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.

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)