Horsemen's Corral December 2021

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The Horsemen’s Corral is the official publication for the following clubs: Northern Kentucky Horse Network Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club Northern Ohio Miniature Horse Club Avon Lake Saddle Club Northern Ohio Outlaws Black Swamp Driving Club Ohio Appaloosa Association Buckeye Equestrian Association O.H.I.O. EXCA Central Ohio Saddle Club Association Ohio Foundation Quarter Horse Assoc. Central Ohio Wagoneers Ohio Haflinger Association Classical Attraction Dressage Society Ohio High School Rodeo Association Colorado Ranger Horse Association Ohio Horseman’s Council Creek Side Mounted Archery Ohio Gaited Horse Trailriders District One National Show Horse Ohio Morgan Horse Association Dusty Boots Riding Club Ohio Paint Horse Club Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. Ohio Quarter Horse Association Geauga Horse & Pony Association Ohio Ranch Horse Association Great Lakes Appaloosa Horse Club Ohio State Buckskin Association Hoosier Quarter Pony Association Ohio Western Horse Association, Inc. Knox County Horse Park Ottawa County Horse Foundation Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros Ohio Valley Team Penning Association Massillon Saddle Club Pinto Horse Association of Ohio Miami Valley Horse Show Association Premier Mount N Trail Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. Tri-County Trail Association Mid-Eastern Farriers Association Tri-State Rodeo Association Mid Ohio Dressage Association Wayne County Saddle Club Mid-Ohio Marauders Western Equestrian Club at Slippery Rock University National Pole Bending Association Western Reserve Carriage Association Northern Ohio Dressage Association

Inside This Issue Achieve Your Goals With a Budge............................................ 8 Corral Calendar ...................................................................... 34 The Cowboy Perserverance Ranch........................................ 46 Feeding the Toothless Senior Horse ...................................... 26 Four-Legged Caregivers......................................................... 20 Horse Treats ............................................................................. 6 The Last Ride ........................................................................... 8 Ride In Sync ........................................................................... 18 Top 10 Essential Horse Equipment Products to Put on Your Christmas List This Year......................................... 14 TrailMeister ............................................................................. 24 View From the Cheap Seats................................................... 30 Western Dressage .................................................................. 40

The Corral Staff Editor .............................................................................................Bobbie Coalter Advertising Sales & General Manager .....................................Joe Coalter email ...............................................................

Club News

Club Sales & Circulation Manager Art & Composition Director .....................................................Michelle Ross email

Black Swamp Driving Club ..................................................... 19

WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Features: ........ Bobbie Coalter, Rob & Tanya Corzatt, Robert Eversole .............................. Lisa Kiley, Kristen Janicki, Terry Myers, Sarah Vas Guests: .............Kelley Bitter, Allison Goldberg, Christine Weisgarber NEXT ISSUE NUMBER 1 .................................................................................. JANUARY 2022 JANUARY 2022 DEADLINE ........................................ DECEMBER 10, 2021

Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club ........................................ 27 Central Ohio Saddle Club Association.................................... 48 Colorado Ranger Horse Association ...................................... 42 Geauga Horse and Pony Association ..................................... 41 Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros ................................................. 28 Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. ................................... 42 Mid Ohio Dressage Association.............................................. 28 Mid-Ohio Marauders ............................................................... 22 Northern Ohio Dressage Association ..................................... 44

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O.H.I.O. EXCA........................................................................ 16 Ohio High School Rodeo Association ..................................... 22 Ohio Horseman’s Council ....................................................... 50 Ohio Morgan Horse Association ............................................. 10 Ohio Valley Team Penning Association .................................. 44 Pinto Horse Association of Ohio ............................................. 10 Wayne County Saddle Club ................................................... 47 Western Reserve Carriage Association .................................. 31

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Achieve Your Goals With a Budget by Christine Weisgarber

With a budget in hand, you will be ready to tackle your personal and business financial goals.


budget is used to guide and direct your financial decisions to achieve a goal. If you are a business, your goal is to make a profit, among many other things. If you are an individual, your goal might be to pay off debt or buy more horses. Either way, a budget can help you reach your goals. To begin it is useful to gather all your financial information from this year. This information is the framework for next year’s budget. It will give you the information you need to determine expected income and expenses. For businesses using accounting software, you can generate a profit and loss statement saving you hours of work collecting this information. Income from all sources should be recorded by their amounts on a month-to-month basis. Equine businesses would list things like lessons, board, and stud fees. Individuals would list their total take home pay for the month, cash tips, and interest earnings. This information is gathered from bank statements, deposit receipts, and pay stubs. With expenses, I like to list fixed costs first in my personal budget. This is because it is easy to find the information, like a cable bill. For businesses these things are insurance, office software, bookkeeping, subscriptions, etc. All other costs that vary in amount can be listed with the amounts from each month. Things like groceries, take-out, and entertainment. Just like income, this will be listed month to month and can come from bank/credit card statements and receipts. Once you have recorded all your income and expenses, what remains is your net income or loss. If this is a positive number you are profitable, if it is negative then you have a loss. Once you have this information you can plan what to do next to achieve your goal(s). For some you might look at getting a second job or eating out less. Businesses may add services or increase fees.

There is a hidden factor that can make budgeting tricky. The difference in the cost of something from this year to the following year. As we have seen, prices are out of control, and this can be hard to fit into a budget. In the past you could assume a 3 percent increase from inflation. This year however, we have experienced over 5 percent and we don’t have a crystal ball for next year, making a budget a significant and key part in decision making. You may find working with an accounting pro helpful. With a budget in hand, you will be ready to tackle your personal and business financial goals. I could talk for hours about how useful a budget can be. Once you create your budget refer to it monthly to see if you are on track or need to adjust your spending. If you would like to have this information prepared for you, reach out to me today. I would love to hear about your goals and achievements. For more helpful information find Brazen Business Services on Facebook and Instagram! Christine Weisgarber has been around horses for more than half her life having experience with equine businesses and showing. She is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, member and supporter of the Massillon Saddle Club, and a proud mom of three young children. Her children were the deciding factor in opening her home-based business, Brazen Business Services LLC. Brazen, or brave, is exactly what it takes to start and run a business. She helps business owners navigate business decisions by providing accurate, up to date financial information for a more profitable business without wasted time and stress. Her services are online based with great customer service for bookkeeping and income tax services. For more information visit or call/text 330/474-9984.

The Last Ride “So when we do make that last ride that is inevitable for us all to make, to that place up there, where the grass is green and lush and stirrup high, and the water runs cool, clear, and deep—You’ll tell us as we ride in that our entry fees have been paid. These things we ask.—Amen.”

~Excerpt from ‘A Rodeo Cowboy’s Prayer’ by Clem McSpadden

MARY LOU PARRISH Mary Lou Milner Parrish, 61, of Belmont, Ohio, died Nov. 10, 2021 at her home. She was born March 5, 1960, in Wheeling, WV, a daughter of the late Jesse Dale Milner and Mary Elizabeth Simerall Milner. Mary Lou was a graduate of Morehead State University with a degree in Equine Studies and was an Equine Enthusiast. She was a 4-H Advisor for over 14 years for Bits and Bridles Club; a member of the Belmont Saddle Club and a member of the Belmont County Chapter Ohio Horseman’s Council. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Parrish and a sister, Suzanne Moskala. Mary Lou is survived by her sister, Debra (Mark) Stringer of Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to an animal charity of the donor’s choice. Submissions for The Last Ride can be emailed to 8


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December 2021



Ohio Morgan Horse Association

Ohio Academy Riders Winter Tournament Series PRESIDENT, Alyssa Rose VICE PRESIDENT, Elizabeth Thomas SECRETARY, Nancy Rinz TREASURER, Elizabeth Burick WEBSITE,

by Susan Walker The good news is that we have been experiencing spectacular weather here in Ohio the past week or so, particularly this late into the year. There have been some fairly hard frosts overnight (resulting in the demise of the flying insect population), followed by beautiful sunny days and then slightly cooler evenings which have made the horses extra frisky. The bad news is that we lost that hour resetting daylight savings time and now it is practically completely dark by the time the evening news comes on the television. It is just about time for our annual banquet/meeting/awards presentation. Stepping a bit

out of our box this year, if you check the notice below, you will see that this will take place on Sunday rather than Saturday, it will be a luncheon rather than the usual dinner and a new venue has been selected. I’m looking forward to it and hope to see you all there. One constant that has not changed is the annual Chinese auction. Make sure you bring some extra spending money to buy lots of tickets to turn into lots of nice auction items. The equine first aid kits the club is selling as a fundraiser will be available for purchase at the banquet as well. These useful kits would make a nice present for a trainer or riding instructor or for any equestrian. In last month’s column, I had mentioned that the Ohio Academy Riders Winter Tournament series for the 20212022 season, might be starting up. Now it is official. The ‘Mark Your Calendar’ section shows the schedule for the upcoming months. It is also official that the OMHA is sponsoring this series, along with UPHA Chapter 13.

For more information on these shows contact Alyssa Rogers of Rogers Equestrian Center or Kathleen Flower of Lookaway Farm. On a sad note for our club, it was learned that a former member and past president of OMHA, Llyn Robinson, has passed away. To quote his obituary, “Llyn Edward Robinson, age 80 passed away on October 22, 2021 in Akron, Ohio. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 25, 1941 to the late Carl and Elizabeth (Tucker) Robinson and grew up in Seven Hills, Ohio. He was a member of the US Air Force from 19611965 stationed in Japan. He was a long time truck driver, and a truck driving instructor until 2019. He was a school bus driver for Buckeye Local Schools in Medina and a frequent blood donor for the American Red Cross over the years. Llyn was an active and faithful member of York United Methodist Church for over 34 years. For all of his life Llyn was an animal lover, especially of Morgan horses. (He

even had a paper route as a child to support his horse, Missy.) He was also a member of the PennOhio Morgan Horse Association, The Ohio Horseman’s Council in Lorain County, Ohio Morgan Horse Association (where he was a past president) and the American Morgan Horse Association where he enjoyed working at the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City every October for many years. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at” MARK YOUR CALENDAR DEC. 12: High Point Awards Banquet/Annual Meeting at the Blue Heron Brewery and Event Center, noon to 3 p.m., 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina, OH DEC. 19: Ohio Academy Riders Winter Tournament, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH JAN. 23, 2022: Ohio Academy Riders Winter Tournament, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH FEB. 20, 2022: Ohio Academy Riders Winter Tournament, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH

Pinto Horse Association of Ohio

Reflecting on 2021 PRESIDENT, Kaylee Clagett VICE PRESIDENT, Angie Wolfe SECRETARY, Leslie Watson TREASURER, Amy Leibold EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Leslie Watson As the weather gets colder outside it is time to reflect on the very busy summer that The Pinto Horse Association of Ohio was able to have in 2021. We hosted four huge shows this past summer along with the Jubilee in New Castle, Ind. We had an increase in membership this past year and horse show participation. We had members from several different states join us for all of our shows—Ohio, Michigan, Indiana,

Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland to name some. Our shows, while they were long this past year, were enjoyed by all and are still among some of the best attended shows in the country for PtHA. Looking forward to 2022, the Board of Directors are busy planning shows and the annual year-end awards banquet. We are finalizing the showbill and show locations. That information will be made available after we have obtained national approval. Ohio Pinto offers classes for all types and sizes of pintos and will continue to in 2022. We are looking forward to another fun-filled year of showing our spotted friends. We will be posting new information on our Facebook page, PtHAOPinto Horse Association of Ohio. If you are not on it yet, please feel free to join.




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Top 10 Essential Horse Equipment Products to Put on Your Christmas List This Year by Lisa Kiley


hile there are people who want jewelry, clothes, or the latest gadgets for Christmas, the true way to a horseperson’s heart is to get something that they need for around the farm. While a new saddle or blanket is nice, there are some equipment essentials that will fill your horse loving loved one with cheer. While some items might be an investment, barn equipment needs are what keep us thankful every day of the year. There are also items without big price tags that can make time spent in the barn even more fun. Here are our top 10 suggestions for the horse lover in your life: 10. New Buckets — This one isn’t even going to break the budget, how about giving your farm a quick facelift with new buckets? Consider getting buckets in your barn colors or a different color for each horse. Buckets filled with horse treats (or other small items) make a great upgrade from a standard Christmas stocking.

9. Pitch Forks and Manure Buckets — While you might get in big trouble for getting your significant other a vacuum for the house, new pitch forks and manure buckets are a different story. Pick fun colors and add a manure cart to make the gift complete.

5. Stall Mats — While not the sexiest gift on the list, this one may be the agreed upon ‘barn gift’ for the holiday. Well placed stall mats are great for your horses and will make stall cleaning easier every day. Want to make the job easier? Throw in a few Mat Movers that will make them much easier to move and adjust. 4. Mud Grids — Mud is miserable, mud grids provide an easy solution and will help keep your horses legs and your new boots clean this winter into the spring. Put them around your gate areas, feeders, and loafing sheds. They are easy to install and can be moved where you need them most.

8. Stall Gates — The addition of stall gates to a barn provides several benefits. Increasing ventilation and sunlight, some gates will also allow the horse to put their head out for socialization and enrichment. There are many styles to choose from and they will take less time to install than it takes to put your kids toys together. 7. Stable Organization — Most horse people have plenty of tack, so what better gift than something to hang and organize all their prized possessions? Saddle racks, bridle hooks, blanket bars are all great suggestions. Rolling carts and baskets will be the hit of the holidays! 6. Load Dumper — If you haven’t heard of this handy wheelbarrow (that is so much more than a wheelbarrow) you need to check it out. It comes in a couple different sizes and allows you to dump the load of manure or whatever you put in it with the ease of one hand. There is even a hitch option so it can be pulled with a lawn tractor or ATV.

3. Hay Elevator — It may be winter now, but we will be putting up hay before you know it. Make that job as easy as can be with a new hay elevator. There are lots of options in length and if you already have one, think about adding a transport kit or a bale chute. 2. Round Pen — There are few gifts that can top this one! A round pen is one of the best training tools for horses and has many different uses from groundwork to riding. Getting a versatile round pen that is made of horse safe panels can be moved and expanded as needed. A 60’ round pen is a great size for most uses. 1. Manure Spreader — We saved the best for last! Manure spreaders are often top on the list for horse lovers of all backgrounds and disciplines. It’s something that you can use daily to make chores and manure management a breeze at your barn.

If you are interested in getting more information about any of these holiday gift suggestions, visit us at Lisa Kiley is a lifelong horse enthusiast who has worked in the equine industry and shown horses for many years. She is a proud member of the Cashmans Horse Equipment Team. Cashmans Horse Equipment, located in Delaware, Ohio, has been providing top quality products to the equine and agricultural community for 40 years. They have a commitment to sourcing environmentally conscious merchandise and items made in the U.S.A. Cashmans strives to educate customers and provide products that put safety first so you can enjoy more time with the horses you love. 14


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O.H.I.O. EXCA End of Year Honors and Awards CO-PRESIDENTS, Steve Fuller and Jimmy McDonald TREASURER, Robin Gigax SECRETARY, Anissa Fuller FACEBOOK, O.H.I.O. EXCA

O.H.I.O. EXCA just completed our fourth year of EXCA races as a sanctioned club through Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Association out of Texas. Our October race was the EXCA Ohio State Championship at S bar L Rodeo Arena in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Participants enjoyed the beautiful day and numerous great runs by horse/ rider teams through obstacles. Mother nature also added to the fun with her cool breeze! Let’s thank some folks! Fishers Council, in their mission to mentor urban youth through community service, provided volunteer support for course re-sets and other needs. The following volunteers did not ride but provided their time and energy: Penny Obernyer, Ashley Blake, Kelly and Ellie Bichsel,

Robin Gigax, Steve and Anissa Fuller, Shurina Tucke, Jim Hall, Mr. Friley and Mr. Horton. I sure hope I didn’t miss anyone, these folks are very important! Special thanks to Stephanie Kame of Silk Studio Photography for the professional service of snapping so many memories for everyone. Let’s congratulate our riders receiving 1st-5th places at our EXCA Ohio State Championship Race:

YOUNG GUNS: 1. Olivia Lang YOUTH: 1. Dalton Mullins; 2. Jordan Scheffler; 3. Jordan Scheffler on horse #2; 4. Rachel Brick; 5. Abby Lang NON-PRO: 1. Danelle Osinchuk; 2. Katie Finley; 3. Jennie Bower PRO: 1. Traci Wade; 2. Kayla Schlabach Ride Smart: 1. Stephen Oetzel; 2. Jennie Bower; 3. Kathy Sailer Friley; 4. Elisa Holmes NOVICE: 1. Sharon Oetzel; 2. Stephen Oetzel; 3. Alex Hangge; 4. Katie Finley; 5. Melissa Fitzgerald INTERMEDIATE: 1. Dalton Mullins; 2. Sharon Oetzel; 3. Danelle Osinchuk; 4. Jasmine Baker; 5. Alex Hangge GREEN HORSE: 1. Kayla Schlabach; 2. Katie Finley; 3. Rachel Brick; 4. Sharon Oetzel

O.H.I.O. EXCA members Stephen and Sharon Oetzel from Wilmington, Ohio, and Becky Jarvis from Sugarcreek, Ohio,

Photo credit: Silk Studio Photography.

Photo credit: Silk Studio Photography.

were the three of several of our club’s EXCA World competition qualifiers who made the journey to Glen Rose, Texas, to compete at the EXCA Worlds Championship Race. Sharon Oetzel and her equine partner Lou successfully competed to make the Final 10 of the Novice division. We are so proud of all of our racers, Worlds qualifiers and racers and Sharon for their guts and determination to enjoy their equine partner in the EXCA sport. Our End-of-Year Banquet was held at S bar L Arena with the purpose of fellowship and thanking our sponsors and race volunteers with a meal as well as awarding our high point club members with a unique and custom-made buckle. The following buckles were awarded to those O.H.I.O. EXCA club members who attended at least two of our three races and the cumulative points earned were the highest in their division:

RIDE SMART: Jennie Bower, Wooster, OH

YOUNG GUNS: Olivia Lang, Dover, OH YOUTH: Jordan Scheffler, Hartville, OH NOVICE: Stephen Oetzel, Wilmington, OH INTERMEDIATE: Sharon Oetzel, Wilmington, OH NON-PRO: Danelle Osinchuk, Springfield, VT PRO: Traci Wade, Tionesta, PA



Thank you to our 2021 Mustang and Saddle sponsors providing sponsorship of $200+: Weaver Leather, Silk Studio Photography, United Equine, LLC, Saltwell Western Store, Kaycee Western Store, Solstice Equine Bodywork, Creek Side Horse Park, EquiPride and EquiLix. Sponsorships help support EXCA races and practices for our equine community through discounted youth clinic/race entry fees, payment of cattle for our races, quality prizes, etc. We are grateful for the donations that add to the enjoyment of equine partnerships. O.H.I.O. EXCA looks forward to planning our 2022 activity and race season. We’ve moved our obstacles to our winter home at Riverland Arena in Navarre for a large, indoor, and heated space. We will give our club members an opportunity for weekly meetings every Sunday 1-4 p.m. November through April. If you’d like to know more about joining the fun, please find us on Facebook or contact us at 614/314-9241. Life is too short to not enjoy the ride!

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December 2021



Ride In Sync

Tips to Improve Your Riding by Terry Myers


hen people first start riding with me, they are frequently overwhelmed with the information. In clinics people will say they are not sure how to remember everything. Like anything else, if you start with basics, you will go a long way toward improving, which is what we all want. As a year-end article, I thought I would give you six things you can do to improve your riding and make your horse’s job easier. If you want to improve your horse, it starts with you.

1. Don’t pull. In past articles I talked about holding the bridle reins like you are holding hands with that significant person in your life. Would that person like it if you were pulling and yanking on their hand? No? Well your horse doesn’t do so well with it either. Horses react to what we do, so if you are pulling they will pull back. A good way to practice this is to ask a friend to hold the other end of a set of bridle reins. Take a hold of one rein and apply light pressure until you feel the slightest resistance. Have your friend tell you when they feel


pressure. I think you will be surprised at how little pressure it takes before your friend will feel it. Your horse is the same way. Take a hold of the rein and apply pressure until you feel the slightest resistance. If the horse does not give to the resistance, then work the rein by wiggling your fingers until the horse gives to the rein. 2. Don’t be a fat head. I don’t mean to be insulting but think about this for a moment. Your head controls 60 percent of your body weight when you ride. So if you are constantly looking down at your horse’s

head by cocking your head to the inside, this action makes you drop your inside shoulder and shifts your weight forward and to the outside. Your horse will mirror this by dropping their inside shoulder and flipping their hip to the outside. All hopes of collection go down the drain. Don’t believe me? Sit in a chair, or better yet on an exercise ball, tilt your head toward your shoulder and look down. Feel what happens to your body. This is what your horse feels. Let’s be kind to our horses and stop this nonsense. Ride like you have one of those neck collars on that they put on people who have been in a wreck! I’ve been tempted to have a few here at the barn for the compulsive ‘fat heads’! 3. Learn to count. If you can count to four, you can become a better rider. Do this exercise. Ask your horse to trot and count their footsteps; 1-2-3-4. The count should be a rhythmic four beat count. Feel how the count can change when you change your body position, such as tilting your head. Counting your horse’s foot fall teaches you to feel your horse’s movement. 4. Turn your toes out and don’t squeeze with your legs. You want to use the calves of your legs to control your horse, not your knees. When you squeeze your knees you start to push yourself up out of the saddle and lock your pelvis. When that happens, the horse cannot lift their back and move in a collected frame. By turning your toes out and bumping with your calves rather than squeezing, you start to ride with your horse instead of against them. Pretend you have baby birds nestled between your calves and your horse. If you squeeze too hard, you’ll have baby bird guts all over your legs. If you don’t keep some contact,


the baby birds will fall and get stepped on. Now take that visual to the barn! 5. Get your elbows out of your sides. Whenever you clamp your elbows in your sides, you lock your shoulders and ride through your elbows. In this position, you are much more likely to lean forward and a whole lot more likely to be pulling on your horse’s face. The elbows have to be elastic and move with the horse, which cannot happen when they are stiffly clamped in your sides. I also tell people hold out their elbows like they are trying to air out their arm pits. Weird visual, I know, but you get the picture. You want to ride from your shoulders, lifting the rein not pulling the rein. This sits you back on your pockets and allows the horse to elevate his front end, which is the beginning of collection (elevation). 6. Do not arch or hollow your back out. This causes you to roll your pelvis forward and dumps your weight on the horse’s front end. In this position you cannot use your legs properly and it also puts you in a more precarious position should the horse bolt or buck. Think of your pelvis as a bucket of water. If it is rolled forward, you spill water out of the bucket. Roll your pelvis back into the saddle and sit on your pockets. This position allows you to use your legs properly and is a more secure seat. These six tips will make you a better rider and develop a closer partnership with your horse. Practice them with a friend who will let you know when you lapse back into bad habits. The biggest tip of all is to have patience. If you are getting frustrated, think about what you are doing wrong and how you can change to get a different result. A teacher once said, “Lower S December 2021

Black Swamp Driving Club

Black Swamp Driving Club Enjoys Hayride PRESIDENT, Roger Higgins, Jr. VICE PRESIDENT, Julie Emmons SECRETARY & TREASURER, Susan Murray. WEBSITE,

by Mary Thomas Black Swamp Driving Club members are a hardy bunch. It was raining Oct. 24 for the annual hayride hosted by Mary Elliott and Linda Spear at their farm near Galion, Ohio. But no problem—the Percherons, wagons, and more than two dozen members and guests

gathered for the fun and food. The potluck was spread out on tables in a spotless stall in the bank barn. Plenty of chairs were set up in the barn aisle for groups catching up on the latest. Elliott had set up a grill on the house porch to keep the burgers and hotdogs tasty and dry. The hosts also provided hot coffee and tea along with hot chocolate. A brief break in the rain gave time to prepare the teams for hitching. The covered wagons proved to be just what was needed as the rain picked up again. The relaxing (and dry) ride went along quiet back roads—with the welcome clop of hoofs and jingle of harness. A photo of an Aussie puppy

Team getting ready for hayride. raised and sold by Peg Graham is gracing the cover of the recent issue of Readers Digest. The picture was taken by the dog’s owner and submitted to the magazine. It won earning the coveted cover spot. BSDC members have had the chance to drive the well-groomed

Jackie Minges doing Driving Derby at the National Drive. trails at the Carlisle Reservation Equestrian Center. Each month four days are designated as ‘driving days,’ and members can spend time enjoying the meandering way through both wooded and prairie areas.

Ride-In-Sync (continued) your expectations to lower your frustrations.” Does that mean you should always have low expectations? Not really, just realistic ones. Thank you to everyone who reads my articles and give us such great feedback. We are

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thankful to the Horsemen’s Corral for another great year as part of their publication. My wife Amy and I hope everyone has a Merry Chirstmas and blessed New Year. Be safe and always strive to Ride-In-Sync with your horse!

Questions about this or any of our articles can be emailed to us at Terry Myers is a national clinician and champion horse trainer with a depth of knowledge developed from over 50 years in the horse


industry. Myers has been a popular clinician at multiple expos in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Myers’ Ride-InSync methods as well as clinic and training services available, visit Myers at www.tmtrainingcenter. com or on Facebook.


Four-Legged Caregivers by Allison Goldberg

“There is something about the outside of a horse, that is good for the inside of a man.” This is often attributed to Winston Churchill, but regardless of the origins, it rings true with every horseperson. We all know that the time we spend with our horse is the best mental health therapy we can buy. I don’t need to tell anyone who has spent time with a horse that they are highly sensitive, sentient beings, capable of reading and reacting to our emotions. As it turns out, they not only read our emotions; they also absorb them. Several months ago, we were contacted by Jess Rice, the Equine manager of The Therapeutic Riding Institute (TRI) in Spring Valley, Ohio. TRI was established in 1973 as one of the first organizations in the world to provide equine therapy to people with disabilities. Now a Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), TRI is one of the top therapeutic riding centers in Ohio, with nine therapy horses serving over 70 students a week. Jess reached out to us because one of her therapy horses, Arizona had developed a severe cribbing habit. Jess wanted to try our CBD products to see if it would help Arizona break the habit. In speaking with Jess, we realized what an amazing job Arizona and the other therapy horses performed, but that it comes with a cost. Equine Assisted Activities, which originated in the 70’s as a mode of therapy for those living with physical challenges, is beneficial not just for the physical, but also the cognitive, emotional and social wellbeing of individuals with special needs. From a physical perspective, horses move us in ways that closely resemble the human gait but is difficult to simulate in traditional therapy. This movement can significantly improve flexibility, strength, and balance for people with challenges such as cerebral palsy, or a traumatic brain injury or Down’s Syndrome. From a mental perspective, however, it is more subtle, but the results are equally significant improvements in mental health for people with cognitive disorders, such as autism, ADD or ADHD, or even PTSD. Riding helps to build or re-build the neural pathways needed to control emotions, think clearer, and even communicate better. Through evolution, horses developed finely tuned instincts for survival as prey animals in the wild. As a herd, horses rely on each other to guard against threats and danger. The merest flick of an ear, or suddenly lifted head sends the herd off to safety. They read each other’s body language. Once horses were domesticated, this instinct didn’t go away. According to Kathy Corbett, the Program Director at TRI, horses react to over 30 body language cues from humans, such as shaking or nodding your head or being tense or angry, and they act accordingly. They read those signals first and react, they don’t negotiate, Corbett says. They don’t care if we like them, they simply respond to our cues, just as they do with each other in the wild. If a student comes in to work with the horse on the ground and is tense or afraid, the horse will pick up on that and also be tense and afraid. Those students are then given tools to help them control their emotions. They learn that if they relax, their horse will relax. A young girl, Jailynn, who came to TRI from foster care, said, “I learned how 20

to love my horse and how to ride my horse. I know how to be calm with my horse when I am not calm.” Another parent of a child with autism said, “The calmness that comes over him when [he] is on the horse is transformative. He is not able to settle his mind or body like [he] can when [he] is at the farm. It helps him through the next few days. Our only wish is that he could ride every day of the week.” “But this is extremely stressful for our horses,” Corbett says. It’s “not only physically challenging, because we are putting those unbalanced riders that might have cerebral palsy or maybe they have had a brain injury or Down’s Syndrome and they are pear-shaped, they’re not balanced, emotionally, our horses take on a lot of stress. And these horses are selected because they are care-givers.” She goes on to say that they must be very careful with the horse’s mental health. Horses that do therapeutic riding have a very high burn-out rate because they take on so much stress. Dr. Janice Katz, a clinical psychologist specializing in children and families with special needs, explains that horses “and all psychotherapists are the same, in a sense.” A therapist’s role is to receive and hold the pain and the stress that comes from the limbic system of the client, which is the deep-core system in the brain responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ instinct we all need for survival. All psychotherapists, whether they are humans or horses, absorb this stress and pain so that the human, their subject, can then use their frontal cortex to think more clearly. But the cost to the therapists, both humans and horses, is that holding all that stress takes a toll and causes a high burn-out rate and even illness. In horses, this is often seen in stress-related gut disorders, like ulcers, or in stress-induced behaviors such as weaving, pacing, or cribbing, like Arizona. The good news is that Arizona’s cribbing has been reduced by 75 to 80 percent. He has been on the CBD for five months with good relief. TRI goes to great lengths to protect and care for the horses that give so much. They get frequent rest days and as much turn-out as humanly possible, says Jess Rice. They also get to do whatever they enjoy the most, whether that is simple exercise with an experienced rider, or free pasture time to exercise on their own. It seems they also need time to just move their bodies and not think, same as humans. Equine Assisted Activities have been around for centuries; we are just now doing the research to prove how effective they are, both for the physical, emotional and cognitive well-being of humans. Physical and Occupational therapists have seen the benefits of horses, but the new emergence is in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. The industry has exploded with veterans and first responders. People are experiencing vast improvements in anxiety, depression and PTSD recovery, a subject I hope to explore in a subsequent article. For more information on Equine Assisted Therapy, please visit PATH International at or The Therapeutic Riding Institute at And as always, please visit my blog, “Between the Cross-Ties with Allison” at our website,


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December 2021



Ohio High School Rodeo Association

OHSRA Wraps Up Fall Run NATIONAL DIRECTOR, Nikki McCarty PRESIDENT, C.E. Taft RODEO SECRETARY, Jennifer Reynolds PHONE, 330-464-4079 FACEBOOK, Ohio High School & Jr High Rodeo Association; WEBSITE,

Ohio High School Rodeo team members have been busy this fall, and have wrapped up our fall rodeo run. Now members will be spending the winter honing their skills for a final push during our spring run as the high school members battle it out for a chance to compete at the National Finals in Gillette, Wyo., and the junior high members work to earn their way to the Jr High Finals in Perry, Ga., this summer.

Competitors from the eastern part of the country came to Garwood Arena in October for our 2nd Annual Buckeye Legacy Rodeo, and while winners for the weekend came from across the country, our Ohio high school weekend winners were Tana Drew in barrel racing and goat tying, Arly Kisner in pole bending, Dassie Mullet in breakaway roping, Cooper Smiley in bareback bronc riding and steer wrestling, Isaiah Tullius in bull riding, Evan Corzatt in calf roping, Corzatt and Gus Joseph in the team roping, and Isaac Miley in light rifle and trap shooting. In the junior high division the weekend winners were Morgan East in barrel racing and pole bending, Madi Corsi in girls’ goat tying, Autumn Laymon and Paige Cummings in girls’ breakaway roping, Clay

Wines and Madigan Reynolds in ribbon roping, Wines in boys’ breakaway roping, Cade Cummings in calf roping, Matt East in chute dogging, and boys’ goat tying, Wines and Matt East in team roping, and Sophie Brinkerhoff in light rifle. Then our team headed to Jackson, Ohio, for our IndianaOhio Invitational rodeo. High school weekend winners were Lola Stillion in barrels, Kisner in pole bending, Cassie Salyer in goat tying, Madison Mast in breakaway roping, Tullius in bull riding, Owen Larrick in calf roping, Smitley and Garrett Houin in steer wrestling, Smitley and Michael Laughlin in team roping, and Eli Dimmerling in light rifle and trap shooting. In the junior high division, weekend winners were Brooklyn Butzer in barrel racing, Jalee

Winkleman in pole bending, Corsi in girls goat tying, Paige Cummings in girls’ breakaway roping, Wines and Reynolds in ribbon roping, Wines in boys’ breakaway roping, Cade Cummings in calf roping, Matt East in chute dogging, Wines and Matt East in team roping, and Reid Strickler and Matt East in boys’ goat tying, and Brinkerhoff in light rifle. There’s still lots of season left for anyone thinking of rodeoing with us in the spring. April 9-10 we will be heading to Negley, Ohio, April 23-24 to New Castle, Ind., May 6-8 for our junior high state finals, and we will be wrapping up our 2021-22 season at Columbiana with our high school state finals. For more information on joining our team, visit

Mid-Ohio Marauders

AAQH Congress Shootout Earns High Praise PRESIDENT, Tim Calvin VICE PRESIDENT, Tom Byrne SECRETARY, Judy Foster TREASURER, Laurie Maris PHONE, 740/206-7214 EMAIL, WEBSITE,

Congress flags. Photo credit: Old Acres Photography. by Steve Keech The Marauders hosted the AAQH Congress Shootout in October, the first big shoot of the 2022 season. Both arenas ran smooth and on time with a lot of volunteers and support from shooters from several clubs. With the added money, the Shootout attracted shooters from across the country looking to jump start their race for points for 2022. There was high praise from some of the top shooters in the country who said they were glad they came and looked forward to coming back next year. Congratulations to all the competitors, especially the class winners, and top cowgirls and cowboys.

AAQH CONGRESS SHOOTOUT RESULTS Open Wrangler, Nicholas Hall; Limited Wrangler, Flint Feikert; Limited Cavalry, Vernon Shaw; Open and Overall Cavalry, JD Hughes; Open and Overall


Congress American flag. Photo credit: Old Acres Photography. Rifle, Mark Hallink; Limited Rifle, Cole Caster; Open and Overall Shotgun, Robert Bernhardt; Limited Shotgun, Carson Feikert; Reserve Cowgirl, Stacy Thacker; Reserve Cowboy, Eric Nelson; Overall Cowgirl, Courtney Eberle; Overall Overall, Bill Adams. CLASS CONGRESS BUCKLE WINNERS L1 Aubrey Vena, M1 Jason Shear; L2 Brandy Swanson, M2 Ryan Hirdes, L3 Courtney Eberle, M3 Garrett Cooper, L4 Stacy Thacker, M4 Mike Cooper, L5 Liz Brockert, M5 Bill Adams, L6 Carla Rae Spackman, M6 Robert Bernhardt, SL1 Pam Lillie, SL2 Pamela Myers, SM2 Vernon Shaw, SL3 Martha Keech, SM3 Gregory Wendell, SL4 Lisa Zach, SM4 Steve Keech, SL5 Tammy Martin, SM5 David Mitchell, SL6 Dianne Lipham, SM6 Eric Nelson.

Thank you again to all our sponsors and supporters for all your hard work. As always, if you are interested in joining the Mid-Ohio

Congress Overall winners. Photo credit: Old Acres Photography. Marauders, the central Ohio club for CMSA, please visit us at or on Facebook at Mid-Ohio Marauders. Also please follow The Marauders in the Corral, on Facebook and on our webpage for future New Shooter clinic dates. See you soon! Here is the rest of our schedule for 2022: APRIL 16-17: Clinic, Madison County Fairgrounds, London, OH APRIL 30-MAY 1: Madison County Fairgrounds, London, OH


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TrailMeister Trail Meister Easy Deworming by Robert Eversole


eworming used to be an ordeal that neither the horses nor I enjoyed. I would sneak up to the horse, grab the halter tight, and jam the dewormer tube in his mouth. It was a vain attempt to get the job done quickly before the inevitable fight. Not only did this make the horse defensive, but it also made the process downright dangerous. Deworming days were dreaded by all involved. It doesn’t have to be. I now look at deworming as an ongoing process, not an event to be avoided. If you take the time to make administering oral medications a regular part of your routine, the process can become much more manageable and worry-free. My goal is for deworming to be a casual kind of event. No worries, no fuss, and most importantly, no drama. Here’s how I get my animals to relax and accept their meds.

Accept the Tube The first step is getting him used to having the tube around him. I rub an empty applicator all over him. If he fights it, I hold the tube on him until he stops resisting then I take it away. Approach and retreat are key here. As soon as the horse stops moving, I remove the tube. I’ve had horses where at first, I couldn’t even approach them with the tube. In those cases, I start by just standing near them and then slowly progress to touching them. Take your time and be relaxed.

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face without any fuss, it’s time to up the ante and ask him to take the tube in his mouth. It helps to have the tube filled with something good. I like using applesauce. Fill an empty dewormer, or a similar type of tube, with applesauce. Don’t bother wiping off any residue. Gently place the tube near the horse’s mouth so he can smell and taste the applesauce on the outside. Once the horse learns that the tube contains something yummy, you’ll be able to gently depress the plunger and squirt the contents into his mouth. Repeat this practice ‘deworming’ with the good stuff until the process is smooth and easy. When my horses see a deworming tube now, they come running for their treat.

Deworm Once your animals are excited and happy when they see the deworming tube, it’s time to use something that reduces internal parasites better than applesauce. Now is the time to use a little deception and then a lot of apologies. Before heading out with a real dewormer, I smear the outside with applesauce and fill an empty tube with applesauce. The coating on the outside of the real dewormer will help disguise the foul smell and taste until it’s too late, and the applesauce-filled tube serves as an apology. Always end on a positive note. If you administer the nasty medication and finish the process there, your horse will remember it longer than you.

Return to the Sweet Stuff To reinforce the idea that 99.9 percent of the time a dewormer tube is a good thing, I follow up with applesauce shots for the next few days after applying a real dewormer. Until once again, the ponies come running when they see the tubes. Once a month, I break out the applesauce tubes to keep the good vibes going.

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I rely on my horses and mules to get me into wild and fabulous places. Part of preparing them for that requires regular preventive medical care, including deworming or administering any oral medications. I want my animals to trust me. I work towards that goal by making what used to be an unpleasant experience something to be enjoyed. For more practical information on trail riding and camping with horses, visit me at From the TrailMeister website, you can not only surf the world’s most extensive guide to horse trails and camps, but you can also order my new book, The ABCs of Trail Riding and Camping with Horses. With 178 topics covering Essential Knowledge for horse owners, from training tips to outdoor skills to increase your safety and fun on the trail and in camp. Robert ‘The TrailMeister’ Eversole owns and operates the largest horse trail and horse camp guide in the world, When he’s not speaking with horse and mule riders at events across the US, writing regular feature columns in leading equine publications including the Horsemen’s Corral, Robert can be found riding and packing trail maintenance crews into wilderness areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.



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Feeding the Toothless Senior Horse by Kristen Janicki, MS, PAS


orses, just like humans, only have one set of permanent teeth to maintain for their entire life. Therefore, keeping a full set of permanent teeth is the ideal situation. So why would permanent teeth be missing? The most common cause is periodontal disease in older horses. Cracked or infected teeth are candidates for removal to prevent secondary infections, such as sinus infections. Due to their hypsodont (meaning high crowned) characteristics, horses are at risk to simply just run out of teeth. Permanent teeth are constantly being worn with the chewing process. When this happens, more of the tooth that is usually hidden in the gums is exposed. There is about four inches of tooth to be used, but the older they get, the more likely it is that their teeth will be either gone completely or too smooth to provide useful chewing power.

It’s easy to connect the dots to see that a large majority of the toothless population are geriatric horses. In fact, several surveys done on the aging horse population in Europe found that about 96 percent of owners reported dental abnormalities. In 2008, researchers studying the relationship between age and digestion thought that there may be a minimum amount of tooth needed for proper chewing, although that number has yet to be quantified. Considering the type and number of teeth that are missing is important in understanding how the horse’s ability to chew and digest feed will be compromised. As with all equine diets, forage provides the essential fiber necessary for proper digestive function and health. Several factors may eliminate traditional forage, like hay and pasture, as options for toothless horses. Why is that? Well, for horses missing incisors, grazing could be quite difficult. Although turn-out is important, pasture should not be counted on as a source of nutrients for incisor-less horses. Horses without molars will have difficulty grinding their feed. Choke is a concern with missing molars, as the hay or grain is not able to be masticated, increasing the risk of large boluses of hay or


grass lodging in the esophagus. Knowing all of this, building a total toothless horse ration based on forage may be quite a feat. Adding age to the equation, nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals are still essential for overall health. Many of these nutrients come from forage, so the question becomes how to supply appropriate amounts to horses with dental concerns. Luckily, there are plenty of options available for owners of these equids. Regarding forage, either pasture or hay, toothless horses should always have free choice access to either source, allowing for a more natural foraging behavior to help decrease the chances of digestive upsets such as ulcers and colic. Choke-prone horses are the only exception to the rule and should not be allowed access to longstemmed hay or pasture. That’s when alternative fiber sources will come into play. Hay cubes, pellets, chopped forage (or chaff), and beet pulp can provide a quality component to the diet of horses no longer able to chew long stemmed forage. To get the most nutrients out of grains, such as oats and soybeans, processing by pelleting or extruding is necessary. This is supported by Rutgers University researchers, finding that a pellet/extruded


December 2021

Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club

2022 Show Dates and Judges Finalized PRESIDENT, Steven “Chunk” Watts; SECRETARY, Jean Yancer; TREASURER, Ashley Christian; WEBSITE, ashlandpaintandplain. com; EMAIL, paintandplaininfo@

by Chesna Wertz Hi everyone, long time, no talk! I apologize for the lack of articles in the Corral the past couple months. Between end of the year shows, such as Tough Enough To Wear Pink and

Quarter Horse Congress, and being in the middle of planning AP&P stuff for next year, there hasn’t been much news to write. It’s hard to believe that we are now in the end of the year, and Christmas will soon be upon us. Even with the holidays coming up, it is never too early to start planning for the 2022 show season. We have finalized our dates and judges for the 2022 AP&P season: APRIL 23-24: Judge Paula Gatewood MAY 28-29: Judge Conner Smith JULY 2-3: Judge Brandy Napier

AUG. 13-14: Judge Mark Smith We have also finalized our showbill, and will be posting it to the Facebook page and website soon. It’s also not too early to renew your memberships for the 2022 season. That is all you need to do to be eligible for high point awards at the end of the season. Membership prices are: Individual, $20 and Family, $25. We are also only a little over two months away from our Annual Tack Swap at the Ashland County Fairgrounds on Jan. 29. We already have a lot of

spaces reserved, so don’t delay in getting yours! To reserve, please contact Taylor Rebman at 419/606-5164. AP&P would also like to welcome two new faces to our board of directors, Brent and Laurie Hammersmith. Welcome aboard! As 2021 comes to an end, we hope everyone had a fantastic show season this year. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our shows this year! We also hope everyone has a good holiday season and hope to see you all in 2022!

Feeding the Toothless Senior (continued) mixed ration improves body weight, health, and coat condition in aged horses versus those fed a traditional sweet feed. In the pelleting process, feedstuffs are ground, mixed, pressed through a die and cut to a desired length. Steam, used to gelatinize starch, can be incorporated to further increase digestibility. Pelleted feeds have several advantages: they allow for a more uniform distribution of ingredients, prevents sorting of grains, and usually contain higher fiber components like beet pulp. But keep in mind that pelleted rations often have a faster rate of consumption, as supported by research done with pony mares in the United Kingdom. For the extrusion process, grains are ground, mixed, exposed to high steam and pressure, and forced through a die where it expands and forms the kibble shape prior to cooling. Kibbling can improve the digestion of starch and protein and may extend eating time. Complete feeds are defined as those formulated to meet all the horse’s nutritional requirements without hay or pasture. These all-inone products are typically pelleted rations high in crude fiber (>16 percent) and contain a variety of digestible fiber sources such as alfalfa meal, soybean hulls and beet pulp. Complete feeds can be fed with or without hay or pasture. When fed without forage, feeding rates should be at least 1.5 percent of body weight per day to meet the horse’s daily fiber requirements. Not all high fiber, pelleted feeds are considered complete feeds, but one quick check of the feeding directions will assure you if this product should be fed with forage or not. Complete feeds, pellets, extruded products, and forage alternatives can all be soaked with water to help ease the chewing and swallowing process, especially in horses with compromised dentition. The amount of water added can range from just enough to soften the feed to enough to create a soup-like consistency, and often depends on the horse’s preference. Avoiding very cold or very hot water, and keeping with moderate temperature, can help soothe a sensitive mouth as well.

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Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros

Awards Banquet and Price Increase PRESIDENT, R. David Davis VICE PRESIDENT, Brian (Doc) Hric SECRETARY/TREASURER, Karen Davis; PHONE, 330-719-3290 EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Karen (Chilipepper) Davis Our awards banquet will be on Jan. 15, 2022 at the Lenox Community Center in Jefferson, Ohio. Since our season is over, Brian (Doc) Hric and I have been working on awards and deciding on what to get for this year. I have to say prices sure have gone up a lot since the Covid pandemic. We have most of the awards ordered and are hoping they arrive in time due to the postal problems. What next? We had a great season this year and enjoyed seeing all our shooting family and friends. We

are looking forward to seeing everyone at the awards banquet. Next season 2022, we are going to do something different. Each Saturday night event after everyone has had dinner, we are going to have movie night. The movie will be the name of that event. I think it will be fun and relaxing! Everyone will have to bring their own snack and drink and a chair. If raining we will have movie night under the pavilion. It will be something different that I think most of our riders will enjoy. We had our monthly meeting on Oct. 6, 2021. Unfortunately due to price increases on ammo and everything, we have to increase some of our event prices to help cover the cost to put on an event. Everything has increased in price so much, we are also going back to single points. It was a rough season this year due to Covid and no ammo but, we made it through and everyone that came to our events had a good time.

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Mid Ohio Dressage Association

East Meets West: A Hot Success PRESIDENT, Vicki Milliron VICE PRESIDENT, Jessica Miltimore SECRETARY, Anna Cluxton TREASURER, Beth Baryon EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Karen Kent Mid Ohio Dressage offered their summer schooling show on Aug. 28-29 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Despite the extreme heat (and a little dust) East Meets West featured many highlights. Century Club and MODA members Susan Klingelhafer and Nancy Wentz showed all of us how to ride a dressage test; proving age is not an obstacle when it comes to riding! Nancy also served as a ring steward and helped with ring crew duties. Along with classes for classical and western (WDAA approved) dressage; East Meets West featured an AQHA Special Event for both classical (non USEF) and western horses. That division did not disappoint! 28

On the AQHA classical side Corinthia Shupp showed Count Me Blessed in Training Level while Stacy Westfall exhibited her 2019 Third Level AQHA high point dressage winner, I Can Can I, in Fourth Level. In the AQHA Western events 25-year-old Daddy Knows Beau and Marianne Webber showed in Basic. Marianne and ‘Flex’ have been partners for 21 years and added dressage points to his impressive AQHA lifetime show record. Also, in the AQHA western division was MODA member, Kristin Patton who was 2019 AQHA High Point Adult Amateur in First Level Classical Dressage with Swingin For Money. For the Aug. 29 AQHA Western Special Event, Kristin changed saddles and showed her talented stallion Smokin Custom Crome in Level 2 western. Rounding out the AQHA entrants were Kimberly Bundridge in Level 2 with Made By Mercedes and Jesse Westfall and his reiner, A Vintage Jewel, scoring a 74.25 in their Basic dressage debut. The winner of the High Average Award in the AQHA Special

Karen Kent and LoLo. Photo credit Reality Studios. Event was MODA member, Karen Kent exhibiting LoLo. Scoring an average of 72.763 in the western Basic Level; Lolo is a 2006 mare (Chips Hot Chocolate/Slippery Asset) and is owned by Steve Kent. In the non-AQHA Classical division MODA member, Meg Mctiver rode Gracious, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding to that divisions high


average award. The WDAA nonAQHA high average was won by Jerri Chuey with her 24-year-old paint mare Lee’s Little Pocket’s. Planning for the 2022 show season in underway. From Haflingers to Morgans and everything in between, dressage has a place for every horse and rider. We invite you to join us in 2022 for our annual schooling show and clinics. December 2021

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In the Realistic Spirit of Giving by Sarah Vas


’ve always loved giving presents. There’s something about going on the hunt for the perfect unexpected surprise, then enjoying the receiver’s reaction to it. I want any recipient to truly feel like I know them, I see them, and I care about their happiness. I thought I’d share some fail-safe ideas for those on your list who share this crazy passion of all things equine. You’ll probably notice that I try to stick with useful and practical selections unless a truly indulgent choice makes better sense. It’s all about understanding the individual’s personal style and meeting a need, sometimes one that the receiver may not appear to want but trust me. Nothing on this list will go to waste. (clears throat, pulls an old fashion microphone close, and begins to read the remainder of this month’s column in a Trans Atlantic accent like a 1960’s radio broadcast host narrating

the opening of tonight’s Little Orphan Annie episode. When last we left our hero...) It’s the season of giving and nothing’s more fulfilling than the joy of the perfect gift, whether you are the sender of such treasures or the lucky recipient! While suburban dads are feigning joy over socks and ties, the gentleman jockey may be hoping for a more farm-friendly gift. As disenchanted moms across the country are donning new fluffy robes they probably gifted to themselves, the elegant equestrian may desire a more rugged set of togs. For every respected professional and fellow barn mate, you’ll want your present to rise above the rest! Be the Belle of the Barn with these creative and personalized ideas, just brimming with appreciation and flair. For the little tyke waking up to that very first pony under the tree, why not get a jump on the inevitable!? Nose to Tail Horse

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Gear, delightfully ‘matchymatchy’ in a favorite color or pattern, regardless of fit, quality, or specific riding discipline. For added suspense, allow the child to open all these items before presenting the pony. Don’t forget the coordinated helmet, gloves, riding tights, and crop to compliment the ill-fitted steed. And toss in a bottle of wine for that haggard riding instructor to complete the package. If you shop smart, you’ll have just enough cash left to bag up and give to the hapless parents as we all know they’re just getting started. For that bougie teenager on the overpriced imported school master, one can never go wrong with the Burberry plaid custom horse cooler, complete with embroidered monogram. The kids these days are always sporting the latest boot socks. The louder the print, the better. Pair those with Sperry’s loafers but don’t forget to leave them out in the rain first and drag them behind the tractor for that spoiled rich kid look. Give cash to every groom the teen has tossed a rein towards. Every little bit helps. And of course, expensive wine for the infamous trainer. If you know a middle aged empty nester mom who finally got into horses, our top spot on the gift registry is reserved for riding lessons! Lots and lots of lessons. Add in the Advil and wine, lots and lots of wine and she’s set. Get bonus points for recruiting a trustworthy, experienced riding buddy who knows when to call it a day and have wine. And for her lonely spouse, meal delivery service. Anyone stumped on gifts for that Crotchety Curmudgeon Farrier? Can’t go wrong with cigars or whatever oral fixation of choice they use to prevent biting their own tongues instead of yelling at their clients. Homemade baked goods may be declined, perhaps begrudgingly tossed on the dashboard but guaranteed, they’ll be eaten with reckless abandon headed to the next stop. If you know a Type A Competitor, you’ll be owed eternal gratitude if you can find that expert groom able to keep up with this wiry exhibitor. Remember, qualified candidates


must read minds and teleport from stall to trailer to competition ring. Compliment this grand prize with a laminated trailer packing checklist and a prepaid subscription to the best Training and Competition Journal on the App Store. If the groom idea doesn’t land, then there’s always wine for that brow beaten spouse/ unpaid volunteer horse holder. The horse show parent can always use 1000 boot rags, a stack of $20’s and an Amex Gold Card on file at the Vendor Village. A high end folding lounge chair with detachable cup holder and sun shade will get plenty of use with an Advil chaser and wine on ice in an unmarked tumbler and hands free neck strap. For that owner tending to the special senior horse, soft, smooshy, diet appropriate pony nuggets are always appreciated. Perhaps a dual gift of deshedding services for spring woollies and clipper blades for those winter coats. That’ll do the trick. For really senior seniors, a professional photo session with their old friend means everything. Prints included. Over-sized canvas wall art optional. Round it out with good wine to be toasted over warm memories when the time does come. Have to thank that patient barn owner? Two words—Gift Cards. To the hardware store, the feed store, a good tack shop, even the gas station. Really want to make it special? Fencing, professionally installed. For the trainer that puts up with everything, send in the Cuss Jar, prepaid by clientele before each and every lesson or competition. Consider free coffee for a year, served piping hot anywhere, at any time. Or booze. Or Advil. Or a bag of money. All work well. Show your instructor you hear them, or at least plan to from here on out with a high volume bullhorn. Remember that unmarked tumbler idea? Can you say, booze? Or a bag of money. We all know deserving barn staff and show grooms and they have simple needs. Food, Advil, wine, respect and endless gratitude, and of course, a S December 2021

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by Cathy Rhoades Howe Meadow’s second picnic drive kept the streak going for rain on our events. A sprinkle didn’t keep the nine turnouts from enjoying the perfect fall weather. Twenty-seven attendees enjoyed the potluck lunch and we gained two more new members.

Thanks to Henry and Kay Rish for the lovely marked trails and cones course. Pumpkins and hikers brought out spectators to enjoy the horses and carriages. The End of the Year BBQ Party was a big hit! We had 50 people attend and had two new members join. Old and new members gathered and chatted before the delicious BBQ catered by Famous Daves. Chopped pork, country chicken, mac and cheese, delicious beans, salad and a fabulous array of desserts were laid out buffet style. Blues DeVille played an array of music that had some people out of their seats. Actually

View From Cheap Seats bag of money. Train your horse to never use its water bucket as a toilet ever again and you’ll never need to ask twice for anything. As you can see, these recommendations are practical while tailored to an individual’s true self. Quite frankly, that’s far more appreciated than tacky equine-themed home décor or generic soap and candles. Follow

dancing kept our blood flowing and warmed up as the rain moved in with cooler temps! There was a lot of toe tapping and chair dancing among those not ready to boogie in front of the band. Many thanks to MCF and the Gieres for adding to the fun with decorations and great games. Each table had to put a harness together on the metal donkey statue. The team with the fastest time was table one. Another game involved braiding bailing twine and the winners received helmet planters. Raffle tickets for door prizes were pulled throughout the afternoon. Thanks to members mentioning WRCA at Big Dees

while shopping, we had quite a number of points to buy items. There were 20 gift items raffled off. The comments from those attending were extremely positive! The outgoing board is planning events for early 2022. Ideas are welcome for the coming year. Watch Facebook and the Corral for updates and events.

and disciplines, and countless equine educational endeavors both as student and teacher. Sarah owns and operates a continuation of her parents’ original business, Winfield Farm & Forge, Ltd., that which couldn’t currently exist without constant gratitude for Kevin, her very forgiving, ridiculously supportive husband. Together,

they are quietly beginning to explore the Farm’s newest chapters, both in and out of the horse world. They are returning to Sarah’s family roots, this time as breeders of Arabian/Welsh Sport Ponies for dressage and carriage while husband and wife indulge their pent up creativity producing a variety of rustic décor and iron work.


these guidelines to become the most appreciated member in your whole equine circle. Until next episode, my friends, Happy Holidays and Happy Gifting! And now, a word from our sponsor, Ovaltine! Ovaltine! Ovaltine! Sarah Vas, a second-generation horsewoman, writes about her decades of adventure and mayhem among several breeds

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Corral Calendar The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us, creating a great deal of uncertainty within the horse show industry. It is simply impossible for the Horsemen’s Corral to keep up with event cancellations prior to going to print. Please take care of yourself, your family and your horses. Now more than ever...CALL BEFORE YOU HAUL! DISCLAIMER: The Horsemen’s Corral has made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided on this calendar of events. However, the information is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. The Corral does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained herein. Where possible, event contact information is provided. Please “Call before you haul”.

DEC. 2-4 — 2nd Annual Michiana Equine Expo, The Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. FMI: Freeman Yoder, 260-593-0284


DEC. 4 — Southern Kentucky Team Penning Show, Western Kentucky University L.D. Brown Exposition Center, Bowling Green, KY. FMI: 270-834-9744, www.sktpa.

DEC. 1-5 — IKI AQHA Show, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: 317-771-0854,, DEC. 2 — Western Reserve Carriage Association New Year Tack Swap, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Golden Horse Farm, 24345 Gore Orphanage Rd., New London, OH. FMI: Barb King, 440-315-1627

DEC. 3-4 — Christmas Pony Sale & Toy Sale, Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720, DEC. 4 — Lebanon’s 32nd Annual HorseDrawn Carriage Parde & Festival, Christmas Festival 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade 1 p.m. & 7 p.m., downtown Lebanon, OH. FMI: 513-932-1100, www.

DEC. 4 — Ball Farms Open Horse Show & Barrel Futurity, 2 p.m., Madison County Fairgrounds, 3237 Old Irvin Rd., Richmond, KY. FMI: Rachel, 859-200-4282

DEC. 4 — National Pole Benders Assoc. Approved Show, Monroe County Saddle Club, 8010 W. Elwren Rd., Bloomington, IN. FMI: Brad Johnson, 812-322-4473 DEC. 4 — Winter Series (NBHA, IBRA, NPBA), 5S Arena, 570 Mount Jackson Heights Rd., Athens, WV. FMI: Sarah Stafford, 304-952-3254 DEC. 4 — Oakland County Tack Sale, Springfield Oaks Activity Center, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg, MI. FMI: Debbie, 248-347-3860 x279 DEC. 4-5 — Champions Center Open Horse Show, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: 937-324-4353, championscenter05@, DEC. 4-5 — YEDA Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: DEC. 4-5 — CVF Hunter/Jumper Academy Schooling Show, Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. FMI: Linda, 440-543-7233 DEC. 4-5 — Winter Indoor Mountain Trail Show Series, Shenanigans Stables, 7310 Abbey Rd. NE, Carrollton, OH. FMI: Laura, 814-434-0914 (text only) DEC. 4-5 — Youth Rodeo Series, Crazy Woman Ranch, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Joyce, 614595-1850

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DEC. 4-5 — Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Bruce, 859-489-4885 DEC. 5 — Tri-County Trail Association Christmas Dinner & Elections, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen, 330-323-2834, DEC. 5 — Fulton County OHC 6th Annual Cowboy Christmas Tack Swap, Gift Shopping, & Live Auction, WB Ranch & Arena, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Kathy Brown, 419-283-5383, www. DEC. 5 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Pleasure Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// DEC. 8 — Wednesday Barrel Jackpot, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-720-1832 DEC. 9-12 — Chagrin Valley Farms “A” Rated Show, Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. FMI: Linda, 440-543-7233 DEC. 10-11 — Steel Town Gunslingers CMSA Shoot, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 412-401-0113,

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UPCOMING SALES Special sales begin at 10:30 a.m., horses follow. Regular sales begin at 11 a.m.



Horse Sale Every Friday


Tack at 11 a.m. Horses at 2 p.m.

University of Findlay Equestrian Center Western Farm

8 a.m to 2 p.m.

Livestock Sale Every Monday

For more information visit our Facebook page: GLApHC Swap Meet or our website,

Hay at Noon Livestock 12:30 p.m.

Per University of Findlay rules: NO DOGS PLEASE! OFFICE MANAGER Jim Hollis • (269) 214-6194

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DEC. 3

Special Christmas Pony Sale

DEC. 4

Special Toy Sale — Time TBD



JANUARY 1, 2022


Special Catalog Sale

MARCH 4 Mule & Donkey Special Sale

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2021/2022 WINTER SHOW CIRCUIT DECEMBER 11 & 12 Judge: Bruce Army

JANUARY 22 & 23 Judge: TBA

FEBRUARY 12 & 13 Judge: TBA

4122 Laybourne Road • Springfield, OH 45505 • • Offering High Point Champions and Reserve Champions in the following divisions: Small Fry, Youth 10-13, 14-18, Adult 19-39 and 40 & Over, Ranch Adult, Ranch Youth, Non Stock Horse, Feathered Horses. • Must show in 2 of the 3 shows to be included for High Point. No need to nominate. • Must use the same back number for the same horse/rider combination.

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SATURDAY Class & Description $100 Showmanship English/Western Small Fry English Showmanship, 9 & Under Youth English Showmanship, 13 & Under Youth English Showmanship, 14-18 Adult English Showmanship, 19-39 Adult English Showmanship, 40 & Over Non-Stockhorse Showmanship All Ages Feathered Horse Halter Non Stock Horse Halter E/W (Arab ½ Arab, Saddle, TWH) Leadline, 6 & Under English ****FREE**** Handlers Must Be at least 16 years of age Break 30 minutes English Pleasure Non Stock Horse Hunt/Saddleseat WT $100 Open W/T English Pleasure Small Fry W/T English Pleasure 9 & Under Small Fry English Eq Hunt/Saddleseat W/T Youth Hunter Under Saddle W/T, 13 & Under Youth Hunter Under Saddle W/T, 14-18 Yrs. Adult Hunter Under Saddle W/T, 19-39 Adult Hunter Under Saddle W/T, 40 & Over Feathered Horse English Pleasure Hunt/Saddleseat Youth Hunt Seat Equitation W/T, 13 & Under Non Stock English Eq All Ages W/T No Pattern Division A Youth Hunt Seat Eq W/T, 14-18 Years Non Stock English Eq All Ages W/T No Pattern Division B Adult Hunt Seat Equitation, 19-39 Adult Hunt Seat Equitation, 40 & Over Non Stock Horse English Eq All Ages W/T/C No Pattern $50 Open Hunt Seat Equitation Youth Hunt Seat Equitation, 13 & Under Youth Hunt Seat Equitation, 14-18 Yrs Adult Hunt Seat Equitation, 19-39 Adult Hunt Seat Equitation, 40 & Over $50 English Pleasure Non Stock Horse Saddle/Hunt Seat WTC

• Youth/Small Fry may not show stallions. Leadline may not show in small fry classes. • Small Fry may not show in any 3-gaited classes under saddle, they may show in Open Showmanship. • Shows are split combined, double judged. • Stalls fill up quickly so reservations must be accompanied with a check or credit card deposit. 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54

$100 Open Hunter Under Saddle Green Hunter Under Saddle Color Breed Hunter Under Saddle Reg AQHA Hunter Under Saddle Junior Hunter Under Saddle, 5 & Under Non Stock Horse Western Pleasure W/J Non Stock Horse Western Pleasure WJL Senior Hunter Under Saddle, 6 & Over Youth Hunter Under Saddle, 13 & Under Youth Hunter Under Saddle, 14-18 Years Adult Hunter Under Saddle, 19-39 Adult Hunter Under Saddle, 40 & Over $50 Ranch Horse Mare Conformation $50 Ranch Horse S/G Conformation Break Reining All Ages $50 Ranch Horse Riding (Pattern) Youth $50 Ranch Horse Riding (Pattern) Adult, 19 & Over $50 Ranch Horse Riding (Pattern) W/J $50 Ranch Horse Pleasure Adult, 19 & Over $50 Ranch Horse Pl Youth, 18 & Under $50 Ranch Horse P W/J Adult, 19 & Over $50 Ranch Horse Pl W/J Youth, 18 & Under

SUNDAY Class & Description 55 $100 Showmanship English/Western 56 Small Fry Western Showmanship, 9 & Under 57 Youth Western Showmanship, 13 & Under 58 Youth Western Showmanship, 14-18 59 Adult Western Showmanship, 19 to 39 60 Adult Western Showmanship, 40 & Over 61 Open Halter Mares 62 Open Halter Stallion & Gelding 63 $50 Reg. Quarter Horse Halter 64 Youth Halter, 18 & Under 65 $50 Reg. Color Breed Halter (App, Buck, Paint, Pal, Pt, Roan) 66 Performance Halter 67 Open Halter 2 & Under 68 Lunge Line 2 & Under Break

• Trainers (or who ever is paying for stalls) must submit a trainer’s sheet with names of their clients for billing purposes. • All forms, entry forms and stall reservation forms available on the Champions Center website, • Buckles will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place. Prizes awarded to 5th place.

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$100 Open W/J Western Pleasure Small Fry Western Pleasure, 9 & Under WJ Small Fry Horsemanship, 9 & Under W/J Youth Western Pleasure, 13 & Under W/J Youth Western Pleasure, 14-18 Yrs W/J Adult Western Pleasure, 19-39 Years W/J Adult Western Ple, 40 Years & Over W/J $100 Open Western Pleasure Green Western Pleasure $50 Color Breed Horse Western Pleasure $50 AQHA Western Pleasure Junior Horse Western Pleasure, 5 & Under Senior Horse Western Pleasure, 6 & Over Youth Western Pleasure, 13 & Under Youth Western Pleasure, 14-18 Yrs Adult Open Western Pleasure, 19 to 39 Adult Western Pleasure, 40 & Over Youth Horsemanship, 13 & Under W/J Youth Horsemanship, 14-18 Years W/J Adult Horsemanship, 19-39 W/J Adult Horsemanship, 40 & Over W/J Open Western Horsemanship Youth Western Horsemanship, 13 & Under Youth Western Horsemanship, 14-18 Yrs Adult Western Horsemanship, 19-39 Adult Western Horsemanship, 40 & Over

FEES — Camping $30 per night STALLS: Single Day $35; Weekend $50 Shavings: $8 per bag OFFICE FEE: $10 per horse, per day Entry Fee (per judge) Payouts (50% if <11) Reg. classes: $7 No payout $50 classes: $10 $20, $15, $10, $5 $100 classes: $15 $40, $30, $20, $10 SCHOOLING FEE: Non-showing horses are charged $25 in addition to stall and shavings. Winnings are deducted from show account. Any unclaimed winners/overpayments are forfeit 30 mins. after the end of show. There are no refunds for scratches. Friday Night Schooling Schedule 6-7 p.m. Non Stock Horses 7-8 p.m. Ranch and Reining 8 p.m. & Later Open


Stall Reservation Form on the website must be filled out. Stalls must be cancelled by Monday prior to the show or you must pay for them.

For more information visit or TEXT Judy Peters, (614) 402-1260 No lunging indoors after the show starts. Participating sponsors, Champion Center, Affiliated Organization, Workers of this show will not be responsible in any way for loss or damage of any person, animal, property or equipment. Participants will assume responsibility.

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Corral Calendar Continued from page 34 DEC. 11 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Contest Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// DEC. 11 — Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. DEC. 11 — Holidaze Buckle Series, Riverland Arena, 9675 Riverland Ave. SW, Navarre, OH. FMI: Jeanette, 904-477-6019 DEC. 11 — WS Mountain Trail Series, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: Laura, 724-301-2244 DEC. 11 — Lexington Winter Tournament, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Julie Kaufman, 859-873-2339 DEC. 11 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI: waynesburgbarrelshows@, waynesburgbarrelshows/ DEC. 11 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2022, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: Alicia SurrenaZygarowski, 724-679-0186 DEC. 11 — Ashley Weldon Clinic, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2179 E. Rohrer Rd., Vincennes, IN. FMI: Kristi Sanders, 812-881-0075 DEC. 11-12 — Champions Center 2021/2022 Winter Show Circuit, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Text 614-402-1260, www. DEC. 11-12 — YEDA Show, The University of Findlay, Findlay, OH. FMI: mniese@,

DEC. 11-12 — MYRA Rodeo, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI:, www.facebook/ midwestyouthrodeoassociation DEC. 12 — Bluegrass Winter Tournament, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Sara Cavill, 859-494-1520 DEC. 13-14 — “Noel” a Celebration of Christmas, Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. FMI: www. DEC. 16-19 — Chagrin Valley Farms “A” Rated Show, Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. FMI: Linda, 440-543-7233 DEC. 17-18 — Great Lakes Championship Bull Riding Association Finals, 7 p.m., Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: 330-635-4145, DEC. 17-18 — Standardbred Trotting Breeder’s Edition Horse Sale, Topeka Livestock Acution, 601 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN. FMI: 260-593-2522, www. DEC. 17-19 — On The Road Half Baked IBRA Winter Series, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: Clea, 330-592-5745, www. DEC. 17-19 — Kissmas Juvenile & Open Barrel Race, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Amy Peoples, 812-5950832, DEC. 18 — Intro to Breakaway Roping Clinic, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., R8 Performance Horses LLC, 19823 Hampshire Road, Utica, OH. FMI: 740-501-7635

DEC. 18-19 — YEDA Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: DEC. 18-19 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series Part 1, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily VanTilburg, 567644-5761. DEC. 19 — Ohio Academy Riders Winter Tournament, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: Alyssa Rogers, 216-538-6753, DEC. 22 — Wednesday Barrel Jackpot, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-720-1832 DEC. 22-23 — Miller Yoder Christmas Horse Sale, Topeka Livestock Auction, 601 E. Lake St., Topeka, IN. FMI: 260-5932522,, www. DEC. 31-JAN. 1 — New Years Eve Horse Sale (31st @ 12 p.m.) & New Years Day Tack & Miscellaneous Sale (1st @ 10 a.m.), Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720,, DEC. 31-JAN. 2 — NYE Sorting, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Road, Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, garwoodarena@, DEC. 31-JAN. 2 — No Fear, New Year Barrel Race, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI:

JANUARY 2022 JAN. 1 — Treharne’s Training Center Rodeo, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-692-1271, dttrainingcenter@ JAN. 8 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Contest Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// JAN. 8 — Holidaze Buckle Series, Riverland Arena, 9675 Riverland Ave. SW, Navarre, OH. FMI: Jeanette, 904-477-6019 JAN. 8 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI:, www. JAN. 8 — Michigan Quarter Horse Association 2022 Stallion Service Sale, Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suite, Mt. Pleasant, MI or Live on MQHA Facebook page. FMI: 616-225-8211, JAN. 8-9 — YEDA Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: JAN. 8-9 — Winter Indoor Mountain Trail Show Series, Shenanigans Stables, 7310 Abbey Rd. NE, Carrollton, OH. FMI: Laura, 814-434-0914 (text only) JAN. 9 — Rodeo, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330717-4329,, JAN. 15 — Winter Schooling Show, 10 a.m., Hartmeyer Stables, 7111 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN. FMI: Victoria, 812-878-0216

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Ashland Paint and Plain Saddle Club

11TH ANNUAL SWAP MEET JANUARY 29, 2022 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Mozelle Hall and Green Building, Ashland, Ohio ADMISSION FEE: Canned Goods or $2.00 suggested donation

• OVER 100 booths to shop from! • New and Used Tack will be available • Food Booth on grounds

Booth Spots: $25

For more information or to reserve a booth contact: Taylor Rebman (419) 606-5164 call/text or email:



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Corral Calendar Continued from page 36 JAN. 15-16 — Youth Rodeo, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, garwoodarena@, JAN. 15-16 — YEDA Show, Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH. FMI: JAN. 16 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Pleasure Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// JAN. 22 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI: waynesburgbarrelshows@, waynesburgbarrelshows/ JAN. 22 — Winter Series (NBHA, IBRA, NPBA), 5S Arena, 570 Mount Jackson Heights Rd., Athens, WV. FMI: Sarah Stafford, 304-952-3254 JAN. 22-23 — Champions Center 2021/2022 Winter Show Circuit, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Text 614-402-1260, www. JAN. 22-23 — YEDA Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: JAN. 22-23 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series Part 1, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily VanTilburg, 567644-5761 JAN. 23 — Ohio Academy Riders Winter Tournament, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: Alyssa Rogers, 216-538-6753,

JAN. 26-30 — “Winner Circuit” Show, C Bar C Arena, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Kathy Avolt, 765-714-4324, www. JAN. 29 — 11th Annual Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club Swap Meet, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ashland County Fairgrounds, Mozelle Hall & Green Building, Ashland, OH. FMI: Taylor Rebman, 419-606-5164 (call/text),, www. JAN. 29 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2022, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: Alicia SurrenaZygarowski, 724-679-0186 JAN. 29 — Indiana High School Rodeo Mid-Winter Meeting & Prom, MariottLafayette, 150 Fairington Ave., Lafayette, IN. FMI: FEBRUARY 2022 FEB. 5 — Rodeo, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330717-4329,, FEB. 5 — Michigan Quarter Horse Asociation 20th Annual New & Used Tack Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: 616-225-8211, mqha@ FEB. 5-6 — Winter Indoor Mountain Trail Show Series, Shenanigans Stables, 7310 Abbey Rd. NE, Carrollton, OH. FMI: Laura, 814-434-0914 (text only) FEB. 11 — Special Catalog Sale, Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-831-1720,, www.

FEB. 12 — Treharne’s Training Center Rodeo, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-692-1271,, www. FEB. 12 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI: waynesburgbarrelshows@, waynesburgbarrelshows/ FEB. 12 — Winter Schooling Show, 10 a.m., Hartmeyer Stables, 7111 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN. FMI: Victoria Hill, 812-8780216 FEB. 12-13 — Champions Center 2021/2022 Winter Show Circuit, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Text 614-402-1260, FEB. 12-13 — Youth Rodeo, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, garwoodarena@, FEB. 12-13 — YEDA Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: FEB. 13 — 38th GLApHC Swap Meet, University of Findlay Western Farm, Findlay, OH. FMI: Deb Follett, 734-3419219, FEB. 13 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Pleasure Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// FEB. 19 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Contest Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// FEB. 19 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI: waynesburgbarrelshows/ FEB. 19 — Winter Series (NBHA, IBRA, NPBA), 5S Arena, 570 Mount Jackson Heights Rd., Athens, WV. FMI: Sarah Stafford, 304-952-3254 FEB. 19-20 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series Part 1, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily VanTilburg, 567644-5761.

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FEB. 20 — Ohio Academy Riders Winter Tournament, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: Alyssa Rogers, 216-538-6753,

Events will be added to the calendar in the magazine, added to our website and be included on our radio show “Horsin Around Ohio” on WQKT 104.5

FEB. 26-27 — YEDA Foundation Fundraising Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI:

MARCH 2022 MARCH 2-6 — Indiana Quarter Horse Association Shamrock Shuffle, C Bar C Arena, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Kathy Avolt, 765-714-4324, www. MARCH 4 — Mule and Donkey Special Sale, Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720,, MARCH 4-6 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series Part 2, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily VanTilburg, 567644-5761. MARCH 5 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI: www.facebook. com/waynesburgbarrelshows/ MARCH 5-6 — YEDA Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: MARCH 5-6 — Winter Indoor Mountain Trail Show Series, Shenanigans Stables, 7310 Abbey Rd. NE, Carrollton, OH. FMI: Laura, 814-434-0914 (text only) MARCH 11-13 — Michigan Horse Expo, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: MARCH 12 — Treharne’s Training Center Rodeo, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-692-1271,, www. MARCH 12 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2022, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: Alicia SurrenaZygarowski, 724-679-0186 MARCH 12 — Winter Schooling Show, 10 a.m., Hartmeyer Stables, 7111 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN. FMI: Victoria Hill, 812878-0216 MARCH 12-13 — Youth Rodeo, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, garwoodarena@, MARCH 12-13 — Kentucky/Indiana Invitational JH &HS Rodeo, Central Kentucky Ag Expo, 678 S. Wallace Wilkerson Blvd., Liberty, KY. FMI: MARCH 13 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Pleasure Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// MARCH 19 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Contest Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https://

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Western Dressage

Feel by Kelley Bitter


spent last month watching the WDAA World Show. I am always amazed at the grace and effortless rides that I see. The horse and rider seem to read each other’s thoughts and know exactly what to do and how to respond. It is true teamwork and harmony in motion. I get goosebumps watching the horse and rider glide seamlessly through the test. Then, I try analyzing exactly how that happens. This effortless communication between horse and human. It can be many things but the most important is that the rider feels the horse’s movements at each gait. The rider knows which aids to apply to create a beautiful harmony and ride. Have you ever had the ride that is perfect? Everything just seems to work together smoothly, correctly, and you are in harmony with your horse. Have you ever wondered why that didn’t last? Well, it might’ve been that at


that moment of harmony you had feel of your horse. You had that connection that seemed easy and effortless. So, what do we mean when we say you have feel when riding? Let’s talk about what feel is and why it is important in western dressage. Feel describes the ability to communicate. It is the connection with the horse that is developed by having an awareness of where the horse’s body is in each gait and even each stride. It is also the ability to understand how your aids influence how your horse responds and moves. Sounds mysterious, but it really isn’t. Some people have a natural feel when it comes to riding, other people must learn it. You can learn feel. Feel is a crucial element in western dressage. When you have a feel and you are aware of the horse’s positioning as you ride, you then have harmony. Harmony is key in western dressage and it is what the judges look for during your test. Harmony is what makes

the ride look easy and effortless. However, this awareness or feel comes from the ability of the rider to understand how the horse moves and how to properly use aids. Does this sound familiar? It should; it’s part of the training scale that we talked about in the last article. The horse and the rider each have different responsibilities in developing a communication and harmony through feel. The rider must understand how the horse moves in each gait, the aids being used, and have a balanced supple seat. The rider must also be aware of how the horse responds to each aid. The horse must have rhythm and suppleness at each gait, be relaxed, and seek connection of the rider. Often what happens is that the rider does not have a balanced seat and gets in the way of the horse. Feel then becomes much more difficult. The rider should be in a position so that the ears, shoulder, hip, and heel are all in alignment with equal weight on each seat bone. The seat should be supple, and hips should move in motion with the horse. In other words, don’t get in the way of your horses’ movement, instead move with your horse so that you can develop feel. One of the first things that you want to do is become aware of what aids you use to move your horse forward at each gait and between each gait. Notice when you give the aids and how your horse responds. Once you have done that, here are some other exercises to help you develop feel. 1. At the walk, put the palm of your hand on the croup of the horse. This works better with a calm horse who is relaxed, so if your horse is not relaxed you may want to borrow someone else’s for these exercises. As your hand is on the croup watch the hindquarters move. Start associating that movement with the feeling you have in the saddle. If you’re comfortable close your eyes and really feel the movement with your hand and your seat. Now remove your hand and just try to feel the walk with your seat. See if you can feel which hind leg is coming underneath of you. 2. At the walk, place one hand on the shoulder of the horse in front of the saddle. As the horse moves, feel the shoulder and


the leg moving forward. Take notice of how it feels on your leg and your seat when the horse steps forward with his front leg. Again, if you feel comfortable enough close your eyes and feel the movement. Now take your hand away and see if you can feel the leg moving forward with your seat. 3. Trot a 20 m circle and transition to a canter. Remember you are going from a 2-beat gait to a 3-beat gait. Feel when that happens. Now do it again and when the inside front leg and outside hind leg are about to leave the ground ask for the canter when you feel the outside hindquarter swing forward. This takes some practice, but this will help you develop the feel and when to most effectively use your aids to appear seamless in your transitions. So where does this come into play in western dressage? Where you will see words like harmony, connection, feel, rider aids are in the collective marks on a test. There are five collective areas that are given points. First is the gait. Is the gait free and regular? Second, is impulsion. Is there forward movement with suppleness and a steady tempo? Third is rider position, seat and hands. Is the rider well balanced with light connection and centered alignment? Fourth is rider correct and effective with use of the aids. What is the horse’s responsiveness to aids? Is there an elastic connection during maneuvers and transitions? Fifth is harmony. Does the horse accept the aid and influence of the ride willingly and relaxed? Is there a partnership and free flowing performance? All the collective marks have to do with being aware of your horse’s movements at each gait; as well as how you use aids and how your horse responds. This is feel, and that is what creates the partnership, the harmony and perfect ride. It takes practice but you can learn to be aware of how your horse moves and responds to you. That is a partnership. Remember to not block the movement of your horse, stay supple and balanced in the seat. With practice you can develop feel. Your rides and your test will look effortless and seamless at each maneuver. You will have developed a communication S December 2021

Geauga Horse and Pony Association

Open Show Dates for 2022 Announced PRESIDENT, Carmella Shale 1st VICE PRESIDENT, George Baker 2nd VICE PRESIDENT, Scott Burroughs TREASURER, Shauna Gingrich SECRETARY, Debbie Schwartz WEBSITE,

by Debbie Schwartz The final points for the 2021 show series for members of GHPA have been compiled. They are available at the website, Your high point winners for 2021 will be announced soon! OPEN SHOW DATES SET The show committee has been hard at work changing and improving shows for 2022. The GHPA Open Show dates have been set. They will be May 29, June 12, July 10, and Aug. 14 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. Look for big changes in the showbill coming this Spring/ Summer. SADDLES AND SPURS YOUTH GROUP The members of GHPA have been busy this fall! The youth

group, Saddles and Spurs, had a Halloween Party with ‘barn style’ trick or treating and a horse and rider costume contest. The following day Saddles and Spurs members had the opportunity to practice cow sorting with Rich Bradshaw. Earlier this fall, in September, Saddles and Spurs members wrote thank you cards for Veterans as part of the Progressive’s Keys to Progress vehicle giveaway honoring veterans. In November the group was challenged to fill local food cupboards or pantries while wearing their Saddles and Spurs gear! With the upcoming holiday season GHPA and Saddles and Spurs will be adopting a local family for Christmas. Members may donate specific items that will be requested, gifts, and gift cards. The youth group will then wrap and ensure the delivery of the gifts. OBSTACLE CHALLENGE On Halloween Rich Bradshaw Training Stables hosted an obstacle challenge that drew a crowd! Thank you to Rich and Linda Bradshaw for putting on a great event. Along with

Mylie and Trina at the Saddles and Spurs Halloween Party. completing obstacles the riders were decked out in their Halloween costumes! Colton the pirate, riding his ‘pirate ship’ was the costume contest winner! The Open Obstacle winners were: 1. Jamie Davies, 2. Hilda Cook, 3. Kendall Smith, 4. TJ Pumphrey, 5. Jaimie Olsen. Limited Obstacle winners: 1. Elaine Kartley, 2. Stella Montague, 3. Sam Montague, 4. Unknown, 5. Diana Shale. Also, thank you to Buckeye Nutrition for the horse

Colton, the pirate riding on his pirate ship along with his mom and Rich Bradshaw at the Obstacle Challenge. treats. Watch GHPA and Rich Bradshaw’s Facebook page for upcoming events. A HUGE THANKS GHPA thanks Big Dee’s Tack for their generous support of our organization through their Bonus Buck’s program. Likewise, thank you to Schneider’s Saddlery for their generous support. We really appreciate the support that both of these wonderful companies give to us.

Western Dressage (Continued) and feel with your horse. For now, happy riding everyone! Kelley Bitter is the owner of Buckeye Performance Horse Center in Newbury, Ohio. A second-generation horsewoman. Kelley began riding and showing at 4 years old. In her teens, she started riding Arabians in various discipline and won several Regional and USEF titles over the last 50 years. Kelley started riding western dressage with her sister’s Paint when her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and could not ride anymore. She stayed with the discipline learning as she went from showing and reading about western dressage.

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In 2018 Kelley attended the WDAA Train the Trainer program. She has won several titles including placing two of her Arabians in the WDAA World show in 2020 top 15. At the WDAA International Challenge 2021 she placed with her Quarter Horse, Arabians and her student received top ten in the Gaited Division. Kelley currently runs training programs for beginners and begin again riders, Western Dressage, and Arabian Sport Horse. Kelley also holds a certification as a Mental Performance Coach and help equestrians in all disciplines overcome fear, anxiety and stress in the show ring.



Colorado Ranger Horse Association

Calling All Lost Rangers PRESIDENT, Toni Lukavich; 1ST VICE PRESIDENT, Charmaine Wulff; SECRETARY, Barbara Summerson; TREASURER, Jane Montgomery. WEBSITE, EMAIL,

by Monica Doddato As the snowflakes loom, it seems the Colorado Ranger Horse Associations members are spending more time online. Many have taken to watching the ApHC World Show—whether it be live stream, the results or pictures, and some seek to see friends (like our own CRHA Director Erin Worrell), CRHA registered and ‘lost rangers’ winning ribbons.

The term ‘lost ranger’ was coined for horses who could be registered with CRHA but have not been. To help find these horses, CRHA offers a free service to review a horse’s pedigree for eligibility. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your horse’s pedigree and add a second registry to your horses’ qualities. CRHA members pay just $20 or $30 for registration of horses older than weanlings. Membership is only $20 a year with a $5 initial fee and opens you to the opportunities of joining and participating in our logging, distance and open show programs as well as the National Show. To see if your Appaloosa is eligible, visit our website,, and click on the Treasure Hunt link.

Just Imagine It owned by Donna and Larry Sorrell of JEM Farm Appaloosas in Champlain, NY. Shown in Non Pro Division by Erin Worrell and shown in Open Division by Mike Sheaves earned Appaloosa Worlds Placings: 5th in Non Pro Weanling Colts, 7th in Non Pro Most Colorful at Halter, 8th in Open Weanling Colts, 8th in Open Most Colorful at Halter. ‘Tex’ is a 2021 ApHC/ CRHA(registration pending) Colt. Imagery x Cuter Than U. There you can download the form, submit it and receive a free determination. Then maybe we’ll see you at the 49th Colorado

Ranger Horse Association National Show which will be Sept. 17 & 18, 2022!

Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc.

MTRA is Virtually Amazing PRESIDENT, Chuck Fanslow 1st VICE PRESIDENT, Al Davis SECRETARY, Kathleen Moss TREASURER, Mindy Ellis WEBSITE, EMAIL, PHONE, 989/723-1425

by Kristen Humble We just finished our third virtual ride and all the prizes were distributed to members. It was a lot of fun to see the results and I thought I would share them here. Our fall virtual ride challenges riders to saddle up and log 235 miles in a three month period. The mileage is equal to the distance of a shore to shore crossing, but it gives people the flexibility to ride anywhere they

Cindy Speet in Story, Indiana. would like in a much larger time frame. This 90-day challenge had 115 riders entered. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 these riders covered a cumulative distance of 25,502 miles. That’s enough to go across the United States 8.5 times! There were 72 riders that made the 235 miles, there

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were nine additional riders who crossed twice (at least 470 miles) and an incredible two riders who crossed three times (over 705 miles each). Those amazing finishers were Katie Fritzler (705.96) and Karen Fischhaber (747.39). As riders are racking up their mileage, we also had a very interactive Facebook group page going so we could share our journey with others. The Facebook page had 333 members following it who posted 171 posts, 1,097 comments and 3,288 reactions throughout the course of the three month ride. We enjoyed using our digital system of logging miles where riders completed and submitted a Google Form to update their mileage and I think everyone


Ed and Diane in Big Oaks. had a great experience on ‘the ride’. The virtual rides have been a great fundraiser for our club, earning nearly $17,000 and the virtual riders have enjoyed winning the wooden trophies, bumper stickers and T-shirts for participating. This new division of the MTRA has been a lot of fun and provided a lot of inspiration for riders to get out and ride. We hope you will join us on our virtual rides and regular rides starting back up in May, there’s so much to be excited about in the MTRA. Check out our website at and our Facebook pages to keep up to date with all the happenings. Ride on! December 2021

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Ohio Valley Team Penning Association

Thank You for a Great 2021 Show Season PRESIDENT, Tom Reeder VICE PRESIDENT, Amy Lemley SECRETARY, Donna Zang TREASURER, Debra Lyons PHONE, 330/831-7463 EMAIL, Find Us on Facebook

by Amy Lemley We made it! Our last show of the year was Nov. 6 at Garwood Arena and it did not disappoint. We ran 478 first go teams! We want to thank you all for coming and supporting us this year. We had great turnouts at every show! Also, we had a fundraiser for a very special family. Between the Chinese auction, 50/50, proceeds

from a couple of our classes, and a Calcutta on the top tens, we raised a little over $2700. You all knocked it out of the ballpark! Don’t forget about our banquet on Jan. 22, 2022, held at the Holiday Inn in Boardman from 5-11 p.m. We have an awards committee that hands out amazing awards. They put in countless hours to make sure we all get something special and unique, you won’t want to miss it. If you haven’t received your reservation

forms, please let one of the officers or board members know. We want to thank everyone who went out and got a sponsorship for us this year. And a special shout out goes to Bob McPherson for getting over $4,000 in sponsorship money for our association this year. With that money, we were able to have extra awards at every show, and added money to select classes at every promoters show.

From the officers and board of directors of the 2021 show season, we thank you all for supporting us. We had an outstanding year, and appreciate all the support! We also would like to welcome the new officers and board of directors for the 2022 show season. Thank you all for taking a position and we wish you all the best of luck. See you all soon!

Northern Ohio Dressage Association

NODA’s Dressage and More Adult Camp will Take Place June 23-26, 2022 at Stone Gate Farm PRESIDENT, Niki Sackman VICE PRESIDENT, Rachel Aderhold TREASURER, Dee Liebenthal SECRETARY, Patti Valencic EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Mosie Welch NODA members/camp coordinators, Sally Burton and Patty Keim, have nailed down dates, the location, and clinicians for the 2022 adult dressage camp. Year four of NODA’s popular adult dressage camp will focus on dressage while also featuring lectures, cross training, trail riding, and good old-fashioned fun with friends. I’m already excited for 2022! Thursday is move in day at Stone Gate Farm, a 180-acre event and equestrian show


complex in Hanoverton, Ohio. Once settled, campers will have options. For those who want to get started with lessons, Laura Ann Kosiorek-Smith will offer both jumping and mountain trail lesson on Thursday for a fee paid directly to Laura. Laura Ann Kosiorek-Smith is an eventer and has taken riders through well received cavaletti courses and taught jumping at previous camps. She owns and manages Stone’s Throw Sport Horses LLC, a private sport horse sale, training, and breeding operation located at A Stone’s Throw Farm. Those who have taken mountain trail lessons before are welcome to use the course without taking another lesson. Campers can also head out on the trails on their own or with other campers or they can settle in and hang out, visiting with friends and get to know new campers.

Friday features dressage lessons with Barb Soukup, L graduate with distinction, USDF Silver and Bronze medalist; NAWD certified Western Dressage judge; coach LEC IDA team to National Championship/2011. Traditional Dressage and Western Dressage, Intro to FEI. Barb’s lunchtime Dressage Q&A is popular. The topics that come up and Barb’s discussion is always a highlight. There will be a dinner lecture with Robin Birk, an FEI level competitor and USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist. Robin is currently licensed with the USEF as a ‘r’ dressage judge. In 2020, Robin is also an approved young horse trainer by the American Hanoverian Society (AHS). Campers are welcome to trail ride and use the mountain train course if they have previously taken a lesson. Saturday will be a busy day! Campers will have the opportunity to take dressage lessons with Robin Birk. And new in 2022, campers have an opportunity to participate in Working Equitation lessons with Emily Gill. Emily is NODA’s USDF Professional Liaison and earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medal as a team


with her self-trained Morgan, Coulee Bend Kaluha. She is a USDF Certified Instructor/ Trainer, at level 1. Emily is also the 2021 USA Working Equitation, Region 5, Masters Level, Open Champion, which is the Grand Prix level and includes both a dressage freestyle and ease of handling event. If that’s not enough for campers, they can always go out on trail! Sunday features a casual Dressage Ride-a-Test or a lesson with Danielle Menteer (camper’s choice). Danielle is an L graduate with distinction who is solidly trained in classical dressage, a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and has competed through FEI. Danielle dives into the basics to improve the rider and horse. Campers enjoy this one last opportunity to learn before packing up and heading home to process all their new information and skills. Camp registration will open for NODA members on Feb. 1, 2022. Cost for NODA members is $350. If camp does not fill, nonmembers will be invited to apply later at non-member prices. Stay tuned for application forms in the NODA News or on NODA’s website, December 2021

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The Cowboy Perseverance Ranch

A Grateful Opportunity by Rob and Tanya Corzatt


t isn’t easy to leave the ranch for any period of time with all the animals and projects we have. Rob was very gracious to take on all the tasks in order for my sister and I to accompany our dad, who is 83, to go see his brother in Florida. Uncle Johnny, my dads’ brother, had been in the hospital for three and a half months due to complications from Covid. We prayed for him to recover and when those prayers were answered and he was finally able to go home we felt a conviction to go visit him. I’m so thankful we listened, because God’s presence was incredibly evident throughout the entire trip! Our trip started off a bit rough. Our dad was told by TSA that he had to be thoroughly searched. He also lost his glasses but praise the Lord we found them. For no obvious reasons our flight was delayed four times for a total of five and a half hours.

Dad wouldn’t eat much because he was trying to protect his system and not have to utilize the airplane facility. Frustration was really setting in. During our delays my sister saw an old coworker, who was taking the same flight, and we all chatted for a while. They were sharing their concerns about the delays due to meeting up with their daughter in Florida. The delays had trickle down affects causing complications. Once our plane arrived, and we were waiting to board, we all decided to come together and pray. We didn’t know why all this was occurring, but God had a plan and we needed to trust Him. We were very excited to get to Punta Gorda to see Uncle Johnny. When we finally arrived, we were greeted by him and his wife at the airport. As we approached them, it was apparent by our uncle’s physical appearance how taxing the illness had been on him. It was a bit shocking to see

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this sudden change, but we were all so grateful for the opportunity to be able to exchange long, hard, heartfelt hugs! The next evening my uncle and his wife took us all out to dinner to their favorite Italian restaurant. During our conversation God presented a couple opportunities for us to witness to him. Earlier in the day Uncle Johnny had shared with my sister how he felt lucky to still be here. I was in another room when I heard that statement. I didn’t share my thoughts at that particular moment but during dinner that same statement came up again. He was sitting right beside me and I looked at him and said, “Uncle Johnny, you weren’t lucky, you were blessed! The good Lord wants you here for a reason!” He agreed and said that he needs to change the way he phrases that. He shared that he had prayed a lot while he was in the hospital. We were a bit surprised by that because he had not accepted Christ as his savior. For years my sister had been wanting to share with Uncle Johnny how he had impacted her life. At dinner she was sitting across our round table from him. It was quite noisy in there but she was determined to make her thoughts known. She spoke loudly, confidently and with her beautiful wide eyes and an enthusiastic voice she said to him, “Uncle Johnny, you changed my life!” She continued to explain that when she was going through a big change in her life he offered her a job in a field that she didn’t know anything about. She was fearful that working that closely together would possibly cause a strain on their relationship. But he saw something in her and kept encouraging her to come work for him. The skills that she had learned and embraced through those opportunities had prepared her for the career she currently has. We both continued to share more, and before we knew it tears began to pour out of all of our eyes and tissues were much needed. I got up and kissed him on the forehead and hugged him because he was sobbing like I had not seen before. My heart was breaking and rejoicing at the same time because this was a tenderness we had not seen in him


Tanya and Rob Corzatt before. It was made evident that his physical appearance wasn’t the only thing that had changed. The next day, Sunday, after we had eaten, I asked if he would be interested in watching a Live Stream of our church service back home. Dad was excited for us to do that and Uncle Johnny was in agreement. The four of us, Dad, my sister, Uncle Johnny and I, went into a room where we could watch the service. Once we finished watching it, my sister and I discussed with him how we had seen a change in him. He responded by telling us that being in the hospital for so long had changed him. He reflected back on how he felt alone while in there and would request they leave the doors open all the time so he could hear people. He became choked up when telling us about a nurse that was so tickled that he would remember her first name. He reminisced about the people he use to work with and how he felt he was able to help them and he felt he was a good person. With our conversations with him Saturday evening and Sunday morning, as well as the message presented on the live stream service, God opened up a door and gave us some wonderful ways to share the path of salvation. We shared with Uncle Johnny how we felt it was a huge blessing for him to still be with us. Then we continued to discuss that when it is our time to leave this earth there is a level of comfort knowing that our loved ones are going to heaven and how much we wanted that for him also. He lovingly responded how he has done much for others and felt he was a good person. We agreed but also shared what it says in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been S December 2021

Wayne County Saddle Club

Annual Meeting/Presentation of Awards Set for January PRESIDENT, Stan Bosler VICE PRESIDENT, Angie Didinger & Jaimie Horsky SECRETARY, Tricia Crilow TREASURER, Beth Eikleberry WEBSITE,

The order of the day this month is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Our wish and prayer is that you won’t be overcome by the parties, the shopping and all-too-enduring pursuit of ‘perfect gift(s)’ for those special people, and all that other ‘stuff.’ And, that you can think of the reason for the holiday—the birth of Jesus. I hope you enjoy good times with family and friends in the true spirit of Christmas. As promised last time, plans for the annual meeting with its election of officers and presentation of 2021 year-end awards is set for Jan. 15 at the Wooster American Legion. With Covid still a threat, your officers and directors decided to forego

the carry-in dinner that has been a long standing tradition. Lord willing by 2022 we’ll feel at ease returning to that popular tradition. As far as I know we at the Saddle Club have remained safe and healthy at our outdoor events. We will meet at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30); hold the annual meeting and election of officers and directors, and present awards for the year. As you may know, each officer and the youth director is a oneyear term; directors are three years each with staggered terms so as to elect two every year. Retiring presidents have a one year term. Charlene Clark will conclude her term as retired president. Thanks Charlene for a great job serving us for three years in as president. This year, I think Susie Gortner and Bobbi Jo are completing their three years and don’t know if either or both will offer themselves for a future term. Keeping all that in mind, please consider running for an office or directorship. (Elections are more fun when we have more than one

A Grateful Opportunity (continued) saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” He also eluded to feeling like he needed to change and that he was working on that. This opened a fantastic door for us. We were able to remind him of our conversation at dinner regarding how he brought my sister into his agency without her knowing anything. He saw potential in her, trained and nurtured her and ultimately she became a valuable employee in his agency receiving a very high award. We let Uncle Johnny know this is exactly what God can and wants to do for us! Seeing how his heart had changed we shared the Romans road and how this is a personal decision. In closing our conversation with him, my sister leaned in, looked him in the eye and once again very confidently and lovingly said “Uncle Johnny, I’m going to ask you, are you ready to accept Christ as your savior?” He tenderly responded, “Yes, I believe I am.” She had a prayer prepared and we prayed with him. During our Uncle’s hospital stay he experienced sadness, December 2021

frustration, exhaustion and so many other emotions. But Romans 8:28 states “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” The cost of the plane tickets, the delays and frustrations we occurred were all worth it to be a vessel to help lead our 78year- old uncle to salvation. My friends, I pray that we all are able to recognize God’s opportunities to be a vessel to help strengthen and grow His kingdom. May you be blessed on your ride! The Corzatt family owns and operates the Cowboy Perseverance Ranch (CPR) in Marengo, Ohio. CPR is a faith based operation and our mission is to build a strong foundation and relationship with our training horses and students. We are blessed to be able to provide western horsemanship lessons infused with biblical scripture to students of all ages. One student has described her time here as “CPR for the soul!” Visit our website at www.cpranch. or follow us on Facebook.

This photo is from several years ago of a snowy day at the Hollow. Pictured is Stormy who is now 24 and still going strong. person up for each office.) Many active members have, or will hold an office in this great club at some point. The challenges are, as far as most of us are concerned, worth the rewards of watching this great organization thrive. We have been blessed with a spirit of co-operation and a pretty solid work ethic but everybody gets worn down at some point. It’s rejuvenation of personnel that keeps us prospering while other similar organizations have gone by the wayside. So, please let us know if you are interested in running. Of course, the election

will be open for nominations at the meeting, too. As I write this, I just had a great ride at the ‘Hollow’ with two good friends. It was in the 60s; the sun shone all day; the woods were mostly bare so we could really see the terrain (today is Nov. 10). By the time you read this we could have snow and freezing temperatures, so I’m trying to get some rides in while it’s still relatively warm. I reckon that’s it for now. So until next time—Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ~Stan



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Central Ohio Saddle Club Association

Congratulations to the Horse of the Year and Reserve Horse of the Year PRESIDENT, Mandy Dacek VICE PRESIDENT, Rachel Zielinski SECRETARY, Debbie Balan TREASURER, Bob Huff EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Mandy Dacek Somehow this crazy year has flown by and the holiday season is upon us. The officers and directors of COSCA would like to thank everyone who showed with us this season. Lots of fun, lots of great memories, made more special after cancelling the shows in 2020. We are working on things for 2022, including an awards banquet in early spring, we want to celebrate some of our awards winners from the COSCA Championship show in October. Our spotlight shines on our Horse of the Year and Reserve Horse of the Year this month. Look for our adult and youth award winners in future issues. The 2021 COSCA Horse of the Year is OFW Validate. ‘Ricky’ as he is known to his friends, is an 11 year old Arabian gelding owned, shown and loved by

OFW Validate, Horse of the Year. Photo credit to Foreverworks photography. Ryleigh Balan. Ricky and Ryleigh had an unbelievable show season. This pair took the show ring by storm, doing well in halter, showmanship, English, western, and pattern classes. Ryleigh and Ricky showed in youth 1418 classes, all of the Arabian classes, as well as open classes. To say their hard work paid off is an understatement. Ryleigh was the 2021 Youth 14-18 Champion and Ricky was the 2021 Arabian High Point Champion. In our divisional awards, Ricky was also Champion Halter Horse, Reserve Champion Hunt Seat Horse, and fifth in the western division. Being named Horse of the Year was the icing on the cake during

Heza Star Hunter, Reserve Horse of the Year. Photo credit to Foreverworks photography.

the awards presentations. Bit of trivia: Ricky was the 2019 Horse of the Year! Congratulations to the 2021 Horse of the Year, OFW Validate! The 2021 COSCA Reserve Horse of the Year is Heza Star Hunter. ‘Peyton’ as he is known to those who love him, is a 16 year old Appaloosa gelding loved, owned and shown by Mandy Dacek. Peyton and Mandy definitely had a successful show season. They earned points in halter, showmanship, hunt seat, western pleasure and horsemanship and egg and spoon. Peyton even made a few appearances in leadline with his friend Penny!

Peyton and Mandy were Adult 19 and Over Reserve Champions as well as Champion Appaloosa for the eighth time in ten years. In our divisional awards, Peyton was fourth in the halter division, and Reserve Champion Western Horse. Being named Reserve Horse of the Year was a great way to cap off a wonderful show season! Another bit of trivia: Peyton was the 2015 Horse of the Year. Congratulations to the 2021 Reserve Horse of the Year, Heza Star Hunter! From all of us at COSCA to all of yours, may the holiday season be filled with family, friends, food, and of course our horses!


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Greetings From Your President Last month, I wrote that our Mustang, Clyde, had contracted Potomac Horse Fever (PHF). At the time I wrote that message, Clyde was recovering well, but we were still watching him for complications, like laminitis. I’m happy to report that Clyde did make a full recovery with no complications. As I write this

message, Clyde is in the pasture ripping up grass as fast as he can. As the winter months approach, we must make the decision when it’s OK to ride on the trails. Many woods trails stay wet in the winter. Riding on wet trails can be dangerous if the trail is icy. If the trail is not icy, but is muddy, we can cause mud pits by riding

through the muddy areas. OHC has a goal to create all season trails that can be used all year regardless of the weather. It takes money, equipment, and volunteer hours to create all weather trails or to improve existing trails. OHC is working with Ohio State agencies and with other trail user groups to

find funding and volunteers. I’ve seen steady progress over the last several years, but there is much work left to do. Please consider volunteering some of your time or donating to your local chapter to help. ~Eric Estill, President Ohio Horseman’s Council

see from the attached pictures, they saw some extremely beautiful sights. It makes our short rides in our daughter’s woods look really sad. Jean and I got in a day ride at

Malabar and also enjoyed a nice picnic lunch. Our horses were totally out of shape so we took it slow with many breaks. A couple of weeks later we rode at Mohican with our friend Jerry

Brubaker. His horse is 27 years old, so again we rode slowly down the trails. We greatly enjoyed the conversation and sights on the trail with the leaves showing many colors. When we

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Ashland County OHC arrived at the park, we noticed a great looking new fence by the road. We were informed it was installed by Wayne County OHC. We want to give a special thanks to them for their work on this beautiful split rail fence. They did a very professional job with a group of their volunteers. This will help keep any loose horses off the road. They totally understand how horsemen help horsemen and we applaud their efforts and results. Our 8-year-old granddaughter, Aubrey Bash, from Galion placed fourth in the Pee Wee barrel class at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Her 10-year-old sister, Macy, would have placed seventh in her poles class, but tipped over one pole and had 5 seconds added to her time. We are very proud of both of them. A tip to other grandparents out there is not to promise to buy a Top 5 Congress jacket prior to the show, as we found out it can be quite costly. Happy holidays to each and every one of you. We hope to see you down the trail, and remember not to drink and ride. ~Dan and Jean Reynolds ASHTABULA Christmas Greetings from Ashtabula County; I can’t say that 2021 was a great year; I’m glad we have survived a year like our country hasn’t seen. We have stayed many rough times and a few wars, but this virus has desecrated our population. It has December 2021

taken the lives of so many and not just the elderly. It makes me sad to read about young people losing homes, jobs, and young children. I chose to be vaccinated and have not gotten a booster. My immune system is not great right now, so I will wait until it is a little stronger. Our meeting this month was a busy time. We said goodbye to our present officers and welcomed the new president, Sylvio Pellegrino, vice-president Vince Reams, secretary Christy Burdick, and treasurer Mellissa Vincent. Jessica Sheets is our event coordinator. We are looking forward to a new year with these people. Horse show dates are set. Watch for the fliers. Thank you, Sylvio, for repairing the arena lights so we can have events after dark. We had our regional ride/dice ride on Oct. 9. It was wellattended, and the chili and corn bread was delicious. Thanks to all that contributed those items, and a big thanks to all the riders. Our annual Christmas party was on Nov. 6 at Scooters. We had an ugly Christmas sweater contest and, of course, a rousing game of ‘dirty Santa’ and some good food. Congratulations to Mike and Jessica Sheets! They are going to be grandparents in May. Grandchildren are so much fun. They keep us young. We won’t have a meeting in December; The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. Til next time, give thanks for all the good things and give your horse a hug. ~Pearl Ann CLARK Clark County had a fantastic turnout for the Halloween campout. The park ranger said she had not seen that many people riding there in a long time. Jodi Childs and Brenda Anderson did a superb job of organizing. The trails were prepped by Kristina Valentine and Tony Goodrich to get rid of some fallen trees and debris. Melinda Johnson and the 4-H club Hot to Trot were there in full force. There were buckets hanging from trees with games or treats inside and a costume contest for the kids. The day ended with a wienie roast, a potluck and carrots for the horses. Those daring to stay late were treated to a bonfire and The Adamms Family movie.

plan is to designate a Forestry champion and an OHC champion for each State Forest. Those two people will decide when to close the trails in their assigned State Forest based on the weather and actual conditions. We hope to implement this plan in the fall of 2021/ winter and spring of 2022. Keep your eyes and ears open for more news on this subject. As I write this the rain has subsided for a few days and the trees are in full color. I hope it last for a few weeks and we can all enjoy more rides this fall. Perhaps with a mild winter we can ride til spring. Come ride with us! ~Jonna CLINTON

Clark County OHC Sounds like fun was had by all and we hopefully will continue the tradition next year. A big thank you to all that participated and came to play. I was not able to attend the Halloween campout this year. Instead I was in Lexington, Ky., watching the Hagyard 3 day event. I am not a competitor but certainly enjoy watching the discipline of dressage, the fast pace and skill of cross country and to see which horse has the stamina left for stadium jumping. It makes me think of all the other ways to be involved with horses. As winter approaches be on the lookout for lots of clinics and fun indoor activities that are sponsored around Ohio. There are tons of them around the state. As for me, I have already purchased my tickets to the Road to the Horse in March and the Land Rover 3 day event in April. It has been officially announced that Ohio State Forests (not Ohio State parks) will be closed from the first day of gun season which is Nov. 29 through April 1. There will be another meeting to decide when to close Ohio State Forests based on trail conditions. The


Howdy, I am writing this on Nov. 5, with my horse trailer hooked up, packed up, ready for horses to be loaded for the last campout of the year, maybe! Weather depending. It is 25 out, with the high of 49, tonight they are calling for 24, and tomorrow high of 55, low of 37 heat wave. Thank goodness for a generator and space heater. To keep the horses warm I am bringing lots of good hay, eating keeps them warm. I do not blanket in the winter, so with them standing at the high line I will just put a sheet on them to keep the frost off them. Last time I camped in this kind of cold weather I had to put the water buckets by the fire to get the ice off the top, I plan on giving them warm water this weekend. The last thing you want to do is de-climatize your horse, if you don’t blanket at home, don’t at the campout! This is going to be a great time with our club. Stay tune for photos next issue! Members Dave and Sherri Krazl, Diana Spencer, Amanda Snell along with Baxter went to Elkin’s Creek and had a wonderful time as you will see from the photos. Nothing like great camping, riding and trail buddies! As I am looking at the Almanac, southern Ohio is looking at cold and snowy this winter while northern Ohio is looking at cold and dry. 2022 winter warning is brrrrr! Prepare for a season of shivers with positively bone-chilling below average temperatures across most of the USA. In some places, the super cold of the coming winter will also bring lots of snow. This extreme wintery mix is expected 51

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Chili and campfire evening. Dave and Sherri in the rock formation.

improvements. It is so gratifying for me to see the next generations taking over the care of our much loved park system. At our November meeting the present officers were nominated to serve another year and were voted in for 2022. Thank you for your year of service and we are so looking forward to your leadership in 2022. Elected were, President Beth Whitmer, Vice President Rick Haldiman, Treasurer Ted Tod and Secretary Becky Todd. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 18, more information will be sent out. Our next meeting will be Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Mark’s Landing Restaurant Guilford Lake. Everyone is invited to join us. All of the members from the Columbiana County Chapter wish all our sister chapters a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous New Year. Ride safe. ~Sally Stamp COSHOCTON

Halloween supper.

Amanda and Diana at an old bridge formation. in areas of New England as well as throughout the Ohio Valley, in northern portions of the Deep South, and in southeast New Mexico. Let’s get prepared for our outside critters, remember food keeps your horses warm, lots of good hay. Water insulates their body. Keep the ice off the water buckets. Just a warning if you have heated buckets in your barn, be super careful I hear of more barn fires due to a faulty heated bucket. The same applies to the trough heaters, even the ones that float, my friend came home to see the side of her fence on fire from the heater getting up against the trough setting the wood fence on fire. Safety first, replace it, if in doubt. Stay warm, happy trails, take a kid riding and see the future. ~Susan (Sue) Lamb COLUMBIANA I guess Merry Christmas is a good way to start this article. I don’t know how 2021 slipped by so fast? How can the best riding 52

season be over for this year in Northeastern Ohio? I must admit we did finish the year with a bang. Our Halloween event was a total success. Even with the cooler rainy weather predicted we had a good turnout for the weekend. The event chairman, Casey Ramey, who is a first year member, volunteered to chair the weekend. She went above and beyond with the help of her committee Chad Rose and Wendy Kertesz. A full day of fun for the kids, a very successful Chinese auction, dinner, costume and camper judging ending up with trick or treat. Chapter members were ready and willing to step in to work wherever she asked. It was so nice to see everything come together for a busy and fun day. Our thanks go out to her and her team. She has already volunteered to handle Halloween in 2022 with many ideas already in the planning. Be sure to mark the third Saturday of October on your calendar. After a year of downed trees and constant repairs at the camp, Janis and Tom Moore opened up their home for a relaxing chili and campfire evening for all members. At the campfire you could hear the conversations of the work plans for 2022. I heard some big plans for trail

Hello December! I guess this is the article I am supposed to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This year went by way too fast and as always I feel like I didn’t get nearly as many rides in as I wanted. Just a reminder that this is the last month to ride at Fallon until April of 2022. I just read on Facebook that all the state parks are closed for the winter as well. I don’t know for sure, but from the remarks it seemed to be true, I’m sure a few of the trails at


2021 hog roast.

Fallon are muddy in spots with all the fall rains. We seem to have several areas with clay soil that does not dry out very well. I have not been on the trails for a month or more so I am not able to report on any issues. Hopefully all the trails are passable and in decent shape. Hopefully the winter months go by as fast as the summer months. ~Gigi CUYAHOGA We do not put the year away quietly. We chomp at the bit, put on warm clothes and continue to enjoy our equine partners and the friendships made through OHC. Now is the time to renew or join as a new member of this great organization. The benefits are huge (liability insurance, product discounts, educational opportunities, friendships old and new, camping, trail rides and much more) are all part of the package! 2022 is OHC’s 50th anniversary and there will be activities offered that you will not want to miss. We are all so proud of what this organization has accomplished. Ohio has more miles of bridle trail than the surrounding states and we continue to work to expand trails and facilities for horses. This year will feature special awards and prizes, OHC 50th anniversary shirts and other items and you will be happy to be a part of it all. Cuyahoga Chapter is planning some special rides and activities and as a member you will get a newsletter with a great deal of information. Be part of it all! As an example, in November we had a really fun Halloween costume ride in the Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. This was also a fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and $275 was donated. Those who did not ride joined in to cheer the costumed riders on. Look for photos on our Facebook Page, Cuyahoga County Ohio Horseman’s Council, to see lots of photos of our activities. Every year we ride each of the Reservations in the Cleveland Metroparks that have bridle trails, Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley, Mill Stream, Rocky River, North and South Chagrin. Check out our website, New or current members please contact us with any questions or December 2021

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Pat O’Connel, Bobbi Arters, and Bob Sweeney working at The Flats.

DELAWARE Holiday greetings from Delaware Chapter! As this year draws to a close, I’ve enjoyed reminiscing about the many fun events and accomplishments that our members experienced and/ or achieved this past year. We are so fortunate to have as our members some of the most hardworking, dedicated, and funloving individuals any club could hope for! For example, our trail maintenance volunteers, headed up by trail crew leader, Mary Chmielewski, accomplished a tremendous amount of work on our Alum Creek bridle trails in 2021. Each individual trail system saw major work. Projects big and small were tackled by our volunteers who met every Tuesday morning weather permitting throughout the year. Moreover, we are grateful for the partnerships that have been established between our club and the many landowners who live adjacent to the park and who allow us access to the trails from their property and in many instances, work together with our crew. We are most appreciative of our Eagle Scout candidates and area businesses who supported our efforts to accomplish such trail improvements as a new rest stop on Buckeye Loop and a new platform on Maple Glen, e.g., Champion’s Crossing. We appreciate the partnership with our local park manager and ODNR for accomplishing certain goals that were beyond the scope of our crew, such as the Fecon work on The Flats. Most of all, however, we appreciate the positive feedback and words of encouragement from our fellow equestrians following their visits to Alum Creek. We look forward to another productive year on behalf of our Alum Creek bridle trails. Why not consider joining us and lending a hand on a Tuesday morning helping maintain our beautiful trails? December 2021

Members Judy St. Jean and Alissa Clouse at Mohican State Forest. Your participation is greatly needed and much appreciated. Over this past year, our chapter held its monthly meetings at our Alum Creek horseman’s campground beginning in early spring, featuring six guest speakers presenting topics on a variety of horse-related and non-horse-related subjects. For instance, one meeting involved a field trip to learn more about ranch horse riding, while another meeting featured a seminar showcasing historical images and stories of the Alum Creek and Kilbourne areas long before the dam and reservoir were built. 2021 official riding season began with our spring chapter ride in April. Later in the summer, we held our second annual Trail Obstacle Fun Day which got rave reviews from everyone who attended. Our annual September ‘Autumn at Alum’ Trail Ride and Campout at Alum Creek State Park was a huge success. In October, Mother Nature favored us again with good weather for our chapter’s Mohican Memorial Forest Campout and Trail Ride. Delaware members accomplished our three community service projects of Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup along our ‘adopted’ stretch of SR 36/37. Officer elections were held last month and a big congratulations is extended to our new 2022 chapter officers: Theresa Burke, president, Vanessa Norton and Kim Vorbau as co-vice-presidents,

Volunteers for Adopt-AHighway litter pickup. (including Gelene Heinlen photographer) Pat O’Connell, treasurer, and Bobbi Arters, secretary. A sincere thank you is extended to member Kathy Kerr for her tenure serving as our chapter’s vice-president. Last month’s meeting was our final club meeting for the year; however, plans are in the works for a group outing this month to view the Columbus Zoo’s Winter Wildlights display. In closing, it is the goal of your newly elected chapter officers to support our Delaware chapter members in continuing the momentum of fun and enthusiasm, the spirit of ‘volunteerism’ and the sense of responsibility as caretakers of the bridle trails at Alum Creek State Park. We enthusiastically welcome new members and encourage our fellow OHC friends to become secondary members of our chapter too. Now is the time to renew your membership in Delaware Chapter for 2022. Go to and click ‘renew’ or ‘join’as applicable. Come join the fun with us! Wishing everyone (including your four-legged companions) a blessed holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ~Theresa Burke ERIE Greetings from Erie County! It is really hard to believe it is December already. This year sure has flown by. Looking back on this year our club has accomplished many goals. Our trails look very nice at Edison Woods Metro park and are well signed. Thornapple Trail was a challenge, but it was completed before our annual poker ride. The poker ride was well attended with a lot of new first time attendees. The Mason Road project has come along very nicely with a new bathroom, running water, high lines and a new sign so you don’t miss the entrance. We rode all over Ohio, with many venturing out of state


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Colleen at Red Rock.

Erie County OHC to Indiana, Pennsylvania and even to the great Red Rock ride, to name a few! However, time does not wait and many of us had to find new four legged friends. We have the winter to get to know each other so we will be ready to ride when the weather breaks. We got together the first Wednesday in November for a ride planning meeting. It was held at D&D Winery with good attendance and a few new guests. We have a lot to be thankful for this year. May we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Life is better on the trail! ~Shelley FULTON Fall is my favorite time to ride and I am sad to see the daylight hours grow so short and the temperatures drop. I know that it will be hard to find time to ride as we enter the winter months. Camping trips in October were a challenge as it was chilly, wet and muddy; most of us decided 53

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Michelle and Duke. to abandon hopes of camping in November. But we do have plans for day rides in November and January. Tammy Royer hosts our Fat Saturday ride, which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and our New Year’s Day ride. I know that horses are better suited to cold weather than hot, and they will be just fine but I need to convince myself that I can do it. Winter is a good time to clean out the horse trailer and the tack room, to sort and clean tack and determine what needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s a good time to peruse tack swaps like our Cowboy Christmas Tack Swap, Shopping and Live Auction at the WB Ranch and Arena in Swanton, Ohio, on Dec. 5. In addition to new and used tack vendors, there are crafters and small business entrepreneurs and I anticipate finishing my Christmas shopping with no shipping concerns! It’s also a great place to see people that I haven’t seen in awhile and catch up on what I’ve missed. Our Christmas party is also a great opportunity to catch up with people that travel different circles throughout the year. We look forward to seeing members and guests there who can’t make the meetings and don’t camp. This year the party will be Dec. 3 at the American Legion Hall in Grand Rapids with hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 6 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Door 54

prizes, a grab bag sale and games are also planned. I recently was called on to write a summary of what our chapter did this past year. Looking back, I have the impression that we have almost returned to normal when compared to 2020. We only cancelled one meeting and one camping trip and that was due to weather. Only one state ride was cancelled. There were camping trips April through October: three trips to Reed Road Ranglers and one to Pleasant Hill Lake in Ohio; the state rides at Caesar Creek, Mohican and Van Buren; trips to Pontiac Lake and Ionia in Michigan, Salamonie Lake and Hoosier Horse Camp and the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana and Big Elk Lick in Pennsylvania. Social events incorporated into camping events at Reed Road Ranglers included a Derby party, chili cook-off and Jack’s Olympic games, and Oaktoberfest. Day rides included a New Year’s Day ride, National Trails Day ride and Fat Saturday ride. During the colder months, activities included a Winter Blues Brunch in January and March and a Christmas party in December. Fundraising activities included a flower and plant sale in April, a dessert auction at the Oak-toberfest event and the Cowboy Christmas tack swap in December. In addition, club members participated in the Harry Hughes ride a thon where we also put on a poker run with proceeds going to the Harry Hughes Youth Equestrian Center. Service activities included helping with the Harry Hughes spring cleanup, a trail cleanup at Oak Openings, and cleanup and maintenance of mounting stands in the Maumee State Forest. Jack also organized the production of a map of the horse trails and facilities in Oak Openings. We also collect the proofs of purchase from Tribute Feeds which we donated to Harry Hughes this year. We sure were busy and it sure was nice! And before you know it, the days will be getting longer and we will be making plans for 2022. Our chapter meetings are the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. and are currently held at Bunkers Bar and Grill in Holland, Ohio. Members, potential members and guests are always welcome. We meet in the huge banquet room and the food is good. Keep up with us on our website,, Facebook

page Fulton County Ohio Horseman’s Council or Facebook group Fulton County OHC. Be well, be safe and happy trails! We wish you all the happiest of holidays! “The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on. It is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible, the change is for the better.” — Author Unknown ~Kathy Brown GREENE Merry Christmas!? That seems really weird to type since my Halloween decorations are still up. But since this will reach you after Thanksgiving, it is the season we’ll be headed into by then. Heck, as slow as I am this year, I’ll have to start decorating for Christmas about two weeks after the yard is finally empty of Halloween (I go big for both). At least with being retired, I don’t have to rush quite so much. Our officers will stay the same for 2022. Usually we hold our elections in November, as I’ve been saying in previous articles. But we had pretty much everyone at the October meeting (that usually comes to any meetings), so Herb suggested holding them then. That way he can turn in the information at the state meeting. No one had any objections, so we made it simple. On Oct. 9, the local 4-H held a trail ride at Caesar Ford, and invited us to join them. The event was a big success. Dave reported that we had 37 riders. After the ride, Jeannie and Devin Nicols fed all of the riders, which was much appreciated. I have a photo from that day, taken by Jeannie, plus one from Dave of the rigs. I would have had another from Jeannie, but her computer and mine aren’t playing nice right now. Everyone had a great time, and we’re hoping this will be an annual event. We’re still planning to hold our Christmas dinner on our regular meeting night in December, but at this point we aren’t sure about location. The only Golden Corral that survived is way north, and many restaurants are closing at 8 p.m. these days. If you have any ideas, feel free to let Herb know. If we find a place, everyone will be notified one way or another. If this reaches you before Dec. 4, the volunteers are not meeting at our normal spot, as Herb said in the newsletter. Naturally, as


Greene County OHC soon as the newsletter went out, we discovered this. If you’re wanting to help and read this in time, call Herb (937/372-9829) or me (937/232-9256) for more details. I’ll also have it on the Facebook group. That’s it for this time. Don’t forget to renew your membership, and submit your trail miles/saddle hours to Herb at the end of the year. ~Mickie GUERNSEY We may be only a month in, on the fall season, but this week we had our first frost of the year. I like the smell and feel of the crisp fall air. It’s also great for working hard, you don’t overheat! We of Guernsey OHC want to thank all who came out to support our Annual Poker Run! We had over 100 riders. Our auction was also one of the best. All the money we raised is invested right back into the Salt Fork Bridle Trails. Remember, winter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at Mr. Lee’s, 2000 E. Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge, Ohio 43725. We eat at 5:30 p.m. and meet at 6:30 p.m. Our Christmas dinner and party, for members, will also be at Mr. Lee’s, Saturday, Dec. 11, 6-9 p.m. Bring a white-elephant gift for the exchange. Gifts can only be stolen once. It’s a lot of fun. Annual trail maintenance will start in January. Remember to log those miles and hours worked! It really does matter. I hope to see you on the trail, ~Lee Randolph December 2021

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Watch our Facebook page for more information about our club and upcoming events. ~Donna Shade HOLMES

Great Seal.

Halloween parade.

Harrison County OHC keep track of their trail working hours and renew their 2022 membership online. The club anticipates officer elections in December, as well as the annual Christmas party. Many members continue to go to events with their horses and ride when ever they can. So hard to believe that I am writing this, but have a great Christmas season! Stay healthy and God Bless! ~Lori Mayher HOCKING Sadly, the temperatures went from hot to cold, with only a few weeks of really nice fall weather. The trailers and campers had to be winterized before we were ready to call it quits for 2021. But, there are still a few things on the calendar before we bid 2021 a fond farewell! Before we talk about that, let’s recap some events that our members enjoyed late summer into fall...barrel racing, costume parades, county fairs, open horse shows, mounted shooting and of course trail riding and camping. Most recently our club met at Great Seal State Park in Chillicothe for a Halloween ride and costume contest. This is a nice park with clean, dry trails. Some trails are pretty up and down, so it was good to ride this at the end of the season, when horses are in better condition. The terrain would be challenging for an out of shape horse. Trails

Halloween winners. are multi-use, so we did see quite a few hikers. I was warned to keep an eye out for mountain bikers too, but we didn’t see any while I was there. After the ride all the kids and some of the adults got themselves and their horses ready for a Halloween parade and contest. Afterwards the group had a potluck dinner and trick or treating. It was a fun night for all. These are the types of things that kids look forward to and get excited about. It’s important to continue these events because this is what forms friendships and create memories for our future horseman. Upcoming, our group is planning on attending the Logan Holiday Parade on Dec. 4 as long as we can find the elusive pooper scoopers. Those folks are hard to find. Details are still being worked out for our Christmas/Holiday party on Jan. 8. Election of officers was completed at our November meeting. It looks like all officers will remain the same. Our club is very family friendly and meet at the Home Tavern in Logan the third Sunday of every month at 7 p.m. Come in earlier for dinner and relaxed conversation prior to the meeting.


Howdy from Holmes County! We had a wonderful spirit filled horse event Oct. 21-23 held at the Harvest Ridge (Holmes County Fairgrounds) ‘The Horseman’s Mission’. Member Vickie Zook had the opportunity of representing DAC Vitamins and Minerals, due to local salesman Trapper Troyer having to attend the Dover Horse Sale in Dover, Ohio. Our area was also blessed to have a local production of Heaven’s Gates, Hell’s Flames which was presented Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, held at Faith Christian Academy, Wilmot, Ohio. With characters from 16 congregations represented, including two of our members, Jenn R. and Rueben M. Thank you, Jenn and Reuben, for giving of your time for such a worthy cause. Many attendees gave their lives to Christ during this performance. If it’s ever in your area, plan to attend, you will not be disappointed. Merry Christmas to all, may you all be blessed this Christmas season! Happy Trails, ~Vickie Zook

Vickie Zook at Horseman’s Mission.


KNOX We have had a very active year. We have traveled far a field, ridden many miles, participated in parades, given youth rides, enjoyed a significant membership, and enjoyed many a campfire. We celebrated retirements, birthdays, and Halloween. Writing for an article that is coming out a month later is often intimidating. We live in the present, remember the past, and can only guess at what tomorrow may bring. The only real thing that is constant is change, so, we enter another 55

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Thank you Big Dees! Judges second place to Misty McDonald. First place costume went to Cindy Cossin.

Judges winner to Donny Cline. chapter of KCOHC. November is elections and we want to thank those that step forwards as officers to keep OHC alive. While things may change, many of us old timers still enjoy the ride. I joined OHC many years ago to have people to ride with, yet once I understood what the Ohio Horseman’s Council was about and what they actually did for Ohio’s trails, I was proud to be a member. Let’s hope we find a significant number of younger members to keep all this alive. I include a couple of pictures from our recent Halloween celebration at Salt Fork. The costume contest was won by the Headless Bride, our very own Cindy Cossin, and the pumpkin carving contest was won by Donnie Cline, a very talented young man who can also carve egg shells! Thank you to all that participated and made the weekend so enjoyable. I am working on resetting our annual 2022 Tack Auction cancelled the past two years due to COVID-19. Watch for results. We should be posting a date for 2022 planning committee meeting soon. Having a reasonable schedule to post so members can plan vacations etc. helps maintain and grow membership. I restate what I posted last month: OHC needs to get back on track after the pandemic year. We need some new and innovative ideas to increase our membership. We need younger 56

members to pick up the work that OHC has been doing since 1972. And I add, we older members need to adjust and except the ideas presented by younger members. Change is inevitable. I hope everyone had a grand Thanksgiving and remembered to say thank you that we all survived the recent pandemic. May you all have a blessed Christmas, enjoy the coming New Year, and get rested up for the coming ride! Already, I am looking forwards to Ground Hog Day, which suggests the coming of spring. Come on over to Knox County where the gates are wide open, the grass is greener, the horses leaner, as we do ride them, and everyone is welcome. We meet the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Hopefully, we find a new meeting place soon or are allowed to return to the Long Branch Pizza in Centerburg. Reporting for Knox County OHC, ~Terry L. Baker LAKE Happy Holidays fellow horse folks. May all your horses’ wishes be merry and bright. Our September Lake OHC meeting was at Chapin Forest for a pleasant summer picnic. We discussed our future for 2022 and it was decided to continue our meetings on a limited basis. There will be a February Lake OHC banquet where awards will

Dilly cookies.

Little Lady be presented. Further discussion resumed at October’s meeting at the Red Hawk Grill. Officers were voted on: Michelle Sheliga is president, Donna Kautz is vice president, Michelle Henderson is secretary, Rosemary Morgan is treasurer. We received our trail mileage sheets and membership applications. Rosemary will process the membership forms and Ricki will process the trail miles. There were three door prizes won by Michelle H., a halter and lead rope; Donna a fly mask with ears and a ‘mystery’ prize was won by Ricki. Wendy won a free banquet dinner. Ricki brought our Lake OHC’s new logo, designed and created by her husband David. We all approved it. Then Michelle S. showed us a sign she had made thanking Big Dee’s for all they had done for us. The logo and the thank you signs were taken to the state OHC meeting on Nov. 7 by Michelle S., Rosemary and Rayneen. Fifty years of the Ohio Horseman’s Council will be celebrated in 2022. One of our members, Barb M., gave a young lady her birthday wish by allowing her to sit on a real Mustang, Barb’s horse, Daffodil. The little lady’s aunt even made cookies that looked like Dilly. Perhaps we have a future rider and a future OHC member in the making? Hi Yo, Dilly! Looking forward to 2022. ~Rayneen Tisovic


Hello everyone who is reading this issue of The Corral. I hope everyone is healthy and safe. I always enjoy the articles in each issue of The Corral, but I especially enjoy reading the County Lines. Many years ago my family lived in Holmes County and we have a ton of happy memories of rides and dinners and playing volleyball at the developmental center, where we had our monthly meetings. We once had a huge hog roast and stored the piggy in the cooler at the center for a couple of days prior to roasting. When it was time to pick up the piggy, Kay Earnie rolled him out in a wheelchair in an upright pose with a table cloth draped around his neck. Several hours later he was again with the table cloth and was the center of attention and he was delicious. Not to be outdone, the Lawrence County OHC members know how to put together a great meal, as well. We may not be a large group, but when we do dinner, we go all out! Nothing wraps up a good day in the saddle like a great meal by a camp fire. As the weather gets cooler, the camp fire not only warms the food, but warms the fingers and toes. For some of us older riders, staying warm is a big deal during the colder months. So let’s get out on the trails while there is still a bit of sunshine. Until next time, be safe, be happy and stay healthy. ~Betty LICKING Hello from Licking County. I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. First I want to introduce our 2022 officers: President Charlene Santee, Vice President Paul Wilson, Secretary Terry Drummond, and Treasurer Sandy Belt. We are planning on a Christmas party, Dec. 10 for all of the Licking County OHC members,

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Benezette ice cream stop, 2021.

Laura, Halloween ride 2021.

Work party at Taft. remember, you may bring a friend. Please let Debbie Stevens know you are attending. There will be food and a gift exchange and who knows maybe Santa will show up. I can’t wait to receive the trail mileage and hours reports from our members. We had some really good riding and driving days so the miles and hours should be up from last year. Remember there is a $50 gift card waiting to be won, by someone, who turns in his or her report to me by the second week of January. I know one lady earned the 5,000-mile patch. Yeah, I can’t tell the name until I do the report. We do not have a meeting at the end of December; the next meeting will be the last Monday in January 2022. I will have to get use to typing 2022. This year started out a little slow but ended so fast. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped with the planning, organizing and promoting of our trail rides, trail maintenance, fun shows, meetings, speakers, and more. From our chapter we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be safe, ~Deborah Sheka LORAIN Greetings to all! I hope everyone enjoyed the great food and fellowship with family and friends over Thanksgiving. This month we’d like to thank our December calendar sponsor, Dundee Automotive Inc. located in Dundee, Ohio. Fall was packed with lots of horse rides and camping trips. A large group from our chapter December 2021

Hocking Hills camping at Pine Creek, 2021. traveled to Beaver Creek State Park where we enjoyed the great weather, the Pioneer Festival (especially the homemade ice cream). From there, several of us traveled to Big Elk Lick Horse Camp in Benezette, Pa., to ride with the elk. However, the only elk we saw were at the visitor center, but we did see a larger than life Sasquatch in the Big Elk Lick Camp running off with a pair of pink panties! Pine Creek Horse Camp in Hocking Hills was packed with LCOHC members (22 campsites and two cabins). One of the highlights was the fantastic blue grass/country musicians that entertained us for over three hours, there was lots of swinging your partner and kicking up of heels! Thanks to Wendy Gilland for heading up the day ride at Brecksville. The trails were in great shape in spite of all the rain we had prior and the leaves were colorful. Please take the time to count up your trail miles and saddle hours and turn them in to Brenda Lang by the end of December or early January, who will submit them to the State OHC. This is vital data that shows our park administrators and state legislators how much we use the bridle trails so that they will continue to be supportive. Stay tuned, we’ve planned next year’s adventures. Be sure to renew your LCOHC membership so you receive the 2022 calendar of events! Sneak preview, on Jan. 2, the New Year’s day ride is at 1 p.m. at Carlisle. Wednesday, Dec. 15 we are planning to have our membership packets available at the Carlisle Visitor Center and enjoy the Christmas lights that

will be set up as a drive-through event. At this time, we plan to take donations for lunch for the Carlisle park crew. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ~Kathy Duncan MADISON Our chapter finished our 2021 Gymkhana event Oct. 9. We had over 30 returning competitors. This was the awards night. Congratulations, the first place buckle winners over 40 was Kyle Koehler on Lightning. The buckle sponsor was Calvin Access Control. The adult winner was Kelli Cole on DJ. The buckle sponsor was State Representative Kyle Koehler. The junior winner was Molly Metcalf on Leo. The buckle sponsor was ASE Feed and Supply. The youth winner was Irelyn Harding on Paisley. The buckle sponsor was Tuffy Automotive.

The Class 40 and over results: 2. Theresa Brand on Peppy; 3. John Brandt on Buffy; 4. Jean Kritner on Miss Belle; 5. Kathy Davis on Salvation Amazing Grace. The Adult results: 2. Glen Cole on Zeus; 3. Marlee Lloyd on Sugar; 4. Bailey Buckley on Buckley’s Girl; 5. Grace Boulis on Pirate. The Junior results: 2. Rylee Gannon on Sunshine and Whisky; 3. Emilie Baltser on Shadow; 4. Brianna Shupert on Sassy; 5. Kora Derwent on Cody. The Youth results: 2. Sadie Reay on Blue Steel; 3. Evie Gold on Gene; 4. McKenna Cole on Marshmallow; 5. Sydney Derwent on Maisey.

We had a great season and we are already working on the 2022 season. Please add to your calendar all shows, which are on Saturday: May 14. June 18, Aug. 6, Sept. 17, Oct. 8. I wish I could share stories from other members from our chapter. Until I get some, I’ll share mine. I finally got to ride Alum Creek with Tammy Whisler, Susan Day, Tonya Corra and her friend Tina. I really like the trails we rode. Thank you Tonya Corra for being our trail guide.


Madison County OHC At first the very first bridge we came to, Patches absolutely refused to cross. Now this is the pony who has been through lots of desensitizing. She’s been on bridges, teeter totters, tunnels, so my enthusiasm got deflated a bit. We were able to pass this bridge. From that point she was a champ. Crossed every bridge, rode through the road tunnel that actually scared me to death. My honest thoughts were this was going to be where I die. Nope, Patches went through like she’s done it every day. We crossed the ‘Long Bridge’ found a little beach area. Patches loves the water. The boats speeding in the lake did not phase the horses. It was a fun moment. So we were headed back and then all chaos broke loose. Someone started shooting, I mean a rapid fire shooting. I had to get off Patches twice. We got through this but I’m a firm believer that there should not be any shooting near bridle trails at any time. There I said my piece, I’m done. I just hope everyone stays safe. Finally, after waiting two years my husband finally built my obstacle bridge. When I showed Patches the bridle, she jumped it at every angle. Then in a very short time I had her walking, backing, side passing the bridge. Finally, we are in full fall foliage. All the beautiful vibrant colors. Frosty mornings, crisp 57

County Lines days. These are the beautiful days to enjoy nature with your favorite equine. For me I’m not a cool weather camper but hope to get out on some more trails before winter hits. Patches has Cushing’s so I’d like to stay on easy trails. Her shoes are off and may have to entertain another boot option. I like the Scoot Boot but every time I hit the trails, I loose a boot. I’ve had to replace two already. One boot is in Buck Creek, one boot is stuck in the mud on the Orange Trail at Hocking State Park. Patches doesn’t like getting shoes on. So I’m open to boot suggestions, the kind that stays on in mud. MEDINA Our first winter monthly meeting at Hinckley Town Hall was a nice gathering of about a dozen of us in the board room. This is a nice, bright, warm space perfect for meetings. Our election of officers went pretty smoothly. Raydeen Ryden, Maureen Mizerak and Rosemary Young were re-elected as president, vice president and treasurer respectively. The office of secretary is to be filled at a later date (or as soon as we can convince some member over a few glasses of wine (see ‘banquet news’). Join us next year in March for our first meeting of 2022. We will continue to meet here from March through May. It’s at the SW corner of SR 303 and SR3 (Ridge Road). A large parking lot is in back by the door. Join us and help make plans for the coming year! Michelle Crew is on the mend after her trail accident on the Bedford trail back in September. Her fractured ankle and torn tendons are doing well, but she still has pain in her foot. We know she will be back soon, off her crutches and on her horse Jedi, who, by the way sustained no injury at all since Michelle broke his fall in the creek. Big banquet news. Are you looking for a fun evening this winter? Join us along with our friends from Summit Chapter at the Masonic Lodge in beautiful downtown Richfield on Jan. 15 for a good time with great people. There will be food, prizes and awards and other surprises. Rosemary Young (440/382-7980 or rosemary4medinaohc@gmail. com) or Molly Eastwood (330/ 603-0820 or mollyeastwood@ have more information. 58

The quiet times of the year have arrived. Trail rides in snowy woods, watching bright red cardinals feast on fall berries. Take a moment to reach out to those in need or remember a friend who has had a hard year. We all need a bit of cheer after another challenging year, but we are horsemen (and women) and we persevere, look to the future and truly know how to have a good time. Have a holly, jolly, down-inthe-valley kind of Christmas! ~Rosemary MEIGS Meigs Chapter had a trail ride and fun show on Oct. 13. Horses and riders also enjoyed costumes after the show. A regular meeting was held and nominations were open for officers with election to follow at November regular meeting. A special event ‘Ride to Help Santa’ was held Nov. 13. A potluck followed the ride. OHC members were invited to participate in a fun show after. Cash donations were collected for the ride, potluck and fun show. Money received along with additional funds donated by Meigs Chapter will be used to take children in need from Meigs County shopping for Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho! and Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

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Enjoy every moment with your friends, family, and horses! ~Tonya MONTGOMERY Hi all from lovely Montgomery County, where the riding has been amazing this fall! I hope you have gotten out for a ride. I heard that 2022 is OHC’s 50th anniversary and there will be activities offered that sound fun. There will be special awards and prizes, OHC 50th anniversary shirts and other items, don’t miss out on the celebration. At the November meeting our 2022 officers were elected. Cindy Barnett is once again our awesome president, Charlie McMaster is vice president, Dell Packer is secretary and Charlene Harden is treasurer. Thank you all for holding these offices! We are going to plan a very fun packed and activity filled new year for 2022! We’ll be having an activity meeting in January, so MC members get your thinking caps on and give your officers suggestions! The Montgomery County MetroParks held an open house on Nov. 4 to get a ‘feel’ of what its users like or what changes they would prefer to see at Sugarcreek Metro Park. Della and Cindy attended, and ran into some Greene County folks, including their President Herb Rider. This open house meeting was an investigative effort to learn what users would like to remain the same or changes to happen regarding all the trails, including the bridle trails. It was a very friendly occasion and lots of discussion regarding the trails. The Parks made it possible to get thoughts/suggestions by computer or paper if you were unable to attend. They made every effort to include everybody in the planning process. ‘The Plan’ will be presented in the first quarter of 2020, so watch for it and do attend that meeting. Remember our monthly meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. We are once again meeting at the Perry Township government building. Bring snacks to share. As the year winds down you can start tallying your trail miles and saddle hours. Also, it is time to renew your membership, if you haven’t yet. This year we ask you to mail your applications to Charlene along with your payment.


A horse is the projection of people’s dream about themselves—strong, powerful and beautiful—and it has the capability of giving us escape from the mundane existence.— Pam Brown We wish you a safe and merry holiday season. ~Cindy B. and Jilleroo Karen MORROW Greetings from Morrow County OHC chapter where the first freezing night is predicted as this is being composed. Several personal issues prevented composition of an article last month, but they have been mainly resolved. Some chapter members have ridden together, with other OHC chapter friends, on some state park/forest trails including chapter president Floyd, Drew, and myself. Health issues continues to keep some members ‘grounded’. Some more trail maintenance/ improvement was completed at Mount Gilead State Park including trail signs for equine trails. Lloyd and I rode in the Delaware All Horse Parade with Floyd on one of my horses, Wild Wind, who has now provided annual safe transportation for six different riders during 14 plus years of participation. The traditional post-parade Tail Gait party coordinated by Knox County OHC included homemade ice cream provided by our Morrow County chapter. Ted, Gerald and Floyd attended the Central Region OHC planning meeting preparing to host the fall State OHC meeting which resumes after pandemic cancelations. Morrow County is scheduled to provide snacks for meeting attendees so our chapter culinary skills will be put-tothe-test. It will be enjoyable to resume conducting face-toface interaction with so many dedicated Ohio equine persons advancing the Horseman Helping Horseman motto. Regular monthly chapter meetings resumed for most of 2021 at the Mount Gilead Library Annex starting at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. The traditional chapter Christmas Party is scheduled for early December. To sign off until the next report, I trust the 2021 season has allowed many OHC members to get back in the saddle again. Until next month, keep your chin up and strive to provide the best December 2021

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Zaleski trick or treat.

PERRY It’s that time of year when camping season winds down, we hope for some nice weather to day ride and begin to think about what a wonderful riding season we enjoyed in 2021. In this time dedicated to giving thanks, I know everyone truly appreciates the great friends, definitely the wonderful times that brought such laughter to our hearts, and those special horses that made it all possible. A group of us joined the HTCAA at Elkins Creek in midOctober. Talk about real Ohio weather at its finest, on day one of the trip we wore tank tops and were sweating bullets, and day two we were bundled up with long sleeves, gloves, and jackets. If I were to put together club year end awards I think the granddaddy of all would go to Carla Marshall who would receive the Tire-less award. She had another tire incident on the way to Elkins when yet another tire blew out on her horse trailer. I think she’s up to owing my guy, Brian, another steak dinner for that little rescue mission! We got back on the road and all arrived at about the same time to the little place nestled in the Wayne National Forest. As always, the hospitality provided by Jill and Rick was wonderful and since this was a special event we were able to partake in home cooked meals and enjoyed the music of the band. It was fantastic. I loved it! And the riding was spectacular, with little to no mud. A couple of the gals came back with a few less bucks in their pocket thanks to the tack shop on the grounds. All in all, it was a fabulous time. During a recent ride at Tar Hollow we saw that the restroom facility updates are in progress and are expected to be completed by mid-December. I can’t tell you what a huge improvement this will make. We also talked to the ranger for the forest who December 2021

Barkcamp campers. said they are going to put more emphasis on improving the area for the riders. They have even opened the forest office back up that is located nearby and had been closed for 20 years or so. I take that as a very good sign for us horsemen. If you’ve not ridden there you should come check it out. It’s a decent place to go when things tend to be wet because you can stay on the ridgetops and gravel roads. They talk about the rattlesnakes and give the area a bad rap, but let’s just say I’ve ridden there a long time and I hate snakes! Bonus to the amenities is you can ride to the carryout and enjoy lunch or dinner as well as an adult beverage. I heard a Halloween party broke out at Zaleski in October and several ‘grand’ goblins showed up so I included the photo proof. Another one was held with the Hocking group at Great Seal. From the pictures I saw it was a scary event! It’s great to include the younger folks in our horse world as they are the future. Members have also been riding at Barkcamp, Alum Creek and Smoke Rise to name a few. We really get out and about. Speaking of which, don’t forget to start tallying those trail miles and remember to get your reservations in for the January holiday part at the Holiday Inn Express, Zanesville. The current slate of officers with the exception of the secretary appear to be held by the same crew for 2022 though the official election has not been held. I’ll keep the secretary’s position reveal a secret until it’s official. Don’t forget to renew your memberships for 2022, and to anyone looking for a nice secondary club, come visit us, or if you are interested in moving your membership, we’d love to

have you as well. We sure know how to have a good time horsing around! Til next month, enjoy the ride. ~Marianne PREBLE I want to take a moment to thank everyone for all of the continued prayers and get well wishes. I had not told too many folks about what was going on. But on Sept. 2, 2021, I had a stomach cancer lesion along with part of my stomach removed. They also removed 15 lymph nodes, out of the 15 they found one lymph node with cancer cells so I started a chemo regimen on Oct. 11, for 8 to 10 treatments through a port by an IV. As this year is getting to a better place and more folks are getting vaccinated and things will be getting to a better place, we want to invite all horseback riders to come and enjoy the trails and campground at Hueston Woods State Park. We have been working on keeping the trails clear of fallen trees and making sure that they stay safe for all to enjoy. We finished up our project work on C trail with the grant money we received from State OHC. This is a matching grant so the $2,000 we received our chapter has matched. The bad spot on Orange (C Trail) on Loop Road side that is very bad for riders and horses was repaired. We also fixed the trail down to the falls on B (Green) trail and looks as if our repairs worked. I am attaching three photos of the guys hard at work on trails. If you have some spare time and want to help improve the trails give Donn a shout or text at 937/417-4358 or email Thank you in advance! A huge shout out to everyone who has been riding the trails and giving such good reports back to us on Facebook. Dennis has been riding the trails and called to give us a good report on trails. He only found one tree down on


Eugene Rader and John Unzicker working on the trails. C (Orange) trail along loop road north of the wye. Donn will get over there to get that tree taken off the trail. We do need to take a moment and thank those who are out there volunteering their time to help out with any and all projects, with many we can accomplish so much more, as this helps keep all trails rideable and fun. We are seeing more and more riders coming back after we repaired the trails. This gives us hope that with the more folks who come camp and ride the trails that the state will continue to look at our repairs as a positive way of how effective our repairs have been for Hueston Woods Bridle trails and campground. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as this article is the last one for the 2021 year. It’s hard to believe but time flies when you’re having fun. May God bless and keep you safe and keep you all healthy and happy for 2022. Stay safe everyone, we hope to see you all soon at our trails. Remember to bring your cans and bottles out that you take in when riding trails! Help us keep greener and cleaner bridle trails! ~Becky SANDUSKY Merry Christmas friends and family! I am thinking about how 59

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State Ride fun. this Christmas will hopefully be a little better this year than last for most of us. More people will be able to see friends and family but we still need to be careful. We will be having a get together this year at our regular meeting date and place. We will start the fun (of eating) at 6 p.m. instead of our usual 7 p.m. There will be presents and fun for all ages. I hope to see everyone there! Our October meeting was at Bob and Sue’s barn. They had Subway subs for us and everyone brought a side dish. We had a short meeting while Bob took the kids on a little ride around the farm on his tractor. Amber has graciously volunteered to make our 2022 calendar, make sure you get your favorite pictures to her as soon as possible, because I’m sure she is finishing it up. We also discussed our trails at White Star and getting the new signage up as soon as it dries up some. Chuck had a huge fire ready for us to sit around while we ate S’mores and told stories. It was a great way to kind of end the ‘outside season.’ Thanks Bob and Sue! We had another first for Al and I when we went to Great Seal State Park for a long weekend. It is a beautiful place to ride. Since the trails are a bit challenging, make sure your horse is in shape before going. The trails are well marked, but there is no water for breaks, although there may 60

Al and I at Great Seal. be in the spring (there is water available at camp, though). The sites are huge with high lines all around camp already set up for you. We will definitely be going back, although we could do without the tornado next visit. Enjoy your holidays and be safe! Give your furry equine a hug and make sure you also love on the people in your life that make your life special. Our meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Brethren Church in Fremont. We meet usually for supper at 5:45. Visit our Facebook page under Sandusky County Horseman’s Council for up-to-date information. Also check out the state web page, Give your furry friend a Christmas cookie, life is good. ~Marla Sidell STARK Stark OHC was asked by Jim Wallace of our state OHC to get riders for a photo shoot at the Zoar Towpath trail near Bolivar. A group of riders answered his call and they were there at 6:30 a.m. to get morning light. The photographers shot pics for the Industrial Heartland Trails. org. The pictures will be used in trail promotions. Thanks to all the drivers, riders, horses, and picture takers. Jesse from Tuscarawas Parks, Harold, Emma, Allison, Missy, Alicia, Jill, Valerie, Barb and Carl as our horse group. Photographers

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Stark County OHC were Dave and Renae. Everyone had a wonderful time. This was done as part of the Ohio Trails Partnership Committee in Ohio. They had pictures of the other user groups but needed some with horses using the trails. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Until next time, happy trails to you! ~Jo Ellen SUMMIT Hi everyone, we hope you were able to be out there enjoying the great riding weather and taking in all the spectacular fall scenery. It seems many of our riders made multiple trips to Malabar and Mohican for day rides and joined other chapters for just that purpose or weekend camping. Wherever you choose whether riding in the backyard, on property around the boarding barn or the closest horse trails near you, just remember it is bow hunting season and make yourself and your horse visible or heard. Members reported seeing George Washington on Blueskin at Brecksville Reservation the end of October. The General revealed at his press conference that he had two scouts out looking for an elusive band of regulars once on a secret mission behind enemy lines. Can these be the same troops spotted by Karen Beres at Mohican some months ago? They have not reported back and their fates remain unknown at this time. Please contact George’s aide if you have information to their whereabouts. Halloween trick or treaters were back at Richfield Heritage Preserve looking for goodies and a great time again after last


Amy—George W. at press conference. year’s absence. Thanks to Molly Eastwood for volunteering to pass out candy and representing Summit County OHC. It is membership renewal time again and Connie Miller has the distinction of being the first to renew for 2022. Members have the option of renewing online or printing the application and submitting via mail or at an upcoming meeting to Carolyn Sullivan. Carolyn clarified the nuances of couples choosing memberships and the insurance advantages and disadvantages of each. Also, forms for trail miles ridden this year are available online with the membership form. Please start tallying your miles now so you can submit the final totals at the end of December to Mary Forsch. This is a time consuming project for Mary and we need to make it as easy as possible. Who knows, there may be another incentive for those who do. The October membership meeting at the Winery at Wolf Creek was another sign our year was winding down. There were 14 members and a guest from the Cuyahoga Chapter, Jan Karpowicz joining in the evening’s festivities. The full moon was beautiful, but the winds were brisk and air was damp. We thank the winery for letting us use the party room inside which was vacant for the evening, rather than having us shivering on the picnic table benches outside. The winery’s selections from sweet to dry were appreciated December 2021

County Lines by all the merry makers along with the pizzas, yummy snacks, fruits and chocolates everyone brought. Conducting a business meeting was challenging at best, but we managed to get the basics done and partied on responsibly to leave safely to return and celebrate another day. Did someone say winter banquet? While this year is coming to a close, our chapter is looking forward to a new year full of activities and riding experiences after weathering this pandemic. We wish all of you a safe and blessed holiday season and look forward to seeing you again next year. ~ Joann Ulichney TRUMBULL Merry Christmas from the Trumbull County chapter! We wish to you and your families a blessed season of joy, celebration and good health! Merry Christmas! (Chapter news will return in January.) ~Kathryn Bartow TUSCARAWAS Colton Garrett’s parents, Kendall and Rayna, thoroughly absorbed in the horse world, sought sources for spontaneous trail riding adventures. Consumed with a lifetime of equine experience, Rayna humbly pursued the development of her vision of the ideal In horse flesh, whether breeding or acquiring colts with promise evident for agility, sensitive beauty and conformation, as well as a willing disposition. Prompted by their son’s renewed interest in trail riding, they both encouraged Colton to accompany them on an OHC ride scheduled at Ben’s Happy Trails, in September 2020. This ride would provide the ideal opportunity to introduce his slightly unruly green gelding, Duke to a few days of intense schooling, where he was continually tested.

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Kendall, Rayna, Alexis and Colton. However, his strong will was curbed a bit and Duke progressed significantly. The private area we selected on site, enhanced the camping experience. Our evenings echoed with boisterous laughter and comradery. When Colton and Alexis’ relationship intensified, she became an active participant in our monthly OHC dinner meetings. Inspired by a couple leisurely rides with Jill Ricker, at Camp Tuscazor, mounted upon a well broken horse, Alexis’ interest was piqued. She listened intently to her mentor, Rayna, when she unwittingly discoursed valuable horse knowledge. Fate intervened when a rare opportunity arrived. Becky had purchased a sweet mare, Annie, when Camp Wanake elected to part with most of their stock. Shortly following Becky’s acquisition, she was faced with a dilemma. She struggled with a momentous decision…her furnace had failed. Logically, it was a monetary decision, but a very painful one. Word spread quickly and Alexis’ joy was beyond ecstatic when after a brief preliminary introduction, wherein Rayna assessed the mare and her young accomplice’s enthusiasm. When Colton and Alexis returned from a weekend in Tennessee, they found Annie had taken up residence in their barn. What an extraordinary turn of events! As horse ownership has it’s moments, excitement, bonding, sharing, and yes, even spills. Alexis has been privy to these. Annie’s fear of creeks, rivers, just ground water in general, you may imagine the constant challenge the entire family faced when they elected to spend a hot summer weekend camped at Beaver Creek. The highlight of the creek crossing challenge occurred where Annie was faced with a water crossing she must navigate, not leap to safety. Rayna stood her mount in the extreme depth of the lazy swirling waters, where she could evaluate and suggest technique. Finally, with apparent ease, Kendall persuaded the mare to follow Colton’s steed as he gently

Duke and Annie. pushed her flank with his horse’s shoulder. Victory was achieved. There will be many unexpected situations the pair will face, but the rewards are too numerous to express. May Colton and Alexis experience many ‘happy trails’ together! Our monthly dinner meetings are observed on the second Monday of each month. As we frequently change locations, please contact the undersigned, Holly at 330/432-5164. We welcome new members! ~Holly Waldenmyer WARREN It was a very cold start to our last Over the Hill Gang work day on Nov. 3. We always take off the rest of November and December for the holidays, though we still occasionally do spot work. It was 28 degrees with a hard frost at first, which was a bit nippy! But it was nice by the time we finished. It was an interesting way to end the year, not quite according to plan. Rick Wehrle was mowing with his tractor (we didn’t see him again until lunch), Roger Pawsat was moving gravel with his tractor, and Chris Pawsat, Harold McKeehan, Dan Weber and I were in my ATV, trimming and cutting down widow-makers (all on Farmer’s Trace). It started out well, but apparently we got a bit carried away at the trimming because about the time we started thinking we’d better quit and just take care of the widow-makers, Roger came to see just where the heck we were. He had a big project to tackle that needed Harold and Dan. Once that was done, we headed back, the four of us grabbing the last few things we needed to, with Roger behind us to push the logs out of the way. It worked great until we got to the gate and he wasn’t behind us. Meanwhile, he was trying to call everyone (of course with a chainsaw or ATV running, you can’t hear a phone well), saying his tractor had died. So back we went, and ended up towing it back with my ATV. We even


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Ladies ride. managed to pull it up onto the trailer that way. I really should have gotten a photo of that. It’s a good thing we have a few weeks off, as there are repairs to be done. I need to have my ATV and trailer serviced, which will be done during the break. We did manage to get a lot done and have some fun, even if we were all pretty hungry by the time we got to lunch. Chris had brought some graham crackers, which did take the edge off. Congratulations are in order for our treasurer Diane Colvin. She ran for Wayne County trustee in the recent election, and was elected. So any of you who live in Wayne County, you know who to harass now. (I’m kidding!) Our annual Ladies Ride was a small event this year and chilly, since we moved it to October due to schedules. It was still fun. Thanks to Scarlett Rowland for organizing the event. She’d like to pass the organization part off to someone else, if anyone is interested let her know. I can give her the message if needed. If you have not renewed your membership, please remember to do so. It’s so easy being able to do it online now, but if you aren’t comfortable with that, the paper forms still work. Also, remember to submit your trail miles and saddle hours to our new reporter, Kathy Cameron, by Jan. 15. Information is in the newsletter. We finally had a winner in our Draft Pot/Pony Pot game. Cathy Bates won $290. The game will start over as of the November meeting. Congratulations Cathy! Merry Christmas, stay warm! ~Mickie WAYNE It is that time of year when the 61

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Taran on Gus. Marilyn on Lainey. mornings are frosted over and the horses’ shoes have all been pulled for the winter. A time to rest our horses and our bones from the busy camping and trail season. A time to clean and repair tack and trailers. A time to make a Christmas wish list of tack and accessories for next year’s trail and show season. As you do all these things, we at Wayne County OHC wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We invite you to join us for our meetings the third Thursday of the month

which will continue throughout the winter as we plan for next year’s trail and camping season. I got a few more results in from the Wayne County Junior Fair that didn’t make it into the last article. It seems Taran Tate did himself proud in the Junior Horse Show. In Junior Contest he took Showmanship Reserve Champion riding his horse Chloe. He also won first place in Beginner Canter Horsemanship riding Gus. It was Gus’ first show class under saddle. He placed third riding Chloe in Junior Ranch Pleasure and 9th on her in Junior Trail. He also showed

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Taran on Chloe. his dog and placed second in Showmanship, 4th in Obedience and 7th in the Rally class. What a great showing for our junior member. Congratulations Taran. At Mohican, the long awaited new restroom is finally completed just in time for the end of riding season! But it will be greatly appreciated next year. We thank the forest employees for their hard work on this project as it was an added chore to their already busy schedules. Marline and Dave Smalley and Ernie Kaufmann were busy clearing trees off the green trail which at last report is now completely passable. There were a few campouts in October. Sheila and Randy Haury hosted a camp out at Malabar. There were eight campers and the weather was fantastic. Elsie Zuercher also camped at Pleasant Hill at the end of October and enjoyed their Halloween activities. On a sad note, Barb Moore lost her late husband’s horse Black Jack this month. Wayne and Black Jack always made such a handsome and imposing pair on the trail. Our member Marilyn Conley celebrated National Mule Day with her five mules. Marilyn has logged well over 600 miles this year, which she considers a low number. That doesn’t include her driving miles with her team or her little mini mule Cinnamon. I bet Miss Kate, her old molly mule, is happy to be retired now! Enjoy the good weather while it lasts and have a safe and happy holiday season. ~Susan Baker

All the rides on our ride schedule are now past and we’re looking forward to Christmas. Diane is getting our calendars around for 2022 and we are thinking about the next ride schedule. Diane suggested a Ride Ohio theme for next year and we all agreed. We are hoping for a lot of day rides yet to come and our Christmas party on Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m. The party and December meeting will be at the Cancun Mexican restaurant in Findlay which was the Dakota. Merry Christmas, ~Barb O.

Theresa, back in the saddle.

Jo and Matt, my ride buddies!

My rescue kitty, best part of East Fork ride!

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