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Spring 2014 Meeting.

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on April 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Porter:


The early Spring meeting of the Myopia Driving Club, held on April 6, 2014, was once again generously hosted by Kat Tremblay. After enjoying appetizers and beverages, President Marc Johnson had lots of news to share with the membership, including Pam Biggi’s abandoning us for her new home in Florida, and Nancy Kiley nicely volunteering to take up the reins of VP of activities. We will all miss Pam and hope she will continue her involvement with the MDC from the sunny south. The ADS Annual Meeting will be held September 25 – 28 at the Acadia National Park, Maine, and there was discussion about possible club involvement, with many members expressing interest in attending. Al Craig announced that the Yankee Draft Horse Club is dissolving after many years, and their members will be offered provisional memberships to the MDC. Judi Milano was interested in having some members get together for picnic drives on a more regular basis, not as formal club events, but as a way to have company and perhaps explore some of the amazing trails we have access to. Members then were ready for the delicious pot luck dinner waiting in the kitchen, and of course the table of desserts. With the driving season getting a late start after a Winter that just wouldn’t leave, there is much anticipation for fun in 2014.

2013 HOLIDAY PARTY

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on January 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by  Kim Porter

Members of the Myopia Driving Club gathered once again at the home of Nat and Holly Pulsifer on December 15, 2013 for the Annual Christmas Party. Holiday decorations and roaring fireplaces along with the fabulous buffet made sure everyone was in the spirit of the season. Santa Nat and his trusty elf Amanda orchestrated the Yankee Swap, with several items being traded multiple times before finding their permanent homes. There was brief discussion of a possible summer club excursion to Acadia National Park, with many interested drivers anticipating further adventures for 2014.

 

Annual Meeting November 2013

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on November 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by club member Kim Porter.

 

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the Myopia Driving Club Annual Meeting on November 2, 2013, hosted by Alan and Maureen Aulson at their Georgetown farm. Members were invited to explore the property, barns and various critters lucky enough to live at the beautiful Great Rock Farm. After a delicious pot luck lunch, President Marc Johnson and Vice President Pam Biggi recapped the past year’s activities and discussed possible plans for 2014. A trip to Acadia, clinics, and the possibility of a recreational drive were some of the interesting ideas to think about for next year. Sue Fryer’s efforts with the newly redesigned website were recognized, and club members who have not yet done so are encouraged to create their log in so that we can take full advantage of the site. All agreed the Coaching Weekend was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of Marc as well as Holly Pulsifer, Judy Gregg, and many club members who volunteered. Secretary Amy Barton also welcomed new provisional members Bev Barney, Colleen D'Alessandro, Stephanie Beaudoin and Samantha Stevens. Kim Porter was elevated to Regular member status and Bob & Diane Koopman were invited to join as Regular members.

 

Taking full advantage of the spectacular fall day, several members brought their turnouts to drive around the trails and obstacles at Great Rock, and Alan generously offered members the opportunity to drive his four in hand.

 

Thank you to Alan and Maureen for hosting, and with any luck we will have more driving weather before we meet again at the Christmas Party…

 

Bradley Palmer Picnic Drive Sept. 2013

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on September 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Susan Koso

Condolences are in order for those who missed the perfect picnic drive on Sunday, Sept 30 at Bradley Palmer State Park. The weather was ideal, the trees showing some of their famous color, the ponies/horses/drivers in great moods...in short, it could not have been improved upon.

Pam Biggi led a group up Moon Hill and without interference from the infamous coyote pack living there. Another group led by Judy Milano ventured to the Brick Ends trail and was richly rewarded for the effort.

As always, lunch followed the drive and the drivers lingered to chat and eat...and to partake of Judy's salad and the many cookies people brought to share.

With a warm sun and such good company, all were reluctant to leave, but finally did so with the hopes of having another drive before the W word begins.

Check out the photo album!

Myopia 2-Phase in Georgetown, MA

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on September 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Pam Biggi

On Saturday September 14 Myopia Driving Club, with Alan & Maureen Aulson and Pete & Rosaleen Zibell, hosted a schooling 2-phase. Andy Marcoux was the Dressage Judge; Marc Johnson was the Cones Designer and Judge.

 

Participants drove their dressage test and cones course twice, receiving helpful comments from the judge after each run. Judging was based on the first drive of each. Everyone was happy with the help they received, improving their scores appreciably over their first drives.

 

Marc Johnson replicated the cones course from the World Pairs Championship, both to challenge the drivers and to see if the course was drivable at a lower level. He was intrigued by the fact that nobody was able to drive double clear at the Championships. There were only two double clear rounds this day, both by Myopia drivers: Val Giacalone and Bubba, VSE, were the first to blast the course at Training Level; Kaylee Angstadt and Orbit, Welsh Pony, roared through the course at Intermediate Level. All other comers were unable to drive the course without either time or cone penalties (mostly both).

 

Everyone appeared to have an excellent time. The extreme difficulty of the cones course stimulated the drivers to drive beyond what they thought were their limitations. We all came away with a feeling of accomplishment, having improved our dressage and driven what will arguably the most demanding cones course we should ever face.

 

Class/Division Place Driver Dressage Cones Overall

Training 2 VSE

1 Robyn Royer 57.892 3 60.892

2 Val Giacalone 67.036 0 67.036

Suzanne Mooney 53.32 R

Sue Fryer 61.702 E

Veronica Attridge 72.37 E

 

Prelim 6 VSE 1

 Holly Hall 53.28 3 56.28

2 Rhea Brown 57.949 10.5 68.449

 

 

Training 2 Pony

1 Barbara Frake 54.082 35.5 89.582

2 Kim Porter 52.558 48 100.558

 

Prelim 6 Pony

1 Keith Angstadt 35.938 10 45.938

2 Pam Biggi 55.948 15.5 71.448

 

Int 4 Pony

1 Kaylee Angstadt 29.935 0 29.935

Susan Koso 59.283 E

 

Training 2 Horse

1 Colleen d'Allesandro 58.654 47.5 106.154

2 Stephanie Beaudoin 56.368 68.5 124.868

 

 

Lightening Ridge Farm Picnic Drive 2013

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on September 8, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Myopia Member Kim Porter

 

The Myopia Driving Club was invited to a Picnic Drive on August 31, 2013 at Ned Bliss’ beautiful Lightening Ridge Farm in Sherborn. Several club members took advantage of the opportunity to drive through the great fields and trails on this fabulous property. The cones course was set up for practice and the dressage ring was also available to school test movements for anyone interested in working on their accuracy for future competitions. The weather was a nice change from the hot and humid days earlier in the month, and although it threatened rain, we all stayed dry. When all the horses were safely tucked in their trailers munching on hay we enjoyed a picnic set up in the barn. Club members caught up and sorted out plans for fall driving while feasting on an assortment of delicious snacks. Big thanks to Ned Bliss for hosting.

 

 

 

 

Waldingfield 2013

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on July 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by Susan Koso

 

Six Myopia Driving Club members brought home ribbons from the 25th Annual Waldingfield HDT on July 13 and 14. Kaylee Angstadt topped the Intermediate Division with a score of 94.11, winning 5 of the 6 hazards…and this competing against an International Competitor. Nancy Kiley also earned a blue in VSE Training.

Keith Angstadt earned the red ribbon in Training Pony, with no penalties in cones or hazards. Jackie Kane came in 2nd in Preliminary Pony with her new (spectacular) Welsh Gelding, Roy, and Pam Biggi came in 3rd in Prelim Pony in a colorful turnout. Nancy Lindley –Gauthier came in 6th in the same division.

This event marked the 25th year of Waldingfield, organized by Holly Pulsifer. The milestone was celebrated with champagne, cake and cards, posters, sketches and “sculptures”. She also received an application for Waldingfield 2014.

On Saturday, the course walk was followed by hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and watermelon, courtesy of MDC. President Marc Johnson drove the grill.

Marc also designed the cones course, which proved to be the nemeses of 3 of the 6 VSE competitors, including our Robyn Royer.

Show Secretary Susan Koso stated that the show ran perfectly, due to the top-flight judges, Muffy Seaton and club member Deirdre Pirie. Ellen Ettinger (Holly’s protégé and an internationally licensed TD) kept the show running smoothly and accordance with the rules.

Next year every club member with a horse or pony should make participation in Waldingfield 2014 a goal.

 

 

Summer Activities Meeting, June 2013

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on June 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by club member Kim Porter

 

The June 2013 meeting of the Myopia Driving Club was hosted by Steve and Sue Knowles at their wonderful Boxford farm. Members supplied their favorite tail gate picnic fare to share. As we snacked our way through our delicious meal, Pam Biggi outlined the calendar of events for the summer including picnic drives and competitions. Marc Johnson presented plans for a coaching weekend to be held in the fall, and possible volunteer and spectator opportunities were discussed. We finished up with a video of a coaching weekend held in the Berkshires.

Chuck Wagon Races DVD Meeting

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on March 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by club member Kim Porter.

 

The twice postponed February 2013 meeting of the Myopia Driving Club finally took place on March 17 at Kat Tremblay’s lovely Topsfield home. Appetizers and beverages started the evening, and it was nice to see Bruce and Sarah Tompkins and meet new to the area Barbara Collins. Members and guests were treated to a great documentary about the Bowman family traveling to Canada to try their hands at chuck wagon racing at the Calgary Stampede. The Sutherland family, considered chuck wagon royalty, were happy to teach their sport to the carriage drivers, and in return followed their new friends back to Great Britain to try some combined driving and coaching. During intermission everyone enjoyed an amazing combination of traditional English fare and St Paddy’s day treats, thanks to the culinary talents of the membership. MDC president Marc Johnson explained navigating the new website and how to log in as members, then it was back to the movie. Hopefully this will be the last meeting for a few months rescheduled due to snow…… we are all looking forward to better weather for driving!

Myopia Driving Club Christmas Party 2012

Posted by myopia.drivingclub on January 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Kim Porter

 

The 2012 Annual Myopia Driving Club Christmas Party was held on December 16, graciously hosted once again by Nat and Holly Pulsifer in Ipswich. Between the delicious food, great conversation and, of course, Santa, was a brief business meeting. The slate of officers for 2013 was presented and new members were introduced. Former member Lalla Brewster was remembered fondly with colorful stories of she and her husband and their Little Forge Farm. Santa Nat (ably assisted by a very professional elf) orchestrated the yankee swap and everyone went home with a new treasure, looking forward to more driving adventures in the New Year.


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