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.

User Discussion

New 12 mile drive added to Bonecrusher this Saturday!

Amber Erikson, the ride manager for Bonecrusher, has added a 12 mile drive this Saturday, July 29th. There are no drives on Sunday. The 25 mile drive is scheduled to go out at 8:00AM. I do not know when the 12 mile will go. The 12 mile drive will not count toward UMECRA points

Kettles and Bits Confusion

Apparently there has been some confusion as to whether there is a six mile drive at Kettles and Bits this weekend.  There is not.  A six mile and a 12 mile drive were approved at the UMECRA convention in January, but somehow that is not what is listed on the ride flyer, and the flyer is the official source.  Ride managers are offering a 15 mile drive both days.

Also note that a decision as to whether the ride/drive will take place will be made Wednesday night.  Watch Facebook and the UMECRA website for updates.  At this point, the trails are closed because of too much rain resulting in soggy trails.  Jill mentioned that the DNR may decide that riders are alright, but carts are not allowed.

Fingers crossed that the event can take place this weekend!

Mary Clapper

It is with great sadness that I must report the loss of one of our long-time members, Mary Clapper. She passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on Thursday, April 20. Mary was only 60 years young, and had been involved with MDDA since early in the organization’s history. She was also a long time member of the Castle Rock riding group.

Her visitation is scheduled from 9:00 to 11:00 on Thursday, April 27 at the Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, with the service to follow. The Ritchay Funeral home is at 1950 12th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0847. (715) 423-1414

She will be sorely missed, and we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to her husband Larry and all the family.

Below is a link to her obituary.

Learning Opportunity

If you are wondering about feeding, conditioning, supplements, etc., there is a great learning opportunity being sponsored by an endurance rider well known to many MDDA members. Bonnie Mielke will be hosting a clinic in April. Bonnie has many years of experience, and has competed at all levels of endurance riding. The riding slots are full for her clinic, but she says that there is plenty of room for people to audit.

Are you ready to DRIVE?

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.

Date Changed for Annual Meeting to Jan 15

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

Big River Competition

Well, another MDDA season is in the books. We had a lot of new drivers this year and hope to see them all out on the trail next year. The more the merrier! There was a wide variety of breeds and rigs, from Miniatures to Drafts, and jog carts to marathon carts.

Ray and I finished the season the Big River Competition in Keithsburg IL.  This trail is challenging, but beautiful.   There is some deep sand in a few stretches, and many corners where you you have to plan carefully to negotiate between the trees.  The campground at Keithsburg has plenty of space, lots of electric hook ups and shady camp sites.  The highlight on Saturday was the costume contest where horses and riders/drivers were decked out in all sorts of fun.

Iron Oak was a great success!

Well, another MDDA season is in the books. We had a lot of new drivers this year and hope to see them all out on the trail next year. The more the merrier! There was a wide variety of breeds and rigs, from Miniatures to Drafts, and jog carts to marathon carts.


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

  1.  Wes Licht, RL Rosali (Morab)
  2.   Sharon Hahn, My Cameo Love (Arab)
  3.  Mary CLapper, Benjamin Blue (Rocky Mtn)

Saturday Results 6-miles

  1. Char Ehlert, Cosmos Celeste
  2.  Susan Keating, Pippi LIttlelegs (Mini)
  3. Natasha Kaehler, HS Sunrise Spirit, (Mini)
  4. Jacquie Stanton, Casper, (Mini)

Sunday Results

12 Miles Sharon Hahn, My Cameo Love (Arab)

6 Miles Jacquie Stanton, Casper, (Mini)

De’ja’ Vu: DRAWARAMA Cancelled

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.