About our club

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Western Whips and Wheels is a not for profit driving club sanctioned  by The American Driving Society. It was formed to create a network of carriage drivers in our region, to act as a resource for one another and to support driving events in the Pacific Northwest. Through dues and fund raising efforts, WWW provides financial support for regional competitions (Combined Driving Events and Arena Driving Trials), play day drives, a facebook page and educational opportunities. Additionally, members provide volunteer labor that makes things happen. We welcome members of all experience and abilities.

OBJECTIVES

Western Whips and Wheels’ by-laws state that the organization’s objectives are:

  • To advocate for the sport of driving equines to carriages in competition, for pleasure and recreation
  • To promote safety in the sport
  • To create and maintain public interest in local, national and international driving events
  • To educate and inform the public with respect to driving methods, safety and events
  • To sponsor educational driving clinics and other organized driving events
  • To recommend and promote the use of the American Driving Society rules at any organized show which members may attend

ARENA DRIVING TRIAL SERIESbridge

Organizing the Arena Driving Trial Series is one of WWW’s primary jobs. An Arena Driving Trial is a casual competition held in one day and includes a dressage test, a cones course and an obstacle course. Drivers do not have to dress in traditional attire at these events and horses and carriages do not have to be spit polish clean. Trials are held during the winter months, February through April, when most of us have cabin fever and enjoy getting our equines out for some fun. It is a great way for new drivers to practice the basic skills required for a Combined Driving Event. More seasoned competitors enjoy honing their skills and exposing their horses to different situations.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Educational opportunities are offered to WWW members throughout the year. In the past few years, the club has held a clinic on braiding, organized a tour of the Curtis Carriage Museum, presentation by Nate Smith equine nutrition expert to discuss nutrition for performance horses, offered driving clinics with some of the country’s leading drivers, and organized numerous play day drives. The club sponsored Thomas Smith for a two day navigator clinics and Bill Twigg for a Carriage Maintenance Seminar, desensitizing clinics with John and Linda Keater and numerous veterinarians on topics ranging from lameness to conditioning.

REGIONAL SUPPORT

WWW provides support to the region’s Combined Driving Event Organizations. The club provided financial contributions to the Equestrian Institiute’s CDE in Ethel WA, ; The CDE at Inavale in Philomath, OR; Drive in the Park in Nampa Idaho, WA; and the National ADS Membership Meeting in 2011.

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17 responses to “About our club

  • Tammy York

    Would like to join your group. Needing a “course” to practice in or near Molalla Or. Would like all information regarding your event Feb 1.

  • Fran meade

    Where are your meetings located?When & where are the next cde in wa. state/

    • Deborah Holmes

      Fran,
      Our board meetings are the first Tuesday of each month in Oregon. If you would like to attend, give Linda Thomas a call at 503-632-5053. I think that the first full CDE in Washington is going to be put on by the Equestrians Institute. The website is EINW.org. Our club has some great clinics and a Arena Driving Trial coming up in March. Linda can fill you in n those details as well. Thanks for your interest!

  • Melodie Schones

    Greetings ‘WWW, I am a new member and am looking forward to meeting any members in Lincoln County, I am located in Siletz. Also do you have the schedule of events for the summer? Would like to volunteer at the March 22nd event, just to rub elbows and meet and greet.
    Melodie Schones

  • Kate Beevers

    I am looking for a trainer for my cob mare. Just about ready to hitch but need professional assistance.
    I’m in McMinnville and can travel up to 50 miles away for training and/or coaching.

  • Janet BURNS

    I’m just getting into driving. I have fjord that is being trained at this time. I would like more information on your group thanks

    • Deborah Holmes

      What part of the state are you in? We are having our annual meeting and holiday party in molalla on Dec 6th. If you are free it would be a great opportunity to meet people. Give our president Linda Thomas a call at 503-632-5053 for the details.

  • Vicki Coulter

    I am looking for an instructor in the Seattle Tacoma area. I am just getting into driving but need to good start. Are there any instructors in the Port Orchard/Gig harbor/Tacoma area?

    • Deborah Holmes

      Welcome to driving Vicki! There are a few great clubs up in your area. I would recommend that you contact Sarah Johnson at the Equestrian Institute. If you go to their site http://www.einw.org and click on driving, all her contact info is there. She will know about trainers in your area. They are having a wonderful event at the end of May, and the two clinicians, Leslie Berndyl and Scott Monroe are World Champion Drivers and if you could audit some of their lessons or take a few yourself you will be SO glad you did! I come up to Washington every year for that event and find it to be one of the highlights of the year training wise. It’s held in Ethyl WA.

  • Julie Roberts-Daugherty

    Hello, I am interested in joining a driving club here in Oregon. I am also interested in available instructors. I live in Eugene OR. Currently but had a wonderful time with our driving club, Spokes and Spurs, outside of Lexington Ky. I can be reached email. I look forward to meeting the members. Julie and Tom Daugherty

    • Deborah Holmes

      Julie,
      The Beginning Driver Clinic in Beavercreek May 23rd might be a good introduction if you can make it up here. Megan Sibiga is a wonderful trainer with a great barn in Lebanon OR, not sure how far away that is from you. Do you do facebook? If so look for our page and it is an easy way to hook up with members and saty up to date on what is happening. Our membership director is Ann Craig you can contact her at ascrai@aol.com she is the best resource for contacts ear Eugene! We have some great drivers down that way.

  • Berni

    In interested in upcoming clinics and learning opportunities. If you have an email list could you please add me?

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