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MCDC's Jacob Arnold named by USEF
Jacob Arnold has embraced the sport of combined driving with maturity beyond his years and has quickly become a young force with which to be reckoned. From the age of eight, Arnold immediately took to the sport - one that traditionally boasts an older demographic. Today, he is already producing top results and represents an exciting future for his sport.
Saturday, December 10th
Jacob drives four in hand in the Southern Pines Christmas Parade.
Fun Drive Spring Series
May Pleasure Show
Carolina Carriage Club
May 5-6, 2012
Laurels at Landhope CDE Ends Its Run
After twenty-five years as a featured equestrian event on the Delaware Valley fall schedule, the Laurels at Landhope is ending its run. Led by Jamie O'Rourke, of Unionville, Pa., for much of the last two decades, the event grew from its roots as a small schooling driving trial to international recognition by the FEI and to its selection as the site of multiple USEF National Championships. In 2002, the event moved from Unionville to Landhope Farm in West Grove, which was designed specifically for combined driving events.
There is still strong interest in continuing to host a driving event at the site on the same dates. A committee headed by Lisa Stroud, Lisa Singer, and Newt Brosius is planning a new show called the Willow Glen Combined Driving Event, which will be open to preliminary-, intermediate-, and advanced-level competitors in 2013.
Stroud said, "We plan to use 2012 to make a fresh start. The new committee will use the time to plan a competitor-friendly event and to try to generate the enthusiastic support that has made the Laurels at Landhope such a great success for so many years. We will hold a driving event on the same dates in 2012 but as yet we're not sure what format it will be." Stroud went on to say that everyone associated with the Laurels owes O'Rourke a huge thank you for his dedication and leadership.
During its tenure, the Laurels at Landhope has donated more $260,000 to its beneficiaries: the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center, the Large Animal Protection Society, the Brandywine Conservancy, and the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy.
Paper Chase Drive
Nubbin Ridge Farm
9 am -- 1 pm
Start out the new year with a fun morning's drive at Mike and Ilene Keatley's Nubbin Ridge Farm. The format will be the same as last year: a 5-6 km drive during which each carriage will gather pieces of candy to mark their course. Every turnout completing the drive will receive a certificate of achievement. Emphasis in this event is on good cheer and a good time with horses. No dressy carriage is required; the terrain is cross-country style. Parking is available along Causey Rd. in front of Doug and Linnae Spence's farm and on Nubbin Ridge Rd. So set your alarm clock and get yourself and your rig to Nubbin Ridge for a drive through the fresh, frosty woods on New Year's Day!
Abby Shultis and the Board would like to offer a series of fun drives this spring, to be scheduled after the Frostbite Series and before the Carriage Classic in the Pines. These events would range from a day of games for horse and carriage to a mock pleasure show designed to give inexperienced drivers a chance to learn the ropes. A pot-luck meal/cross country drive is also a possibility.
This is a call for volunteers to help plan and execute the spring drives. The Frostbite volunteers put in a lot of effort, often in cold conditions, to make their events successful and educational for participants. We would like a different set of folks to work on the spring drives to give the Frostbite crew a well-deserved rest.
If you would be willing to work on these purely fun excursions, please call Abby Shultis (910-245-7850) as soon as possible, so plans can begin to take shape!
Tom Gallagher deals with parade details.
MCDC Officers and Board Members
President: David Frump
Vice President: Claire Reid
Secretary: Abby Shultis
Treasurer: Bill Walsh
Bob Cook 910-693-1121
Herman Hoberecht 910-281-0630
Craig Kellog 910-692-4431
George MacGown 919-718-5583
Floreen Maroncelli 910-692-7371
Linda McVicker 910-692-9292
Sandy McShea 910-245-4474Social Director & Reservations
Sarah Coley 910-246-2911
Floreen Maroncelli 910-692-7371
Cheryl Bacon 910-245-4364
MembershipBill Walsh 910-246-0749
MaryAlice Farina 910-375-2174
From the Back Step
Christmas is quickly approaching and the club has had a great deal of activity already this season. The Christmas Parade was spectacular, with 23 turnouts from the club and the largest crowd of spectators I have seen since I’ve participated in the parade. Our Christmas dinner the following evening was, I think, the largest we’ve had with 98 reservations made for members and friends. Entertained by awards for the parade, a great dinner, lots of good conversation and dancing, everyone enjoyed a wonderful kick off for the season.
During the dinner we “passed the hat” to collect for the local food bank. Over $400 was donated by members. The purchasing power of the food bank affords them the opportunity to provide eight dollars in food for every one dollar donated. That means the club was able to provide over $3200 on food to feed the area’s needy.
We have many people to thank for these successful events. Tom and Eleanor Gallagher and Linda and Bill Long organized the parade while Floreen Maroncelli organized the dinner. Special thanks to them and all who assisted for making the events so special.
The club membership drive is complete for the year and while we expect to receive a few more applications over the next month or so I am happy to say the club continues to grow. We currently have about 60 Family Memberships and 70 Individual Members.
The new rosters have been printed and were distributed at the Christmas dinner. Those who did not attend will receive theirs in the mail over the next few days. Any corrections should be sent to me or Abby Shultis so we can include them in the annual addendum.
I am very pleased to announce the board has elected to turn the Carriage Classic in the Pines into a benefit horse show for 2012. The show will return to the three day format and include dressage and fun classes. For the first time, we intend to include a sport division so that drivers who have only cross-country carriages will feel more competitive in their own division. If you are interested in being on the planning committee, please contact me so we can incorporate your ideas into the show. Many of our usual volunteers are excited about the idea which we expect will draw attention to the show while helping out less fortunate people in Moore County.
The show will benefit the North Carolina Food Bank in our area. Details are still being worked out but a good number of area businesses and individuals are keen on the idea. Please join in helping the club put together a show that will keep the pleasure circuit strong and benefit our entire community.