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2009 marked the start of recognizing Standardbreds for their accomplishments in carriage driving, with a hi-point Standardbred award presented at the Lorenzo Driving Competition.

In 2013, the USTA worked with the American Driving Society (ADS) to recognize Standardbreds that participate in ADS approved competitions.

The HDT/CDE USTA Award recognizes those that participate in at least two HDT or CDE shows in the December 1 – November 30 show year. To apply for the breed award, the participant must be an ADS member and this application form must be received at the USTA offices by December 15th. The team with the best score receives a credit towards further training with the trainer of their choice.

HDT/CDE USTA Award Winners

2013 Chuck McGrath & Muskiemar I

The USTA also recognizes those that participate in the Hours to Drive program with their Standardbred. ADS members should make a copy of the form submitted to the ADS and send that to the USTA along with this cover form.

For more information about the American Driving Society, visit their website.

Lorenzo Hi-Point Standardbred Winners

2009 Kathleen Haak & Draken

2010 Leslie Carlson & OverJordan JonKash

2011 Leslie Carlson & OverJordan JonKash

For more information on the Lorenzo Driving Competition, visit their website.

This video shows inaugural winners Kathleen Haak & Draken at the Lorenzo Driving Competition.

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Article ©2013 by the American Driving Society and used by permission.