Orleton Farm Picnic Drive
Saturday, July 17 10:00 AM
Hi Everyone,

The summer is upon us and so is a little rain. Between the sun and the rain, I hope you're getting out of the house and enjoying your equines.

It was nice to see many drivers and friends getting out and coming to our picnic drive in June at Orleton Farm. We are having another picnic drive on July 17 at Orleton Farm. The Picnic Drive will be the same format as the June Picnic Drive.
For those who missed the last picnic drive I will go over the format for the picnic drive. The last picnic drive was great low-key fun and hope the weather will make this event as much fun.
We will have the 80-meter dressage ring up and the cones ring for you to drive on your own. The covered bridge and water hazard and a few obstacles will be open to drive as a test for the show and to have fun with. The trails are open as well.
You break for lunch anytime but we are suggesting 1 PM as a target time to put your turnout away so we can picnic under the tent together. We are inviting others who are not driving to come with their picnic lunch and join us and watch the turnouts.
A call ahead would be nice so we can judge how many are coming. Upon arrival, check in at the tent or party barn to sign the Waiver of Liability. You can call Harvey at 413-441-4682 to let us know you're coming.

Our next general club meeting is Wednesday, July 21 at Orleton Farm starting at 6:45PM with refreshments and meeting to follow. The meeting will give us a chance to make our plans for the future as we watch covid subside.
The show is coming up on us quickly as now we are in July and the final plans are in place. Our show has become one of the best with its 4-day format offering a division for everyone. The combined test on Thursday and Friday and the pleasure show on Saturday and Sunday with Carl’s Car Cruise on Sunday.

The volunteers who put their time in at the show are our real heroes as they make the show happen. We have made new improvements to make our volunteers' experience the best with designated areas for volunteers to gather and have lunch and coffee and pastry throughout the day.

The in-gate at the dressage ring is a new screened-in gazebo and will be a gathering place for volunteers. To work as a volunteer at the horse show is the best way to see the show. The new covered bridge and water hazard and the individual timing of all the obstacles will be exciting to watch while being a obstacle judge. More details of the show will follow in the next newsletter.
The show will be fun getting back to where we once were, having a good time with our friends and their horses.
2021 Orleton Driving Show
August 12-15
Gentle Reminder: Entries close July 15. See the prize list for entry form and details. 2021 Prize List Booklet
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With fond memories...
In his youth, not being from a horse family, Lance Wetmore taught himself to ride (with the help of Johnny Kriz), initially showing parade horses, roadsters, ponies, and palominos. With his wife, Martha, and three daughters, Jennifer, Melissa, and Shauna, Bittersweet Farm was formed. In 1975 they acquired their first Morgan, Ledgelans Fire Chief and he became a one-horse show string competing in nearly everything a Morgan could do. In the mid-90s, Lance devoted himself fully to Bittersweet Farm, breeding Morgans under the Beta-B prefix and concentrating on teaching students form to function. The farm hosted a summer riding program graduating many students to the show ring. Young riders from Bittersweet had special success in the Hunter Seat on the Flat and Hunter Seat over Fences Equitation divisions from the Northeast to Grand National. More recently, Lance competed prominently in carriage driving with partners like Wintergreen Sultana, UVM Allegro, Beta-B Protocol, Beta B Provocative, and Elegant Reflection. Today, his daughters, Melissa and Shauna, carry on the family tradition on farms of their own. Lance passed away on April 28, 2021.
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