Piedmont Driving Club
Est. 1978
Hello,
My name is Kitty Newman.
I am one of the 10 founding members of The Piedmont

Driving Club. The other 9 founding members are or
were; Our current president, Anne Watkins and her
husband Bill,Nancy Bedford ,Sam Davis,
Anne Dodderage,Linda and Phil Dodderage,Pam Peck,
and Muffy Seaton.

In the spring of 1978 our very first meeting was held at a
community center to gather names and ideas to form
a club. Our second meeting was held at Anne Dodderage's farm in Bluemont, Va.  This was when the actual formation of The Piedmont Driving Club began to take shape. Ideas were
exchanged and put forth. The third meeting took place at Linda and Phil Dodderage's farm also in Bluemont.  That's when the club really came together, discussed by-laws and the direction the club was going to be taking regarding an annual driving club show and monthly pleasure drives.

                                                    Founding member Nancy Bedford was instrumental                                                                            in gaining Foxcroft School grounds in Middleburg, Va                                                                            to hold our annual driving club show,  which later                                                                                  became a 2 day show with the first day devoted  to                                                                              pleasure  classes and the second day devoted to a                                                                                combined driving event.  For many years afterwards,                                                                            the Piedmont Driving Club show was the only 2 day                                                                              show on the East Coast.


                                                    Sandy Carlson was the first editor of the PDC                                                                                         newsletter.  A few years later Flora Hillman took over                                                                           the reins as editor for the next 10 years.  During  that                                                                           time, several of her newsletter articles were re-printed in the ADS magazine "The Whip" as well as the CAA "Carriage

Driving Journal".  Two of her newsletter articles even
made "Best of the Whip" which was a compilation of
10 years of the "Whips" best and most informative
articles.  These articles first appeared in our monthly
newsletter.Later editors did a fantastic job of keeping
up the newsletter which is the glue that holds the club
together.

With the new millennium we saw many new members
joining.  That is when the club's focus turned more
towards the fun and social picnic drives.  The last show was held in 2006. In October of 2003 a photograph taken by a professional photographer was
featured on the back cover of the "Loudoun Today" magazine. Our club has been for decades, the source of driving fun, driving education and enjoyment of a very rare and unique countryside.
I hope you enjoy this little presentation going back to the beginning of our club's history. 
Thanks for reading,

Kitty Newman
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