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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

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

10:00-4:00 Hospitality Big Sky Lounge - soda, water, snacks

11:00-4:00 Marked Carriage Drive- driven at will

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

12:00-4:00 Registration Big Sky Lounge

1:00- 3:00 Safari Drive, judged, equine and golf cart divisions, awards for most animals, fastest time and best suited for safari

3:30 Four in Hand and Coaching Seminar


Friday October 11, 2024

8:00-4:00 Hospitality Big Sky Lounge

9:00-11:00 Golf Cart Cones Courses for non-drivers

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, boxed lunch for all registered, carriages return to Big Sky at 1:00

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

2:00 ADS Committee Meetings - Big Sky Tent

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

5:00 Carriage House Tour & Cocktail Party- Jamie O’Rourke’s “The White House” and Drumatee Stable in Honor of Mary O’ Rourke curator Jack Day


Saturday October 12, 2024

8:00-4:00 Hospitality Big Sky Lounge

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

9:00- 11:00 Driven Cones - times, judged, awards

11:00- 12:00 - Centennial Drives

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 Hotel 

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

7:00 Awards & Keynote Presentation


Sunday October 13, 2024

8:00-12:00 ADS Board & Directors’ Meeting at Hotel

12:00 ADS Board of Directors’ Lunch at Hotel

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 and RV spaces are LIMITED! Reserve your stalls and camper spots NOW by emailing

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

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