May Meeting Reminder
Member Appreciation BBQ
Wednesday, May 15th 6:30 PM

Come Join Us For Our Member Appreciation BBQ

Wednesday, May 15th 6:30 PM

You don't need to bring anything--just your appetite. We will provide many yummy bbq dishes and sides, drinks, and dessert. Followed by a brief meeting.
Hi everyone,

We are sending you a recap of the April 28th Spring Seminar.

Even though the weather was gloomy, 35 guests turned out to get pointers on getting ready for showing.

The morning session began with Judge Kail Palmer Miller, Marc Johnson and our club's Jeff Morse. Topics ranged from what is the best way to trailer your horse properly (safely etc.), paperwork that needs to be current, vaccinations, coggins test, any blood work the show requires. Dressage ring tips, executing the dressage test properly etc. Also turnout, outfits, proper apparel, gloves, color, hat size and socks.

Many questions were asked and answered.

Everyone enjoyed a pizza luncheon.

Then we moved to the indoor for the live demos. A small dressage ring was set up and we had several members drive a test. There were at least 4 levels of dressage demonstrated each critiqued by Kail and/or Jeff.
We ended with cookies and cider and announced the winners of the live and silent auctions.

The club thanks all of the volunteers, clinicians and those who donated some truly wonderful items for the auction/fund raiser. And a big shout-out to Harvey and Mary Waller for allowing us to host our events at their barn. It is a fabulous place to have our club headquarters.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next meeting May 15th. It's our membership appreciation barbecue.

Happy Spring,
Minutes from the April 24th Meeting

Meeting called to order at 7:55.

Harvey welcomed new visitors/members, at our first potluck meeting of the year.
Welcome to Sue and Steve Anderson of East Chatham, New York, Susan Vaill of Bethlehem, CT and Lorna and Dave Palmer of Mendon, MA.

The minutes from the November 2018 meeting that have been posted on line were put to motion to be voted on by Laurie Danaher and accepted by Carol Terry.

Treasurer report given by Ann Willey, as of this date we have a minimal balance, with more deposits forthcoming.

Details and a breakdown of the financials are available through Ann.
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.

Please Note Important Changes: Get your entries in early!! Entries on Thursday will be limited to 30 TOTAL for both the Combined Test and the Super Derby.
More Events to Enjoy With Your Horses...

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 further details. 
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