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MDDA at UMECRA Convention

Several members traveled to Michigan to attend the annual UMECRA convention.

They traveled with a mission and were well rewarded for their efforts.

Here is Ruth Casserly’s report:

Our MDDA Spares Kit skit was judged the Champion of the UMECRA Commercial Contest on Friday night. Great fun was had by all, the audience enjoyed it greatly. And apparently the judges did, as well. We had the great advantage of rehearsal time- all of us in the skit except Tony drove from Illinois to Michigan together, so there were multiple hours available for rehearsal!  But I must say, Alice’s idea of the Spares Kit and Gilligan’s Island tune (to say nothing of the grass skirts and leis she acquired), with lots of fluff added by me/Ruth, offered the best potential for a catchy routine. We put Tony to work holding buckets from Ace Hardware to collect all the Spares Kit contents we demonstrated, which worked out well…. He didn’t have to sing the tune and spit out all the words!
UMECRA year-end awards for the drivers were custom made mug/crockery with driver and horse names. Very nice!
And the Winners:
UMECRA-Drivers-1 UMECRA-Drivers-2
Tony Troyer
Alice Hubert
Tim Casserly
Showing off their
well earned awards.

Trail Use Survey

The following was forwarded to me and undoubtedly many others.  I thought posting it here would provide the broadest circulation to our members and other interested parties.

Dear WHC Directors & District Officers:


Please take a minute and fill out the below survey from The State Non-motorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council, advisory to the Department of Natural Resources, is looking for information on how existing trails are utilized and how the state-wide system can be improved. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.



Please pass this survey on to your friends and groups that you belong to!



Thank you from the WHC Trails Committee


Darla A. Schack

Administrative Assistant

Wisconsin Horse Council

121 S. Ludington Street

P.O. Box 72

Columbus, WI  53925

Phone:  (920) 623-0393

Fax:  (920) 623-0583



Season Coming to a Close

The season is nearly over.

The last competition is Big River, Oct 25 and 26 in Keithsburg, IL.

We had 13 different participants which is a slight improvement over the last couple of years.   Five of those 13 are new to the sport, Jeanne White, Charlene  Ehlert, Kathy Skoza. Diane Monson and Nancy Holmseth.  We hope they will join us in the future.

It was also great to see Wes Licht and Mary Clapper returning at Iron Oak.  Welcome back, hope you enjoyed the drive.

After Iron Oak the following have qualified for year end awards:  (5 drives required)

Pairs – Tim Casserly and Tony Troyer

Singles – Alice Hubert and Sharon Hahn

Unfortunately no member has qualified for a Rookie award:  (3 drives required)

Watch for Annual Meeting details.  It is planned for mid-December at the McFarland Community Center.


Get fired up for IRON OAK 2014

Does everyone have Iron Oak on their schedule for October 11 and 12? I certainly hope so! It’s coming up very soon….

The MDDA board of directors has been busily planning for this ride. We will start off with a set-up party at 9am on Friday morning (10/10) to put up Easy-Up tents, tables, vet area and water tanks. Tim and I plan to mark the trail on Wednesday.

Two riders, Victoria and Nancy have volunteered their services for a multitude of jobs over the weekend. We are SO grateful to them, and hope we can also count on MDDA members to help with additional duties such as scribing, P&Rs, running, secretarial help, etc. during the event. Remember, it’s an MDDA event! We’re a small group in membership so we have to make up for it in volunteership!

If you wonder how you can help, just come to Ukarydee that weekend and ask Tim or me!! But if you want to discuss things beforehand, don’t hesitate to drop me an email or post your comments here! :o)

Many thanks!!

Colorama – NEXT weekend, Who Is Coming??


Hope to see other drivers at Colorama next weekend!

And- of course I am in need of groom(s) for Tim and the boys so I can ride Harley in Comp. Not sure how many days the horses will handle- Friday, Saturday and Sunday are offered. Each day is 25 miles (!!) so it’ll be nice long drives with a 40 or 50 minute hold in the middle. Any volunteers? Let’s discuss!



Welcome and an Apology

We welcome Jeanne White and Chessica to the sport of distance driving.

I hope all went well and both Jeanne and Chessica enjoyed their experience.

It’s really encouraging to see new drivers give it a try.  Hopefully some of them will find it worth continuing.

Apology – I just realized that I’ve been keeping scores wrong for this season.  At the annual meeting it was decided that we would combine singles and pairs but I continued to break them apart.  This will have an impact on the total scores.  It may take a little time, but I’ll go back and correct the error as quickly as I can.

What Do You Like About Distance Driving?

I wonder if anyone will share their opinions on this subject?

Just to get the ball rolling here are some of my thoughts:

I really appreciated that distance driving was ‘low key’.  I didn’t have to ‘spit and polish’ my harness and cart (I hated show ring classes and that was one of the reasons).

I was participating with others who shared my enthusiasm for horses.

I really liked being on the trail with just my horse, yet knew that if anything happened there were others around to help.  (Actually had this experience when I upset and my horse ended up on a wood pile, unable to get up.  Riders helped move the wood so he could get back to his feet.  Unhurt, thank goodness.)

Enjoyed the people I met at the events.  Riders and drivers are great people.  Note:  It took some time but that may have been me more than everyone else.  I’m really something of an introvert and it takes a while for me to loosen up.

I liked the fact that I was actually able to drive for 2 to 4 hours at a time.  (This is the other thing I disliked about show ring events.  You spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for very little actual driving time.)

I also appreciated that there was a veterinary at the event.  I really liked the fact that my horse was being evaluated by a veterinary every time I competed and those vets were very willing and eager to discuss any issues that might arise.  (Scooter had an ulcer on his eye at one event.  Believe it or not an eye specialist was present and he got excellent care.  With treatment he cleared and has excellent vision.  He wouldn’t have gotten that level of attention if we hadn’t gone to that event.)


Well I have to admit that I’m not much of a camper.  Overnight was always stressful, but I found it worth the discomfort to be able to get more than one day of driving.  The horses never seemed to mind and generally were better performing on the 2nd day.  I simply had to do with less sleep.  (I had a hard time sleeping at an event.  It made the drive home a little tougher than it should have been.)

Will you share your likes and dislikes?

Louise Riedel Update

According to Elinore Tonsor the 25 mile drive at Louise Riedel is canceled, however there will be a 12 mile drive offered on both Saturday and Sunday.

The schedule has been updated to reflect this change.  (The change is not reflected in the ride flyer.)

New Drivers!

It is great to see some new faces giving our sport a try and we a very pleased to see Diane Monsory Monson and Nancy Holmseth among the participants at Mosquito Run.

Their scores of  365 and 358 are typical of a first time outing.  It takes experience to overcome ‘first time jitters’ (for both horse and driver) and it is likely that those scores will improve significantly after another drive or two.  (I don’t remember Scooter’s first score but I’m sure it was below 350 and I remember how hyper and exhausted my mare Nora was at her first drive.  It didn’t help that we lost the trail at one point and probably drove an extra 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile!  I’m not sure she scored over 300.  She didn’t have the faintest idea of what a trot out was or what she was supposed to do.  But after 3 drives she was always in contention.)

We welcome Diane and Nancy and hope they enjoyed their outing.


Endure – May 31 & June 1

Received this email from Chris & Marty Power, the ride managers:

We asked that folks let us know by May 20th if anyone wanted to do a driving event at Endure this year. So far we have only heard from the Casserly’s. We talked with Ray and Alice a few weeks ago and they said they would not be making it to Endure this year.

Do any of you know who else may be coming to do a driving event at Endure?



Hope to see some of you this weekend!!! (rac)