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Come Drive With Us! 

Come Drive With Us! 

We are a statewide, not-for-profit equine driving association dedicated to the fun, sport, and tradition of carriage driving. We offer education, clinics, competitions, social gatherings, and other activities. A "whip" is the term used to describe the driver of a carriage, and our whips would be happy to have you join them! There are no requirements to become a member, other than agreeing to safety rules and becoming an annual dues-paying member. We look forward to driving with you and enjoying the fun together. 

Learn.

Find Instructors, connect with a mentor, ask questions, and get answers as you begin a new journey with your horse or pony.   Driving is about as much fun as you can have with your horse.

Drive.

Participate  in group drives, competitions, clinics and social events all while enjoying the camaraderie of horse people who seem to become lifelong friends.  

 

Share.

Share your experience by being a mentor to someone who is new and eager to learn.  Volunteer your time.  It is up to our members to keep the sport approachable, relevant and fun.

 

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A Welcome from our President

Welcome to the Florida Whips! 

Whether you're a seasoned whip or just beginning to explore the world of carriage driving, our club offers a diverse community where enthusiasts come together to share their passion for this time-honored tradition.

 

At Florida Whips, we celebrate not only the artistry and skill of carriage driving but also the camaraderie and friendship that naturally evolve among our members. Our club prides itself on fostering an inclusive environment where everyone, from novices to seasoned drivers, feels supported and encouraged.

 

Throughout the year, we organize a variety of events and activities designed to cater to all interests and skill levels. From educational clinics and workshops to pleasure drives and competitive events, there's always something exciting happening at Florida Whips.

I encourage you to explore our website thoroughly. Here, you'll find details about our upcoming events, membership information, and resources to help you improve your driving skills.

 

I am honored to serve as your President and am committed to ensuring that the Florida Whips continues to thrive as a welcoming and dynamic club. Our success depends on the active participation and enthusiasm of each member, and I invite you to get involved, share your ideas, and contribute to our vibrant community.

Thank you for joining the Florida Whips. I look forward to meeting you at our next event and sharing in the joy of carriage driving together.

 

Warm regards,

Sandy Hebert
President
The Florida Whips

Hours to Drive...Make sure you turn in your Hours to Drive Logs (Driving Buddies Log, Hours to Drive Log, and Youth Hours to Drive Log) before May 1. Awards at the annual meeting!

 

The Southern Drive is coming up quickly!  Dates are May 10-12, 2024, at The Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida.  Please go to https://thegrandoaks.com/event/6103/ for more information.

 

The Florida Whips Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the West Gallery of Grand Oaks.  Information and registration forms are available on The Grand Oaks website: thegrandoaks.com .  Information on lodging is also available on the website.

 

Elections for Board Officers will be held at the Whips Annual Meeting on Saturday.   Please bring your membership card or identification card to be eligible to attend the meeting and to vote.  For more information about the annual meeting please see the attached flyer.

 

The results of the Photo Contest will be a highlight of the meeting. Get your photos in soon.  See the attached poster for details.

We are looking forward to seeing those photos of your fellow Whips members.

Florida Whips are now an American Driving Society Blue Ribbon Club!

Blue RibbonClubs must have a minimum of 75% of members who are also ADS members OR a minimum of 75 ADS members in their club to apply for designation as a Blue Ribbon Club. The purpose of this designation is to encourage ADS membership and present Blue Ribbons Clubs to the membership and driving community.
 
The benefits of Blue Ribbon Club designation include: 
•    Free ADS Club Membership for the following year
•    Use of the Blue Ribbon Club logo for your club publications and activities
•    Special coverage featuring your club and activities in The Whip
•    Blue Ribbon designation in the Regions section of the ADS Website
•    One copy of the current year ADS Rulebook
•    A package of digital educational seminars on driving, horsemanship, sportsmanship and animal care for Blue Ribbon Clubs to show at club events.
Thank you all for being American Driving Society Members!

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