The Horsemen’s Corral is the official publication for the following clubs: Northern Ohio Miniature Horse Club Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club Ohio Appaloosa Association Avon Lake Saddle Club O.H.I.O. EXCA Black Swamp Driving Club Ohio Foundation Quarter Horse Buckeye Equestrian Association Association Central Ohio Saddle Club Association Ohio Haflinger Association Central Ohio Wagoneers Ohio High School Rodeo Association Classical Attraction Dressage Society Ohio Horseman’s Council Colorado Ranger Horse Association Ohio Gaited Horse Trailriders Creek Side Mounted Archery Ohio Morgan Horse Association District One National Show Horse Ohio Mount N Trail Obstacle Competition Dusty Boots Riding Club Ohio Paint Horse Club Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Ohio Quarter Horse Association Training Association, Inc. Ohio Ranch Horse Association Geauga Horse & Pony Association Ohio State Buckskin Association Great Lakes Appaloosa Horse Club 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 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 National Pole Bending Association University Northern Ohio Dressage Association Western Reserve Carriage Association Northern Kentucky Horse Network
Inside This Issue Corral Calendar .................................................................22 The Cowboy Perserverance Ranch...................................36 Energy, Not Excitability ......................................................20 The Last Ride ......................................................................8 Notes from Inside The Corral ..............................................6 Ride In Sync ......................................................................10 TrailMeister ........................................................................40 View From the Cheap Seats..............................................30
Club News Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club ...................................21 Black Swamp Driving Club ................................................14
The Corral Staff Editor .............................................................................................Bobbie Coalter Advertising Sales & General Manager .....................................Joe Coalter email ............................................................... email@example.com
Central Ohio Saddle Club Association.................................8 Colorado Ranger Horse Association .................................37 Geauga Horse and Pony Association ................................54
Club Sales & Circulation Manager Art & Composition Director .....................................................Michelle Ross email ......................................................firstname.lastname@example.org
Knox County Horse Park ...................................................41
Advertising Consultant ................................................................. Mary Vedda email ............................................................ email@example.com
Mid-Ohio Marauders ..........................................................34
WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS
O.H.I.O. EXCA ..................................................................32
Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. ..............................32 Northern Ohio Dressage Association ................................52
Features: ....... Bobbie Coalter, Rob & Tanya Corzatt, Robert Eversole, .................................................Kristen Janicki, Terry Myers, Sarah Vas
Ohio High School Rodeo Association ................................18
Ohio Morgan Horse Association ........................................16
NUMBER 3 ...................................................................................... MARCH 2021 MARCH 2021 DEADLINE ............................................. FEBRUARY 10, 2021
Ohio Horseman’s Council, Inc. ..........................................42 Ohio Paint Horse Club .......................................................54 Ohio Valley Team Penning Association .............................18 Ohio Western Horse Association .......................................38
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Notes From Inside The Corral
t’s hard to believe it’s February already, but since this month has long been recognized as the month of romance, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy St. Valentine’s Day. Those who know me personally, know that I love history. The history of Valentine’s Day, or St. Valentine’s Day, is rather interesting and somewhat mysterious. The custom actually contains aspects of both Christian and Roman traditions. The Catholic Church recognizes three different saints with the name of Valentine or Valentinus, so no one knows the true identity of the namesake. Some think St. Valentine could have been two different people, one who healed a child while imprisoned, or another who fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and wrote a letter before his death, signed “From your Valentine”. Others believe it could have been a priest who served during the third century in Rome. That priest performed marriages in
secret after the Emperor Claudius outlawed marriage believing single soldiers were better suited for battle. All were ultimately executed for their actions. No matter the identity, each story emphasizes Valentine as compassionate, valiant and romantic. Although some believe St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in mid-February to memorialize Valentine’s death, others think the church may have placed the celebration in the middle of February to combat the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival devoted to the Roman God, Faunus. Lupercalia typically occurred on the 15th of February and was outlawed near the end of the 5th century when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. Much later, the date became connected with romance as it was the common belief in Europe that the 14th was the beginning of mating season for birds. This belief was captured in Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem ‘Parliament of Foules’, written in the mid to late 1300’s. In the poem Chaucer tells of a gathering of birds that meet to choose their mates on St. Valentine’s Day. Parliament of Foules is written in Middle English in a rhyme royal stanza so it can be difficult to read at first but if you find your
rhythm and don’t over think the words, you will enjoy it. Many experts agree the poem is a satire on courtship with Chaucer adding humor and personality to the birds as they debate the attributes of love and marriage. While Chaucer’s poem introduced love and romance to St. Valentine’s Day in the 1300’s, the first known written valentine did not appear until after 1400. The oldest documented valentine was in the form of another poem written by a French nobleman; Charles, Duke of Orleans. He wrote the poem to his wife in 1415 while imprisoned in the Tower of London. St. Valentine’s Day is a steeped in tradition and has a long history of compassion, love and romance. Now is a great time to reach out to those you love, especially those you may not have seen for a while. So, write that poem, personal note or pick that perfect manufactured card to send this year. Be serious or be fun, it’s all love to our friends. I mean, we already know if you want a stable relationship, you get a horse!
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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
SHIRLEY BENHAM NOWAK Shirley Benham Nowak was born in 1929 in Lakewood, Ohio, and grew up in Olmstead Falls. She was the proud owner of a modest farm south of Medina in her heyday and lived in Medina County for the last 60 years of her life. Shirley fell in love with horses at a very young age and won countless awards and accolades with those she not only competed but also bred over her lifetime. She judged or stewarded a long list of major shows, including the Arabian Horse Association’s (AHA) United States and Canadian Nationals, as well as adjudicating numerous years for the Pinto Nationals, Friesian Nationals, Morgan Grand Nationals, and the Star World Show respectively. She was inducted into the AHA Region 14 Hall of Fame in 1985 and the AHA Judges Hall of Fame 2007. Shirley’s judge and steward resume with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) spans through the
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80’s into 2013. She has also held a seat on the USEF Board of Directors. Her local involvement with Central Ohio Saddle Club Association lasted longer than any close friend could remember and she was a staple of this large Ohio horsemen’s group. She appreciated and collected beautiful equine artwork and knew volumes of knowledge in all categories of horse fact and fiction. Shirley also was an avid quilter, and enjoyed embroidery and cross stitch. She would routinely offer up to club auctions a sampling of her finished blankets or décor. To read more about who she was, not just what she’s done, we invite you to enjoy the View From The Cheap Seats column on page 30 of this issue.
Central Ohio Saddle Club Association
Send in Your COSCA Membership for 2021 PRESIDENT, Mandy Dacek VICE PRESIDENT, Rachel Zielinski SECRETARY, Debbie Balan TREASURER, Bob Huff EMAIL, email@example.com WEBSITE, www.coscaonline.com
AT CHUCKS! by Mandy Dacek The new year is under way and we are looking ahead to brighter days! The Cleveland Browns beat the Steelers in the playoffs, so 2021 already has had some unexpected great moments! Here are the dates and locations for the four shows that COSCA puts on: JUNE 5-6: COSCA Benefit Show at the Medina County Fairgrounds. AUG. 21-22: COSCA Summer Sizzler at the Medina County Fairgrounds. SEPT. 11: COSCA Open
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Show at the Portage County Fairgrounds. COSCA OCT. 9-11: Championship Show at the Ashland County Fairgrounds. The shows that fill up the rest of our season are put on by other clubs and organizations and approved for COSCA year end points. We are working with those groups to finalize dates and we will update our website with those dates as soon as we know them. The new year brings hope and dreams. A dream written down is a goal. Winter is the perfect time to put a plan in place so your goal becomes a reality. Another way to help that goal is to send in your COSCA membership for 2021! The updated membership form is on our website. Keep checking our website as we update forms and continue to add show dates. Keep working on those goals and stay safe and healthy! Show season will be here soon!
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. ~ Albert Camus February 2021
Ride In Sync Part Three
Dressage Basics for The Ranch Horse by Terry Myers
n the previous two articles I talked about dressage basics as they apply to the western horse. In this article I want to specifically talk about how it applies to the performance of a ranch horse. I hope by now you know that the ranch horse is not a speeded-up pleasure horse or slowed down barrel horse, but a challenging and versatile discipline all its own. The ranch horse should look like they are willingly moving across the ranch and have a job to do. The gaits include walk, extended walk, trot, extended trot, lope (and with some organizations the extended lope) with transitions between all of them. The quality of each gait should be that of consistency and cadence with softness and a drive from behind. The transitions from one gait to another should be noticeable and concise, like
shifting up or down in one of those fancy expensive sports cars (not that I have ever driven one). To do well in these classes you must have a really broke horse with great movement. Also, you need to RIDE your horse and not look like a passive passenger. With the pattern classes, the pattern should be executed with precision, working the pattern exactly as written with the gait transitions at the exact points designated in the pattern. Given this picture, I hope you can see where dressage in the form of collection, cadence and drive from behind is important to the ranch horse. I start developing a ranch horse using all the dressage basics we talked about in the last article. One thing I do NOT worry about is the head or neck position. Everyone wants to worry about the head being too high and then gets into the horse’s face too much in order to lower the head.
All this does is create stiffness in the head, neck, and shoulders. If they are not soft from shoulders forward, they cannot lift their back and drive from behind. If they cannot do that, they cannot create the picture described above. The head/neck position is the last thing I am concerned with. When the horse develops softness and moves correctly, the horse will carry their head in a position that is natural for them. In the last article, we talked indepth about the outside rein. The outside rein allows the horse to square and elevate their shoulders, pick up their back and drive from behind. This drive from behind creates the balance and cadence of the ranch horse, they can move with consistency of stride. It also allows the horse to pick up their back and put their hind end under themselves instead of being strung out behind. They need their hind end under themselves to pretty much do everything in ranch: clean transitions, lead changes, trot/lope over ground poles, do that pretty stop, the great spin or roll back to go after a cow. It all comes from that drive from behind, which cannot happen if they aren’t soft in their face and can’t square their shoulders, which means they can’t pick up their back to drive deep from behind. Let’s talk about timeframe to develop this. Frequently, people’s training budget exceeds their goals. I usually get a horse in training for 60-90 days. There are many things I can accomplish with a horse in that time frame but developing the good all-around ranch horse takes more time. Here is why. A dressage trainer will tell you that it physically takes a year to develop a top line on a horse (muscles in the back/loin/croup). So, in addition to training the horse’s brain, you must also develop their body. Keep that in mind this spring as you pull your horse from his winter break and put him back to work. Give him time to get in shape and develop that muscle. A last point, the horse can only do what the rider allows them to do. If you are a barrier to your horse with incorrect rider body position, it will impede your horse’s performance. The
training methods to be successful in ranch classes will come from good horsemanship. A good ranch pleasure horse is about a well-trained horse that has natural movement, can extend when you ask for it and then come back to you when you ask for it. They can stop when asked, turn, and move out again. Good horsemanship is a big part of that picture. The process to making a good ranch pleasure horse is through lots of hours and wet saddle pads. Put in the time, get help when you need it and continue to work. A finished horse is never truly finished. Everyone, including me and you, can develop and improve so that our horses can develop and improve. One final thing to remember… horses don’t make mistakes, people do. Training and developing a mental and physical partnership happens over years, not months. Don’t make the mistake of not truly developing a relationship with your horse. These ranch disciplines are a great way to do that. The effort you put in will be returned many times over. Questions about this or any of our articles can be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Terry Myers is a national clinician and champion horse trainer with a depth of knowledge developed from over 50 years in the horse industry. He trains and shows ranch horse disciplines. Myers has been a popular clinician at multiple expos in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Myers’ Ride-In-Sync methods as well as clinic and training services available, visit Myers at www.tmtrainingcenter. com or on Facebook. February 2021
Wayne County Saddle Club
Looking Forward to 2021 PRESIDENT, Stan Bosler VICE PRESIDENT, Angie Didinger & Jaimie Horsky SECRETARY, Tricia Crilow TREASURER, Beth Eikleberry WEBSITE, waynecountysaddleclub.com
2020 has, indeed, been a challenging and unpleasant year in several respects. It was an ‘OK’ year at the Saddle Club. Shows that were not cancelled were well attended; profits were good; events went forward pretty much as planned with certain precautions in force. Your officers and directors remained diligent in their duties and determined in their minds to maintain as much ‘normalcy’ as possible. I feel a strong commitment to name and thank each of those folks: President Charlene Clark; Vice President of Contest Rich Gortner/(later Brooke Wyss); Vice President of Pleasure
A couple of pictures taken from a mountainside east of Estes Park, Colo., and just east of Rocky Mountain National Park while we rode there in August, 2020. Angie Didinger; Secretary Tricia Crilow; Treasurer Beth Eikleberry. Directors: Racheal Adamson, Susie Gortner, Leanne Louive, Bobbi Jo Mackey, Randi McKinley, Matt Schaaf; and Youth director Angelena VanZile. Thank you all, and God bless. Thanks as well to everyone who contributed to 2020 at the ‘Hollow!’ The annual meeting was held Jan. 16 with just the business meeting, election, and awards. Considering COVID-19 and the
absence of food and dance, I’d say we had a decent attendance. I think a little over 50 folks came and enjoyed the activities. Thanks for coming! Congratulations and best wishes to all for 2021! The 2021 officers and directors are President Stan Bosler; Vice President of Contest Jaimie Horsky; Vice President of Pleasure Angie Didinger; Secretary Tricia Crilow; Treasurer Beth Eikleberry. Directors: Sheena Holcombe (newly elected); Susie Gortner, Leanne Louive; Bobbi Jo Mackey; Randi Mc Kinley; Matt Schaaf (re-elected); and Youth director Angelena VanZile (reelected). A special award was presented: Rich and Susie Gortner have been selected for ‘Life Member’ status. Well-deserved folks, congratulations and God bless! Prayerfully by next year we will have returned to ‘normal’ and can hold the annual banquet!
As you may/or not know all officers and youth director are one-year terms and directors are three years with timing adjusted so we only elect two directors at time (unless there is an unexpected vacancy). As retiring president, Charlene Clark will serve a one-year directorship. Regular vacancies this year were Rachael Adamson and Matt Schaaf with Rachael opting not to run again and, of course, all officers several of whom will return. I can assure you by the time you read this newsletter, your 2021 officers and directors will be well underway preparing for the coming show season. They ‘run’ the club. Your suggestions are welcome and needed if we are to serve you all the best we can. Your help is also the ‘life blood’ of this great organization. The worship group meets Sundays at the club grounds. Why not join us?! ~Stan
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Black Swamp Driving Club
Winter Slowing Down Black Swamp Driving Club PRESIDENT, Roger Higgins, Jr. VICE PRESIDENT, Julie Emmons SECRETARY & TREASURER, Susan Murray. WEBSITE, www.blackswampdrivingclub.com
by Mary Thomas This year BSDC will not hold their usual winter meetings at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington, Ohio. Since there are still concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and uncertain weather conditions, the BSDC board decided member safety was more important than meetings at this time. New requirements for driving equines on public roads went into effect in January. They include the following and are sure to cause questions and discussions: 1. One yellow flashing lamp
displaying yellow light mounted on the topmost portion of the rear of the vehicle, visible from all sides 2. SMV sign on the rear of vehicle 3. Micro-prism reflective tape on the rear in red, amber, white or silver 4. Both an SMV sign and the micro-prism tape to the rear of vehicle. These new stipulations are only half the story when horsedrawn vehicle on road safety is concerned. Since many people are unacquainted with equine behavior, motorists don’t understand that equines run when they are frightened often causing disastrous results. Legislation is needed to slow down motorists and motorcyclists when approaching and/or passing horse-drawn vehicles and horse and riders. Laws that would
Julie Emmons showing how fun BSDC drives are. make veering into carriages/carts or other harassment (like blowing horn, throwing firecrackers, revving engine) designed to scare equines illegal. In getting ready for the upcoming driving season, it’s a good idea to keep Ohio’s 11
seasons in mind: Winter followed by Fool’s Spring, Second Winter morphing into Spring Deception, Third Winter declining into Mud Season, Actual Spring (finally), Summer sliding into False Fall, Second Summer (one week) before Actual Fall.
Tri-County Trail Association
Trails Open For Day Rides PRESIDENT, Jim Mike; VICE PRESIDENT, Leroy Wilson; SECRETARY, Amy Crawford; TREASURER, Chuck Stephens EMAIL, email@example.com WEBSITE, www.tri-cotrails.com
by Cindy Krumm Like most of Ohio at this time, we are still in a bit of a holding pattern with our events. Until the COVID-19 numbers drop, we will continue to cancel events and meetings. Luckily, at this time of the year, we do not have a lot of items on our calendar, so there is still hope for the year! Unfortunately, we had to continue our cancellations, by cancelling the board and general meeting in January. In addition, we have also cancelled our general meeting (and possibly our board meeting—this is not
yet decided at the time I write this article) for the month of February. We are hopeful that we will be able to at least hold a board meeting in February, but so far, the COVID-19 numbers seem to be going up rather than down! If you were thinking about attending the Board meeting (scheduled for Feb. 7), please visit our website and locate the list of officers and reach out to President Jim Mike and make sure we didn’t have to cancel before driving to the meeting. As I explained in last month’s article, our 2020 officers will remain in their positions until such time that we can safely meet and hold new elections. Please remember, Tri-Co’s camp is closed to overnight camping through April 2021. You may still come and day ride, as the weather permits throughout the winter, but we have removed trash services and porta-potties (of course, we still have the main pit style outhouse
for you to use). We have also removed the manure spreader. In addition, all but the hydrant across from the flag pole have been shut off so that we do not have busted pipes to contend with come spring. Please plan to pack out your trash and manure if you do decide to ride our trails between now and April 31. Leave the camp with your memories and waste! Any general meetings held between now and through April will be held at the East Sparta Community Building, located at 9516 Chestnut Avenue SE, East Sparta, Ohio 44626. Our general meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month starting at 6 p.m. (unless it is a holiday weekend). If it’s a holiday weekend, the meetings will be the following Sunday. All are welcome to join us, but please refer to our website to make sure that it will be held until COVID-19 slows down here in Ohio. Tentatively we have the following events on our 2021 calendar (all are subject to change if COVID-19 continues). MARCH 27: Annual Chili Cook-Off APRIL 18: Easter Dinner MAY 21-23: Spring Ride Weekend
JUNE 11-13: Summer Bash and Obstacle Challenge JULY 17: Away Ride (location TBD) JULY 24: Vaughan’s Ride AUG. 20-22: Ox Roast and Annual Raffle SEPT. 18: Fall Ride and Potluck Dinner OCT. 8-10: Halloween Weekend NOV. 14: Thanksgiving Dinner DEC. 5: Christmas Dinner and Elections. Please understand that due to my total shoulder replacement and the recovery time involved, I may not be able to complete our monthly newsletter or provide an article for the March Corral. Please watch our website and Facebook pages for more details and before heading to our meetings if the COVID-19 numbers are still high and rising. We will make an effort to have Board Meeting minutes posted to both of these sites during the interruptions. The most current and up to date information is available on our Facebook page or our website. On both you can find recent issues of the Trailways, our club’s monthly newsletter. Visit our website at www.Tri-CoTrails.com for information. February 2021
Ohio Morgan Horse Association
Morgans on the Web and in the Real World PRESIDENT, Alyssa Rose VICE PRESIDENT, Elizabeth Thomas SECRETARY, Nancy Rinz TREASURER, Elizabeth Burick WEBSITE, www.ohiomorganhorse.com
by Susan Walker Here we are early into the new year 2021 and it seems as though we still have one foot in the virtual world and one foot in the physical. It will be interesting to see how this all settles out to the new normal. As I write this, I found that the United Professional Horsemen’s Association is holding a virtual conference and membership meetings. The OMHA’s virtual event, the Holiday Photo Contest was a success. I meant to submit some entries, but I guess I got caught up in the bustle
and did not get the job done. Everyone who did participate (horses and humans) was full of the spirit of the season. The photos clearly demonstrated the wonderful disposition for which our Morgans are renowned. They were sporting Christmas tree ornaments, garland, Santa hats, a wreath, and my personal favorite, gloves as reindeer antlers. The winning photo, based on the number of Facebook ‘likes’, was a beautiful, tolerant bay wearing what could be considered a full Santa suit while carrying a beautiful young lady wearing a flowing green dress, what looks like a ruby necklace, a red cowgirl hat and a beaming smile. Why even the horse was smiling! I don’t have names for this winning team, but I will get them and post in an upcoming column. If you missed it or you want to reminisce, the photos are on the OMHA Facebook page. Thanks to all who did participate
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in our club’s mini fundraising photo challenge! Also, there may be similar virtual contests in the future, so watch the website and the Facebook page and keep those cameras ready. On the real-world side, the first of the Winter Academy Tournament shows of 2021 to place as planned on Jan. 10. Based on all the Facebook posts and photos it looks like it was well attended and a lot of fun. Even the weather cooperated with a snow free, rain free day. The next two dates are listed below. Hopefully, this is a positive foreshadowing of the 2021 horse show season. And now the bad news…I read yesterday that the ‘Final Morgan Weanling Gala Champion crowned in 2020.’ This next bit may strike some as politically incorrect and so I apologize in advance and state that I am not intending to offend anyone. Remember last month when I described the new futurity attached to the Superior Morgan Horse Sale? Well, I’m admitting that when I first heard of it and saw the tremendous numbers of stallions entered to make their
weanlings eligible, my first thought was “it seems like the Amish are beating us at our own game.” Not that it is an us vs them situation. Not that there shouldn’t be enough weanling talent to go around. I am just being truthful and confessing my reaction. In the announcement about the Weanling Gala the organizers stated, without listing factual reasons as to why, that “it was a difficult decision following a successful 12 year run but felt it was time.” Do you remember when the Gala took place at the Buckeye Morgan Challenge? We were so proud to host it while their home venue was under construction. It was such an exciting Friday evening watching the handlers and their beautiful babies strut their stuff. It will be missed. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FEB. 21: Winter Academy Tournament show MARCH 21: Winter Academy Tournament show MARCH 26-27: Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale AUG. 11-14: Buckeye Morgan Challenge Horse Show
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Ohio High School Rodeo Association
Rodeo Season Kicks Off in March NATIONAL DIRECTOR, Nikki McCarty PRESIDENT, Tanya Tupps SEC/TREAS, Tyler Stillion 1ST VP, Clint Cummings EMAIL, email@example.com WEBSITE, www.ohiohighschoolrodeo. org
Our 2021 rodeo season will kick-off with the West Virginia Invitational, Mountaineer Stampede, in Winfield, W.Va., on March 27-28. Then Ohio High School Rodeo Association (OHSRA) will host the Buckeye Legacy Rodeo in Columbiana, Ohio, April 9-11 which is part of the National High School Rodeo Association’s ‘Western Legacy Series’ (see ad on page 19). This event will offer $10,000 in added money and awards so it’s sure to be a spectacular rodeo. All High School and Jr. High NHSRA members are eligible to compete in this event, membership details are outlined below. The third stop on the spring
rodeo trail will be the Indiana Invitational Rodeo in New Castle, Ind., on April 24-25. This will be a great opportunity to compete again against the Indiana team who joined us in Jackson, Ohio, in November 2020. Next we head to Urbana, Ohio, on May 8-9 for the Jr. High division State Finals, a high school rodeo, and the annual ‘Cowboy Prom.’ This
is sure to be a great show, filled with lots of tough competitions and a fun-filled time. The last rodeo in Ohio for this season will be the High School division State Finals held in Canal Winchester, Ohio, on June 4-6. In addition to the rodeo event we will also conduct our Queen’s Contest and crown a new Ohio High School Rodeo Queen for the 2021-2022 season. After the points are tallied for both State finals, the top four contestants in each event will punch their ticket to the National Jr. High Finals Rodeo held in Des Moines, Iowa, in June, or
the National High School Finals Rodeo held in Lincoln, Neb., in July. As OHSRA prepares to kick off the second half of the season, we continue to welcome new members. Students in grades 6th-8th are eligible to join the Jr. High division, and students in grades 9th-12th are eligible to join the High School division. For details on how to join visit www.ohiohighschoolrodeo.org and click on the ‘Membership Info’ tab. This is an excellent way to meet new kids who share your passion for rodeo and our western heritage.
Ohio Valley Team Penning Association
Show Dates Announced PRESIDENT, Tom Reeder VICE PRESIDENT, Amy Lemley SECRETARY, Donna Zang TREASURER, Debra Lyons PHONE, 330/831-7463 EMAIL, firstname.lastname@example.org Find Us on Facebook
by Jamie Davis Hi everyone! Ohio Valley Team Penning Association (OVTPA) has show dates for 2021—mark your calendars! April 10, May 15, June 5, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 25 and Nov. 6. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to sort cows we go! Don’t dilly dally— come on and join Ohio Valley! You want to try something new! 18
It will be fun and your horse will say thank you! OVTPA is gearing up for a great 2021 season so get your memberships in! Plus members get a discount for the Horsemen’s Corral subscription! OVTPA is beginner friendly and everyone is invited! OVTPA would like to say thank you to our 2020 promoters that have kept OVTPA with places to show and cattle to sort! Dave Treharne, Treharne Training Center, Rogers , Ohio. Kuhlber Farms, Sam and Tanya, New Galilee, Pa., and Garwood Arena, Columbiana , Ohio. In the next issue we will have all of the 2020 year end award winners and the year end wrap up! Till next month, stay safe and warm. Like us on Facebook to stay informed with all of the happenings! February 2021
by Kristen Janicki, MS, PAS
t’s the depths of a cold, snowy winter and you notice your horse’s cinch fitting a bit looser than usual. But, just the thought of increasing his feed makes you cringe as winter’s frigid temperatures already bring out a sharper, more alert (and sometimes bouncy) horse. Is it possible to increase your horse’s weight without the energy? Let’s find out!
The quick answer to the aforementioned question is no because you cannot have a more calorie dense diet without more energy. The very definition of a calorie is a unit of measurement of energy. That means you can’t have one without the other! In some cases, increasing the calories in the diet can manifest outwardly as hyperactive behavior. This proves challenging to horse owners, especially with harder keeping horses that could use calories to help increase body condition. Luckily, there are a few nutritional management strategies that can be used to help contain that excitable behavior while packing on the pounds. In a nutshell, the type of calories in the diet can be manipulated to achieve these goals. There are two main calorie sources in the equine diet: carbohydrates and fats. Cereal grains and forages, both hay and pasture, contribute to the carbohydrate portion while oil and oilseeds such as flaxseed and rice bran contribute to fats. • Start with plenty of good quality hay. Horse owners know that forage, in one form or another, is the basis for every horse’s diet. Forage not only provides the horse with nutrients, it delivers essential fiber to help keep the digestive system healthy, specifically the hindgut. But not all hay is created equally in its ability to provide nutrition. First, there are several differences in nutrient concentration between legumes, grasses and cereal hays. In most cases, legumes can be two to three times higher in protein, calcium, and vitamins A and E. Also, overall palatability and digestibility will be greater in legumes compared to grasses. Second, the time at which the plant is harvested, or maturity, is important in estimating the nutritive value of hay. The longer the plant has to grow, S the more fibrous and less nutrient-dense it will be at the time of harvest, resulting in less nutrient value and palatability of the baled hay. Forage should be fed at no less than 1.5 percent of ideal body weight (for a 1,000-pound horse, that’s 15 pounds of forage, minimum, per day), and, ideally, be available to the horse to consume on a free-choice basis. • Avoid feeds that are cereal grain based. Carbohydrates known as non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), or hydrolysable carbohydrates, can be found in higher concentrations in most cereal grains like oats, corn and barley. Oats, for example, contain about 44 percent starch and corn about 72 percent starch. Starch is the most common nutritional culprit when it comes to excitability. Starch is broken down to glucose during digestion. More starch in the diet can keep blood glucose levels elevated for a longer period after the horse has finished eating until insulin (a hormone) can signal the cells in the body to uptake glucose, bringing blood glucose levels it back to normal. A quick peek at the ingredient list of any commercial feed will indicate if the feed contains cereal grains, and more than likely, more starch. • Look for a feed with plenty of fiber. Grain mixes will commonly include
Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club
Coming Soon New Changes on 2021 Showbill PRESIDENT, Steven “Chunk” Watts; SECRETARY, Jean Yancer; TREASURER, Ashley Christian; WEBSITE, ashlandpaintandplain. com; EMAIL, paintandplaininfo@ yahoo.com
by Chesna Wertz Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Corral write up. We’ll just call it an extension holiday break...that started before the holidays. I hope this finds everyone well, and you all had a good holiday season. Now that we are past the holidays, it’s time to start
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see these views again! thinking of everyone’s favorite season: show season! We are working hard to make the 2021 AP&P season better than ever. Hopefully things will be a bit more ‘normal’ than last year. We are finalizing our judges, so keep
an eye out on our Facebook page for more information. For now though, here are our 2021 show dates: April 24-25, May 29-30, July 3-4, Aug. 14-15. We will also be releasing our showbill soon. We have some
new changes for 2021, see keep checking back! By the time you read this we will be getting ready for our annual tack swap at the Ashland County Fairgrounds on Feb. 13. We hope to see you there!
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Energy, not excitability (continued) good, digestible fiber sources for horses, including beet pulp, alfalfa meal and soybean hulls. Not only will fiber provide calories, but also aids in digestive health for the hindgut. Look for a feed with 15 to 20 percent crude fiber on the guaranteed analysis. • Feed a high-fat concentrate. Fat will serve as dense source of calories to aid in weight gain, plus provide coat condition and shine. A simple, subjective study out of the University of Minnesota in 2000 found Thoroughbreds consuming a high-fat diet were calmer and easier to work with compared with those consuming a high-starch diet. Fat isn’t broken down the same as starch, and therefore, won’t cause a rise in blood glucose. For this reason, fat has been called a ‘cool’ source of calories. A feed with at least 8 percent crude fat on the guaranteed analysis would be ideal. • Lower in sugar and starch. You will find this on the guaranteed analysis printed on the feed tag or bag. Many feed tags also include percent NSC in the guaranteed analysis to assist horse owners in choosing an appropriate feed. Generally speaking, a feed with less than 30 percent NSC is considered low, while less than 20 percent would be considered very low. Decreasing starch and sugar in the diet may also benefit horses prone to gastric ulcers, which in turn may an additional support for manageable behavior. • High in protein. Protein, specifically essential amino acids, perform numerous functions in the February 2021
body, one being to build topline and muscle. Topline is made up of about 73 percent protein and 22 percent fat, and with weight loss, muscle loss more than likely occurs simultaneously. Make sure to seek out a feed with 12 to 14 percent crude protein and guaranteed concentrations of the amino acids lysine, methionine and threonine for optimum muscle and topline condition.
Wrapping it up Although it’s impossible to feed more calories without more energy per se, feeding a concentrate with less starch and more digestible fiber and fat for calories may keep your horse’s excitability down for a more focused and controlled performance. Kristen Janicki, MS, PAS is a Technical Marketing Specialist for MARS Horsecare US/BUCKEYE™ Nutrition, responsible for technical nutrition support, digital and social media, and working collaboratively with the Senior Nutrition Manager in providing high-quality nutritional content. Headquartered in Dalton, Ohio, BUCKEYE Nutrition has been manufacturing quality products since 1910. BUCKEYE Nutrition takes feed safety seriously, implementing many programs mandated in human food manufacturing facilities. With the backing of the WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute, a world-leading authority on pet care and widely renowned as an institution of the highest scientific caliber, our equine nutritionists HORSEMEN’S CORRAL
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”. FEBRUARY 2021 FEB. 2 — Barrel Baby, Riverland Arena, 9675 Riverland Ave. SW, Navarre, OH. FMI: Jeanette, 904-477-6019. FEB. 6 — Winding Road Stables Open Winter High Point Fuzzy Series, 17600 Pitts Road, Wellington, OH. FMI: 440-309-6567. FEB. 6 — “The Fire Fighter Barrel Race” Benefit for Maddy Kusmierz & Family, WB Ranch, Swanton, OH. FMI: 248-982-6976, email@example.com FEB. 6 — Madison County Equine Committee Tack Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Champion Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Sam, 937-561-8500.
FEB. 6-7 — Champions Center Open Horse Show, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: www.championscenter.net FEB. 6-7 — Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. FMI: Joyce, 614-595-1850. FEB. 6-7 — Sorting Practice (6th) and Breakaway Series (7th), Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-720-1832 FEB. 7 — Blue Lakes Farm Horse Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440564-7303, www.bluelakesfarm.net FEB. 7 — Open Fun Horse Show, M&H Stable and Arena, 19092 Raven Rd., Salesville, OH. FMI: 740-801-0528 FEB. 9 — Blooded Horse Sale (Standardbred Racehorses), 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: www. championscenter.net FEB. 10 — Barrel Jackpot, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 FEB. 12 — Cabin Fever Special Horse & Tack Sale, 11 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330831-1720, info@sugarcreekstockyards. com, www.sugarcreekstockyards.com
FEB. 12-13 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily, 567-644-5761 FEB. 13 — Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club 10th Annual Swap Meet, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ashland County Fairgrounds, Mozelle Hall, Ashland, OH. FMI: 419-6065164, www.ashlandpaintandplain.com. FEB. 13 — Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. mthopeauction.com FEB. 13 — Beginners Contest Show & Winter Series Show, Blue Lakes Farm, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440564-7303, www.bluelakesfarm.net FEB. 13-14 — DTS Wilmington Cattle Show, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: www.championscenter.net FEB. 14 — Ohio High School Rodeo Association Mandatory Midwinter Meeting, The Events Center, Newark, OH. FMI: www.ohiohighschoolrodeo.org FEB. 14 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2021, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-679-0186, firstname.lastname@example.org. FEB. 20 — Classical Attraction Dressage Society Virtual Winter Series. FMI: CADSrider@gmail. com, www.cadsdressage.org
FEB. 20-21 — Sorting Practice (20th) and Breakaway Series (21st), Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 FEB. 20-21 — Youth Equestrian Development Association Show, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: www. championscenter.net FEB. 21 — Ohio Morgan Horse Association Winter Academy Tournament Show, 10 a.m., Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: Alyssa Rose, 216-538-6753, www. ohiomorganhorse.com FEB. 24 — Barrel Jackpot, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-720-1832 FEB. 26-28 — SOQHA The Challenge, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: 765-714-4324 FEB. 27 — Waynesburg Barrel Show, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-720-1832 FEB. 27 — Double Dan Horsemanship Intro to Liberty Clinic, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shelby County Fairgrounds, Shelbyville, KY. FMI: Jennifer Anderson, 502-773-4651
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Corral Calendar Continued from page 22 FEB. 27-28 — Kentucky Reining Horse Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: 740-837-7441, www. krha.info FEB. 28 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2021, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-679-0186, firstname.lastname@example.org. FEB. 28 — Jumper Stumpers, Champagne Run, 5991 Old Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-263-4638, www.champagnerun. com MARCH 2021 MARCH 3-7 — Indiana Quarter Horse Association Shamrock Shuffle, C Bar C Arena, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Kathy, 765-7144324, www.anequineproduction.com MARCH 5 — Draft & Crossbred Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720, email@example.com, www.sugarcreekstockyards.com MARCH 6-7 — Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. FMI: Joyce, 614-5951850. MARCH 7 — Blue Lakes Farm Horse Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440564-7303, www.bluelakesfarm.net MARCH 7 — Breakaway Series, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 MARCH 8-13 — 41st Annual Spring MidOhio Draft Horse & Carriage Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330674-6188, www.mthopeauction.com
MARCH 10 — Barrel Jackpot, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 MARCH 12 — Riding Horse Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sugarcreekstockyards.com MARCH 12-13 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily, 567-644-5761 MARCH 12-14— Iron Horse Ranch Productions Big Money Buckle Series, Keystone Horse Center, 106 Horse Farm Road, Bloomsburg, PA. FMI: Morgan Marks, 845-901-4105. MARCH 13 — Beginners Contest Show & Winter Series Show, Blue Lakes Farm, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440564-7303, www.bluelakesfarm.net MARCH 13 — Winding Road Stables Open Winter High Point Fuzzy Series, 17600 Pitts Road, Wellington, OH. FMI: 440-309-6567. MARCH 13 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2021, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-679-0186, email@example.com. MARCH 14 — Horse Tack & More Sale sponsored by Definance County OHC, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paulding County Fairgrounds (Extension Hall), 503 Fairgrounds Drive, Paulding, OH. FMI: Michelle Cogswell, 260445-4240, firstname.lastname@example.org MARCH 19-21 — On The Road with Dawn & Clea Pre Panty Raid Half Baked, Circle G Arena, Lewisburg, OH. FMI: 330-771-3205, www.ontheroadwithdawnandclea.com
Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction Followed by Ponies & Horses Wayne County Fairgrounds
Saturday, March 20, 2021 Tack & Equipment Mini Donkeys & Mini Ponies Horses & Ponies to follow.
All Animals Must Have Halter & Lead Rope. Commission Rates is as follows: Each animal $25 plus 10%, Tack 20%, Saddles & Carts 10%, No sales $25. Veterinarian will be available day of sale for Coggins: $25. Terms of Sale: Cash or GOOD Check with proper ID. Out-of-State checks must have letter of credit from your bank. Coggins and health papers required on out-of-state animals.
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2021 AUCTION DATES May 22 • July 24 October 2 • November 27 For More Information: Auctioneer Daniel Schrock Ohio License #2015000116
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MARCH 20 — Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH. FMI: Daniel Schrock Auctioneer, (330) 7630905, firstname.lastname@example.org MARCH 20 — Shooters 4 Hooters Stacy Thacker 3D Benefit Shoot, 1 p.m., Circle Bar C Arena, Lagrange, KY. FMI: Steve Spenlau, 859-743-7438, find KY Cowtown Rangers on Facebook MARCH 20-21 — Spring Fling Open Horse Show, 8:30 a.m., Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: Buckeye Equestrian Events, 740-610-4129, email@example.com, www. buckeyeequestrianevents.com MARCH 21 — Ohio Morgan Horse Association Winter Academy Tournament Show, 10 a.m., Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: Alyssa Rose, 216-538-6753, www.ohiomorganhorse.com MARCH 21 — Breakaway Series, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 MARCH 24 — Barrel Jackpot, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 MARCH 25-28 — Road To The Horse 2021, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: 325-736-5000, tammy@roadtothehorse. com, www.roadtothehorse.com MARCH 26-27 — Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale, Ashland County Fairgrounds, Ashland, OH. FMI: Henry Bowman, 330-893-3164 MARCH 27 — Tri-County Trail Association Annual Chili Cook-Off, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen Van Pelt, 330-323-2834, www.tri-cotrails.com MARCH 27 — Penn Ohio Barrel Show, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-720-1832 MARCH 27-28 — Mountaineer Stampeed Rodeo, Winfield Riding Club, Winfield, WV. FMI: www.ohiohighschoolrodeo.org
199 Vanover Street Wooster, Ohio 44691
8:30 a.m. 12 p.m.
MARCH 20 — Classical Attraction Dressage Society Virtual Winter Series. FMI: CADSrider@gmail.com, www. cadsdressage.org
MARCH 28 — Wood County Horseman’s Flea Market, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, OH. FMI: Catherine, 567-322-1060, krampc@ findlay.edu. MARCH. 28 — Mini Trial, Champagne Run, 5991 Old Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-263-4638, www.champagnerun.com APRIL 2021 APRIL 1 — Standardbred Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sugarcreekstockyards.com APRIL 2 — Friday Night Freestyle, Champagne Run, 5991 Old Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-263-4638, www. champagnerun.com APRIL 2-4 — Ohio Half Arabian Horse Association Spring Show, World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, OH. FMI: Cindy Clinton, 937-935-1753, email@example.com, www.ohaha.org APRIL 3 — Easter Tack & Riding Horse Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330831-1720, info@sugarcreekstockyards. com, www.sugarcreekstockyards.com
APRIL 3-4 — Kentucky Paint Horse Club Spring Paint-O-Rama, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Jeff Ohler, 859-3383526, firstname.lastname@example.org APRIL 8-11 — Virtual Equine Affaire. FMI: 740-845-0085, email@example.com, www.equineaffaire.com. APRIL 8-11 — On The Road with Dawn & Clea Panty Raid Futurity, Circle G Arena, Lewisburg, OH. FMI: 330-771-3205, www. ontheroadwithdawnandclea.com APRIL 9-11 — The Buckeye Legacy Rodeo, Garwood Arena, Columbiana, OH. FMI: www.ohiohighschoolrodeo.org APRIL 10 — Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. mthopeauction.com APRIL 10 — Winding Road Stables Open Winter High Point Fuzzy Series, 17600 Pitts Road, Wellington, OH. FMI: 440-309-6567. APRIL 10 — IBRA Show, 1900 E. Main, Danville, IN. FMI: Hendricks County Horseman’s Club, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hchc47.com APRIL 11 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2021, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-679-0186, email@example.com. APRIL 14-18 — Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Association Youth Show, C Bar C Arena, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Kathy, 765-7144324, www.anequineproduction.com APRIL 18 — Tri-County Trail Association Easter Dinner, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen Van Pelt, 330-3232834, www.tri-cotrails.com APRIL 23-25 — Ohio Ranch Horse Association Show, Henderson Arena, Jackson, OH. FMI: Amy, 740-819-8446, www.ohioranchhorseassociation.com APRIL 23-25 — Iron Horse Ranch Productions Big Money Buckle Series, Keystone Horse Center, 106 Horse Farm Road, Bloomsburg, PA. FMI: Morgan Marks, 845-901-4105. APRIL 24 — Classical Attraction Dressage Society Virtual Winter Series. FMI: CADSrider@gmail.com, www. cadsdressage.org APRIL 24 — Western Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association Show, Trinity Equestrian Center, Fairview, PA. FMI: megan@wprha. com, www.wphra.com APRIL 24-25 — Ottawa County Horse Foundation Spring Fuzzy Show (Speed 24th, Performance 25th), Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 2770 W. State Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, OH. FMI: Brianne, 419-707-0398, www.ochf.net APRIL 24-25 — Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club Show, 9 a.m., Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH. FMI: Chunk Watts, 330-3170945, www.ashlandpaintandplain.com APRIL 24-25 — Mid Ohio Marauders Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. FMI: 740-206-7214, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. midohiomarauders.com APRIL 24-25 — OHSRA at Indiana Invitational, New Castle, IN. FMI: www. ohiohighschoolrodeo.org APRIL 24-25 — Lower Michigan Horse Association Fuzzy Show, 700 East Ash St., Mason, MI. FMI: lowermichiganhorseassociation@gmail. com, https://www.facebook.com/lowermichigan-horse-association-297992659725/
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Corral Calendar Continued from page 24 APRIL 24-25 — A Good Foundation Clinic & Horse Show, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburgh, IN. FMI: Tara Lafave, 317-6964619, email@example.com APRIL 24-25 — Justin Ricke Memorial Kentucky Reining Horse Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: 740837-7441, www.krha.info APRIL 25 — Massillon Saddle Club Contest Show, 12680 Sally St. SW, Massillon, OH. FMI: Shae Marshall, 330-704-9459, www. massillonsaddleclub.org APRIL 29-MAY 2 — National Drive Spring Fling, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, IN. FMI: Linda Sadler, 217-621-7845, www. nationaldrive.net. APRIL 30-MAY 1 — The Superior Friesian Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www.mthopeauction. com APRIL 30-MAY 4 — Double Dan Horsemanship 2 Day Under Saddle & 3 Day Intro to Liberty Clinic, Hickory Hollow Stables, Hickory Corners, MI. FMI: Nicole, 269-924-6070, firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 2021 MAY 2 — Competitors Schooling Clinic, Creek Side Horse Park, 7369 Mottice Dr. SE, Waynesburg, OH. FMI: Cynthia, 330323-3559, creeksidehorsepark@gmail. com, www.creeksidehorsepark.com MAY 2 — Straight A’s Speed Show, 2250 Alliance Rd. NW, Malvern, OH. FMI: 888556-3772, www.ranchcity.com MAY 5 — Dressage In The Afternoon, Champagne Run, 5991 Old Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-263-4638, www. champagnerun.com
MAY 6-9 — All American Youth Horse Show, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH. FMI: 614-257-7337, youthhorseshow@gmail. com, www.aayhshow.com. MAY 7 — Donkey & Mule Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720, email@example.com, www.sugarcreekstockyards.com MAY 7-9 — Ranch Horse Association of Michigan Show, Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, Berrien Springs, MI. FMI: 616-890-1190, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.miranchhorse.com MAY 7-9 — Double Dan Horsemanship Intro to Liberty Clinic, Australian Equine Performance Center, 2150 E. Leestown Rd., Midway, KY. FMI: 859-940-9129, www. doubledanhorsemanship.com MAY 7-16 — SOQHA Pre Madness (May 7-9) & The Madness (May 11-16), World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, OH. FMI: 765-714-4324, www.anequineproduction.com MAY 8 — Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. mthopeauction.com MAY 8 — Vickers Nature Preserve Mountain Trail and Ranch Horse Challenge, 9260 W. Akron-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH. FMI: Ashley 330-222-1984 (Ranch), Laura 724-301-2244 (Trail) MAY 8-9 — Ohio High School Rodeo Association JH State Finals & HS Rodeo, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana, OH. FMI: www.ohiohighschoolrodeo.org MAY 14-15 — Contesting (14th) & Performance (15th) Show, 1900 E. Main, Danville, IN. FMI: www.hchc4u.com
UPCOMING SALES Special sales begin at 10:30 a.m., horses follow. Regular sales begin at 11 a.m.
Draft & Crossbred Special Sale
Consignments Due February 26th
MARCH 12 Special Riding Horse & Tack Sale Consignments Due March 5th
THURSDAY, APRIL 1 Special Standardbred Sale SATURDAY, APRIL 3 Easter Special Tack & Riding Horse Sale
Horse Sale Every Friday
Special Donkey & Mule Sale
Special Standardbred Sale
Livestock Sale Every Monday
Special Standardbred Sale
Special Feeder Cattle Sale 12:30 w/Regular Sale
Send consignment information for posting on Facebook to email@example.com
102 Buckeye Street Sugarcreek, Ohio 330.831.1720 www.sugarcreekstockyards.com
MONDAY, APRIL 26 Special Feeder Cattle Sale 12:30 w/Regular Sale MAY 7
Hay at Noon Livestock 12:30 p.m.
MAY 21-23 — Tri-County Trail Association Spring Ride Weekend, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen Van Pelt, 330-323-2834, www.tri-cotrails.com. MAY 21-23 — Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association Show, Centre County Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall, PA. FMI: www. pqha.org. MAY 22 — Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH. FMI: Daniel Schrock Auctioneer, (330) 763-0905, firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 22 — Classical Attraction Dressage Society Summer Series, Brecksville Stables, 11921 Parkview Drive, Brecksville, OH. FMI: CADSrider@gmail.com, www. cadsdressage.org. MAY 22 — Ottawa County Horse Foundation Jackpot Speed Show, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 2770 W. State Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, OH. FMI: Brianne, 419707-0398, www.ochf.net. MAY 22-23 — Mt. Trail Clinic with Kelly Chapman & Scavanger Hunt (22nd) & OMT Mt. Trail Challenge (23rd), Creek Side Horse Park, 7369 Mottice Dr. SE, Waynesburg, OH. FMI: Cynthia, 330-3233559, email@example.com, www.creeksidehorsepark.com MAY 23 — Massillon Saddle Club Contest Show, 12680 Sally St. SW, Massillon, OH. FMI: Shae Marshall, 330-704-9459, www. massillonsaddleclub.org MAY 28 — Mid Ohio Memorial Cataloged Trotting Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. mthopeauction.com MAY 28-30 — TLC Equine Speed Show, Turtle Lake Campground, 854 Miller Road, Beulah, MI. FMI: 231-275-7353, www. turtlelakecampground.com MAY 28-30 — May Daze, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: Champagne Run, 859-263-4638, www.champagnerun.com MAY 29 — Youth Rodeo K-12, Rocky Fork Rodeo Co., Kimbolton, OH. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 29-30 — Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club Show, 9 a.m., Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH. FMI: Chunk Watts, 330-3170945, www.ashlandpaintandplain.com
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 Special Dairy Cow Sale, Noon
Tack at 11 a.m. Hay & Horses follow ——————————
MAY 14-16 — Mounted Archery Clinic with Natasha Hockaden (14th) / Beginners Mt. Trail Clinic with Kelly Chapman (15th) / Mounted Archery Competition (15th & 16th) / Intermediate & Advanced Mt. Trail Clinic (16th), Creek Side Horse Park, 7369 Mottice Dr. SE, Waynesburg, OH. FMI: Cynthia, 330-323-3559, email@example.com, www. creeksidehorsepark.com MAY 14-16 — 2021 TLC Equine Classic CMSA Classic Series Event, Grange Equestrian Center, Centre Hall, PA. FMI: 724-462-6318, steeltowngunslingers@ gmail.com MAY 15 — Rocky Fork Rodeo Company Clinic, Rocky Fork Ranch Resort, Kimbolton, OH. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 15 — Medina 4H Council Horse Show, Medina County Fairgrounds, Medina, OH. FMI: Shannon Dillinger Wilfred, email@example.com MAY 15-16 — Lower Michigan Horse Association Show, 700 East Ash Street, Mason, MI. FMI: lowermichiganhorseassociation@gmail. https://www.facebook.com/lowercom, michigan-horse-association-297992659725/ MAY 15-16 — ISHA Spring Open All Breed Horse Show, Hoosier Horse Park Covered Arena, Edinburgh, IN. FMI: Donna & Paul Skatrud, 317-418-6381, skatrudarabians@ gmail.com MAY 16 — Massillon Saddle Club Pleasure Show, 12680 Sally St. SW, Massillon, OH. FMI: Jeff Marshall, 330-704-7961, www. massillonsaddleclub.org. MAY 16 — Western Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association Show, Penland Arena, 718 Fredonia Rd., Stoneboro, PA. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wphra.com MAY 20-23 — Buckeye Sweepstakes, World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, OH. FMI: Cindy Clinton, 937-935-1753, cindy@ cindyclinton.com, www.aha14.com MAY 21-22 — Indiana Ranch Horse Association Show, C Bar C Expo, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Jamie Feuquay, 317-372-6722, www.indianaranchhorse.com. MAY 21-23 — Mid Ohio Marauders Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. FMI: 740-206-7214, email@example.com, www. midohiomarauders.com
Consignments Due April 24th
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 Special Dairy Cow Sale, Noon OCT. 22
Colt & Brood Mare Sale
Black Friday Special Tack & Horse Sale
Special Christmas Pony Sale
Special Toy Sale — Time TBD
Special New Years Eve Tack & Horse Sale.
It is FREE to add your Equine Event to the Corral Calendar. Email your event(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Name of Equine Event • Date/Time of Equine Event Venue Name and Address of where event will be held Contact name and phone number
You may include an email and website address also.
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 www.thehorsemenscorral.com
Geauga Horse & Pony Association
2021 OPEN HORSE SHOWS Geauga County Fairgrounds — Burton, Ohio
EAST SHOW RING • 8:00 A.M. May 30
Regular Class Entry Fee: $8 per class or $65 Show All Day (same horse, same rider) Regular Class Paybacks: 1st-$7, 2nd-$5, 3rd-$3 **Classes must have 4 entries or more to qualify for payback Jackpot Classes: $12 entry fee with 80% payback + $50 (must enter concurrent regular class to enter Jackpot class) Office Fee: $5 per exhibitor or $10 per family Contest Entry Fee and Paybacks: $8 per class with an 80% payback per class Contesting Timing Fee: $2 per horse per show
1. 2. 3. 4. 4a.
Key Hole Stakes Poles Cloverleaf Barrels CLEVELAND EQUINE CLINIC Jackpot Cloverleaf Barrels — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Cloverleaf Barrels) INTERMISSION • Not to start before 9:30am
5. Open Ranch Riding Pattern 5a. PATTERSON FRUIT FARM Jackpot Ranch Riding Pattern — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Ranch Riding Pattern) 6. Limited Ranch Riding Pattern 7. Open Ranch Horse Rail 7a. BUCKEYE NUTRITION Jackpot Ranch Horse Rail — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Ranch Horse Rail) 8. Limited Ranch Horse Rail 9. Ranch Reining
FREE STALLS! $$$$$ MORE JACKPOT CLASSES!
10. Ranch Trail 11. Ranch Conformation at Halter INTERMISSION • Not to start before 12pm
12. Open Hunter Under Saddle (All Ages) 12a. ARMS TRUCKING Jackpot Hunter Under Saddle — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Hunter Under Saddle) 13. Open Youth Hunter Under Saddle (18 & under) 14. Open Adult Hunter Under Saddle (19 & over) 15. Open English Equitation (All Ages) 15a. GRADE LINE Jackpot English Equitation $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open English Equitation) 16 Open Youth English Equitation (18 & under) 17. Open Adult English Equitation (19 & over) INTERMISSION • 30 Minutes 18. Open Youth Showmanship (18 & under) 19. Open Adult Showmanship (19 & over) 20. Open Horse Halter
See GHPA Show Rules & Regulations for specific rules on each class (held after class number as shown)
5/30 6/13 6/20 7/11 7/25 8/8
Class 19s Shankless Showmanship Class 21s Western Riding Class 17s Surprise English Equitation Class 20s Pairs Pattern (English/Western) (after Intermission) Class 25s Generation Gap Western Horsemanship Class 17s Bareback Equitation (English/Western) Special Awards for these classes!
INTERMISSION 21. Open Trail 22. Open Discipline Rail English or Western 23. Open Western Horsemanship (All ages) 23a. GRADE LINE Jackpot Western Horsemanship — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Western Horsemanship) 24. Open Youth Western Horsemanship (18 & under) 25. Open Adult Western Horsemanship (19 & over) 26. Open Western Pleasure (All ages) 26a. JACQUELINE WARD – HOWARD HANNA Jackpot Western Pleasure — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Western Pleasure) 27. Open Youth Western Pleasure (18 & under) 28. Open Adult Western Pleasure (19 & over)
No crossing between rings is permitted with the exception that East ring (Open ring) exhibitors are permitted to enter jumping classes 29-35.
SMALL GRANDSTAND RING • 8:30 A.M. June 13
Regular Class: $8 per class or $65 Show All Day (same horse, same rider) Jumping Classes: $8 per class (not included in Show All Day Fee) Office Fee: $5 per exhibitor or $10 per family
Awarding 1st-6th in each class 3 DAILY HIGH POINTS (does not include jumping classes): W/T 9 & under, W/T 10-18, Novice 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35.
Walk Trot Equitation over cross rails Walk Trot Working Hunter over cross rails Walk Trot Canter Equitation over cross rails Walk Trot Canter Working Hunter over cross rails Equitation over Fences (2.0 ft) Working Hunter over Fences (2.0 ft) Hunter Hack (2.0 ft)
INTERMISSION 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42.
Walk Trot English Equitation (9 & under) Walk Trot English Equitation (10-18) Novice English Equitation Walk Trot English Pleasure (9 & under) Walk Trot English Pleasure (10-18) Novice English Pleasure Lead Line (6 & under)
FREE S 3 Daily H TALLS! ig at Every h Points Show!
43. Walk Trot Halter 44. Novice Halter 45. Walk Trot Showmanship (9 & under) (English or Western) 46. Walk Trot Showmanship (10-18) (English or Western) 47. Novice Showmanship (English or Western) 30-MINUTE INTERMISSION 48. 49. 50. 51. 52.
Walk Trot Trail (9 & under) Walk Trot Trail (10-18) Novice Trail Walk Trot Western Horsemanship (9 & under) Walk Trot Western Horsemanship (10-18)
SPECIAL GENERATION GAP CLASSES
(as listed to be held after the last class in that discipline)
5/30 6/13 6/20 7/11 7/25 8/8
Class 39g Class 42g Class 48g Class 54g Class 57g Class 59g
Generation Gap English Equitation Generation Gap English Pleasure Generation Gap Showmanship Generation Gap Western Horsemanship Generation Gap Western Pleasure Generation Gap Barrels
Special Awards for these classes! Year End Award for Champion Generation Gap Pair for the whole season!!
53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62.
Novice Western Horsemanship Walk Trot Western Pleasure (9 & under) Walk Trot Western Pleasure (10-18) Novice Western Pleasure Walk Trot Barrels Novice Barrels Walk Trot Golf Ball & Spoon Novice Golf Ball & Spoon Walk Trot Fanny Race Novice Fanny Race
No crossing between rings is permitted. W/T only riders may not canter anywhere on the grounds before or during the show.
For More Information Check Our Website: www.ghpa.us
A list of classes counting toward year end high point will be posted and available in entry booth. Check our website for all rules, regulations and how to qualify for year-end awards! GHPA Shows are Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) approved.
View From the Cheap Seats
Shake It Off by Sarah Vas
n the morning of Jan. 3, Shirley Nowak quickly succumbed to the devastating complications of this COVID-19 virus, regrettably proving that it wasn’t magically left behind with 2020. Considering her recent frailties at 91 years of age, her passing wasn’t unexpected. Regardless, our entire equestrian circle has lost a very strong soul and long-standing horsewoman. Shirley participated most of her life as an active owner, breeder, and exhibitor across several breeds and disciplines, from the local level to the top of the competition ladder. She was perfectly suited for her USEF Steward duties and positions on countless committees and boards throughout the decades, not always parroting the popular opinion. She never apologized for anything. What she’d put out there was always totally honest and completely valid to her perspective. Shirley singlehandedly bred and raised numerous foals on her modest farm near my own hometown. My mother was one of her closest friends and can recite, chapter and verse, the long and illustrious show records as clear evidence of this woman’s drive. She tracked points, the judges’ preferences, and her competition. If you were the person whom she’d paid to do the job, Shirley was quick to tell you with raised brow how she wanted it done. If you hadn’t delivered on expectations, better yet, above, she doled out grumbled criticisms. But that was Shirley. She expected complete and total commitment to a goal. She didn’t take well to excuses or abject defeat. She found it revolting to endure someone wishy washy or indecisive. She was a perfectionist with her own strong standards. She’s been a dear family friend since before I was even born so, my professional horse training activities were peppered with her no-nonsense, no-filter advice and
When your Last Man Standing happens to be two old women who never say no to a horse show, you’re not just lucky.
April 2012, Springfield Ohio. Shirley Nowak, left, and Judith Von Duyke, right. Best Buds and Two Ballsy Broads. We were honored to have you, Shirley.
You’re unstoppable, just like them. Winfield Farm & Forge, Ltd. Exploring the Arabian/Welsh Sport Pony Cross for Carriage & Dressage Kevin & Sarah Vas / Owners, Breeders, Artisans Grafton, Ohio / 330-242-3440 30
opinions. In fact, I only trained exactly one horse for Shirley, the very last foal capping off her long breeder’s career. Shirley didn’t so much ask as she informed me that I would be training her final Anglo-Arabian filly under saddle. Already a decorated junior horse In Hand, Shirley never cut me or her budding hunter filly any slack. For example, she wanted the mare presented in hunter style braids for every show, even though most exhibitors just plaited a running braid into the Arabian breed’s flowing mane. It didn’t matter that I’d never pulled a mane or had any idea how to execute hunter style braids. It went without discussion that a professional braider fee at every show was out of the question. She expected me to figure it out and get it done. And come hell or high water, I did but I wasn’t proficient by any means and she certainly never complimented them. At every show, Shirley would stride over with wrinkled brow, reach for those incessant knots lined up like scattered piano keys along the crest, never less than 42 in number. She’d test the tightness and measure of a few, harrumph audibly and walk away. I’d like to say I didn’t complain, scream, or curse while plaiting those braids but who am I kiddin’? It’s those countless exchanges that book end a singular, brief, uncharacteristically gentle moment that will forever define where she stood with me. It occurred during my national debut at the 2009 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Their entire facility was under active construction preparations for the 2010 WEG events. Both mares I competed were as new at this as I was. Mother Nature also drizzled 11 inches of nonstop rain throughout the eight-day show. You’d think a seasoned horse woman like Shirley would have sympathy for a neophyte trainer under such unusually harsh conditions. And she did. But if I would have blinked, I’d have missed it. Many divisions had preliminary cuts scheduled in the brand new albeit unfinished Alltech Arena. This included the entire compliment of hunter jumper classes and warm up rounds. The show committee was limiting pre-show access to those not entered over fences. After plenty of uproar, show management finally opened the coliseum to the rest of us. The jump course was already assembled and fully dressed so; horses were to stay strictly to the rail while the hunter jumpers completed their warm up rounds. My farm-bred Half Arabian junior mare had every class preliminary scheduled in this coliseum. Her owner, also completely new to the show ring, was the very same client who’d lost the horse in my recent December column. This mare happened to be her half-sister. Did I mention that I’d had a wretched carriage wreck with a Haflinger only 21 days prior to this event? I was very shaky in the irons as this wide-eyed baby horse carried her wide-eyed, inexperienced trainer down through pouring rain and construction hazards.
S Sarah Vas, a second-generation horsewoman, writes about her decades of adventure and mayhem among several breeds 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.
Western Reserve Carriage Association
WRCA Winter Educational Meetings PRESIDENT, Jon Roemer VICE PRESIDENT, Jo Ann Murr TREASURER, Cathy Rhoades SECRETARY, Barbara King MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY, Henry Rish. WEBSITE, www.wrcarriage.com
by Cathy Rhoades We are rounding the corner of winter. Perhaps as a winter lover you have gone skiing or maybe sleighing with your horse. I look forward to February thaws and maple tree tapping. Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day with your
sweetie is coming soon! Next month we will spring the clocks forward to enjoy longer daylight. The board meeting held Jan. 24 was held for election of officers and planning this year’s events, confirming our dates and Zoom instructions for our educational meetings. Stacey Giere of Maple Crest Farm in Brecksville and Myrna Rhinehart from IVC Carriage in Wisconsin each presented a session. Stacey is a driving instructor, trainer and competitor with a humorous and engaging manner of teaching. Myrna also teaches, competes and now owns a driving supply business. She has spoken at the
National Drive and the American Driving Society meetings. Watch your email and Facebook for more information on our meetings. Remember if you were a paid member for 2020, you automatically are a member for 2021. We are rolling over the dues from last year. Membership allows you to be a part of our meetings, and enjoy our recreational drives. WRCA is a group with a rich knowledge of horses and driving and willing to share with you and new drivers. We welcome new members! These are the Carlisle driving dates where carriages are
allowed on the North and South Loops. The Carlisle Equestrian Center is part of the Lorain County Metroparks. There will be planned club drives during warmer weather.
even when the world was using my backside as a dance floor. And come hell or high water, which was the case with the rain that show, I did exactly that. I’ve got the competition record to prove it, too. I’m confident that the Shirley
I’ve known all my life neither flinched nor cowered nor crumbled with fear in those final days. I’m positive she’s already shaken this off and strode through whatever in-gate that came next, prepared to put in the miles and earn another blue.
JANUARY: 5, 9, 14, 17 FEBRUARY: 2, 6, 11, 14 MARCH: 2, 6, 11, 14 APRIL: 6, 10, 15, 18 MAY: 4, 8, 13, 16 JUNE: 1, 5, 10, 13 JULY: 6, 10, 15, 18 AUGUST: 3, 7, 12, 15 SEPTEMBER: 7, 11, 16, 19 OCTOBER: 5, 9, 14, 17 NOVEMBER: 2, 6, 11, 14 DECEMBER: 7, 11, 16, 19
View From Cheap Seats (continued) The Alltech warm up paddock is dim, loud, and claustrophobic. The connection from warm up to arena is an awkwardly low cinder block tunnel with show office hallways and slamming stairwell doors leading off left and right. Then, the tunnel widens like a yawning mouth out from under this massive bleacher overhang and into blinding stadium lights. It’s definitely a scene your freshly broke youngster should acclimate to before any actual class. My whole entourage, Shirley included, had come along as there wasn’t much else to do but watch the rain puddle up outside. My only plan was to soldier forward through the in gate, foolishly thinking I’d manage a lap without anyone noticing how out of our element we were. Squeezing between the looming concrete rail and that first jump standard was all the horse needed to feel totally trapped. She bolted sideways into the course path and reared, effectively slamming me down onto the expensive footing. Then, she used my right butt cheek as a plant for her hind foot. With that, she performed a full-turn pirouette back towards whence she’d come. I immediately regretted dutifully paying extra for plenty of borium caulk on her shoes in preparation for all that slippery concrete at the Horse Park. The whole arena erupted into momentary chaos. The owner caught her horse while a smattering of do-gooders jogged towards me as I lie in a heap. I tried to dust off the embarrassment along with the fancy sand and eventually hobbled towards the exit as February 2021
Shirley came across the ring. I’ll forever remember the look she gave me, once and only ever once, a sympathetic frown of pity and commiseration when our eyes met. She embraced me as I buried myself into her chest for an instant. I mumbled about not being prepared for this as snot and sobs bubbled out. With that, she stiffened, gave me an awkward squeeze, and straightened me up by my shoulders. “Oh, stop it. You’re fine. Shake it off,” and with that, she turned on her heels and strode away. I don’t think there’s another person who could have taught me such a lesson. Anything remotely more tender would have lost the message. Folks, I can count on one hand my own personal number of snot-soaked breakdowns at horse shows. Even still, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am nowhere near as strong minded, competitively disciplined, or stiffly composed as Shirley Nowak. We all were a lucky lot that fell into Shirley’s good graces but if you were smart, you understood it wasn’t luck that got you there. It was proving you could shake off defeat quickly and quietly, then focus every fiber on winning the next one. If she was in your corner, she chose to be there but she also expected you to be worth fighting for or she would let you know you were not living up to your potential. I recognized the stiff upper lip and leathery tone but I saw the woman underneath who believed in you so, just shake it off. She had told me what to do, and by expecting me to do it, believed I was capable,
Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc.
Newbie 101: Tips for a New Rider in MTRA PRESIDENT, Chuck Fanslow; 1st VICE PRESIDENT, Al Davis; SECRETARY, Kathleen Moss; TREASURER, Mindy Ellis; WEBSITE, www.mtra. org; EMAIL, email@example.com; PHONE, 989/723-1425
by Kristen Humble With the popularity of the virtual ride and the increase in trying new outdoor activities, could this be the year for you to join us? If you are interested in riding the shore to shore or one of our other rides, here are some
tips to help you as a ‘Newbie’ in this club. 1. Find a mentor. No other tip is as useful as seeking the assistance of an experienced, MTRA rider. Ask your friends that have done it or even find some new friends by posting questions on our Facebook page about 30-45 days prior to your first ride. Many members would love to jump in and help you. 2. Read the ‘Newbie Booklet’. www.mtra.org has an entire tab dedicated to Newbies and it is a must read packed with rules, tips, and even a picture of ‘daily life’ on an MTRA ride. 3. Condition. Start at least 3045 days prior to the ride and do
MTRA members. multiple rides to condition you and your horse. Try to start small, then build up to a few 1520 mile rides before you leave. 4. Pack. After reading the Newbie booklet, you’ll have
an idea of what you need, but some items like a good way to haul and store water, and having two complete picket line sets can make life easier. Packing is a great topic for the Facebook page or a mentor to discuss with you. 5. Get a perfect fit. During your conditioning, make sure you have really good fitting tack that doesn’t irritate you or your horse. The comfort of you and your horse is essential in the success of this ride. All of these little details are really just the tip of the iceberg of what a Newbie needs to know. We are here to help, and we would love to see you join us on our rides. Ride on!
O.H.I.O. EXCA Continues to Grow as a Club CO-PRESIDENTS, Steve Fuller & Jimm McDonald; CO-TREASURERS, Robin Gigax & Jennie Bower; SECRETARY, Anissa Fuller; FACEBOOK, O.H.I.O. EXCA
by Kasey Robinson Last year O.H.I.O. EXCA grew with 44 new club members, with a total of 124 members. As the club grows, the additional support received from all volunteers is greatly appreciated. EXCA is thankful for the continued support of Co-Presidents, Steve Fuller and Jimmy McDonald; Co-Treasurers, Robin Gigax and Jennie Bower; Secretary, Anissa Fuller; Youth Support, Kasey Robinson and our newest volunteer Becky Jarvis as Club Support. I had the opportunity to interview Becky and here is what she loves about EXCA: Q: What are you looking forward to most as the new Club Support Officer? A: Being involved in the planning of events and interacting with more club members. Q: How long have you been a member of O.H.I.O. EXCA? A: Since August 2020. Q: What has been your favorite activity with the club? A: Participating in the Cattle Clinic. Q: Why would you recommend others to join the O.H.I.O. EXCA club? A: Members are wonderful and
supportive to each other and I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. As we begin the new year, the club is looking for sponsors for the 2021 season. Each year our sponsors help all riders to develop their skills and support our youth riders to participate in races and clinics. Sponsors are essential for a successful year and EXCA is looking for donations before April 1. For more information, contact any officer or check out the O.H.I.O. EXCA Facebook page. EXCA is excited to welcome new members and guests to practices. Reminder to all members that you are welcome to bring a guest and assist them throughout practice. Additionally, as a club we continue to introduce new activities and obstacles for our members. Any members that have new ideas for either please share with one of our officers. New activities that the club is looking to introduce this year include trail rides and youth activities. Events that we are excited to share again this year include the Lee Hart clinic and Halloween costume contest. Again, for more information and dates for events, please check out the O.H.I.O. EXCA Facebook page or contact an officer for assistance.
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First Shoot of 2021 in the Books PRESIDENT, Tim Calvin VICE PRESIDENT, Tom Byrne SECRETARY, Judy Foster TREASURER, Laurie Maris PHONE, 740/206-7214 EMAIL, firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE, www.midohiomarauders.com
by Steve Keech As I sit down to write my first article for the Horsemen’s Corral, I find myself getting excited for the 2021 shooting season. The Mid-Ohio Marauders have another very big year of exciting shoots scheduled, including the State Fair, Mid-West Regional and Congress Shootout. We are also planning a New Shooter Clinic this spring for anyone who wants to try their hand at Cowboy Mounted Shooting, or experienced shooters who have a new horse that they want to introduce to shooting. Follow the Corral for updates regarding shoots and new shooter clinics. We just returned from our first shoot of 2021 in Florida with the
Florida Peacemakers. Anyone who has been to the Eastern Championship in Murfreesboro, Tenn., knows that Florida is always well represented, and they can be loud. The Peacemakers are such a gracious and welcoming club, and they work hard to produce a well-run, fun shoot. They had two separate shootouts over the New Year’s weekend, with $5000 added money to each day! I would encourage you to consider this event next year. They have an amazing facility, and the weather is almost guaranteed to be better than Ohio! We saw so many familiar faces, and met several new friends. Of course the Senior Divisions were well represented since we were in the land of retirees, and that made for serious competition with unusually large classes. The Calvary, Rifle and Shotgun stages were run Friday and the first Shootout Main Match was Saturday. The second Shootout Main Match was Sunday. There were a few Marauders that competed, and many other familiar faces from our CMSA Family from the Mid–West. I
Florida Peacemakers flag. hope I don’t miss anyone in this list of mid-west winners. Here are the winners from Friday; Ladies Open Rifle Winner Janessa Hill. Here are the winners from Saturday; L1 winner Whitney Draisma-Hirdes, L5 winner Cara Penley, M3 winner Ezra Yoder, M5 winner Jared Penley, SM3 winner Steve Keech. Here are Sunday’s results; SL1
Winner Traci Garland. Hoping you had a blessed and magical holiday season, and hoping you have a wonderful 2021. As always, if you are interested in joining the Mid-Ohio Marauders, the central Ohio club for CMSA, please visit us at Midohiomarauders.com or on Facebook at Mid-Ohio Marauders.
Ashland Paint and Plain Saddle Club
10TH ANNUAL SWAP MEET FEBRUARY 13, 2021 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ASHLAND COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Mozelle Hall, Ashland, Ohio
• OVER 60 booths to shop from! • New and Used Tack will be available • Food Booth on grounds
Booth Spots: $25 ********* Admission Fee : $2 or 2 NON-Ex pired Can Goods
For more information or to reserve a booth contact: Taylor Rebman (419) 606-5164 call/text or email: email@example.com
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Stacy Thacker 3D Benefit Shoot
MARCH 20, 2021 • 1 P.M.
Circle Bar C Arena • Lagrange, KY Pays 3D Per Stage Can Run Multiple Horses $15 Buy Back • $10 Clean Shooter $75 Entry Fee • 50% Payback • CASH ONLY
Stacy was diagnosed with a very rare desmoid cell tumor of her right breast last February. While the tumor is not metastatic, it is locally very aggressive and has an extremely high recurrence rate of up to 90%, even with complete surgical margins. Within 6 months, the tumor had grown from roughly the size of a pea to closer the size of a small egg. Her doctors at the Markey Cancer Center decided a partial mastectomy (aka “lumpectomy”) to be the best course of action. She had surgery on Dec. 21 and is healing well! Unfortunately, histopatholgy showed some tumor cells were left behind. As of right now, she is on medication to hopefully prevent the tumor from recurring. As you can imagine, a major health shock to someone in their 20’s with minimal health insurance can be a major blow financially. There is no way to plan when and where cancer will strike. We are having a benefit shoot to help take some weight off her shoulders! Stacy loves mounted shooting, and we all know that! We are having a benefit shoot and all proceeds will go directly to help pay those bills!
50/50 Raffles ! Silent A uction !
For more information please contact: Amanda Hudson Steve Spenlau 270-945-8799 859-743-7438 This is a non-sanctioned event. Riders and spectators assume all risk. February 2021
The Cowboy Perseverance Ranch
The Basics of Life by Rob and Tanya Corzatt
am typically not a guy that makes resolutions at the beginning of a new year. First of all, if I need to make an important change in my life, I am going to try to do so when I recognize it is necessary...not wait until Jan. 1. Secondly, I have always been horrible at keeping any resolution I have made in the past. It might go well for a couple months or so (probably weeks to be more accurate) and then I start slipping...then bending...then breaking. It becomes frustrating and instills a sense of failure for not being able to make a resolution and keep it. But this year, I am making an exception. It is that important, and the necessity to make it really just came to light over the holidays. It was a humbling moment and I will get to it in a moment. For all practical purposes, the construction of our new home
and barn in Marengo really didn’t get started until January of 2019. There wasn’t a whole lot we could do until the barn was completely framed and posts were set for the stalls. That was probably back in February or so. Since that time, we have been wholly dedicated to making the new Cowboy Perseverance Ranch functional as quickly as possible. We planned to do a lot of the finish work in both the house and the barn ourselves so we could save some money. Those cost savings came at the expense of our time...all of our time for many straight weekends, and holidays, and time off from the day job. It has been all consuming and is nowhere near completely finished. Don’t get me wrong, with the help of our friends and family, we have a fully functional and operational ranch. As we pointed out in the December Corral article, it is a Work in Progress!
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During that time frame it began to become clear to me that we were sacrificing all of our time to get things completed. We would get up, feed the horses and clean stalls, eat breakfast and then I would head upstairs into our loft to our makeshift offices so I could put in an 8-hour day with my consulting job and T would head out into the barn to work with training horses or riding lessons. After that, I might put in a couple hours of whatever work needed to be done on the house. She would help if she had a light day in the barn. After a late dinner, we might sit on the couch to watch TV or more likely just fall asleep. Get up the next morning and repeat. On the weekends, we were working on the house almost exclusively between feedings unless we were fixing something in the barn or putting in more hay. Because of Covid, the opportunities to get out and about with other friends and family didn’t present themselves that often. That was fine with me, because I could get more work done around the barn or house. We were, and still are, making quite a bit of headway on scratching projects off our list. The problem is, we have done very little other stuff in the meantime. The thing that bothers me most now, is that we haven’t been to a service at our church in person since Father’s Day. Granted, Covid has made it a bit more difficult to attend in person comfortably. And we can watch podcasts or listen to the service live on the radio. We just recently started to do that again. We have both felt pretty disconnected spiritually. I guess I was justifying it because the primary purpose for our ranch is the ministry we have begun to develop. We, mostly T, was still performing the ministry work with the lesson students and the scripture readings that accompanied the lessons. They were getting the Word, but we weren’t. Before the ‘Build’, my morning ritual always started with a daily devotional and reading the referenced scripture. I have recently begun to make it my morning ritual again. Seeing a “welcome back, we missed you” note when I logged on the
Tanya and Rob Corzatt devotional’s website was not necessarily a message I wanted to see. The other thing that I realized was that I was sacrificing some opportunities to spend time with our kids doing some things that were very special to them. Our oldest son Shea loves to race his motorcycle. We took the time to go see him once this year. Another son, Casey, also loved to race motocross, and we had finally planned to go watch him race later in this season. Unfortunately, his bike broke down and he didn’t get to race. So we didn’t see him race at all this year. We used to go racing almost every weekend when they were all much younger. Camdon, and now Casey as well, have really started to get into the ranch roping events. They really have a passion for it. We have had cattle here on at least three occasions this fall and early winter. The barn was full of horses and ‘ropers’ coming to learn how to rope from Cam and some of his other friends. I used to rope calves when I was a teenager and before heading off to college. The first two times we had the cows here, I just kept working inside the house or out in the barn. The last time we had the cows here was over the New Year weekend. Again, I spent most of my time working on the house. On Saturday, I was up in the loft working on some trim work when Cam came in the house and asked me a question that kind of rocked me in my shoes. He said, “Dad, can you come out and show me something I have been hoping to see since I was 16? I want to watch you rope.” I was tickled that he asked me to
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Colorado Ranger Horse Association
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by Monica Doddato The CRHA Board of Directors is still working to determine the best date for the 48th Colorado Ranger Horse Association National Show and has requested input from members. The CRHA show has traditionally been held the third weekend in September but may be moving to the second
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The Cowboy Perseverance Ranch go out and rope with them, but a bit ashamed that I hadn’t made the effort to do so already. Our kids are older, between 27 and 30, with their own lives now. Getting to spend time with them is difficult enough as it is. I have to admit I was a little nervous to go out to rope with them. First of all, I hadn’t been in the saddle for over a year and hadn’t roped a live cow from horseback in at least 30-plus years. For the record, I was three for three on my throws. Full disclosure, it was pretty laid back and along the arena wall instead of flying down the center of the arena. I also had a breakaway honda on the rope, so we didn’t get to drag the cows very far either. But it was still fun. Made all the more so, because I was doing it with my family! So my resolution for this year and all the years I have remaining is to make more time for my God, my family and my friends. They are so much more important to me than this barn or house. God needs to be back in the center of our lives and not on the periphery. We need to make time for Him, not just fit Him into our schedules. We still have a lot of work to do and we will still miss church or some ropings as time goes by, but I pray they will become the exceptions and not the rule. I really like to share songs that have affected me emotionally and spiritually. The song below February 2021
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was somewhat the inspiration for the title of this article. I first heard it at a time when I was a new Christian and couldn’t read enough of the Bible or Christian books or listen to enough Gospel music. The song is by the group 4Him and the song is titled “The Basics of Life”. The chorus goes as follows: “We need to get back to the basics of life, A heart that is pure and a love that is blind, A faith that is fervently grounded in Christ, A hope that endures for all time, These are the basics, we need to get back to the basics of life”
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Search for the song on YouTube. See if it affects you as much as it did me all those years ago and just now as I write this. I need to get to the basics of my life. I pray you all can get back to your basics. Put God first and everything else will fall into place...even the trim work in the living room! The Corzatt’s (Rob, Tanya and their son Camdon) own and operate 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 HORSEMEN’S CORRAL
Ohio Western Horse Association
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Howdy folks, I hope this finds you all well. We are in the process of getting our show schedule in order and preparing for a successful show season. Our youth club had their gun raffle and the winners were Ashley Gossard winning a 450 Bushmaster, David McDaniel
won a 350 Legend and Lauren Gossard won a 17HMR. Congratulations to all! The youth club keeps very active and I would like to introduce you to our 2021 youth club president Madisynn Gossard. Maddie is a 6th grader at Ridgemont Local Schools. Maddie is a whole lot of speed and a little bit of pleasure. She enjoys running her ponies
Scooter and Rebel. Poles are her favorite class but they do them all. Even with COVID-19, 2020 treated Maddie and her boys very well. With her pony Scooter she won Open High Point contester. They also won High Point youth 9-13 contester. She will be
Pinto Horse Association of Ohio
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by Kaylee Clagett We are actively planning our 2021 season. Our board voted to have a virtual banquet video released on Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. on the Facebook page. We will be having an in person banquet Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m. (our first show), at the Allen County Fairgrounds arena. Everyone can get their awards at that time and enjoy pizza provided by Ohio Pinto. For 2021, our dates and
adding a little bit of pleasure to her show season this year with her horse Dusty. Maddie was also the 2020 Hardin County Fair princess. She also enjoys showing hogs at the county fair and playing basketball with her team and friends.
locations will be (pending National approval): MAY 1-2: Spring Fling, Allen County Fairgrounds MAY 22-23: Summer Warm Up, Fulton County Fairgrounds JULY 24-25: Lots O’ Spots, University of Findlay JULY 31-AUG. 1: East Central Pinto Jubilee, Henry Co Saddle Club, New Castle, Ind. SEPT. 25-26: Fall Wind Up, Fulton County Fairgrounds Our solid pinto numbers were extremely strong in 2020 and we even had solid minis showing with us. If you are looking for a new place to show, come to Ohio Pinto. There is no better horse show family to join. If you would like more information about PtHAO check out our Facebook page or website, Ohiopinto.net. Can’t wait to see everyone in April!
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Being Happy When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned by Robert Eversole
n the trail, in camp, and in life, expectations often obscure reality. Expectations often become the anchors for how we evaluate opportunities and our own sense of happiness. They also make us fixate on what could or should have been, not what’s right in front of us.1 When reality doesn’t line up with our expectations, unhappiness, bitterness, and anxiety follow.2 These negative feelings can intensify when we sense uncertainty.3 We get anxious about our hopes, goals, and dreams for the future when we feel like everything is unpredictable.4 In spite of all that, it’s not impossible to be happy when life throws us a curveball and the future seems uncertain. How can we find joy when things feel chaotic?
Gratitude. When we’re grateful, we can let go of our expectations. That leads to greater happiness and satisfaction, no matter how uncertain the present is—or the future may be.5
How to Be More Grateful and Happier: 6 Questions to Ask Yourself What is a magical memory you have from the past year? We instinctively focus more on the negative than the positive. When times are tough, we expect the worst. To see things in a more positive
light, we have to consciously set aside the negativity.6 Recalling happy memories is a quick way to do that. Even remembering a simple act of kindness can make you feel happier.7 My magic memory is watching the sun rise with Celeste from a ridge overlooking the Haney Meadow Horse Camp.
How has your perspective changed over the past year? Think about the interactions, experiences, or people who have changed the way you think about something recently. Consider what you’ve learned. Change and uncertainty can test our strength and character. How we stand up to the challenge may not just change our perspectives. It can also keep us grounded and spark personal growth.8 Bringing a new critter into a fresh job as an honest mule has challenged us in many ways. All of them for the better for Cocoa and myself.
What do you take for granted? It’s natural to take things for granted as we get used to them, even if they matter a lot to us. If we don’t take time to appreciate them while we have them, though, we may never get the chance. Writer Robert Brault may have said it best with this: “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” The mules coming to me unbidden while I clean the paddock is a daily blessing. They have no expectation of food and are just saying hello as I clean. It makes me smile.
What do you want to remember from this period of your life? “We do not remember days; we remember moments.” These words from Cesare Pavese ring true if you’re in your 20s, your 90s, or anywhere in between. Whether you’re starting your career, raising kids, or enjoying retirement, recognize the good moments that are shaping this phase of your life. If you do, you’ll enjoy them far more as they’re happening. Watching Celeste as we hand graze the mules in a high mountain meadow at dusk.
What experiences have you had that you’re grateful for? Some experiences create memories that last a lifetime. Family dinners, vacations, celebrations, major life milestones, and once-ina-lifetime moments can shape us forever and for the better.9 40
They can also have positive impacts on the way we learn, see the world, and respond to unknown situations in the future.10 The opportunity to lead a pack string into the Pasayten Wilderness with my wife. A week with Celeste in a remote area away from the worries of civilization, surrounded by my our equine family of mules and horse.
What do you feel lucky to have that some others do not? This doesn’t have to be extravagant. It can be simple, like some treasured part of your day or week. It can also be unique and intangible, like a relationship you have with a friend, sibling, child, or spouse. In fact, these close relationships are the key to fulfillment and long-term happiness. Appreciating how special they are can help you make them stronger while bringing you more satisfaction.11 To be able to share my experiences with people from around the country and the world. Helping them gain the skills and confidence to achieve their dreams of trail riding and camping with their animals.
The Message When Tomorrow’s Uncertain, Have Gratitude for Today It’s impossible to predict the future. Still, many of us try—even during uncertain times—and we’re disappointed when our predictions don’t pan out.12 That can make life less enjoyable and more stressful than it has to be. It can also blind us to the value of what we already have.1 Gratitude can counteract that. It can help us let go of negative emotions so we can enjoy what we have now. In unpredictable times, gratitude can do much more. It can empower us to handle stress better and recover from adversity faster.13
In the big picture, practicing gratitude lets you appreciate what truly matters in the moment. That can go a long way toward improving your perspective, self-esteem, and overall sense of happiness. It can also enhance and enrich your life.14 As a clinician, writer, and educator I know how challenging uncertainty can be. That’s why I work to provide the guidance and approaches my readers need to stay on the trail, so they can focus on enjoying the things they are truly grateful for. If you’re overwhelmed because the year feels off track—or if you’re looking for a voice of reason during uncertain times. We’re here for you at www.TrailMeister.com We’re grateful for you. SOURCES 1 - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cui-bono/201802/the-psychology-expectations 2 - https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/the-subconscious-mind-of-the-consumer-and-how-to-reach-it 3 - https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/3153298 4 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4276319/ 5 - https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier 6 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3652533/ 7 - https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_memories_of_kindness_can_make_you_happy 8 - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-power-prime/201201/personal-growth-four-obstacles-positive-life-change 9 - https://www.princeton.edu/news/2005/03/10/studies-relate-life-experiences-brain-structure 10 - https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/how-experience-changes-basics-memory-formation/ 11 - https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier 12 - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/future-trends/201808/why-do-we-think-so-much-thefuture 13 - https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good 14 - https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf
Robert ‘The TrailMeister’ Eversole owns and operates the largest horse trail and horse camp guide in the world, www.TrailMeister.com. 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.
Knox County Horse Park
February Meeting Cancelled PRESIDENT, Debbie Cole VICE PRESIDENTS, Travis Ross & Donnie Cline TREASURER, Pam Niner SECRETARY, Anna Chadwick PHONE/TEXT, 816-305-6328 FACEBOOK, Knox County Horse Park Inc
by Anna Chadwick The Knox County Horse Park at 7500 Thayer Road in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, have elected the officers for 2021. New trustees February 2021
are Rannay Cline, Sue Ross and Dale Mirise. There is more than one Facebook page for the Knox County Horse Park, the one listed above is the one associated with KCHP. There is no web page for the Park. The Horse Park members have been enjoying their horses out on the trails and backroads. All shows are planned for the second Saturday of the month with the rain date the following Saturday. All shows to start at 10 a.m. The first planned show will be April 10. The February membership meeting has been cancelled.
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Membership Membership renewal for 2021 is going well. We are very close to this time last year. If you plan to join or renew your membership in 2021, please do so now. Delaying your membership or your renewal means that you will miss issues of the Horsemen’s Corral, and if you buy Equisure liability insurance, then you will not be insured until your 2021 membership is active. The easiest way to join or renew is to use our online membership website at https://members.ohconline. com. You can pay your dues online using PayPal or you can pay your chapter treasurer either in person or mail a check. Early year cancellations: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions we have had to cancel the OHC winter meeting in January.
The OHC state general membership meeting scheduled for March 13 will be postponed until it’s safe for us to meet in person. Equine Affaire Ohio has announced that this year’s event, scheduled for April 8-11 will be converted to a virtual event. See the Equine Affaire website at https://equineaffaire.com/events/ohio/ for details. 2021 State Rides: The OHC State Rides schedule has been published on the OHC website at https://ohconline.com/news/ I’m hoping that the COVID-19 vaccine program will go well, and we can all get back to our normal lives soon. ~Eric Estill Ohio Horseman’s Council President
County Lines ASHLAND Unfortunately, we have little to report this month. Our chapter had to cancel a work day at Pleasant Hill Horse Camp due to bad weather last month. After last year, we know the weather too. will improve and we can get back to work cleaning up the camp and trails. We are very proud to report our 10-year-old granddaughter, Macey, got her first ever win in Pee Wee Poles out of 35 at Swanton, Ohio. In addition, she placed third in barrels. I don’t know who was more excited; Macey or her mother. She is also a gifted student in the Galion School system and recently received recognition at a school board meeting for being the best reader in her accelerated class. I try to clean our stalls daily and have a little Millcreek, John Lyons model, spreader that I pull with a small Cub Cadet lawnmower. It works great in good weather, but when the snow drifts or the ground does not freeze, I get stuck a lot. Then I have to get the little John Deere 4-wheel drive tractor to pull it through. I don’t mind doing this, but I also have to get Jean to drive one of them and she is not 42
Macey, Ashland County OHC a fan of cold weather and thus my request is not always well received. She suggests I just put the spreader on the Deere and be done until spring comes. Maybe it is a man thing, but I see no challenge in that. We hope to see you down the trail and remember not to drink and ride, and stay safe ~Dan and Jean Reynolds ASHTABULA Winter arrived in Ashtabula County on Christmas Eve. Ohio’s sharpest corner was blessed with 28 inches of beautiful snow! We all wanted a white Christmas, and white it
was. Today as I write this, it is muddy everywhere you look or walk or think about walking. We said goodbye to 2020 without fanfare and hope for a better 2021. The lousy weather happens every year at this time, and we weather it, but the COVID-19 is more than we want or need. It has put our activity to an abrupt halt. It would be so lovely to go out for dinner, have a get-together or a nice quiet party. We are more than ten people. I want to see you all and have a good conversation. The State OHC had to cancel the January and March meetings, so we can’t do that and bring back ideas or news from the other chapters. I have been watching Facebook to see what you all have been doing. Mike and Jessica have some beautiful honey for sale. Gina’s pup, Ripley, is growing up and Sylvio has misplaced his phone. Sylvio doesn’t get the Corral, so he won’t know I told you. If you see him, ask him about it. Pam Champlin has been busy working on her house, and it is looking good. Excellent work, Pam. We have some new members, Mike and Katy McIntyre. Welcome to our group. This article is not my best, but I have no real news to share, I
hope for more news next month. Watch our Facebook page to see when we will resume meetings in person. Hopefully, we can make some plans and get some things going. Til next time, give thanks for all the good things and give your horse a hug. ~Pearl Ann CLARK Happy Valentines Day from Clark County. I think it was about a year ago that we were getting a pretty good idea about the seriousness of COVID-19. The events that we were looking forward to were being cancelled one by one. Here we are a year later and look how much we have been through the past year. Let’s hang onto our lucky horse shoes and hope things are slowly settling into a new normal and events will begin returning virtually or in person. 2020 was a banner year for some trail riders in Ohio! Becky and Stephanie Petee of Union County clocked 1335 and 1223 miles respectively. Although, they are not Clark County members they are fans of Buck Creek and we ride with them often. I wanted to congratulate them on their stellar February 2021
County Lines year! I think trail riding was given a boost by COVID-19 as being a safe distancing activity. Several Clark County members also reported a record year and are already booking camping reservations for 2021. Hopefully, we will be able to have our Buck Creek campout this year and reconnect with chapter members. Members were also told that the access for kayakers through the Buck Creek parking lot has been cancelled. The park decided a better choice was to access from down the road where the water is at a better level for loading into a kayak. We are thankful for the rerouting which will mean less traffic and less chance for accidents. Thanks Buck Creek! The New Year came in wet and cold. My friends and I were unable to start the year with a New Years day ride, but got out there soon after. It is difficult to keep trails in good shape with so much moisture. Buck Creek has a couple of spots that are pretty muddy and Clark County is brainstorming ideas to help preserve the integrity of the trail in the future. Just a reminder that we will not be meeting in person until springtime when things are hopefully better and maybe even a vaccine! Keep getting out there on warmer days and remember “It’s more fun in the saddle”. ~Jonna CLINTON Hello, I hope your holidays were awesome! With us not all getting together to have Christmas parties and such I had to get out my cowgirl stuff and dress for Christmas cowgirl. This year things have been canceled already and so I had to get my gator skin hat out to get some use! I hope you all did something for yourselves also. Winter safety! Photo one is the heater cord on fire in the water trough. Even though this was a heater with the safety basket
Water trough on fire from heater cord. February 2021
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Teaching the grand boys to clean the barn. around it the cord went bad and caught fire, it charred the fence, and if the wind had been blowing, it could have sent sparks to the barn. Thank God, someone spotted it and got the fire out! This heater was new this year, so be careful with heated buckets and water heaters! As you will see by photo three I had my grandsons in the barn helping me. Casyn knows how to clean the barn, he is my new trail buddy. We are training Wyatt he is almost 2 years old and a big boy ready to scoop poop! I love getting them outside and doing chores, it is good for the young folks to use their muscles and learn how to take care of the critters. 2021 will be an awesome year, let’s get out our calendars and set some rides! Happy trails and many blessings, ~Susan Lamb COLUMBIANA Spring is so close, a few more weeks till March and we should be able to hit the trails again and start legging up those horses. I hope Mother Nature has been kind to the trails at Beaver Creek State Park. They were in good condition the last time I rode them in November. No surprise with the rain we’ve been getting this week the creek is at 7.02 feet today. Most riders have been letting the trails rest over the winter months knowing how damp and muddy they usually get. The Trail Maintenance Crew sure does appreciate your help. Our new officers are installed
and ready to start the New Year with the first meeting in January under their belts. Hopefully they and their new committees will be able to make up some of the events we weren’t able to hold last season. We have so much to look forward to in 2021. Let’s not even talk about 2020 again. Please support our officers in the year ahead. Thank you to all members who took the time to tally and turn in your trail miles. It makes a big difference when it’s time to get improvements and grant money. The water line was installed last fall and more improvements are planned for our park. We are looking forward to what comes next. Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. With our regular meeting place closed we have decided to meet at Paul’s Italian Café in Columbiana, if there are any changes the information will be posted on Facebook. Please remember you’re always welcome to join us. Happy Trails, ~Sally COSHOCTON Hello from Coshocton. I feel like a broken record when reporting because I have little to no news. Fallon is closed for winter riding and we have not had many meetings due to COVID-19. We did not have our fall rides or hog roast and even our Christmas party did not happen. My fingers are crossed that this year will allow for some normalcy. I didn’t even get pictures of anyone with their horses due to all club events being canceled. On a brighter note we only have a couple months before this cold wet weather will be replaced with sunshine and longer daylight hours. We usually do trail maintenance during the closed
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Jamie on Red. season, but as of now I do not have any updates to share. Until next time stay warm and safe. ~Gigi CUYAHOGA It’s hard to believe we are out here riding in northeast Ohio in the cold, rain, sun, and snow. We are! And it makes life good! Join the Cuyahoga Chapter and hear about our plans for the year as we use these great horses and activities to survive any outside problems. Like many chapters, we are making up a calendar of activities and rides, trusting that they will come about, but with the knowledge that they may be curtailed. The February ride will be at Hinckley Reservation on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m., but check nearer that day. Send us your ideas for programs, speakers, activities and things you would like to participate in. We are open to trying most anything legal. Of course, we are planning to ride each of the seven reservations of Cleveland Metroparks so members learn these trails that cover at least 100 miles. Trails that are primitive or urban, easy or challenging, we have it all. We watch out for the safety of all in the group, so you can be at ease as you ride. You can ride with the group, with your own pals, or on your own. We plan to ride for around two hours, maybe a bit more. Bring a lunch for after the ride. That way we get to know each other and hopefully we will get to know you as well. Of course, we will follow all health guidelines. 43
County Lines Let’s network a bit, if you have a horse to sell or rehome, if you are looking for a new horse or trailer or perhaps a used saddle, let us know. How about horse property to buy or sell, a member might be in the market. There are so many members in OHC that we can help each other in many ways. No question is too silly to ask among friends and that is what we are. Send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org Cuyahoga Chapter was awarded two grants for 2020-trail work. The money was used in South Chagrin Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks for a painted crosswalk and bright yellow signage warning of horses crossing. One set of signs was put about 100 feet from the crossing on both sides of the road to alert drivers and another set went right at the crossing and crosswalk. This is a huge safety item for Cleveland Metroparks riders crossing busy Solon Road to access the trails that lead to Geauga Park Holbrook Hollow bridle trails. This is a newly dedicated connection between these two parks. The second grant was used to improve a very muddy section of trail on the Brecksville Connector Trail. A bridge was built over a creek and trail tread was improved for several hundred feet on both ends of the bridge. This nine-mile trail is still being developed and hopefully this summer will be completed. One mile at a time we are getting it done. Keep in touch with Cuyahoga OHC by joining us or at least looking at our website, Cuyahogacountyohc.com. Here you will find all our contact information and many photos along with our new plans as soon as they can be posted We sure would like to get to know you! ~Penny Passalacqua DELAWARE Greetings from Delaware chapter! By the time this issue reaches you, Groundhog Day, or Feb. 2, will likely have come and gone. I sure hope we can expect an early spring! Despite the winter weather, I hope everyone has had the opportunity to get outdoors riding and/or driving. Many horseback riders, including myself, managed to fulfill the tradition of riding on the last day of the year and on the first day of the new year. Happily, 44
First ride of 2021 with Prada. the rain held off where I board, and Prada and I were able to accomplish this small feat for ‘good luck’ into 2021. Our chapter welcomes our new treasurer, Pat O’Connell, who is taking over the task from Lora Taylor. Thank you and great job to Lora for serving as our past treasurer. Welcome aboard Pat! Our 2021 slate of officers is completed by President Theresa Burke, Vice President Kathy Sweeney-Kerr, and Secretary Bobbi Arters. Bearing in mind the restrictions/ guidelines in place due to COVID-19, our chapter still plans to pursue an informative and entertaining series of horserelated educational programs and speakers for 2021. Like last year, we plan to resume our in-person monthly meetings at the Alum Creek horsemen’s campground as soon as warmer weather arrives. Members are encouraged to share any suggestions for program topics and/or other social activities with any club officer. Due to social distancing restrictions, we do not anticipate our meetings returning to our usual fire station location until sometime later in the year perhaps. We are planning on holding additional chapter rides in 2021 with the first spring ride hopefully occurring sometime in April, weather permitting. We also hope to organize a group overnight camping adventure or two either at Alum Creek or another location such as Pleasant Hill Lake State Park for late summer and early fall. In September, our club holds its traditional ‘Autumn at Alum’ trail ride and campout. Additional activities will be added as we move forward into the year. As of the writing of this article, our chapter is still awaiting the final decision on whether we were awarded an OHC grant for our 2021 proposal involving a complete reconstruction of the
‘white pipe’ platform/crossing on Maple Glen trail, close to the Flats. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Our trail maintenance crew has continued to work on the trails throughout the winter months, weather permitting. Last year saw our crew accomplish close to 2,000 hours of trail work! One crew member, Carole Bosich, personally donates countless hours trimming the bridle trails. She and her grass trimmer can be spotted along the trail on almost any given day! This year, the club has plans to work on sprucing up the horsemen’s campground on Howard Road including trimming back overgrowth around the periphery, tidying up highline areas and possibly renumbering the sites and tightening the highlines, for example. Some of the tasks can be accomplished by our crew while other tasks are beyond our scope and will require the help and support of the park management. Remember, if you have not yet renewed your 2021 membership, please do so soon! Signing up online is quick and easy. Go to ohconline.com to get started. You do not want to miss out on all the fun! Our next Corral article will appear in the April issue, not March. In place of the OHC County Line section, the March issue of the Horsemen’s Corral magazine will feature the OHC State newsletter, Horse Power. Do not forget to record and turn in your monthly trail mileage and/or saddle hours to Theresa Burke. You may either call, text, or email Theresa with your stats. Wishing everyone, including our four-legged friends, a safe and healthy February! Happy Trails! ~Theresa Burke ERIE Greetings from Erie County! The month of December turned out to be pretty good weather. The temperatures were up and down as we were preparing for winter to arrive. Lynn and Tim had a chance to ride Mohican. The day was sunny and 50 degrees, just perfect to ride with winter coats. The temps finally dropped enough for Joyce’s roller skating rink to freeze! I heard she seized the moment with joy as Bill’s hard work paid off. The snow arrived just in time for the holidays. Ed and
Dawn Meyers took advantage of the snow and hooked up their sleigh. A sleigh ride on a white Christmas, sounds like a perfect day to me! How much has changed since last year! Our New Years Day ride this year was cancelled due to rain and sleet. But some of us decided it wasn’t going to stop us. Many of us seized the opportunity that day to ride our four-legged friends bareback around our farms and arenas. Staying at home can be a lot of fun! Jim, Lorna and the mules are staying at home in Florida for a month, maybe three, Lorna hinted. A winter home with 65 degrees, lots of trails, grassy paddocks and stalls sound pretty good to me right now. I think I am going to start planning for next year. Life is better on the trail! Make time for your loved ones, whether they are two legged or four. It’s already Valentines Day and spring is around the corner! ~Shelley GREENE Not much news this month. Work has been ongoing at Caesar Ford, as weather and time allow. We are making plans for our State Ride the second weekend of June as usual. There’s no way to tell yet if we will be able to hold it, it will depend on whether the parks are issuing special event permits. Of course we’ll only do it if we can do it safely. We’re trying to think positively and hoping for the best. I’ll be sidelined after a knee replacement so won’t have much contact with anyone (even less than what was dictated by the pandemic!). If anyone has stories or photos, send them to me at email@example.com. Happy New Year! ~Mickie GUERNSEY Since the early spring of 2017 it’s rained all year until sometime in July! Then, following all that rain there has been a four week drought every year. All that rain, for four solid years, has wreaked havoc on all the horse trails, not just at Salt Fork, but across the state. Now, add to that; all the dead ash trees, it spells trail maintenance is never done! At Guernsey OHC we start our annual trail maintenance this month. Generally, we meet February 2021
Kathy’s equine friends.
Brenda and her granddaughter.
Guernsey County OHC every Thursday at Salt Fork Horseman’s Camp and work right up to our annual work weekend, the last weekend of April. We already know we have our work cut out for us. Now, if we can just get all this COVID-19 stuff behind us, we can get back to riding and fellowshipping the way we are used to. Like me, many of us have lost several loved ones and friends over it. My heart goes out to all those who have. Enjoy some pictures of rides past, as we remember the good times. Upcoming meeting dates, the meetings start at 6:30 p.m.: Feb. 11, March 11, April 8. All meetings from now through April are held at Mr. Lee’s Restaurant, 2000 East Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge, Ohio. Come early and eat with us. April 24 is Cleanup Day at Salt Fork State Park Horseman’s Camp. Remember to renew your membership in OHC, I hope to see you on the trail! Also, remember to log those miles! ~Lee Randolph HOCKING I hope everyone is off to a great start in the new year! Hocking County chapter will be having February 2021
Kim Davis their first meeting of the year on Feb. 21 at the Home Tavern in Logan, Ohio. We meet at 6 p.m. to eat and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Anyone is welcome. Hopefully some of you have been getting some riding time in already this year. I know some of our members have been. Kim Davis did not let the snow stop her from riding. Also pictured is Kathy Newman’s equine friends and Brenda Lehman enjoying a ride with her granddaughter. Congratulations to two of our youth members for placing in the Top 10 for the 2019 Trail Mileage. Olivia Truax placed sixth and Peyton Truax placed ninth! Ride more, worry less. ~Raven KNOX I generally celebrate Ground Hogs Day as it tends to mark the ending of winter and the beginning of spring. Who knew in February of 2020 the long year we were about to endure and yet, reflectively, for many of us the pandemic allowed us to slow down
and rediscover some of the simple joys of life, like family, pets, gardening, and more camping and horse back riding. Personally, I recorded just over 1000 miles this year, my average being in the 800’s. As OHC members, horses are what it is generally about. That being said, it is also about friends. I have, while riding my horse in the neighborhood, met many of my neighbors whom I did not know prior. I rode with several people that I invited, me providing the horses, and I believe, have created lifelong friends. This is really why I like and actively promote OHC. Until the rules on COVID-19 are relaxed, we continue to meet via Zoom. I heard a comment the other day that the individual liked Zooming as they did not have to drive a long distance for a short meeting. They could sit at home, enjoy a cup of coffee, and still be a part of the whole. Hmmmm, is this the new OHC? As a Zoom host, I have become more creative and can do presentations readily utilizing Power Point and other programs. This has not been so easily done at our regular meeting place. So, in the future, when we can get back together, we need to step it up, make our meetings as interesting as we can. We have members who cannot, for various reasons like an injury, health issues, work load, etc. attend campouts or go riding with us. We ask how we can involve the younger generation who are actively participating on Facebook and other such medium, well, maybe we have to become a part of their world, create our own blog, so to speak. Did you turn in your mileage report for 2020? While this is important to the leaders of OHC as they use it in discussions on maintaining and creating new equestrian trails, it also becomes a status symbol for some as it labels them as very active equestrians. For us that feel envy, their bragging is not a bad thing as OHC also gets mileage from their mileage. OHC does keep mileage records from year to year and we hope to celebrate your 25,000 mile lifetime achievement in the future. I hope you all have renewed your OHC membership. We need you! And because of COVID-19 and my avoiding inactivity and saving my own mind, each KCOHC renewing member receives an ‘OHC Welcomes You’ key ring, my compliments.
Christmas caroling. Back in December, we did have a few members join in a Christmas Caroling event, I included some pictures. A few KCOHC members did hold an impromptu discussion where three of your officers were present and did create a tentative 2021 riding schedule which Kathy will circulate. We need volunteers to take active roles towards events as some of our members do enjoy other equine activities besides trail riding. Activities involving friends such as our annual Tack Auction (which is on hold) is most important toward keeping OHC alive. With so many usual annual activities, such as Equine Affaire, OHC Executive Meeting, and OHC General Meeting, being canceled or postponed, there is a lack of communication and thus less to write about here. In my opinion, you can’t beat in person one on one discussion and like you, I hope we get back to it in the very near future. 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. Keep on Zooming! Reporting for Knox County OHC, ~Terry L. Baker LAKE Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! I’m writing this on 45
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Hannah checks out her ball.
Hannah wears her bonnet even in the winter.
Before the snow—Dottie, Rayn and Sue. New Years Day, while watching Seabiscuit, an incredible movie. I don’t ride on cold, snowy, rainy, yucky days, I find other horsey things to do. There are many good movies and videos about horses. There are also many great books about horses and many interesting magazines concerning horses and a variety of challenging activities involving horses. Hopefully we will be planning for some of these horse happenings after the COVID-19 crisis. Our officers for 2021 are the same as the officers from 2020. They ran unopposed. President is Michelle Sheliga, vice-president is Donna Kautz, secretary is Michelle Henderson and Rosemary Morgan is treasurer. Hopefully everyone sent in their trail miles to Riki Bunkin. For many years Riki has volunteered to record trail miles. Thank you, Riki. And a big thank you to the staff and crews of the Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga Metroparks for all they have continued to do for us as we ride the parks. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong. ~Rayneen 48
Hello from Licking County, yes we are still here. Our chapter officers for 2021 are: President Charlene Santee, Vice President Paul Wilson, Secretary Terry Drummond, and Treasurer Sandy Belt. Congratulations! We want to thank Bill Craft for his years as our treasurer and all the volunteer work he has done. Bill will be missed. Bill says he is going to take some time off; enjoy the time you earned it. Now that our 2021 officers are in place we need to work on the committees. If you are interested in being on any of the committees, please contact one of the officers. What committees are there, I’ll tell you: Cards, Corral, Facebook, Newsletter, Nominations, Park Liaison, Peep (programs, events, entertainment, parties), Fun Show, Trail Mileage, Trail Maintenance, History, Motions Log, and Website. Thank you to the ones, which sent me your miles and hours report. One lucky member will be winning the $25 gift card. Please check with an officer or on our Facebook page regarding any meetings. They are usually held the last Monday of the month at Infirmary Mound Park, Granville at 7 p.m. We are not sure when our meetings will resume with all the restrictions set in place for our protection. Remember to please check Licking County Park District website to see if the trails are open before you go to a Licking County park. Due to weather conditions the trails may be closed. Here’s hoping we can all get back together again this year. Take care and be safe. ~Deborah Sheka LORAIN Wow, our Corral calendar is full of lots of smiling faces on top of beautiful horses in places all over Ohio and neighboring states as well as places as far away as the red rocks of Utah. We have some great organized day rides and campouts planned for this year so take time to browse the calendar and enjoy the photos as you consider what rides you hope to partake in. We’d like to thank our February sponsor C&L Shoes located at 10259 Spencer Road in West Salem. They carry a variety of sturdy shoes, boots and outerwear items from brands such as LaCrosse,
Remember this Valentine’s Day to hug your loved one and horse but not necessarily in that order. ~Kathy Duncan MADISON The 2021 officers remain the same from 2020 due to meetings not resuming. They are as follows: President Jeff Fultz; Vice President Jean Kritner; Secretary Cheryl Barlett; Treasurer Dee Elfrink. I’m hoping meetings will resume soon. How are other counties handling this? The Gymkhana dates have been chosen, but they still need to be confirmed. Deer Creek State Park is open with freshly marked trails. The overnight camp area has upgraded tie lines and cleared camping spaces. Camp space 5 can accommodate multiple trailers. Contact us via our Facebook page Madison County Ohio Horsemen’s Council with comments. Hopefully everyone is staying warm and getting some riding in. Take care, ~Cheryl Barlett
2021 New Year’s ride at Carlisle. Red Wing Shoes, Thorogood Shoes, Carhartt, Georgia Boots, Irish Setter, Muck and Duofold. A New Year’s ride was held on Jan. 2 and despite it being a bit dreary outside about seven members dressed up in festive red and green to help brighten the day and bring in 2021! We have a ‘Sweetheart’ Day Ride scheduled at the Carlisle Equestrian Center for Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. Please bring your own refreshments. Sue Mollica offered to be the contact for this ride if you have questions. Please note that our Membership meeting will be held at the Carlisle Visitor Center in the Black Room on Monday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Carriages may be on the trails at Carlisle the following upcoming dates: Feb. 2, 6, 11 and 14 and March 2, 6,11 and 14. If you enjoy a good book, magazine or DVD consider checking out our very own LCOHC library of equine related items. All you need to do is contact Cheryl Muhek from our council via phone or email to borrow items. The list was handed out along with your packet for 2021 with our calendar.
John and Marsha Pierce and friends in Hocking Hills. MEDINA We hope your new year is off to a good start. If the weather allows, try to get out there and ride or just hike and enjoy nature. Fingers and toes crossed we will get an event or two in this year. Our state ride is scheduled for Aug. 20-22. We hope this year we can get it in. Our positive thoughts and best wishes go out to Raydeen Ryden on her recent surgeries. We know she will be back on the trail soon! Since we have no general meetings in January or February our next meeting is scheduled for March 3 at the Brooklyn Exchange Cabin in Hinckley. Watch our webpage on the state OHC site or our newsletter for details. News about any scheduled work sessions will be forthcoming as we meet with the park staff. If you do see any issues like downed trees as you are out riding in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park February 2021
County Lines contact one of our trail committee members who can relay this on to the park service department. Taking a picture, any other information such as the trail name and coordinates is a big help. Trail committee members are: Greg Monsanty (blackhorsebridge@ aol.com or 330/658-3063), Patricia Vance (330/836-9358 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Raydeen Ryden (email@example.com or 334/663-7361). Greetings from down in the valley, ~Rosemary
Dave Douglas working at the camp.
MEIGS Our New Year’s ride had to be canceled due to all the rain and mud. As you have heard, whatever happens on New Years Day will happen every day. So far we have gotten several days with rain. As everyone knows we brought the COVID-19 virus with us into the new year. That means we will be wearing a mask for several months, but whatever it takes to keep everyone safe, we are going to do. I want to let members know that the place we have our meetings will be closing for remodeling and made into a drive thru, so we are looking for a new place to meet. As soon as we find out it will be posted on our Facebook site. I don’t have everyone’s mileage, so I will let you know about this at a later date. I am sad to say we lost another member of our chapter, Diane Woltz. In memory of Diane, the Meigs OHC Chapter presented her husband, Terry, with a woven horse throw. Her name will be placed on our fallen riders monument at the horse camp. Our thoughts are with you Terry. The March Corral will not have the County Lines in it, instead the OHC newsletter will be written in that spot. In April, it will be back to the County Lines. Just a reminder that Meigs
Rita Brown at one of the parades. February 2021
John Nibert OHC chapter will have their annual tack auction on Feb. 13, at the Wilkesville Community Building. The time is 12 noon to 4 p.m. Lunch will be served. If things change, there will be a message on our Facebook page. Another reminder, it will be Valentine’s Day soon, get your love a flower or some candy! Our chapter member, Kay Shultz, has been putting several interesting posts about horses on our Facebook page. I try to look every day and see what she puts on there. Way to go Kay. Enjoy your horses and Happy Trails, ~Dian MONTGOMERY Our 2020/2021 officers will remain the same, at least for now. There were no takers to run for an office. We are still looking for a newsletter editor, for someone to help Karen Poulson with writing something about our chapter in the Corral each month and also to help Charlene with the computer part of membership. So, who’s going to step up and help keep this club running, could it be you? It’s not too hard if everybody pitches in. We are hoping to plan some different activities for 2021, but all the COVID-19 group restrictions are making this very difficult. We may need to plan activities month by month, until the restrictions are released. It seems rides or camping are one of the few things that we could plan ahead. My thoughts are that maybe we should plan a campout
or two far enough in advance so we can all make campsite reservations. Your thoughts and ideas are very much needed. Please let me or Karen Spencer know what you are thinking. Charley McMaster has volunteered to add the job of compiling our trail mileage and saddle hour reports to his already huge job of being our Sycamore Park Liaison. Thank you so much Charley! We want your mileage, be it one mile or thousands! Some can ride a lot and some can’t. It truly doesn’t matter how much you ride if you had fun! We want the State to know that Montgomery County is alive and enjoying our critters. Currently, because of COVID-19, we are in a holding pattern, we have high hopes that the restrictions will soon be a thing of the past. Meanwhile watch your email and we’ll try to keep you up-to-date. Please be sure that we have your updated information. Our monthly meetings are on hold, probably until spring, when we can meet outside again. If you haven’t renewed your membership, we hope you will! We are a fun bunch of horse nuts. ~Cindy B. PERRY I’ve got nothing to report this month other than a reminder to please renew your OHC membership if you haven’t done so already. As of this writing we still plan to resume our meetings in February, watch our Facebook page for details. Happy Valentine’s Day! ~Carla PREBLE The volunteers worked diligently on trails all summer and fall and we finally reached the end of our RTP (Recreational Trails Program) Grant Program. This project has been a two season job that has taken a lot of volunteers and time to get completed, but we are very proud of how it has turned out. We do still have work on Trail C and we still have side trails to complete. The trail work has pretty much come to an end for now. We continue to remove trees and open blocked trails on a regular basis. In fact, they are planning a day this January to try to get a group of volunteers together and work on getting trails on C (orange trail) opened up and reroutes done to move
the trail over to higher ground. If you would like to come and help out just let Donn know or message us on Facebook. Previously in 2019, an RTP (Recreational Trails Program) Grant for $60,000, was awarded to Hueston Woods State Park, for repairs to the trails. In 2020 another $43,000 that was not able to be used for a hiking trail project was made available to us for Bridle Trail repairs. Only a couple really bad spots on Trail C were in the three miles of repair allowed, while there is an additional three miles that we need to get repaired, so that riders and horses won’t be in a bad trail situation. Last year’s OHC Grant, was used to fix a terrible steep muddy spot that we were never able to get a 4x4 Gator up and many horseback riders were put in a dangerous position. With hard work and changing the trail position we were able to get it fixed, it has made a huge difference in that particular spot. Preble County OHC have put in over 700 man hours toward the RTP grant in labor from December 2018 to 2019, another 910 man hours for the 2020 year, which we finished up in October 2020. We are still waiting to hear from State DNR on hours for the maintenance crew. Many of the riders who ride the trails have been generous in contributing to our gravel fundraiser and some businesses have contributed as well. We cannot thank you enough for your generous contributions. Many volunteers have helped and those who helped in any way, it is always appreciated, thank you all! We would like to give a shout out to a special couple who have been active and very involved in our chapter for many years, Joe, Jean and Tammy Allison! Also the Garnett’s, Bundy’s, Witt’s, and many more which are too numerous to mention, but please know we are aware of your contribution to this chapter. They have always been there whenever we needed help and have been a huge supporter of the Preble OHC Chapter. With the COVID-19 outbreak, and being of the senior age group, they have made the hard decision to keep themselves safe and weren’t able to attend our activities this year. If you see them or are friend of theirs on Facebook give them a hello. As 2020 has become a memory, we at PCOHC wish everyone a healthy and happy end to what 49
County Lines has been an unforgettable year and we wish everyone the best for 2021. Stay safe, we hope to see you all soon on the trails. Happy Valentine’s Day and believe it or not spring is on the way. ~Becky
Ohio Snow Bowl Parade.
STARK Last fall one of our members, Barbara Harding, started working with our Stark County Park District on the equine trails within their jurisdiction. She developed a ‘Get Out and Ride Stark Parks Form’ for trail users to report their mileage on and return to her by the end of the year. Barbara wanted to give this information to Stark Parks so they would have an idea of how important it is to provide and maintain equine trails within their parks. It was a late start and we tried to get the word out to riders. There were 20 participants that reported 1,227 miles. Prizes were given to the first and second place winners with a drawing from all entrants for a gift basket. The winners were: First place—$75 gift certificate from PBS Animal Health in Massillon and an OHC Stark County membership to Lisa Schnell for 271 miles ridden; Second place winner of a $25 gift certificate from PBS Animal Health in Massillon to Debbie McCourt for 165 miles ridden and the winner of the gift basket drawing was Teresa Hepner. Congratulations! To encourage riding the trails in Stark Parks, it was decided to continue this program again in 2021. Stark Parks has five areas with horse trails: Congressman Ralph Regula Towpath Trail and Park in Massillon/Navarre Area; Quail Hollow Park in Hartville; Sandy Valley and Waynesburg Loop in the Waynesburg area; Walborn Reservior Park in Alliance and Whitacre Greer in Waynesburg.
Teresa Hepner, gift basket winner. 50
Lisa Schell, first place winner. You can’t make me!
Christmas Roxanne—naughty or nice? Debbie McCourt, second place winner. Riders rated their rides on ease of parking, maintenance of trails, length of trails, scenic value and overall experience. They gave the areas an overall rating of 8 out of 1-10. Hopefully, everyone is keeping track of their trail miles and turning them in at the end of the year. Until next time, happy trails to you! ~Jo Ellen SUMMIT Hello from everyone here at Summit County OHC. With the coming of a new year, we all have a sense of renewal and hope. However, they should be tempered with the knowledge that even with COVID-19 vaccines, we need to remain responsible in our individual and group actions until infection rates are a thing of the past. We all missed our meetings, social events and especially, our winter banquet. Until further notice, our club meetings will be held on Zoom. Our fall camping trip and fundraiser in October remains a hopeful possibility. Like everyone else, we are waiting with anticipation for some semblance of normalcy. In the mean time the barn and our horses offer an escape from an unseen force impacting our daily lives. Cherish this opportunity to spend more time with loved ones and call and check in on friends and acquaintances whenever possible. Some of our riders were able to participate in the Ashland Christmas parade on Dec. 5,
2020. There were plenty of wide open spaces between individual parade units and riders. Amy O’Neil, Michelle Crew and Joyce Tretow outfitted their horses in bright reds and greens accented by wreaths of twinkling lights. The ladies festive attire concealed their extra warm clothing layers underneath. The pace was lively that crisp, dark evening along a parade route decked with lights above and around them. The crowd was even treated to a few feats of trick riding and equine agility along the way. Our president, Roxanne Owens, observed a very special birthday last year. Thanks to husband Larry, she was surprised with a small, very safe gathering to mark the occasion. In December, Roxanne was seen in the company of two very special, unnamed celebrities (their identities remain a secret). Amy O’Neil and Michelle Crew have also been out on the trails at Hinckley Reservation accompanied by Michelle’s reluctant mini mule that has his own ideas about what constitutes a good day on the trails. Amy was seen pointing a finger at the culprit who balked at lessons with the ever patient Ford standing nearby. Things have been relatively quiet at the Sullivan ranch. Normally Carolyn has an amusing narrative about some hair raising adventure on the first ride on the first day of the New Year. Things must have gone well as there were no reports from local EMS or news stations about any horse related incidents. By now, Molly Eastwood should be well on her way with
2021 trail miles (not sure of her goal this year). Marietta Tromp keeps us up to date on Facebook with amazing pictures of granddaughter’s riding lessons, horse Luna, and the changing seasons at the local parks. We can’t wait to see what this year will bring for Joy Scala’s National Championship Morgan horses. She and trail buddy Paula Debaniewicz will be a welcome site on the trails this year. Karen and Gary Beres are completing equine accommodations for Cody and Rowdy at their new farm. Here’s hoping the boys come home this spring. Thanks again Mary Forsch for tallying all our 2020 trail miles. Lastly, Richfield Heritage Preserve is closed until late spring; however, we are looking forward to seeing the plans for expanding their horse trails. Our 2020 joint fundraisers were cancelled but our partnership remains strong to complete the work there. From all of us at SCOHC, stay safe. ~Joann Ulichney TRUMBULL Happy 2021 from all the members of the Trumbull County chapter! Our January meeting included completion of our audit and discussion of how to move forward through this pandemic together not only at meetings, but also out on the trail. The great many changes having to be made have presented difficulties, yet we are determined to have a good riding season in 2021! We hope all OHC members, families and friends stay safe and healthy! We hope to see you on the trails! ~Kathryn Bartow TUSCARAWAS Last September, I was faced with a momentous decision. My 25-year-old Quarter Horse, Zip was stricken with an arthritic February 2021
Tuscarawas County OHC knee, which limited us to short excursions, in spite of the antiinflammatory prescription I pursued. Dulce, the Spanish Mustang mare, my significant other’s mount, had become my 2020 ride of choice. It became evident that my beloved Stallion, Zeke, currently 11, should ultimately evolve into my trail horse. His subtle disposition and promising lineage had actually stifled his capabilities and potential. Selfishly, I hesitated to geld my treasured horse, who merely aspired to grace our pasture with his elegance. I gloried in photographing his powerful stance, unharnessed strength and raw beauty. Practicality and guilt prevailed. My selfishness was affecting other people. The inevitable decision became reality I scheduled a farm call procedure with Dr. Shane, of Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic, in whom I held the utmost respect and trust. The procedure was accomplished without incident. There was a specific medical regimen to follow, to which I adhered, as instructed. Two weeks had passed. Zeke remained in my 60’ corral, where he could move unrestricted. A frightening weather report threatened frigid rain, which prompted me to return my recovering patient to his stall for the night. Upon retrieving Zeke the following morning, opening the stall door to return him to the freedom of the corral, he barely and painfully stumbled across the threshold. Oh no, what have I done! Swollen and obviously infected, I agonized over my decision, as I dialed Sugarcreek Vet Clinic. Dr. Shane, who had just returned from vacation, February 2021
approached the farm within minutes. He prescribed additional medication and administered antibiotics, recommending cold water applications to reduce the swelling. Unfortunately, there was no easy remedy for hosing Zeke down, as the only water source is the creek. I sprayed him regularly with a portable spray unit, but I chose to free lunge him three times daily, until he showed signs of improvement. I believe, this served to diminish the swelling. Where his strides were reluctant and inconsistent initially, continued practice of this regime demonstrated visible changes to his demeanor and attitude. Zeke was on the road to recovery, so I began to ride him. We are preparing for our first trail ride on Memorial Day weekend, at Bark Camp State Park. We will ease into the season with his adaptation to the hackamore and acquainting him with obstacles he will certainly encounter in the wooded environment ahead. Horsemen do not always make the correct decisions for their beloved horse. I suppose, that is why fundamentally, we need the Ohio Horse Council who profess, “horsemen helping horsemen!” Tuscarawas County’s OHC welcomes new members. We selected the second Monday each month for our dinner meeting. Please contact a current member for location and details. Happy Trails, ~Holly Waldenmyer WARREN Happy New Year! I’m not sure anyone got a ride in, unless they have an arena. I know our New Year’s Day ride was cancelled due to a Winter Weather Advisory in the morning and heavy rain later in the afternoon. So not only was the weather nasty but the trails were very soupy, and there were a number of trees
down. It was better for people, horses and trails to bag it for the year. I’m going to include a few photos from previous rides. We’ve also cancelled the Great Tack Exchange for 2021, because unfortunately we won’t be ready for crowds yet. Hopefully by 2022 we’ll be back to normal. That’s all for this month. Stay warm! ~Mickie WASHINGTON Hello in horse land, trail season is getting closer and we certainly hope and pray it will be a better year for our Washington County OHC. As we contemplate meeting together and riding together and eating together again, I wanted to throw out a word to leaders, especially trail bosses. It may be old age, but as we prepare to hit the trails there are some steps trail bosses can take to minimize risk for our fellow trail riders. The responsibility to take care of those in our group falls to different roles at different times. I miss a lot of rides due to work and other obligations and I do not feel the responsibility for the safety of all the riders in nonOHC rides for our members. If I am on the ride, as president of the chapter, I assume the responsibility for all the members and our guests. Not to be a bad guy or to rule over folks, but to make sure everyone comes back safe and has a great time. In every group there is a leader, sometimes official, sometimes just by nature, but if you are that leader use your influence to make sure everyone is safe. Before leaving camp/trailhead I
gather all riders, usually already mounted, to go over a few things: Where are we? Where is the nearest EMS service and what is the name of it? Who is the trail boss? Who is riding drag? Who has cell phones and are the numbers shared? Walkie talkies? Who has a first aid kit? Who has EMS experience? How many riders and are there any special conditions with people or equines we need to be aware of? Trail Etiquette. Make your own list, these are some of my points. Be courteous at the watering hole and do not ride away while horses are still drinking. Do not pass others without permission or at high rate of speed. Keep a horse length between horses on trail. Do not pass trail boss. Instructions on emergency procedures and what to do about tack breakdowns. If a group splits off to ride a different trail, they must make sure trails boss knows they are leaving, has an approximate route in case they do not come back in, and how many are going in that group. In our club we do not mind different groups riding together, especially since COVID-19, however, we want to be respectful of everyone by sharing. Over the years we have had our share of injuries, EMS squads called, even helicopters called in (not often). My goal is to do everything in my power as an officer in Washington County OHC to make sure nothing like that happens this year! ~Bent DeWees
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by Paige Belew This year we are happy to announce Carmella Shale will be taking over as our new GHPA president. We would like to thank Niki Berry for dedicating the last 6 years to GHPA as president. We are all very grateful for the growth Niki had led GHPA through. We are excited to see where Carmella takes GHPA this year and in the future. SHOW SEASON APPROCHING Show season is four months away! We are excited to see everyone in May but make sure you get your membership in so you can earn points at the first show!
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by Roxann Rohrl February is our shortest month of the year! Sunday, Jan. 10 the Ohio Paint Horse Club had their 2020 election of officers since we could not have our General Membership Meeting in November. Shari Love and LaTicia Jeffers sent out a Survey Monkey to every 2020 member for voting. Results are President Mike Schwendeman, Vice President Tim Snapp, Secretary Heather Collins, Treasurer Roxann Rohrl, and three two term Directors Sue Johnson, LaTicia Jeffers and Roger Taylor. This survey also included the 2020 Year Financial that had to be approved. Thank you all for the good turn out that voted on the survey. A reminder to all of you that it is time to renew your 2021 OPHC Membership. The membership registration form can be printed off the website, www.ophc.org, or watch for it on Facebook. Kathleen Azzarello can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440/536.0145. The monthly Horsemen’s Corral is also included with your membership. 2021 SHOWS MAY 15-16: Ohio is working on a show held at Wauseon, Ohio. 54
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