Newsletter

We hope that you had a festive holiday season and that you and your equines are keeping warm in this cold snap. Here are some activities to keep you busy until Spring.

Pot Luck Meeting — Wednesday, March 18th. Location TBA

Spring Seminar — Saturday, April 18th
The topic is Driving a Two-Phase Competition, with the emphasis on dressage and cones. The skills required for successful competition are also necessary for everyday driving, so be sure to take advantage of the instruction. Speakers are Jimmie Farclough and Jeff Morse.

The Winter Classic Sleigh Rally was held on Sunday, January 18th at 11:00 am.–Even though it rained on our parade, that didn’t stop a group of “brave, intrepid, and enthusiastic” (thanks, Ann Willey) drivers and volunteers from coming out to play. The roads were treacherous to drive, but the ring at Orleton Farm was beautifully prepared for the sleighs. Two ponies, three horses, and one mini competed for the coveted Colonial Carriage ribbons and prizes. Kudos to Sarah Cerrone, Christina Alsop, Leigh Semilof, Lyn Howard, Keath & Dawn Fortier, Sasha Truax, Diane Bozyczko, and Kay Konove — and their entourages — for giving the spectators a glimpse of days gone by, especially in the Currier & Ives class.

Hat Decorating Party — Saturday, January 17th
Mary Stokes Waller invites the ladies of Colonial Carriage to her house at 2pm on Saturday, January 17th to decorate new hats or spruce up an older one. Mary has a collection of feathers and other adornments that will make a difference in your turnout. Bring a jacket and apron if you want to coordinate an outfit with your hat. Fee is $20/person for supplies. Mary has wonderful ideas — come join the fun and share your visions of millinery!
Please let Mary know if you are coming by Friday, January 16th at 413-298-3119.

Annual Meeting & Banquet — Elections and Auctions — Saturday, January 24th
You are invited to the Lenox Club in Lenox, Mass. for the Annual Meeting & Banquet. The cost is $39/person, and the food is superb. Reservation form and final details will be in the mail to you this week. Consider bringing some guests — we are known for being a very friendly and social group. For those of you traveling a distance to the event, there are rooms available at the Lenox Club at a reduced rate. We know that you look forward to gathering with the club in this lovely setting as well as bidding on items in the silent and live auctions. This is a major fundraiser for the club, so come prepared! If you have items to donate to the auction, please contact Kay Konove at 413-298-3810 or kkfjords3@gmail.com.

Colonial Carriage Membership Renewal — Today!!
A membership application is enclosed for your convenience to renew your dues before January 31st. We will be submitting names for subscriptions to the Equine Journal at that time. We know there were some glitches previously, so we want to start the new year out right. You can also pay your dues with your banquet reservations or send $25 to Kay Konove, PO Box 1593, Stockbridge, MA 01262. Our numbers for 2014 were the highest yet — 132 memberships with actual members numbering about 175. What a great group that just keeps on growing — be sure to stay a part of the fun!! You don’t need to own a horse, or drive, to be a valuable member of the club. We welcome everyone with an interest in carriage driving.

Welcome New Members!
Shawn Conway, Lakeville, MA
Jack & Sam Couch, Hudson, NY
Bob, Tess, & Emelia Fedell, Sandisfield, MA
Frances Ingraham Heins, Kinderhook, NY
Cindy Rustici, Germantown, NY
Laura Sager, Ghent, NYMichael Shepherd, Newton, NH
Katherine Shoemaker, Lenox, MA
Laurie, Terry, & Elizabeth Snider, Belchertown, MA
Stanley Sotherden, East Chatham, NY
Tracie Treleaven, Lakeville, MA
Jaye Winkler, Glastonbury, CT

2015 Calendars
A few copies are still available. Beautiful photographs of Berkshire Coaching Weekend last October.
Please contact Harvey Waller at hwaller562@aol.com or 413-298-3119 if you would like to buy one for
$13 (shipping cost extra).

Saratoga Driving Association News
Reminder that current CCDS members can participate in SDA events at the reduced co-membership rate of $16 (does not include subscription to Equine Journal). Please send check directly to Cindy Kimmey, 204 North Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186.
The traditional 12th Night Party is Saturday, January 10th at 6pm at the home of Lyn Howard and Jack Alexander, 8 Sluyter Road, Poestenkill, NY 12140. RSVP 518-674-8582. Check saratogadriving.com for directions.

Get Ready for Spring Mid-Winter Conference is Saturday, February 14. Check saratogadriving.com for schedule and registration.