Piedmont Driving Club
Est. 1978

2018 PDC Board

President - Anne Watkins

I competed in some combined driving,but mostly pleasure/picnic drives. Drove a single for the past 15-20 years then moved on to pairs. Before driving I spent my life showing(mostly hunter but some western and in-hand), and fox hunting from age 6. I have also bred and shown conformation horses,both english and western and was in Pony Club for many years. I have also successfully bred and shown Nubian goats,rabbits,and chickens and bred &made championship dogs.

Vice-President - Doug Ward

Doug has worked in the printing industry for 24 years in all levels from copy editing, to pre-press, press, bindery, production management and project management.  He currently works for the US Government  as Technology Program Manager handling high security document systems engineering and production.
Doug is a new comer to the sport of driving.  He has been driving for 2 years with his Belgian x Quarter Horse, Red.  Doug is interested in Pleasure and recreational driving mostly.  
Doug has aspirations to be a Pleasure Driving Technical Delegate in the future.

Secretary - Pat McCann

I’ve loved horses all my life and have been riding for many years. Took my first riding lessons when I was 11, got my first horse when I was 12 and  took my horse to college with me. In 2005, as I was approaching my senior years, I decided to learn to drive with my new 5 year old Saddlebred/TB gelding.  Maryalice trained my horse and me to drive in record time and all went beautifully. I worked for the federal government in DC for 31 years, and am now retired. Horses helped me keep my sanity my whole career, and still do!!   I enjoy pleasure riding, and driving my dear horse JayJay and being a member of PDC. Also enjoy steeplechase racing as a member of the Celtic Venture Racing Syndicate.

Treasurer - Marcia West

Lisa Andersen 

My family has had performance horses for generations so I was fortunate to grow up with good stock and teaching by natural example at home.  We had a few foals most years that we brought along for foxhunting and hunter/jumper shows in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley area.  
We took a classically correct approach with our youngsters,  starting them in long lines before riding, and so on.  Podhajsky’s great “Complete Training of Horse and Rider” was a second bible in our household.

I was an ‘A’ pony clubber and got into eventing when it first started in this country. An injury which ended my top horse’s jumping days brought me to focus on dressage in earnest in the early 90s. 
Dressage has systematically informed my approach to carriage driving and given me a solid foundation to build this new interest on.  Actually, driving is no longer an “interest”; it’s a passion!

Mark Duffell


Mark Duffell was first introduced to horses as a child on his grandparent’s farm in Iva, South Carolina, Mark’s love for riding and driving horses was instant and continued throughout his childhood and into adulthood.
Mark drives singles, pairs, and four abreast. He has a collection of horse-drawn farm machinery and enjoys working his four-acre garden with Amish-broke draft team Willy and Waylon. He has owned many breeds of driving horses including Standard Bred, Morgan, Dutch Harness, Percheron, Spotted Draft and Belgian Draft. Through the PDC he has developed a deeper love for pleasure driving and enjoys picnic drives and the comradery of fellow drivers in the Club.

Queenie Kemmerer

Anna Koopman

An avid equestrian her entire life, Anna Koopman brings a well rounded competition-oriented background to Piedmont Driving Club.  At the age of 9 she was given an off the track Standardbred named Herbars Blossom. Blossom was the quintessential first driving horse as she taught her new family all about driving and was extremely patient as they figured out harness and carriages.  As a child, Anna also participated in 4-H and Pony Club; competed in eventing and hunters; and was on the Equitation Team at Mount Holyoke College. After college her competition focus has been on Combined Driving as part of Team Koopman. Since 2003 they have traveled extensively competing in events from Florida to Canada.  In 2010, Anna’s father, Bob Koopman was named as an alternate to the USEF Combined Driving Singles Team. They competed at the World Championships in Patroni del Vivaro, Italy with their Morgan, Whippoorwill’s Keep Dancing. In 2011 they traded spots on the carriage and Anna took the reins competing successfully at the Intermediate level with Dancer.  Today Team Koopman has been bringing along one of the next bright stars in combined driving, Night Chief LMS. Anna and Chief have been slowly making their way up the levels to FEI since 2014. This year they hope to continue to improve their dressage scores, get bolder in the marathon and go double clean in cones!

Mary Munster

I drove as a child, avid rider, fox hunter, eventer, dressage, etc, etc, etc. And got back into driving because of etc! Started with a single, and when Matsje won at Upperville in 2010, I caught the fever. From that I went to pair, tandem, unicorn, and have recently found my love for 4 in hand. Driving allows me to enjoy my horses in a way that I could not if I were riding. In doing so I have met a great supportive group of people who are there for me when etc happens.

Wayne Porter

Maryalice Matheson Thomas

Owner/Operator Bowler Hill Farm with JohnDale Thomas, husband
ADS R Pleasure Driving and Coaching Judge
Fieldmaster, Orange County Hounds
Stands Cleveland Bay Stallion Windyday Shakespeare
Breeds and trains Carriage Horses and Foxhunters
Member of the PDC since 1983

Leslie Yarbrough

Leslie drives a pair of Connemara -Thoroughbred cross mares. She also enjoys her show hunters and fox hunting with Old Dominion Hounds.

Barbara Wolf

Despite coming to horses, driving, and foxhunting in our middle age, husband Tom and I have now enjoyed nearly two decades with our big (17.2+) mare, Sheba, who drives for me and hunts with the Orange County Hounds for him. When she was coming three, we learned to drive at the same time, and have been active members of the PDC since 2000. Sheba is sensible, sociable, and takes good care of us as we grow older.