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Myopia Marathon Clinic

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on June 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Porter:

Summer chose to arrive all at once on May 28 as Myopia Driving Club members began the 2016 driving season with a marathon clinic in Ipswich. Whips and auditors were lucky enough to be coached through obstacles and given valuable pointers from our very own Marc Johnson. The beautiful Julia Bird Reservation offered plenty of shade as the temperature climbed, and everyone had fun learning more about how to negotiate this most exciting phase of combined driving (more exciting than dressage???) as well as it being a fabulous opportunity to school the permanent hazards on the Greenbelt property. As always, the afternoon ended with a picnic. Big thanks to our club president for giving up his afternoon and to everyone who participated.

2015 Annual Christmas Party

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on January 11, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Porter:

Myopia Driving Club’s Annual Christmas Party was held on December 13, 2015. Again generously hosted by Nat and Holly Pulsifer, the dining room at Holliday Farm was filled with delicious food, as members enjoyed catching up after a great driving season. The tree was surrounded by Yankee Swap offerings, and after dinner our own Santa Nat, this year enthusiastically assisted by two elves (who looked exactly like Makenna and Reagan Boyd), dispersed gifts that were all almost too wonderful to trade. Many thanks to our hosts for another fabulous party. As winter closes in on New England and we all prepare to hibernate with our horses (with the exception of those who prefer to trade snow shovels for sun block for the next few months…) we can’t help but look forward to the fun we hope to all have driving in 2016.

Estate to Estate Drive 2015

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on November 20, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Porter:

It would be hard to imagine a more beautiful day, or pick a more perfect route than we had offered for the Myopia Driving Club's 2015 Estate to Estate Drive on October 12. Members and guests, all dressed in our best and carriages sparkling, departed the Bird Polo Field at comfortable intervals (thanks to the impeccable timing of Nat Pulsifer) with a precise map of the route in case we missed an arrow (or two...). The stops were also listed in order with a brief history of each estate. Along the way we were greeted by home owners and friends and offered a delightful mix of beverage, snacks - for carriage passengers and horses as well - and hospitality. Winding through spectacular tree lined drives and along fields rimmed with near-perfect foliage, we rarely encountered automobiles and the few road crossings we had were manned with volunteers to help us across

Following the drive and after all our horses and ponies were all comfortably munching hay, drivers, passengers and volunteers were all treated to a feast at Holliday Farm. Thank you to Holly Pulsifer for putting this event together, for the estate owners and volunteeers for hosting, and for the club members and guests who drove and unanimouslyagreed this should become an annual happening



Posted by myopia.drivingclub on October 16, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)



October 3rd was the date and Mother Nature couldn’t have thrown a bigger mess our way. During the week preceding the event, there was Hurricane Joaquin down in the islands, and then there was an ocean storm that dumped over 2 inches of rain on Tuesday & Wednesday. Every day I watched the weather. Should I cancel or move it to Sunday? I proceeded with mowing the field and setting up the courses. By Friday night we had two 20 cone courses set, complete with fall decorations, so the event was a go.


Susan Koso was the judge and what a wonderful job she did. When she arrived she said the weather god must like me because it was raining in Mass, but not just across the border into NH. The weather was OK no rain, just a bit windy.


We had 15 participants, 5 Myopia Driving Club members - 3 horses, 5 ponies and 7 VSEs, one of which was a pair. Susan walked both courses and made them official. Participants walked both courses, trying to figure out where they were going, quite the challenge considering most days we only need to memorize one course. We decided to go with a standard wheel width of 170cm, so that the course did not have to be reset after each competitor.


Doug Coursey started the day off with his horse Andre’. Both courses flowed nicely. Some folks drove both courses double clear, and then others just took out a cone or two. Everyone was able to complete the courses once in the morning and then again in the afternoon.


We planned a pot luck lunch, so everyone brought food to share. The table of food seemed endless; snacks, soup and salads, sandwiches on different breads, and homemade pies, and of course Val’s carrot cake. No went hungry after the day of grazing at that table. We were done by 3 and all picked up by 3:30, thanks to many hands that helped pick up.


Good time was had by all. We can’t wait to do it again next year, thinking maybe a Two Phase in the spring and another cones day or perhaps a Continuous Event later in the year.


Thank you to everyone that came to participate, the Bits and Spurs 4-H club for volunteering and of course Susan Koso for judging. Now, I have a question for everyone that has been to the field. What improvements would you like me to do? All ideas are welcome.



Eric and Linda Wilking



Waldingfield HDT July 2015

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on August 3, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Porter:

SInce 1988 the Waldingfield Driving Trial has been a favorite for competitors and spectators alike. A prototype for the one day driving event, this venue is popular with novice drivers and seasoned veterans alike. The annual event also serves as a fundraiser for the Essex County Trail Association, instrumental in protecting and maintaining the local trail system for use by horsemen, cyclists and hikers.The grounds of the estate, Waldingfield, offer a perfect backdrop for dressage and cones, and the marathon course offers a delightful mix of rolling fields and refreshing wooded trails. This year's event was held on July 11 and 12 and as always, did not disappoint. Although the weather was warm, there was a sea breeze to keep everyone comfortable. Flawlessly organized by Holly Pulsifer, and with Susan Koso as secretary, the theme for the 2015 trial was children's books. Competitors were asked to recall their favorite reads, which were scribed on cards that decorated the tent. Following the briefing and official course walk on Saturday afternoon, competitors, grooms and officials were treated to a barbeque sponsored by the Myopia Driving Club.VSEs were well represented - the largest division - driving their dressage test and cones course on Saturday and finishing with their marathon on Sunday. Other divisions competed all three phases on Sunday. Dressage, held on well groomed grass with more than ample warm up, has plenty of shade for spectators. The cones course, designed by Marc Johnson, was just challenging enough. Marathon obstacles, tailored for the training and preliminary levels, The Yellow Brick Road, The Jungle Book, Mr McGregor's Garden, the Three Little Pig's Houses, and The Fantastic Mr Fox were inviting and offered interesting options for drivers. Technical Delegate Lauren Reece was assisted by Scott Munroe.Dr Annemarie Butler of North Shore Equine monitored the vet check.Following the competition, President of the Ground Jury, Billie Hill generously offered to answer any competitor's questions they may have about any of their dressage scores. Trophies were wonderfully handmade by Susan and Alex Koso from harness parts donated by Deirdre Pirie.Division winners were VSE Training - Katherine DeLacy with Saint Nick, VSE Preliminary - Susan Lathrop with Farthing, Training Single Pony - Kim Porter with Thunder, Training Single Horse - Larry Catlett with Trace, Preliminary Single Horse - Sue Rogers with Solara, Intermediate - Jackie Kane with Roy. For complete results visit

Ned Bliss Picnic Drive

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on July 2, 2015 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Porter:

Perfect weather was in store for the first Myopia Driving Club picnic drive of 2015. Ned Bliss invited the club to his fabulous Lightning Ridge Farm in Sherborn on June 27. Several drivers took advantage of the opportunity to drive through 3K of marked well maintained trails and fields with beautiful footing and not a single bug! And as a bonus, the dressage ring and cones course were available for schooling. When all of the horses were untacked and comfortable munching on their hay nets, club members enjoyed sampling each other's very best picnic fare, with the people's choice prize going to Adrienne St Cyr's pineapple cake. Everyone had a great time, a couple of new people were introduced to driving (one said it was the most fun she'd ever had with a horse!) and we look forward to taking up Ned on his offer to return. Big thanks to Ned and Marc for putting this together!


Posted by myopia.drivingclub on December 29, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Written by Kim Porter: Members of the Myopia Driving Club gathered on December 14, 2014 for the Annual Holiday Party at the home of Holly and Nat Pulsifer in Ipswich. Beautiful decorations, an amazing buffet of delicious food, and of course Santa and his elves all made for a wonderfully festive evening. The yankee swap saw some gifts passed around through several hands (the boxwood horse and the cones measuring stick traveled many times around the room and everyone enjoyed a few laughs, a great meal with friends, and the thoughts of more driving fun in the New Year!

Georgetown Two-Phase Fun Day

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on October 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Porter

The beautiful Zibell Farm in Georgetown was the setting for Myopia Driving Club's Two-Phase Fun Day on October 11, 2014. Hosted by Alan and Maureen Aulson, club members and friends eager to perfect their dressage tests and work on their cones driving were given plenty of opportunity, limited only by their tolerance for less than perfect weather conditions. Big thanks to the Aulsons and the Zibells, and also to club president Marc Johnson, who not only set up the dressage rings and a great cones course, but helped many of us try to figure out ways to improve our scores for next year. Nancy Kiley was on hand to add much needed ground crew support and encouragement. A little rain (or a lot) is obviously not enough to keep us home!

Pictures are posted.


Waldingfield 2014

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on August 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Susan Koso

Good things come to those who participate…with perfect weather, great volunteers and outstanding organization, the 27th Waldingfield Horse Driving Trial was held on July 12 and 13 at the Waldingfield Estate in Ipswich, MA.

Very Small Equines, including MDC members Val Giacalone and Marc Johnson (driving HC) drove their dressage and cones sections on Saturday. Val drove the Marathon on Sunday.

The ponies and horses did all three sections on Sunday. Club members Marc Johnson (driving Holly Pulsifer’s Mica), Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, Kim Porter and Jackie Kane participated.


The MDC provided hot dogs, hamburgers, potato and green salad and dessert for the competitors and their crews.

No accident, few elimination and quick scoring added to the pleasantness of the day. Judges were Sem Groenewould, President of the Ground Jury, Susan Koso and Technical Delegate Terry Bruno officiated.

There are not enough words to sing the praises of Holly Pulsifer for her beautiful course, interesting and challenging obstacles and overall organization. She has been working on Waldingfield for many months.

Marc Johnson designed the cones course which resulted in many course walks to get it into memory.


VSE Two Phase Training

1st Lisa Cenis

2nd Ellen Attridge


VSE Training HDT

1st Caleb Noble

2nd Val Giacalone

Also competed: Diane Bozyczko,


VSE Preliminary HDT

No placings

Also competed: Linda Peterson, Cindy Baehr


Training Pony/Horse HDT

1st Hilary DeAngelis

2nd Susan Rogers

3rd Sarah McGuire

4th Karen Marlin

5th Lauren Reece

Preliminary Pony HDT

1st Janet Oliver

2nd Amy Sintros

3rd Sonia Williams (Junior)

4th Kathy Devine


Preliminary Horse HDT

1st Gale Hepfinger

2nd Sabrina Cameron (Junior)

3rd Lyn Howard

4th Norma Katz

5th Barbara Chadwick


Preliminary Pairs HDT

1st Nancy Lindley-Gauthier

Also participated: Dan Steinke


Intermediate Horse/Pony HDT

1st Christine Alsop

2nd Jackie Kane

3rd Ginny Halfpenny

4th Lori Stammer


Maudslay Picnic Drive

Posted by Nancy on July 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

What a beautiful day for a drive in Maudslay and it all started so peaceful.  THEN, along came Kim Porter who proceeded to lose her truck keys.  Searched everywhere but without her keys, she can't unhitch the trailer and get the cart off the back of the truck.  Good thing I had AAA Plus.  A quick call and 30 minutes later Pats Towing showed up and had her door unlocked and then wouldn't you guess, she found her keys.  We always need to have someone around to make a giggle in life and Kim supplied it.  Barbara Frake and Kim were the only "big" driving horses or mini wannabees that came.  Amy Barton came with two horses and her friend/daughter? (sorry Amy, I didn't get her name) to ride and picnic with us.  Val and Bubba the mini Humvee were there along with Sue Fryer and CJ, Barbara Frake and Taffy.  Thunder and Maggie were making googoo eyes at each other the whole time.  She likes those spotted boys.  We had a great time and got to see the late blooming Rhodies by the bridge.  Thunder, Bubba and Maggie all headed out together and Maggie and Bubba left poor Thunder in the dust.  He needs a faster speed to keep up with us minis.  Barbara and Sue set off later than the rest of us and had a great drive too.  Amy and her friend rode out after us also and we all met back in the field, then it was picnic time.  Of course picnicing with minis is not easy, they are a big attraction for the general public and they do get a kick out of the fact that they ride in minivans.  We like to call them the little horse ambassadors.  People aren't intimidated by minis.  Maggie was giving out kisses to some of the kids and parents who wanted one.  So all in all it was a fun drive.  Kim will let you know what she thought of Maudslay versus Bradley Palmer, not to say Bradley Palmer is bad, but for us minis the trails are too rocky and the bugs, well, we all know what they are like but I think Kim will be joining us again for a drive.  The rangers are very nice at Maudslay and will "dummy" lock the gate that opens for the big carts anytime just call ahead and let them know.