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!
I think I have the 2016 driving schedule posted. Please check it out and let me know if it needs editing.
The Deweese family is ready to sell Jac’s driving horse Scooter. His
ad is on craigslist here: http://madison.craigslist.org/grd/5492026965.html
Please contact Laura at email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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
Review 2015 Iron Oak (issues that require attention for 2016)
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
As you may know, they are in the last stages of finalizing plans for the allowable uses of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. It’s very important that they know that ridden horses and driven horses can, and do, work successfully on the same trails; that trails suitable for snowmobiles are wide enough for horse & cart.
Please, share with the membership & ask them to respond, for the good of equine sports.
Please review the pdf document and you’ll see why we, as members of DDC, must get comments in to the Master Planning Committee.
Comments may be made by mail to: John Pohlman, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-LF/6, PO Box 6721, Madison, WI 53707-7921.
An online feedback form is available on the DNR website, dnrwi.gov, keywords “Sauk Prairie Recreation Area”
Comments must be received by Sept 25.
You may also contact DDC Board Member Wayne Schutte at 608-574-4769 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We received this email from Jack’s daughter Megan this morning:
My dad, Jack Shea, is going to sell all of his horse equipment and wanted to give his ol’ driving buddies first dibs before we try Craigslist. I noticed there is an MDDA drive in Palmyra the first weekend of October. Is there anyway to get an announcement out to the club so people can stop in that weekend to buy whatever they want? We are in the process of getting everything cleaned up and then I will have a list of items and photos. It is riding and driving equipment.
Thank you very much!
-Megan (Shea) Javornik
Jack lives near Sullivan, WI which is a little north of Palmyra (think: DRAWarama 10/1 through 4)
Tim & Ruth Casserly
Planning is underway for Iron Oak, our club sponsored ride/drive at Ukarydee Equestrian Campground, Arkdale, Wisconsin. Dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. Please join us, it will be a busy and fun weekend. If you’re new to MDDA, this is a great chance to get involved, learn more about our sport, and meet more drivers and riders!! We will need help on Friday (camp set-up, horse check-in), Saturday (scribes, runners, pulse & respiration takers, etc.) and Sunday (all of Saturday tasks, along with trail unmarking, camp tear-down, etc.). We’re such a small club, we’re counting on you! “It takes a village” to put on a successful competition, so don’t be shy. More details are available on the “Schedule” tab, “2015 Schedule”, slide down and click on “Iron Oak” to view/print the ride flyer.
Ruth & Tim Casserly