April Meeting Reminder
Wednesday, April 24 6:30 PM

Hi everyone it's finally Spring! Time to scrub the accumulation of winter dust and grime from our harnesses and carriages.
I think we are all emerging from the not so sunny and icy days of winter, so the Club is really looking forward to our first meeting of the year (April 24th) to socialize with all of our friends again. It will be a potluck meeting with a guest speaker or two, and of course, a brief business meeting.
We are hoping everyone can attend, so please save the date.🎊
On the we agenda will discuss the calendar for the upcoming year as well our exciting Spring Seminar. We have an excellent program this year the topic being Competition Readiness. The experience and knowledge of our panel of experts is worth spending the day at Orleton. We also have some really neat auction items as well. It's not too late to sign up. See below or our website to sign up or call Maureen Gamelli.
In other and fantastic news--Maureen has been working on sponsors for the Tub Parade (Saturday, September 7th). Adams Community Bank has generously agreed to become our main sponsor. We thank Maureen for her persuasive outreach on this effort. What a relief to have that taken care of! So please save the date for September and participate in this parade!
Hope to see everyone Wednesday, April 24th and Sunday, April 28th.
Seminar Fee:

$55 Member
$65 Non-Member
The Seminar Information and Sign Up Forms have been updated. Please forward your checks to Maureen.
Sign Up for the Spring Seminar

The Spring Driving Seminar will be held on Sunday, April 28th at Orleton Farm. Our theme is Competition Readiness and we have a full day planned with loads of helpful advice and hands-on demonstrations. This year, our panel of experts include Jeff Morse, Kail Palmer-Miller, and Marc Johnson.

Urgent Appeal !!!
We need a couple drivers with horses to participate in the Clinic. If you are able to attend with your horse, please let Harvey know as soon as possible:  Email Harvey: waller.hww@gmail.com  or contact Maureen: 413.243.3407 maureengamelli2@gmail.com

We will continue our paper-bag raffle tradition.  Carol Terry will be our coordinator for the raffle this year. You can drop off your donations at the Coach Barn. Any questions, call Carol at 413.446.7196.
So keep an eye out for any unique or handy items you might be able to donate. They can be horse-related, of course, but any useful, handy, delicious, or decorative items would be greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact Maureen: 413.243.3407
Prize List Available
The prize list for the 2019 Orleton Farm Driving Show is available. This year, the show is scheduled for August 8 - 11. Entries close on July 26.

More Events to Enjoy With Your Horses...

From the Saratoga Driving Assocation: 
The SDA has 2 events coming up on Saturday, May 4. You can schedule some time with DD Rapps to get advice on sprucing up your turnout. Then, on the same day, take advantage of some valuable expert driving advice and take a lesson from Jeff Morse to make sure you and your horse are in tip-top shape for the season. Both events will be held at Green Meads Farm, Richmond, MA. Information and Sign-Up

May 11-12 is opening day for GMHA. They are looking for volunteers for the GMHA Driving Combined Test & Arena Driving Online Signup Sheet with complete descriptions of the various volunteer positions needed.

Parade event announcement From Kelly Casella:
Qualified carriage drivers wanted.
Westfield Museum Inc. (WMI), and Westfield Historic Industries Preservation Project (WHIPP) are looking for qualified carriage drivers to participate in the city of Westfield’s 350 th year celebratory parade to be held on May 19 th
WMI, a non-profit organization established in 2007 to promote the recognition and study of Westfield's rich history, and WHIPP are involved in the restoration and modification to the whip manufacturing building located at 360 Elm Street in Westfield, more commonly known as Westfield Whip. Their plan is to create a working museum in the historic building featuring 100 years of business records and original whipmaking machinery dating from the 1800s.
WMI would like to help celebrate the “Whip City’s” birthday and share the history and tradition of the horse-drawn era by inviting carriage drivers to be a part of the parade. Experience driving in large, noisy crowds and liability insurance is required. For further information, contact Kelly Casella at 413-786-0318 kelly@caselladesign.com further details. 
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