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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 – NEXT weekend, Who Is Coming??

Hi-

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!

Thanks–

Ruth

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.)

Dislikes?

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)

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.