The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) is pleased to announce its newest awards program, the ADS Driven Dressage Awards. A team of driven dressage enthusiasts (Beth Rieselman, Gail Aumiller, Mary Phelps, Hardy Zantke, and Tracey Morgan) imagined this awards program and modeled it after a similar awards program offered by the United States Dressage Federation. The ADS has received generous funding from Gail Aumiller to cover all costs of this new program.
This program will encourage driven dressage and education striving towards better dressage, as well as increased ADS membership and more events offering dressage to be ADS recognized.
The awards offered are:
• Blue Medal: ADS Training Level Tests
• Bronze Medal: ADS Preliminary Tests
• Silver Medal: ADS Intermediate Level Tests and / or FEI 1* Tests
• Gold Medal: ADS Advanced Level and / or FEI 2** or 3** Tests (or equivalent = tests driven at FEI World Championships)
For each level four tests of the required level - or higher (see note 1 below) - with a score of below 48 penalty points - or above 70% - are required. Note: For all tests which do not have Presentation included = all ADT Tests as well as others which are not POM (Presentation on the Move) the 70% equals 45 penalty points, so for those the score must be below 45 penalty points.
Tests must have been driven at an ADS or USEF or FEI recognized event. (See Note 2 below)
Driver must be a current ADS member.
Each test must have been judged by an ADS, USEF or FEI licensed Combined Driving Judge, or an ADS licensed Driven Dressage Judge.
Each of the four tests must be from a separate drive (e.g. one cannot turn in three tests from three different judges all from the same drive when there were three judges judging). The tests do not need to be from four separate events in case an event offers more than one test - like a Driven Dressage Festival.
Tests must be from at least three different judges.
There is no time limit. The tests can be accumulated by the driver over any number of years. They can be driven with any number of different turnouts.
It is up to the driver to accumulate the four tests and send them in. Each test should have sufficient information to verify the date, the name and location of the event, and the name of the judge. This can either be done by stating sufficient information on the dressage tests score sheet and/or by providing a result sheet of the events showing the required information as listed above.
Where no individual dressage tests are available verifiable show result sheets will be acceptable too and in that case even an averaged score of all judges is acceptable.
Note 1: “Or higher” to mean: Applicants may turn in one or more tests from higher level than the one they are aiming for the reward, e.g. for a blue level award, where four training level tests are required, if the applicant has only three - or fewer, but has another one - or more - from the Preliminary level - or even from Intermediate or Advanced (all within the qualifying score) they may use those Preliminary, Intermediated, or Advanced Level tests. Similarly for all the other levels. Further: Turning in qualifying tests for a higher level will not automatically qualify for a lower level award as well, e.g. if one turns in tests qualifying for a silver medal, one will not also be awarded a blue and bronze medal.
Note 2: ADS recognized event that offered driven dressage, so ADTs, HDTs, Combined Tests, CDEs, and Pleasure Driving Shows all are acceptable.