Hello Members,
Your March 2015 Journal should be arriving with you as I post this message; (unfortunately
due to space limitations we were unable to include these comments in the Journal). It is great
to see reflected within the pages such a wide variety of activities throughout the country, and
members enjoying time with their horses and ponies.
Within the March issue you will find a range of important information;
The CDE Review has entered its next stage and outlined in the Journal (and also here on the
website) are proposed changes to the structure of CDEs and the CDE Grading system for your
This review is one of the most comprehensive consultative processes ever undertaken within
the ACDS and I have been very impressed by the positive commitment and energy of all
those involved to date.
As we enter the member-feedback stage of the review, I ask everyone to consider the
proposals with an open mind – naturally, the suggested changes won’t necessarily appeal to
everyone, but it is important to remember that we have to achieve a reasonable balance to suit
the differing needs of the sport and those participating, and therefore compromise is critical to
reaching an effective outcome. I encourage all interested members to submit constructive
comments on the proposals to your State CDE Convenor by the specified closing date.
The 2015 ACDS Federal Conference will be held this year in Dookie, Victoria. The
Conference Organising Team has put together a fantastic program, so please give some
thought to participating this year, as I have no doubt you will find attendance informative and
As part of the Conference of course will be the AGM and in this issue we call for nominations
for Office Bearers, and Expressions of Interest for Council Appointments – if you are in a
position to lend your skills and time to any one of these roles, please consider doing so – the
contribution and involvement of a wide spectrum of our members is very important to the
function of the Society.
We are seeking the input of members with artistic talents to enter the competition to design
the cover of our new CDE Rule Book. The single rule book, planned for release in August
this year, is a major step forward for the ACDS and as such it deserves an exciting design to
accompany the launch. So please put pencil to paper (or keyboard and mouse to work) and
have a go.
Alongside a number of other important projects currently underway, Federal Council has
commenced work on the development of a Strategic Plan for the organisation. Whilst such
exercises can all too often be viewed with a healthy dose of scepticism, when done well they
are an important foundation for good governance and sound decision making, and Council
will continue this process over the coming months.
As I alluded to in my opening paragraph it is very encouraging to hear and read of such high
levels of driving enthusiasm in all States. Along with strong activity in Showdriving,
Dressage and CDEs in the coming months, particularly exciting are plans for the expansion of
Enduro’s into Qld and WA. I wish the respective organiser’s of all these events every success.
Most importantly all this activity demonstrates that our Clubs and organising committees are
actively pursuing ideas to promote and grow carriage driving in Australia, and Federal
Council will continue to work to support them in these endeavors.
Safe and happy driving,
Brendan Dwyer
Federal Vice President.
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The complete article as it appears in the March Journal.

Get Involved, for the budding graphic designers and those with ans artistic bent.
How about designing the cover of the New ACDS Combined Driving Events rule book. It is our very own Australian book and will be published in just a few short months. Entries close 12th June.

CDE Update – July 2014

Further to a range of opportunities and concerns identified during the Federal Conference CDE Forum, and with the agreement and support of the Federal CDE Convenor, Federal Council has resolved to defer a decision on adoption of the planned 2014 CDE Rules Variations until 1st January 2015.

Federal Council recognises and appreciates the significant amount of work that has gone into the development of the proposed 2014 CDE Rules variations. This decision is to allow the Federal CDE Committee additional time to consider those matters raised in more detail.

Accordingly, clubs organising CDEs should continue to use the ACDS Variations Booklet applicable from 1st August 2013 and continue to insert the following words in their event schedules:

This Event will be judged under the Rules for International Combined Driving Events, FEI Rules 10th Edition 1-1-09 (Updated 1/1/2013) & ACDS Variations as at 1st August 2013.

Members are advised that the FEI Rule book 10th Edition, Updated to 1 January 2013 can now be found on the FEI website via this link http://www.fei.org/fei/regulations/past

Federal Council also resolved to suspend the allocation of CDE Grading Points until 1st January 2015 in order that no competitors are potentially disadvantaged whilst matters related to grading and class structures are considered. However, event results should continue to be sent to the Grading Officer as normal.

Additionally the Federal Vice President has been delegated to assist the Federal CDE Committee in the process of considering the wide range of matters identified during the Federal Conference CDE Forum.

Members input into the process is encouraged and comments / suggestions may be sent using the feedback form below or to cdefeedback@australiancarriagedrivingsociety.org or alternatively contact your respective State CDE Convenor. Once the various matters raised have been considered, draft proposals will be developed and distributed for further comment.

Statement authorised by ACDS Federal Council Executive & Federal CDE Convenor.

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Updates from the Federal CDE Committee

NOTICE 1: The FEI Rule book 10th Edition, Updated to 1 January 2013 can now be found on the FEI website via this link http://www.fei.org/fei/regulations/past

NOTICE 2: The ACDS Federal CDE Committee has being analyzing the FEI’s changes in the 2014 FEI Rules for Driving and their effect on driving in Australia. As a consequence of this analysis, any proposed changes to the ACDS rules will be put to the State CDE Committees and the general membership (in the March ACDS Journal) prior to a new ACDS Variations Booklet being put to Federal Council at its meeting in July 2014 and to take effect from 1st August 2014.

This means that until advised otherwise, Australian CDE competitions will use the FEI Rules for Driving Events as at 1st Jan 2009 (updated 1st January 2013) and ACDS Variations as of 1 August 2013.