever growing number of people.

There are six primary types of misconduct covered in this Safe Sport Statement for the purpose of athlete protection: 

• Emotional Misconduct 
• Physical Misconduct 
• Sexual Misconduct 
• Bullying 
• Harassment 
• Hazing 

Misconduct may damage an athlete’s psychological well-being.  Athletes who have been mistreated may experience social embarrassment, emotional turmoil, psychological scars, loss of self-esteem, and negatively affected relationships with family and friends. Misconduct often hurts an athlete’s competitive performance and may cause him or her to drop out of sport entirely. 

There is now a national Safe Sport Helpline that you can call 24 hours a day at 866-200-0796.

Any inquiries about the policies contained in this Safe Sport statement should be directed to safesport@usef.org or you can contact one of the following individuals on the Athlete Protection Team: Sonja S. Keating, General Counsel skeating@usef.org | 859 225 2045 Sarah Gilbert sgilbert@usef.org | 859 225 2022 Emily Pratt epratt@usef.org | 859 225 6956

The ADS and Drug Testing

As the Recognized Affiliate of United States Equestrian (USEF), the ADS will support their policy on drug testing as follows:

At USEF licensed competitions where there are ADS competitions held in conjunction with those USEF licensed competitions, all horses shall be subject to drug testing in accordance with USEF rules, which can be viewed through the following link:  https://www.usef.org/compete/resources-forms/rules-regulations/drugs-medications.  The use of drugs to mask pain, impact on equine behavior or enhance results is not compatible with equine welfare or true sportsmanship.

Horses entered in the ADS competition only are not subject to a drug fee.


For further information about Safe Sport, you can click on the link below for an online webinar.   

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Interested in the NEW ADS Safety Vest Rule?

Interested in the NEW ADS Safety Vest Rule?

Check out this article and much more in the May 2018 issue of The Whip

May 9, 2018 1786 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The new ADS rule reads: To require protective vests that meet applicable domestic or international standards for everyone participating on a carriage during a marathon or any competition that includes marathon-type obstacles starting January 1, 2019.  Junior requirements would be unchanged.

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Introducing ADS’s New Executive Director

Introducing ADS’s New Executive Director

Dec 21, 2017 4550 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

December 20, 2017

Cross Plains, WI. - The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) is proud to announce the promotion of Abbie Trexler to the position of Executive Director. Trexler was promoted from inside the organization after an open application and search process.

“Abbie reenergized The Whip in her last year and a half as Editor of ADS publications,” said ADS President Mike Arnold. “We look forward to her enthusiastic leadership and continued excellence.”

Abbie previously held the position of Associate Editor of The Morgan Horse magazine, and trained and bred Morgan horses prior to her work in publishing. She’s based in Pennsylvania where she resides with her husband and two small children.

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Nominations Sought: ADS Board of Directors

It’s time to begin assembling a slate for officers and directors who will serve a two-year term between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020

Dec 12, 2017 1608 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Nominations Sought: ADS Board of Directors

Pat Cheatham, Chair - ADS Nominating Committee

 It’s time to begin assembling a slate for officers and directors who will serve a two-year term between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. These slates will be published on July 1, 2018 and will be voted upon during the 2018 Annual Membership and Board of Directors-elect meetings. The membership will elect the board of directors and the elected directors will elect the officers.

I ask all ADS members to think about the tasks and challenges faced by our society and submit names of persons they would like to have as an officer or director. You may send suggestions to

ADSNomCom@americandrivingsociety.org. Please tell us which position you would like to see your candidate serve and why, along with the individual’s e-mail address and phone number. Your submissions will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and the person suggested may be interviewed. Your suggestions should be submitted no later than April 15, 2018. Any information received by the Nominating Committee will be held in strict confidence.

Members may also nominate someone for the board of directors from the floor during the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting.  Details for nominations from the floor will be published along with the proposed slate of candidates in July.

The ADS Nominating Committee makes every attempt to select individuals with the knowledge and expertise necessary to carry out the duties of the Board for the good of the society and our sport. All nominees must be members in good standing with the ADS. In addition to the regional directors, we work toward a geographical spread so all areas of the country are well represented.

Resources: Current Roster of Officers & Directors:


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