Schedule of Events
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This schedule of events was last updated on November 11, 2015.   Please CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR CHANGES! *** See Photo Gallery for hitching Post Dedicated to Elton Bailey by MHDA*** 

EVERY Friday From March through November (Weather Permitting) - Join us with Rich Whalen at Silver Ledge Farm, 136 Hosner Mountain Road, Hopewell Junction, NY for  a "Drive at Will" throughout the farm. Arrive mid-morning, bring picnic lunch.   **Portions of the carriage drive cross SDHPA property therefore membership with MHDA and SDHPA is required, if you wish to drive within that one section of the farm. Welcome Members and NEW Members!

January 11th 2015 Sunday - Meeting & Annual Pot Luck Dinner at 6PM.  Marlboro Library - 1251 Route 9W, Marlboro.     Bring dish to share. Silent Auction Please bring items to sell - FUND RAISER for the Club!

February 13th -  7:00 PM Meeting at Dick Lahey's Home, 271 River Road, N, Wappingers Falls.  Presentation on "Sleighing in the Hudson Valley"

****   March 22nd -  Presentation by Jeff Morse of Green Meads Farm, - topic:  "Effective Communication with the Driving Horse", at the historic Beekman Arms, 6387 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, NY  NOON to 3PM. $30 per person - Please send checks payable to MHDA to Joan Delatorre, Treasurer, 148 Mt. Zion Rd., Marlboro, NY 12542 by March 12th Latest to reserve a seat!  Click here for Flyer

Buffet lunch:   Fresh fruit, salad, soup, breads,
Vegetable quiche, Pasta primavera with a light wine sauce
Chicken with light sauce (to put on the pasta)
Tea Sandwiches:   Whipped Gorgonzola with thin sliced pear/  Sundried tomato, fresh mozzarella & arugula
Dessert:  Apple Strudel with crème anglaise sauce  Coffee – tea & soft drinks included

April 12th    CANCELLED - CANCELLLED!    Sunday  - Presentation on Safety will  be given by Jerry Trapani .  Location at Turning Point Farm, 330 Goshen Turnpike, Middletown - Indoor Arena.  Please bring chair(s).   refreshments served.   time:   1PM

May 1st - Meet at The College Diner - 500 Main St. - New Paltz -6:30 PM  Please send e-mail to Joan Delatorre    delatorrejoan@gmail.com to let her know you are coming so she can give the Diner a count to set up tables for us.   Order off the menu separately and meeting to follow.

May 3rd  - Orange County Horse Council- Ride & Drive at Stewart State Forest, Ridge Road (off of Route 17K) Coldenham/Montgomery.

May 16th  - Combined MHDA and HVDHA Country Dance at Youth Hall, Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY.   Potluck Dinner 6PM (bring dish to share) Square Dancing 7PM  Live music and caller Hudson Hoedowners  $5.00 per person donation. 

May 24th - Weatherfield Drive - Spring conditioning - arrive 10 Am - drive off at 11AP -   Kevin Malloy is the contact person for Weatherfield and his e-mail address is KMalloy@HLFoundation.org.        His cell number is 845-803-6112.

He will open the carriage collection for us this Sunday, May 24th, but would like to have a number of people in order to do so.    There is a charge of $25 per carriage for the drive or $30 to include the drive and carriage collection tour.    All donations are used to maintain the carriage roads and are greatly appreciated.
Please send Kevin an e-mail (or call) to let him know how many want to view the carriages.   
Address for Weathersfield is 214 Pugsley Hill Road, Amenia 

JUNE 6TH - PICNIC & MORE!  JUNE 6th - 10am at Rich Whalen's Farm at 136 Hosner Mountain Rd Hopewell Junction.   Bring your horse or pony (plus dish to share or something to put on the grill )  and be ready for - FUN Driving Classes hosted by SDHPA that afternoon.    Arrive at 10AM and picnic at Noon and then - right after the Gymkhana show drive at the special fun classes set up by SDHPA in their arena- Call Lisa Gross Ritter - 845-590-6072 or e-mail Lisa@SDHPA.com  Picnic is open to MHDA Members and those wishing to join that day! 

June 19th -  7 PM - HVDHA and MHDA Auction - Lawrence Farm, 39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh.   PLEASE BRING SALEABLE ITEMS!   This is a fund raiser for the clubs.

June 28th -  CANCELLED......CANCELLED......Carriage Drive at Museum Village, Monroe, NY.  11 AM   & more to be announced

July 18th - FUN Driving Classes hosted by SDHPA - right after the Gymkhana show at Hosner Mountain Rd Silver Ledge Farm - Hopewell Junction.  e-mail lisa@SDHPA.com for any questions.

July 19th -  12 Noon - Combined MHDA & HVDHA - Annual Picnic- please bring dish to share  (and short meeting) Location:  Dick Lahey's home, 271 River Road North, Wappingers Falls.

July 30th- Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY - Light horse driving show.     July 31st - Draft Horse Show

August 9th -  Drive at Wethersfield -Arrive at 10, drive off at 11 or at will.  Bring Lunch for picnic after drive & meeting.   2PM-  View Carriage collection  A Donation will be charged to support Weatherfield carriage trails.  more info to follow

August 22nd - Weathersfield Event - Carriage Driving on the Lawn

August 29th- Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, NY - Light Horse Show.

September 5 - FUN Driving Classes hosted by SDHPA - right after the Gymkhana show at Hosner Mountain Rd Silver Ledge Farm - Hopewelll Junction.

September 9th - MEETING 6:30 PM at the Alexis Diner, 5023 Rte 9w, Newburgh, NY 12550.   Order off the menu - then meeting will follow after eating.

September 12th - Tub Parade - Lenox, MA   MHDA members will be going up and we will be making reservations for lunch at the Red Lion  - Please send e-mail to Joan Delatorre to reserve seating for lunch delatorrejoan@gmail.com.

September 13th - Driving 101 hosted by SDHPA at 116 Hosner Mountain Rd, Hopewelll Junction at the SDHPA arena.   Time:   11 AM - Please bring a picnic lunch and chair.   Demonstrations include Harnessing, ground driving, driving both single and pairs.   Pre-registration for $5 per person, includes a grab bag of goodies.   **Special Membership offer with $10 Pre-registration and MHDA membership form for individual or family will provide membership in MHDA for remainder of 2015***  Send e-mail to Joan at delatorrejoan@gmail.com or mail your pre-registration check payable to MHDA to Joan Delatorre at 148 Mt Zion Road, Marlboro, NY 12542.  Click here for more Info.

September 26th -  Driving Classes at 9AM!    hosted by SDHPA  - as part of the Gymkhana show.  Call Lisa Gross Ritter - 845-590-6072 or e-mail Lisa@SDHPA.com

OCTOBER 9th - MEETING - 6:30 PM at the College Diner, 500 Main St. New Paltz  -- order whatever you like off the menu and join us for a meeting.

October 18th - Wetherfield Drive - Fall Pleasure Carriage drive - Weathersfield event

October 25th with rain date of November 1st - Second Annual Elton Bailey Memorial drive and picnic - arrive at 11AM - drive off at your leisure.  136 Hosner Mountain Rd., Hopewell Junction, NY  Picnic will follow.

NOVEMBER 20th -  7 PM  Annual Meeting & Election of Officers & Quiz Bowl Game. Location:   Ulster County Youth Building, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz.

DECEMBER 1st - 7PM - Planning Meeting at Dick Lahey's house - 271 River Road North, Wappingers Falls - both incoming and outgoing Officers, Directors, and any members bringing Ideas for the upcoming 2016 year.

December 12th- Annual Christmas Party - 6:30 PM - Location; Eleven 11 Grille, Fishkill, NY - upstairs in Private Loft.   BUFFET:  stuffed mushrooms, bacon wrapped scallops, salad, Chicken Marsala, Pasta Primavera, Stuffed Sole, vegetables, roasted potatoes, & fresh rolls with dessert choice of Cheesecake or Chocolate Mousse cake & unlimited coffee, tea and soda.   $40 Per Person.   To reserve a seating, please send your check payable to MHDA to Joan Delatorre, 148 Mt Zion Road, Marlboro, NY 12542 

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