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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

Action Request

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.

Terri Delke
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,, 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



Jack Shea’s Tack Sale

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

Iron Oak 2015

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.

Thanks everyone!

Ruth & Tim Casserly

Louise Riedel Bra Buster Ride & Drive

Hello all- I am in search of a groom for Tim at the L. Riedel ride/drive, which is coming up August 8 and 9. If you are interested in riding with him in the cart with our 2 horses, PLEASE let me know!! You’d be doing be a big favor, so I can ride in the CTR division. Not sure if they will overlap at this ride, but they usually do. Right now, all I know for a Saturday “go” time is “afternoon”. Sunday’s drive will leave in the morning. If you could let me know before Sunday night 8/2, that would be great. Otherwise, I will post my request to the riders on FaceBook. Thanks!! Ruth

Benefits of Distance Driving

Jeanne White, a 2nd year driver/1st year member, has captured some of the key benefits of distance driving.  She has graciously agreed to share her thoughts:

My very first distance drive was at the Louise Riedel event last year. Although we did not make it around within the time limit, we DID make it around – and I was hooked. Bonecrusher  (on Saturday, July 25) was a “challenging” drive for us, due to the heat (chubby Haflingers don’t lose heat very efficiently), but after that initial experience last August, we have not failed to finish within the allowed timeframe and while the only time I’m likely to be first is if no other drivers show up, to complete is to win (if that’s important to you). For me, engaging in this sport has exponentially increased how much I trust my pony and it provides incentive for me to go out and have fun with her (well, she thinks it’s work, but…) most days of the week, which is good for her health and well-being by helping to control her weight and increasing HER confidence in me. Distance driving is NOT about getting from one spot to another as fast as you can or about trying to impress a judge with a fancy turnout. It is a sport of strategy as much as physical ability of the horse. You obviously need to prepare in advance to bring a reasonably fit horse to the drive (this is not a sport where you can pull a pasture potato out of the field the day before and make a reasonable showing:>), but once you are on the trail, it’s all about balancing your speed against the terrain with the goal of getting to the finish in as close to the optimal time as possible, while still having enough horse to “score” well in the vet check (and sometimes do it all again the following day)

Open Invitation

I am inviting all readers of this article to visit my farm at W6794 Patchin Road, Pardeeville, WI and make use of my groomed trails for conditioning or pleasure.

Here is a representation of my trails which measure about 2 miles.  There is another 2 miles on the other side of the road.Fun-Day-areas-(2013_02_16-1You may note there is a measured 1/2 mile track and an area for driving cones.  (The obstacles are still in the ‘imaginary’ state.)

Most of the trails are open and easy, Trail-1


But we do have some challenging, wooded areas and hills:Trail-2 Trail-3 Trail-4I spend a fair amount of time grooming the trails and can only use them sparingly, which is a shame.  Don’t worry about rain affecting the trails.  It’s sandy and drains very well without washing.

So please, if you are looking for a place to drive, feel free to utilize my trails.

I am almost always at home, but may be out of the house, so if you call please leave a message.

You are also welcome to stay overnight and camp here if you desire.

This is also an opportunity to test drive my Joy Rider Cart.  Hitch it to your horse and give it a real life test!



Kettle & Bits Results

Took me a while and I screwed it up once, but now it should be correct.

Had to build membership file and a new score sheet.  (I normally have this done in advance, but age is slowing me down)

Let me know if you see any more mistakes.

I’ve also updated the Point Standings and Cumulative Horse Miles.


Clinic Participants – Welcome to MDDA and UMECRA

We welcome the following new members to MDDA.

Nancy Baker, Monroe, WI
Linda Fidler, Elgin, IL
Diane Mader, Marshall, WI
Robert Mikos, Sycamore, IL
Tina (Christine) Pawlovich, Weyauwega, WI
Donna Russell, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Jean Scott, Marshall, WI
Jim and Kristi Slovik, Portage, WI
Mary Thompson, Plano, IL
Cliff and Jeanne White, Egg Harbor, WI

(Please let me know if any spellings are incorrect.)

As members you are authorized to add comments to articles and submit articles to this web site.  Please explore the site contact me (Jac) with any questions.

Posting comments and questions helps us understand your needs/wants and improves the value of the site to all our members and visitors.

We hope you enjoy your membership and become active participants in the fabulous sport of distance driving.

The Clinic is next Saturday!

EntranceThe MidWest Horse Fair enjoyed excellent weather and the forecast is for similar, if cooler weather for next Saturday.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Horse Fair.  Perhaps a few more people were enticed to attend our clinic.

Just a reminder — check your trailer, cart and harness so that you can make any needed repairs/changes before Saturday.

I was reminded of this when I finally remembered to check my trailer which hasn’t been used for a couple of years.  It’s nice and clean but one tire was flat.  Filled with air and rechecked.  It was flat again.  Obviously a hole that must be repaired.  Fortunately I discovered the problem in plenty of time to get it fixed.

The cart?  Check that all bolts are tight and wheels turning freely.  Check for any sign of metal fatigue in shafts (if metal) and braces.  It can be a significant problem is something breaks or comes loose on the trail.  (That’s one of the reasons for carrying a spares kit!)

The harness?  Check for loose rivets or stitching.  Look for any bent buckle tongues or ‘stretched’ buckle holes.  A stretched hole is weakening the leather and it will eventually break.  Again we carry critical parts in our spares kit, but its better not to need them.

Spares Kit, what should we be carrying?  Some of the obvious items are a hoof pick, leather hole punch, a rein spice, a trace spice, a spare hames strap (if you use a neck collar), a wrench for each size bolt on your vehicle or an adjustable wrench, a pair of pliers, a small hammer (some of those bolts can be tight), and replacement bolts.  Some less obvious but suggested items might include a length of cord, maybe some electrical tape and/or duct tape.

Don’t forget your helmet and a copy of coggins test for your horse.

Get ready, the day of the clinic is near!

Hope to see you all there.


Hard Rubber Tire-Steel Spoke Wheels for Sale

marathon wheels

30″ Like new. $375 for pair. Pickup preferred.

Call 815-789-3137  or email: