Miami Valley Carriage Association
The club's focus is on educating ourselves and new members on how to be better drivers -- from miniature to draft with vehicles ranging from 2-wheeled carts to large multi-passsenger vehicles and single horses to teams. Members range in experience from "I have never been behind a horse to drive" to members that have driven multiple team hitches. Whether your interest is in driving horses, mules or donkeys (we have even had driving sheep in the club!) or just collecting carriages, there is a place for you in our club.
Just come to a meeting! If you'd like to join, a family membership is $20 and an individual membership is $10.
We distribute our monthly newsletter by email, so there is an additional $5 charge to cover mailing costs if you don't have an email account.
Contact any of our officers to find out the time and location of our next meeting.
President: Steve Glaser
Vice President: Cindy Gootee
Secretary: Vickie McQuay
Treasurer: Valeria Manemann
We have monthly drives, often with a pot-luck dinner, usually at a member's farm or boarding stable. We also make use of horse-friendly parks, such as Twin Towers Park in Greene County, Carriage Hill Farm in Montgomery County, and Buck Creek and George Rogers Clark Parks in Clark County to name a few. Yes, there are many carriage accessible trails in the Miami Valley -- and we do some volunteer work to keep these trails accessible!
We try to have a training clinic and/or a fun day each year to help advance some of our less experienced members and equines. We also occasionally schedule a shopping trip to Amish country harness and buggy shops, and we try to plan some other field trips to events or places of interest that have to do with carriages or driving.
Many of our members participate in parades throughout the year, such as the Lebanon Christmas Carriage Parade, the Hometown Holiday Parade (also a carriage parade) in Greenville and the Dayton Air Show Parade in Vandalia. We have participated in many special invitation drives, such as the Spring Grove Cemetery drive in Cincinnati and The Red Bricks and Roses carriage parade in Oxford. These are especially fun drives where we dress in period costumes. We have also participated in pleasure driving events at the Kentucky Horse Park such as the Carriage Roundup and the National Drive.
Good News! Jan 2016
We still have a surplus in our treasury with no major expenses anticipated in the near future. Soooo, we will be suspending dues again this year for all previously paid members in good standing.
FYI: We are not-for-profit. Our club uses funds collected to pay for marketing (website, newsletter, flyers, etc.) tack stalls for club members at club sponsored events, cover clinic expenses, and making an occasional contribution to organizations that benefit carriage driving.