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

Inside This Issue Complete Feeds: What are they, and when do I feed one? ... 22 Corral Calendar ...................................................................... 34 Farrier Friendly ....................................................................... 30 The Language of Numbers Series, Part 1 .............................. 28 The Last Ride ........................................................................... 8 Ride In Sync ........................................................................... 12 Spring Fencing Series, Part 1................................................. 14 View From the Cheap Seats................................................... 46 Western Dressage .................................................................. 60 Club News Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club .......................................... 6 Black Swamp Driving Club ..................................................... 40 Classical Attraction Dressage Society .................................... 62

The Corral Staff Editor .............................................................................................Bobbie Coalter Advertising Sales & General Manager .....................................Joe Coalter email ............................................................... Club Sales & Circulation Manager Art & Composition Director .....................................................Michelle Ross email

WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Features: ....................................Kelley Bitter, Bryan S. Farcus, Lisa Kiley .................. Nettie Liburt, Terry Myers, Sarah Vas, Christine Weisgarber NEXT ISSUE NUMBER 3 ..........................................................................................APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 DEADLINE........................................................ MARCH 10, 2022

Colorado Ranger Horse Association ...................................... 40 Dusty Boots Riding Club......................................................... 13 Geauga Horse and Pony Association ..................................... 44 Knox County Horse Park ........................................................ 24 Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros ................................................. 24 Massillon Saddle Club ............................................................ 20 Miami Valley Horse Show Association.................................... 42 Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. ................................... 16 Mid-Eastern Farriers Association............................................ 31 Mid Ohio Dressage Association................................................ 6 Northern Ohio Dressage Association ..................................... 62 Northern Ohio Outlaws ........................................................... 31

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O.H.I.O. EXCA........................................................................ 42 Ohio Gaited Horse Trailriders ................................................. 59 Ohio High School Rodeo Association ..................................... 16 Ohio Horseman’s Council ....................................................... 50 Ohio Morgan Horse Association ............................................. 42 Ohio Paint Horse Club ............................................................ 44 Ohio Western Horse Association ............................................ 48 Pinto Horse Association of Ohio ............................................. 26 Tri-County Trail Association .................................................... 26 Wayne County Saddle Club ................................................... 23 Western Reserve Carriage Association .................................. 47

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Mid Ohio Dressage Association

2022 Special Events PRESIDENT, Vicki Milliron VICE PRESIDENT, Jessica Miltimore SECRETARY, Anna Cluxton TREASURER, Beth Baryon EMAIL, WEBSITE,

2022 is shaping up to be a busy time for Mid-Ohio Dressage Association (MODA). February featured members taking the Webinar for the Taste of the L Program with Marilyn Heath. The program was designed to give participants a good overview of the USDF “L” Program and what it covers plus it included some helpful educational information designed to give riders of all levels some insight as to what judges look for when they come down centerline. March 20 is our Western Dressage Workshop. This auditor event features USEF ‘S’ judge and 2022 WDAA World Show Judge Ida Norris critiquing

demonstration riders on the new 2022 WDAA tests. Demonstrating the 4th test of Level 2 will be Stacy Westfall and I Can Can I. Level 1 will be Kristin Patton and Smokin Custom Crome. Emily Patton will demonstrate both the Basic and Intro levels on her ranch riding horse. The event will be hosted at the beautiful Four Star Quarter Horses in Ostrander, Ohio. We thank the Patton family for hosting this unique event at their world class facility. Adding to the excitement of the workshop is the announcement that MODA has received the Lynn Palm Western Dressage Group Grant from the Dressage Foundation for the event. The Mission of The Dressage Foundation (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization), is to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage in the United States. The Dressage Foundation was established in 1989 by Lowell Boomer, who was also the founding organizer of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) in 1973.



Grants are available for riders of all ages and levels, instructors, judges, breeders, show managers, dressage clubs, and more. All of the funding for these grants is provided by contributions from donors. The Lynn Palm Western Dressage Fund for Groups and Individuals was established in 2019 by Lynn in celebration of her 50 years as a professional equestrian and to give back to the sport she loves. Lynn believes that the classical training

principles of dressage are applicable and beneficial to all levels of riders, breeds of horses, and riding disciplines. Other events being planned are a Ride-A-Test in April, a Level 1 show in May, a schooling show in June and September, and of course the Mid-Ohio Classic at Brave Horse scheduled for July 15-17. Information on all clinics and shows can be found at https://

Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club

Tack Swap a Success PRESIDENT, Steven “Chunk” Watts; SECRETARY, Melissa Green; TREASURER, Terri Rafeld; WEBSITE, EMAIL, paintandplaininfo@yahoo. com

by Chesna Wertz Hi everyone! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. As of this writing, we are in the middle of our first big winter ‘event’ here in Ohio. It’s been pretty mild up until now, so I guess we can’t complain too much! Sooner than we know it, the temps will start to rise, and spring (otherwise known as mud season) will be here. On Jan. 29 AP&P held our annual tack swap, and it was a huge success! With two sold out

buildings to shop from, there was a wide selection of items to explore. Lots of smiling faces were seen all day, whether it was finding that perfect item for the 2022 show season, or just catching up with friends. We also were able to collect a large amount of non perishable food for the Ashland Associated Charities. A big thank you to everyone who set up, came out and shopped, and donated! We are already making plans for the 2023 swap. When this article is published, we will only be a bit over a month away from our first show of the 2022 season. Please join us on April 23-24, under Judge Paula Gatewood. And don’t forget to become a member to be eligible for year end high point awards! Individual Membership is $20 and a Family Membership is $25. All forms can be found on our website. Hope to see you there!

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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

CLARK RICKARD BRADLEY Clark Bradley passed away at his home in Newark, Ohio, where he and his wife of 25 years, Bonnie Bradley, had recently moved. Clark was born in Hilliard, Ohio to Bailey ‘Stretch’ Bradley and Betty Rickard Bradley. He graduated from Hilliard High School and from the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, completing boot camp training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC. He spent his life dedicated to the training of horses, showing horses, teaching, judging and mentoring future horse trainers. For over 30 years Clark was an instructor in the University of Findlay Western Equestrian Studies Program and was Assistant IHSA Coach, winning multiple IHSA National Championships. He represented AQHA, NRHA and NSBA as he judged horse shows all over the world. He judged the AQHA World Championship Show four times and the NRHA Derby three times. He conducted horse training clinics throughout the US and Canada as well as youth and adult horsemanship and reining schools for over 40 years. Clark was honored by the horse industry as the 2001 AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year, NRHA Hall of Fame in 1994, All American Quarter Horse Congress Hall of Fame in 2008, the recipient of the Southern Belle Living the Mission Award in 2013 and in 2015 was presented the AQHA Most Valuable Professional by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Clark served the NRHA as President, member of multiple committees, was on the board of Directors for over 25 years and a NRHA Futurity Live Webcast commentator. He won the NRHA Reining Futurity two times. He served the OQHA with two terms as President, Director for over 40 years and became an Honorary Director in 1988. AQHA was a large part of Clark’s professional life. He served on the Show and Contest Committees for 31 years and was past Chairman for the Show Committee and the Show Council. He was a member of the Professional Horsemen Council and Chairman for the Animal Welfare Committee. Over the course of Clark’s career, he and his clients showed horses to wins in NRHA, the All American Quarter Horse Congress and AQHA from reining to cutting to ranch riding and many other disciplines. Clark was highlighted in several publications through the years such as the AQHA Journal, NRHA Reiner, Western Horsemen, OQHA News, Quarter Horse News, Performance Horse and University of Findlay Publications. Clark is survived by his wife, Bonnie, son CR Bradley of Collinsville, Texas (wife Rose), stepdaughter Brianna Stone of Newark, Ohio (husband David), grandsons Cooper, Tanner and Austin. Sisters, Coralie Davis of Tyler, Texas, Mary Bradley of Granbury, Texas, Marilyn Kay Crowson of Louisville, Mississippi, and brother Bill Bradley of Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family is honoring Clark’s request that donations be made to the AQHA Professional Horsemen Endowment. Gifts can be made securely online or be mailed to: American Quarter Horse Foundation, Professional Horsemen Endowment, Memory of Clark Bradley, PO Box 32111, Amarillo, TX 79120. Celebration of Life for Clark Bradley will be held Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, 6325 Quarter Horse Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43229.

CAROL JEAN LONG Carol Jean Long, age 87 of Rosewood, Ohio, passed away on Feb. 2, 2022 in her daughter Lori’s home near Rosewood. Carol was born on Nov. 12, 1934 one of 13 children to the late Harry and Clara (Herren) Manahan. Her two children, Lori Long and Joey Long, and granddaughter, Paris Long all of Rosewood, Ohio, survive her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son ‘Skippy’ Carl Richard Long II and 12 siblings. Carol was a member of the Rosewood United Methodist Church, an avid mushroom hunter, she liked to plant flowers and vegetables and she would can and freeze her produce. She enjoyed raising chickens. Most of all she enjoyed spending time and supporting her children’s interests. She shared Lori’s passion for horses and was a member of Champaign County Ohio Horseman’s Council. She enjoyed riding in Steve and Cindy Glaser’s wagon in the Pony Wagon Days Parades in St. Paris. She also shared Joey’s love for baseball, she spent time playing catch with him and was his biggest fan when he made it to major league baseball. She enjoyed traveling to his games and watching him play. Funeral services were held on Feb. 10 in the Rosewood United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Maurice presiding. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Miami County. Condolences may be sent to

BARB MASSIE Another ‘Life Member’ of the Wayne County Saddle Club has gone on to ride the trails beyond. Barb (Luplow) Massie died last Nov. 21, 2021. She was a life member with husband, Roy, past president, and several year co-chairperson of the Friday night fun shows at the ‘Hollow’. (Roy passed away in 2014. Roy and Dwain, featured last Corral, were brothers.) She retired as a nurse, following owning a business driving truck, and bus, and as a phone operator. More recently, Barb showed at numerous fun and point shows in contest classes for several years at the ‘Hollow’ even after her husband died, often bringing younger family members with her to ride and cheer her on. Members of her family often joined her at the Friday night shows. Folks who attended shows those years will continue to remember Barb pleasantly. Services were held at East Union Lutheran Church east of Wooster in November. Prayers and best wishes go to the family and others close to her. Submissions for The Last Ride can be emailed to



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Ride In Sync

Improve Your Showring Performance with Good Transitions by Terry Myers


hallmark of the welltrained horse is smooth transitions from one gait to another. It’s thrilling to watch a reiner make the change from their fast circle to their slow small circle, making the speed change in one or two strides. There’s the dressage horse that moves into their extended trot with a huge change in reach and speed. Or the ranch horse that is so responsive to the rider’s


queues as they negotiate all the changes in speed and gaits with precision in their pattern. Or even the barrel horse when they run up to the barrel and down shift their speed to wrap neatly around the barrel. All of these are transitions; it is a change in gait, gait extension and/or speed. The change can be either an increase or a decrease in speed and gait extension. So, how do you get the eyepopping transition that will wow the judge? The good transition is part of a good training program. To start, you must have good forward motion before you can think about asking for a gait transition. Assuming you can use your leg on your horse and he is soft in the bridle, you are ready to start working on your transitions to extend your gaits, starting with the walk. The walk is a four-beat gait. To ask to for an extension at the walk,

It takes a tremendous amount of practice to get beautiful extensions and great transitions. It all starts with you as the rider. sit deep in your saddle. What I mean is roll your hips down into your saddle and sit more on your pockets. The reason you have to sit deep is to shift your weight to the horse’s hind quarters so they can elevate their front end and drive from behind. Then, while moving with the horse, alternate leg pressure side to side as you horse moves. When you do this, you are moving your leg from your hip (not your knee), laying your calf on your horse (but not squeezing). Don’t kick your horse, but alternating your leg, put your calf on your horse. You should have a very light feel on the reins to push your horse into the bridle, not a locked down dead hold. If your horse breaks into a trot, sit down and bring them back into a walk. What you should feel is a free motion walk with good reach and your horse may need to increase head and neck motion to accomplish this. In my training for the ranch horse, this image should look like the horse is covering ground with purpose, with a walk like you see your horse do when you are heading back towards your barn. I like to see the head and neck bob in the extended walk for a ranch horse. To transition back to a normal walk, sit in a normal position, quiet your legs and give you horse a slight queue with the reins to come back to you. Their speed should return to a normal walk. If you do this enough, your horse will learn to extend their walk and transition back to a regular walk just by your seat and legs. The trot is a two-beat gait. There are three different rider body positions for the extended trot: sitting, standing, and posting. The western pleasure horse jog/trot extension (or jog with ‘forward motion’) is done by sitting deep in the saddle, which like in the walk, allows the horse to elevate their front end and drive deeper behind. The western pleasure


extended jog in not necessarily a faster gait, just a longer stride in the horse’s legs. A hunter or dressage horse is a posting trot with both extension and longer stride, covering more ground. For the posting trot the rider posts on the correct diagonal by remembering the saying “you rise and fall with the foot on the wall.” By the rider rising their post with the outside front foot, it allows the inside hind foot to reach deeper. For the ranch horse, the rider can sit the extended jog trot, post it or stand. Some associations allow for holding the saddle horn during the extended trot, some do not, so you need to know your rules. If you stand, keep your seat back over the center of your saddle so that you are not dumping your weight to your horse’s front end. This allows your horse to lengthen their stride and move with cadence and purpose. I do not like to see a rider standing so far forward in the saddle that they are leaning over the front of the horse and putting all their weight on the horse’s front end, which makes their job extending the gait much more difficult. To transition back from an extended trot to a normal trot/ jog, you reverse the movements you did that created your extension. Since I am standing or posting for my ranch pleasure extended jog, I ease back into the saddle, relaxing my core and my legs. Your horse should come back to you. If not, give them a slight queue with the reins. Do this over and over, your horse will learn to come back to you without touching the reins. Teaching your horse to extend the canter/lope is very similar. With it being a three-beat gait, you want to think about keeping your legs in rhythm with your horse’s stride. You can either sit deeper in your saddle and drive with your legs, or you can rise into a two-point position. I usually prefer to sit deep in S March 2022

Dusty Boots Riding Club

Annual Banquet Information; Show Dates Being Finalized PRESIDENT, Billy Jo Brown 1ST VICE PRESIDENT, Rick Wilson TREASURER, Donna Router SECRETARY, Tonya Wilson EMAIL, WEBSITE,

Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, Dusty Boots Riding Club is gearing up for spring and summer! During the winter months the officers, directors, and trustees are busy planning for the next year. The trustees discuss the budget and finances of the club, the directors review the rulebook and

discuss changes to the showbill, and the officers plan all the events—the banquet and shows. The 2022 season will kick off on March 26 at the annual awards banquet where we will celebrate 2021 accomplishments with delicious food and great awards. This year the banquet will be held at The Showplace Event Center in Andover, Ohio. Reservations are due by March 1, all members are welcome to attend! You can find a reservation form on our website at http:// Every year there is a Banquet Book published; it’s a great place to advertise. Ads are due by March 1! If you are interested in submitting an advertisement,

contact Maggie Luciani at At the banquet, we will recognize all the class winners, division winners, and crown the new Dusty Boots Royalty. Marissa, Mikey, Zoey, Baylee, and Nadia have been hard at work for a year competing in the royalty contest. The competition includes horsemanship classes, an interview, a test, and attendance to club events. There is a junior and senior division. The winners will graciously represent the NEOHA and assist the Royalty Chairperson with the competition the following year. Each contestant receives gifts just to participate and then of course the winners will receive

additional awards. If you are interested in competing in the Royalty competition feel free to reach out to Tonya Stenger at Show dates and showbills are being finalized and will be published soon! We are excited to be hosting a two-day show over the 4th of July holiday! If you are interested in joining our team, please attend one of our monthly membership meetings. All members are welcome to attend. Membership meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus and begin at 7 p.m. And a big thank you to Big Dee’s for our awards as always!

extensions and great transitions. It all starts with you as the rider.

popular clinician at multiple expos in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Myers’ Ride-In-Sync Horsemanship methods as well as clinics and training services available, visit Myers at www.tmtrainingcenter. com and on Facebook.

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consistency are the key. The more you practice increasing and decreasing your speed, the better you and your horse will become. And remember… horses don’t make mistakes, people do. It takes a tremendous amount of practice to get beautiful

Terry Myers is a national clinician and champion horse trainer with a depth of knowledge developed from over 50 years in the horse industry. Myers has been a



Spring Fencing Series Part 1

Corner Posts and H-Brace Installation by Lisa Kiley


arch is a great time to start thinking about getting back out and doing some projects on the farm. Fencing for a new property or adding additional pastures is a project that can seem overwhelming, but with the right tools and techniques you can do it yourself. In this 4-part series we are going to cover some of the areas that can seem tricky and may have kept you from taking on a project like this in the past. Putting in your own fence doesn’t have to be difficult, and it can save money and be a rewarding experience. This month, we are going to focus on corner posts and proper bracing. Any type of fence that requires tensioning needs to have the proper foundation in the corners and bracing to keep it working properly. While there are many styles of fencing to choose from and each may have some differences in specific installation, we will use the example of an electrified braided rope fencing for this series because it is a very popular and safe horse fence. It is also a great choice because compared to many other fencing styles, it is something most people can install on their own with just the help of an extra set of hands. When getting started, choosing the right post is the first step to setting up a fence that will last for years with minimal maintenance. Selecting high quality posts of the appropriate size is important. Proper corner bracing requires a heavy-duty wood anchor post that will withstand the pressure that is applied to the fence from both the animals and the elements it will be subjected to. While no wood post will last forever, selecting a pressure treated product will protect against decay. The anchor post should be at least 6” in diameter. As for length, that will depend on how tall you are planning for the fence to be. The post will need to go no less than 4 feet into the ground. If you are using an

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8’ post, that would mean that the fence would be 4 feet tall. If you want your fence to be 5’ tall, you will need a 9’ post. Always check how deep the frost line is in the area for which you are building the fence because putting the post below the frost line will prevent heaving. Before you dig any holes in the ground there are some important preparation steps that you will want to take to make sure that everything is in place and will make for a straight fence line. This includes plotting out where you want the fence to go and staking it out so that the fence line will be straight. If you are doing a square or rectangular pasture, in addition to staking and stringing out the fence lines, you will also want to measure from corner to corner across the pasture to ensure the spacing is equidistant. Each corner will need one anchor post and two line posts that will be put into the ground vertically as well as two posts that will be used horizontally to create the H- Brace. Once the spot for a corner is selected, measure out down the fence line for the two supporting line posts to create the full corner (most commonly creating a 90-degree angle). The length of the horizontal brace posts should be at least 10’. If the bracing post isn’t long enough, once tension is placed on the fence, the corner posts can heave out of the ground. The post holes can be dug by hand, but a post hole digger attachment, hand auger, or a post pounder can make this process much easier. It is a good idea to call early if you are planning on renting as these items can really become in-demand as the season progresses. Once you have dug the holes and place corner posts, take care to back fill with limestone and tamp in around the poles methodically. Ensure that the top of the post is even by using a level, which will also prevent weaknesses in the post over time. After the anchor post and 2 supporting posts have been placed, it is time to prepare for installing the horizontal brace post. This requires using brace pins that will fit into both the top of the corner post and the end of the brace post. It is recommended to use two 5” pins going into the actual corner post on each side and two 10” pins that will go into the two supporting line posts on either end of the H-Brace. This will require measuring and pre-drilling so that the braces can be easily tapped into the posts. The spacing from the top of the posts to where the horizontal brace post connects can depend on how many strands you are planning on installing, but 2”-8” from the top is common. There are several options when it comes to installing the actual brace wire that will go from the bottom of the corner anchor post to the top of the supporting line posts, in height alignment with the horizontal posts. The angle of the wire needs to be 22 degrees or less for proper weight distribution and bracing capacity to prevent the posts from lifting. Brace wire should be 9-gauge wire or a braided cable such as a “quick-brace” kit. While the electric fence will run in front of this cross wire, to prevent horses from encountering it, a protective coating can be slid over which will also be increase visibility and protection. Once the corner posts and h-braces and wire have been properly installed, you will be able to move onto installing the rest of your fence with confidence that a strong foundation has been set in place. Next month we will discuss installing the fence lines and tensioning. Lisa Kiley is a lifelong horse enthusiast who has worked in the equine industry and shown horses for many years. She is a proud member of the Cashmans Horse Equipment Team. Cashmans Horse Equipment, located in Delaware, Ohio, has been providing top quality products to the equine and agricultural community for 40 years. They have a commitment to sourcing environmentally conscious merchandise and items made in the U.S.A. Cashmans strives to educate customers and provide products that put safety first so you can enjoy more time with the horses you love.


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Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc.

MTRA 2022 Proposed Ride Calendar PRESIDENT, Chuck Fanslow 1st VICE PRESIDENT, Al Davis SECRETARY, Kathleen Moss TREASURER, Mindy Ellis WEBSITE, EMAIL, PHONE, 989/723-1425

by Kristen Humble Spring is in the air and if you’re a trail rider you can’t help but start dreaming of the rides you’ll do and the trips you’ll take with your horse this year. MTRA has some great rides proposed for the 2022 season. To kick off the season, we will be having our Annual Meeting March 26 at the Doherty Hotel in Clare, Mich. This event is a great way to update your membership,

reconnect with members and get ready for our rides. There is a brief trail riders’ meeting where the board discusses new and old business and then there is an amazing night of entertainment, dinner and dancing the rest of the evening. Our second event this season will be our spring work bee held in May. Work bees are a fun way to help donate time to keeping the trails and camps beautiful. We typically bring horses to ride during the off time, but during the days we clear trees and brush, pick up parking lots, build picket posts and do any other things the board approves to help get the trails ready for the riding season. We can always use helpers of any skill level during our work bees. The first ride of the year is our May Blossom Ride on May 12-16

at the South Branch Trail Camp. This ride does not go across the shore to shore trail, but it offers riders a great way to get started for the year and enjoy circle riding around one of our most popular camps. After the May ride, we offer two different shore to shore crossings in June. The first is June 2-13 and it goes from Oscoda (on the east side) to Empire (on the west side) with no layover days. The second ride is June 17-July 2 and it goes the opposite direction (Empire to Oscoda) with several layover days. These two rides are trophy rides and riders must be MTRA members for at least 30 days prior to the start of the ride to participate. Our last rides of the season will be the August Family Ride, Aug. 6-13, where we stay at Goose Creek Camp for the week and offer fun activities for the whole

family like kayaking/tubing, nightly bonfires and daily crafts. We also hope to add another work bee in August before we offer our Sept. 9-Oct. 2 Criss Cross Ride where members start on our north spur trail at Mackinaw before heading from Empire to Oscoda. Then we finish the season with our annual October Color Ride going a partial journey from Walsh Road Trail Camp to 4 Mile Camp on Oct. 8-16. This ride always has amazing fall leaves and a crisp, cool temperature just perfect for those last Michigan rides. There are so many great things always happening in the club and we hope you will join us as a member and come ride with us. Check out our website at www. and our Facebook pages to keep up to date with all the happenings. Ride on!

Ohio High School Rodeo Association

Thank You to our Sponsors who Support the OHSRA NATIONAL DIRECTOR, Nikki McCarty PRESIDENT, C.E. Taft RODEO SECRETARY, Jennifer Reynolds PHONE, 330-464-4079 FACEBOOK, Ohio High School & Jr High Rodeo Association; WEBSITE,

by Garrett Houin As student members of the Ohio High School Rodeo Association, we want to give a big thank you shout out to our sponsors. We couldn’t do the many things we do without their support, whether that’s local sponsors like my favorite insurance agent who grits his teeth and still insures me to drive my truck (thank you, Larry, from Habrun’s Insurance!) to our national sponsors who support our members across the country. This month, we want to recognize some of our national sponsors who support our state association.

Not only does Cinch provide support to our state’s Cinch team members, but they also create top-of-the-line fashionable clothing. Each of our members receives a team Ohio Cinch button-down shirt to show our support of this great brand. Corral Boots provides a variety of boots in all shapes and sizes with enough choices that everyone can find a Corral Boot they love. Professional Choice produces such a huge variety of horse products, from fly masks, to boots, to cleaning supplies. American Hathand makes topquality hats from cowboy hats to fedoras and even hat accessories. Yeti provides a wide variety of accessories from drinkware, to bags, and even coolers. BEX Sunglasses have stylish sunglasses of all styles and other related products. Smarty offers a wide variety of high quality dummies to practice your roping.

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Weatherby has produced topquality firearms since 1945. And when your horse needs to travel down the road, there’s nothing sweeter than a ride in a Bloomer trailer. Speaking of these great national sponsors, be sure to hit up your favorite high school or junior high rodeo contestant for a raffle ticket. Members are busy selling raffle tickets for two chances to win a Bloomer trailer ($50/ ticket) or a chance to win a Weatherby custom rifle ($10/ ticket). Proceeds will go toward our year-end awards and that national scholarship fund. And now, let’s meet our two Junior High Cinch team members:

goat tying. He has competed in Junior High School Rodeo for three years and has qualified for the National Junior High School Rodeo and every year so far, after winning the calf roping in Ohio in both the sixth and seventh grade. His favorite movies are John Wayne and westerns, and he enjoys roping and hanging out with his friends.

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Madigan Reynolds

Madigan is an 8th grader at Dalton Middle School. She competes in barrels, poles, goat tying, breakaway roping, ribbon roping, and has been in the Ohio Junior High School Rodeo for three years. Her plans for the future are college and rodeo, and her favorite accomplishment is qualifying the National Junior High School Rodeo Finals. March 2022

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Massillon Saddle Club

Mark Massillon Saddle Club Show Dates on Your Calendar PRESIDENT, Leanne; VICE PRESIDENT (CONTEST), Shae. VICE PRESIDENT (PLEASURE), Jeff; SECRETARY, Francine; TREASURER, Kathy EMAIL, WEBSITE,

Hello everyone. MSC hopes that all is well for you, your family and your friends. 2022 plans are underway for Massillon Saddle Club. Hopefully, there is room on your new calendar for the MSC dates. Show grounds cleanup is scheduled for May 1 and May 14, both days start at 10 a.m. This is a fantastic opportunity to complete volunteer hours before the rush of the show season. There are a multitude of easy projects that can be done, such as weeding the garden, gathering branches that fell from the trees over the winter, removing the

expired rail sponsorships….if you have a passion for a specific project, please let us know. New ideas are always welcome. Fun Shows will be April 24, May 15, Oct. 2, and the Halloween show, Oct. 30. Contest Shows are May 29, June 26, July 10, July 31, Aug. 14, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 (no rain dates will be scheduled) Pleasure Shows will be May 22 (Kay Tracy), June 5 (Phil Harstine), June 12 (Katherine Lefever), July 17 (Brigitte Brubaker), Aug. 7 (Lisa Miller), Aug. 21 (Duane Stutzman with a rain date of Sept. 18). All dates are dependent on show grounds conditions, and any new Covid-19 guidelines. Please check the MSC Facebook page. If in doubt please call or text the numbers listed on the showbill, and call before you haul. Showbills should be posted on the website. Please watch the Massillon Saddle Club Facebook page, and the website for updates

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on possible future events that are in the planning stages. A huge thank you to the two show committees. There wasn’t a specific individual that volunteered for the Contest of Pleasure VP. Several of the board members and members volunteered to run the shows this year. Thank you to the Louive Family who volunteered as the Contest Team: Leanne, Lawrence, Lyneia, Lane, and, Colin. Thank you also to the Pleasure committee: Kathy, Mandy, Machell, and Francine. MSC is currently looking for an announcer, or several announcers, to help on show days. If interested in helping on a specific date, please let us know. A full day commitment is not required and it is an easy way to complete volunteer hours. Announcers are the unsung heroes of show day: they keep things moving along, and keep an eye out for anyone who may need assistance. (We have all been on that steady horse that suddenly wants to relive the ‘joyful outbursts’ of a two year old.) MSC is currently asking your opinions and ideas for the 2022


show season. How can the show be improved? Do you have any suggestions for updates/changes to showbills, websites or the Facebook page? What kind of year end awards would you like? We look forward to hearing your suggestions, thoughts, and ideas. If you are an entrepreneur, and would like to highlight your business, please consider a sponsorship. The sponsorship can either be monetary, or a donation of your specific product (non horse-related items such as custom mugs or knitted hats, or, animal related items such as custom tack, animal treats, etc). Please see the MSC website for sponsorship information. If you have any recognitions or news that you would like added to the next newsletter, whether it is horse-related or not, please feel free to email massilonsaddleclub@ We are very much looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the MSC family. MSC thanks you, and, hopes for health, happiness, and good horses now, and in the future.

March 2022

Complete Feeds:

What are they, and when do I feed one? by Nettie Liburt, PhD, PAS


here are certain scenarios when a horse must have hay, pasture, or any long stem forage eliminated or reduced in the diet. Some examples of these situations may include dental problems, concerns over choke risk, digestive disease or other factors. In my career, I have come across more than a few of these horses who struggled with similar problems and had to have diets designed to support them with out forage. And keep in mind that forage is the basis for the equine diet! It sounds counterintuitive, and it is, but it can be managed to help keep the horse healthy and thriving. With careful balance and planning, creating a forage-free diet can be done successfully. Complete feeds are frequently an essential part of these diets, so read on to learn more. Complete Feeds

The term ‘complete feed’ is defined by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) as, “A nutritionally adequate feed for animals other than man; by specific formula is compounded to be fed as the sole ration and is capable of maintaining life and/ or promoting production without any additional substance being consumed except water.” In other words, everything the horse needs nutritionally, except water, is in a complete feed. This is compared to AAFCO’s definition of a concentrate, which is, “A feed used with another to improve the nutritive balance of the total and intended to be further diluted and mixed to produce a supplement or a complete feed.” In other words, it makes up only a portion of the overall balanced diet. It is important to understand the difference between a complete feed and a concentrate. A complete feed, by law, will be labeled as such, and will have a few common characteristics. Let’s start with the feeding directions. Typically, feeding directions for a complete feed will recommend offering 1.5-2.5 percent of a horse’s body weight per day. So, for a 1000-pound horse, that might be 15-25 pounds per day (compared to a concentrate that may be fed at a rate of only 4-5 pounds per day). But, when you consider that a complete feed is the only source of food, that feeding rate makes sense. A complete feed can be offered either continuously or in four or more meals throughout the day, as opposed to feeding of 5 to 10 pounds per day in two to three meals. Increasing meal frequency, and consequently decreasing quantity offered per feeding, helps to extend the horse’s ‘chew time,’ and helps to keep food in the stomach to buffer acid. When it comes to the guaranteed analysis, notice that the vitamin and mineral fortification should be lower than that of a concentrate. This is by design. Remember, if a complete feed is the sole source of food for a horse, it must be fortified in such a way that when it is consumed as directed it won’t cause vitamin or mineral toxicity. At the same time, that feed must include enough fortification to provide the horse with at least the basic needs for a healthy life. Equine nutritionists will spend Dr. Nettie Liburt is the Senior Equine Nutrition Manager for MARS Horsecare US/BUCKEYE™ Nutrition, responsible for formulating and developing new products, research and education of the sales team, our dealers and our customers. 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 WALTHAM®, a world-leading authority on pet care and widely renowned as an institution of the highest scientific caliber, our equine nutritionists provide scientifically-based equine nutritional solutions which guide our formulations and our BUCKEYE Nutrition brand promise of being the highest quality, fixed formula feeds available. BUCKEYE Nutrition is a 100 percent equine-focused company, 100 percent medication-free facility, sourcing 100 percent traceable, pure ingredients for consistency. 800/898-9467 22

hours running calculations and tweaking formulas to ensure this critical balance. In some cases, horses who are healthy and do not have dental or other issues may travel frequently or good quality hay might be very hard to find. A complete feed can be an option to help extend or supplement the hay supply, while keeping the dietary fiber sources consistent. Typically, most nutritionists recommend replacing no more than half of the daily hay/ forage ration with a complete feed (although individual needs vary, of course!).

Fiber Is Still Important

The horse’s hindgut still needs fiber to function properly and stay healthy. A grain concentrate that contains a high level of fiber (15 -20 percent or more) is not automatically qualified as a complete feed, however. Not only does the vitamin and mineral fortification need to be properly balanced, but the type and source of fiber must be considered as well. A true ‘complete’ horse feed should incorporate fiber into the product. Good fiber sources commonly used for horses in complete feeds include soy hulls, chopped forage or shredded beet pulp.

Forage Alternatives Along with complete feed products, it is still recommended to feed at least some additional fiber if possible. Again, the type and ability of include forage alternatives depends on the individual horse’s needs, but very often feedstuffs such as chopped forage, heavily soaked hay cubes or soaked shredded beet pulp can help fit the bill. The amount to include in the diet will depend on the horse’s weight, activity and of course how much of the complete feed is being consumed.

Case Example This is a real-life example of a diet change that involved removing all the hay from a horse’s diet. A few years ago, friend of mine had a senior gelding, about 22 years old, who was extremely well cared for and in active light dressage work. He was generally healthy with no known metabolic problems or lameness. He was in good weight (a little too good, actually!) but suddenly he had three to four bouts of colic over the course of about two weeks, and one of those episodes landed him in the clinic with an impaction. She asked me to evaluate his diet. And, “Oh by the way,” she said, “he really doesn’t have any teeth.” Bingo. This was more than likely the culprit behind the gelding’s colic issues. Without good dentition, he couldn’t chew the hay properly, which put him at risk for colic. His original diet was predominantly hay plus a high-quality senior feed. Turns out, he really wasn’t able to chew that hay, and it finally came to the point where it caused serious digestive upset. What do with a horse that can’t eat hay? We started by slowly introducing hay cubes, that of course needed to be well-soaked. (Tip: weigh cubes dry, then add lots and lots of water. Then add more water. Cubes soak up a lot of water!) We were able to top that off with a small amount of a bagged chopped forage product at the owner’s request, which was chopped well enough for the gelding to handle. We were able to keep some of the high-quality senior feed, but actually reduced the daily amount to help manage the gelding’s weight, and substituted in a ration balancer to ensure proper amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals were included in the diet. And of course, that senior feed and ration balancer were also soaked. The diet was slowly adjusted, and the gelding continues to thrive today! S


March 2022

Wayne County Saddle Club

New Year/New Board Members/New Dates PRESIDENT, Stan Bosler VICE PRESIDENT, Angie Didinger & Jaimie Horsky; SECRETARY, Tricia Crilow; TREASURER, Beth Eikleberry WEBSITE,

As promised, 2022 is off to a running start. Your officers and directors are busy planning another great year for you. Officers and directors returning for 2022 are: President Stan Bosler; Vice President of Contest Jamie Horsky; Vice President

of Pleasure Angie Didinger; Secretary Tricia Crilow; Treasurer Beth Eikleberry; Directors Randi Pearson, Shena Holcomb, Matt Schaaf, and Leanne Louive plus Youth Director Angelina Van Zile. Newly elected directors are Lane Louive and Colin Benek. As you may recall, directors’ terms are three years and we alternate so as to elect two each year, officers were all re-elected. (Many thanks to retiring directors Susie Gortner and Bobbo Jo Mackey.) Prayers and best wishes to all these good folks for another successful year at the ‘Hollow.’ NOW FOR 2022 DATES The Spring cleanup is set for

Complete Feeds (continued) Wrap Up In summary, while forage should be the basis for the horse’s diet, there are certain circumstances in which consumption of hay or pasture is not possible. Complete feeds provide all of the nutrition a horse needs in the absence of other forage, and can sometimes be used as a hay-extender as well. Please keep in mind that removing the forage from a horse’s diet is a last resort and should not be done unless medically necessary. If you are unsure, contact your veterinarian and a qualified equine nutritionist for help.

March 26 with a rain/snow date of April 2. Contest Point Show dates are: May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, and Sept. 24. Pleasure Point Shows are: May 7, June 11, July 9, and Aug. 6. The Pleasure showbill will include Mini classes for those interested in efforts to provide a versatile offering for you-all. We didn’t have showbills as of this writing. We’ll have them next time and plan for the showbill ads in the April issue also. The Fun Shows are set for these dates: April 22, May 13, May 27, June 24, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, and Oct. 28. New this year—the show will start with a buckle series for open Jackpot 3D Barrels and open Jackpot 3D poles. Extra payouts start when there are 20 or more entries in either or both classes and may vary depending on sponsors for the particular show. This is a new venture and we hope to see interest and participation. More information is available from Leanne Louive at 330/844-4041. The remainder of the fun show bill is pretty much the same

format as previous years. Best wishes Leanne and crew in this endeavor! Our youth director, Angelina is still working on plans for the ‘Youth Event.’ The date will be Aug. 20. As of now, we plan to do the Roundup Free Fun Shows and Cowboy Gospel Sing Oct. 8-9. Matt Schaaf is working on plans for Speed Shows and Rob Bernhart will produce some Jackpot Shoots. We’ll have more about these next time as well. As I said, we’ll have more thorough information next time and—as far as I know—we’ll have full page ads in the April Corral. So, saddle up O’le Dobbin and get ready. The ’22 season is right around the next bend in the trail. The worship group does meet Sundays at 11 a.m., all are welcome. Finally, we sincerely hope you plan to join us for what is shaping up to be another great year at the Wayne County Saddle Club. Whether you come to show, help, watch, or any combination of these, you are welcome! ~Stan

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

by Karen (Chilipepper) Davis Our 2021 awards banquet was a success. Forty-eight members showed up, the dinner was delicious and so were the desserts. I want to thank everyone who made a dessert and who donated to the Chinese Auction. We ended up with almost 50 items. We also had our large item table muck bucket and cart, steel trailer jack, 9x12 trailer jack, $50 gift card, $100 gift cart for Big Dee’s donated by the club, plus a wonderful variety pack of Uncle Jimmy’s Brand products donated by Colleen Kelly. Thank you! A special thank you to Katherine Ring who jumped in and took charge of helping me with the tickets for the Chinese auction, 50/50, and large item auction. Congratulations to our winners:

OVERALL CHAMPION/OVERALL SR. COWBOY: Ron Kiko OVERALL COWGIRL: Stephanie Berry. OVERALL COWBOY: David Spackman OVERALL SR. COWGIRL: Rhonda Brown RESERVE COWGIRL: Courtney Herman RESERVE COWBOY: R. David Davis RESERVE SR. COWBOY: Charlie Brown RESERVE SR. COWGIRL: Kelley Forster RIFLE: Robert Koniak. SHOTGUN: Ron Kiko. CLASS WINNERS: Tammy Clark Courtney Herman, Stephanie Berry, Carla Spackman, Ed Haefner, Greg Durnell, David Spackman, R. David Davis, June Schmidt, Dawn Wojtowicz, Sue Wolski, Rhonda Brown, Briann (Doc) Hric, Dwayne Joyner, Robert Koniak, Charlie Brown and Ron Kiko TOP 5: Ron Kiko, Charlie Brown, Stephanie Berry, Courtney Herman and David Spackman WRANGLER: Lily Farnsworth MOST IMPROVED: Dwayne Joyner and Sue Wolski DROPPED GUN: Fred Dzara, Ron Kiko and Colleen Kelly SOD BUSTER: Ben Clark and Julie Joyner. CLICK CLICK: Sylvio Pellegrino.

Thanks and congratulations to everyone, if not for our participants and members we would have no club! Our officers and board of directors get everything ready for the

events but it is every one of our members and participants that make the event a success! Our dates for next season: MAY 21-22: Open Range I & II JULY 16-17: War Wagon I & II AUG. 20-21: Broken Trail I & II SEPT. 17-18: Comancheros I & II Thank you to Gage Concessions for their wonderful food they have for us at each event, we hope to see them back in 2022. I also want to thank Carmen and Nancy Virzi for hosting our meetings. Special thanks to our sponsors: Big Dee’s Vet and Tack Supply where you can get all your pet supplies and everything they need; CMSA; Lonesome Pine Ammo; Uncle Jimmy’s Brand Products

for all your pet treats; The Corral; Stagecoach West; Park Side Trailer Sales and Services, Inc., new or used horse trailers or parts or service on the one you have; Siracki Realty, if you are looking for a new house, apartment or need a place to rent); Altmeyer’s Trailers Sales in Jefferson, Ohio, for new or used horse trailers, cargo trailers, car mate trailers, American Haulers; Rockin C Leather, Ben and Tammy Clark for all your leather needs and accessories (chaps, chinks, purses, spur straps, etc); Wendy Shaffer MMCP, Agile Equine Bodywork; Rocks Farm and Garden; Junction Buick, GMC in Chardon and Kiko Meats, Ron and Diane Kiko for great tasting roasts, burgers, steaks!

Knox County Horse Park

First Fun Show April 2 PRESIDENT, Donnie Cline VICE PRESIDENTS, Travis Ross and John Weekley 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 is located at 7500 Thayer Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The membership meetings are the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The March meeting 24


location will be posted on Facebook. From April through October we meet at the Horse Park Shelter House. The first Fun Show is April 2 with a start time of 10 a.m. The Fun Shows for the year will be held on the first Saturday of the month with the rain date the third Saturday of the month. The shows will be April through October. There will be a high point buckle award presented at the October show. There will be a Halloween Fun Show on Oct. 29. Come to the meetings to add your suggestions. You can also contact an officer, trustee or member if you can’t attend. Be sure to check our Facebook page for any updates. March 2022

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Pinto Horse Association of Ohio

Ohio Pinto Hosting Five Shows in 2022 PRESIDENT, Kaylee Clagett VICE PRESIDENT, Angie Wolfe SECRETARY, Leslie Watson TREASURER, Amy Leibold EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Leslie Watson In February Ohio Pinto celebrated the 2021 show season with its annual awards banquet. The banquet was held at Cedar Corners in Sandusky. We also crowned the 2022 RoyaltyQueen Savannah Engelman, Prince Wyatt Wolery, Princess Kim Bowers, Sweetheart Olivia Madden, they look forward to representing Ohio Pinto this year. We also awarded our yearend awards for 2021. The Liston Award was given out to Jodie Ricks, this year for all of her tireless volunteer time to Ohio Pinto. If you would like to see the slide show from the banquet you can find that on the Ohio

Queen Savannah Engelman, Prince Wyatt Wolery, Princess Kim Bowers, Sweetheart Olivia Madden. Pinto Facebook page. The night was capped off by many of the attendees playing laser tag and bowling. The Ohio Pinto Youth group gave all youth members who were present at the banquet hot cocoa bombs because ‘Ohio Pinto is the bomb.’ Ohio Pinto is going to a three day format for our shows in 2022. We will be hosting five shows plus the Jubilee show. We will start our shows off on April 29-May 1 at Ashland County Fairgrounds, Ashland, Ohio; May 20-22 at Fulton County

The Ohio Pinto Youth group playing laser tag at the banquet. Fairgrounds, Wauseon, Ohio; July 22-24 at University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio; July 3031 Henry County Fairgrounds, New Castle, Ind.; Aug. 26-28 Champion Center, Springfield, Ohio; Sept. 23-25 Garwood Arena, Columbiana, Ohio.

We offer classes for both colored and solid pintos of all shapes and types from miniature horses to ponies to saddle horses. We look forward to seeing everyone this year.

Tri-County Trail Association

Mark Your Calendars of Upcoming Events PRESIDENT, Jim Mike VICE PRESIDENT, Terry McKain SECRETARY, Falicia Pitman TREASURER, Chuck Stephens WEBSITE,

by Kelly Heffner Tri-County Trail Association has many events coming up to be excited about! A chili cook-off, a tack swap, and the Easter ride are all fast approaching! First, the annual chili cookoff is on March 20, at 2 p.m. Come join us with your favorite chili for fun and taste testing! There will be ‘extra fixings’ available to purchase and prizes offered. Anyone and everyone is invited to come out to the Tri-Co campground pavilion! You can find directions to camp on our website and Facebook page! Tri-Co is holding its first annual tack swap scheduled for April 9 at 10 a.m., and spots are filling up fast! Spots are available in the pavilion, as well as spots outside 26


surrounding the pavilion. See our web page or our Facebook page for the flyer. Pre-register to guarantee your place! We already have ‘Magnawave’ and ‘Bemer’ (Bio-Electric-Magnetic-EnergyRegulation) registered, as well as lots of other great items and vendors that will be for sale and available for services. There will be concessions offered by the Stark County Stars 4-H Club. The campground will be open for all to attend. Our Easter Ride is also fast approaching. It is scheduled for April 24 at 10 a.m. at the campgrounds. There is plenty of parking for everyone. Bring your horses, enjoy the trails in the spring, and of course, enjoy the company of friends new and old. There are many other events that will be posted, and as the weather changes into the beautiful spring colors we’ll be looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends. Please feel free to check out our website and Facebook page for the schedule of events, maps, camp location, and membership application. March 2022

Marh 2022



Part 1:

The Language of Numbers Series by Christine Weisgarber


y responsibility as a bookkeeper is to capture financial data and translate it into information you can understand and use to make wise business decisions. I love to digest numbers and turn it into useful reports especially when it makes you, the business owner, more profitable. I must admit it was hard to pick my favorite metric, so now I have deemed this a series because I want to share them all with you! I will start with the information contained on a Profit and Loss report and in future series will focus on the Balance Sheet and Income (Cash Flow) Statement. I have included an image to help illustrate what a Profit and Loss report is. Read below and find out what I look at to measure the health and success of your business.

To me success is maximizing profit while reducing your expenses. The higher a percentage in either Gross or Net Profit Margin the better. In the case of Pat, reducing his cost per horse per day would put money directly in his pocket. Things that could be done are situational but changing the way you purchase your COGS in a lot of situations is beneficial and could provide opportunity to many types of business. Buying on contract or buying in bulk is an example of this.

Improve Your Operation When you separate your expenses as I have described you will have a better idea where you are profitable or how you can improve your operation for increased profit without increasing sales. That is why they are so important. Also, I believe that comparing these percentages to the same period in the prior years can truly help a business be more efficient by identifying areas for improvement and guidance for targets in the future for guaranteed growth.

‘COGS’ or Costs of Goods Sold This can also be referred to as Cost of Services they both reflects the direct costs of your product or service. If you are a farrier these would be nails, horseshoes, or any raw materials. If you own a boarding facility, the hay, grain, and bedding would be direct costs of the service you provide. Someone who creates custom saddles would have the cost of cowhide, aluminum, wood, and linens to name a few. Without these you would not have a business. This number will increase or decrease with the amount of business you are doing (or it should). So, what about all the other costs? Other costs like operating costs, are distinctly different because they stay relatively the same no matter how much business you do. Things like utilities, website costs, office expenses, etc. Continue reading to understand the value of separating your business expenses this way.

Profit Margin When you have your expenses separated as described above, you can use a ratio called Profit Margin to determine the health of your business. There is Gross Profit Margin and Net Profit Margin. I believe you should use both because they tell two different tales. The Net Profit Margin includes all expenses and income; Gross Profit Margin uses only COGS and income. Below is an example. Pat made a $100 giving riding lessons every day and $60 was spent on COGS (hay, and feed for lesson horses daily). That means his Gross Profit Margin is 40 percent on lessons. The remaining $40 needs to cover the remaining expenses associated with operating his business. If his profit is $10 after paying his operating expenses (taxes and interest included), his Net Profit Margin is 10 percent. This example would be a business doing poorly because no one wants to make $100 and only keep $10 and Pat can’t live on $10 day. 28

Summary When you have good knowledge of your operation you will have the confidence to make these financial moves as part of your strategy to be successful. Use a Profit and Loss Report to determine your Margins. If you feel unsure, take a step back and gather all the financial data and have a conversation with me. I can help paint a clear picture, so you know your next move is the right one. If the language of numbers is foreign to you, allow me to translate. You can reach out to me in a variety of ways, but email is always best I look forward to hearing from you! Christine Weisgarber has been around horses for more than half her life having experience with equine businesses and showing. She is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, member and supporter of the Massillon Saddle Club, and a proud mom of three young children. Her children were the deciding factor in opening her homebased business, Brazen Business Services LLC. Brazen, or brave, is exactly what it takes to start and run a business. She helps business owners navigate business decisions by providing accurate, up to date financial information for a more profitable business without wasted time and stress. Her services are online based with great customer service for bookkeeping and income tax services. For more information visit or call/text 330/474-9984.


March 2022

March 2022



Farrier Friendly

Thinking About a New Horse? Visualize a Balanced Hoof

by Bryan S. Farcus, MA, CJF


hinking about a new horse? Here’s a few things to consider:

Hoof balance is three dimensional. Some horses may require a support shoe, while other may only need a routine rebalancing trim:

Get the History

Both physical (veterinary care, farrier care) & behavioral (temperament, current level of training).

Arrange Pre-Purchase Visit

A veterinarian, farrier, and a reputable trainer will provide a perspective that will help you make a more informed decision.

Broken-Back Axis

Photo by Bryan Farcus, CJF

Broken-Forward Axis

Photo by Bryan Farcus, CJF

Develop an Eye for a Balanced Conformation

Become Familiar with Hoof Health

A healthy hoof is one that includes hard, solid soles and soft, flexible frog bands with a triangular center. The outer hoof wall should be at least two times greater than the width of the white line, and the white line should bond with no deep cracks between the connecting sole.

It’s a good habit to start looking at the ‘whole horse’. This means start looking at a horse from nose to tail and from ears to feet. Move the horse on to a level footing and look at his topline (visualize a line that runs between his ears, following the spine to the dock of his tail). 1. Is there a difference (asymmetry) in the shape or alignment of the shoulders/knees/lower limb joints? 2. Is there a difference (asymmetry) in the shape or alignment of the hind quarters/ stifles/ hocks/ lower limbs? 3. Are there any differences bilaterally or diagonally?



I do think that how you feel about a horse—if you click, is important and should not be ignored. However, I do caution that you do not rely on this factor alone, when considering a new horse. For the best chance for a healthy and enjoyable life-long relationship, it is important that you keep all aspects of what’s involved before you make a commitment. S


March 2022

Northern Ohio Outlaws

Northern Ohio Outlaws 2022 Season PRESIDENT, Dwayne Joyner VICE PRESIDENT, Tony Ruper SECRETARY, Janessa Hill TREASURER, Emily Soehnlen EMAIL, northernohiooutlawsinfo@ WEBSITE,

Here’s hoping everyone is making it through winter. It sure has been a snowy and cold

winter, but the good news is we are coming up on spring before you know it. So let’s see what the Outlaws have in store for us in 2022. First let me introduce you to our club officers for 2022. President Dwayne Joyner, Vice President Tony Ruper, Secretary Janessa Hill, Treasurer Emily Soehnlen. Board members: Deborah Harris, Deborah Hurlbert, Carisa Wise, Rodney Massie, Travis Gibson, S. Diane Schmidt, Steve Tschiegg and Jim Bussell.

NEW SHOOTER CLINIC If you are interested in trying out mounted shooting , please join us for a fun-filled day of learning with both you and your horse on April 24 at Ruggles Arena in Cardington, Ohio. Sign ups are limited to a small amount of new shooters so we can spend quality time reviewing gun safety, CMSA rules and desensitizing your horse to gun fire. The clinic is put on by experienced shooters and all ammo, guns and holsters are provided. More

information can be found on our website at or find us on Facebook at Northern Ohio Outlaws CMSA. You can also request a sign up form from northernohiooutlawsinfo@gmail. com. Hope to see you there! NOO 2022 SCHEDULE APRIL 30-MAY 1 JULY 9-10 JUNE 11-12 AUG. 6-7 OCT. 8-9 All 2022 NOO shoots are at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

Mid-Eastern Farriers Association

April and May Events Planned PRESIDENT, Michael Boal VICE PRESIDENT, Lori McDade SECRETARY, Carly Peters TREASURER, Tim Dodd PHONE, 740/502-7055 FACEBOOK, Mid-Eastern Farrier’s Association

by Carly Peters Mid-Eastern Farriers Association (MEFA) is proud to announce our new board members for 2022: President Levi Runnion, Vice President Lori McDade, Secretary Carly Peters and Directors: Sarah Wollaston- Hayden, Cecil Booth. MEFA have some upcoming events planned in the near future. Please RSVP as soon as possible! APRIL 16: Shoeing for the English Dicipline, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, 259 S. Tuscarawas

Avenue, Dover, OH 44622. Enter fairgrounds on Tuscarawas Avenue. Clinician Ryan Stoops CJF. Ryan has been a farrier and competitor since 2005. He specializes his farrier practice on Hunters, Jumpers, and Dressage horses. He will be going over the fundamentals of traction, modifications, and fitting shoes to horse feet. With the help of Jason Hill CJF it’ll be a clinic in April you don’t want to miss! The fee for this clinic is free to MEFA members, or $35 to nonmembers. Lunch is included. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Lori McDade at 330/447-7534 by April 9 to reserve your spot!

Bring your rig, tools, and/ or shoe building skills to our Hammer-In! It’s a fun time to connect with local farriers. Whether you shoe hot or cold, everyone is welcome! Sharing experiences with each other

helps our trade learn and grow, as it’s easy to become isolated in this industry. Forging is allowed in the indoor arena. It’s all open discussion, so bring any questions and don’t be shy. Lunch will be provided!

MAY 28: MEFA Annual Rich Peterson Hammer-In, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pegasus Farm Equestrian Center, 7490 Edison Street NE, Hartville, OH 44632

New Horse (continued) It’s an Investment

I think it’s important to always remember that when you purchase a horse it’s an investment. It goes beyond the initial purchase price. There will always be expenses in order to maintain the soundness and health of your horse. I also feel that much of the benefit we receive from our horses cannot be measured monetarily. Of course, there will be daily feed bills, routine farrier fees, March 2022

veterinary care costs, but having a healthy, happy horse that you can count on—Priceless! If you’ve enjoyed Bryan’s articles, go to and check-out his books offered in Kindle or paperback form. You can also tune into Bryan’s YouTube channel: “The Farrier Friendy Network”. For more information please visit:

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Corral Calendar The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us, creating a great deal of uncertainty within the horse show industry. It is simply impossible for the Horsemen’s Corral to keep up with event cancellations prior to going to print. Please take care of yourself, your family and your horses. Now more than ever...CALL BEFORE YOU HAUL! DISCLAIMER: The Horsemen’s Corral has made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided on this calendar of events. However, the information is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. The Corral does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained herein. Where possible, event contact information is provided. Please “Call before you haul”. MARCH 2022 MARCH 1-SEPT. 1 — Michigan Horse Council Ride Challenge. FMI: www. MARCH 2-6 — Indiana Quarter Horse Association Shamrock Shuffle, C Bar C Arena, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Kathy Avolt, 765-714-4324, www. MARCH 4 — Mule and Donkey Special Sale, Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720,, MARCH 4-6 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series Part 2, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily, 567-644-5761.

MARCH 5 — Mountain Trail Clinic presented by CHAPS, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hickory Run Farms, 5097 Bracken Rd., Alexandria, OH. FMI: 724-301-2244, MARCH 5 — IN, KY & OH IBRA Show, Beach Farms, 7800 W. Baseline Rd., Holton, IN. FMI: Justin Beach, 812-756-2011 MARCH 5 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI:, www. MARCH 5 — Hay, Straw & Firewood Auction, Clare Co. Produce Auction Building, 6820 E. Colonville Rd., Clare, MI. FMI: Yoder Brothers Auction Service, 989386-9082 MARCH 5-6 — OPHC Furry No Bling APHA & All Breed Open Show, Garwood Arena, Columbiana, OH. FMI: Tim, 937-308-1611,, MARCH 5-6 — YEDA Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: MARCH 5-6 — Winter Indoor Mountain Trail Show Series, Shenanigans Stables, 7310 Abbey Rd. NE, Carrollton, OH. FMI: Laura, 814-434-0914 (text only) MARCH 6 — GC Tack Swap, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pine Twp. Engine Company, 1252 S. Center St., Grove City, PA. FMI: Lauren, 724-854-2634,

MARCH 6 — Randolph County 4-H Horse & Pony Pork Chop Dinner/Tack Swap, Randolph County Fairgrounds, 1885 US Hwy. 27 S, Winchester, IN. FMI: 765-5460746, MARCH 7-11 — 42nd Annual Spring MidOhio Draft Horse & Carriage Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, MARCH 11-13 — Michigan Horse Expo, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: MARCH 12 — Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction, 8:30 a.m., Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH. FMI: Daniel Schrock, 330-763-0905, MARCH 12 — OHC General Membership Meeting, 10:30 a.m., Eagles Lodge, 127 E. William St., Delaware, OH. FMI: 419-3084149, MARCH 12 — Treharne’s Training Center Rodeo, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-692-1271,, www. MARCH 12 — Crawford County Horse Council Tack Swap and Silent Auction, Crawford County Fairgrounds (youth building), 610 Whetstone St., Bucyrus, OH. FMI: 419-5635170, MARCH 12 — Crazy Woman Ranch IBRA Barrels, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Joyce, 614-595-1850, MARCH 12 — Mt. Hope Horse Sale, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, OH. FMI: 330-6746188, MARCH 12 — Gymkhana Series, Kowboy Corral, 7363 New Madison Coletown Rd., Greenville, OH. FMI: 765-524-1880 (Call/ Text)


The focus of RSR shows is to provide meaningful feedback for learning and improving — as such, our shows typically have wide appeal for students of all disciplines and ages.

MARCH 12 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2022, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: Alicia SurrenaZygarowski, 724-679-0186 MARCH 12 — Winter Schooling Show, 10 a.m., Hartmeyer Stables, 7111 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN. FMI: Victoria Hill, 812878-0216 MARCH 12 — Riding Horse Sale, 1 p.m., Paris Stockyards, 1120 Millersburg Rd., Paris, KY. FMI: Brandon, 859-462-1728

1 Start Your Season with a


WOOD COUNTY HORSEMAN’S FLEA MARKET Wood County Fairgrounds in the Pavilion 13800 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio

Commercial Spaces: $25 • Non-Commercial Spaces: $20 Outside Vendors: $2/ft. (of your frontage) • Trailers: $20 $2 Admission in to the building (8 & under free) 1 wristband per space will be provided for vendor pre-entry

Clinician: Leslie Harmata owner/trainer at Rising Star Ranch LLC

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March 27, 2022 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Set-up at 8:30 a.m.)


11337 Watkins Rd. SW

MARCH 12-13 — Youth Rodeo, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, garwoodarena@, MARCH 12-13 — Kentucky/Indiana Invitational JH & HS Rodeo, Central Kentucky Ag Expo, 678 S. Wallace Wilkerson Blvd., Liberty, KY. FMI: MARCH 13 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Pleasure Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// MARCH 13 — Cuyahoga Farm Bureau 19th Annual Used Tack Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Home & Hobby Building, Middleburg Heights, OH. FMI: 440-877-0706, MARCH 17 — Forages for Horses Webinar Series: Pasture and Weed Management, Soil Fertility and Species Selection, 7 p.m. FMI: foragesforhorseregistration MARCH 19 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Contest Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// MARCH 19 — Rodeo, 5:30 p.m., Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, garwoodarena@, MARCH 19 — Winter Series (NBHA, IBRA, NPBA), 5S Arena, 570 Mount Jackson Heights Rd., Athens, WV. FMI: Sarah Stafford, 304-952-3254 MARCH 19 — Lapeer Equestrian Team Tack Sale Fundraiser, Lapeer Center for Innovation, 170 Millville Rd., Lapeer, MI. FMI: Kaitlynn Tuckey, 810-614-1468 MARCH 19 — IN, KY & OH IBRA Show, Beach Farms, 7800 W. Baseline Rd., Holton, IN. FMI: Justin Beach, 812-756-2011 MARCH 19-20 — Spring Fling Open Horse Show, 8:30 a.m., Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: 740-610-4129, www. MARCH 19-20 — YEDA Show, Hendersons Arena, Jackson, OH. FMI: www.showyeda. com MARCH 20 — 36th Annual Great Tack Exchange sponsored by Warren County OHC, Greene County Expo Center & Fairgrounds Building Livestock 3, 120 Fairgrounds Rd., Xenia, OH. FMI: www.

Contact: Catherine Kramp, (567) 322-1060 or 12988 Reitz Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

W Pataskala, Ohio W (502) 494-5314

New & Used Clothing & Equipment

No pets allowed in buildings!


Make checks payable to: Wood County Horse & Pony Clubs

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Geauga Horse & Pony Association

2022 OPEN HORSE SHOWS Geauga County Fairgrounds — Burton, Ohio



May 29

June 12

Amber Wise

Regular Class Entry Fee: $8 per class or $65 Show All Day (same horse, same rider) Jackpot Classes: $12 entry fee with 80% payback + $100 (**class must have 5 entries to qualify for payback) Open Class Paybacks: 1st - $10, 2nd - $7, 3rd - $4 (**class must have 5 entries to qualify for payback) W/T and Novice Awards: 1st through 6th place ribbons in each class Grounds and Office Fee: $10 per exhibitor or $15 per famiy

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

July 10

Alex DeWitt

All entries must be completed and paid for online by 10 a.m. on SATURDAY before show. for online show entry form


See GHPA Show Rules & Regulations for specific class rules

5/29 6/12 7/10 8/14

Generation Gap Class — Class 14

21. Lead Line (6 & U) & EWD Riders

See GHPA Show Rules & Regulations for specific class rules

**minimum 10-year age difference in riders required.

• INTERMISSION • D. SPECIAL CLASS (5/29, 7/10 & 8/14 Show ONLY) (**See description)

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

22. 23. 24. 25.

W/T (18 & U) Ranch Riding Pattern Green Horse Ranch Riding Pattern Limited Ranch Rider Riding Pattern Open Ranch Riding Pattern PATTERSON FRUIT FARM $100 added Jackpot Ranch Riding Pattern PLEASE NOTE: 11. W/T (18 & U) Ranch Horse May not enter Rail both Ranch Rail 12. Limited Ranch Horse Rail and Western 13. Open Ranch Horse Rail

Open/Novice Discipline Rail (E/W) W/T (18 & U) Western Horsemanship Novice (18 & U) Western Horsemanship Open Western Horsemanship

E. $100 Added Jackpot Western Horsemanship (6/12 & 8/14 Shows) 26. 27. 28. 29.

Pleasure with same horse and rider.

W/T (18 & U) Western Pleasure W/T (18 & U) Golf Ball and Spoon Novice (18 & U) Western Pleasure Open Western Pleasure

F. $100 Added Jackpot Western Pleasure (5/29 & 7/10 Shows) **Classes 30-35 run concurrently and at will in Small Grandstand from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35.

B. $100 Added Jackpot English Equitation (5/29 & 7/10 Shows) 18. W/T (18 & U) Hunter Under Saddle 19. Novice (18 & U) Hunter Under Saddle 20. Open Hunter Under Saddle

W/T Equitation Over Cross Rails W/T Working Hunter Over Cross Rails W/T/C Equitation Over Cross Rails W/T/C Working Hunter Over Cross Rails Equitation Over Fences (2.0 ft) Hunter Over Fences (2.0 ft)

Class D - Bareback Equitation (E/W) Class A - Shankless Showmanship Class D - Surprise Equitation (E/W) Class D - Pairs Pattern (E/W) Special Awards for these classes!

A. SPECIAL CLASS — Shankless Showmanship (6/12 Show Only)

14. Generation Gap (**see description) 15. W/T (18 & U) English Equitation 16. Novice (18 & U) English Equitation 17. Open English Equitation

Brigette Brubaker

C. $100 Added Jackpot Hunter Under Saddle (6/12 & 8/14 Shows)

Halter Ranch Halter W/T (18 & U) Showmanship (E/W) Novice (18 & U) Showmanship (E/W) Open Showmanship (E/W)


August 14

Laura Smith

5/29 Showmanship Special Awards 6/12 Western Pleasure for these 7/10 Western Horsemanship classes! 8/14 Barrels Year-End Awards for Champion Generation Gap Pair

DAILY HIGH-POINT TROPHIES AT EACH SHOW W/T, NOVICE, OPEN & RANCH 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!

**Classes 36-39 run concurrently and at will in Small Grandstand from 12-3 p.m. 36. 37. 38. 39.

W/T (18 & U) Trail Novice (18 & U) Trail Open Trail Ranch Trail

**Exhibitors may only show in one trail class per horse and rider combination.

** No crossing divisions between any GHPA shows **


June 17 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

W/T (18 & U) Keyhole Youth (18 & U) Keyhole Adult Keyhole W/T (18 & U) Stakes Youth (18 & U) Stakes Adult Stakes $100 Added Jackpot Poles W/T (18 & U) Poles Youth (18 & U) Poles Adult Poles

July 15 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

August 19

W/T (18 & U) Flags Youth (18 & U) Flags Adult Flags Leadline Barrels (FUN CLASS open to all ages) CLEVELAND EQUINE CLINIC $100 Added Jackpot Barrels W/T (18 & U) Barrels Youth (18 & U) Barrels Adult Barrels

** No crossing divisions between any GHPA shows **

September 16

Contesting Entry Fee: $8 per class Contesting Timing Fee: $2 per exhibitor Jackpot Classes: $12 entry fee with 80% payback + $100 (**class must have 5 entries for payback) W/T Awards: 1st through 6th place ribbons in each class Youth and Adult Class Paybacks: 80% payback per class (**class must have 5 entries to qualify for payback) Grounds and Office Fee: $10 per exhibitor or $15 per family


Youth and Adult classes may be combined if less than 5 entries per class. ***** Youth (18 & Under) classes are open to any riders (18 & Under) in the GHPA Novice or Open Divisions.

All entries must be completed and paid for online by 10 a.m. on THURSDAY before show. for online show entry form

All exhibitors are required to wear western boots, long sleeve collared shirt (tucked and buttoned), western hat or helmet (helmet required for all youth 18 and under), and jeans or long pants.

For More Information Check Our Website:

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!

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Corral Calendar Continued from page 34 MARCH 20 — New WDAA 2022 Tests with Ida Norris & Stacy Westfall, Four Star Quarter Horses, 10156 Marysville Rd., Ostrander, OH. FMI: midohiodressage@, MARCH 24-27 — Road To The Horse, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: 325-736-5000, MARCH 25-26 — Premier Haflinger Auction, Topeka Livestock, Topeka, IN. FMI: Glenn Yoder, 574-646-3225 MARCH 25-27 — AQHA/KYQHA Special Event Poles & Barrels, Briken Hill Arena, 1509 Red House Road, Richmond, KY. FMI: 859-229-2416, MARCH 26 — Wayne County Saddle Club Spring Cleanup, 10 a.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: Stan Bosler, 330/6075106, (rain date: April 2) MARCH 26 — Clark County 4-H Horse Committee Annual Tack Swap & Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH. FMI: Mindy Johnson, 937-207-5815 MARCH 26 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI:, www. MARCH 26 — Ranch Sorting National Championships, Rockin M Farms Arena, 3267 Center Ridge Rd., DeMossville, KY. FMI: Eric Ross, 859-991-5532 MARCH 26 — Clay County 4-H Horse & Pony Tack Auction & Chicken Noodle Dinner, 4-7 p.m., Clark County Fairgrounds, Brazil, IN. FMI:,

MARCH 26 — Tack Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Blackstone Ranch, 10127 Kress Rd., Roanoke, IN. FMI: 260-715-1745, MARCH 26-27 — Ohio Ranch Horse Association Ranch Horse Clinic, Henderson Arena, Jackson, OH. FMI: 740-407-2286, MARCH 26-27 — 2-Day ORHA Clinic, Terry Myers Training Center, 4170 Stover Road, Ostrander, OH. FMI: 740-666-1162, www. MARCH 27 — Wood County Horseman’s Flea Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wood County Fairgrounds in the Pavilion, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, OH. FMI: 567322-1060, MARCH 27 — 26th Annual Darke County Tack Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville, OH. FMI: Laura, 937-467-6206 (text) MARCH 30 — Wednesday Night Jackpot Barrel Race Series, Kentucky Cowtown Arena, 210 Wainscott Road, Williamstown, KY. FMI: 859-801-6606, MARCH 31-APRIL 3 — 2nd Annual Indiana Equine Roudup, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: 765-4388696,, www. APRIL 2022 APRIL 1-3 — Blue Ribbon Springtime Classic Horse Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Steve, 937-760-7935,

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


Horse Sale Every Friday Tack at 11 a.m. Horses at 2 p.m.


Livestock Sale Every Monday

Hay at Noon Livestock 12:30 p.m. Send consignment information for posting on Facebook to

102 Buckeye Street Sugarcreek, Ohio


Consignments due February 25th



Consignments due March 4


MAY 13 SPECIAL MULE & DONKEY CATALOG SALE Consignments due May 6th

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APRIL 2 — Mahoning Saddle Horse Symposium, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Canfield Fairgrounds, 7256 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH. FMI: Christine, 330-7175960, APRIL 2 — Ruggles Arena IBRA, NPBA Speed Show, 2651 Township Road 155, Cardington, OH. FMI: Janet, 419-210-7204 APRIL 2 — INHSRA Junior High Rodeo, High Call Arena, 13261 W. Polk Rd., Lexington, IN. FMI: APRIL 2 — Twistn B Ranch IBRA/NPBA Show, 3435 S. Pleasant Ridge Rd., Scottsburg, IN. FMI: Penny, 812-406-8512 APRIL 2-3 — YEDA Show, Grange Park, Centre Hall, PA. FMI: APRIL 2-3 — Kentucky Paint Horse Club 4-Judge Spring Paint-O-Rama Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfork, KY. FMI: www. APRIL 3 — Classical Attraction Dressage Tack Sale, Brecksville Stables, 11921 Parkview Dr., Brecksville, OH. FMI: CADSrider@, APRIL 3 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Pleasure Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// APRIL 3 — WPYRA Tack Swap, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rocking K Ranch, 680 Pittsburgh Rd., Bentleyville, PA. FMI: Danielle, 724554-4791 APRIL 3 — Monroe County New and Used Tack N’ More Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Merchants Expo Center, 3775 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, MI. FMI: Christin Gordon, 734430-5377, APRIL 7-10 — Equine Affaire, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH. FMI: 740-8450085,, www. APRIL 8-10 — Indiana Spring Class Show, The Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. FMI: Sandy, 248207-4956,, www. APRIL 9 — Ohio 4-H Horse Program Horse Bowl, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH. FMI: Dr. Kimberly Cole, 614-292-2625,, APRIL 9 — 1-Day Ride-In-Sync Horsemanship Clinic, Terry Myers Training Center, 4170 Stover Road, Ostrander, OH. FMI: 740-666-1162, www. APRIL 9 — Tri-Co Trails Tack Swap, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Cindy Krumm, 330-7052897,, www. APRIL 9 — Mt. Hope Horse Sale, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, APRIL 9 — Rising Star Ranch Open Show Series, Rising Star Ranch, 11337 Watkins Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH. FMI: 502-4945314,, APRIL 9 — 4th Annual Stampede Saturday, Green Mountain Horse & Tack, 1327 Sharon Copley Rd., Wadsworth, OH. FMI: 330-7159663, APRIL 9 — Norma Agnew Memorial MSU Hairy Horse Show, 8:30 a.m., MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. FMI: APRIL 9 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI:, www.


APRIL 9-10 — EOQHA Spring It On Show 1, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: APRIL 9-10 — YEDA Show, Midway University Equestrian Center, Midway, KY. FMI: APRIL 9-10 — American Shetland Pony Club & IN Small Equine Association Show, Henry County Saddle Club, 321 W 100N, New Castle, IN. FMI: 765-524-2400, hcsadle@, APRIL 13-17 — Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Association Show, C Bar C Arena, 253 W. Stardust Rd., Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Kathy Avolt, 765-714-4324, www. APRIL 15-17 — Ohio Half Arabian Horse Association Spring Show, World Equestrian Center, 4095 State Route 730, Wilmington, OH. FMI: Cindy Clinton, 937-962-4336, APRIL 16 — Shoeing for the English Discipline Clinic,Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, 259 S. Tuscarawas Ave., Dover, OH. FMI: Lori McDade, 330-447-7534, APRIL 16 — Treharne’s Training Center Rodeo, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-692-1271,, www. APRIL 16 — Gymkhana Series, Kowboy Corral, 7363 New Madison Coletown Rd., Greenville, OH. FMI: 765-524-1880 (Call/ Text) APRIL 16 — Lawrence County Horseman’s Association Show, 6 p.m., 475 Commerce Drive, Ironton, OH. FMI: Laura Adkins, 304360-0013 APRIL 16 — Chilled Classic Winter Series 2022, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: Alicia SurrenaZygarowski, 724-679-0186 APRIL 16 — Kal-Val Saddle Club Pleasure & Speed Show, 9853 S. 34th St., Scotts, MI. FMI: Melissa Shrader, 269-808-7573 APRIL 16-17 — Lower Michigan Horse Association Show, Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St., Mason, MI. FMI: lowermichiganhorseassociation@, Find us on Facebook APRIL 16-17 — Indiana Paint Horse Association Show, Henry County Saddle Club, 321 W 100N, New Castle, IN. FMI:, www. APRIL 16-17 — West Virginia Quarter Horse Association Show, Winfield Riding Club, 5449 St. Rt. 34, Winfield, WV. FMI: www. APRIL 20 — HCSC Hump Day Barrels, Henry County Saddle Club, 321 W 100N, New Castle, IN. FMI: 765-524-2400, hcsaddle@, APRIL 22 — Wayne County Saddle Club Contest Fun Show & Buckle Series, 7 p.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: Leanne Louive, 330-844-4041, www. APRIL 22 — 51st Spring Auction of Coaches, Carriages, Sleighs, Appointments & Antiques, Lebanon Fairgrounds, Lebanon, PA. FMI: 717-354-6671, www. APRIL 22-24 — Ohio Ranch Horse Association Show, Henderson Arena, 739 Van Fossen Rd., Jackson, OH. FMI: Amy Roberts, 740-819-8446, amyshd@yahoo. com,

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Corral Calendar Continued from page 36 APRIL 22-24 — Rising Star Ranch Rider Confidence Clinic Session 1, 11337 Watkins Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH. FMI: 502494-5314, APRIL 22-24 — Michigan Justin Morgan Horse Association Classic Show, Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason, MI. FMI:, APRIL 23 — Mid-Ohio Marauders Clinic, Madision County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm Street, London, OH. FMI: 740-206-7214,, www. APRIL 23 — Classical Attraction Dressage Schooling Show, Brecksville Stables, 11921 Parkview Dr., Brecksville, OH. FMI:, www. APRIL 23 — Ohio Valley Team Penning Association Sorting Series, Treharne Training Center, 49053 FredericktownClarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: John May, 814-397-3265, ohiovalleyteampenning APRIL 23 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Contest Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// APRIL 23 — 14th Annual Tack, Livestock Swap & Pet Expo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stark County Fairgrounds, Canton, OH. FMI:, www. APRIL 23 — Crazy Woman Ranch IBRA Barrels, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Joyce, 614-595-1850,

APRIL 23 — Reality Dreams Open Horse Show, 9 a.m., Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Karen, 740-385-3431 APRIL 23 — Tack Swap, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fairfield County Fairgrounds AAA Building, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Kirk, 740-440-1000 APRIL 23 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI:, www. APRIL 23 — Chupp’s 29th Annual Pony Auction, Michiana Event Center, Shipshewana, IN. FMI: Lyle, 260-499-0216 APRIL 23 — 5th Annual North American Hackney Sale, The Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. FMI: Calvin Hochstetler, 574-642-3155 APRIL 23-24 — YEDA Show, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: APRIL 23-24 — Diana Olds Mounted Archery Clinic, Copper Mare Ranch, 6090 N. State Route 53, Tiffin, OH. FMI: 419-9343654, APRIL 23-24 — EOQHA Spring It On Show 2, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: APRIL 23-24 — Ashland Paint & Plain Horse Show, Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH. FMI: Chunk Watts, 330-317-0945, www. APRIL 23-24 — Ottawa County Horse Foundation Spring Fuzzy Show (Speed 23rd, Performance 24th), Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 2770 W. State Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, OH. FMI: Brianne, 419-707-0398,

Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction Followed by Ponies & Horses Wayne County Fairgrounds 199 Vanover Street Wooster, Ohio 44691

Saturday, March 12, 2022 8:30 a.m. 12 p.m.

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: $30. 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.

Nearby Places to Stay Best Western (330) 264-7750 Super 8 (330) 439-5766 Hampton Inn (330) 345-4424

2022 AUCTION DATES May 21 • July 23 October 8 • November 26 For More Information: Auctioneer Daniel Schrock Ohio License #2015000116

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APRIL 23-24 — Indiana Horse Council Foundation presents A Good Foundation Clinic & Horse Show, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburgh, IN. FMI: Tara LaFave, 317-6964619,, www. APRIL 23-24 — IN/KY High School Rodeo, Henry County Saddle Club, 321 W 100N, New Castle, IN. FMI: Casey, 702-265-9377, APRIL 23-24 — Kal-Val Saddle Club Extreme Trail Fundraiser Competition, 9853 S. 34th St., Scotts, MI. FMI: Lori Freund, 269-7209852 APRIL 23-24 — Introduction to Ranch Horse Clinic (23rd) & Advanced Ranch Horse Clinic (24th), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Berrien County Fairgrounds, 9122 Old US 31, Berrien Springs, MI. FMI: Sam Holwerda, 616-890-1190,, APRIL 23-24 — Buchanan Westerners Riding Club Fuzzy Show-Trail, 14665 Mead Road, Buchanan, MI. FMI:, www. APRIL 24 — New Cowboy Mounted Shooter Clinic, Ruggles Arena, Cardington, OH. FMI: Northern Ohio Outlaws,, APRIL 24 — Preble County 4-H Horse Advisors Tack Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Preble County Fairgrounds, Eaton, OH. FMI: Carolyn Geise, 937-533-0889 APRIL 27-30 — 76th River Ridge Charity Horse Show, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH. FMI: Barbara Dunham, 740-352-8562,, APRIL 28-MAY 1 — Land Rover Kentucky 3-Day Event & Kentucky CS13* Invitational Grand Prix, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-233-2362, www. APRIL 28-MAY 1 — 5th Annual Big Money IBRA Super Show, The MEC, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. FMI: Kaycee Everett, 317-627-5246 APRIL 29-MAY 1 — Pinto Horse Assoc. of Ohio Spring Fling Show, Ashland County Fairgrounds, Ashland, OH. FMI: www. APRIL 29-MAY 1 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series Part 2, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily VanTilburg, 567-644-5761. APRIL 30 — Gibsonburg Saddle Club Expo & Tack Sale, 961 N. Main, Gibsonburg, OH. FMI: Jerry Heaps, 419-351-9716, www. APRIL 30 — Muddy Boots 4-H Club Tack Swap, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lake County Fairgrounds, Painesville, OH. FMI: 440-8402748 APRIL 30 — Kal-Val Saddle Club Pleasure & Speed Show, 9853 S. 34th St., Scotts, MI. FMI: Melissa Shrader, 269-808-7573 APRIL 30 — 17th Annual Spring Blast Horse Show, Shelbyville Fairgrounds, Shelbyville, KY. FMI: Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association, 502-321-8986, www. APRIL 30 — Western Dressage Clinic with Annie Trice, Crooked Creek Horse Park, 467 Crooked Creek Dam Road, Ford City, PA. FMI: Afton Colder, 724-496-2114 APRIL 30-MAY 1 — Mid-Ohio Marauders Club Shoot, Madision County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm Street, London, OH. FMI: 740206-7214, midohiomarauders@gmail. com,


APRIL 30-MAY 1 — Northern Ohio Outlaw Cowboy Mounted Shoot, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover Street, Wooster, OH. FMI: northernohiooutlawsinfo@, APRIL 30-MAY 1 — YEDA Show, Hendersons Arena, Jackson, OH. FMI: www.showyeda. com APRIL 30-MAY 1 — American Shetland Pony Club & IN Small Equine Association Show, Henry County Saddle Club, 321 W 100N, New Castle, IN. FMI: 765-524-2400,, www.hcsaddleclub. com APRIL 30-MAY 1 — Twistn B Ranch IBRA/ NPBA Show, 3435 S. Pleasant Ridge Rd., Scottsburg, IN. FMI: Penny, 812-406-8512 APRIL 30-MAY 1 — Buckskin Horse Association of Michigan Show, Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason, MI. FMI: MAY 2022 MAY 1 — Straight A’s Speed Show, 11 a.m., 9036 Leopard Rd. NW, Malvern, OH. FMI: 330-868-3772, MAY 1 — Southeastern Ohio Horse Show Open Horse Show, Hartford County Fairgrounds, 14028 Fairgrounds Rd., Croton, OH. FMI: Leighton Wetzel, 740868-9847 MAY 1 — 6th Annual Coggins Clinic, Turtle Lake Campground, 854 Miller Road, Beulah, MI. FMI: 231-275-7353 MAY 6-7 — Fieldstone Farm Annual Tack Sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6th) 9-noon (7th), 16497 Snyder Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH. FMI: 440-708-0013, MAY 6-7 — Superior Friesian Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, OH. fMI: 330-674-6188, MAY 6-7 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI:, www. MAY 6-8 — Great 8 Zone-O-Rama, C Bar C Arena, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: zone8apha@, MAY 6-8 — Kal-Val Saddle Club Extreme Trail Play Day/Kelly Chapman Clinic/PMT Challenge, 9853 S. 34th St., Scotts, MI. FMI: Melissa Shrader, 269-808-7573 MAY 6-8 — Ranch Horse Association of Michigan Show, Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, 9122 US Hwy. 31, Berrien Springs, MI. FMI: Sam Holwerda, 616-8901190,, www. MAY 7 — Wayne County Saddle Club Pleasure Point Show, 10 a.m., 4200 Overton Road, Wooster, OH. FMI: Angie Didinger, 330-201-1022, www. MAY 7 — SOQPA Open Fuzzy Horse Show, Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. FMI: Jenny Walters, 740-4748000,, www. MAY 7 — Ruggles Arena IBRA, NPBA Speed Show, 2651 Township Road 155, Cardington, OH. FMI: 419-210-7204 MAY 7-8 — Classical Attraction Dressage Western Dressage Clinic, Brecksville Stables, 11921 Parkview Dr., Brecksville, OH. FMI:, www.

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March 2022



Colorado Ranger Horse Association

2021 CRHA Logging Awards PRESIDENT, Toni Lukavich; 1ST VICE PRESIDENT, Charmaine Wulff; SECRETARY, Barbara Summerson; TREASURER, Jane Montgomery. WEBSITE, EMAIL,

by Monica Doddato Sarah Craig, Colorado Ranger Horse Association Logging Program chair, recently announced the 2021 Saddle Log results. Congratulations to all these winners!

YOUTH MOST HOURS: Saige Broeker, 179.5

ADULT MOST HOURS: Vicki Cross, 271.25 YOUNGEST RIDER: Tori LaValley RANDOM DRAW YOUTH: Saige Broeker RANDOM DRAW ADULT: Jennifer Fischhaber

The following riders earned lifetime logging hour awards, meeting 200-hour marks are Saige Broeker, Sarah Craig, Vicki Cross, Karen Martens Fischhaber, and KayDence AshLynne Winkelman. The following riders reached the 300hour mark: Saige Broeker, Vicki Cross, Mady Guay and Karen Martens Fischhaber. Earning the 400-hour mark was Erin Worrell. The following riders earned the 500-hour award:

Eryn Hicks, Alex LaValley, and Tori LaValley. Everyone who sent in results will at minimum receive a certificate for the accomplishments. The Colorado Ranger Horse Association offers programs which allow CRHA members to earn year-end and lifetime awards in Logging, Distance, Youth, Futurity and Open Show. For information and applications to join these programs, visit the association’s website at www. and the CRHA forms page. Don’t forget the 49th Colorado Ranger Horse Association National Show which will be the Sept. 17 and 18.

Saige and Li LookinLikeARebel won the 2021 CRHA Youth Most Hours Award with 179.5 hours and also won the Random Draw Youth Award!

Black Swamp Driving Club

Black Swamp Driving Club Waiting for Spring PRESIDENT, Sharon Hayhurst VICE PRESIDENT, Angela Hohenbrink SEC. & TREAS., Susan Murray WEBSITE,

by Mary Thomas


From Black Swamp Driving Club President Sharon Hayhurst: If you’re looking for a club to join whether you have a horse and carriage or not, please come to our March 13 meeting at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, Ohiho, from 2 to 4 p.m. Just for fun there will be a presentation on carriage styles and carriage parts with chances to win prizes. Drives for the upcoming season will be discussed and scheduled. If you’re in 4-H, a farmer with a team, a novice or a pro, come join us and increase your skills, share your knowledge to help others, and increase your circle of friends. The Black Swamp Driving Club has something for everyone! Some of the events we have done in the past and could be scheduled for this year include: the Parker Bridge drive, driving through winding roads in parks, driving down quiet scenic country roads with a chance to see some wildlife, joint drives with the Western Reserve Carriage Association, a picnic drive around the Meeker, Ohio, Community Center, and an obstacle course drive with free fishing and a picnic on a small farm. Just imagine the possibilities you could add. Members that take ponies or minis to American Driving Society events should be aware that a pony/VSE card is required to participate. A vet or approved ADS representative can do the measuring either at home or at an event. Forms to be completed


and sent to the ADS office can be found on the ADS website. Pictures of both sides and faces of animals are required. Photos used for Coggins test papers can be used as long as they are in color. Molly Owens is home after a trip to the hospital following a bad fall on her way to the barn. She broke vertebrae in her neck and is uncomfortably wearing a neck brace and carefully moving around with a walker. She would enjoy phone calls from members. At the March meeting Sue Murray will present ideas for revamping the club bylaws. Some ideas suggested have been to reduce the governing board from seven to five, changing the treasurer’s position to a non-board member with board oversight, having a January meeting with other meetings only as necessary, and a way to poll members electronically. Changes to the bylaws will be voted on later in the year after members have had sufficient time to review them and possibly suggest changes. One lucky member will go home from the March gathering a little richer. The BSDC board approved having a 50/50 drawing at each meeting. Please note that the April meeting at the church has been canceled. Many thanks go out to Sue Murray for sending meeting notices and meeting minutes out to members. Thanks also to Angie Hohenbrink for putting BSDC news and notices on Facebook and the newly revised club website. March 2022


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Ohio Morgan Horse Association

Membership Packets — Get Horses Enlisted in High Point Program PRESIDENT, Alyssa Rose VICE PRESIDENT, Elizabeth Thomas SECRETARY, Nancy Rinz TREASURER, Elizabeth Burick WEBSITE,

by Susan Walker Welcome to March. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Forget about the wearin’ o’ the green—I wish I were seeing some green in the landscape around here. The heavy snow falls that Ohio experienced recently were beautiful (at first) but now the almost completely white environment is becoming a bit too much. On top of that, I have been watching the Winter Olympics, seeing more snow and cold. I must admit that those athletes are quite impressive, but you should see some of the moves I am making during my daily struggles to feed the herd. The farm is like an ice rink; I have

been using a walking stick like a ski pole to help me negotiate the shoveled paths; and I am hoping I don’t end up making a luge run getting back to the barn. But as you can see from the ‘Mark Your Calendar’ section below, horse show season is not all that far in the future. In fact, there are shows this month, if you are fortunate enough to be able to travel to warmer weather to participate. Next month, there will be opportunities a bit closer to home. Again, it is good news to hear that River Ridge is

making a comeback to the Ohio State Fairgrounds. People often bemoan the loss of the smaller horse shows. Well, there was fear that this show was lost as well, and I feel, it has a reputation of being more than a small local show. Hopefully, the show will be well supported this year to help secure its future. Consider showing your Morgans or donating a sponsorship or three. By the time you receive this issue of the Corral, you should have also received your 2022 membership packet. Make sure

to reply early and get those horses enlisted in the high point program so no valuable points are missed, should one be lucky enough to participate in some of the early shows coming up. So, back to the snow fall… everyone has heard the expression “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Well, when life gives you 18 inches of snow, you make snow angels. Here is an example of the human and the equine doing just that! MARK YOUR CALENDAR MARCH 8-12: Gasparilla Charity Horse Show, Gasparilla, FL MARCH 17-19: Route 66 Classic Horse Show, Tulsa OK. APRIL 1-3: Blue Ribbon Springtime Classic, Springfield, OH APRIL 7-9: Indiana Spring Classic, Shipshewana, IN. APRIL 22-24: 2022 MJMHA Classic Horse Show, Mason, MI. APRIL 27-30: River Ridge Charity Horse Show, Columbus, OH

Miami Valley Horse Show Association

Join MVHSA and Cash In On Year-End Awards PRESIDENT, Kenny Matthews VICE PRESIDENT, Beth Rosa SECRETARY, Beverly Armstrong TREASURER, Emily O’Daniel SHOW CHAIR, Betsie Moore PHONE, 937-418-2378 EMAIL, WEBSITE,

Greetings! MVHSA is looking forward to a great 2022! We had a wonderful 2021 show season and celebrated our members at our annual awards banquet.

by Betsie Moore

We were able to give out over $7,000 in awards for 2021, and are looking forward to another great show season in 2022. Our show season runs March through September each year. The first two shows of 2022 are both Buckeye Equestrian Events held at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, on March 19

and 20, and April 30 and May 1. Remember that to earn points and be eligible for year-end awards you must be a member. Membership forms and the entire show schedule can be found on our website, We hope you have a great 2022 show season and look forward to seeing you at our first show!


Looking Foward to a Great EXCA Year PRESIDENT, Jimmy McDonald TREASURER, Elisa Holmes SECRETARY, Taylor Long FACEBOOK, O.H.I.O. EXCA

by Becky Jarvis Hello everyone! As I come to you with our March report, I am writing from the warmth of my living room. There is six inches of snow on the ground and weather reports are predicting another snow/ice storm coming this week. Not much outside riding has been done and we 42

have not been able to have many practices. The weather has been one tough obstacle to deal with, but we are looking forward to spring and a great EXCA year. We have experienced many changes recently. Four of our original board members have resigned and are now replaced with new individuals. We met to organize our race schedule for our O.H.I.O EXCA Race Year in 2022. We are excited to keep things moving forward and hoping for a great turnout to our practices and races. Our schedule for our upcoming months is as follows. Currently we will be practicing every Sunday, weather

permitting, at Riverland Arena in Navarre, Ohio, from 1-4 p.m. We will be there through April. Beginning May 5, we will have practices at Creekside Horse Park in Waynesburg, Ohio, every other Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m. We will be running practices Thursday evenings in between at S Bar L Arena, Sugarcreek, Ohio. If you have any questions about the practices, please check the O.H.I.O EXCA Facebook page. We will send out weekly reminders and updates there. Our EXCA races are as follows: JULY 10: Our first race at Creekside Horse Park. Kayla


Schlabach will be judging the race and performing a clinic on Saturday, July 9. AUG. 21: Our State Race with Lee Hart as our judge. This race will be at S Bar L Arena in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Lee will be conducting two clinics before this race, Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20. SEPT. 17-18: Our last race weekend will be Sept. 17 and 18. Details will be forthcoming for this race. If you are interested in finding out more about O.H.I.O EXCA, find us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing new faces and developing new relationships. March 2022

Ohio Paint Horse Club

Consider Donating to a Paint Horse Member in Times of Tragedy PRESIDENT, Tim Snapp VICE PRESIDENT, Luke Wadsworth TREASURER, Jill Krofft Davis SECRETARY, Heather Collins WEBSITE,

by Hannah Dunn Hello Corral readers! The Ohio Paint Horse Club hopes that you are not freezing too much now that winter in Ohio has decided to make a full appearance. We and our Paint Horses are hoping for warmer days soon; in just a few weeks, it will be spring! Sunshine, birds singing, and getting rid of those heated water buckets are so close. Before we know it, we’ll be sweating at a horse show and reminiscing on cooler days.

Shedding season might be starting for your furry friends, but if it hasn’t yet, don’t worry! The Ohio Paint Horse Club is hosting their first show of the year and we’d love to see you and your horses, furry or sleek. The show is a ‘Fuzzy, No-Bling’ Paint Horse and combined open show March 5-6 in Columbiana, Ohio. The show is designed to be low-stress, and a fun way to dip your toes into the 2022 show season. There are already almost 100 stalls reserved; visit the Ohio Paint Horse Club Facebook group to get your reservations in! Looking into the future for the show season, the Ohio Paint Horse Club’s next show will be the Zone 8 Show in Cloverdale, Ind., at C Bar C May 6-8. An Equine Production will be running the show. The showbill has been published on An Equine

Production’s website as well as on the Ohio Paint Horse Club’s Facebook page. There will be Hi-Point and Reserve Hi-Point Prizes for all divisions, circuit awards for each APHA class, new Ranch classes and a Ranch Hi-Point, a full slate of Solid Paint-Bred classes, six APHA judges, and two NSBA judges. This show is expected to be huge, and we hope you can join us! Get your stall reservations in before prices increase April 15, 2022. The Ohio Paint Horse Club is excited to get the 2022 show season kicked off, but we would also like to acknowledge a great tragedy that happened in our Paint Horse community. Longtime Paint Horse breeder and exhibitor, Kristy Doyle, suffered the total loss of her barn and Paint Horses in a fire on Feb. 6. Of the

13 horses living in the barn, only four made it out of the fire; these four horses belonged to boarders at the barn. Unfortunately, three of these four survivors had to be euthanized soon after the fire due to their declining health. This is a devastating loss for any horseman. Doyle has earned World and Reserve World Paint Horse championships, won multiple APHA year-end Top 20 awards, and has broken Paint Horse records with her horses. Her breeding and showing programs have left their mark on the Paint Horse industry for a lifetime. If you are interested in helping Kristy, her family, and her boarders, please consider donating to the ‘Auction For Kristy Doyle Barn Rebuild’ group on Facebook; there is also a GoFundMe to help support the victims of this terrible tragedy.

Geauga Horse and Pony Association

Ranch Riding and Farrier Clinics in the Works PRESIDENT, George Baker 1st VICE PRESIDENT, Lisa Formica 2nd VICE PRESIDENT, Scott Burroughs TREASURER, Shauna Gingrich SECRETARY, Debbie Schwartz WEBSITE,

by Debbie Schwartz Now is a great time to renew your GHPA membership! You can renew online at or you can print a form and mail it in along with a check. It is only $25 for an individual or $35 for a family membership if received

At right: Cooper, a grade Morgan, playing in the snow. Cooper is owned by Ohio Horseman’s Council Greene County member Mickie Newnam. ******* Want to submit a picture of your horse to be used in the Horsemen’s Corral magazine? Please send picture and information about the horse to michelle@ (Picture to be used only if we have space and picture is of good quality.)


by May 1. After May 1 the price increases by $10 for each. GHPA is pleased to announce that we awarded three scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. Our scholarship recipients are: Paige Belew, Elyse Kilmer, and Alayna Stephens. GHPA is proud to support the educational advancement of three of our very deserving members. The 2022-2023 GHPA scholarship applications will be available from March 1 to April 30. The Saddles and Spurs youth group elected new executive members. They would like to

say thank you to their 2021 president Jeanette Baker. She will be graduating this spring from Madison High School and heading off to college in the fall. The 2022 president is Marley Grandini, the Vice President is Carly Schwartz, the secretary is Morgan Csontos and the treasurer is Hadleigh Humphreys. In February the club made Valentine cards for a nursing home in Huntsburg and had a Super Bowl Square fundraiser. GHPA is excited for a new and fun show season. The open shows will be May 29, June 12, July 10, and Aug. 14 at 8 a.m. at the Geauga County Fairgrounds. The contesting shows will be June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, and Sept. 16 at 6:30 also at the fairgrounds. The rules can be seen on our website at Keep an eye out for the showbill in this Corral issue. The executive committee is working on getting together an emergency vet clinic with Cleveland Equine along with possibly another tack swap. The 2021 GHPA tack swap was a great success and we would like to have another one this year. After posting a survey for interest in educational clinics we had an overwhelming response for interest in a ranch riding clinic and for a farrier. We are excited to begin planning these clinics for the spring and summer. More


Saddles and Spurs Executive Committee: President Marley Grandini, Vice President Carly Schwartz, Treasurer Morgan Csontos, Secretary: Hadleigh Humphreys. details will follow as they are set for these events. As a reminder the 2021 Year End Banquet will be held on April 9 at the EOUV. The committee is hard at work selecting and ordering fabulous awards! More information and reservation information will be emailed about this event in the upcoming month. A HUGE THANKS GHPA thanks Big Dee’s Tack for their generous support of our organization through their Bonus Buck’s program. Likewise, thank you to Schneider’s Saddlery for their generous support. We really appreciate the support that both of these wonderful companies give to us. March 2022

March 2022



View From the Cheap Seats

Gravity, It’s The Law by Sarah Vas


orses have mastered the dichotomy between graceful strength and humbling fragility. Slippery bodies born hunched over lanky limbs awaken from their fetal slumber intent on rising, standing, walking, running. In a matter of hours, a healthy newborn foal can pace its mother and traverse uneven ground with ease. Sure, any horse can take the misguided step on wet grass and slide like a major league baseball player hurtling toward home plate. Generally speaking, though, horses are mostly athletic agility with just a sprinkling of awkward mishap. Even the lowliest of dumpy equines remain upright most of the time. And they don’t even have thumbs! What, then, should I make of this? Lately, I’ve begun to fall down. A lot. Slamming flat as if clotheslined in a sick game of Red Rover, Red Rover. With abandon. And I mean this literally. Ignore for a moment the obvious disadvantages of bulky winter garb necessary to the Midwest Equestrian. Anybody’s more prone to tippage in that get up. I’ve become the makings of a perfect storm. A blizzard of clumsy bumbling. It’s not just that I’m collapsing in stupefying ways under the circumstances. I’m telling you, it’s like I randomly forget what obstacles are in the immediate vicinity of my body. I lurch forth into open air without regard for the need to adjust or control my flight path based on nearby hurdles. When I am existing in that slivered hair between PreFall and Fall, nothing clicks. There’s no attempt to catch myself. I’m just...taking the drop. No cat-like reflexes firing out in all directions to interrupt the humiliating decent. Thankfully, I’ve maintained a stunning acuity for the automatic ‘Tuck-and-Roll’. My body still manages to bear hug itself no matter how I’m going down. Even my toes still automatically curl in their boots at the mere suggestion of a wayward

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hoof. But my brain is merely observing like an armchair quarterback. It’s as if my consciousness is standing idly by while my body gets ambushed by the environment. I’m blaming old age and a huge heaping dollop of Old Man Winter wear down but still. Should I be worried? A few weeks ago, I needed to measure a horse carriage and order a replacement carpet for the floor. I had pulled the vehicle out of storage, set the shaft tips down on the barn floor, and was casually maneuvering around and between the down shafts all while chatting with my farm staff, Skye, who was just around the corner cleaning a stall. Once my mind closed the book on that task as I noted the final measurement, I turned to my left intending to walk away from the carriage. Too bad I had completely forgotten that I was standing between the shafts! My foot caught broadside under one shaft and I fell flat out on the concrete next to the carriage. My whole body slammed on the barn floor with such a loud, meaty slap that Skye dropped her fork and came running. I caught the same left foot leaving a stall one night. Who hasn’t executed the well-known ‘Under-Over’ technique whereby you scrunch out under the stall chains and over the stall sill? Whomp! Tuck and Roll, Girl! Down on the aisle concrete I crashed. Why am I suddenly losing this bet with gravity and absolutely no part of me jumps in to try and save myself?! The coup de taut; dropping three different times in three totally different manners, all in the span of a few hours. Fall #1; Backing full tilt into then tripping ass-backwards onto a pallet of scrap wood that had been in exactly that spot for over a year. I was focused on leaf blowing drifted snowfall back outside from an aisle entrance. Sent myself and the leaf blower flying instead. Nosedive #2; Strode out into knee-deep snow pulling a sled loaded with hay for the turnouts like it was a crisp summer day in June. The snow swallowed up my lower limbs and I found myself face down in fresh powder before I could even finish saying, ‘I’ll take the hay out today, guys’. The final and most ridiculous crash occurred later that day. After three hours of hardcore snow plowing, the tractor needed fuel. Somehow, in the time it took to pour a few gallons of diesel into a hole, I had totally released from my brain the reality of standing between the back of a tractor and a plow blade. Another casual stride sideways and I was tumbling through the air. I tossed the gas can and cap clear of my trajectory with the dramatic wail of a 6-foot-tall, Cher impersonating drag queen who just broke her second-hand heel on Hollywood Boulevard. My high-volume yodel brought the troops running once again but not before we all burst into peals of laughter at the absurdity of it. Rumor has it that someone who shall remain anonymous may have giggle-tinkled just a little. There was definitely a Hail Mary snow angel or two. Meanwhile, my intellectual side watches with amusement my aging side in all this folly. It’s having full blown introspective thoughts about these moments. Mental commentary. Observations. Ponderings. All While We’re Going Down! Doesn’t my brain realize it has a vested interest in my horizontal and vertical where abouts? And is my intellect concerned about having developed some undiagnosed muscle wasting disease whereby my limbs slowly, imperceptibly lose full range of motion? Is it wondering if my feet have shrunk or my boots have grown mysteriously larger? Should it be concerned whether I’m getting wimpier or if gravity is getting stronger? Any of these sounds like logical concerns, but no. The two very distinct but very separate, very complete thoughts had while my body tangled its way over the snow plow: 1. “Hm…interesting…she’s falling way slower than when she fell over the carriage shafts.” 2. “How are we falling into a snow drift right now?! Didn’t we plow the driveway here already?” S


March 2022

Western Reserve Carriage Association

WRCA Board Plans for 2022 PRESIDENT, Jo Ann Murr VICE PRESIDENT, Ann Petersen TREASURER, Ann Petersen SECRETARY, Cathy Rhoades MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY, Henry Rish. WEBSITE,

by Cathy Rhoades WRCA board met via Zoom at the end of January and chose 2022 officers. Jo Ann Murr is president, Ann Petersen is vice preseident and treasurer, Cathy Rhoades is secretary, Barb King and John Roemer At-Large. Henry Rish is membership and Deb Svoboda is the webpage, Facebook administrator advisor. Safety during the holidays and winter months was an ever present topic during our discussions. The biennial auction usually held in the winter months has been deferred, as was the

Tack Auction scheduled for Jan. 1. We are looking forward to rescheduling at later dates. Sunday, Feb. 6 Barb King presented an hour winter safety seminar again via Zoom. She discussed various harnessing mistakes and showed some pictures demonstrating the errors someone may make. It was an eye opening and lively talk. Currently scheduled WRCA events include the Traditional Day of Sporting on June 19 at Zoar Village. Ann Petersen is the host, We plan to make this friendly for drivers of all levels. The goal is to enjoy a day of driving at a scenic location with a few driving tests which may or may not include mailing a letter, stopping for a beverage, or signaling a turn. The day will include a turnout inspection with emphasis on cleanliness and safety. A marked country drive with a couple of

driver tests and cones course will follow. Registration and payment is required and limited to 20 participants and will include a boxed lunch. Non WRCA members will pay an additional fee to include insurance. More details to follow. Please contact Ann if you are interested in volunteering as we will need some ground people. In conjunction with this event we are having a Carriage Association of America (CAA) proficiency Level 1 driving test. This will be individually scheduled at a specific driver time at Golden Horse Farm, 24345 Gore Orphanage Road, New London, OH 44851. It is between Route 18 and Route 162 west of Wellington, Ohio. Level 1 is focused on safety on harnessing and care of your equine partner. The WRCA has a copy of the syllabus in our library for loan.

Henry Rish is hosting two drives at Howe Meadow scheduled for Sunday, July 31 and Sunday, Oct. 23. Ann Petersen has obtained a permit for Swine Creek on Sept. 25. We will also have a combined drive with Black Swamp Driving Club on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Carlisle Equestrian Center. We are always looking for new venues for driving events. Feel free to contact a board member if you would like to offer a place to drive or know of a great field trip idea. We can help you with the details. Trail driving dates at Carlisle for March/April: Tuesday, March 1; Saturday, March 5; Thursday, March 10; Sunday, March 13; Tuesday, April 5; Saturday, April 9; Thursday, April 14; Sunday, April 17. The north and south loop are available to drive but be aware there may be walkers, strollers, dogs, and riders on the trails. Drive on!

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

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Gravity (Continued) What my collective body of bruised and battered bits has been mumbling in the background ever since: “Oh! Hey, hot shot, how ‘bout instead of observing and recording the statistical data of velocity rates between our various arseover-tea-kettle moments, you… oh! I don’t know? Catch Us! And uh, duh! No! Of course it’s not a snow drift, you ding dong! You Watched The Driveway Get Plowed! You walked Us right up to the tractor with the gas can, where You then stood slack jawed Between the Tractor and the Plow while We poured said fuel into said tractor. Pull it together up there, you numbskull!” Sarah Vas, a second-generation

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Ohio Western Horse Association

Busy Planning the 2022 Show Season PRESIDENT, Marc Beck VICE PRESIDENTS, Loretta Rudasill, Ranee Liedel SECRETARY, Jonda Cole TREASURER, Eric Haudenschield WEBSITE,

Happy spring to our fellow Corral readers. We are inching our way closer to those fun and crazy horse show days. Let the horse hair fly! I know there are so many products on the shelves that help with shedding out that thick winter hair but let’s face it, good old elbow grease and a shedding blade gets the job done. Just remember to keep your mouth closed! Ohio Western Horse Association has been busy planning for the 2022 show season. As always we would love to have new members come and join our OWHA family. OWHA recently held their February meeting on Feb. 10, at the Amvets Post in Kenton, Ohio. OWHA shows continue to be finalized and members are busy securing sponsors for great prizes and payback for our shows. If you would like to sponsor our OWHA adult or youth club,

please go to for sponsorship forms or reach out to our officers. We would like to continue to introduce to the readers our OWHA officers. Next up this month is our First Vice President Loretta Rudasill. Loretta, has been riding since she was just a young girl. She recalls that her first horse was actually a pony named Ginger, who gave them all a surprise nine months later in the form of a little Bay colt. These days she spends her time riding her true love, a big Bay Gelding named Ace. Loretta and Ace have become quite the team over the years wining many OWHA awards, but her biggest accomplishment would be placing third place in the fifth division at the Best of the Best show in August 2021.

Loretta has also held several other OWHA positions including trustee and secretary. For her, OWHA is all about being part of a family. “My favorite part about OWHA is that it is family oriented and it’s all about the kids learning and having a great time.” Loretta gets to share her love of showing horses with her two young children Riley and Jaxon. “I continue to be a part of OWHA because it’s a great place for my kids to learn and find great friends to grow with.” Our First Vice President for our OWHA Youth club is Maddie Duvall. This is Maddie’s first office held for our OWHA Youth Club. Maddie began riding at the age of 5. Like so many young children, she started out on a mini pony named Brownie, who she still plays with today by leading her

young cousins and neighborhood kids around on. Maddie quickly moved up to Shadow, the old retired pleasure horse, who got to retire for the second time a couple years ago. Maddie’s new love is Zeenie and neither of them enjoy going slow. Maddie’s favorite class with Zeenie is running barrels. They continue to learn and grow as a team with the help of many knowledgeable OWHA members. Maddie has won several awards over the years for OWHA including Reserve Contester age 8 and under a few years ago, and Reserve Highpoint Open Contester 2021. Along with OWHA, Maddie is active in her local 4-H club showing horses, market chickens, and starting a new adventure showing goats. When asking Maddie her favorite part about being a member of OWHA, she never hesitates to respond that she loves spending time with her horse and her friends at shows. As we end this month’s article, we just want to remind you to check our website and Facebook often for updates on OWHA news and events. And remember, “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never your goals.” —Author Unknown


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Greetings From Your President 2022 is the 50th anniversary of the Ohio Horseman’s Council. We will be celebrating throughout the year: 1) OHC Gold Sponsor program - Any chapter, OHC member with a business, or any member who has contacts with equine businesses, we are looking for sponsors of our anniversary activities. Contact one of your chapter officers or email for more details. Several OHC chapters have already become Gold Sponsors. 2) OHC Merchandise - We have quite a bit of apparel, including ball caps immediately available but they won’t last long, so please look over the OHC Merchandise flyer on the OHC website and send an email to

if you’re interested in any of the items. 3) OHC State Rides have been posted on Facebook and 4) Play Bingo 50 with other members and chapters by following all the fun at https:// ohiohorsemanscouncil. This is a Facebook group, so you can post your pictures of things you’ve



Greetings from Ashland County. It was so cold in January we spent more time inside than we have in a long time. We did not experience as much snow last month like last year, but it has been colder by far with many days in single digits and even negative numbers. Our blacksmith is relatively fast at trimming feet. However, when temperatures are in the single digits in the barn it seems like he is working at a snail’s pace as my own feet freeze while holding horses. This happened while holding my daughter’s threebarrel horses. Two weeks later I was scheduled to hold our two trail horses, but I accidentally scheduled a truck oil change at the same time. Therefore, I stayed warm taking the truck in to the dealer while Jean got to hold horses in the cold. She was not a happy camper. This month will be a change of pace as the Olympics will take place for a couple of weeks. We will be cheering for the USA as we sit in front of a warm fire. Ashland OHC members are starting to think about activities for 2022, including trail work, Pleasant Hill Ride, Chili Cookoff State Ride, and possible trail improvements. Stay warm. We hope to see you down the trail and remember not to drink and ride. ~Dan and Jean Reynolds

Greetings from very snowcovered Northeastern Ohio. The snow is deep, and the drifts are daunting. When I opened the door to let Peeps out this morning, he was literally up to his neck. Kathy arrived in the nick of time and shoveled a path. I hope it doesn’t drift closed before his next outing. This group of new officers has lots of great ideas for the year; a trio of horse shows on May 14, June 11, and July 9, all beginning at 3 p.m. There will be prizes awarded, and there will be a corn hole tournament for the non-riders. This year, a new event, a trail challenge, and a gun raffle. More information as the plans are finalized. Watch the Facebook page for some impromptu day rides; you are welcome to join any time. I read some of the chatting and heard some horses are already shedding. Is it a sign of an early spring? Winter was late arriving but rolled in off the lake and did not disappoint the snow lovers. The snowmobiles are out nightly. We live on a designated snowmobile and four-wheeler road, so it is pretty well-traveled. Welcome to Karen Ring and the Pelton family, and Katy McIntyre is once again able to join us as her broken foot is healing nicely. She will be back in the saddle very soon. The Sheets family

has some new puppies; five little Bostons that are adorable. Until next time, give thanks for all the good things and give your horse a hug. ~Pearl Ann

accomplished on the Bingo card AND learn about the prizes being offered for completing your Bingo card. Download a Bingo card from ohconline. com/documents in the 50th Anniversary folder. ~Eric Estill, President Ohio Horseman’s Council

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CLARK OHC came up with a great idea with the 50th Anniversary bingo card. It has been fun seeing everyone’s postings on the Facebook page. For myself, it motivated me to get out in the snow and ride bareback. It had been quite a while since I rode bareback and I admit I am not normally a fan. Perhaps that is because I think of my shark finned Thoroughbred and an immediate “no” pops into my brain. He is also 17 hands which adds to the problem. My rocky mountain mare Annie was comfortable and calm which is another advantage over the highstrung Thoroughbred. They have provided lots of other challenges to keep us busy this winter and I hope to fill in that card by the end date. Whoa, that’s a lot of miles! I’d like to introduce Becky Petee and her daughter Stephanie. This mother-daughter team is out on the trails most weekends either camping or day riding. Becky has always loved horses and her parents used to take her to a riding stable growing up in Minnesota. She moved to Ohio when she was in her teens and later her


Clark County OHC husband bought her a Shetland pony for their second wedding anniversary. Becky would lead her two children around on the Shetland pony named Joe and added a second pony named Fury. Stephanie joined 4-H around 1989 when she got her first Quarter Horse, Torra. She successfully competed in western and English classes and was the first from Union County to compete in the 4-H competitive trail ride at Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. She placed all three years she competed. They also have done competitive trail riding. Stephanie won the novice competitive trail ride at Oak Openings on her Quarter Horse, Tora, in 1991 and Becky won the Oak Opening competitive trail ride in 1992 on her Walking Horse, Hardtimes. They met Ruth Mautz who was looking for trail riding partners and the rest is history. Ruth took them on March 2022

County Lines their first trail ride at Alum creek over 30 years ago and they were instantly hooked. Becky rides an amber champagne Tennessee Walker and Stephanie rides a chestnut Quarter Horse. This year Becky crossed the 1000 mile mark with 1,050 miles and Stephanie was close behind with 988 miles! That deserves a big round of applause in my opinion. Becky also enjoys quilting, sewing, crocheting, spending time with family and friends from school. Stephanie is a member of the Union County Singsations and is active with Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League supports causes in the United States and throughout the world. They are both active in their church. I have had the pleasure of camping and riding with them many times. On a side note, they make a pretty tasty breakfast and to die for pizzas! My friends and I attended an obstacle clinic at Helges Horse training and had a wonderful time. Some of our obstacles included dragging a giant but, fake snake, climbing onto a bridge and shooting an arrow, and circling each other with flags. I should mention going under a parachute but since my horse, Annie was not interested, I’d like to forget that moment. Still lots of things to look forward to in the next few months. Keep looking for ways to spend time in the saddle this winter for you and your horse! The bingo card has some fun ideas. Our next meeting will be on March 9, at Plattsburg UCC, 1715 S. Urbana Lisbon Road, South Charleston, at 6:30 p.m. Bundle up and come ride with us! ~Jonna CLINTON Well, fellow horsemen, January has been a sad month for us here in Clinton County. We mourn the loss of member Chris Spencer, passing at the young age of 59, married to Diana Spencer for 33 years. This has been a great loss for Diana, our secretary of Clinton County, and her son. We want you to know we are here for you always! Past member Nina Hayes also passed away. She was a great friend to us all. A true trail buddy, horseman helping horsemen attitude all the way. March 2022

They both will be greatly missed. We know you are now watching over us all! RIP. We send strength and love to their families and friends. Much love to you all, ~Susan (Sue) Lamb COLUMBIANA Greetings from N.E. Ohio. As I sit here watching an ice storm outside with six inches of snow forecast plus the 15 inches already on the ground it’s a bit hard to think of trail riding. Getting to the barn is a feat in itself. Spring is so close I can almost see those warmer sunny days and riding as we leg up our horses, then I look out the window again. Needless to say, not much work is happening in our chapter but that doesn’t stop our many plans for March. New, easier to see, trail markers are being ordered and will be put up, they will also include a number system. Rick Haldiman, Dave Ward, and Crystal Molocea will be working together to get everything organized and in place for this season with the help of members. The old markers will be removed to avoid confusion. The map has been updated and will soon go to print, it will coordinate with the numbers and colors used on the trails. Dave Ward has enlarged the map for the bulletin board so you can snap a picture and save it to your phone if you don’t want to carry a map. Becky Todd, who took care of trail miles for 2021, was happy to report 16 members turned in their trail miles for a total of 5,293 miles. Crystal Molocea had the most with 618, Polly Hayes was next with 580 and Cindy Russo had 415. Congratulations girls for a job well done. There was a total of 299 saddle hours turned in with Rick Haldiman’s 180 hours the top number. Congratulations to all of you who participated in tracking your miles and hours. Keep up the good work, this lets the State know the trails are being used in our parks. Now is the time to start tracking for 2022. Columbiana County Chapter meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Mark’s Landing Restaurant, Guilford Lake, Ohio. Everyone is welcome to visit if you’re in the area. Hope to see you all on the trail soon. ~Sally Stamp

DEFIANCE Spring is right around the corner and we cannot wait to get back to camping and hitting the horse trails again. This month we have our yearly tack sale at the Paulding County Fairgrounds on March 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A few of our club members have found themselves with new horses this year and they are very eager to hit the trails and form a good bond with their new horse. We hope to have a few days picked out in the future months for our clubs’ camping and trail riding trips. Other than that we are patiently waiting for the weather to stay warm. Until then I hope everyone is well, I can’t wait to see you guys out on the trails. ~Hope Russell

Members of Defiance County OHC. DELAWARE Happy March everyone! At long last, this is the month we get to change back to daylight savings time and say hello to longer evenings of sunlight and riding! Hurray! While riders and their horses may both be ‘chomping at the bit’ to be trail riding, your trail maintenance volunteers of Alum Creek State Park ask that you investigate the trail conditions at Alum Creek before hauling over this spring. The ravines and hills can, in some places, become quite slippery in wet weather. We urge our Alum Creek equestrian visitors to contact our chapter secretary, Bobbi Arters, for current trail conditions this spring. Speaking of Alum Creek bridle trails, our club would like to thank the State trail committee and members of the executive cabinet for approving our matching grant proposal for 2022. We are very excited to begin the much-needed refurbishment of Kim’s platform on Winterhawk West as soon as trail conditions are favorable for transporting supplies. Our trail crew leader, Mary Chmielewski, has planned our annual campground cleanup day for Tuesday, March 1 with


Trail crew at Champions Crossing.

Trail volunteers, Pat, Bobbi and Bob. perhaps an additional weekend day being added as well. Our Delaware chapter trail crew volunteers typically meet every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the horseman’s campground to begin their work project for that day. Please consider lending a helping hand the next time you have a Tuesday free. Your help is very much needed and appreciated. Our February meeting, held virtually via Zoom, was well attended. Conducting the meeting virtually proved fortuitous since the winter road conditions were not ideal for driving to a meeting location. Your Delaware officers, along with great suggestions from fellow members, are putting together an exciting and entertaining line-up of program speakers, field trips, chapter campouts, day rides, and other fun events for 2022. Please stay tuned to your email inbox and our Facebook page for details concerning upcoming events. We also wish to extend an open invitation to our fellow Central Region chapter members to join our fun. We welcome your attendance at any of our chapter meetings and events. Who knows, you may wish to join our merry Delaware gang as a secondary member. Our first club social event is fast approaching for 20 members and friends who will be attending the Fantasia performance on Thursday, April 7, the opening day of Equine Affaire. Incidentally, if you plan to attend Equine Affaire this year, do not forget to stop by our State OHC booth and say 51

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Trail crew at Long Bridge with new mats. hi or better yet, volunteer to be an OHC ambassador for a few hours at our booth. This is our 50th anniversary of the OHC and lots of festivities are occurring! Mark your calendars now to attend our Delaware, Autumn at Alum Trail Ride and Campout scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 9-11. Camping reservations can be made through reserveohio. com. Day riders are welcome! The Delaware All-Horse Parade takes place Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, to round out your funfilled weekend. We also plan to coordinate a monthly chapter day ride at various locations within reasonable hauling distance for most people. Announcements for such rides will be posted a few weeks in advance. Our first official ‘Spring Fling’ trail ride is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. If trail conditions permit, we hope to ride Alum Creek with the exact trail to be determined closer to the date, if not Alum, another location will be chosen. Lastly, do not forget our spring State OHC General Membership meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at the Eagles Lodge in Delaware. Until next month, wishing everyone a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and Happy Trails! ~Theresa Burke ERIE Greetings from Erie County! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The Spring Equinox is March 20 this year bringing longer days and warmer temperatures. It is hard to believe that just before Valentine’s Day we had a blizzard that drifted our barns and pastures with multitudes of snow. The horses didn’t mind however, they knew their twolegged friends would show up at feeding time. They didn’t seem to mind the icicles hanging off their chins as we had to coax them to come into the barn and 52

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Erie County OHC, High Mile Rider. eat. Ed took advantage of all the snow and hitched up his sleigh. What better way to enjoy your day with your horse. Our members tallied up their miles and volunteer hours and sent them to Joyce for the final tally. Congratulations to Cheryl Everman and her horse Sierra for riding a total of 395 miles in 2021! We love to ride near and far, but our club truly loves to ride at Edison Woods MetroPark. It is definitely near and dear to our hearts. In fact, it was our number one place to ride in 2021, with a total of 956 miles. Edison Woods MetroPark is a great place for the beginner trail horse, new rider, or the experienced. Great trails, diverse scenery, and wildlife welcome the horse and rider for the day or afternoon. Life is better on the trail! Our March 10 meeting will be at 7 p.m. TBD. March 19 we will have a St. Patrick’s Day ride at 1 p.m. Carlisle (w/LC) and March 20 will be at Oak Openings, 12 p.m., Jeffers Road. ~Shelley Hayes FULTON I am sitting here, looking out the window at the blizzard of ‘22, trying to think about

March. Ha! What is there to look forward to? Well, there’s that ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’ thing. Or it could be ‘in like a lamb, out like a lion’? Which is more inviting or more likely? I don’t know how the groundhog saw his shadow since it was snowing and the sun was not out. I’m thinking the former is more likely. So I’ll try to project six weeks forward. Several tack swaps coming in March. I have stuff to get rid of and stuff to replace...and stuff to acquire that I don’t have or can’t find or that doesn’t fit anyone anymore. I guess I need to get back to tack cleaning, inventory, and inspection and make a list. The horse expos will be starting up with opportunities to learn and see and do and shop. I’ve been watching podcasts and seminars online all winter and I have tweaked and simplified my feed program based on nutrition information I’ve been devouring (pun intended). Some members recently attended a nutrition seminar held at J&B Feeds in Swanton which I was unable to attend but I heard it was a good one. I have watched some podcasts by Tribute Feeds and learned a lot of good information that was not brand specific. I am also hooked on Jim the Feed Guy who has a page on Facebook with a lot of information. I am looking forward to shedding season, which has already started, to see if there are any changes in my horses. They’re all fat, I’m somewhat ashamed to say, but 24/7 hay will do that. I might need new tack to fit my fat horses so there’s that too. Our fellow member horsemen and horsewomen at Harry Hughes Youth Equestrian Center are gearing up for this year. They are looking for volunteers and board members for their organization to help with planning and putting on events as well as someone to run the chuck wagon food service at their events. Visit their website and contact a board member if interested www.


FCOHC Tony, Debbie and Sandra. We often ride at Oak Openings and then stop at HHYEC, if something is going on, to have lunch. I’m looking forward to that this year too! The food has always been good and it’s fun to hang out, watch the event and talk to horse friends. What else? Well, there’s daylight saving time starting March 13... more time to ride! Since I am not a morning person, more daylight in the evening will work. Then there’s the first day of spring on March 20. Spring! Oh my, it’s right around the corner! So in March, the daylight hours will be longer, and later, the temperatures will be warmer and it will be easier to find time to be outside and to ride. Now that’s a lot to look forward to! I know many people ride all winter but I am a winter wimp when it comes to riding. Matt isn’t a wimp and I’ll bet Ron isn’t, or Marge or Connie or Becca or Tony or Sandra.... oh well (sigh). I’ll just have to get my fat horses back in shape; therefore, I have many hours in the saddle to look forward to. Now I’m getting excited! Keep up with us on our website,, Facebook page Fulton County Ohio Horseman’s Council, or Facebook group Fulton County OHC. Come to our chapter meetings that are usually the first Monday of the month, at 7 p.m. and are currently held at Bunkers Bar and Grill in Holland. We meet in the huge banquet room and the food is good. Members, potential members, and guests are always welcome. We hope you all are well and safe and we look forward to seeing you on the trails! ~Kathy Brown GEAUGA Greetings from Geauga County OHC chapter. I am so excited and looking forward to all the new activities this year. Information March 2022

County Lines is coming from the planning committee. There will be old and new social activities, educational opportunities, and riding. Remember if you have any ideas or suggestions contact jenrsalo@ Christina Monaghan, committee head for the annual banquet, and her team have been busy with plans for a fun evening in May that will include dinner, raffles, and auction items. I cannot wait to see everyone. There are many different ways to get involved. Check out the various committees that are looking for help. Please reach out. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” We will be springing forward soon. It will be nice to have extra daylight to spend with our fourlegged partners. Stay well and ride on. ~Cec GUERNSEY The picture of the horse and rider is of member Judy Moyer and her horse, on her Red Rock trail ride. It was supposed to run in the January Issue of the Corral, but an “oops” happened and it missed inclusion in the article. We have been trying to work on the trails. However, we’ve only managed to work one Thursday as of this writing. Last week the snow was very wet so I canceled the day. The water to my barn quit working, so I worked on it that day. I barely made it out of the woods on my Honda Foreman 4x4. Oh, what a fun day! It was -15 degrees F at Salt Fork this week so I again canceled. So far, we have cleared the White Trail A-Loop. No sooner did we start work on the A-Loop and the front tire on my four-wheeler came off the rim. Between Harold, Don, and myself, we came up with enough tools to do a bush fix on the trail. Don got a battery-powered air compressor at Home Depot. It will pump up to 150 psi. Everyone needs one of those in their horse trailer! If you are familiar with the A-Loop, for the last few years it’s been really muddy at the bottom of the hill where the trail heads toward the lake at the 3-mile marker. We built a new small bypass trail around the mud. Remember, winter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at Mr. Lee’s, 2000 E. March 2022

Guernsey County OHC Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge, Ohio. We eat at 5:30 p.m. and meet at 6:30 p.m. Remember to log those miles and hours worked! It really does matter. Hope to see you on the trail. ~Lee Randolph HARRISON Greetings from Harrison County! I apologize that I didn’t get an article submitted for the last Corral edition. I guess I got side-tracked by the ‘busyness’ of the holidays. Last fall, we were reminded by our president, Mark Westlake, that the Division of Forestry would be implementing a seasonal trail closure in the forest to minimize hoof traffic during the wettest months of the year. The date for the seasonal bridle closure began Jan. 3, 2022, and will run until no later than the beginning of April. Those who would like to request a trail ride during the closed season can do so by submitting a Special Use Permit. Faye Verhovec reminded members to turn in their riding/ saddle hours. Cindy Shrader also reminded members to turn in trail maintenance hours. Both forms were to be turned in by the end of 2021! Everyone is reminded to renew their memberships for 2022. The Ohio Horse Council makes it easy to do online. The club had a great time at their annual Christmas party which was held at the Ranch to Table on Dec. 16, 2021. Approximately 19 members attended. It was a great night of fellowship, food, and gift ‘stealing’. Everyone went home with a nice gift and fond memories.

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HCOHC Mikayla.

The club met on Jan. 20 at the Ranch to Table Restaurant for the first meeting of 2022. Thirteen people attended and there were several items to discuss. The club read and accepted the secretary and treasurer’s report. The trail report was discussed, and the closing remains until April 1. One of the many things the state is doing during the closure is upkeep, including putting gravel in ditches. Members are allowed to work on the trails at any time. Another very important action that the state implemented to control water and flooding, is the control of the beaver population. The club discussed the annual regional ride which will be held June 10-12. Mikayla Westlake has been busy putting together a flyer for the ride and it looks great! Registrations for the ride are being taken by Judy May at 740/491-0661. The club agreed that it was time to start the Youth Scholarship fund up again. Also discussed was the possibility of putting on a fun show and/or clinic in the coming year. It was announced that Don Wagoner would be stepping down as regional representative. If anyone would be interested in taking over this responsibility, please let a member know. Thank you, Don, for your service in this important position. Old Man Winter was kind in December. It was a warm Christmas, and I was even able to do some late season bushhogging that I hadn’t gotten to during the summer. But didn’t he rear his mighty head in the months to follow? Winter, snow, and even ice is a reminder that we all need to just slow down and take time to meditate on the past year. It is a time to contemplate all of God’s beauty and look to a new year with new promises of hope. All of us have animals we need to care for outside, and we might not always see the beauty of winter as we trudge through the snow finding frozen buckets of water, frozen gates

and latches. But oh how we will appreciate that first blade of grass when it pops up from the thawing ground. Winter is a good time to reconnect with your equine friend and just take the opportunity to have some quality bonding time. Stay warm, stay safe and God bless, ~Lori Mayher


HOCKING Hocking had our annual Christmas/holiday party on Jan. 8. A great time was had by all. Santa made a surprise visit to hand out presents to the children. He even hung out a bit to let the ladies have the opportunity to give him next year’s Christmas wish list. Some were naughty but most were nice. Awards for 2020 were presented to the members who turned in miles and saddle hours. Youth Awards: 1. Gunnar Rau 255 miles; 2. Olivia Truax 215 miles; 3. Peyton Truax, 210 miles; 4. Hudson Rau, 5 miles. Honorable Mention: Quincy Lehman. Adult Awards: 1. Laura Owings, 1311 miles; 2. Brenda Lehman, 1136 miles; 3. Dianna Lowe, 920 miles; 4. Robbyn Truax, 620 miles; 5. Curt Truax, 570 miles. Saddle Hours: 1. Donna Shade, 50 hours. It was a lovely time with the meal being catered. Members provided an array of wonderful desserts. We also had a gift exchange. The evening ended

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Top youth trail riders. with many members dancing the loco-motion! We decided to skip the January meeting and began planning the riding schedule at our February meeting. After this recent ice storm, I’m sure that many members are looking forward to warmer weather. I know I am! If you have ever considered joining our club, we would love to have you! Our club is very family friendly and meets at the Home Tavern in Logan on the third Sunday of every month at 7 p.m. Come in early for dinner and a relaxed conversation before the meeting. Watch our Facebook page for more information about our club and upcoming events! ~Donna Shade HOLMES Welcome to March! I don’t know about you, but as soon as March arrives, I do not care what is going on outside, it is spring as far as I’m concerned. Time to prep the horses, trailers, and tack and even get out there weather permitting. President Vickie Zook logged in the club trail miles and volunteer hours, a big job which we appreciate very much. Quoting Vickie, “I’m very proud of our club, we had an increase for 2021 of 2,091 miles over 2020, giving us a great total of 11,745 miles with 51 members turning in”. Anna Porter had the biggest increase from the previous year with 1,265 miles. Ron Kline rode the most places with 10. The top three locations were Mohican with 4,643 miles, 54

Wayne National Forest with 478, and Malabar with 283 miles. There will be more information next month on youth riders and our drawing for all members who turned in miles. We received our gift of ID tags from OHC and like them very much. I think the Bingo cards look like fun. They are a little encouragement to try something new and to support OHC. We look forward to having some fun with them. Anyone considering some of the 50th Anniversary merchandise should check out the OHC Facebook page. Mohican trails should be open no later than the first weekend in April and maybe a little sooner, we’ll just have to watch and see. There is a change on the lodge side, in that the trail now bypasses the small wooden bridge. We hope to get in before opening and safety check the trails close to the newly logged area. The Ohio State Parks are having a photo contest to promote recreational use of the parks. If you have used the online reservation site, you should receive an email. You can also find it on their site. While I am not that crazy about winning a kayak, I do want to show our usage of the Ohio equine bridle trails. I would like people to think of riding as often as they think about boating, hiking, or biking when it comes to our parks. The contest is open until March 28 and one can submit up to five pictures. Bruce and I both had a good time at the Ashland Paint and Plain Saddle Club Swap Meet at the end of January. It was a great time to get out and do something horse related. Even if it was one or two degrees. The buildings were heated and the swap was well organized, as are all their activities. We saw Vickie and some friends from Wayne County OHC. I even found some insulated riding pants and a couple of good horse books, while Bruce found a good saddle pad for Bucky. Equine Affaire is not far off and I can’t wait to get there. Looking forward to some warmer weather here. My little Paso had a sore heel that needed a little doctoring during some of the coldest days of January. She’s good to go now, but I should have kept a closer eye on her feet. She may have bruised it on the rocks on our New Year’s Eve ride, or on some ice in her paddock. Hoping everyone had a great

Presidents Day and a Happy Valentine’s Day! Looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day! Members are encouraged to send me pictures by email or text. ~Bev Hanna KNOX Today, as I write this, it is Groundhog Day, a day which I personally celebrate every year as the winter begins to wear on everyone. The snow is somewhat melted, it is wet out and cloudy. Hooray, that little critter is not going to see his shadow today. Our horses and our riders are once again ready to ride as we only have six more weeks of winter. Being that many parks are closed until May, here in Knox County we are lucky that we have a lot of dirt back roads through some interesting country having low or no traffic, to ride until the parks do open. We also have several miles of the Ohio to Erie Trail that we can elect to ride and my wife, being unable to walk yet, can ride alongside my horse on her scooter. January 28 was the KCOHC Winter Bash which we do in lieu of a Christmas party as during that time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas many of our members are very busy with family. After all, the equestrian activities that we enjoy often take president over family fellowship during the summer months. At the Winter Bash, we honored our top five 2021 Long Riders, something we do to encourage our members to record and report their miles. Our top Long Riders, from first to last, were Debbie Cole, Laurie Murdick, Phil Rauch, Kim Courtright, and Steve Chadwick. Individually they each completed more than 1,000 miles, the top being one 1,346 miles and the fifth being 1,015 miles. Each was presented a signed certificate and a wooden plaque for their achievements. Buns of steel have they! We do thank Anna Chadwick for being our trail miles recorder. We also presented a token trophy and a wooden plaque to our 2021 most valuable volunteer, Phil Rauch. Phil is very active with trail maintenance, often stopping on the trail, removing a folding saw from his cantle bag, and clearing a fallen tree limb off the trail. He is the only one that I remember giving five At-ABoy’s for which he did cash in for


Phil Rauch, 2021 Most Valuable Volunteer.

Misty McDonald, KCOHC president.

Debbie Cole, #1 Long Rider. a free lunch on me. Phil is well known throughout OHC and is always there when a work-day is requested. He also volunteered to be our 2022 Trail Master. Thank you, Phil, for your efforts and good nature. To create a fun time at our Winter Bash, a cartoon slide show was projected onto the large screen. Several of our members found themselves in situations in which they were totally unaware. The author of the slide presentation is good with Photoshop and borrowed a couple of pictures from Facebook. Plaques having the individuals’ cartoon picture was lasered onto wood cookies and handed out in the hope that they would serve as consolation for putting them into the cartoons. I am so bold as to include for fun, a couple of those cartoon pictures in this writing. Our Tack Auction, scheduled for February 26 is upcoming for me but past for most of the readers, as this is now March. We will comment on our success next month. I show March 28 to be our first scheduled ride which will be hosted by John Boley. This has to be a members-only ride as we are parking at a private club. This will also be a back roads March 2022

County Lines ride, so I suggest you have your horses shod. Equine Affaire 2022 runs from April 7-10. We all should work to make this a success this year if we want it to continue in the future. All KCOHC members should now have a copy of our ride schedule. We do have scheduled rides each month which we will continue to post from time to time. Anyone is welcome to join Knox County OHC, a group of enthusiastic equestrians that ride a lot. 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 on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. We hope to be allowed to return to the Long Branch Pizza in Centerburg after their remodeling, but until then, watch our Facebook site. Reporting for Knox County OHC, ~Terry L. Baker LAKE Beautiful sunrises, beautiful sunsets, beautiful landscapes! Who am I kidding? It’s March in Northeastern Ohio. Spring may come in with a bright, sunny day, or an icy blizzard. It’s March! We’re braced for just about any kind of weather. My mare takes it all in stride. Our February meeting was rescheduled for March because of the Covid surge in February, and a cold, icy winter storm. Our dinner meeting is now Wednesday, March 9 at Guidos in Chesterland. We will discuss the 50th OHC anniversary and the many activities that are planned. The very interesting Bingo card looks to be educational and fun. It’s extremely important to stay physically fit for the upcoming equine events. Our members have been trying to stay fit by doing winter activities such as skiing cross-country or downhill, ice skating, sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, or chilled riding. Our members who don’t like

LAWRENCE I was surprised to hear that we have a new contact at the Corral for our County Lines articles. I want to take a minute to say thank you to Karen who has been so very patient and tolerant of my old-school handwritten articles. I appreciated that personal touch in your correspondence with me. Good luck with whatever your future goal turns out to be. I promised Karen I would eventually get with the system and get back in the age of computers, even though mine is old and slow, very much like its user. Welcome Martie. This is my first time emailing anything to anyone since I retired from my county job back in 2012. You have pulled me back! I am guessing that most of you share my daily wishes for sunshine and warmer weather. There is no shortage of mud in Lawrence County. I know there are a few brave souls who are out riding regardless of the weather. I am not brave, but I am fortunate to have a small enclosed area that allows me to at least trot circles and provide a bit of exercise for my horses. However, once the temperature falls below 34 degrees I become a couch potato. I enjoyed yesterday and rode three of my super fuzzy critters who were equally happy to have some playtime before ride time. It was great! In my excitement, I made a game plan to begin the training of our 2-year-old filly and vowed to start getting the older horses back in shape. That plan disappeared very quickly when I saw the winter storm warning for our area. Oh well, for everything there is a season. I have faith. Spring will come, and I will be waiting with my boots on. Until the sun shines and the mud dries, be happy, stay healthy and think spring! ~Betty LICKING

Hannah in the snow. March 2022

also very excited about the 50th anniversary bingo game and opted to donate a gift card towards the bingo prizes. So everybody get to it and mark off some of those card spots. If you have not received a bingo card in the mail and are a member in good standing you can download the bingo card on the state OHC website and still play! It’s a great way to beat the winter blues. By the time this article reaches you we should have our trail schedule out, please come and join us for a good time on the trail. I’ll post the rides on Facebook so everybody can see when they are scheduled, and mark yourselves going. Bring a friend! Until then, let’s hope that everybody stays healthy and soon the skies will be blue, the temperatures mild and our upcoming rides relaxing and fun. ~Sigrid Batten

the freezing temperatures are keeping fit by doing Pilates, Tai Chi, yoga, exercise programs, or swimming. Taking care of barns and horses is exercise in itself. Looking forward to a healthy, vibrant riding season. ~Rayneen Tisovic

Hello my fellow riders, friends, and members! We had a lot of exciting news at our last meeting in January! First of all, we have


Licking County OHC a new place where our meetings will take place in the future. Every last Monday of the month at 7 p.m., we will meet at the Warner Center Library on the Newark OSU campus in the Sleight room. The address is 1219 University Drive, Newark Ohio. During our meeting, we discussed our new budgets for the year, talked about our different committee meetings that will take place in February, and other exciting plans for this year. Deb Sheka had the results in for our top ten riders for 2021. They are Ruth Sunkle (815 miles), Mitzi Gerber (716 miles), Leah Palestrant (644 miles), Sigrid Batten (495 miles), Sandy Witherspoon (370 miles), Liz Shiplet (335 miles), Jane Thomassen (334 miles), Karen McCabe (324 miles), Deena McPherson (290 miles), and Linda Bering (283 miles). Congratulations to all! The winner of our gift card for mileage turnin was Liz Shiplet. Mitzi Gerber earned her 5000-mile patch, Linda and Bill Bering, Sigrid Batten and Ruth Sunkle earned their 1000mile patches. Great job! Another event worth mentioning is one of our Licking County chapter founding members, Jan Dean, who celebrated her 90th birthday on Feb. 9! Happy Birthday, Jan! Our chapter members are


Wow, Daylight Savings starts this month on March 13 and spring begins March 20—it gives us hope that these frigid ice/snow storms will be ending soon. (I’m writing this as we in Northeast Ohio are preparing to hunker down while winter storm Landon plans to dump rain, ice, and deep snow on us). Maybe it’s a good time to bring your saddles and bridles inside to clean and condition during this nasty weather. I’d like to thank Karen Norton for writing our Corral newsletters these past few months while I was recovering from my medical issues. Great articles, Karen! I found them very enjoyable and informative to read and much appreciated by our Corral readers, I’m sure. This month Equine Essentials, located in Avon Lake, is our calendar sponsor. Several members of our council attended the Spirit of ‘76 Museum on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Wellington and were given a tour by our club member Barb Lieby. Thank you, Barb for the wonderful tour and to Sue, for presenting the idea. After the tour, the group went out for lunch together. On Saturday, March 12 the State OHC meeting will be held in Delaware, Ohio, at 10:30 a.m. at the Eagles Club. Please contact Jim Wallace for more information if interested. On Saturday, March 19 at 1 p.m. we will hold our St. Patrick’s Day 55

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Spirit of 76 museum tour. ride at the Carlisle Equestrian Center. Have fun dressing up in green if you’d like. Please bring your own refreshments (sorry, no pot of stew at the end of the rainbow provided this year). Jim and Laura Wallace are the contacts for this ride. We plan to hold our next membership meeting on Monday, March 21 at the Carlisle Visitor Center in the Black River Room at 7 p.m. Trail mileage awards will be presented by Brenda Lang. On Saturday, March 26 there is a Wellington Reservation ride at 1 p.m. with Sue Mollica being the contact person. Please be advised that you may encounter horse carriages on the Carlisle Equestrian bridle trails on March 1, March 5, March 10, and March 13. Looking ahead to next month, April 7-10 is the Equine Affaire located at the State Fairgrounds, Columbus, Ohio. It is strongly advised to order tickets in advance for general admission. If you plan on attending the Fantasia Show, please note that tickets sell out quickly. There will be many exhibitors and seminars, plan to attend the entire time or even just for a day or two. Please note, more information is available online. Hang in there, daylight will be longer each day! ~Kathy Duncan MEDINA It’s back! Our banquet with Summit Chapter at the Masonic Lodge in Richfield will be held on 56

March 26 at 5 p.m. (social hour) and dinner at 6 p.m. There will be a catered meal, BYOB, prizes for trail miles, trail work hours, and other fun surprises. The cost is $20. Contact Rosemary Young for reservations at rosemary4medinaohc@gmail. com or 440/382-7980. Get ready for spring! I’m not just saying that because as I am sitting here writing this article we have two feet of snow outside. It has to come sometime and we are ready for it! Our dedicated ride leaders are set to take you out for some new adventures, get that tack cleaned and saddle up that horse that has been standing around in the barn for three months. Yeah baby, adventure! Our combined rides with Summit County OHC, our sister chapter begin again. We start on Saturday, March 19 with a ride at Hinckley reservation. Contact Maureen Mizerak at 440/4295810 for details. Next up is another Hinckley ride; contact Debbie Donner for this one at 216/390-0024. On May 14 Barb Vega will be leading folks at Brecksville Reservation in the Cleveland Metro Parks. She can be reached at 216/702-1224. It’s time to get involved, folks! We had over 100 members in 2021, but where are you? We need people to show up and support this chapter for banquets, meetings, rides, and work sessions. We want to hear from you! What do you want? What kinds of rides do you like? Got ideas for fundraising activities? Our next meeting is on April 6 at Hinckley Town Hall, 1410 Ridge Road. There is plenty of parking. In June we will meet back at Robinson Field for summer meetings. Stay tuned for those details. Are you ready to get out and give us a hand on the trails? Our work sessions will be back in force in March. Contact Raydeen Ryden (reysden@att. net or 334/663-7361) or Greg Monsanty (330/352-5737 or for dates and details. From the valley full of lucky four-leaf clovers. ~Rosemary MORROW Greetings from Morrow County OHC chapter for 2022 where a massive amount of snow plus cold temperatures have displaced

the mild conditions described in last month’s report. The frozen ground now allows the skid steer to easily distribute big bales once a path through the snow has been plowed to reach the bale feeder. The frozen previously paths created mini Grand Canyons which required slow travel for both humans and horses to navigate between field locations. Water consumption from one 200 gallon tank that has to be refilled daily indicates a 24/7 twelve plus gallon consumption per horse by the ten horses sipping from the tank. Now that green grass, previously available last month is buried by snow, water consumption has increased. However, I did see two horses today pawing through the deep pasture snow blanket to munch on the still present green grass to supplement the dry hay. Nearly all chapter members hung up their spurs until spring, although Byron and Cheryl did some arena riding as did Drew Ann. My visiting Pennsylvania daughter did some solo riding on township roads and fallow crop fields, but it was too cold for this old man. Health issues continue to restrict/prevent any riding by several members even if the weather was perfect. The pandemic restrictions, plus related Covid deaths of persons who were close friends for some chapter members, have created a restrictive social interaction cloud, which will probably extend well into 2022. Hopefully, the April Equine Affaire will resume along with the many enjoyable equine activities associated with usually delightful spring/ summer/fall Ohio weather. For members that can navigate to the barn, enjoying the benefits of equine therapy are possible without riding via grooming and feeding, as well as whispering horse/human conversations like Dr. Dolittle. A dominant smell/ touch/sound associated with my equine activities has been a spirit lifter this past year after the Jan. 4 2021 death of my wife who shared 60 years of marriage with this cantankerous old man. Her lifelong equine interests were responsible for horses becoming an important part of our family. Maybe, the next month’s report will see winter conditions greatly reduced. Until then, it is the usual sign-off until the next report. I trust the 2022 season will allow many OHC members to get back in the saddle again.


Until next month, keep your chin up and strive to provide the best care possible for your horses who will provide you the opportunity to enjoy some great riding as the prospect of glorious 2022 weather eventually becomes a reality. Therefore, until next month I wish happy trails to you. Stay safe in the saddle/on your horse if you do have an opportunity to ride before the next report, I hope to see some readers on the trail later this year. ~DOC PERRY Our annual holiday party is in the books and I think I speak for everyone that a good time was had by all. We had a dozen great door prizes and a collection of games that were both fun and enlightening, as we learned some new things about our friends. Game prizes consisting of OHC glass coffee mugs filled with candy and holiday motif decorations were distributed to winners. We played the Left and Right game for the gift exchange with a twist from the traditional story, as it was replaced with my rendition of tales from the trail. The food was certainly delicious as were the leftovers. Everyone enjoyed the president’s awards which highlighted the year’s memorable times, and I was presented the Stumpy the Elk recognition memorabilia thanks to the Wagners and the Stengles. Stumpy, as you may recall, was the ‘elk’ I spotted during our trip to Benezette. The specially made T-shirt and the wooden ‘elk’ were very cute and quite a surprise. We even had a few ‘musical’ accompaniments for the last two awards. I had to give my partner, Brian, the Caravan King award for always leading a pack of women to our riding destinations and then getting everyone parked. He’s a good sport about it, most times! Predictions are for an early spring, at least in Ohio, and after the below-zero temps and ice storms of late, we all

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Ugly hat contest.

Carla and her gift. sure hope that is an accurate prediction. Remember to renew your membership if you’ve not already done so, and make your plans for early spring riding at a nearby state park or private venue as the state forests are closed until sometime in April. We made plans for March trail maintenance at our February meeting and discussed a tentative ride schedule. Join us anytime for fun and informative meetings. You never know what we will do next. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Top Hat in Junction City—6 p.m. to eat and 7 p.m. to meet. Here’s to springing ahead! ~Marianne SANDUSKY Hello, Sandusky County friends! Sorry that I missed a couple of months due to family needing me and not much to report. I am writing this one during the little snowstorm that has been talked about for weeks! We ended up getting about a foot or so and I love it. Snow-covered ground means horses can be outside, and I don’t have to worry about ice or mud! I wish it would stay like this till spring. It costs a bit more because all three horses have heated water buckets for when they are inside, the tank heater outside, and the chickens need a little heat lamp too. Al got a ride in on our first snow day, and I hope many of you did too! I don’t do much riding when it’s this cold, but when I was a kid, I would be out riding for hours with holes in my boots that were lined with Wonder Bread bags and I was just fine. A special thank you to Amber who made this year’s calendars. Everyone is always excited to see the pictures from the past year of everyone having fun. I take a lot of pictures and try to get a good variety of people and their horses in our club. If you didn’t March 2022

see yourself in the calendar, make it a New Year’s resolution to get out there to our parks and organized activities, and I will take your picture! Whether you like it or not I will get you! Did everyone get their bingo card? We have a few of ours already marked, so it’ll be fun to see how many we get marked. I want to ride a mule, any offers? We also ordered 50th anniversary shirts. Make sure that with the cold your equine friends have plenty of water and hay to keep colic away. Our meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Brethren Church in Fremont. We usually meet for supper at 5:45 p.m. Visit our Facebook page under Sandusky County Horseman’s Council for up-to-date information. Also check out the state web page: Give your fuzzy buddy a horse cookie and a kiss on his warm nose, and remember life is good. ~Marla Sidell STARK Our Stark County Chapter has sponsored a ‘Get Out and Ride Stark Parks’ for the last two years. We do this to support the horse trails available in our Stark County area that are managed by Stark Parks.

Kathy Sailer

Lisa Schell This past year 19 riders participated in the program and logged 1,336.8 miles. The top rider was Lisa Schell with 234.1 miles, winning a $50 PBS gift card, next was Kathy Sailer with 152 miles, winning a $25 PBS gift card, and Shannon Boone coming in close with 144 miles and winning a $15 PBS gift card. The top bridle trails ridden were Waynesburg Sandy Valley (820.3 miles); Whitacre-Greer (273.5 miles); Ralph Regula Towpath including the Old Muskingum Trail (164 miles); Walborn Reservoir (40 miles) and Quail Hollow (39 miles). Thank you to all who participated and showed our usage of the trails in Stark County. Until next time, happy trails to you! ~Jo Ellen SUMMIT

Shannon Boone

Who knows what it will actually look like outside by the time you read this in March. Right now most of Ohio is recovering from two back-to-back snowstorms starting on Jan. 21 and the second on Feb. 4. If any of you took my suggestions in February to heart regarding winter driving preparedness, you probably were in good shape for being on the road. Doing barn chores in these conditions can only be described as a labor of love. It’s been a while since we have had to slog through snow past our knees for weeks in sub-zero temperatures. With the ongoing spike in Covid cases, we decided to have our January monthly meeting on


Zoom. We are getting better at using this format; however, I am sure we could star in a Saturday Night Live Comedy skit with no problem. At least we all seem to have a good laugh. While it is difficult to predict what is ahead, we did reschedule our joint banquet with the Medina Chapter to March 26 hoping this will be a safer option. In addition, Summit Chapter is reserving June 25 for our chapter’s poker run fundraiser and the ever-popular Prayer Ride for Sept. 24. More details on all these events will follow and also be posted on Facebook. Trail miles were submitted and tallied for 2021 by Mary Forsch. For the 25 riders who submitted their totals, there were 7557 trail miles and 1107 saddle hours. Our top five riders were Lee Hendrickson taking first place with 1047 miles, followed by Tina Smith with 840, Molly Eastwood with 712, Laura Gentiluomo with 613, and Trudy Cook with 529. Top saddle hours were Jennifer Asher with 264 followed by David Kress with 217. There were 139 hours of trail maintenance turned in for Richfield Heritage Preserve. Thanks to everyone who put forth their time and energy on these local trails. We thank all those who kept track of their miles and hours as this is a valuable tool for discussing the importance of the equine community on trail use and appropriations. Thanks again Mary for making the stats possible. We would like to recognize Marietta Tromp for her continued work representing our interests in The Bridle Trail Committee meeting and reporting any updates as they become available. Marietta’s detailed reports can be found in our SCOHC monthly newsletter, the latest Issue 6 for January 2022. Also, we would like to express our sadness on hearing of the loss of Marietta’s beloved horse Luna. What a lovely and touching tribute she wrote about a truly amazing horse who shared so many years with her. Their story is like so many of ours and we hope that the great times they shared will ease her loss. Don’t forget to look at your packet from the State OHC 57

County Lines celebrating the 50th anniversary. Start planning how you will fill out your Bingo 50 (Try Something New in 2022). You could combine taking that first aid course with riding in the snow block or trying an obstacle course. Ride a mule, bareback on a beach, in another state, and thank the ranger who found you later that day. The combinations are endless. ~Joann Ulichney

Kendall and Rayna exchange (pottery).


TUSCARAWAS Since it is common knowledge, Ohio continues to deliver unpredictable weather conditions during the first quarter with expectations of a seemingly endless winter. Fundamentally, a windswept icy wonderland exists. Our OHC group chose to break the barrier of dreary monotony with a belated Christmas celebration. Stress was initially relieved as we arrived at Malcuit’s Tavern, where a superb meal was served. Traditionally, dinner is followed by a rousing gift exchange. We elected to temper the exchange with a bowling experience. Historically, during our exchange of gifts, thievery is predominant once gifts have been identified as rare horse-related pottery items or popular tack items. Many of those possessions are stolen frequently and pass through many steals before the final draw has occurred. This year, ‘Yellowstone’ trivia and T-shirts drew collective gasps from the audience. I was amazed when not a single recipient chose to wrestle or arm-twist an admirable prize to cherish as their own! Perhaps, the carefully selected piece d’ resistance was truly a wish come true or all were on their best behavior, wishing to avoid conflict. Regardless, Colton won the cherished door prize which was a bronze tinted mirror, which was universally applauded. One of our most talented bowlers had

Alexis, Colton, Patti and Erin at Boulevard Lanes. suffered a late fall horse-related accident from which he was still recovering. This condition rendered his versatility and skill level substandard. We painfully watched his newly acquired technique sadly fail to produce the desired effect. His courageous effort was recognized and given appropriate credit. I, for one, yielded an unremarkable score, with gutter balls immediately thrown when a spare or strike preceded my effort. Laughter and camaraderie echoed throughout our designated lanes. A sense of humor prevailed and our close-knit membership enjoyed the hearty belated Christmas celebration. Persevering beyond the wicked snowstorms that prevail, we obstinately choose to obtain satisfaction, through participation in our annual ride planning meeting. Optimistically, we seek to endure nature’s hardships in preparation for the vitality of spring we envision around the corner. The trails beckon! Our Tuscarawas OHC Chapter enjoys a monthly dinner meeting on the second Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. Contact the undersigned prior to the scheduled date, to determine the venue selected. We welcome new members! Happy Trails, ~Holly Waldenmyer WASHINGTON

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I’m hoping warmer weather has found us at last! At the writing of this article, we are in the grips of a definite winter storm cycle and have had snow on the ground for

the last three weeks or so, not to mention ice. We had to cancel the Washington County OHC club meetings for both January and February due to very bad weather conditions and unsafe roads. I’m sure all of you have been wishing as I have, for an early spring and warmer weather. We have been anxiously waiting to have our meeting so we can make a special belt buckle presentation to two of our members. Bobbi Jo Tucker and Darrell McKay have been inducted into the OHC Trail Rider’s Hall of Fame for their 25,000 Mile Lifetime award! They have patiently been waiting since last year to receive their buckles and we finally received the awards from the State. Hopefully, they can be awarded at our March 3 meeting. Besides Bobbi Jo and Darrell, our club has hadd six other members earn the 25,000 Mile Lifetime award: Linda Donat, Lois Wallace, Patty Matthews, Dave Matthews, Nancy Huffman, and Caroline Patterson. We have two other riders getting close and I hope they will receive an award too in the next couple of years. Since I am the Mileage and Awards Committee Chairperson, along with being the reporter, I can verify the 2021 mileage report was submitted to the OHC State trail committee, and with 45 members submitting mileage forms we did very well again this year. I do not want to reveal too much information before the OHC State Membership Meeting on March 12. State membership meetings are held two times a year at the Eagle Club in Delaware, Ohio. All members are encouraged to attend and all chapter officers should attend these informative meetings. Lunch is served at a nominal fee for each attendee and there is a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and vendors offering equine-related products. During the meeting, there is an announcement of the club with the most miles, the top 10 riders in each category, and the top locations ridden by OHC members. I hope to attend this year along with a few others from our club. Our club lost a longtime member in January, Laura Seebaugh. Laura worked with horses and was a trainer most of her life, always an active member of OHC and a willing volunteer no matter what kind of project or fundraiser we were into. She will


be sorely missed by our club. We are planning a chainsaw and first aid class and coordinating it with Wayne National Forest officials. The trails at Kinderhook will officially open on April 1 so we will need to plan a cleanup day before then to make sure the trails are clear for riders. It is very important that we all follow the notices of when trails are closed for the season. It is for the welfare of the trails so they will be in better shape when they open up in the spring. It is in our best interest to stay off the trails when they may be dangerous due to adverse weather conditions. Spring is almost here and I’m sure you are as anxious as I am for the parks to open up so we can all hit the trails again. Happy Trails to you all! ~Debbie Johnson WAYNE Old Man Winter couldn’t keep our members at home in January. A few of us even got in some riding on New Year’s Eve. What a way to end the year. Jody Jackson Shaw, Rachel Gardner, and I decided to take advantage of the warm sunny day and get in a quick ride at Hinckley. The horses behaved perfectly and I enjoyed trying out my new saddle. That is until it worked lose and rode up on Honey’s neck going down a hill to a creek. She put her head down to drink as soon as we hit the water and I went head over heels into the cold rock bottom creek! I broke a rib and got the wind knocked out of me. My horse just stood there looking down at me as if to ask, “What are you doing down there?” Luckily I had my ever trusty friends with me who have been with me on other misadventures with much worse outcomes. Thankfully, I was able to mount up and ride out. Rachel is getting really good at driving my truck and trailer. I am praying that there will be no misadventures in 2022! Rachel and Jody may never ride with me again! Jody Jackson Shaw took on a new challenge for 2022. She brought home a new horse. He is a beautiful 6 month old Tennessee Walker named Handsome’s Gold Coin WF. He is still waiting for a barn name because he is soon going to grow out of Baby. We wish you the best of luck with this handsome colt. Trail miles for 2021 are in! Total miles for the year were 13,268. The most improved March 2022

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The Blessing of the Hounds on St. Hubert’s Day by Richard Anderson (Reprinted from November. 2019)

Each year on the first Saturday of November, the ‘Blessing of the Hounds’ is celebrated around the English-speaking world. It is a celebration to kick off the hunt season that begins when the crops are out of the field, and the Master of the Hunt takes his fellow land holders along with their hounds to rid the land of pests, as a favor to their tenant farmers, so that they may be able to continue to pay their rent. Quite obviously, this is no longer the purpose of the hunt, and it is now largely symbolic of this ancient tradition. But it has become an annual tradition for a religious ceremony to be held on or about Nov. 3, St. Hubert’s Day, and it is a custom that has survived since medieval times, with its origin in the belief that, with this blessing, the hounds and riders would be protected from disease and petulance during the year. St. Hubert, the patron saint of the hunt, or chase, was born in the middle of the seventh century. His early life was given

to pleasures and worldly vanities, and his chief passion was the hunt. At the age of 27 on Good Friday morning, when all of the faithful had repaired to church, Hubert, in open defiance of pious customs of the day, went forth on the hunt. As he was pursuing a stag, the animal turned, and between its antlers was seen to Hubert a crucifix. Shaken by this event, Hubert renounced all of his honors and rank, gave all of his personal wealth to the poor and entered the priesthood. And since his canonization, he has been the patron saint of all archers, forest workers, hunters, and hounds. It is also the kick off to the formal fox hunting season (foxes are never killed), which continues until mid-March of each following year. The riders are led by a bagpiper to the blessing field, and during the Blessing, each rider dismounts, and on bended knee, receives a personal blessing from a local pastor as well as a medallion to wear around his neck, and is offered a ‘Stirrup Cup’, a centuries old tradition intended to bolster the spirit of the hunt.

Master of the heart, Stephanie Phillips, sounding the horn to prepare for the hunt. Following the Blessing, the Master of the Hunt (MFH) takes the hounds, along with the ‘Whipper’s In’, whose job it is to keep the hounds together in pursuit of their quarry, and the hunters themselves, who are broken into three fields, each with its own master. The first field are riders that will make any jumps encountered along the way, followed by the second field, who are riders that are allowed to go around any jumps encountered, and the third field, often called ‘Hill Toppers’, who are riders that follow along to watch the activity from afar. And, following ancient tradition,

Masters of the hunt with hounds from the ‘blessing of the hounds’ preparing for the hunt. each hunt is capped off by a celebration called ‘High Tea’, where all riders gather together to discuss the hunt and imbibe in libations of their own choice, which to my knowledge has never actually included tea. It is a fun tradition, and one we look forward to every year. It marks the beginning of the hunt season, but also the end of our trail riding adventures here in the Midwest. It is also an opportunity to begin plans for next year’s exciting trail riding schedule.

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The Winter Bash. trail miles award went to Kim Adams. Most places ridden went to Elsie Zuercher who rode at 15 different locations. Youth awards went to Massie Ricketts and Julia Westover. It is so good to see these junior members riding and participating in club events. Now that 2021 miles are in it is time to start thinking about 2022 rides and campouts. We held our annual pot luck trail planning meal at the Plain Lutheran Church on Feb. 5. There were 18 members in attendance with enough food for twice that amount. We set a good schedule with room for additional rides and campouts as weather and time permits. If you would like to join us please email our secretary, Leigh Litman for a copy of the ride schedule. Remember to save the date for the Regional Ride July 1-4 at Mohican State Forest. Since this is the 50th anniversary of OHC, we hope to make this a March 2022

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very special occasion. We held our Winter Bash at Des Essenhaus in Shreve. The food was delicious and the company was great. We had a good time with the white elephant gift exchange. You are never really sure what you will bring home and what will make an appearance again next year! Those cozy blankets were just about worn out after being handed over so many times. We are all looking forward to spring and the start of trail riding season until then, stay warm and safe! ~Susan Baker HORSEMEN’S CORRAL

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Western Dressage

Mental Performance Coaching by Kelley Bitter


e are about to get show season underway. Our horses are getting worked more. We are looking at our show tack and show clothes. It’s getting exciting here! As much as I love to show, I still get butterflies and those awful sweaty palms headed to the ring. I know, I’ve been doing this for 50 years, you think I would be over it. Well, I’m not. A lot of show goers get the show ring shakes and sweaty palms going into the ring. The worst part is that it can make the difference between first place and fifth place. Let me share with you a story. About 7 years ago, I started riding Western Dressage. There were no instructors or trainers near me. I downloaded tests and watched YouTube videos to learn the maneuvers, seat, aids, everything. I even called a friend of mine who rode

classical dressage to ask her what rein change meant. My outdoor ring was too small for a dressage ring set up, so I made a mock dressage ring in one of my pastures. I used markers to put letters on the orange cones I had. I used poles and tires to mark the sides and corners. I walked the tests out there several times a day, I practiced different parts of the test with my big Paint horse, Jax. I even had a drawing of the dressage ring that I used to trace the tests with my finger and tell myself, “OK transition here, pick up rein here.” I thought I had it memorized. Jax and I went to several schooling shows and made it to the Championship Show. I worked harder at the final test, walking my field ring, memorizing where to change gaits, where each maneuver occurred and how to cue Jax. The day finally came and I was excited and nervous. Unfortunately, my anxiety got

stronger as it got closer to my time to ride. As I rode to A, my heart was pounding, my hands were all sweaty, I could barely breathe. The bell rang, I rode in and started my test. My mind would not work but somehow, I managed to get through the first half of the test. Then, halfway through I was to turn at B, go across to E and turn left. I suddenly could not remember which way to turn. Jax got fussy wanting to go left, but I turned right. Then I heard the dreaded bell ring. I was off pattern. My heart sank, my head dropped. I kept myself from crying and turned around. We finished the test. We missed Champion Ribbon by those two error points. We did get Reserve Champion and I was happy with that our first year out. Does this sound familiar? I learned two things from that experience. One, trust my horse. He knew the test better than I did. Second, I had to find a way to decrease my anxiety at shows. After all, I have worked in mental health for 20 years. Surely, I can come up with something. I began a crusade to get control of my anxiety and boost my selfconfidence. I started working with mindfulness techniques, self-talk, imagery, and routine. Then I found a way to put all these things together. I became a Certified Mental Performance Coach. What does that mean? As a Mental Performance Coach, I can help riders get those butterflies out of the way so they can feel confident and ready for competition using several techniques. The most important being mindset. Mindset is how we view things around us and how we see ourselves in those situations. Changing your perception of how you approach riding and showing involves overcoming the mental barriers we all have and takes your riding and competing to a higher level of performance.

I call this the Blue Ribbon Mindset. I help riders invest in themselves. You become less stressed, less anxious, more focused, and comfortable in the showring. Just like how you do drills to practice balance, transitions, and rein changes, mental performance drills help you practice focus, confidence, and resiliency. Both are important for the equestrian athlete and if my story is like yours, I invite you to talk to me about it and learn more about Mental Performance Coaching. I promise I won’t talk too much about Western Dressage. Ready? Let show season begin! Kelley Bitter is the owner of Buckeye Performance Horse Center and The Winning Edge Mental Performance Coaching in Newbury, Ohio. A secondgeneration horsewoman. Kelley began riding and showing at 4 years old. In her teens, she started riding Arabians in various discipline and won several Regional and USEF titles over the last 50 years. Kelley started riding western dressage with her sister’s Paint, Jax when her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and could not ride anymore. She stayed with the discipline learning as she went from showing and reading about western dressage. In 2018 Kelley attended the WDAA Train the Trainer program. She has won several titles including placing two of her Arabians in the WDAA World show in 2020 top 15. At the WDAA International Challenge 2021 she placed with her Quarter Horse, Arabians and her student received top ten in the Gaited Division. Kelley currently runs training programs for Western Dressage and Arabian Sport Horse. Kelley also holds a certification as a Mental Performance Coach and help equestrians in all disciplines overcome fear, anxiety and stress in the showring.




March 2022

March 2022



Classical Attraction Dressage Society

Tack Sale at Brecksville Stables April 3 PRESIDENT, Cathy Suffecool; VICE PRESIDENT, Stephanie Kame; SECRETARY, Claudia Grimes; TREASURER, David Crawford. EMAIL,; WEBSITE,

by Cathy Suffecool Who wants to have a Tack Sale? I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that said! So, Classical Attraction Dressage Society (CADS) is having a tack sale. And you’re all invited! You don’t even need to be a member (but we would love to have you!). The date is April 3 at Brecksville Stables in Brecksville Reservation Metro Park. This will be an indoor event. We have several stall barns that will be used and also the indoor arena if we need the space. This way weather will not be an issue. The cost of this sale is free to CADS

members and $10 if you aren’t a CAD’s member. Keep reading for more interesting and fun events. We have a calendar full of them! If you ride and show Western dressage, we have clinics for you! Our first clinic, Bring A Horse-Ride A Test, is on March 26 with Dressage judge Sara Justice, r for Western dressage. She’ll be working with riders on the new Western dressage tests. I’ve heard more than a few comments about the new changes in the tests. Sign up will be on the CADS webpage, www. Riders can be any level, we want to work on the new changes. Our next Western Dressage Clinic is with Joanne Williams on May 7 and 8. This will be a great two-day clinic to get your western ready to roll for the upcoming show season. We are really excited to have Joanne come and teach us more about western dressage. If you want to come and audit, come on in.

There will be a fee, $20 to audit the clinic each day. If you want to learn or become more active in Working Equitation, why not come to the home of USAWE in Ohio? We will be hosting Tarrin Warren the weekend of May 13-15. She can help you with those areas that may need a little boost to help improve your scores. We are also hosting three USAWE recognized shows this season. The dates and judges are: June 4-5, Polly Limond; Aug. 6-7, Sue Watkins; Oct. 8-9, Barbara Price, President of USAWE. You may have read or heard me say the CADS membership has its privileges. this is where that comes into play. CADS members can come and sell at the tack sale for no charge, free! Non-members will pay $10. CADS members receive advance notice to sign up for clinics, like our Western Dressage clinics and USAWE Working Equitation shows. CADS members also

receive a $10 savings per test for all our schooling shows. Those savings really add up quickly during show season. The average rider rides two to three tests per show and we’re having seven shows this year, including our Fall Fun Show. Plus, members are the first to hear about the special events like Glamping and group trail rides with eating afterwards. Joining us is easy! Just head to the CADS web page,, go to the Membership heading, click and fill out the drop down. Come and see our beautiful location, not only for showing but for trail riding. We’re located in Brecksville, Ohio, in the Brecksville Reservation Metro Park. We are truly blessed to be in such a beautiful situation. We’re close to the Ohio Turnpike and also Interstates 77, 71, and 480. We have a terrific group of members who love to ride, learn, have fun, and relax. We’re a very low-key group, just a little noisy at times! Stop in and meet us!

Northern Ohio Dressage Association

NODA has Set a Full Calendar of Events for 2022 PRESIDENT, Danielle Menteer VICE PRESIDENT, Kathy Kirchner TREASURER, Dee Liebenthal SECRETARY, Beth Scalabrino EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Danielle Menteer Winter is in full force with blowing snow and temperatures in the single digits as I write this. Everything is harder in the cold and ice and it’s tempting to take both a mental and physical break from horsey things. But now is the time to start planning your 2022 riding season and NODA has many opportunities to help you plan and all of them are listed in the Events Calendar on NODA’s website at www. On March 5 at Rocky River Stables, NODA is sponsoring a Bits of Balance, Biomechanics Clinic with Jacqueline Boonekamp and a Horse Canvas Painting Party (back by popular demand) with Jennifer Cooper. Thanks to 62

Sally Burton and Patti Valencic, NODA’s Education co-chairs for coordinating this fun and educational day. April 31 and May 1, NODA and CADS (Classical Attraction Dressage Society) are cosponsoring a Collier Wimmer Freestyle Planning Clinic at Brecksville Stables. Collier is the owner of Three Wishes Freestyles and will help the novice wanting to find music and develop a freestyle for their horse to the experienced competitor looking for a new twist. Thanks to Emily Gill, NODA’s Professional Liaison, for setting this clinic up. May 29 NODA is hosting a Ride-a-Test Clinic at Chagrin Valley Farms. A great chance to dust off the cobwebs and get some test riding advice as the season gets underway. NODA is again sponsoring Adult Dressage Camp June 23 through June 26 at Stone Gate Farm in Hanoverton, Ohio. Registration opens March 1 for members. Camp is popular and fills early, so don’t delay getting your registration in. The NODA Schooling Show

Series has set their dates, judges and venues for our seven-show series beginning on Sunday, May 29 at Chagrin Valley Farms and culminating in a championship show (members must qualify for the championship show) on Oct. 8. Members and non-members are welcome to show in NODA’s open schooling shows, but there is a non-member fee. NODA is committed to providing an “L” judge and a USEF recognized judge at each show and providing a show experience that prepares the horse and rider for a recognized show if they choose to move in that direction. Thanks to Wendy Burt, Schooling Show Secretary, Kirk Morehead, Volunteer Coordinator and Show Manager Susanne Sherbundy Groselle for organizing the series. NODA has moved the USEF/ USDF Recognized Shows, Dressage 2022 and Dressage 2022 Encore to May 14 and 15 at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. We are really excited about the move and the Recognized Show Committee is working with the Lake Erie Team to bring you the best


show possible. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are now available. Back in 2022 is class sponsorship at an affordable level for all our members, friends, and families. NODA also has a Recognized Show Program Cover Art Contest—if you’re an artist, check it out and send us some artwork! If you’re a NODA member and you have a business, it’s time to get listed in our 2022 Member Services Directory. USEF/ USDF professionals are welcome to send a photo with their listing. The 2022 directory will be posted on our website for one year under the ‘Join Us’ tab and published in our May newsletter. Members may register for more than one category. It’s free advertising for our members and an opportunity to support each other. Anyone searching for services may access our website and see your listing! Find out more by contacting May is right around the corner and before you know it, we’ll be seeing each other on the show grounds! March 2022

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