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ADS Announced New Date and Location for 2020 North American Championships

ADS Announced New Date and Location for 2020 North American Championships

Jul 27, 2020 90 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) is pleased to announce that Tryon International Equestrian Center will host the 2020 ADS North American Preliminary and Intermediate Championships at the Tryon CDE, September 17 – 20 in Tryon, North Carolina. The Tryon CDE will also offer USEF Advanced classes.

“We are pleased to be able to host the NAC’s at TIEC,” said Organizer Jennifer Matheson. “This is an excellent opportunity for our driving community to compete at a World Championship venue.”  TIEC was the host site for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

Both Dressage and Cones will be held in a sand fiber mixture footing arena and the marathon course winds through a former golf course. There will be a controlled warm-up for the marathon with a warm-up obstacle. Permanent stabling will be utilized and there will be plenty of space to spread out the competitors in keeping with USEF and ADS Covid-19 Action Plans.

Further information can be found at www.tryon.com/driving

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ADS Covid-19 Action Plan

Jun 5, 2020 374 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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Canceled Events - please note that unless you click on this link you will not see all canceled events.

Mar 16, 2020 1674 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

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 www.lexingtoncarriageclassic.com
​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
*RESCHEDULED: Tejas Carriage Association CT, November 14, 2020, Texas
Pine Tree CT & CDE, October 16-18, 2020, North Carolina
Skunk River HDT and CT July 17-19, 2020, Iowa
Southern New England Carriage Driving Association Fall Driving Affair, September 12-13, 2020
MARD  The Mid-Atlantic Recreational Drive - September 10-13, 2020
Timberland CT and HDT - Sepetermber 11-13. 2020

 Nashoba Carriage Classic and Driving Derby - October 16-18, 2020 Tennessee
Equitana 2020, KY
Longview by the Lake DT, September 19-20-2020, Kansas
Saratoga CT and DT, October 3-4, 2020, NY

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

Mar 16, 2020 352 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

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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2020 Northeast Recreational Drive

Update on the 2020 Northeast Recreational Drive (NERD)

Mar 12, 2020 361 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

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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Membership votes in 2019/2020 ADS Board of Directors

Dec 12, 2018 1654 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Important business from the 2018 ADS Annual Members Meeting weekend included the election of 2019/2020 Board of Directors and Officers. The slate of nominees as presented by the ADS Nominating Committee was approved as follows after the proposal by the Governance & Bylaws Committee requesting allowance for more than one Vice President was passed during the Annual Members Meeting:





Daniel Rosenthal


Vice Presidents:

Dana Bright, Education Committee Chair

Shelly Temple



Teresa Bron



Pat Cheatham, Finance & Audit Committee Chair


Regional Directors:


Northeast Region – Dianne Koopman

Mid-Atlantic Region – Heidi Ferguson, Recreational Driving Committee Chair

Southeast Region – Maureen Grippa

Central Region – Lynn West

Midwest Region – Jada Neubauer

Southwest Region – Hilda Wilkins

Pacific Region – Pam Miller-Mitchell

Northwest Region – Ann Craig


Directors at Large:


Maren Amdal

Jessica Axelsson, Licensed Officials Committee Chair

Gwen Bassetti

Allyn Carman, Rules Committee Chair

Suzanne Edwards

Kacy Tipton-Fashik

Ruth Graves

Margaret Grillet, Governance & Bylaws Committee Chair

Marc Johnson, Combined Driving Committee Chair

Tracey Morgan, Dressage Committee Chair

Jeff Morse, Pleasure Driving Committee Chair

Kelly Valdes, Development Committee Chair

Esther R. “Boots” Wright, Event Standards Committee Chair

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