Approximately 50 members and friends of the Piedmont Driving Club met on March 2 for the Club’s Annual Meeting, held at Whitestone Farm in Aldie, Virginia. In recognition of the Club’s outstanding 2013 season, in which members participated in 35 picnic drives, including 7 exhibition drives, Dr. Tom Burgess (CAA President and PDC member) and Mr. Doug Kemmerer (noted 4 in Hand Whip and long time Coachman) presented Club President Anne Watkins, of Berryville, Virginia with a Certificate of Achievement. Pictured with Anne are Dr. Tom Burgess, Mr. Carl Cox (PDC Picnic Committee Chairman) and Mr. Doug Kemmerer.
A highlight of the PDC Annual Meeting was Mr. Kemmerer’s talk on the history of coaching in the United States. He first drew parallels with the system of mail delivery by coach in the UK and the challenges of coaching in the Northeastern United States. He then gave special emphasis to the the logistics of both travel and mail delivery by coach in the Western United States.
The Piedmont Driving Club will begin the 2014 season in March. In addition to dozens of local drives throughout the Northern Virginia area, the Club anticipates another trip to Acadia Park in Maine, a trip to Fair Hill Maryland, and possibly a trip to the Jamestown State Park in Virginia. There is also a possibility for a trip (without horses/carriages!) to France to attend a Concourse elegance near Chantilly. The PDC cherishes its affiliation with the CAA and would welcome CAA members to join us.