Ray and I have been a bit remiss in updating the website, and we apologize. But, now that spring is allegedly just around the corner, we are looking forward to another great driving season.
There are currently 38 driving events this upcoming season, over 14 weekends, from May through October. There are seven six-mile drives and four 25-mile drives, with many distances in between. On the first weekend in May there is a new drive in Hinkley MN, as well as Kettles and Bits in New Prospect, WI.
We would love to see you out on the trail. Whether you are new to the sport, or have been doing it for a while, the goal of this sport is to spend quality time with our equine friends. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to another member. If you aren’t sure if you are ready to compete (but you probably are :-)), join us at any of the events to observe or volunteer. Ride managers are always looking for someone to help with taking pulse and respirations, marking trails, scribing for vets, etc.
Mother Nature is planning a snowstorm with several inches of snow this weekend. Since most of us have at least an hour to drive, we have postponed the annual meeting to Sunday Jan. 15.
Remember that you do not have to be a board member to attend. Everyone is welcome to join us for fun and frivolity, plus some business, and great food.
If anyone would be interested in joining the board, please let us know.
If we can’t drive on the roads, hopefully we will at least be able to drive some sleighs.
Having fun in the snow
Iron Oak Ride/Drive was the weekend of Oct 8-9, 2016. Although mornings were a bit chilly, by afternoon there was sunshine with a light breeze. We had a record number of horses and riders, and overall, everyone had a great time. The trails were very well marked, with minimal mucky spots, in spite of recent rains. A big KUDOS to Ruth Casserly and her cadre’ of volunteers, vets, timers, P/R takers, etc. who made it happen.
We had seven drivers on Saturday, with three in the 12 mile drive and four in the 6-mile novice drive.
Saturday Results, 12-Miles
- Wes Licht, RL Rosali (Morab)
- Sharon Hahn, My Cameo Love (Arab)
- Mary CLapper, Benjamin Blue (Rocky Mtn)
Saturday Results 6-miles
- Char Ehlert, Cosmos Celeste
- Susan Keating, Pippi LIttlelegs (Mini)
- Natasha Kaehler, HS Sunrise Spirit, (Mini)
- Jacquie Stanton, Casper, (Mini)
12 Miles Sharon Hahn, My Cameo Love (Arab)
6 Miles Jacquie Stanton, Casper, (Mini)
Once again, Mother Nature is causing havoc with our driving events. The horse trails at Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest, the site for DRAWarama, are closed until further notice because of rain soaked trails.
There are still two more driving weekends this season, including Iron Oak Oct 8-9 and Big River Oct 29-30. We hope you are able to hitch up and drive. Fall can be a beautiful time with pleasant temps and fewer bugs.
If you aren’t able to drive at Iron Oak, but you still want to participate, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities. Come and join us for the fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
See you out on the trail soon!