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We’re glad you stopped by to visit our website on distance driving. Perhaps you’ve just discovered MDDA and want to learn more about just what we do. Perhaps you’ve come to check the schedule to see when and where competitive drives are being held or check the results of past drives. Or perhaps you are just interested in looking at some photographs of our horses and drivers at the various competitions. Whatever the reason, thanks for browsing and drop us a line if we can answer any questions or be of service to you.

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Future Events

COLORama is Cancelled!

COLORama this weekend has been cancelled because of unsafe trails as a result of too much rain, and more rain predicted this week.  Please pass this along to any driving friends who were thinking of coming but don’t check our website regularly.  The cancellation has also been posted on UMECRA’s website and FaceBook page.


There are still three more driving events in October, so plenty of chances to get some great trail miles on your horse(s).  We hope to see you out there soon.

It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the news that Tim Casserly died earlier this week. He will be greatly missed.

Timothy D Casserly  1951 – 2016

Timothy D Casserly, 65, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 as a result of a tragic bicycle accident at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was born on July 23, 1951, the son of Harold and Cecelia Casserly. After graduating from Rockford Guilford High School in 1970, he served in the Army Reserves from 1970 to 1976. He was a journeyman electrician with IBEW Local 364. He married Ruth Aurand on September 17, 1983.

Tim was an Eagle scout, a private pilot and parachuted 99 times out of a perfectly good airplane. He and Ruth met on a frigid January weekend in 1982 on a Rock River Ski Association ski trip. Tim was a horse enthusiast, trail riding for many years, then driving his prized Arabian horses to many awards in distance driving competitions.He was a dedicated volunteer and member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and a natural mentor to many. He was a gadget guy, master tinkerer and considered himself Mr. FixIt.  “I can fix anything but the crack of dawn and a broken heart, but I’m still working on Dawn.” He leaves many broken hearts in his enormous circle of friends.

Predeceased by parents and sister Mary Bridget Creech.

Survivors include wife Ruth, brother John T Casserly, nieces and nephews Janna Perry, Patti Fink, Brad Olson, Carol Hannagan, Mark Voelkerding, Kenny Voelkerding, Charlotte Nicholas, David Arco, Eric Peterson, Emily Aurand, Alex and Henry Aurand, spouses and families.

We will have a Celebration of Life gathering on Sunday, 7/31 from 2 – 4 pm at the Union Church, 267 S. Pecatonica Road, Pecatonica, IL. Please bring nothing more than stories to share. Memorial contributions in Tim’s name would be greatly appreciated by the Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Area Council, 2820 McFarland Rd, Rockford, IL 61107 or the Seward Historical Society, P.O.Box 44, Seward, IL 61077.

Rule Change- no more “Limited Distance”

At the February board meeting, it was decided to eliminate the “Limited Distance” category, and replace it with a Restricted Mileage category.  One of the reasons for this change was because the Colorama drive only offers a 25 mile drive, which isn’t very “limited.”

The Restricted Mileage category is for those drivers and horses who complete less than 100 miles in a season.  A minimum of three drives will be required.  The one with the most points wins.  Any driver/horses(s) combination can compete.

26 More Driving Opportunities!

There are 26 more driving opportunities with UMECRA through October.  I sure hope we see you out there on the trail!  With a wide variety of driving venues, from beautiful groomed trails across the MN prairie, to challenging sandy trails along the Mississippi River in IL, there is something for everyone.

This past weekend was ApDRA at Palmyra.  Results have been posted in the Results tab.

Kettles and Bits is in the books

Apologies if this post doesn’t appear organized.  This is our first attempt at managing a website, and we are learning as we go.

The first competition is done, and we are excited about the upcoming year.  We have a member who was the rookie of the year last year, and a member who competed a few years ago, and is getting back into the sport.

Kettles and Bits is held at the Northern Kettle Moraine State Park near Campbellsport WI.  The trails are beautiful for driving: nice and wide with plenty of hills, curves, prairies, and views.  The campground has quite a few reserveable electric sites, plus numerous non-reserveable sites in the group campground.  I will post some results here, until we get the official results posted in the Standings section.   Saturday Results:  15 Miles.  1.  Mary Clapper with Ben (Rocky Mtn Horse) , 2.  Tim Casserly with Sammie and Bachlava( Arabs), 3.  Alice Hubert with K-Macaroni (Standardbred), 4.  Ray Hubert with Lone Oak (Standardbred.)  Sunday Results: 15 miles.  1. Tim Casserly with Sammie and Bachlava( Arabs), 2. Jeanne White with Chessica (Haflinger,) 3.  Alice Hubert with K-Macaroni (Standardbred) May 7-8, 2016 Team Casserly and JeanneMay 8, 2016 Crossing the BridgeMay 7-8, 2016 Team Casserly and Mary Clapper May 7-8, 2016 Meeting Kay May 7-8, 2016 Loki Hanging Out May 7-8, 2016 Kay on Sunday May 7-8, 2016 Jeanne White and Chessica May 7, 2016 Ben's trot out May 7, 2016 Mary Clapper and Ben May 7, 2016 Meeting Loki


See you out on the trail soon!

2016 Driving Schedule


I think I have the 2016 driving schedule posted.  Please check it out and let me know if it needs editing.



Scooter Deweese is for sale.

The Deweese family is ready to sell Jac’s driving horse Scooter. His
ad is on craigslist here:

Please contact Laura at or 698-429-3697 if you are interested in Scooter.

Thank you in advance for passing this along to anyone that may be interested in a trained distance driving horse.

Thank You from Deweese family

Wanted everyone to know that we received a Thank You note today from the Deweese family:

To Members of MDDA,

Thank you for all the kindnesses you have shown to our family. It is a great comfort to us at this time. Our father was a very special man and he especially loved the time spent with his MDDA family. Our hope is that we can take our mother to some of the events if possible. She would love to see all of you. The flower box and flowers are beautiful. Thank you for the $50 gift. It is going to a great organization that has helped our parents.

Marguerite, Laura, Michelle, Becki & Rich

Jac Deweese obituary

Jacque Edwin DeWeese age 77 of Pardeeville, WI died on Wednesday January 6, 2016 at his home. Jacque was born on Dec. 14, 1938 in Delta Iowa to Warren and Hazel (Showman) DeWeese. He married Marguerite Tracy on Jan. 3, 1970 in Davenport Iowa. Farming was Jacque’s passion. He graduated from Iowa State with an animal science degree in the mid-60’s and immediately got work at Oscar Mayer in Davenport, IA. In 1972 he was transferred to the Madison office to work as an industrial engineer, which he did faithfully and well for over 30 years. He was recognized by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeder’s Association as a Master Shepherd in 1984. He was also a member of the Dorset Association in the 80’s. In 1997, he decided to take up driving horses. It was something he had done as a child, and in his retirement, this became an outlet for his passion for horses. He bought Nora, took some driving lessons and then joined MDDA (Midwest Distance Driving Association) sometime later. He quickly got involved in organizing driving events, served in many offices and organized clinics to help other drivers learn the craft. Other interests include, canoeing, nature walks in the western states and in Canada, woodworking and welding. His latest projects included several styles of horse carts, including a model that accommodates a wheelchair, several featuring better suspension and a model for a miniature horse. Jacque in Survived by his wife Marguerite, Son Richard DeWeese, Daughters: Laura Veselovski, Michelle DeWeese and Becky Mielke and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at the Picha Funeral Home in Portage, WI, Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Reminder: Annual Meeting and 2015 Awards Banquet Sunday 12/6

Just wanted to remind everyone of the banquet, awards and annual meeting THIS SUNDAY at the McFarland Municipal Center.  Remember to bring a dish to share!


11am Doors open

11am – 12pm Socialize

12pm – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00 – 1:30pm Surprise Speaker!

1:30 – 2:30pm Business Meeting:

Secretary – approve past minutes

Treasurer – approve treasure report

Old business:

Review 2015 Iron Oak (issues that require attention for 2016)

New business:

Discuss any changes in rules and/or awards

Definition of “Limited Distance”

Board of Directors, nominations, vote.

Election of Officers for 2016

2:30 – 3:30pm Awards Presentation

3:30 – 4pm Cleanup/Put away