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2022 ADS Annual Meeting
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 12/14/2021
December 2-4, 2022 in Seattle, WA
2022 ADS Licensed Officials Super Clinic Date and Location
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 12/14/2021
The 2022 ADS Licensed Officials Super Clinic will be held July 7-10, 2022 in Lexington, KY. Clinicians: Karen Homer-Brown, Kail Palmer-Miller, Sara Schmitt, Keith Yutzy.
2022 ADS Spring Board Meeting
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 12/14/2021
The 2022 ADS Spring Board Meeting will be held April 1 & 2, 2022 in Atlanta, GA.
2021 North American Champions
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 11/13/2021
Results of the 2021 ADS North American Preliminary & Intermediate Championships.
Rule Changes for the 2022 Rulebook
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 10/29/2021
The Board of Directors of the American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) met on October 27, 2021 for their annual Fall Board Meeting during which, traditionally, they vote on Rule Change Proposals that have been reviewed by the members and the technical committees. After careful review of every comment submitted by ADS members and thorough discussion, the ADS Board voted as noted below. Thank you to all members who participated in the annual ADS Rule Change Process.
SURVEY-Spring 2022 Virtual Dressage Show
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 10/21/2021
To gauge interest in a Spring 2022 Virtual Dressage Show
2021 Proposed ADS Bylaws Changes for Member Review
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 9/17/2021
Please see the proposed bylaws that will be submitted to the ADS Membership for approval at the Annual Meeting of Members on December 4, 2021.
These Bylaws contain many typo and formatting edits as well as edits to improve clarity and to incorporate the Policies and Procedures of the ADS. A substantive change to the election of officers is also included to comply with New York Not for Profit Corporate Law. Comments are welcome from the membership until November 1, 2021. Click on the black arrow to the right to view the document. Email all comments to:
ADS Member Comment Period for 2022 Rulebook is LIVE until Sept 1, 2021
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 8/2/2021
It’s time again for our annual Member Comment Period on the Rule Change Proposals for the 2022 Rulebook. All ADS Members are automatically added to this Forum (You may opt out of this Forum Membership in your Member Profile at the top right of your screen when you're logged into the ADS website). As you probably know, the ADS updates and republishes the Rulebook annually. This allows for members to submit their suggested changes to the Rulebook, and those changes are considered by the technical committees and may be moved forward as Rule Change Proposals. Those proposals are then put up for a 30-day member comment period. Since this year the RCPs are being posted on August 2, the comment period will close on September 1.
ADS Annual Meeting (2021)
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 8/1/2021
The 2021 ADS Annual Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, Dec 3-5, 2021.
ADS Announces Virtual Dressage Show
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 7/27/2021
The ADS Triple Header Virtual Show. Rules and prize list here:
Proposals for FEI Rules Changes of Driving & Para Driving Rules (06.12.2021)
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 7/19/2021
Feedback on this proposal should be emailed to USEF ( as soon as possible.
ADS Course Design Clinic Registration Now Open
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 7/13/2021
Registration for the in-person clinic on Course Design Nov 7-9, 2021 in Windsor, SC.
Updated Harness Charts
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 7/12/2021
Updated Harness Charts for 2021 available in the ADS Store
Upcoming AdHoc/Organizers Zoom Meetings
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 3/30/2021
AdHoc/Organizers Zoom Meetings have been scheduled for the following dates.

April 20, 7pm East
May 4, 7pm East
May 18, 7pm East
June 8, 7pm East
June 29, 7pm East
July 20, 7pm East
August 3, 7pm East
Aug 24, 7pm East
Sept 7, 7pm East
Sept 21, 7pm East
Oct 5, 7pm East
Oct 26, 7pm East

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ADS Announces Combined Driving Webinar Series & Clinic
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 3/17/2021
ADS Course Design Webinars and Clinic

The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) is pleased to announce a new course of study, held as a combination of webinars and in-person clinic, for ADS members interested in pursuing their interest in Course Design. The course will be taught by world renowned Course Designer Richard Nicoll.

The webinar series, titled Combined Driving; The Role of the Course Designer, will be a three-part series concerning the Role and Duties of the Course Designer and the factors needed to be considered in course design. Each webinar, held via Zoom, will be scheduled for 1.5 hours; 70 minutes for lecture and 20 minutes for moderated questions.
Volunteers needed at The Carriage Barn Equine Adaptive Therapy
Published on: 2/23/2021
Kensington, NH - The Carriage Barn Equine Adaptive Therapy Programs is looking for volunteers to assist with Therapeutic Horseback Riding & Carriage Driving, Fundraising, Events, and Fun Activities. Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the week to work with horses and clients.
Omnibus Deadlines March 15
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 1/31/2021
Organizers-please submit your Omnibus entries by March 15 to have them included in the print version that's bound with the May Whip.

2020 News

In Memoriam: Camille Reed
Published on: 11/19/2020
Camille Reed of Snyder, TX, an ADS member who recently earned her 100 hour pin, died November 13th , 2020 in Lubbock, TX from complications related to COVID. Camille had a love for driving that was infectious; her enthusiasm for driving made you want to do better yourself. Camille organized a number of driving clinics in her area for her fellow drivers and competed in driving trials. Her desire to learn often took her beyond her comfort level but she had a passion to succeed with her pony, Tosca. Everyone who knew Camille all commented on her smile and friendly personality. Not only was Camille a dedicated driver, but she was also a lawyer. Her law firm was dedicated to abused and neglected children and as passionate as she was for horses, she was just as passionate about the children she represented. Camille will be missed by all her many friends and family.
In Memoriam: John Paulsen (1934-2020)
Published on: 9/18/2020
In Memoriam: John Paulsen (1934-2020)
2020 ADS Calculated Championships Canceled
Abbie Trexler
Published on: 6/10/2020
The 2020 Preliminary & Intermediate Calculated Championships have been canceled because there are simply not enough recognized combined driving events across the country for most drivers to qualify. The championships usually run from August to August, so there just hasn't been enough time for the events to occur. We regret that this had to happen, but we look forward to the championships returning in 2021.
ADS Covid-19 Action Plan
Published on: 6/9/2020
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.
ADS Covid-19 Survey Results
Published on: 7/14/2020
ADS Covid-19 Survey Results
Canceled Events (a running list of canceled driving events)
Published on: 7/14/2020
Canceled Events (a running list of canceled driving events)
ADS President
Published on: 3/13/2020
March 13, 2020 Letter from ADS President re COVID-19
Northeast Recreational Drive
Published on: 3/12/2020
Update on the 2020 Northeast Recreational Drive (NERD)