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2/1/16: Nominations Sought for ADS Board of Directors
From Pat Cheatham, Chair Nominating Committee

It’s time to begin assembling a slate for Officers and Directors who will serve a two-year term between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. These slates will be published on the 1st of July this year and will be voted upon during the 2016 Annual Membership and Board of Directors-elect meetings in Southern Pines, NC respectively. 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 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.

Read the full article and supporting documents

1/21/2016: Deirdre Pirie Passed Away

Deirdre Pirie died January 17th from progressive lung disease.  She had enjoyed visits at Christmas with her family and sisters, and was busy with final interior details for a new house to be shared with her son and his family in Ipswich, MA.  

Deirdre was a founder of the American Driving Society, co-organizer of the Myopia Driving Event (1975-2000), and instrumental in initiating United States Equestrian Team participation in international competitions in 1980.  She herself was a member of six successive USET four in hand teams that competed in World Team Championships between 1980 and 1990. 

Other talents included gourmet cook, skilled gardener, art collector, and expert horsewoman.  She competed successfully as a race horse trainer, Welsh pony breeder, endurance rider, fox hunter, and of course, carriage driver. 

1/19/16: PVF Peace of Mind Named USEF International Horse of the Year

(From USEF Communications): PVF Peace of Mind, the charismatic eight-year-old Morgan mare, reached unbelievable heights in 2015 and has proven to be unbeatable with owner Suzy Stafford. In the carriage, in an astonishing feat of competitive excellence, “Hunny” won in each of her three FEI combined driving events this year, including the CAI2* Hermitage Classic in Goshen, Ky., the prestigious CAI2* Kentucky Classic in Lexington, Ky., and a second consecutive win at the CAI2* Live Oak International in Ocala, Fla. Most importantly, Hunny’s dominating performance in all three phases of competition at Hermitage earned her and Stafford the 2015 USEF Single Horse Driving National Championship by an incredible 14-point margin over their closest rival. Hunny has been undefeated in the dressage arena this year with Stafford. Demonstrating her versatility under saddle, Hunny was undefeated at First Level ridden dressage and crowned First Level Show Champion at the popular Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show this summer.

See the video honoring PVF Peace of Mind at the USEF Year End Awards Gala on USEF Network.

1/19/16: NYC Carriage Horses

Have you been following the ongoing issues related to the carriage horses of New York City? As an organization, the ADS supports the city's carriage horses and drivers.

Jeff Morse, ADS Pleasure Driving Committee Chair has created a news hub for articles related to the carriage horses of NYC. Learn more at



competition updates

View all ADS recognized events in the electronic version of the Omnibus

June 11-12, Columbus Carriage Festival - Date change
Feb 24-28, Live Oak International - Secretary change
March 4-6, Black Prong - Fee Change and NEW Entry form
March 24-26, Windsor Trace - Division added
April 2-3, Sunrise Ridge DT - Added Intermediate
May 21, Carolina Carriage Club HDT - Secretary change


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