Chris Redmon 2009 Notes for a Mock CDE A compilation of answers to questions and general notes on different
aspects of building a Mock Combined Driving Event for fun, learning,
Miss-Fit Fashions * Miss-Fit Morgans
Xenia, Ohio 45385
Building a Mock CDE -- Inspiration, Imagination & perspiration are all the tools you need to create whatever you want and do it! Okay,
you’ll need some basic hand tools, measuring devices, string, stakes, signs, able-bodied assistants (a couple good Border Collies and a Corgi are
wonderful assistants) - but you get the idea.
This is a compilation of answers to questions I’ve been asked, not so much a dedicated “thesis” on the subject. It has no particular organization
– it’s just answers to questions in the order I was asked. I’ve tried to provide headers that clue you to the specific details in that section.
etermine the ideal goals of your event and the target audience you want to participate. If you want to target RANK beginners, you will
need to be very sure to outline ALL the requirements of participation so there is no way for someone to show up driving a team of draft
mules with a wagon and expect to participate.
You will need to clarify the most basic criteria required to participate. We’ve stated that the vehicles must either be 2-wheel carts or
marathon carriages only. We allow forecarts since they are very sturdy and many draft horse people use them (our local club has a lot of
draft horses). You will also need to determine whether you’re going to require helmets/hats, whips, or any other items – remember
that rank beginners are not likely to have or even know what some things are or how to properly use them! That may eliminate your
target participants. “Pick your battles” and when they show up, emphasize and offer safety tips.
Create fliers and/or invitations which target the specific audience you seek; send them to that audience at least tw