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WELCOME to MDDA

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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Puzzle Fun

Scooter Jigsaw Puzzle Katz and Talon Jigsaw Puzzle Jane and Wes Jigsaw Puzzle Glenn & Junior Jigsaw Puzzle

Future Events

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)

Fun Day – Memories

We sponsored Fun Days in 2003 and 2004, with mixed results.  The 2003 event held in mid-April was well attended and very successful while the 2004 event was on Jun 26th and had poor attendance and was generally considered a failure.

Just what was ‘Fun Day’?

All Fun Days started with a clinic to introduce participants to the sport of distance driving.  This was followed by a short drive, scored as a distance drive, to give participants the experience of an ‘actual’ drive. Sara Licht  Shade approaching Hazard 1 This was followed by ‘fun’ activities, activities that most drivers enjoy such as obstacles, cones and gamblers choice.  The event also included a lunch.

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I’m Puzzled

I find it puzzling that we have 149 subscribers and a total of 14 paid members.

Maybe the subscribers are only interested in following the exploits of our few active members or maybe we just aren’t offering what they really want.

I’d really appreciate it if these subscribers, who are not members, would give us some feedback.

  • Let us know what you really think of MDDA.
  • What would make you more likely to become members?
  • In the past we offered a 1 day clinic.  For an example visit 2008 clinic, or 2006 clinic.   Would you participate in a clinic on distance driving if it were offered?
  • A few years ago we had ‘Fun Days’.  For examples visit  2004 event, or the 2003 event.  Would this type event appeal to you?
  • Do you even have a horse/pony?

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Mini Driving Gelding w/cart and harness – SOLD

Posting for friend, I have no knowledge of this horse!

Mini driving gelding for sale, includes cart and harness. Dark bay gelding, 38″ tall, 16-17 years old, registered, very well broke. Asking $750 as a package to good home, serious inquiries only, please. 608-697-7900
Located in central Wisconsin, Portage area.

MDDA Horse Makes the Big Time Modeling Circuit.

Alice Hubert shared the notification that her photo was used by Dr. Robert Cook’s ‘The Bitless Bridle’.

Hi Alice,

 Just wanted to let you know that your photo is up on our home page J  www.bitlessbridle.com

 Warm regards,

 Carole

Congratulations to Alice and Lil Kay.  Nice photo and nice to hear your experience with the bitless bridle.

 

First Sleigh Ride

submitted by Alice Hubert

Sunday was a great day for a sleigh ride.  Temps near 30, and a good layer of snow.  Ray took the tractor out with our trail making sled, and made some paths around the farm.  Then we hitched Pete and Mini up and went for a 1.8 mile sleigh ride.  Mini would get very upset when Pete got close, and would try to swerve into his path.  She was also kicking up her heels and head tossing a lot, so she was feeling good.  I have a video that I will try to upload onto Facebook. I have noticed that for some reason Lil Kay wasn’t in any of the pictures.  I will have to remedy that.
Here are some pictures:

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Iron Oak – Opportunity!

Iron Oak, our MDDA club ride and drive event is nearly here, coming up on October 12 and 13.

We’re such a small club, everyone’s help is important.  Spouses, sons, daughters, members and non-members are welcomed!  We’ll be proud to accept your help

If you’ve never helped at one of these ride/drive events you’ll be amazed at how rewarding it can be.  Our participants are fine people and very appreciative.  It’s also a great opportunity to see if this sport is something you might enjoy.

We really need everyone’s involvement and help to put on a great event!

We will have a crew marking trails on Thursday 10/10, starting around noon. We can use manpower and tools (gator/4-wheelers, heavy staplers, etc.)!  (More help equals less work for everyone and faster completion!)

We also need a food coordinator- if you are (or might be) interested, please contact Ruth Casserly email.

Does anyone have a canopy we can borrow for use by our vets or the timer?

There will be lots of little jobs we’ll need help with during the event.  Even a few hours can make a big difference.  Please don’t be shy! Volunteer! 

Any questions, please contact Ruth or Tim Casserly, the Ride Managers at email

Hope to see you all at Ukarydee on 10/12 and 13!

Link to Walnut Hill Photos

To see photos of the outstanding turnouts at Walnut Hill Pleasure Drive click here.