The members of the newly formed USEF Carriage Pleasure Driving Committee held their first meeting on March 7 at the U.S. Equestrian Federation office in Lexington, Ky.
Jill Ryder, the executive director of the Carriage Association of America and a former chairman of the USEF Driving Committee, heads the new committee. Vice Chairman Debbie Banfield is president of the United States Driving for the Disabled and manages the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown, Ky.
This 19-member committee will work to broaden competitive opportunities for pleasure drivers and to expand the Horse of the Year and high-point awards programs.
Carriage pleasure driving is a rapidly expanding sport that is increasingly becoming a part of breed shows throughout the country, including the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals and the Morgan Grand Nationals and World Championships.