We have some exciting events planned for 2022!! Check Back Often!! Details will be posted as they are finalized. We have decided to also list some regional events that members may find interesting. Please email Chris at email@example.com if you want your event listed. Also check out the following organizations for their events. The American Driving Society (ADS) www.americandrivingsociety.org The Carriage Association of America (CAA) www.caaonline.com
January 1/1/2022 First Day Drive and Ride - Cancelled 1/28/2022 postponed to 2/13 meeting!! Member meeting and Silent Auction fundraiser at the Van Wyck Homestead. We will be introducing our 2022 officer slate and setting up committees for our various events. Remember, it takes a community to make things happen! We will also hold our Silent Auction of driving/horse and household items... think Tag Sale!! This is our first of two fundraisers so remember to bring items to sell and money to spend!!
February 2/13/22Member meeting and Silent Auction fundraiser (see full description above 1/28) starting at 4 pm with a Member educational meeting by Tristan Aldrich at 5 pm.. Tristan will be discussing carriage and harness maintenance and care. This meeting will take place at the Van Wyck Homestead Musueum in Fishkill, Ny Sleigh Rally this event will be held at a private farm near LaGrangeville, NY and will be for members only. Obviously, it is weather dependent, so get the horses in shape and those sleighs ready!! We will be following the long range forecasts and getting the word out via email and Facebook!!
March 3/11/22 Member Meeting and Quiz Bowl at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinebeck, NY starting at 7 pm sharp. You wont want to miss a chance to show off your driving knowledge! We will also have updated information on events and drives at that time 3/26/22 Connecticut Horse Symposium 9 am- 2 pm at UConn, Storrs, CT. This will take place in the heated Horsebarn Hill Arena with a Vendor Fair from 9-1:30. Rebecca Howard of Sandy Hook Equestrian Center will present 3 clinics between 9 and noon. Starting at noon the various UConn equestrian teams will conduct demos. Admission is $20/adults with discounts offered. For more info: http://horsesymposium.uconn.edu/ 3/30/22 7-8 pm Zoom with the ADS to find out more about the CAA Driving Proficiency program
April 4/8/22 7 pm Member Meeting and 8 pm. Zoom Live Informational Session w Jill Ryder of the CAA at The Harness Racing museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. (There may be an opportunity for a tour of the museum if you arrive by 6:30 pm.) This will be a fun meeting. Jill will be explaining The Sporting Day of Traditional Driving being held in our own backyard at Wethersfield Gardens in Amenia on June 9-12. This event is growing by leaps and bounds and will be an amazing experience for all! There will be many opportunities to participate, exhibit or volunteer! You wont want to miss this event!! 4/12/22 7:30 pm Garden State Horse and Carriage Society Hot Chocolate and Horses Zoom talk #3 Bitting the Driving Horse with four time USEF National Pony multiple champion, Muffy Seaton. "Learn how bits really work and explore some of the bit options available" Programs are free but require an access code and password. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 5/15/22 Beginner Driving Clinic at Thomas Bull Memorial Park (Horse Arena) Montgomery, NY 12549 at 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM Join us for a hands-on introduction to Horse & Carriage Driving. Meet a variety of horses from minis to draft crosses with the different carriages they use from a simple 2 wheel buggy to a 4 wheel wagonette. Followed by a demonstration of dressage and a cones course. Time to get to work learning to harness, ground drive and hook the horse to a cart focusing on safely working around these large animals. After you have mastered your skills it's time to take the reins and drive a horse. Before that we will have lunch and a safety review. Non member $60.00 per person includes 1 year membership and lunch. Members $40.00 per person. Sign up info below or call 845-421-1463
June 6/9-12/22 The Carriage Assoc. of America's Sporting Day of Traditional Driving Wethersfield Gardens, Amenia , NY Information and Registration through CAA at caaonline.com Volunteer opportunities for those that will not be driving but want to experience this event will be shared through club email, website and Facebook. 6/17/22 Live Auction and Strawberry Festival w HVDHA This fun, annual fundraiser is hosted by our friends at the beautiful Lawrence Farms Orchards. Our own Dick Lahey will be calling the auction. It is a major fundraiser event and relies on your donated items and deep pockets. Horse related items are preferred, but quality household items with lots of life and utility are accepted as well. There will be many cool and interesting items for sale.
July Picnic Drive at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT. We are hoping for 7/10 or 17 and will be inviting some other local driving clubs. will be a great social event and opportunity to network.
August No club activities planned as it is FAIR month and we hope to see everyone at the Fairs!!
7/17 North Stonington (CT) Fair Driving Show
8/4 Ulster County Fair Driving Show
8/28 Duchess County Fair Driving Show
September 9/9/22 Member Meeting at Dick Lahey's house at 7 pm we will get to tour his carriage collection, discuss upcoming events and get feedback on events so far!! 9/18/22 Second Annual MHDA Fall Driving Event at Tymor Park Our mini CDE was so much fun, we have decided to do it again. Keep your eyes peeled for details and plan on attending, volunteering or participating.
October 10/14-16 Driving Get Away weekend The dates are set. Locations are being explored. The last two were so much fun, we have decided to make this an annual thing. Hopefully setting the dates now will allow more folks to plan on it and join us! It is great to get away from daily chores and just visit, drive and eat great food together!
November 11/18/22 Annual Election meeting and Quiz Bowl We are hoping to get back into a more normal schedule by November, so are planning on combining a member meeting with a second Quiz Bowl for 2022 only. So if you found your knowledge lacking in March, you have time to brush up. Location TBD
December 12/4/22 Holiday Party at The Ship's Lantern Inn, Milton, NY The food was excellent and the company even better. We are planning on reprising the fun in 2022!!