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 All American Quarter Horse Congress Information .... 12, 14, 16 Benefits and Advantages to Using Accounting Software ........ 20 Corral Calendar ...................................................................... 38 The Cowboy Perserverance Ranch........................................ 46 Golden Rules for Gates .......................................................... 26 The Last Ride ......................................................................... 28 The Power of Preventive Care ............................................... 48 Ride In Sync ............................................................................. 8 TrailMeister ............................................................................. 30 View From the Cheap Seats................................................... 44 Vitamin E: Natural vs. Synthetic ............................................. 24
The Corral Staff Editor .............................................................................................Bobbie Coalter Advertising Sales & General Manager .....................................Joe Coalter email ............................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Club Sales & Circulation Manager Art & Composition Director .....................................................Michelle Ross email ......................................................email@example.com
WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Features: ........ Bobbie Coalter, Rob & Tanya Corzatt, Robert Eversole ............................. Lisa Kiley, Dr. Nettie Liburt, Terry Myers, Sarah Vas Guests: ........... Wendy Hauser, ShaeMar Snaps, Christine Weisgarber NEXT ISSUE NUMBER 11 ............................................................................ NOVEMBER 2021 NOVEMBER 2021 DEADLINE ....................................... OCTOBER 11, 2021
Black Swamp Driving Club ..................................................... 58 Colorado Ranger Horse Association ...................................... 49 Knox County Horse Park ........................................................ 31 Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros ................................................. 56 Massillon Saddle Club ............................................................ 33 Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. ................................... 18 Mid Ohio Dressage Association.............................................. 52 Mid-Ohio Marauders ............................................................... 56 Northern Ohio Outlaws ........................................................... 32 O.H.I.O. EXCA........................................................................ 22 Ohio Gaited Horse Trailriders ................................................. 50 Ohio High School Rodeo Association ..................................... 10 Ohio Horseman’s Council ....................................................... 59
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t’s been a while since I’ve written an editorial and I appreciate the messages from people who thought it might be because of illness. The short answer is “No” but I will elaborate a bit more here. One of the challenges we face in publishing has to do with hitting an optimal number for printing. With our printer, 68 pages costs more than 72 and 76 costs more than 80 so the ideal number is a page count divisible by eight. Each month we make decisions on the content that will put us on the perfect page count to manage costs. Our first priority is always to our advertisers and our Corral Clubs so occasionally, finding that page count means we have to leave an article out of the Corral,
including the editorial. Every one of our writers has experienced this once or twice and it was simply my turn. Cost management has always been a critical element of running any organization, or household for that matter, but the side effects of the Covid pandemic has made it a more daunting task. According to the latest report of the Congressional Research Service, updated May 11, 2021, the Gross Domestic Product may remain below potential until 2025. Although this is only one indicator of the overall economic impact of the pandemic, most studies agree that we are nowhere near the end. Since the pandemic was first announced, the Corral has faced increases in postage, paper and fuel (most notably), and we recently were informed of additional increases slated for the beginning of 2022. You may be thinking you don’t want to read anymore editorials after reading this one! That’s fair but it is not all gloom and doom. Our advertisers, Corral Clubs and writers have been incredibly loyal and supportive of the equine industry and the Corral. Yes, we could use more but thanks to those that have worked with us for the last year, we have not only survived thus far, activity for the monthly Digital Corral has actually increased. Hundreds of horse shows took place in our region this year, trail riding appears to be at an all-time high and finally, the All American Quarter Horse Congress is back. I never liked the government using the phrase “We’re all in this together” for the masking agenda, but as it relates to the equine community, that may just be the case! Thanks to our advertisers, Corral Clubs, writers and to YOU, the Horsemen’s Corral remains “Your One Source for the Horse.”
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Building Skills for The Future by Terry Myers
orses usually learn the skills we want by laying on small layers of training at a time. You worked all spring and summer with your horse and then look back at how much improvement you both have accomplished. I am the first to admit that they seem to learn undesirable habits a whole lot faster than the desirable skills we are seeking! With fall here, you may be thinking about cramming in those last shows or trail rides. But what you should be thinking about is what do I want for myself and my horse for next year. What are my goals and what do I need to do to accomplish them. You may need to build a new foundation of training to fix some problems or build new skills. A major frustration in my line of business is horse owners who wait until a week or two before their first show to start working their horse. Think about how long it takes a human athlete to get in shape for a competition. Now multiply that by several months for a horse. As I have said in past articles, it takes a year to build a good top line and strong loin on a horse, which they need in order to hold any type of collection or frame. Your horse needs to be in good condition to be able to train and learn new skills. So your plan to kick your horse out to pasture until next March or April is not a great idea. You and he have to maintain good mental and physical condition. It’s great to give your horse a vacation or some down time. But be sure you give him enough time to build his physical strength before you have large expectations. I always say that when you are having problems, go back to basics. You should also go back to the foundation building blocks of your training to build new skills as well. Think about a house, if the foundation is faulty, you will have structural problems. Make
sure your horse is good at the basics before you try to go to the next step. You may need to spend some time improving your basics: giving to the bit, lateral flexion, transitions, the always handy great stop, or properly negotiating obstacles. Working on your basics with your horse will help him be more prepared to learn the new skills. Solve the problems that became apparent this summer before you expect your horse to move to the next level of his training. Once you set your goals, be realistic about whether or not your horse is going to be well suited for the new job. A 14 hand reiner is probably not going to make a great jumper and the 17 hand hunt seater is probably not going to do a 15foot reining slide. Is your horse healthy, sound and suited for the new skills or job? If you aren’t confident that you can judge your horses’ potential for your goals, ask a trainer. Seek out the advice, maybe even from more than one source. A horse that is competitive at local shows may not be a Congress level horse. Be realistic! If you don’t have an indoor arena for work during inclement weather, look for one you can haul to or board at. When the weather turns bad, you can keep riding. Look for training expertise or lessons through the winter that will help you and your horse build new skills to accomplish your goals. Chances are, that work through the winter will make you prepared in the spring in a way that will help you stand out in competition. If you know that many horses won’t get worked until March for the May show season, and you are working and training your horse all winter, imagine how ready you and your horse will be. Come spring, the horses who have been ridden all winter will stand out sharply against those who were pulled from the field in March to begin training. Trail riders, this article is for you too. It is unfair to your horse to go ride for 6 hours on your first ride of the spring when you haven’t ridden your horse all winter. Keeping your horse in shape through the winter will prepare them for the mental and physical demands of that first ride of the season. If you have been sitting in front of the TV all winter eating chips and drinking soda, and someone tells you in April that you must jump up and walk 10 miles, do you think will enjoy walking? For your horse to enjoy their job they have to be physically ready to do it. I say this in my clinics; can you improve your horse 1 percent per day? If you say yes to that question, I want to hire you. You are telling me that you can have a horse completely trained in 100 days. Obviously not possible. Horses learn in small increments, and some rides you have to back track to where you were five rides ago. When you ride and train, you have to be on your horse’s schedule, not yours. With consistency and patience, you will be building your foundation for your future goals. One final thing to remember…horses don’t make mistakes, people do. If you try to keep this philosophy in the forefront of your mind when working with your horse, you will be a more effective partner. If you have suggestions for future articles, send us a note through our website! Questions about this or any of our articles can be emailed to us at email@example.com. Terry Myers is a national clinician and champion horse trainer with a depth of knowledge developed from over 50 years in the horse industry. Myers has been a popular clinician at multiple expos in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Myers’ Ride-In-Sync methods as well as clinic and training services available, visit Myers at www. tmtrainingcenter.com or on Facebook.
Ohio High School Rodeo Association
2021-22 OHSRA Season Kick Off 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, www.ohiohighschoolrodeo.org
by Garrett Houin Making new friends, traveling and competing across Ohio, and even competing at the National High School Rodeo Finals—these are just a few of the opportunities available through the Ohio High School Rodeo Association. OHSRA kicked off its 202122 season in Urbana, and new friendships and memories were made in and out of the arena. Did you know OHSRA offers both light rifle and trap shooting competitions in addition to traditional rodeo events? Shooters were first up Saturday morning with Eli Dimmerling winning the high school division and Madi Corsi winning the junior
Brady Schaad CR Urbana 2021. Photo credit: Laura Blackwood. high division light rifle. Blake Bannister won the high school trap shooting. Temperatures soared in the afternoon, but that didn’t stop our members from turning in some scorching runs. In the high school division, championships for the weekend went to Cooper Smitley in bareback bronc riding, Isaac Miley in steer wrestling, Evan Corzatt in calf roping, Izzy Barth in barrel racing and pole bending, Arly Kisner in goat tying, Emma Wyant in breakaway, and a tie in team roping between Corzatt and Gus
Clayton Drake CR Urbana 2021. Photo credit: Laura Blackwood. Joseph and the team of Owen Gardner and Kyndall Woltz. In the junior high division, weekend winners were Corsi in barrels, Brealyn Gardner in poles, Carlie Wears in girls’ goat tying, Cade and Paige Cummings in ribbon roping, Clay Wines in breakaway roping and chute dogging, and Cade Cummings in calf roping and boys’ goat tying. So what do you do after a long, hot, dusty day in the sun? At the end of the Saturday rodeo, the OHSRA Queen, Bella Leek, organized a kickball game in the arena for the members. The kickball game was a fun way to wind down from the rodeo earlier in the day and for everyone to grow closer together and get to know one another. There’s still plenty of time for new members to join us for the season. We’ll be wrapping up our fall season with the Buckeye Legacy Rodeo in October at
Urbana 2021 Grand Entry. Photo credit: Laura Blackwood. Garwood Arena in Columbiana and in November at Henderson’s Arena in Jackson. We hope you’ll come out and join us. If you’re not sure if high school rodeo is for you, try competing on a permit for the weekend and give us a try. You won’t regret it. Want more information about OHSRA? Visit our website at ohiohighschoolrodeo.org or contact one of our officers using the contact information above.
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ALL AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS September 28-October 24, 2021 • Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH
Quick Stats • The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the largest single breed-horse show in the world. • There are over 25,000 horse show entries. • The show attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area. • Industry leading trade show with over 200 exhibitors. • It generates $409 million for the central Ohio economy. • Over $3 million is given away in cash and prizes. • The largest Collegiate and Youth Judging contest is held at the Congress, with more than 65 teams of college students, 4-H, FFA and Quarter Horse youth members. • Over 200 registered Quarter Horses are sold at the Congress Super Sale. • 1.8+ Million Congress Website page views. • 55,000+ Email subscribers. • 82,000+ Social Media followers. • 1+ Million social followers via equine media partner pages.
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Financial Impact of the Equine Industry • 9.2 million horses in the United States, 307,000 of which are located in Ohio. • More than 70 percent, of 215,000, horses in Ohio are involved in showing and recreation. • 4.6 million people are involved in the horse industry in some way. • This means one out of every 63 Americans are involved with horses. • Direct economic effect on U.S. is $39 billion annually.
• Indirect economic impact: $102 billion when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account. • The industry provides 460,000 full time jobs, 12,700 of which are in Ohio. Spending by suppliers and employees generates additional jobs in Ohio, for a total employment impact of 42,700. • The equine industry’s economic impact on Ohio ranks eighth in the nation in state economic impact.
Admission and Parking Information Admission to the All American Quarter Horse Congress is free with the exception of Special Event: Congress Cutting Event, PBR, Freestyle Reining, and Congress Masters.
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Daily parking is $25— Discounted to $15 every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Obtain an Entire Event parking pass for $75. *Online transaction fees are not included in the above pricing. Attendees to the All American Quarter Horse Congress are encouraged to reserve parking in advance, prior to arriving to the fairgrounds. Attendees who purchase onetime admissions must park north
of 17th Avenue. All commercial exhibitors, horse show exhibitors and whole-show pass spectators may park on the main fairgrounds (south of 17th Avenue). These exhibitors and spectators with whole-show passes may also park trucks and cars on top of the Gilligan Barn, but no trailers are permitted on top of the barn. There will be only one-way traffic around the Gilligan Barn. Any vehicle, including trailers, trucks, cars or golf carts, that parks in an unauthorized area, or without proper stickers/permits, will be towed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the owner’s expense. Contact SP+ Parking with any questions, 614/294-9336.
PLEASE NOTE: Admission and restricted parking rules will be enforced starting the first day of the Congress Horse Show.
Trade Show Information
The All American Quarter Horse Congress offers more than 250 commercial exhibit spaces in a seven-acre indoor equine shopping experience, with additional outside space as well. Commercial exhibitors offer everything from show clothing to tack to towing vehicles and trailers to equine art, jewelry, furniture and much more! The 2021 Trade Show runs Oct. 1 through Oct. 24, hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 2021
ALL AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS September 28-October 24, 2021 • Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH
Accomodations When Planning Your Stay at Congress Hotels
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association contracts with a number of hotels in the Columbus area for discounted rates during the All American Quarter Horse Congress. In order to receive discounted rates, reservations must be made through the hotel reservation website. Visit quarterhorsecongress. com/accommodations for a list of hotels. If you have hotel questions, contact Brandon Gessner, Hotel Coordinator at 614/519-7458 or email Bgessner@helmsbriscoe. com.
All camping is at the discretion of Standard Parking and the Ohio Expo Center. Camping spaces are available through Standard Parking at the Ohio Expo Center on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Fees and Conditions: Camping is $40 per day. Standard Parking requires that you pay for the entire length of the show up front beginning upon arrival. Campers not staying the entire show may collect a refund at the Standard Parking Office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday or
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To receive a refund, a dated Ohio Expo Center camper pass must be presented. Those staying past 12 noon will be charged for an additional day. If leaving after the refund office hours, refunds may be obtained from the stall office. All camping requires a $75 whole-show pass to be purchased for the towing vehicle or RV. All horse trailers parking south of 17th Avenue will be charged the $40 per day camping fee. Trailers that are not being used for camping will have the option
to park at no charge in the trailer lot north of 17th Avenue. To contact Standard Parking: Gregory Deptula, Senior Facility Manager, 614/294-9336, cell 614/332-6465, gdeptula@spplus. com, www.spplus.com.
The Congress offers a limited number of reserved VIP camping spots each year. The reserved VIP camping lot will be a fenced area located adjacent to the Denny Hales Arena. For more information contact Lisa Martin, 614/505-7200 ext. 121, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heroes on Horses The Congress will offer a special event ‘Heroes On Horses’ to honor our service men and women and the horses helping them heal. Riders in PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes programs are invited to participate in the All American Quarter Horse Congress ‘Heroes on Horses’ competition. Exhibitors must be disabled veterans or active duty ‘wounded warriors’ who are participating in PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes programs or who have a Department of Veteran Affairs disability rating. The PATH facility will be responsible for verifying the eligibility of riders participating in Equine Services for Heroes programs. Horses do not need to be registered or owned by the rider or facility. For information on guidelines and requirements, please contact Joanne Taylor at jtaylor@oqha. com or 614/505-7200, ext. 127. 14
ALL AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS September 28-October 24, 2021 • Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH
2021 Congress Demonstration and Lecture Series From the beginning, one of the main missions of the All American Quarter Horse Congress has been to provide knowledge and guidance about all aspects of care, management, ownership and competition with the registered American Quarter Horse. That tradition continues with a full schedule of lectures and demonstrations, provided by the industry’s leading professionals from horse trainers to veterinarians.
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All demonstrations will be held in the Cooper Arena, except Ranch Riding and Cutting. Saturday, October 2, 1 p.m. (Denny Hales Arena). Ranch Riding, presented by Steve Meadows. Sunday, October 3, 4 p.m. Cutting, presented by Bill Riddle. Friday, October 8, 5 p.m. Longe Line, presented by Kenny Lakins. Saturday, October 9, 2 p.m. Halter, presented by Jeffrey Pait. Sunday, October 10, 3 p.m. Western Pleasure, presented by Aaron Moses and Gil Galyean. Tuesday, October 12, 1 p.m. Judging the Modern Day Trail Course, presented by the Keeping It Real Hosts: Tim Kimura and Brad Jewett. Friday, October 15, 3 p.m. Western Horsemanship, presented by Kelly McDowall. Saturday, October 16, 1 p.m. Hunter Under Saddle, presented by Keith Miller.
• Sunday, October 17, 3 p.m. Showmanship, presented by Terry Cross. • Thursday, October 21, 3 p.m. Pole Bending, presented by William Ball. • Saturday, October 23, 1 p.m. Cowboy Mounted Shooting, presented by JD Hughes.
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All lectures will be held in the Congress Lecture Hall/Corral. Sunday, October 3, 1 p.m. Understanding the Early Signs of Laminitis, presented by Dr. Eric Schroeder, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Tuesday, October 12, 10 a.m. Rubber Snaffles to Double Bridles: Understanding Bits for English Competition Horses, presented by Lainie DeBoer. Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. Modern Use of Biological Therapies in Treatment of Lameness in Horses, prested by Dr. Sasha Hill, Cleveland Equine Clinic. Saturday, October 16, 3 p.m. NSBA Forum: Careers in the Equine Industry, presented by Stephanie Lynn, NSBA. Sunday, October 17, 1 p.m. Development in Trail Class Competition, presented by Patti Carter, AQHA, Tim Kimura, Trail Course Designer, Robin Frid, Professional Horseman, and Stephanie Lynn, NSBA. Friday, October 22, 3 p.m. Common Lameness Issues in Barrel and Contesting Horses, presented by Dr. Jonathan Yardley, The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Congress Puppy Alley Requirements
Participants are required to complete a Puppy Alley Registration Form. Registration forms are available at the stall office. An Ohio Quarter Horse Association representative will collect the registration form when you arrive at Puppy Alley. Participants are required to display puppies in the
designated Puppy Alley area only. Participants will occupy individual spaces within Puppy Alley. Spaces will be available on a daily first come, first served basis. No puppies less than 8 weeks of age will be permitted on Puppy Alley. All puppies must have a current Health Certificate prior to arriving at Puppy Alley. Health certificates must be available for inspection every day you plan to participate in Puppy Alley. All puppies are subject to examination by Congress designated veterinarians. The Congress designated veterinarian will have the final say as to a puppy’s suitability to participate in Puppy Alley. Participants will be charged $20 per puppy, per day. There will be a representative at Puppy Alley to assist with check in.
Inquiries may be directed to Joanne Taylor, JTaylor@oqha. com, 614/505-7200 ext 127. October 2021
Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc.
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling...Rawhide! PRESIDENT, Chuck Fanslow 1st VICE PRESIDENT, Al Davis SECRETARY, Kathleen Moss TREASURER, Mindy Ellis WEBSITE, www.mtra.org EMAIL, email@example.com PHONE, 989/723-1425
by Kristen Humble Riding, riding, riding! That’s what the members have been doing this past month on the Michigan Trail Riders fall ride. This September we hosted our annual double cross ride where riders crossed the state of Michigan almost two complete times! They started at the north tip of the state in a camp called, Stoney Creek and worked their way south through Elk Hill,
Johnson’s Crossing and Walsh Road before they connected to our traditional trail that runs west to east starting at Luzerne and heading all the way to the east side of the state ending in Lake Huron before turning around and crossing the state to the west side all the way to Lake Michigan. Are you lost yet? It’s actually really easy because you just follow the blue dots on the trees! This ride is one of two styles of double cross rides that are offered each September. The traditional Double Cross is where riders take the shore to shore trail east and then turn around and retrace their steps heading west. Either way, riders on the September ride enjoy a busy schedule of riding each morning without any days off from Sept. 9 through Sept. 28. This trip is about 400-470 miles and participants that complete the
entire trail can win two trophies (one for each crossing completed). Just like all of our rides, people are always willing to help and many people come back each year to ride again. As we continue to offer rides, I recommend that you check out our Newby booklet on our website, www.mtra. org, to see if there’s a ride that interests you! We will be doing a week-long ride in October where you can appreciate the spectacular fall colors of the Michigan trees on Oct. 8-16 and then we will be looking forward
to our spring ride in May. Join us on our rides, there’s so much to be excited about in the MTRA. Check out our website at www.mtra.org and our Facebook pages to keep up to date with all the happenings. Ride on!
Ohio Valley Team Penning Association
Show Season Winding Down PRESIDENT, Tom Reeder VICE PRESIDENT, Amy Lemley SECRETARY, Donna Zang TREASURER, Debra Lyons PHONE, 330/831-7463 EMAIL, firstname.lastname@example.org Find Us on Facebook
by Amy Lemley Show season is winding down. Since our last article we had a show on Aug. 14 at Kuhlber Farms. It was a beautiful day; we ran 238 first go teams. This show is the only one we have outside. Sam and Tonya have a beautiful arena with excellent footing. On Sept. 25 our show was held at Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown/Clarkson Road, Negley, Ohio. The Elite class winners won gravity chairs. The Youth Class had $100 donated by Bob McPherson. In the #11 3 man 2-gate class there was a chance to win Professional
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Benefits and Advantages to Using Accounting Software for Your Equine Business or Organization
by Christine Weisgarber
any individuals today not only carry a debit card associated with a checking account but also one or more credit cards as well. The use of cash is greatly diminished, and we have seen a steady increase in the use of electronic payment systems replacing cash-only establishments. This was obvious at shows and fairs across multiple states this year. For example, Mom-and-Pop french fry stands were even taking cards for a small fee. What does this have to do with accounting software you might ask? Well accounting software is what ties this ecosystem of payment types together whether it is online payments, taps, dips, or swipes. Whether it is money being made or spent this technology is now necessary to keep good records. Just like cash, gone are the days of written ledgers and paper receipt books. Very few businesses can accurately track income and expenses this way anymore. To do your business’s finances justice, you need to have some type of software that properly organizes financial information. This will give you confidence that you have the whole picture when looking at your records. There are many companies that offer their own versions. You can find them at every price point imaginable but more importantly is ease of use. If you are a DIY’er then it needs to be user friendly. The only thing worse than paper records is no records at all, which can easily happen if you elect to go electronic but don’t use it or use it incorrectly. Never hesitate to work with a professional when getting started because they can eliminate headaches from any learning curve you encounter.
Audits can be stressful. However, if you have the software to easily find supporting documents, it’s not. While the IRS accepts written ledgers and receipts, it has been proven that typed and computerized documents hold up significantly better when proof of financial transactions are requested. In all honesty, if you are not using accounting software, how many of you could locate a receipt from three years ago without a terrible amount of headache or hours of work? When you have these computerized it could take a minute or less. Another benefit that also pertains to the IRS is maximized deductions. You will feel satisfied knowing you paid the least amount of taxes possible because you had every transaction in your records. Receipts are lost easily, if you are using cash, the history (and proof) of the transaction disappears, forgotten at tax time. While $20 isn’t going to make a big difference, imagine that happening every week for a year. That equals $1,040, that has a little more impact. This can occur with a credit card if at the end of the year the transactions are overlooked due to lack of receipts, and you don’t comb through your bank statements. This can save you money and time on many levels. While knowing your bank balance is important in avoiding unnecessary charges, having greater financial awareness means you are capturing all possible opportunities to be successful with your money. This is done by reducing stress from tedious tasks, easily tracking all types of money transactions, avoiding headaches searching through piles of paperwork, increasing profits by making it easy to collect payments (we talked about this last month), and boosting confidence when you make financial decisions. These go a long way towards a healthy business and business owner which is the greatest benefit of all. If you need help reaping the benefits of accounting software, feel free to reach out with a phone call or text 330/474-9984; you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, I am always happy to help. Christine Weisgarber has been around horses for more than half her life having experience with equine businesses and showing. She is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, member and supporter of the Massillon Saddle Club, and a proud mom of three young children. Her children were the deciding factor in opening her home-based business, Brazen Business Services LLC. Brazen, or brave, is exactly what it takes to start and run a business. She helps business owners navigate business decisions by providing accurate, up to date financial information for a more profitable business without wasted time and stress. Her services are online based with great customer service for bookkeeping and income tax services. For more information visit www.brazenbusinessservices.com or call/text 330/474-9984.
Ohio Western Horse Association
Thank You to the Volunteers and Annual Banquet Information PRESIDENT, Greg Leidel VICE PRESIDENTS, Loretta Rudasill, Ranee Liedel SECRETARY, Jonda Cole TREASURER, Megan Gossard WEBSITE, www.owha.org
Wow, what a year so far! As our show season comes to a close, we are all very thankful for our volunteers who pull together to make these shows happen. Even the smallest shows need volunteers to lighten the load. We would like to take this time to thank our main volunteers who are always ready to help. The volunteers first we would like to recognize are Brenda Brooks for her work on the Officer and Trustee show and
helping proofread all showbills. A big thank you to Laura Gossard who helps put showbills together, gets entry cards to who needs them and collects them at the end of the shows. She also is a volunteer organizer for a lot of the OWHA approved show and the annual Fall Round up. The office help that are her right hand in the entry booth there are herself, Edd Cole, Amanda Sprang, Jonda Cole and Ashley Haudenschield. There is so much to do in the entry booth, but they make it look simple. These people do it all from taking entries to doing payouts and everything in between. Laura has a great announcers team also. The announcers team consists of Laura, Ranee Liedel, Jonda, Megan Gossard, and Ken Seimer. These people keep the shows moving along and enjoy letting everyone know who are placing.
We have a great ring crew consisting of Dave Shoaf who is a new member this year and helps at all shows sanctioned by OWHA, then we have Greg Liedel, Edd Cole, Lauren Gossard, Scott Sprang, Jacob and Duvall and tractor driver Tim. We have youth members that step in to help when not showing by opening/shutting gates and they are Madisynn Gossard, Tae Arthur, Lauren Mullins, Michaela and Weston Haudenschield. A big thank you goes out to our ringmasters. A good ringmaster will keep the show moving so always thank your ring masters— Dave Schoaf, Ken Seimer, Brenda Brooks, Greg Leidel, and Madisynn Gossard. Our 2021 show stewards were Ranee, Bob Fox, and Tanner Cole. Thank you to all who have
helped this year. All of the horse organizations must have a good group of volunteers to make it work. Don’t be afraid to volunteer with your organization it’s a good way to learn more and make friends doing what we love—Horses! ANNUAL BANQUET Our annual banquet is set for Nov. 20 at the Moose Lodge in Kenton, Ohio. The youth meeting is at 12:30 p.m., annual meeting at 3:30 p.m., and the meal at 5:30 p.m. There will be a taco bar, salad bar, drinks, and dessert. Adult meals are $13, youth 9-13 are $9, 8 and under are free. The awards will be presented after the meal around 7 p.m. We will have the youth club auction and the adult silent auction. Donations are always welcome!
Extreme Cowboy Racing Fun CO-PRESIDENTS, Steve Fuller and Jimmy McDonald TREASURER, Robin Gigax SECRETARY, Anissa Fuller FACEBOOK, O.H.I.O. EXCA
O.H.I.O. EXCA is in our fourth year of races as a sanctioned club through Craig Cameron’s Extreme Cowboy Association out of Texas, and we just completed our second of three sanctioned 2021 races. The Extreme Cowboy Association is credited as the original and only recognized world-wide association for the sport of Extreme Cowboy Racing and is specifically designed to invite riders of all levels to participate and enjoy the ‘fastest growing equine sport in the world’, The Extreme Cowboy Challenge! EXCA uses an official rulebook to help keep competition safe, fun, and consistent for riders ages 7-107! Following great fun at Creek Side Horse Park in Waynesburg, our most recent race at S bar L Rodeo Arena in Sugarcreek in August did not disappoint! Along with a ‘socializing and set up’ activity and a horsemanship and obstacle clinic with worldrenowned Lee Hart the day before, participants enjoyed the 22
Dustin Hovatter on Dreamer on a gate obstacle. Photo credit: ShaeMar Snaps, Salem, Ohio. National Anthem beautifully sung by Kathy Friley and a meaningful cowboy prayer from Elisa Holmes to get the day started. Ranchthemed obstacles of live cattle, gates, barrel racing, roping and trailer loading among others were offered for the experienced. Great concessions were offered by Alta Mullet and family. Let’s thank some folks! Judges Jimmy McDonald and EXCA Level 4 Judge Lee Hart are wellregarded by our participants and provided important guidance and feedback to our riders. Fishers Council, in their mission to mentor urban youth through community service, provided volunteer support for course re-sets and other needs. The following volunteers did not ride but provided their time and energy for scorekeeping, announcing, prize set-up, registration,
Danelle Osinchuck on Magic doing the cattle obstacle. Photo credit: ShaeMar Snaps, Salem, Ohio. scribing/timing, photography, etc: Penny Obernyer, Phil and Magen Mullet, Robin Gigax, Steve and Anissa Fuller, Patricia Deas, Ruth Meredith, Cindy Lorenz, Jim Hall, and Mr. Horton. I sure hope I didn’t miss anyone. These folks are very important! Special thanks to ShaeMar Snaps for the professional service of capturing memories through the lens. Congratulations to our riders receiving first through fourth places!
YOUTH: 1. Daniela Scheffler, 2. Rachel Brick, 3. Jordan Scheffler NON-PRO: 1. Danelle Osinchuk, 2. Katie Horton Finley, 3. Jennie Bower PRO: 1. Traci Wade on Nova, 2. Kayla Schlabach, 3. Traci Wade on Corona RIDE SMART: 1. Stephen Oetzel, 2. Jennie Bower, 3. Kathy Sailer, 4. Becky Jarvis
Youth rider Rachel Brick on the rocking bridge obstacle. Photo credit: ShaeMar Snaps, Salem, Ohio. NOVICE: 1. Sharon Oetzel, 2. Jamie Wright, 3. Stephen Oetzel, 4. Alex Hangge (on Nova) INTERMEDIATE: 1. Danelle Osinchuk, 2. Sharon Oetzel, 3. Jamie Wright, 4. Jasmine Baker GREEN HORSE: 1. Katie Horton Finley, 2. Sharon Oetzel, 3. Kayla Schlabach
Thank you to our 2021 Mustang sponsors providing sponsorship of $500-plus: Weaver Leather and Silk Studio Photography. The year has been great fun and we look forward to our Oct. 10 State Championship Race where we’ll continue our ranch-themed race, offering live cattle and more as obstacles and the venue of S bar L Rodeo Arena in Sugarcreek again. If you’d like to know more about joining the fun, please contact us. October 2021
Vitamin E: Natural vs. Synthetic by Nettie Liburt, PhD, PAS
ou may wonder, “What’s so special about vitamin E, and why is everyone talking about it?” The answer is that vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that promotes health of muscle and nerve cells, among other things. Vitamin E is fat soluble, meaning it must be consumed along with dietary fat in order to be properly absorbed in the body, but that also means it can easily incorporate itself into the fatty cell walls, helping to protect and repair cellular damage (hence it’s antioxidant function). Vitamin E typically comes in two forms—natural (d-alpha-tocopherol) or synthetic (dlalpha tocopherol). Read on to learn more about vitamin E, and the difference between natural and synthetic!
TYPES OF VITAMIN E Natural vitamin E, or d-alpha-tocopherol, has repeatedly been scientifically proven to be the most bioavailable form. Synthetic vitamin E, or dl-alpha-tocopherol, contains a mixture of several isomers of vitamin E, not all of which are readily absorbed, hence it is less bioavailable. That being said, synthetic vitamin E tends to be more shelf-stable and more cost effective, so it is often incorporated into commercial horse feeds. Let’s look at some numbers for a clearer comparison1. (IU = international unit) • 1 IU of natural vitamin E equals 0.67 mg of alpha-tocopherol • 1 IU of synthetic vitamin E equals 0.45 mg of alpha-tocopherol • An additional 34 percent of synthetic vitamin E is needed to equal an equivalent amount of natural vitamin E. Example: 1000 IU of natural vitamin E is roughly equivalent to 1340 IU of synthetic vitamin E • Studies in horses suggest that natural vitamin E has 1.36-2 times more bioactivity in horses compared to synthetic6. Synthetic vitamin E is perfectly acceptable to feed, but should be given at a slightly higher inclusion rate compared to natural vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E is also a cost-effective way for commercial
manufacturers to include it into products. Do you have a horse with a condition like EPM (affects nervous system) or PSSM (affects skeletal muscles)? Horses with diagnosed muscle or nerve conditions can benefit from a vitamin E supplement, and should be supplemented with natural vitamin E to maximize effectiveness. What about performance horses? A recent study suggested that natural vitamin E may be superior to synthetic versions in mitigating oxidative and muscle cell damage in exercising horses compared to the synthetic version2.
VITAMIN E REQUIREMENTS The National Research Council’s (NRC) Nutrient Requirements of Horses (2007) recommends that an 1100-lb horse in light to moderate exercise consume a minimum 800-900 IU ofvitamin E per day. A balanced diet of good quality hay or pasture can usually supply an adequate amount of vitamin E3. However, the vitamin E content of hay begins to decline as soon as it is harvested and stored4. Hay can lose as much as 50 percent or more of its vitamin E content after only one month of storage5. Vitamin E content of pasture can also vary by day, species and season. Horses on low- or no-grain diets may therefore benefit from vitamin E supplementation if pasture or hay is of low quality, or if hay has been stored for several months.
Most horses require 1-2 IUs of vitamin E per kilogram of body weight (1 kg = 2.2 lb), or about 1000 IUs of vitamin E per day for a 1100-lb/500-kg horse. Toxicity has not been reported in horses, but the NRC recommends an upper safe limit of 1,000 IU/kg of dry matter fed to the horse. (For an average 1100 lb/500 kg horse, this is approximately 10,000 IUs of vitamin E per day, higher than most horses consume, even with supplements.) Deficiency of vitamin E can lead to muscular and neurological deficits. Horses suffering from conditions such as vitamin E deficiency, equine motor neuron disease, vitamin E deficient myopathy, equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy or neuroaxonal dystrophy should be supplemented with a natural form of vitamin E. The goal is to increase alpha-tocopherol concentration in the blood and central nervous system as quickly as possible.
DOES MY HORSE NEED A VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT? Horse owners often ask if they should be supplementing vitamin E. The answer, of course, is “It depends!” If your horse consumes good quality, fresh pasture every day, then likely not. If your horse is on a forage-only diet (hay only, or a mix of hay + pasture), it may be a good idea to supplement at a low level, for example 500-1,000 IUs of vitamin E per day for an 1100 lb horse. If your horse is fed a commercial concentrate based on the manufacturer’s feeding instructions, you may not need to supplement if your horse is also on pasture. Take that same horse on a commercial grain who is either fed below manufacturer recommendations and/or has hay as the sole forage source, a low level of vitamin E supplementation may be necessary. Finally, if your horse has been diagnosed with a muscle disorder or condition affecting the nervous system, a higher level of natural vitamin E may be warranted, the amount to be determined by a nutritionist and veterinarian. Your vet can also draw a blood sample to evaluate your horse’s vitamin E status as well. A qualified equine nutritionist can help you determine if supplementation is necessary.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage by free radicals. Natural vitamin E is the most readily absorbed by the horse, but the synthetic version is very useful in
SOURCES: 1. National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Accessed online at: https://ods. od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/ 2. Fagan, M.M., Pazdro, R., Call, J.A., Abrams, A., Harris, P., Krotky, A.D., Duberstein, K.J. 2017. Assessment of oxidative stress and muscle damage in exercising horses in response to level and form of Vitamin E. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 52:80-81. 3. National Research Council. 2007. Vitamins. In: Nutrient Requirements of Horses, 6th Edition. National Academies Press. Washington, DC. pp. 109-127. 4. Martinson, K. and Hathaway, M. 2012. University of Minnesota Extension – What is the vitamin content of grass hay? Accessed online at: http://blog-horse-ask.extension.umn. edu/2012/06/what-is-vitamin-content-of-grass-hay.html 5. McDowell, L.R. 1989. Vitamin E. In: McDowell, L.R. ed. Vitamins in Animal Nutrition. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, Inc; pp. 93-131. 6. Finno, C.J. and Valberg, S.J. 2012. A comparative review of Vitamin E and Associated Equine Disorders. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 26: 1251-1266.
the feed manufacturing industry and can help horses meet their daily needs. Whether or not your horse needs a vitamin E supplement depends on the overall diet, so don’t hesitate to ask a professional for help. 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. www.BuckeyeNutrition.com. 800/898-9467
by Lisa Kiley
fence is only as good as its weakest point, but unfortunately many people will invest in great fencing and then skimp on the quality of the gates they are using. Gates are often a gathering point for horses and can be one of the most stressed areas of the fence. This means that it is important that gates are strong, durable and properly hung in order to make them safe for you and your horse. MATERIAL. While you can construct a gate from wood or make an extension of an electric fence by adding gate handles, by far, the most common gates are tubular gates made of metal. When looking for a tube gate, there are a few things you should pay attention to. The weight of the gate is important—the heavier the gate, the stronger it will be. A very light gate can be dangerous for your horse because they are strong enough to push right through it. Over time, all metal gates will have some rust, but a heavier gate will stand the test of time and opting for a hot dipped galvanized version will last a lifetime. SIZING. If you have the advantage of setting your gate while building your fence, you have a choice in what size the gate will be. A gate that is 12’ is usually the best option, because it is big enough to fit most tractors/trucks through, but it is not so big that it is hard to manage on a daily basis. If access is needed for larger equipment, you may want to consider adding a smaller gate for day-to-day use. If you will be leading horses through a ‘man’ gate, 4’ is as small as you will want to go, but 5’ or 6’ is better. Typically, gates come in even increments starting at 4’ going up to 20’, but if you have an odd space to fill, you can order custom gates to fit the space, you just want to allow extra time for these gates to be made. SHAPE. There are a couple things to consider when it comes to the shape of a gate and they both make a difference in safety for your horse. First, while there are many gates out there with rounded corners (cow gates), it is important to know that rounded corners do pose a risk that the horse could get a hoof caught in the gapping between the rounded corner and the post, that is why when choosing a gate, it is best to look for square corner gates (horse gates) that will fit snuggly against the post, posing less of a risk that a hoof could get caught. Similarly, look for gates that have vertical braces rather than diagonal braces, which can have areas where a hoof could get caught. This also goes for wire filled gates, make sure that the wire filling is not a size that could find horse hooves caught in between, 2”x4” openings horse safe. INSTALLATION. For long term durability, gates need to be attached to strong anchor posts. Typically, a 6”x9’ round post is sufficient, and you will want to bury it at least 4’ in the ground. Keep the gates snug to the post to prevent gaps. A common mistake is placing the hinges with both facing up, if you do this, the horse will usually figure out how to lift the gate off the hinges. Hinges should face each other to ensure the gate will stay attached to the post. Gates should be hung up off the ground and need to be as tall as the horse fence to ensure safety and avoid compromising the strength of the fence. PLACEMENT AND FUNCTIONALITY. Placing a gate in a corner can save on materials if you are using the corner post to anchor the gate, however making sure that this is safe for your horses is important to consider. Gates placed in corners can have the unintended consequence of trapping horses and can become dangerous for both the horses and the person trying to move them. For this reason, you may want to place gates at the mid-point of 26
the fence line. Additionally, the way the gate swings can also come down to safety and preference. Gates should swing inward without obstruction into the herd, rather than outward, which could allow the horses to learn to push against the gate and be a hazard for trampling the handler. However, if the gates are interior and are used for moving equipment through or opening different sections of pasture, having the gate swing both ways can be advantageous. ACCESSORIES. Proper latches for a gate are very important. Ideally, you should be able to unlock, swing the gate open and latch the gate closed with only one hand. This allows you to be able to open and close the gate safely with your horse in tow. When it comes to larger gates, sagging can be an issue. Gate wheels can help prevent sagging and make larger gates easier to swing open and shut. Similarly, if you have gates that are meeting in the middle, adding a gate anchor can help keep the gate in place and prevent sagging overtime. Since gate areas tend to be the busiest spot in the pasture, adding footing that drains and implementing mud solutions can make a big difference through the seasons. It is also recommended that water troughs and feeding stations be kept away from gates. THE FINAL WORD. Moving horses in and out through gates is much easier when horses are well behaved and respectful of their handlers. Take the time to work with your horses regularly to make sure that they are easy to handle when it comes to gate manners. They should be able to remain calm on the lead rope, stop, back and turn away from light pressure. If your horse is difficult to manage on the ground and you are having trouble, it may be time to consult a trusted trainer before it becomes a dangerous situation. 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. www.cashmans.com
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
LEO RAAB Leo Raab, 82 of Monroeville passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021 at The Hospice of Western Reserve Care Center in Cleveland. He was born May 31, 1939 in Elyria, Ohio, and the eldest son of Earl and Mary (Downs) Raab of Wellington, Ohio. After serving in the United States Army, Leo worked in the shipping department at American Crayon Company in Sandusky until his early retirement in 2002. After, Leo worked at Walmart in Sandusky and Monroeville Local Schools. Leo was an avid horse lover and anything to do with farms, which led him to his latest ‘job’ of helping Farmer Lee Jones of The Chef’s Garden and The Culinary Vegetable Institute. He was also a member of COSCA, the Ashland Paint and Plain Saddle Club and the Northern Ohio Miniature Horse Club, spending many years on the horse show circuit with his family. His greatest joy was spending time with his granddaughter and attending her sporting events. He will forever be her guardian angel. Leo is survived by his son, Mark (Stan Smith) Raab of Aurora, Ohio; granddaughter, Lilly Raab; brothers: Richard (Bernie) Raab, Kenneth Raab, and Keith (Cheryl) Raab; sister, Mary Nichols; sisterin-law, Janet Santana and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws Oscar and Lillian Krugman; his loving wife of 37 years, Carolyn (Krugman) Raab, and brothers-in-law Nicholas Santana and Larry Krugman. Memorials may be made to: Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary via mail or online at https://happytrailsfarm.org/
JOHN M. VARGA John M. Varga, 60, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. He was a resident of New Franklin and a U.S. Air Force veteran. John was employed by Akron Foundry as a welding supervisor for 31 years. He was a 4-H Advisor and a member of the Northern Ohio Outlaws Mounted Shooting. Preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Mary. John is survived by his wife of 35 years, Christine; children, Melissa (Ryan) Hacker, Ashley Varga (Dave Teater) and John Michael Varga (Melissa Vargo); grandchildren, Landen, Paetyn, Emma, Madilyn, Orson, Trenton, Jackson and Delaney; siblings, Rita Zorn, Barb (Bob) Helmling, Linda (Robert) Jones, Renee (Paul) Overcash, Jim (Michelle) Varga, Vicki (Randy) Bennett and Kim Adams; along with numerous nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Inurnment took place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. A Celebration of Life followed at the Gene Daniel Community Center in Doylestown, Ohio.
KELLY LUTZ Praise, honor, and glory to Jesus, that Kelly Lutz, 53, of Independence Twp., took her final ride to her heavenly reward, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Born September 16, 1967, in Aliquippa, she was a daughter of Mary Ellen (Hilliker) Estel, and the late Edward Unger. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Roy J. ‘Jack’ Estel, Sr. 28
Kelly was passionate about horses, competitive barrel racing, and raising and showing her farm animals with her husband. She was devoted to her family and friends, and never met a stranger. She will be greatly missed all who loved and knew her. In addition to her mother Mary Ellen, she is survived by her beloved husband of 13 years, Kirk D. Lutz; her in laws, Fred and Audrey Lutz; her brothers, Mark Unger, Eric Unger; sisters, Sherry UngerPomeroy and her husband, John, Lori Hutchison, and Jodi Wilson; many loving nieces and nephews, and her stepmother, Charlene Unger. Also surviving are her extended family members, Karen (Howard) Riter, Constance (James) Iorio, Beverly (Dennis) Kumer, Roy J. Estel, Jr. Family and friends gathered Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, at Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church, in Aliquippa, Pa., where a service was held with her pastor and friend, Rev. Kevin Neal, officiating.
DOROTHY F. (BRADAC) GLOVER Dorothy F. Bradac Glover, 70, of Jewett, passed away Aug. 24, 2021 at Gables Care Center in Hopedale, following a battle with cancer, with her family by her side. She was born Oct. 24, 1950 in Martins Ferry, Ohio a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Shaw Bradac. Dorothy graduated from Hopedale High School. In 1968 she married Robert L. Glover and was blessed with a daughter on Christmas Day. She worked for Judge Victor Rowland, Consolidation Coal Co., Puskarich Mining, and for 25 years she owned and operated DFG Excavating. Dorothy was the President of the Harrison County Horseman Association, the Harrison County Historical Society and the Harrison County Farm Bureau. She attended the Bethel United Methodist Church, Jewett, Ohio. She was an excellent businesswoman and thrived in a business most women didn’t work in. She was one of the hardest working people around and was always willing to help anyone in need. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Danny Bradac, and by her stepmothers, Jean and Joan Bradac. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert L. Glover; her daughter, Kimberly (Ed) Smith of New Springfield, Ohio; three grandchildren: Emily Kate Willamson, Corey Hudson Williamson and Charles Edward Smith; four sisters: Donna Carpenter of Illinois, Margaret Pizzino of Lewisburg, Ohio, Billie Dyer of Germano, Ohio; and Jean Ann McCullough of Florida.
RAYMOND E. BERGER Raymond E. Berger, 78, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, passed away Aug. 28, 2021. He was born July 17, 1943 in Norwalk, Ohio, and attended Milan High School. Raymond proudly served in the United States Army Corp of Engineering and after discharge went on to work as a meat cutter for JH Routh Packaging, retiring after 35 years. Ray was well-known in the horse show circuit. He was a proud member of OPTHA, AQHA, APHA, PTHA, Tri-State Rodeo Club, Ashland Paint & Plain, and Central Ohio Saddle Horse Club. His true love as watching his grandchildren show horses and cattle and gokart race. Ray was also an Erie County 4-H advisor. Ray was a quiet person and said very little. But when he did speak, people really had to listen. Even though he didn’t say much, he showed his love for his family in many ways. One example of this is when he was in the hospital shortly before passing, he wiggled his
toes and smiled at his granddaughter. His family loved him so much and he will be greatly missed. Raymond is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Joyce (Schuster) Berger; daughter, Jenny (Scott) Galloway; grandchildren, John “J.R.” (Sara) Galloway, Jake (Kelsey) Galloway, Justin (Emily) Galloway, and Jackie (Tyler Scott) Galloway; great-grandchild, River Galloway; brothers, Paul “Pete” (Dorothy) Berger, Richard (Marlene) Berger; and numerous nieces and nephews. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lillian (Holmes) Berger; and sisters, Nancy Graham and Lois McGinn.
BRENDA CVANCIGER Brenda L. Cvanciger, 57, Medina, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 at University Hospital, Cleveland after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born in Bellevue, Ohio, she is the daughter of the late Alfred and Catherine ‘Kitty’ (Lepley) Flicker. Brenda a feisty redhead had a wild side but lived her life with amazing grace. She grew up on the family farm, Red Crest Appaloosas where her love and passion for horses began. She spent many hours in the barn and traveling the horse show circuit with her family. In 1982, she graduated from Bellevue Senior High School and Ehove Cosmetology School. Her career as a hair stylist of nearly 40 years began at The Adelon in Sandusky and most recently The Rainbow Room Color Salon in Westlake. She was American Board Certified Hair Colorist, Quidad Certified Hair Designer and Deva Curl Certified. Known for her talent, especially how to manage curly hair, many of her clients drove hours just to have Brenda do their hair. She loved making her clients feel beautiful. In 2016, her lifelong dream became reality when she and her husband established Sky View Ranch in Medina, Ohio. A 30-plus stall horse barn boarding facility. If Brenda wasn’t in the barn she could be found competing in the barrel racing events. She was a member of the ICPHA, MOSA and NPBA. Brenda is survived by the love of her life, Leonard Cvanciger whom she married on Oct. 5, 1985 in Bellevue; son Eric (Michele) Cvanciger, Olmsted Falls, Ohio; daughter Kit (Dylan) Hale; grandsons Callen and Kasen Cvanciger and Lane Hale; siblings Lisa (Brian) Foos, Bellevue, Ohio; Diana (Ed) Hartman, Milan, Ohio; John (Tammy) Flicker, Bellevue, Ohio; and Jill (Jim) Stubbs, Minster, Ohio; father and mother-in-Law Alfred and Barbara Cvanciger, Hinckley, Ohio; sister-in-law Leanor (Chuck) Dusek, Hinckley, Ohio; brother-in-law Tom (Chris) Cvanciger, West Salem, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved Australian Blue Heeler, Tess. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Denielle Cvanciger. Calling hours were held on Sept. 5, 2021 at Foos & Foos Funeral Service, Bellevue, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Camp Cheerful, 15000 Cheerful Lane, Strongsville, Ohio 44136.
DANNY R. WESTBROOK Danny R. Westbrook, age 54, of Warren, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Aultman Hospital, Canton. He was born on April 15, 1967, in Youngstown, the son of the late Ray and Ruth Geer Westbrook. Danny was a 1985 graduate of Leetonia High School and he attended Kent State University. He was the owner and manager of Lazy B Trailer Sales Inc. and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Champion. Danny enjoyed traveling and going on train rides with his wife Melinda. He collected trains and spent his time woodworking and playing cards. Danny was always willing to offer a helping hand and he dearly enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Danny is survived by his wife, Melinda Bratton Westbrook, whom he married on July 9, 2016; three sons, Thomas Westbrook, Dallas Westbrook and Joseph Westbrook all of Warren; a step-son, Brandon Grimminger of North Georgetown; two sisters, Elaine (Michael) Ferguson of Leetonia and Sharon Braunberns of Bristolville; two nieces, Margaret (Neil) Baker of Lisbon and Barbara (Edward, Sr.) Pennicuff of Calcutta and great nieces and a great nephew. A funeral service was held on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, North Georgetown, with The Reverend Robert P. Sander officiating. Burial took place at North Georgetown Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 27485 Main St, North Georgetown, OH 44665.
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Six Reasons to Know How to Read a Map by Robert Eversole
rom cave paintings, ancient manuscripts, and on to the 21st century, people have created and used maps as essential tools to explain and navigate their way through the world. With their longitudes and latitudes, as well as myriad lines crisscrossing miles of ground, encompassing mountains, valleys, and more, maps have been guiding the curious traveler for thousands of years. From enabling the discovery of new trails, to helping travelers plan their next pit stop, maps are crucial tools connecting the known and unknown for many generations of explorers, and you. With the increasing popularity of GPS devices and cellphone navigation apps, you could be forgiven for thinking that the days of old-school, hard-copy paper maps are numbered. You would, however, be mistaken. In a world where technology reigns supreme, the skill of map reading is one that every outdoors person should have in their repertoire. Below, we highlight the six most important reasons why you should learn how to use a map.
Safety First The most obvious and practical reason. A map is a visual resource crammed with information about the area we’re exploring. The information tells us about water sources, potential campsites, viewpoints, cliffs, and more. By becoming a skilled map-reader, you’ll be able to find the former and avoid the latter, even in poor visibility. FUN FACT: Around 50 percent of Search and Rescue call outs are because someone got lost. Learning to read a map will lower your risk of getting lost in the first place, will help you find your way again if it does happen, or—worst-case scenario—at the very least be able to tell rescue teams where you are should things go wrong.
Maps are a Passport to New Adventures While learning to read a map is certainly useful when following a marked and established trail, where it is most beneficial is when you want to satisfy your thirst for more serious adventure and take your trips off-trail. Map skills are enablers. The skill of map reading empowers you to take your adventures in the backcountry further, letting you head into remote locations that you wouldn’t dream of venturing into without ample competency with your topos.
Maps Give You Self-confidence and Peace of Mind Not only do maps let you find your way to new and exciting areas, learning to read a map can also provide a boost to your confidence both on the trail and before leaving the house. While pre-trip butterflies are a good thing, it’s much better to head off with faith and confidence in 30
your abilities and know that if anything goes wrong it’s not going to be because you got lost. Honing your navigation talents and gaining confidence in your abilities is not only good for you, but also for those riding with you and the folks back home. Your confidence will spread to your riding partners. Your spouse and family members will feel a whole lot better about you venturing into the wild knowing that you have the requisite smarts to do so.
A Map is More Than a Backup Sh*t happens. It’s one of the most popular sayings of our times and maybe never more applicable than when talking about trips in the backcountry. With so many variables to account for, it’s almost expected that over the duration of a few days on the trails something will go wrong. A counterpoint to that, however, is less sh*t happens if you know how to read a map. Mechanical devices will fail and electronic ones will die. Cell phones lose signal and batteries run low. In such circumstances, you’re on your own, and getting out of that situation will often depend on your ability to use a map, especially if you’ve headed off-trail. While GPS devices, and navigation apps on cellphones are handy tools, they shouldn’t be relied upon as your only means of navigation and instead, should be used in combination with a detailed paper topo map and compass. After all, paper maps don’t require either batteries or signal and can survive a soaking. Try that with your phone and see what happens.
Maps Encourage Engagement with Your Surroundings A map is used in conjunction with the physical world around you, be that reading a sign or identifying the mountain on your right. This process of using your eyes and engaging your brain leaves memories and knowledge of the world around you. With GPS as a guide, nothing is learned or loved about the journey. Indeed, there’s something almost S selfish about the GPS’s tiny screen displaying only the area
Knox County Horse Park
Voting for 2022 Officers to be Held at November Meeting PRESIDENT, Debbie Cole VICE PRESIDENTS, Travis Ross and Donnie Cline TREASURER, Pam Niner SECRETARY, Anna Chadwick PHONE/TEXT, 816-305-6328 FACEBOOK, Knox County Horse Park Inc
by Anna Chadwick The Knox County Horse Park is located at 7500 Thayer Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. The membership meetings for September and October are the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Shelter House at the Par. The meetings for November through March are held at a place to be determine. Announcement will be on the Facebook page. The Fun Shows in October
starts at 10 a.m. Come and enjoy the fun. In case of rain, check the Facebook page. Rain date is the following Saturday. There is a high point buckle award sponsored by the club. You do not need to be a member of the park to participate. This is for individuals who participate at the shows. Voting for officers for next year will be at the November meeting. We will begin planning for next year soon. Any suggestions,
come to the meetings and make your suggestions or contact an officer. Members recently rode in the Tomato Show Parade and the Delaware All Horse Parade. OCTOBER SCHEDULE OCT. 9: Fun Show, 10 a.m. OCT. 11: Membership meeting at the Parks shelter house. Be sure to check our Facebook page for any updates.
Know How to Read a Map (continued) immediately surrounding you: it’s all about you. But let your eyes wander across a map and you’ll discover a nearby lake, a beautiful view or a convenient watering spot. Maps open the world whereas GPS narrows your mind.
Maps are Inspiring Few things can inspire curiosity and wonder like a proper topo map. A paper map gives us the bigger picture, encompassing a
huge swathe of terrain packed with countless features that can leave us marveling at the sheer scale and richness of the environment. Not only are maps practical, but the visual imagery of the space is truly art. As always for more information on trail riding, camping with livestock, and the world’s largest guide to horse trails and camps, give us a visit at www. TrailMeister.com
Robert ‘The TrailMeister’ Eversole owns and operates the largest horse trail and horse camp guide in the world, www. TrailMeister.com. When he’s not speaking with horse and mule riders at events across the US, writing regular feature columns in leading equine publications including the Horsemen’s Corral, Robert can be found riding and packing trail maintenance crews into wilderness areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Northern Ohio Outlaws
Other Clubs Impressed by Northern Ohio Outlaws Shoot PRESIDENT, Craig Limbach VICE PRESIDENT, Bill Hummell SECRETARY, Jessica Soehnlen TREASURER, Susie Wise PHONE, 330/828-0423 EMAIL, northernohiooutlawsinfo@ gmail.com WEBSITE, www.nooutlaws.com
What a wonderful weekend it was Aug. 7 and 8, for the Northern Ohio Outlaws (NOO) Ohio State Championship. The weather was great, the competition fierce and the comradery amazing. To start, I just want to say what a great club we have, as I heard from numerous participants from other clubs, they were impressed with how the shoot ran with so many competitors and that they really enjoyed coming to NOO shoots. I believe this is the biggest state shoot that the NOO has hosted with 143 shooters and 13 wranglers. A big thank you to our sponsors Ron and Diane Kiko from Kiko
Meats for sponsoring such a terrific shoot and such a great meal for all the shooters. We are thankful for all of our supporters that make this sport possible. Also we would like to thank Pam and Alan Cornett for all the fun and games, especially the dog races. It certainly brings a lot of fun for the kids and adults alike. We would like to thank everyone who works with the wranglers, because those kids are the future of CMSA and the Northern Ohio Outlaws. It was great to see the kids participating in the opening ceremonies and carrying the flags. This state shoot was full of tough competition with most of the classes being full. There were plenty of qualified wins (14) with two move ups. Congratulations to Theresa Johnson (SL3 to SL4) and Marcy Luttrell (SL5 to SL6). Now to congratulate the winners! We would love to name everyone that won their class but we have limited space so here are the Overall and Reserve champions. Overall and Overall Cowboy: Braden Morey; Overall
Cowgirl: Carla Rae Spackman; Reserve Cowboy: Ron Kiko; Reserve Cowgirl: Cara Penley. As the July shoot did not happen until after the Corral article was submitted, I want to also congratulate our winners from the Let Freedom Ring 1 and 2 shoots. Saturday’s winners were Overall and Overall Cowboy: Jarod Limbach; Reserve Cowboy: John Roach; Overall Cowgirl: Ellie Walters; and Reserve Cowgirl: October Kramer. We had 12 qualified wins and
five move ups on Saturday. Sunday’s shoot winners were Overall and Overall Cowgirl: Brianna Ivory; Reserve Cowgirl: Ellie Walters; Overall Cowboy: John Roach; and Reserve Cowboy: Jarod Limbach. We had seven qualified wins on that soggy, rainy day. Until our next shoot which is Cowboy Rides Away 1 and 2 on Oct. 9 and 10 make sure to get outside, ride your horses and enjoy all the privileges that we are afforded here in this great nation.
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Massillon Saddle Club
Last of 2021 Shows in October/Banquet Information PRESIDENT, Leanne; VICE PRESIDENT (CONTEST), Shae. VICE PRESIDENT (PLEASURE), Jeff; SECRETARY, Francine; TREASURER, Kathy EMAIL, firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE, massillonsaddleclub.org
Hello, everyone, Massillon Saddle Club (MSC) hopes that all is well for you, your family and your friends. We hope that you are enjoying some of the beautiful fall weather that Ohio has had. It seems as if the show season has just barely started, yet it is already October. The Massillon Saddle Club show season still has a couple of shows remaining: the last point show of the season is the Oct. 3 Contest Show; and, to close out the show season, the final 2021 MSC horse show is the Oct. 24 Halloween Fun Show. If you haven’t completed your volunteer hours yet, please contact Shae or Jeff. All hours should be completed by the close of the Oct. 3 Contest Show. Those few hours
will complete your eligibility for some amazing awards. All year end awards will be presented at the Year End Awards Banquet/Election of 2022 Officers on Nov. 11 at Nickajack Farms. All are welcome to attend the banquet; you do not need to be a member to be able to enjoy the evening. (Class awards are limited to members only who have completed eligibility requirements.) In addition to the award presentations, there will also be silent auction items, raffles of some incredible items, and, the opportunity to spend an evening with friends, family, and, fellow competitors. Loretta has graciously volunteered to create an astounding variety of scrumptious desserts. (If school responsibilities permit it, chef in training, Robert, will assist his grandmother.) There are never any leftover desserts despite the sheer number that fill the tables. The winning ticket holder of the fundraiser/gun raffle will be chosen in a random drawing at the banquet. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets are $10 each, and will be sold up
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until the drawing at the banquet. The banquet will be reservations only, please, to ensure that there is enough food and space for all. Please see the MSC Facebook page, and the weebly website email@example.com for the reservation forms. We are very much looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the MSC family. If you are currently a member 19 years of age or older as of Jan. 1, 2021, please consider becoming an officer or trustee for 2022. Officers and trustees meet once per month, and, work together as a team to manage the various responsibilities of the show season. If you are not able to commit to the monthly meetings, please consider helping throughout the show season as your other commitments permit. 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 judges would you like see at the 2022 Pleasure shows? We look forward to hearing your suggestions, thoughts, and ideas. On a more somber note, MSC lost a very good friend recently. Please keep the family of John Varga in your thoughts. 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@ gmail.com. And, please check the MSC Facebook page for show updates or MSC news. Both Shae and Jeff have provided their contact numbers on the showbills, so, if unsure, please ‘call before you haul’ if no update is on the Facebook page. Hoping for happy horse times for all, looking forward to seeing you at a show or banquet!
Cost: $40 horse/rider combination for HGVC Members $60 horse/rider combination for non-members (this will include a club membership through the end of 2022)
Audit the Clinic: $20 to non-members (includes a free HGVC membership)
Andi has been showing and training for 50 years. She has shown multiple breeds, which include Gypsy Vanners. She has been a carded judge for five years and has experience in Western Pleasure, Hunter, Showmanship, Halter, Equitation, Dressage, Trail and Contesting. Her knowledge will be an asset for anyone wishing to attend.
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We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love of the Gypsy Vanner breed! October 2021
Ohio Morgan Horse Association
Autumn Arrives with a Full Show Calendar PRESIDENT, Alyssa Rose VICE PRESIDENT, Elizabeth Thomas SECRETARY, Nancy Rinz TREASURER, Elizabeth Burick WEBSITE, www.ohiomorganhorse.com
by Susan Walker It has been a month ago that our annual horse show, the Buckeye Morgan Challenge, was beginning. The first board meeting following the show is typically a recap of the show to determine what went well and where improvements can be made. Since that meeting hasn’t happened yet, I don’t have statistics, such as number of entries or financials to back me up, but from what I was able to experience, I believe the 2021 version was an overall success. Personally, it was quite the up and down experience. As I mentioned in last month’s column, I was anxious and excited to be returning to the
Buckeye. I missed last year’s show entirely because I broke my ankle a week before the show. This year I had three home bred horses entered and was looking forward to seeing them in the show ring of my favorite show. Unfortunately, the universe had different plans for me. On the Sunday night before the show, I was stung on the forehead by a yellow jacket hornet. No big deal—went to bed anticipating a busy day of clipping and bathing and packing the next day. Woke up Monday morning blinded because my eyes were swollen shut. Not knowing how far behind this latest medical mishap was going to put me, my team and I felt we had no other option but to cancel bringing the horses. That was the low point. By Wednesday, I was able to see and therefore, drive. I made the trip to Springfield to deliver some items to the show, to help where I could and to spectate the classes. I was able to attend on Saturday as well. I would like to be the totally impartial, objective journalist that this column deserves, but
Champions Center holds too many memories for me to make that possible. There were quite a few remembrances and a few tears as well. My high point? It was a tie between the tribute paid to my late husband, Terry Rutledge, on the cover and inside the show program and learning that the Park Saddle Championship will now bear his name. Terry’s family and I would sincerely like to thank Sandy Sessink, Mike and Claudia Grimes, and the show committee for these muchappreciated honors. But enough about my Buckeye experience. Although autumn has arrived, the horse show calendar is still in full swing. And as I write this, the Morgan Grand National is less than a month away. Those readers lucky enough to be attending may not be reading this column until back home from the big show. If you were among the fortunate ones who made the trip west, here’s hoping you had a safe and uneventful travel experience to and from the OKC fairgrounds. I’m also hoping each of you
had fun and a successful show experience, having made many meaningful memories to be recalled in the future. Next up for the club will be the annual high point awards banquet/general membership meeting. Tentatively planned for Dec. 4 at The Galaxy. President Alyssa has informed me that some positions on the board are opening for 2022. If you would be interested in serving as a board member, please contact Alyssa for more information. MARK YOUR CALENDAR OCT. 8-10: COSCA Fall Round-up, Ashland, OH Morgan OCT. 9-16: Grand National and World’s Championship Horse Show, Oklahoma City, OK OCT. 15-17: ASHAM Fall Horse Show, East Lansing, MI OCT. 22-24: Heartland Fall Spooktacular, Springfield, OH DEC. 4: High Point Awards Banquet/Annual Meeting, The Galaxy, Wadsworth, OH (Tentative, watch for confirmation of date.)
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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”. OCTOBER 2021 OCT. 1 — Wayne County Saddle Club Fun Show, 7 p.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: 330-844-4041, www. waynecountysaddleclub.com OCT. 1 — 2021 Eaton County Benefit Speed Series, Eaton County Fairgrounds, 1025 Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI. FMI: Kelsie, 517-614-5761 OCT. 1-2 — Mid-State Finals Rodeo, WB Arena, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: 419-388-7127, www.midstatesrodeo. com OCT. 1-2 — Magical World of Dancing Horses, Beaver Run Equestrian Dance Theatre, 3460 Rt. 410, Punxsutawney, PA. FMI: 814-246-8221
OCT. 1-3 — OHC State Ride hosted by Preble County OHC, Hueston Woods State Park, College Corner, OH. FMI: donnb@ bright.net, www.ohconline.com OCT. 1-3 — Equitana USA, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: 877-547-6398, www.equitanausa.com. OCT. 1-3 — Ohio Ranch Horse Association Show, Henderson Arena, Jackson, OH. FMI: Amy Roberts, 740-819-8446, www. ohioranchhorseassociation.com OCT. 1-3 — Medina/Summit OHC Trail Ride, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH. FMI: Molly Eastwood, 330-603-0820, firstname.lastname@example.org OCT. 1-3 — Kentucky and Indiana CMSA State Shoot, Baker Arena, 7105 S. Kern St., Edinburgh, IN. FMI: www.cmsaevents.com OCT. 2 — Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH. FMI: Daniel Schrock Auctioneer, (330) 763-0905, email@example.com OCT. 2 — 2D Arena Buckle Series, 39300 Mechanicsburg Rd., Woodsfield, OH. FMI: 740-516-3580, www.facebook. com/2DArenaLLC OCT. 2 — Speed & Fun Show, 10 a.m., Hueston Woods State Park Horseman’s Camp Arena, 4 Mile Valley Road, Morning Sun, OH. FMI: www.facebook.com/ groups/pcohc
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Horse Sale Every Friday
NOVEMBER 26-27 BLACK FRIDAY 2-DAY HORSE & TACK SALE
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Livestock Sale Every Monday
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Special Christmas Pony Sale Special Toy Sale — Time TBD Special New Years Eve Horse Sale, 12 p.m. New Years Day Tack & Miscellaneous Sale
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OCT. 2 — Brookfield Saddle Club Fun Show, 696 Bedford Rd. SE, Brookfield, OH. FMI: email@example.com OCT. 2 — 3rd Annual John Boley 30 Mile Ride to Ash Cave, 8:30 a.m., Hocking Hills, OH. FMI: www.facebook.com/groups/ HockingHillsHorseTrails OCT. 2 — Reality Dreams Open Horse Show, Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Karen Sarver, 740-385-3431 OCT. 2 — Speed Circuit Show, Harry Hughes Horseman’s Center, 5563 Waterville Swanton Rd., Swanton, OH. FMI: Brandy Dotson, 419-764-6359 OCT. 2 — Endurance 101 Clinic—You Can Go The Distance, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 911 Whitten Hollow Rd., New Kensington, PA. FMI: Kat Procyk, 724-594-3835 OCT. 2 — Southern Indiana Junior Rodeo Association 7th Points Rodeo, Kalmbach Arena, 7596 West State Road 65, Salem, IN. FMI: 812-350-9860, www.sijra.org OCT. 2 — Fun Horse Show, 10 a.m., Circle X Ranch, 818 West 250 N, Winchester, IN. FMI: Michele Pozzi, 765-576-0311 OCT. 2-3 — Ottawa County Horse Foundation Fall Fuzzy Show (Speed 2nd, Performance 3rd), Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 2770 W. State Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, OH. FMI: Brianne, 419-707-0398, www.ochf.net OCT. 2-3 — Area 8 Eventing Championships, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: www.usea8.org OCT. 2-3 — Indiana Pinto Fall Finale, Henry County Saddle Club, New Castle, IN. FMI: www.indianapinto.com OCT. 3 — Massillon Saddle Club Contest Show, 12680 Sally St. SW, Massillon, OH. FMI: Shae Marshall, 330-704-9459, www. massillonsaddleclub.org OCT. 3 — A Bar Rodeo Productions Bulls, Coshocton County Agri Society Fair, Coshocton, OH. FMI: Pat Ayers, 419-9574164, Find on Facebook OCT. 3 — Fulton County OHC Poker Run, Harry Hughes Horseman’s Center, 5563 Waterville Swanton Rd., Swanton, OH. FMI: Connie Bauer, 419-260-8387 OCT. 3 — Knox County OHC Halloween Scavenger Hunt on Horseback, 11 a.m., Thayer Ridge Park, 7700 Thayer Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH. FMI: Kathy, 740-272-3592 OCT. 3 — Fabulous IV Ranch’s Bulls & Barrels, 3 p.m., 4030 Andora Rd. NE, Carrollton, OH. FMI: 903-263-1733, https://www.facebook.com/Fabulous-IVRanch-110947667308520/ OCT. 3 — Golden Spur Saddle Club Open Horse Show, 8 a.m., Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1300 E. Co. Rd. 100 S, Lebanon, IN. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goldenspursaddleclub.com OCT. 4-9 — 42nd Annual Fall Mid Ohio Draft Horse & Carriage Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-6746188, www.mthopeauction.com OCT. 5 — Michigan Equine Legislative Day, Lansing Capitol Lawn, S. Capitol Ave. and W. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI. FMI: www.michiganhorsecouncil.com/equinelegislative-day.html OCT. 5-10 — National Drive, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, IN. FMI: Linda Sadler, 217621-7845, www.nationaldrive.net
OCT. 6-10 — RSTPA National Finals, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: www.rstpa.org OCT. 6-10 — Fall Foliage Ride, Cook Forest Area Scenic Trail Ride, 1661 Scott Drive, Clarion, PA. FMI: www.patrailride.com OCT. 7-9 — ASHAM Fall Horse Show, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: Ron Gekiere, 586-484-8790, email@example.com OCT. 7-10 — Kentucky Dressage Association Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation Region 2 Championships/Kentucky Dressage Association Fall Classic I, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: www.kentuckydressageassociation.com OCT. 8-9 — All American Team Roping Tour Finals, Rodeo Run Arena, 11641 Alspach Road NW, Canal Winchester, OH. FMI: Steve Rickly, 740-974-1132 OCT. 8-9 — All-Breed Halter Classic, Topeka Livestock, 601 East Lake St., Topeka, IN. FMI: www.facebook.com/ events/222309059309273 OCT. 8-10 — Tri-County Trail Association Halloween Weekend, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen Van Pelt, 330-323-2834, www.tri-cotrails.com. OCT. 8-10 — COSCA Championship Show, Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH. FMI: Mandy, 440-668-3054, www.coscaonline. com OCT. 8-10 — High Stakes Harvest, Rodeo Run Arena, 11641 Alspach Road NW, Canal Winchester, OH. FMI: Rockin’ Ranch Productions, 740-974-1132 OCT. 8-10 — Ross County Horse Committee Fall Campout and Trail Ride, Scioto Trails State Forest, 411 Airport Rd., Chillicothe, OH. FMI: Heather Muntz, 740-703-4485 OCT. 8-10 — International Mountain Trail Challenge Association Mark Bolender Clinic, Coyote Crossing Equestrian Center, 4178 Headens Bridge Road, Bedford, VA. FMI: Lee Bolender, 360-269-6156 OCT. 9 — Fun Show, 10 a.m., Knox County Horse Park, 7500 Thayer Road, Mt. Vernon, OH. FMI: 816-305-6328, Find Knox County Horse Park Inc on Facebook OCT. 9 — Guernsey County OHC Poker Run Western Style, Salt Fork State Park Horseman’s Camp, Lore City, OH. FMI: 740-638-3010 OCT. 9 — Madison County OHC Gymkhana Event, Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. FMI: shunter8041@ aol.com, www.facebook.com/ MadisonCountyOHCGymkhana OCT. 9 — Blazin’ Barrels Series, Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH. FMI: Emily, 419-733-5402 OCT. 9 — Hocking County Open Horse Show, 9 a.m., Hocking County Fairgrounds, Logan, OH. FMI: Chrissy Robers, 740-6032073, firstname.lastname@example.org OCT. 9 — High Steel Rodeo, 2211 Kinsman Rd. NW, North Bloomfield, OH. FMI: 440685-4487 OCT. 9 — Twisted Barrel Series, Tri-State Boot and Saddle Club, East Liverpool, OH. FMI: www.facebook.com/Tri-State-Bootand-Saddle-Club-174402946327485
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Corral Calendar Continued from page 38 OCT. 9 — Waynesburg Barrel Show Series, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI: email@example.com, www. facebook.com/waynesburgbarrelshows OCT. 9 — Central Kentucky Riding for Hope Annual Tack Sale, 4185 Walt Robertson Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-231-7066, www. ckrh.org OCT. 9 — Southern Kentucky Team Penning Show, Western Kentucky University L.D. Brown Exposition Center, Bowling Green, KY. FMI: 270-834-9744, dee.daniels71@ gmail.com, www.sktpa.weebly.com OCT. 9-10 — Northern Ohio Outlaw Shoot, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH. FMI: Craig, 330-8280423, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. nooutlaws.com OCT. 9-10 — The Rise Above Tour “2021 The Redemption”, WB Ranch, Swanton, OH. FMI: 248-982-6976, goneropingfarm@ att.net OCT. 9-10 — Windfall Farm Horse Show, 6898 WES Curt Lane, Goshen, OH. FMI: 513-6803690, www.windfallfarmhorseshows.com OCT. 9-10 — Indiana POA Boo Bash Show, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: email@example.com, www. indianapoac.com OCT. 10 — OHIO EXCA Race, S Bar L Ranch, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: Steve Fuller, 330340-1540, Find us on Facebook OCT. 10 — 12th Annual Boo at the Barn Drive Thru Event, 3-5 p.m., Trinity Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center, 7821 Ferguson Rd., Streetsboro, OH. FMI: 330618-0654
OCT. 11 — A Bar Rodeo Productions Bulls & Barrels, Fairfield County Fair, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Pat Ayers, 419-957-4164, Find on Facebook OCT. 12 — Buckeye Classic Yearling Standardbred Horse Sale, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: 937-3244353, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.championscenter.net OCT. 12-17 — Thoroughbred Makeover & National Symposium, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: 410-798-5140, email@example.com, www. tbmakeover.org OCT. 15-16 — Dreaming of Three Bucking Nightmare Benefit Barrel Race, Garwood Arena , Columbiana, OH. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org, www. dreamingofthree.org OCT. 15-16 — Mid-Ohio Walking Horse Association Fall Round Up, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Mag Ranft, 614-946-7046, email@example.com OCT. 15-17 — Knox County OHC Camping & Riding, Tar Hollow State Park, Laurelville, OH. FMI: www.facebook.com/ groups/knoxohc OCT. 15-17 — Ohio Paint Horse Annual Trail Ride, Van Buren State Park, Van Buren, OH. FMI: Elaine Bennett, 419701-1854, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ophc.org OCT. 15-17 — Mid West Classic Regional Ranch Horse Show hosted by Indiana, Michigan & Illinois Charters, C Bar C Expo, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Jamie, 317-372-6722, www.indianaranchhorse.com.
Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction Followed by Ponies & Horses Wayne County Fairgrounds 199 Vanover Street Wooster, Ohio 44691
Saturday, November 27, 2021 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: $25. Terms of Sale: Cash or GOOD Check with proper ID. Out-of-State checks must have letter of credit from your bank. Coggins and health papers required on out-of-state animals.
Nearby Places to Stay Best Western (330) 264-7750 Super 8 (330) 439-5766 Hampton Inn (330) 345-4424
For More Information: Auctioneer Daniel Schrock Ohio License #2015000116 (330) 763-0905 • email@example.com 40
OCT. 15-17 — Trina Morris Horsemanship & Cow Working Clinic, Shelbyville Fairgrounds, Shelbyville, KY. FMI: Isy Pruneda, 507-760-8449 OCT. 16 — Buckin Ohio Pro Bull Riding, 8154 Garman Rd., Burbank, OH. FMI: 330624-7205, www.buckinohio.com OCT. 16 — TNT Coaching Clinic with Terry Myers and Tim Clyne, 2-7 p.m., TC Performance Horses, 10843 KingstonWhisler Rd., Kingston, OH. FMI: Laura Clyne, 740-656-3615, www.TNT.events OCT. 16 — Open Horse Show, M&H Stable and Arena, 19092 Raven Rd., Salesville, OH. FMI: Marci, 740-801-0528 OCT. 16 — Battle of the Barns 2021 Gymkhana Championship, 10 a.m., Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. FMI: Kim, 614-496-7699 OCT. 16 — Wranglers Riding Club Fun Show, 3385 State Highway 80 E, Murray, KY. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org OCT. 16 — Elk River Boots & Saddle Club Open Combined Show, Winfield Riding Club, Winfield, WV. FMI: 304-541-6399. OCT. 16 — JMEquine IBRA Show, Old Grey Mare Acres, 435 Lofton Rd., Raphine, VA. FMI: Jessica, 434-515-3572 OCT. 16-17 — Riding Clinic with Jonas Miller, 3140 Burg Street, Granville, OH. FMI: Haley Bundy, 614-203-2107 OCT. 16-17 — Trick or Treat Slide Kentucky Reining Horse Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Nez Weber, 502599-8639, www.krha.info OCT. 16-17 — Rodear The Cross-Potomac Highlands Wounded Warrior Outreach Benefit 3 Man Ranch Roping, Dakan Arena, Beverly, WV. FMI: Jamie, 304-203-7555 OCT. 17 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Pleasure Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// bluelakesfarm.wixsite.com/website OCT. 17 — 7th Annual Fall Fest The Pace Maker, Lancaster County Park, Lancaster, PA. FMI: Susquehanna Equestrian Club, 717-228-9996, www.facebook.com/ TheSECPaceMaker OCT. 21-23 — 3rd Annual Horseman’s Mission, Holmes County Fairgrounds at Harvest Ridge, 8880 OH-39, Millersburg, OH. FMI: Ray Raber, 330-275-2877, email@example.com, www. facebook.com/thehorsemansmission OCT. 21-24 — Fall Color Classic, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: www. miphc.com OCT. 22 — Col & Brood Mare Sale, Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sugarcreekstockyards.com OCT. 22-23 — Fall Round Up Driving, Work & Riding Horse Sale, Blue Grass Maysville Stockyards, 7124 AA Highway, Maysville, KY. FMI: 606-748-9009 OCT. 22-24 — Knox County OHC Camping & Riding, Shawnee State Forest, Scioto, OH. FMI: www.facebook.com/groups/knoxohc OCT. 22-24 — Heartland Fall Spooktacular, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: Judy Peters, 614-402-1260 OCT. 22-24 — Buckeye Legacy Rodeo, Garwood Arena, Columbiana, OH. FMI: www.ohiohighschoolrodeo.org OCT. 23 — Classical Attraction Dressage Society Fall Fun & Halloween Show, Brecksville Stables, 11921 Parkview Dr., Brecksville, OH. FMI: cadsrider@gmail. com, www.cadsdressage.org
OCT. 23 — Heartland Gypsy Vanner Club Showmanship & Halter Clinic, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7526 Brushlake Road, North Lewisburg, OH. FMI: Taryn Swick, email@example.com OCT. 23 — Wranglers Riding Club Fun Show, 3385 State Highway 80 E, Murray, KY. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org OCT. 23 — Hartmeyer Stables Summer Spectacular Series 2021, 10 a.m., 7111 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN. FMI: Victoria Hill, 812-878-0216 OCT. 23 — National Horse Lovers Association’s Monte Carlo Trail Ride, Two Mile County Park, 309 Lockwood Lane, Franklin, PA. FMI: Laura, 724-794-0007, www.nationalhorselovers.com OCT. 23-24 — Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Bruce, 859-489-4885 OCT. 24 — Cowboy Mounted Shooting at The All American Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio Expo Center, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus, OH. FMI: 740-206-7214, email@example.com, www. midohiomarauders.com OCT. 24 — EXCA Halloween Party, Creek Side Horse Park, 7369 Mottice Dr. SE, Waynesburg, OH. FMI: Cynthia, 330-3233559, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.creeksidehorsepark.com OCT. 24 — Open Horse Show, M&H Stable and Arena, 19092 Raven Rd., Salesville, OH. FMI: Marci, 740-801-0528 OCT. 24 — 2021 Pony Express Race, 10 a.m., Field of Dreams Farm, 9299 Debold Koebel Rd., Pleasant Plain, OH. FMI: 513628-8101 OCT. 24 — Fabulous IV Ranch’s Bulls & Barrels, 3 p.m., 4030 Andora Rd. NE, Carrollton, OH. FMI: 903-263-1733, https://www.facebook.com/Fabulous-IVRanch-110947667308520/ OCT. 26-31 — COHRA Reining Show, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: www. centralohioreining.com OCT. 29 — Wayne County Saddle Club Fun Show, 7 p.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: 330-844-4041, www. waynecountysaddleclub.com OCT. 29-31 — USCHA Cutting Show, , 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: www.unitedstatescutting.com OCT. 30 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Contest Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// bluelakesfarm.wixsite.com/website OCT. 30 — Horses For Hope Halloween Ride, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., E.A. Everett Cummings Center, Mount Morris, MI. FMI: 810-659-2151, www.horsesforhope.com OCT. 30-31 — Champions Center Halloween Open Horse Show, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: 937-324-4353, www. championscenter.net OCT. 30-31 — YEDA Show, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: www. showyeda.com OCT. 30-31 — Dressage 4 Kids Team Clinic, Lake Erie College Equestrian Center, Mentor, OH. FMI: www.dressage4kids.org OCT. 30-31 — Trina Morris Horsemanship Foundation Horsemanship & Horsemanship 1 Clinic, Washington, PA. FMI: 412-3988838, email@example.com OCT. 30-31 — Double Dan Horsemanship Body Control Under Saddle Clinic, Alliance Equestrian Center, Yorktown, IN. FMI: Allison Whisler, 765-730-3993, firstname.lastname@example.org
Corral Calendar OCT. 30-31 — Northern Kentucky Horse Network Ranch Horse 101 Clinic, KY Cowtown Arena, 201 Wainscott Rd., Williamstown, KY. FMI: Susan Dickinson, 859-322-5276, email@example.com OCT. 31 — Cuyahoga County OHC Group Ride, 10:30 a.m., Brecksville Meadows Trailhead, Brecksville, OH. FMI: Carole James, 216-509-9468, www. cuyahogacountyohc.com NOVEMBER 2021 NOV. 5-6 — Bureau of Land Management Adoption Event, Fulton County Fairgrounds, 8514 St. Rt. 108, Wauseon, OH. FMI: 866468-7826, www.blm.gov NOV. 5-7 — Knox County OHC Camping & Riding, Hocking State Forest, Logan, OH. FMI: www.facebook.com/groups/ knoxohc NOV. 5-7 — Ohio Valley Team Penning Association Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: Tom Reeder, 330-831-7463, www.facebook. com/ohiovalleyteampenning NOV. 5-7 — The Rise Above Tour “2021 The Redemption” Finals, WB Ranch, Swanton, OH. FMI: 248-982-6976, goneropingfarm@ att.net NOV. 5-7 — IBRA Ultimate Challenge, C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: www. ibra.us NOV. 6 — Northern Kentucky Horse Network 5th Annual Equine Conference, Boone County Enrichment Center, 1824 Patrick Dr., Burlington, KY. FMI: www. nkhn.info
NOV. 6 — Southern Kentucky Team Penning Show, Western Kentucky University L.D. Brown Exposition Center, Bowling Green, KY. FMI: 270-834-9744, www.sktpa.weebly.com NOV. 6 — Wranglers Riding Club Fun Show, 3385 State Highway 80 E, Murray, KY. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org NOV. 6 — JMEquine IBRA/NBHAShow, Old Grey Mare Acres, 435 Lofton Rd., Raphine, VA. FMI: Jessica, 434-515-3572 NOV. 6-7 — Champions Center Open Horse Show, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: 937-324-4353, championscenter05@ gmail.com, www.championscenter.net NOV. 6-7 — Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Bruce, 859-489-4885 NOV. 7 — OHC General Membership Meeting, 10:30 a.m., Franternal Order of Eagles, 127 E. Williams Street (SR36), Delaware, OH. FMI: 614-329-7453, email@example.com, www. ohconline.com NOV. 9 — Fasig-Tipton November Sale, 2400 Newton Pike, Lexington, KY. FMI: 859255-1555, www.fasigtipton.com NOV. 9-21 — Kenneland Horses November Breeding Stock Sale, 4201 Versaille Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: www.keeneland.com NOV. 11 — Massillon Saddle Club Year End Awards Banquet, Nickajack Farms, 2955 Manchester Ave. NW, North Lawrence, OH. FMI: www.massillonsaddleclub.org NOV. 12-14 — Ohio Paint Horse Club Zone Show, Champions Center, 4122 Layboure Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: www.ophcs.org or find us on Facebook
NOV. 13 — Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. mthopeauction.com NOV. 13 — Lexington Winter Tournament, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Julie Kaufman, 859-873-2339 NOV. 13 — Winter Series (NBHA, IBRA, NPBA), 5S Arena, 570 Mount Jackson Heights Rd., Athens, WV. FMI: Sarah Stafford, 304-952-3254 NOV. 13-14 — YEDA Show, College Fair & Trade Show, Michiana Event Center, 455 E. Farver St., Shipshewana, IN. FMI: www. showyeda.com NOV. 14 — Tri-County Trail Association Thanksgiving Dinner, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen Van Pelt, 330-323-2834, www.tri-cotrails.com NOV. 14 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Pleasure Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// bluelakesfarm.wixsite.com/website NOV. 14 — Bluegrass Winter Tournament, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Sara Cavill, 859-494-1520 NOV. 16-18 — Blooded Horse Sale, Champons Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: 859-858-4415, www.bloodedhorse.com NOV. 20 — TNT Coaching Clinic with Terry Myers and Tim Clyne, 2-7 p.m., TC Performance Horses, 10843 KingstonWhisler Rd., Kingston, OH. FMI: Laura Clyne, 740-656-3615, www.TNT.events NOV. 20 — Blue Lakes Farm Winter Series Contest Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, https:// bluelakesfarm.wixsite.com/website
NOV. 20 — Mid-America Sorting Producers, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredricktown-Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-692-1271 NOV. 20-21 — YEDA Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: www.showyeda.com NOV. 21 — 5th Annual Clermont County Horse Committee Tack Exchange, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Clermont County Fairgrounds Holman Arena, 1000 Locust St., Ownesville, OH. FMI: Mary, 513-383-0191, www. facebook.com/Clermont-County-HorseCommittee-336334367819/ NOV. 26-27 — Black Friday Horse Sale (26th @ 12 p.m.) & Special Tack & Miscellaneous Sale (27th @ 10 a.m.), Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sugarcreekstockyards.com NOV. 26-27 — Mid-Ohio Equine Expo & Yearling Standardbred Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, OH. FMI: 330-473-7046 NOV. 26-28 — Black Out Barrels, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Road, Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, www.garwoodarena.com NOV. 26-28 — Mid-America Sorting Producer Finals, Champions Center, 4122 Layboure Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Tom Frith, 269-838-1273. NOV. 27 — Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH. FMI: Daniel Schrock Auctioneer, (330) 763-0905, email@example.com
BLUE LAKES FARM
BOARDING • RIDING LESSONS • ARENA RENTAL • SHOWS
2021-2022 Winter Series Show Dates CONTEST SHOWS
October 30 November 20 December 11 January 8 February 19 March 19 April 23 May: TBA
October 17 November 14 December 5 January 16 February 13 March 13 April 3 May: TBA
We have Beginner and Open Shows!
14037 Auburn Road • Newbury, Ohio 44065 (440) 564-7303 • https://bluelakesfarm.wixsite.com/website • Facebook: Tom Snyder October 2021
Ranch Horse 101 Rail Work, obstacles, the do’s & do nots October 30 & 31, 2021 KY Cowtown Arena
210 Wainscott Road, Williamstown, Ky 41097 Cost: $400 *Accepting 15 participants Auditor Fee: $40 — Come watch, learn and ask questions Saturday: Clinic Sunday: Ranch Horse Show (you do not have to participate in clinic to show) **showbill to be announced soon Clinician/Judge: Mr. Lance Kingrey, ARHA Judge, IRHA president 2020-2021
For more information or to register contact Susan Dickinson (859) 322-5276 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.nkhn.info
November 6 9 am TOPICS
• You, Your Horse & Your Farrier—Mitch Taylor, Kentucky Horse Shoeing School • Horses and Hoof Abscesses—Dr. Raul Bras, DVM, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital • The State Veterinarian & Their Role in Kentucky’s Horse Industry—Dr. Katie Flynn, Kentucky Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian • Biosecurity & Your Horses—Dr. Joe Lyman Neogen, Lexington, Ky.
Boone County Extension Enrichment Center 1824 Patrick Drive Burlington, KY • Should That Plant Be in the Hay—Dr. Megan Romano, VDL, University of Kentucky • Setting Up Your Indoor Arena—Drs. Morgan Hayes and Bob Coleman, CAFÉ UK • Vaccinations: What Does Your Horse Need?—Dr. Emma Adam, Veterinary Science Department UK
LUNCH PROVIDED ACCORDING TO COVID GUIDELINES
Registration is Required Call the Boone County Extension office at 859-586-6101 or online: boone.ca.uky.edu
View From the Cheap Seats
On Infinite Repeat by Sarah Vas
ugust 16. A Monday. I’ve always struggled connecting importance to arbitrary numbers. What sticks with me are the mental images and emotions connected to a point in time, a person, an animal. I’m able to recall a day’s events playing out in vivid detail. I can catch and mentally catalog quirky behaviors and unique traits of an individual that others may never notice. But don’t ask me for dates. Heck, I’ve even forgotten my own birthday twice. But… August 16. That day remains simultaneously blurry and hectic and brave-faced while crystal clear in shock and grim detail. I’ve had to find a way to push down, beat down, overthrow, drown out the deafening strangle of that date. For someone who’s NEVER lived life’s highlight reel by the days on a calendar, I’m compelled to sift through the numbers, rekindling every memory. An epic cinematic montage has slowly developed from what’s left of each and every day chronicled before. It plays through over and over again in my thoughts from beginning to bitter end. December 26, 2013 was Day One. The opening scene. August 16 tallied up as Day 2,791. The tragic end. My soul has flooded itself with moving pictures dancing to the melodies of countless memories to stop my head from the focused finality of the numbers. 7 years, 7 months, and 22 days have come and gone. Sounds like a lot, huh? Suffice it to say, 2,791 days just wasn’t even close to enough. My Jojo Dog, my Joey, My Joseph, is gone. A silent, deceptive, rare version of canine cancer was slowly building steam this summer right under all of our watchful eyes. It was hiding deep in the catacombs of his sinuses. A low blow to the keenest of canine senses. Burrowed in where only the most invasive diagnostic procedures had half a chance of looking it in the eye. It was disguising itself behind many veils; kennel cough, infected tooth, seasonal allergies, stubborn sinus infection, fungal bloom, even a foreign object potentially lodged deep in his nose. But it was none of those things. It was Death crawling in and dragging down my wonderful mussy faced pup, slowly at first. Frustratingly, persistently slow for weeks until this rare malignant killer implodes without
warning and crushes its host in a matter of a few final days, both inside and out. Hemorrhaging edema expands the skin of the jowls and neck to bursting. Xrays finally reveal dark clouds in the lungs. Lymph nodes turn rock hard overnight. Fever overtakes the body. There’s no reasoning with this cancer. No slowing down its progression or eradicating it. Cancer had come in without cause or account and stole my Joseph away, right in front of me. In a fog. There but not. Still chugging along but barely. Loyal yet exhausted. There was nothing to do but let him go. So, just like that…in the driveway at my trusted vet clinic…brief hugs, professional courtesies in the misty rain…my brave face the rational shrug of acceptance to our merciful duty...my emotions too stunned to catch up until it was too late…he was gone… Joey was only 8 months old when our Day One timeline began on December 26th, 2013. His comical appearance stood out from the rest. Jojo’s whole existence soon evolved into the mantra “Where You Are, As Am I” but his respect for learned boundaries was unbelievable, unmatched. He could be trusted not to step beyond an assigned threshold, put nose to unsupervised food, or pursue forbidden temptations if I had told him so. He would wait for me at the edge of his physical territory through snow and rain, eyes fixed on the horizon. Joey thought I walked on water and his dedication to this belief became his amazing gift. I’m no stranger to loss or death. Over the decades, I’ve found solace in my self-proclaimed theory that if lives share connection, the essence of the departed is never truly and completely gone. I want to think that pieces of those we’ve loved and lost are woven into the very fabric of our being. I want to think that dogs have so much joy to give, that they don’t just sit and wait for us at some philosophical bridge in the sky. They get to go on to another Big Adventure towards the next lucky soul waiting to find them. And left behind is a wispy puff of their furry selves curled up inside our hearts. It’s a gift they give themselves as well. They snuggle in deep, never to be left behind again, never having to watch from the dining room window and wait for us to reappear. It’s all dogs ever want in life. To be completely within our bubble of existence. Never have I mourned so much the loss of a person or pet. My Joseph, my “mommeee’shh puppeee”, was just...gone, all because of a cancer as unique as his gravity defying ears. I didn’t think there was enough wiry fuzz on his whole body to fill the space left for him in my heart. And I’ve struggled, breaking down again and again since that hazy Monday. This dog was everywhere on this farm. Glancing down at the floor for him before swinging my legs off the sofa. Looking back behind every horse I’ve led, expecting to see his signature beard bringing up the rear. His toys are still scattered about and dog food still sits untouched in the bin. S
And when we’re gone, long gone The only thing that will have mattered Is the love that we shared And the way that we cared When we’re gone, long gone. —Kieran Kane and James Paul O’Hara, “WHen We’re GOne, lOnG GOne”
Western Reserve Carriage Association
WRCA Rainy Days and Sundays PRESIDENT, Jo Ann Murr VICE PRESIDENT, Ann Petersen TREASURER, Ann Petersen SECRETARY, Cathy Rhoades MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY, Henry Rish. WEBSITE, www.wrcarriage.com
by Cathy Rhoades After a long hot week of tropical humidity, Sunday Aug. 29 was looking tolerable for our second Carlisle drive. There was a steady breeze and large fluffy clouds that kept the group comfortable. Angie Hohenbrink and Mary Thomas joined us for lunch. Barb King, Dan Speese, Julianne Bedel, Heather Raw, Jo Ann Murr, Ann Petersen with Betsy and Polly brought turnouts. We had a new family
join Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) including the grandparents, father and two young sisters. At this writing, I don’t have a name, but the youth driver was first out with her miniature horse. The drivers were out on the first loop when the skies opened up! At one point it was difficult to see ahead. My pony Jewels was spooked by the apparition of ghostly turnouts appearing out of the gray curtain of rain. Eventually the sun came out and we all enjoyed the well drained trails. I think this kept the string of rain on our driving days going! The next two WRCA drives were Sept. 27 at Swine Creek Reservation and we have one coming up Oct. 17, the Howe Meadow Fall Drive. Hope to
Photo credit: Julianne Bedel see you there! There is still time to enjoy the National Drive at Hoosier Horse Park in Edinburgh, Ind. (non WRCA). This is a low cost week long recreational drive with miles of trails, educational clinics, vendors, new friends and fun! Our own Stacey Giere is a clinician. A Coggins and health certificate needs to be presented.
Visit their website for more information and registration. The WRCA board is investigating options for a holiday or end of the year gathering. We had 22 responses and the majority wish to have something in November. Communication will be out soon keeping safety in mind.
memories and countless details about my Jojo Dog. It tells of every heart he touched, and how
he found and finished his Last Big Adventure in just a few short 2,791 days.
View From Cheap Seats (continued) Never before has a passing felt so sudden, unfair, and out of my control. After only 2,791 days together, my constant companion of only 8 years old was ripped from my embrace rather than gently set free. For days afterward, I was haunted by chest pains and waves of goose bumps. I couldn’t ignore or explain feeling like he was frantically trying to stay right here. Like he was scared and confused about going away when away was certainly not home. Like he was torn about leaving, like he wasn’t meant for some next big adventure somewhere, ever. And so…I have amended my theory stated earlier. That mussy faced dog and I have agreed that he hasn’t left, not at all. He has curled up to rest, all of him, his
whole being. Right inside my chest. Just behind my sternum, in the same place where shadows of cancer showed up on his x ray and sealed his fate. He’s all there inside my very soul, two beings sharing space in a singular heart beat. When I wish for the millionth time that he was only an arm’s length away, I breathe deeply. That flutter in my chest is just my breath ruffling the feathery fringe of his ears. When my heart races, I know it’s just the happy thumping of his curly black tail, still tipped with that one singular, stick-straight, white hair. I say his name in my mind 1,000 times a day and at least 100 more, it’s uttered out loud at the spaces he used to be, in the moments he used to live. And in my mind, on infinite repeat, plays a movie reel of
Sarah Vas, a second-generation horsewoman, writes about her decades of adventure and mayhem among several breeds and disciplines, and countless equine educational endeavors both as student and teacher. Sarah owns and operates a continuation of her parents’ original business, Winfield Farm & Forge, Ltd., that which couldn’t currently exist without constant gratitude for Kevin, her very forgiving, ridiculously supportive husband. Together, they are quietly beginning to explore the Farm’s newest chapters, both in and out of the horse world. They are returning to Sarah’s family roots, this time as breeders of Arabian/Welsh Sport Ponies for dressage and carriage while husband and wife indulge their pent up creativity producing a variety of rustic décor and iron work. October 2021
Where You Are,
As Am I... - Jojo
For all 2,791 days of it, you were one in a million, my only one, my everything...
Winfield Farm & Forge, Ltd. Exploring the Arabian/Welsh Sport Pony Cross for Carriage & Dressage Kevin & Sarah Vas / Owners, Breeders, Artisans Grafton, Ohio / 330-242-3440
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Be Still by Rob and Tanya Corzatt
ike people, horses have their own unique characteristics. I recently had the pleasure of working with a Tennessee Walker named Maverick. His owner bought him at an auction. She had ridden a gaited horse in her youth and absolutely loved it. She was very drawn to his quiet disposition and the sweet nature he displayed in his stall. He was described as a great trail horse and that is the type of riding she wants to do. The beam of light shined down from heaven on him and she had to bid on this horse. When she got him home, he wasn’t quite the same horse she saw in the stall and he showed her some less desirable characteristics. Most all horses go through an acclimation period when rehomed. We rock their worlds and throw them into culture shock when taken out of their familiar surroundings, but there is still an element of respect they
should give to their handler. He became pushy, couldn’t be led well, wouldn’t stand to be mounted, paced all the time and was over all very anxious. She wasn’t sure how to handle this behavior so she came to me and said, “Tanya, would you have an opening for Maverick, so you could train him for a little bit?” I was very happy to do so. Like quite a few of the horses that have come in for training, there was a point when he gave me a spiritual Ah! Ha! moment. I always start off with groundwork in order to determine what areas a horse may or may not be lacking in their foundation training. If there are any, I address those areas prior to riding them for safety reasons. Maverick lacked many things I find to be important prior to riding, but one of the most significant things we needed to work on was him being able to bring his energy level up and down appropriately. He would not stand patiently and wait for me to give him the next
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cue. When lunging he would take off quickly. When asked to stop he would turn and face me but immediately take off again and he would also pull away from me a lot. He really worked my biceps! With the various desensitizing exercises I did with him he became anxious and moved all over the place. I couldn’t even flex him without him constantly walking a tight circle which made it difficult for me to move onto other training techniques. All of this went on much longer than it typically does with most of the other horses I have trained. It became a bit concerning because I felt like I wasn’t making the progress I needed for the time frame he was going to be here. At one point during the ground work, when he finally stopped to rest, I put my hand on him and said, “Maverick, all I want you to do is be still buddy.” Yes, my Ah! Ha! moment. I remained still with him and asked the Lord to help me help him. During my spiritual moment while I was still, I had a couple ideas come to mind. I believe that was the Holy Spirit telling me I needed to change a few things I was doing with Maverick. Psalm 37:5 tells us to “Commit your way to the Lord;” and then in verse 7 we are told “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;” I love what the explanation in my Bible says; “When we commit ourselves to the Lord we entrust everything to Him; our lives, family, jobs, possessions etc. He wants us to be willing to wait patiently for Him to work out what is best for us.” That moment was not only for Maverick, but me as well. Even when I’m training, I will occasionally ask the Lord to help me see things that I may be missing. The good Lord showed me that the techniques I was using with Maverick needed to be altered a little bit. I made more progress with this guy in the next couple of days and felt much more comfortable about getting on his back. But the ride wasn’t perfect.
Tanya and Rob Corzatt I had mentioned earlier that Maverick wouldn’t stand still when being mounted. Once I got on, he would immediately go into the gaited trot and acted very anxious. I began teaching Maverick that movement in my legs doesn’t mean he needs to take off quickly. He needed to wait patiently for me to cue him when it was appropriate to walk, trot, canter and stop. After a lot of softening and relaxation exercises, he had an incredible break through moment and developed a very different disposition. Being still doesn’t mean we are to sit around and wait for God to give us direction. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still and know that I am God;” He wants us to take time each day to be still and exalt Him. The biblical meaning of exalt is to elevate by praise, to raise in rank, power, or character. When we exalt God, we are willing to trust and believe that He can care for us better than we can ourselves. Maverick finally was able to slow down, listen, and execute my cues very well. He had finally committed to me and remained still. Maverick got so good at listening to both me and his owner that he got to go home at the end of August. I kept thinking about how God wants that same response from us. We are to keep moving but continue to exalt Him by being still and waiting patiently for his guidance, his next cue. Being a part of the change in so many of the horses we train is an incredible experience! My friends, my prayer for us is that we are able to commit our lives to God and be still. May we trust in our Lord and exalt Him to the highest. As always may you be blessed on you ride!
The Corzatt’s (Rob, Tanya and their son Camdon) own and operate the Cowboy Perseverance Ranch (CPR) in Marengo, Ohio. CPR is a faith based operation and our mission is to build a strong foundation and relationship with our training horses and students. We are blessed to be able to provide western horsemanship lessons infused with biblical scripture to students of all ages. One student has described her time here as “CPR for the soul!” Visit our website at www. cpranch.wixsite.com/home or follow us on Facebook. HORSEMEN’S CORRAL
by Wendy Hauser, DVM AVP, Veterinary Relations, Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group™
new horse owner might believe that their horse is supposed to be dewormed every other month, and receive vaccinations twice a year. Based on advice from online chat groups and horse-owning friends, the new owner buys the needed treatments from the local feed store. Another friend shows the new owner how to administer the vaccinations and deworm the horse. Year after year, the horse seems to do OK with this approach, until the horse begins to lose weight, has a decreased appetite, eats more slowly and seems lethargic. The owner notices that the horse has bad breath and reddened gums. The owner reaches out to friends and to online resources and determines that the horse likely needs its teeth floated. Imagine the owner’s shock and heartbreak when the veterinarian diagnoses advanced kidney disease as the primary cause. What could this owner have done to possibly have a different outcome?
What is Preventive Care?
An interesting question to ask horse owners is “what is preventive care”? Many would likely reply that it is how they feed their horses, the opportunity for horses to interact socially with each other, hoof care, providing comfortable housing, adequate exercise, and the love and affection they show to their horses. The owners would not be wrong; these are important components in the well-being of horses. However, preventive care is incomplete without preventive medicine.
The Value of Preventive Medicine
Preventive medicine refers to the care a horse receives to prevent diseases, and to identify problems proactively rather than reactively, as the story above illustrates. When health concerns are identified before they are clinically obvious, actions can be taken to manage disease progression. In the case of kidney disease, annual senior screening bloodwork might have detected abnormalities early in the course of the disease, allowing for a change in diet that lessened the work the kidneys must do in clearing metabolic byproducts from the bloodstream. Common medications that are processed by kidneys, including anti-inflammatories like Bute and Banamine, could be avoided. This would reduce the risk of further kidney damage. The end result is a horse that lived a longer, better quality life with proactive lifestyle modifications. When horse owners partner with veterinarians, the owner learns how to best protect their horses from current diseases and as well as newly emerging threats. By asking questions like “What should I be doing in this stage of my horse’s life to be proactive with his health?” or “What else should I know to take great care of my horse now?” owners can take a hands-on approach. The foundation of preventive medicine is the wellness examination. 48
Typically, it will include a history about how your horse is doing, what you are feeding your horse, questions about your horse’s lifestyle and how it is used, such as trail riding or if it is actively being shown. The veterinarian will observe the general housing and management of your horse and ask about any behavioral concerns, such as wind sucking, stall weaving, or cribbing. Based on this assessment, the veterinarian will recommend appropriate preventive measure like vaccinations, fecal evaluations to determine the proper dewormer needs of your horse, provide nutritional advice and suggest ways to address behavioral concerns. Recommendations for proactive equine care include: 1. Regular physical examinations. A comprehensive physical exam includes a tip of the nose to tip of the hooves exam, assessing all major body systems including dental health, a musculoskeletal exam done will at rest and while moving, palpation of joints, examination of the hooves, and a pain assessment. Based on the age of your horse and its job, your veterinarian will recommend physical examinations every 6-12 months. 2. Weight Assessment. During the physical examination the veterinarian will evaluate your horse’s weight and body condition. Obesity is common in horses, due to overfeeding in relation to their lifestyles. Recent studies suggest that equine obesity affects up to 70 percent of horses and is associated with conditions such as metabolic syndrome, joint disease, infertility and poor performance. If your horse is overweight, your veterinarian will provide nutritional counseling. 3. Vaccinations. Vaccinations for horses are designated as ‘core’ and ‘risk based’. Core vaccinations are those all horses should receive to protect them from debilitating and often fatal diseases. These include Rabies, Tetanus, Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis and West S Nile Virus.
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CRHA Eligible and Open Game Show PRESIDENT, Toni Lukavich; 1ST VICE PRESIDENT, Charmaine Wulff; SECRETARY, Barbara Summerson; TREASURER, Jane Montgomery. WEBSITE, www.coloradoranger.com EMAIL, email@example.com
by Monica Doddato As the leaves fall and the days
are shorter, it’s a great time to pull out the Rangerbred Treasure Hunt, fill it out and find out if your Appaloosa qualifies to be registered with the Colorado Ranger Horse Association (CRHA). The Treasure Hunt is a free search and the form can be found on the website at www.coloradoranger.com. Appaloosa owners report having received a wealth of knowledge about their horses’ lines from CRHA Pedigree Researcher
Sherry Byrd. Visit the www. coloradoranger.com site today to learn about the programs offered and the benefits of joining the CRHA family. BLAST FROM THE PAST (Pictured): Charmaine Wulff and Zip N Brite Eyes at the 2017 CRHA National Show where they earned the High Point Performance Gelding, High Point Gymkhana and the John Morris Award Most Versatile Horse.
The Power of Preventive Care (Continued) Risk based vaccinations include those that are appropriate for your horse to receive, based on environmental hazards, the region of the country you live in, and the lifestyle of your horse. Your veterinarian will look at where your horse lives (backyard horse vs. a stabled horse, for example), ask you about how you use your horse, and other questions to determine which additional vaccinations would be appropriate and necessary to protect the health of your horse. The frequency of vaccination administration depends on the age of the horse and its lifestyle assessment. Foals usually receive a series of three doses of vaccinations throughout their first year of life. Adult horses usually receive annual vaccinations; some vaccinations must be given twice yearly. Timing of vaccination administration is also important; it is preferred to give vaccinations that protect against diseases transmitted by mosquito bites in the springtime, so your horse has good antibodies against those diseases when the mosquitos are most active. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on the best vaccination schedule for your horse 4. Diagnostic Testing. Recommendations for diagnostic testing will vary based on the age of the horse and risk factors for diseases. They include blood, urine and fecal evaluations. Because horses can’t tell us when something feels wrong, diagnostic testing often allows owners and veterinarians to detect abnormalities before disease is clinically evident. This ‘early warning’ means that changes can be made that will hopefully resolve the condition, or allow it to be easily managed. When the news is good, and the blood tests are normal, the owner and the veterinarian now have a baseline established, which is important in interpreting future abnormal findings. Fecal examinations are recommended annually for all horses to determine the necessary deworming schedule specific to your horse’s individual needs. The traditional method of deworming every two months has led to parasite resistance among horses. For this reason, targeted dewormings should be based on the results of the fecal evaluation and current guidelines.
The costs of preventive medicine can add up, so it pays for horse owners to understand what financial tools exist to help budget for this care. Some equine veterinarians offer preventive care (wellness) plans, which usually combine the best care recommendations into a yearly bundled plan, with the cost divided into 12 equal payments. Equine health insurance is another way that horse owners can be prepared for future veterinary care expenses. It helps allow horse owners to focus on providing optimal medical care for the horse, rather than focusing on the cost of care. For more information about affordable equine health insurance programs* that provide coverage for wellness, accidents, illness and colic, please visit www.ProtectYourHorse.com *Not available in every state
Wendy Hauser, DVM is AVP, Veterinary Relations, Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group. An Oklahoma native, she grew up on a small horse ranch and actively showed Quarter Horses in both AQHA and 4-H events. She has practiced for 30+ years as an associate, practice owner and relief veterinarian. The ASPCA® is not an insurer and is not engaged in the business of insurance. Products are underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company (NAIC #21113. Morristown, NJ), produced and administered by C&F Insurance Agency, Inc. (NPN # 3974227), a Crum & Forster company. Through a licensing agreement, the ASPCA receives a royalty fee that is in exchange for use of the ASPCA’s marks and is not a charitable contribution. U0621-HC01ARTICLE-EQ October 2021
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Midwest Trail Ride and the High Water Mark of the War by Richard Anderson We have just received word that one of our favorite trail ride horse camps has been sold and will be used for RV camping only. Midwest Scenic Trail Ride Horse Camp was sold in the spring and will be closed permanently as of Oct. 31, 2021. This has always been one of our favorite destinations for riding, and finding another location to ride will not be easy. It was originally modeled after the famous Cross Country Trail ride, otherwise known as Eminence (Missouri), where they continue to host trail rides with riders numbering as high as 4,000 per event. While it never became the ‘Eminence of the East’, as it was originally planned, it still offered a spectacular get away for horses and riders as Indiana’s premier camping destination, surrounded by the Hoosier National Forest with over 100 miles of trails and 365 horse stalls and 12 cabins. Some riders have been coming there for over 30 years, have proven to be quite loyal, and its presence as a horse camp will be sorely missed. Further Notes of our Trip to Gettysburg: As the Historian
Members of our trail riding group at one of the statues built in honor of those who gave their full measure of devotion at Gettysburg. records the battle of Picket’s charge, one of the most famous battles of the war between the states, on the third day of the battle, more than 5,000 confederates emerged from the trees and were joined by soldiers from two other commands, making a combined force of 12,000 men, forming a line a mile long. Out across the fields they marched with flags waving and muskets glittering. Exploding shells tore holes into the Southern ranks, but as the dead and wounded fell, others came forward to take their places. When the men in gray crossed the Emmitsburg Road and neared the stone wall, the Union defenders decimated them with rounds of
cannister and horrible volleys of musket fire, but the survivors continued to charge ahead. Despite staggering losses, General Lewis Armistead led several hundred men across the wall, but the exhausted confederates, outnumbered and low on ammunition could not prevail, and failed to crumble the union defenses. 12,000 confederate soldiers had thrown themselves against the union line, where nearly one half had been killed , wounded or captured. Years after the battle, Picket’s charge, as it came to be known, was refereed to as the ‘High Water Mark of the Confederacy’, and while the war would wage on for two more
Richard and Linda Anderson and Terry McKie-Johnson overlooking at High Water Mark of the war outside of Gettysburg, Pa. years, the High Water Mark would signal the turning point of the war, from which the South would never again recover. The trip to Gettysburg was another great trail riding adventure and one we would highly recommend to our fellow horsemen. In the meantime, you are welcome to join us, call 614/582-3202 for more information.
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Mid Ohio Dressage Association
Forever Young; MODA Congratulates our Century Club Inductees (Part 2) PRESIDENT, Vicki Milliron VICE PRESIDENT, Jessica Miltimore SECRETARY, Anna Cluxton TREASURER, Beth Baryon EMAIL, firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE, www.midohiodressage.org
by Karen Kent Our September Corral article congratulated MODA’s newest Dressage Foundation Century Club member Susie Klingelhafer. This month’s article will feature Nancy Wentz. Nancy is not only a Century Club member but is also one of MODA’s founding members. Nancy became Century member number 352 in July 2018 riding Grenadine, her home-bred 25 year old, at the Mid-Ohio Classic in First Level. Like many riders Nancy’s journey with horses began when she was a little girl. The following are Nancy’s words from her biography on the
Dressage Foundation website. “I have always loved horses. It began when I taped the pictures of Thoroughbred stallions on my closet door. We had a neighbor who had two Saddlebred horses; their names were Girl and Boy. At an early age I was allowed to give them apples and carrots and just watch—then one day they allowed me to ride on the lunge line and I was hooked.” “Our home was close to several other farms where riders came down our street. I would follow them for blocks and dream of someday being able to join them. My breakthrough came when a neighbor of my grandparents trusted me to ride one of their two ponies by myself. “I quickly developed my riding skills and convinced my parents to purchase a paint horse name Prince, and ‘Princess Nancy’ began to ride on my grandparent’s farm. I rode western in the beginning. Prince and I were the ‘stars’ of the 4th of July parade in Granville. “ After marrying her husband Tom, moving out of state, and starting a family Nancy’s
riding time decreased but that all changed after she and her family moved back to Ohio and she began to take lessons from Hans Von Bredow, the famous instructor from Germany. Nancy wrote, “That new level of riding awareness caused me to begin riding with a passion again. Hans had other students and we all developed the need to establish a riding club where we could experience the thrill of competition. The Mid-Ohio Dressage Association (MODA) was formed and the passion for riding in our clinics and shows added a new level of riding experience to my life.” “A dear friend, Dinah Kruse, gave me a Thoroughbred mare name French Piuq and combined with the sire, Grand Slam, “Frenchie” gave birth to my magnificent friend Grenadine.” This home-bred became not only Nancy’s Century Ride partner but also helped her earn her USDF Bronze Medal. Nancy did not stop competing with her Century Ride. She is still competing with Kells Extra Kash riding once again at this
Nancy Wentz year’s Classic in First Level. Nancy not only continues to compete but she also continues to serve on the MODA Board. Nancy, we congratulate you on all of your accomplishments and thank you for your dedication to the sport of dressage. Your passion for education, competition, and volunteerism along with the example you set as a horsewoman is truly remarkable.
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Come Ride the Trails at the ‘Hollow’ PRESIDENT, Stan Bosler VICE PRESIDENT, Angie Didinger & Jaimie Horsky SECRETARY, Tricia Crilow TREASURER, Beth Eikleberry WEBSITE, waynecountysaddleclub.com
Well, there isn’t a lot to say this time. By the time you read this it’s likely the scheduled shows will be almost over for the year; Oct. 1 Fun Show, Oct. 2 make up Pleasure Show, and the Oct. 29 Fun Show rounds out the 2021 season here at the ‘Hollow.’ Your officers and directors continue meeting throughout the off-season to make sure next year will be another great one. We’ll be planning the banquet (January), finalizing the rules update, and generally looking ahead to 2022. I don’t think there will be any major changes to our rules. Primarily there will be some streamlining with attempts to make wording clearer. The plan is for a copy to be posted on the entry booth with another inside for show personnel to refer to as needed. Reports: a) The contest season
finished on Aug. 28 and it’s safe to say it was successful both financially and prolifically. b) Pleasure will finish Oct. 2. As of this writing it’s safe to say the season went quite well in all respects. c) Fun shows were wellattended, enjoyed by everyone, and, made money too. d) Speed shows went well, and, despite some big competition for the second date, still made money. e) The Youth director show was well-produced, profitable, and those who were there had a good time. f) The Roundup: It hadn’t happened yet when this was written. I know effort was, indeed, made to be sure it was also very good. I’ll have more on it next time. Our show chairmen, Angie, Jamie, Leanne, Matt, and
Angelena, all deserve your thankyous. Special thanks to others like Beth, Bobbi Jo, Leanne’s family, Colin, all ring help, all entry help, officers and directors, and, of course everyone who showed —is definitely in order. A few years ago I made a conservative point to estimate how many hours go into a show season here at the Saddle club. Without researching that number from deep in the archives, I can testify it is astounding. Thank you all! By now those of us who enjoy fall are looking forward to riding on the trails. Foliage is really cool, bugs are gone, and temperatures are comfortable. I hope to ride more this fall for the very reasons I just mentioned. The trails at the ‘Hollow’ are not real extensive but offer some interesting challenges.
Depending on which trails you choose—and your skill level, you can easily ride here for an hour or two. (Please stay on trails marked with ‘blue blazes.’) A few of us went to Mohican over Labor Day and enjoyed those trails on a beautiful 70 degree day. Ohio does have some super trails around the state you can enjoy as well. The worship group meets Sundays at 11 a.m. at the club grounds. All are welcome! It’s hard to think next time I’ll be wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Oh well, there’s still a lot of time between now and then, so keep O’le Dobbin (and yourselves) in shape on those awesome Ohio trails. Why not join us?! ~Stan
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The Treasure Map PRESIDENT, Tim Calvin VICE PRESIDENT, Tom Byrne SECRETARY, Judy Foster TREASURER, Laurie Maris PHONE, 740/206-7214 EMAIL, email@example.com WEBSITE, www.midohiomarauders.com
by Steve Keech The Marauders held their Treasure Map weekend of shooting in August. It was a great turnout. Congratulations to all the competitors, especially the class winners, and Top Cowgirls and Cowboys. THE TREASURE MAP I SATURDAY RESULTS OPEN WRANGLER, Nicholas Hall LIMITED CAVALRY, Cole Caster
OPEN CAVALRY, JD Hughes LIMITED RIFLE, Cole Caster OPEN RIFLE, JD Hughes LIMITED SHOTGUN, Carson Feikert OPEN SHOTGUN, JD Hughes RESERVE COWGIRL, Kayla Lightfield RESERVE COWBOY, Eric Nelson OVERALL COWGIRL, Stacy Thacker OVERALL OVERALL, Tyler Vrh (Again!) THE TREASURE MAP II SUNDAY RESULTS OPEN WRANGLER, Nicholas Hall RESERVE COWGIRL, Candice Conniff RESERVE COWBOY, David Vrh OVERALL COWGIRL, Marcy Luttrell OVERALL OVERALL, Eric Nelson
The Treasure Map I Overall shooters.
The Teasure Map II Overall shooters.
We also celebrated several move-ups. Rachelle Stevens from L2 to L3, Noah Modglin from M1 to M2, Jordan Heald from M2 to M3, Tyler Vrh from M4 to M5. Some of the move-up dances were captured on video and shared on social media. We are very excited and the club is working hard to make sure
we had an outstanding Mid-West Regional Shoot the weekend of Sept. 23-26 as well as the AAQH Congress Shootout on Oct. 24. Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for all your hard work so far and in the future. As always, if you are interested in joining the Mid-Ohio Marauders, the central Ohio
club for CMSA, please visit us at www.midohiomarauders.com or on Facebook at Mid-Ohio Marauders. Also please follow The Marauders in the Corral, on Facebook and on our webpage for future new shooter clinic dates. See you soon! OCT. 24: AAQH Congress Shootout
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Already Planning for Next Shooting Season PRESIDENT, R. David Davis VICE PRESIDENT, Brian (Doc) Hric SECRETARY/TREASURER, Karen Davis; PHONE, 330-719-3290 EMAIL, firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE, www.lakeerievaqueros.net
by Karen (Chilipepper) Davis We had beautiful weather for our third event of the season and everyone had a great time. Our last event is coming up really quick and will be over before we know it. Where does the time go? I have to say this season has been a good one. We have been thinking about next season and decided on Saturday nights we are going to have movie night. The movie will be the same as the event name. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out, I am hoping it will be a lot of fun! We have also been thinking about awards for our annual banquet and have started to get things in the works for that and what to get all our winners. Next season will be here before we know it. I have sent our event dates to CMSA and will post them as soon as they are approved. I want to thank our sponsors for their donations which help us out at our events 56
and very much appreciated. I also want to thank our shooting family and friends for making our events successful and helping out where and when needed, especially at the end when it comes to tearing everything down. We thank all of you so much! The photos that I am sharing are our shotgun shooters, Stephanie Berry, Fred Dzara (his first time ever shooting shotgun off his horse) and Barry Larson. There were 36 riders and one wrangler on Saturday and Sunday and our winners were:
OVERALL CHAMPION Ralph Soehnlen; OVERALL COWBOY David Spackman; OVERALL COWGIRL Courtney Herman; OVERALL SR. COWBOY Ralph Soehnlen; OVERALL SR. COWGIRL Alena Soehnlen; RESERVE COWBOY Ed Haefner; RESERVE COWGIRL Stephanie Berry; RESERVE SR. COWBOY Ron Kiko; RESERVE SR. COWGIRL Kelley Forster; M1 Ed Haefner; M2 Greg Durnell; M3 David Spackman; M4 R David Davis; SM1 Brian (Doc) Hric; SM2 Mark Mellington; SM3 Dwayne Joyner; SM4 Robert Koniak; SM5 Charlie Brown; SM6 Ralph Soehnlen;
L1 Tammy Clark; L2 Courtney Herman; L3 Stephanie Berry; L6 Carla Spackman; SL2 June Schmidt; SL3 Cheri Stady; SL4 Linda Larson; SL5 Alena Soehnlen; WRANGLER Lily Farnsworth. SUNDAY WINNERS OVERALL CHAMPION Ralph Soehnlen; OVERALL COWBOY R. David Davis; OVERALL COWGIRL Carla Spackman; OVERALL SR. COWBOY Ralph Soehnlen; OVERALL SR COWGIRL Rhonda Brown; RESERVE COWBOY David Spackman; RESERVE COWGIRL Courtney Herman; RESERVE SR. COWBOY Ron Kiko; RESERVE SR. COWGIRL Kelley Forster; L1 Marie Haefner; L2 Courtney Herman; L3 Stephanie Berry; L6 Carla Spackman; M1 Mike Sheets; M2 Gregory Durnell; M3 David Spackman; M4 R. David Davis; SL2 June Schmidt; SL3 Sue Wolski; SL4 Linda Larson; SL5 Rhonda Brown; SM1 Brian Hric; SM2 Mark Maxwell; SM3 Dwayne Joyner; SM4 Robert Koniak; SM5 Charlie Brown; SM6 Ralph Soehnlen; Wrangler Lily Farnsworth; RIFLE, Robert Koniak; SHOTGUN, Ron Kiko.
We want to thank Gage Concessions for their wonderful, tasty food they that they have for us at each event. It was great to see all of our
shooting families and friends this year! 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; Horsemen’s Corral; Stagecoach West; Park Side Trailer Sales and Services, Inc., they have 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; Altmyer’s Trailer Sales in Jefferson, Ohio, looking for new or used horse trailers, cargo trailers, car mate trailers, American Haulers; Rocking 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; and Junction Buick, GMC in Chardon. October 2021
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Black Swamp Driving Club Moving Ahead PRESIDENT, Roger Higgins, Jr. VICE PRESIDENT, Julie Emmons SECRETARY & TREASURER, Susan Murray. WEBSITE, www.blackswampdrivingclub.com
by Mary Thomas Several Black Swamp Driving Club (BSDC) members have been active lately. Roger Murray was recently elected as an Honorary Lifetime Director in the Carriage Association of America during a trip to the CAA’s Learning Weekend in California. BSDC is a CAA affiliate club. The Villa Louis Carriage Classic held in Prairie du Chien,
Wisc., hosted the annual Carriage Showcase, an evaluation of antique vehicles, restored carriages in use, member and professional restorations. Sue and Roger Murray attended the show which draws the best carriages, equines, and drivers for three days of competition in three rings. Vendors, parties, a tour of the historic Villa mansion, and a prime rib banquet add to the fun. Mary Elliott had a busy time taking her three Percherons to the Richland County Fair. The horses had a successful show earning several awards including firsts in mare halter, matched pairs, tandem and unicorn hitches and four up (had to borrow a horse.) Seconds were picked up in Owners Group of Three and Team hitch. Elliott commented
Dogs like carriage drives too. that the Four Up class had four entries with a combined group of eight owners. Angie Hohenbrink and her Morgan mare are featured in the latest ads for the National Drive. Hohenbrink along with Becky Steingass are shown splashing through one of the water obstacles at the Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburgh, Ind., home of the National Drive. Save Oct. 24 for the annual hayride hosted by Mary Elliott and Linda Spears at their farm
near Galion, Ohio. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided for the 3 p.m. potluck. Three teams of Percherons will be powering the wagons as they travel the surrounding country roads alive with fall colors. UPCOMING EVENTS OCT. 24: Annual hayride hosted by Mary Elliott and Linda Spears, Galion, OH. Note start time of 3 p.m. NOV. 13: Annual banquet. Details TBA.
Ohio Horseman’s Council, Inc. Member of American Horse Council www.ohconline.com SECRETARY & MEMBERSHIP Catherine Estill 513/899-2267 email@example.com
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PRESIDENT Eric Estill 513/899-2267 email@example.com NEWSLETTER EDITOR Theresa Burke 614/329-7453 firstname.lastname@example.org
VICE PRESIDENT Jim Wallace email@example.com OHC COUNTY LINE EDITOR Karen Ravndal-Emery, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings From Your President It’s October. Time to renew your OHC membership for the 2022 membership year. New memberships and renewals for 2022 are open after Oct. 1. If you are not a member of OHC and wish to join, you may join now for 2022, and your membership benefits start immediately. There are several ways to join OHC or renew your membership. You may contact your chapter and ask for a membership form, or you can download and print out a membership form on the OHC website https://ohconline. com/ From the home page, click on ‘Find Chapter’. Locate your chapter page and then scroll down to ‘Download Registration’. Click on ‘membership form’. Fill out the form and return it to one of your chapter officers with payment of your 2022 dues, or you can join or renew online. RENEW YOUR OHC MEMBERSHIP ONLINE Renewing your membership online is fast, easy and secure! 1. Go to the website: OHConline.com 2. Click on ‘Renew’ in the top right corner (or in the top left drop-down menu on an iPhone)
3. Log in with your email and a password 4. Follow the prompts to complete your information 5. Pay online with PayPal or credit card (as a ‘PayPal guest’) or select ‘pay with check’ and pay your chapter treasurer You and your chapter treasurer will receive an immediate confirmation by email. You can log back in to update any changes of address or phone, and to print your membership card. There is a video demonstration on how to renew your membership online on YouTube at www.youtube.com/embed/ vFop57tgxEs. You can also find the video on the OHC website. From the home page, click on ‘Links’. Look for the link ‘OHC Videos’ under the heading ‘Video Demos for Members, Chapter Treasurers and Membership Chairs, Chapter Web Page Authors’. Online registration has many advantages. You can pay your dues using PayPal or a credit card. You may also choose to pay your chapter treasurer directly. If you use PayPal or a credit card, your renewal is effective as soon as you
are finished. You can make sure that your membership information is correct. You will be reducing the workload of your chapter treasurer or membership chair. You must establish a password the first time that you use online registration. You will see a ‘Log-in’ screen. The screen asks for your email address and your password. Use the email address that is registered with your OHC membership. If you don’t know the email address that is associated with your OHC membership, your chapter treasurer or membership chair can look it up for you. If you have never established a password, or you have forgotten your password, click on ‘Reset Password’ on the Log-in page. This will allow you to create a new password.
prior to you receiving your issue of the Corral. Therefore, when you are reading this article the chili cook off ride is already over. I hope it was a good one. Jean and I continue to build a trail in the woods on our daughters’ farm and to date have spent about 10 hours of work. The woods have been logged in the past and thus has many tree top branches in our path and that has been overgrown with tall weeds, Multiflora roses and a lot of poison ivy. Needless to say, we have experienced several itchy nights as we both got the effects of the poison ivy. Eventually, we rode the horses
through the initial trail and it took about six minutes. I guess we have a lot more work hours ahead or will have to learn to live with very short rides. We hope to see you down the trail and remember not to drink and ride. ~Dan & Jean Reynolds
The new member video is at www.youtube.com/embed/ BR3PUXyvKu4 The membership renewal video is at www.youtube.com/embed/ vFop57tgxEs The Password Reset video is at www.youtube.com/embed/Tw5QFEbVWs These videos can also be found
on the OHC website on the OHC Video Demos page. I hope you will consider joining us at our November OHC General Membership meeting. OHC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING The OHC General Membership Meeting will be held Sunday, Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m., at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 127 E. William Street (SR 36), Delaware, Ohio 43015. Attendance is free of charge to all OHC members. Lunch is available for $13 with reservation only. Vote for your new officers! For more information please email email@example.com or call 614/329-7453. We cancelled the last two general membership meetings to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. We are allowed to start meeting again. However, to comply with the local health department guidelines, I recommend that you wear a face mask at the meeting, and I recommend that you get vaccinated against COVID-19 before you attend. No mandates, but my strong recommendation. ~Eric Estill, President Ohio Horseman’s Council
County Lines ASHLAND The OHC Ashland Chapter held a meeting to prepare for the chili cook off ride at Mohican State Park and members volunteered for various jobs required to ensure a great event. Mike Gerard stepped down as our chapter treasurer and Peggy Costic assumed the position. Mike is also mentoring our president, Tim Tuttle, to take over the leadership of the chili cook off, as well as other activities. Mike will still be a very active member, but hopefully with less stress. As you readers know, we write these articles about a month October 2021
CLARK I know it is not November, but we are full of gratitude here in Clark County. We are thankful for the many volunteers from Clark County OHC, At-Large OHC and family members who came out to help maintain our
trails on Sept. 4. It was no small undertaking as we had received a grant from the State OHC to repair a couple of consistently muddy areas. This involved removing mud, putting down geotech fabric and hauling lots of crushed rock to the area. We want to give a big shout out to Bill Agle, Greg Hamm, Bob Hunter and Scott Gannon for bringing equipment to get the job done. I feel it is worth it to give each and everyone of you a mention for volunteering your time especially on Labor Day weekend. I apologize if I left anyone out or misspelled a name. Many thanks to Polly, Carson and 59
Clark County OHC Garett Agle, Chris Price, Anne Demmy, Becky, Stephanie and John Petee, Karen Abram, Lisa Jerew-Sites, Kristina Valentine, Tony Goodrich, Anne Hunter, Brenda and Max Anderson, Mary Ellen Snyder, Lisa Freeman and family, Jodie Childs and Barb Skelton and Dinah Burns for her lunch contributions. Come check out all of the hard work at Buck Creek. In other big news our meeting day has been changed to the second Wednesday of every month. This was voted on and approved by all members present and will help those members that are trying to get away for the weekend and depart on Friday mornings. The Halloween campout is still on but be sure to check out our Facebook page for any updates. It is scheduled for Oct. 22 and 23. We are hoping for another beautiful fall weekend. Jodie Childs and Brenda Anderson have been hard at work planning a fun weekend for children and adults. The next meeting is Nov. 10 at the Buck Creek Shelter house at 6:30 p.m. We are hoping for one more outdoor meeting but be sure to look for updates on Facebook. Come ride with us! ~Jonna CLINTON Hello fellow horseman/woman, what a summer it has been. Crazy weather from high 90s 60
to low 60s only in Ohio right?! When the temps are that crazy and high you have to watch for heat stress colic. Horses get lazy when it is hot, they don’t want to walk over to the water bucket to drink and get dehydrated, which can cause the colic. If you think your horse is colicing, call your vet! In winter the same thing can happen, water freezes, or they just don’t want to drink. If you are in fear of your horse starting to colic due to heat, get the hose and cool them down, offer a bucket of water with electrolytes. I suggest everyone have some electrolytes handy in their horse first aid kit. Things you should have handy in your first aid kits for horses: bute (horse aspirin), Swat or first aid cream (I like diaper rash cream, it really sticks), Banimine to relax the horse when in a colic situation, but always check with vet first. Peroxide, awesome stuff I get the spray bottle, this will kill the germs right up. Note only use peroxide the first few days of injury unless infected, peroxide can be rough on the healing after it is clean. One thing I keep at home is a couple of baby diapers, they are great for leg wounds. I take a couple diapers, fill them with water, freeze them, if you have an injury/sprain you have an easy way to apply cold to the area, wrap with vet wrap. There are so many things to have in
your first aid kit, I could write a full page. These are just a couple things to keep handy especially if you trail ride and camp. Little things I keep in my saddle bag, a little first aid kit with ibuprofen, band aids, Benadryl liquid caps and cream (great for bee stings or allergic reactions), Bio Freeze, maxi pads (great for injuries) vet wrap and gauze along with first aid tape. I keep zip ties (great to fix a broken bridle on the trail), hand held saw, hand warmers, tube socks (many uses, to wear, or to tie something) again so many things we can carry in our saddle bags. I hope this has helped you think of some things to add to your kits and saddle bags. Fall is coming meaning riding season, but also hunting season. Watch the schedules, wear your hunter orange. I put Christmas bells on my horse so they hear me on the trail! The photos are from September. We will be doing a fun show on Sept. 18, I will post those photos next issue. Photo one: Our camp out Labor day weekend, right to left, Diana Spencer, Casyn Lamb, Susan Lamb, Marybeth Norton, Makayla Krazl, Sherri Krazl, and ‘Z’ man Zack. Photo two: Honor guard with member Marybeth Norton. Photo three: Cemetery Circle Solidago trail, Marybeth Norton, Susan Lamb, Casyn Lamb Zack and Makayla Krazl, Diana Spencer, Sherri Krazl. Our Labor Day campout we decided to do a lot of campfire cooking with kebabs, and campfire stew, along with breakfast of bacon and eggs. Nothing better than having an ole fashion cast iron pan on the fire cooking your meal. Go to our Facebook page to see all the amazing food we ate that weekend. The horse flies were a little bit annoying, but I think they will be going away soon with these cooler nights. I hope you are having some wonderful rides with wonderful people, I know I am! We have an amazing group. I am so thrilled to have these wonderful folks in my life. Have an amazing fall, take a kid riding and see the future! ~Susan (Sue) Lamb COLUMBIANA I believe autumn is my favorite time of the year to ride. The cool weather will be welcome this year for sure along with
some dry weather. The leaves are starting to change colors and fall to the ground. Those darn ground hornets have been making their underground nests. As a precaution this year we have small rocks painted orange at the bulletin board for riders to slip into their saddlebags. If you run into any bees please safely toss a rock near the nest so we can find and destroy them and others can avoid that area. Remember to report where you found them. Our Fallen Members Memorial dedication was a very special day. It is an honor to celebrate those horsemen who made the effort to save and improve our camp and trails at Beaver Creek State Park. This particular area of Columbiana County is rich in history from Sandy Beaver Canal era. We’re so thankful to be able to enjoy these trails as we ride along the tow paths past the remains of the old locks and house foundations because of those founding members. The Halloween Event is set for Oct. 16. Casey Ramey, as chairwoman, has a full day of fun planned. The morning starts with cookie decorating and relay races for the youngsters. At 10 a.m. those who wish to ride will have time to hit the trails for a few hours. At 3 p.m. the costume contests will begin with four age groups. Potluck will be held at 5 p.m. Tom Moore will again slow cook the meat all day. He has always done a great job for us. Chinese Auction at 6:30 along with the 50/50, camp site judging at 7 p.m. followed by trick or treat. We will happily accept donations for the Chinese auction from anyone who wishes to donate. This will be our first attempt to add to our treasury since 2019 due to the Corona mandates. Please remember all monies donated remain in this park for the horsemen. Hope to see you soon. Ride safe and have fun. ~Sally Stamp COSHOCTON Howdy from Coshocton. I hope you all are doing well and have been out on the trails with your equine enjoying this beautiful weather. We certainly had a run of hot temperatures, but today as I write this we had a beautiful day of mid 60s. We did have a run in with bees at Mohican, but other than that it was a great day. We had our annual hog roast on October 2021
Club ride at Mohican.
Blue boy Sept. 18. We had been mowing the trails, weed eating some parts of the trails as well as cutting down trees off the paths. We can always use more help as very few members participate in trail maintenance. We had the auction following the meal. The pressure washer valued over $200 was our gift to buy chances for. There were T-shirts to purchase and a 50/50 raffle. ~Gigi DELAWARE Happy October OHC friends! I have always felt that October is prime horseback riding weather. I hope Mother Nature cooperates with us to ensure lots of pleasant rides this month. As of the writing of this article, our chapter’s September event, ‘Autumn at Alum-Trail Ride and Campout’ Sept. 10-12 had not yet occurred. I plan to include highlights from this event in next month’s issue. October 2021
Cathy Foster and Rosie at show, 2021. Chapter members, Bob Sweeney and his daughter, Kathy Sweeney-Kerr hosted our second annual ‘Trail Obstacle Fun Day’ at Bob’s farm in Hilliard, Ohio, the last Saturday in August. It was truly a fun-filled day! Kathy and Bob created an array of interesting and challenging arena obstacles that could be navigated while riding or leading your equine partner. The group enjoyed pleasant weather, camaraderie, and a furnished lunch, to boot! Thank you to Bob and Kathy for all their work and hosting this fun event. In addition, a special thank you goes to member and trainer, Dan Chambers, for sharing his knowledge and expertise helping some riders and their horses overcome their hesitancy with some of the obstacles, aka Prada! Mark your calendars to attend our chapter’s Mohican Memorial Forest Trail Ride and Campout scheduled for Oct. 15-17. Space is still available to camp and reservations are required. Please contact Theresa Burke, 614/3297453, if you are interested in camping. Of course, day riders are always welcome. Whether you plan to day ride or stay the weekend, please let Theresa know for ‘head count’ purposes. Plans are underway for a Saturday evening potluck and social around the campfire. This month’s chapter meeting, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1, will be led by vice president Kathy Kerr as Theresa will be attending the State ride at Hueston Woods. An important agenda item for this meeting will be to finalize arrangements for our Mohican campout as well as compiling a list of nominations for our 2022 chapter officers. Be thinking about who you would like to have serve as your next year’s chapter officers. Nominations will be accepted through and up to our election slated for our Nov. 5 meeting. Please feel free to contact any of your current
Emily and Sierra through the noodle curtain.
Molly Kerr riding through the tunnel, 2021. officers for details regarding the responsibilities of each position. Looking ahead, we remain ever hopeful that we will be able to return to our traditional meeting location, the Tri Township fire station, as cold weather and winter return. The current COVID-19 recommendations at the time will serve as our guide. Currently, we have tentatively scheduled Mr. Paul Clay, our local area historian, to be our special guest speaker at our Nov. 5 meeting. Paul will share with us his treasure-trove of vintage photographs, childhood recollections and other archival information of what Alum Creek, Kilbourne, and other neighboring villages looked like long before the dam and reservoir existed. Do not forget that guests are always welcome at our meetings. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our Mohican campout and ride! Happy Trails! ~Theresa Burke ERIE Greetings from Erie County! Great riding weather is here. The crew has been working hard to finish the Thornapple trail. However, the rains halted us for a while, so work was diverted to the Mason Road project. Eight poles were put in to hold the high lines, now to get the line strung and the base prepared. It is really getting nice up there. Barkcamp State Park was the scheduled ride for the first weekend in August. We sure had fun getting there when we missed the exit and ran
Storm into a torrential thunderstorm. We pulled into camp a little later than expected but was glad we made It. I was sure glad my husband was driving. Barkcamp is a great park with well kept trails and electric. This weekend Beth had her maiden voyage with her new trailer. It was definitely worth the wait. It is beautiful, and Moe loves his fan in the back. It truly turned out to be a great weekend. We met new friends from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We had great cookouts and potlucks every night, rode horses and spent time with new friends and old. What a great way to spend our anniversary. Happy anniversary, Hayes. The next club campout was at Edison Woods Metro Park. We had a great turnout! Lynn had her maiden voyage with her new smaller trailer. It is beautiful also, and easier to park than her big trailer. Reports of downed trees on the trails had Tim and Richard coming to the rescue after the potluck. We have had some crazy storms lately. Camping under a full moon is always fun, but this time it was a blue moon. Extra full moons are always appreciated. The full moon caught Nugget and Midnight cruising around in the middle of the night after they escaped off the high lines. They 61
County Lines didn’t go far though, after all who wants to leave their friends. Edison Woods is such a great park for trail riding. Experienced horseman to beginners have a good time riding there. Trails are very well marked, diverse terrain and scenery will delight every age. This was a great weekend for Storm to begin his new life as a trail horse! We have watched his progress as he learned the ways of the trail. Now after all the years of hard work, Storm proudly carried his best friend through the woods. The end of August two of our members, Lynn and Colleen, went to the famous Red Rock ride in Utah! I can’t wait to hear the details. I have seen some videos. All I can say is breathtaking! While they were gone some of us went to Oak Openings, camping out at Reed Road Wranglers Camp. It was a wonderful weekend with new friends and old. We are truly blessed! Life is better on the trail! FULTON Fall is here! Yahoo! Between the spring rain and the summer heat, so many events were cancelled or postponed that my head is still spinning. After taking a break during the hottest part of the summer, camping trips resume. We have members camping at Mohican, Big Elk Lick, Van Buren and Hoosier Horse Camp in September and October. Other activities that some members are participating in include the Harry Hughes Ride-A-Thon in Swanton and the National Drive in Indiana in October, as well as cow camp, county fairs and horse shows
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FCOHC champions of the cow patty fling: Tim, Claire, Roy.
FCOHC champions of the horse apple bucket toss: Larry, Tammy, Brian near and far. We’re looking forward to our poker run held in conjunction with the ride-a-thon on Oct. 3. Mark your calendars, our Fat Saturday Ride is on Nov. 27, and our Christmas party is Dec. 3. The Cowboy Tack Swap and shopping and live auction at the WB Ranch are Dec. 5. We had great weather for our August camping weekend at Reed Road Wranglers Camp, which included trail cleanup and trimming in Oak Openings, our chili cook off and potluck, and Jack’s Olympic games. Polly Alvarez was the grand champion chili chef while Connie Bauer and Robin Hawkins rounded out the top three. In Jack’s Olympic games, hand-crafted gold medals were awarded to Tammy Royer and Claire Sutton (in horse apple bucket toss and cow patty fling), silver to Brian Lang and Roy Alvarez, and bronze to Larry Howell and Tim Line. To everyone’s amazement but no one’s surprise, Connie won for the best red, white and blue. This year a group of us tried camping at three places we’d never been to, Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Michigan, Salamonie Lake Recreation Area in Indiana and Caesar Creek State Park in Ohio. Each trip was wonderful, the campgrounds and trails were amazing and we had great rides. Since then, Caesar Creek was hit by a storm that resulted in trail damage and Pontiac Lake was hit by a
tornado that devastated trails and the equestrian campground. I have pictures of what is was like just three months earlier and I’ve seen pictures and video of the damage; it is unbelievable! Now that I have given much thought to it, I am in awe of the horsemen’s groups and volunteers who not only maintain and work to improve the trails for all of us to ride, but also respond in times of need. I will never take for granted the trails that we ride or the campgrounds that we use. I am grateful for all of them, the facilities, the trails, and the volunteers as well as DNR and park staff. I am sure my fellow campers and riders are grateful as well! As always, you can keep up with us on our website, www.fcohc. com and our Facebook page and group. Our meetings are the first Monday of the month and are currently held at Bunker’s Bar and Grill in Holland at 7 p.m. All members, potential members and guests are welcome. We meet in a huge banquet room and the food is good if you care to eat. As Winston Churchill said, “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” Be well, be safe and happy trails! GALLIA Gallia County held the annual Shriners Ride on Sept. 18 at OO McIntyre Park. Then Sept. 25 was the annual St. Jude ride at the Dill Farm in Rutland, Ohio. There also was a dinner of pig and beans afterwards. Our next meeting will be Oct. 12 at Bob Evans in Rio Grande, Ohio, at 5:30 p.m. Happy Trails from Gallia. ~Sherri GREENE Hello all! I don’t have much news this month. I wasn’t able to attend the August meeting, as I was putting on the endurance ride I host every August. (And to be honest, if I hadn’t been there I’d have been at JD Legends at a concert.) I do know I get frequent updates from Jerry and Dave on the work they do at Caesar Ford. They were able to enlist the help of some tree professionals to get rid of a few really nasty trees on the trails. I’ll include a few photos of before and after on one of those projects. Thanks to everyone for all of their work. Mother Nature
Greene County OHC has certainly kept trail crews busy this year. Remember that November is election month. Feel free to volunteer if you’d like to hold office. We have a fairly small, easy club to deal with but more help is always a good thing. I’m open to any news and/or photos from anyone in the club. I know we have more members than the five to ten I mention each month. Please send news or photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. ~Mickie GUERNSEY Come join us for our annual Guernsey County OHC Poker Run Saturday, Oct. 9. The event is rain or shine, as there will be tents up. Sign-up starts at 8 a.m. First horse out at 9 a.m and last horse out at 11 a.m. All horses are to be in by 3 p.m. It is a $15 donation for adult and youth. All the money raised is put back into the trails at Salt Fork, when you support our Poker Run, you help us do that! There will be an auction and we will have T-shirts for sale. Darla, my wife, Ben my horse, and Paco and Teddy, our two dogs went to Derby, Ind., to ride in the Hoosier National Forest last weekend. The ride was a twofold event. We also went to see Mike Simmons of Dirt Perfect. You can see Mike and his many excavating projects on YouTube, under the name: Dirt Perfect. Meeting Mike was one of my bucket list items. Mike and his October 2021
County Lines employees were the highlight of the trip. They were very gracious to us and showed us around, plus I got an autographed T-shirt! As for the ride, it was horrible! I call it, ‘The Zombie Apocalypse of Horse Flies!’ I’ve been riding 26 years and I’ve never seen that many horse flies! I met another rider there by the name of Dennis, who rode a mule. He knew the trails and therefore he led the way on our ride. From the time we left camp, I never had my hat on again! I was constantly knocking horse flies off Ben. Dennis wore a charcoal grey T-shirt and I know he killed 30 horse flies on himself and another 30 or so on his mule, Henry. I on the other hand wore my worldfamous farmer uniform, a white T-shirt. Not one-horse fly landed on me the entire ride. Dennis was going to burn his charcoal grey T-shirt when he got home. I’ve concluded they need to make the fly sheets, that go on the horse’s rump, white! There were times when I’d look up at Dennis, that he and his mule were in a total swarm of horse flies, just like if he’d have fallen in a yellow jackets nest! When we got halfway around the trail, at an intersection, Dennis turned to me and said, “What do you want to do, continue on or head back to camp?” I said, “Look at my horse, he’s soaking wet with sweat, from head to tail, and I know you can hear him breathing.” Dennis said, “Yes, I can. We’d better head back.” “For the sake of my 24-year-old horse, I think it’s best we do,” I replied. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times: when I was late swatting a horse fly off Ben’s rump, that he bucked trying to get rid of the pesky buggers! Good thing I stick to him like glue or I’d have been on the ground a time or two. Really, the trails at the German Ridge Recreational Area, are like riding the woods behind your house. There’s not much to see. The camp, though primitive, is fantastic. Tons of shade. Very neat and clean restrooms. And water at or near, every campsite. We intended to be on a seven-day horse vacation, but we packed up and headed home. I just wasn’t going to put my horse through that! If you go there, make sure you get a milkshake at the Derby Market. Trust me, it’s worth the price of admission, 888 miles October 2021
and $260 worth of fuel and $8 a night for camp. Not bad. On the way home we stopped at Lakota of Ohio and priced a new three-horse Charger. Who knows, there may be a new trailer in the making. Darla was in love at first sight. Remember to log those miles and hours worked! It really does matter. And, believe it or not, we’ve actually gone three weeks without a report of a tree down! Yippee! Hope to see you on the trail, ~Lee Randolph
HOCKING The summer has been going along nicely and then August hit. Not sure about you, but to me, the weather had been decent. Suddenly, it was hot! That didn’t stop our group from going full steam ahead for our 3rd Annual Cowboy Larry ride at Hocking Hills. Sadly, at the end of July a long time OHC member and friend, Gussie Anderson passed away. She was a key person who promoted the OHC and the Hocking Hills Horse trails. She was a lifetime member of the Hocking County OHC chapter. The club decided to invite her family to our annual ride and present a gift to them in her memory. The weekend was dedicated to Gussie and there were many stories that went around the campfire, complete with laughter, and perhaps a few tears. She will be greatly missed. Saturday was an organized ride led by Donna Shade, of The Vacation Vaquera. We had several riders attend whom had not been at Hocking before. Other riders went out in groups on their own. Saturday night was our potluck dinner. Afterwards we had an auction and 50/50 raffle drawing. The winner of the meat box was also announced. These events, which happen at our annual ride, is our club’s main fundraiser. It is always fun to see what things people get competitive about while bidding.
The Vacation Vaquera.
Gussie Anderson Occasionally there are deals made on the side. Rides that are upcoming for the club are Oct. 22-24. This will be our Trick or Treat Ride at Great Seal. Each person is responsible for reserving their own spot online. Our club is very family friendly and meet at the Home Tavern in Logan the third Sunday of every month at 7 p.m. Come in earlier for dinner and relaxed conversation prior to the meeting. Watch our Facebook page for more information about our club and upcoming events! ~Donna Shade HOLMES Hear ye, hear ye we’d like to bring special attention to members and member’s grandchildren that took part in the Holmes County Fair, Millersburg, Ohio, in August. As the saying goes, “Hard work pays off” and it’s proof! Member Jody Rohr entered her painting in the Home Arts/ Acrylic Painting and got a first place. Congratulations Jody! Her painting was a cowboy standing next to his saddled Paint Horse. Ricki Mast’s twin grandsons showed the following: Logan, first year member, got a 4th in his class with his rabbit and a 5th in his class with his turkey. Carson, second year member, got 10th in showmanship, 4th in class pen of three, and a 9th overall with his rabbits, and first in class, 5th in showmanship and 6th overall with his turkey. Great job boys! Shar Milner’s grandchildren showed the following: Jaime (youth member) showed a market
lamb and a market pig. She got Division 1 Grand Champion Market Hog, Market Steer (first year) and won 5th overall. Calab (youth member) showed a market goat and a market hog. Karden, took a market lamb and a market hog. Kace took a market hog and a market goat. He got a 5th overall with his goat. Alli, took a market hog, market lamb and a market steer (first year) She got a 4th overall and Jr. Grand Champion Showman! I think grandma’s house stayed hopping. I’m sure grandma was beaming with joy. Jaime and Alli Milner’s steers went on to the Beef Steer Carcass class. Jaime’s was Reserve Champion and Alli’s was third place. Way to go! Aaron and Amity Wise’s son Ethan (youth member) got 1st place Showmanship with his horse Bruiser and 2nd place in Western Pleasure and 3rd place in Horsemanship. On his life skill projects he received 95 percent on Magic of Electricity, 89 percent on Safe use of Guns and 83 percent on Basic Archery. Daughter Emily got 1st place Western Pleasure and 4th place in showmanship with her horse Dreamer. On her life skill projects she got 100 percent on her Veterinary Science—All Systems Go, 100 percent on the laundry project (mom says, ‘incentive for helping around the house’), 95 percent on Take a Break for Breakfast and a 93 percent on her Sew Fun project. Now that’s a lot of projects, it kept them busy this summer. Folks, this is our future generation, lots of hard work and time spent. I’m so proud of them. The weather was great for the Labor Day weekend, I hope you were all able to get out to ride. I’ve not gotten to ride this past month as I did last year. With the high temperatures and humidity my horse has been showing asthmatic symptoms. Now that the cooler temperatures have arrived, I hope we are on the upswing and will be able to get back on the trails. Happy Trails to you! ~Vickie Zook KNOX As we look forward to fall foliage, cooler temperatures, and less flies, we might wonder, where did the summer go? KCOHC has put a lot of miles on the books this year and yet, it seems we just 63
South Side Diner (relaxation).
Cindy Cossin at Thayer.
Paddle Creek. started recording 2021 mileage. On Labor Day weekend we have riders at Scioto and Paddle Creek. The following weekend we had presence at both the Fredericktown Tomato Show and the Delaware All Horse parades. There are several lesser known parks in Ohio that have few miles but are very important to individuals living close by. Three that come to mind are Thayer Ridge, Rocky Fork, and Slate Run, all being municipal parks. The reason I mention this is, I have worked at each, I see the local interest and feel OHC should show interest in smaller parks the same as we do for much larger ones. Personally, I only rode at Slate Run once as it only currently promotes two miles of trails. Rocky Fork has four miles of trails which I have ridden several times. What is surprising to me, having worked there on occasion, is the popularity that that little park gets. OHC recently received a request to aid in developing addition miles of trails at Slate Run. I did attend a meeting where both the park administration and 64
the local ranger were in favor of increasing the mileage. They just didn’t want to heavily increase their workers work load. What OHC needs these days, is some younger participants, thus we should concentrate on, “How to recruit new younger members.” While on the subject of trails, I want to thank all those OHC volunteers that do donate their time and effort to maintain the vast mileage of trails in Ohio. I just came from Thayer Ridge where a couple of fine ladies mowed, clipped, and sawed downed trees in order to keep existing trails there open. The Halloween Scavenger Hunt on horseback is Oct. 3 at Thayer Ridge hosted by KCOHC. Meet at the Event Parking Lot, 7700 Thayer Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. First rider out at 11 a.m. It is $15 per person; 20, 15, and 10 percent payback to first, second, and third place participants. Food and fun available. Check for flyer on Knox County OHC Facebook site. Our KCOHC schedule is fast winding down. October 15-17 we are riding at Tar Hallow. October 22-24 at Shawnee, Ohio. November 5-7 at Hocking. And that is the end of the 2021 schedule so saddle up and enjoy the ride. Come on over to Knox County where the gates are wide open, the grass is greener, the horses leaner, as we do ride them, and everyone is welcome. We meet the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Hopefully, we return to our normal meeting place at the Long Branch Pizza in Centerburg. Reporting for Knox County OHC, ~Terry L. Baker LAKE Our Lake County OHC members continue to ride our wonderful trails despite the heat and humidity of August. One such pleasant ride was in Observatory Park on its woodsy trail out of the sunlight. We ride from the Observatory Center past the NASA building back to the objects behind the center. Some of our members rode in the Geauga Parks Trail Challenge at West Woods. Others of our members volunteered to work the various stations along the Challenge trail. A few members helped in any manner they could. Our thanks to Dottie Drockton, who managed the trail challenge from early morning to late
Lake County OHC afternoon. Sue Lundstrom was there with her, helping any way possible. Fran and Cheryl tallied right to the end. It was a long day ladies, but worth it. Rosemary Morgan from Lake OHC won the Trail Challenge in the Senior division; Josie Cooper won the Junior division. The Lake County Regional Ride was the next day. Rosemary was right there at Girdled Road, riding with Jennifer Salo from Geauga OHC. After completing their rides, the riders and volunteers enjoyed pizza, fruit salad, garden salad and watermelon balls for lunch. The Great Geauga County Fair was mentioned and the exhibit that the Geauga OHC was planning was discussed. The display concerns camping with your horse. Some members decided to attend the team penning and Cowboy Challenge offered at the fair. We all hope to keep riding and enjoying our steeds. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong. ~Rayneen Tisovic
Good friends, food, and horses. God is great and life is good. Pack it in, pack it out. The same applies to the trails. Let’s pitch in to keep them clean and our furry friends safe. If you are interested in our group, contact our president, James Maynard at jmaynard38@ live.com or our vice president, Jim Crowe at Lawrenceohc@ yahoo.com. Happy trails! ~Betty LOGAN
The Logan County OHC had two volunteers that helped The Central Ohio Wagoneer’s Group, Larry Howell and Keith Roberts. They rode out back two long days, Aug. 5 and 6, all around Logan County and up to and through Bellefontaine. Big thanks to them for volunteering for that job.
Greetings from Lawrence County. Fall is coming fast and the leaves will soon grace our trails with beautiful colors. Our group had a picnic Labor Day weekend at Paddle Creek Horse Camp at Lake Vesuvius. It was a beautiful weekend. Cleanup and maintenance at the horse camp is always an on going thing. Lots of people want to camp, ride and even hunt. It is a free camping area primarily maintained by our chapter of OHC. We ask that non-members and non-horse people help by leaving your campsite as clean as you found it.
Logan County OHC
Logan County OHC On Aug. 15 we had our annual OHC kayak trip down the Mad River. We had 10 members and a few guests that made this trip. The members were Teri Eslass, Becky Porter, Cynthia Orr, Lynette Rostorfer and David Fulkner. It was a fun trip and we ate lunch at the Red Barn afterwards, we never had to rent a kayak this year. I hope you are finding ways to beat the heat, it’s been hot the last couple weeks. I am so happy fall has arrived. ~Cynthia Orr LORAIN Yahoo, horse friends! Autumn is upon us with all its spectacular color and cooler weather; a welcome change from the sweltering heat of the summer. On that note, we have some really great rides coming up this month so hopefully you will be joining us for at least one. Harrison Trailers is our calendar sponsor this month. They carry Featherlite, Exiss, Sooner and Elite new trailers for both day riding and overnight camping. They also carry used trailers and accept trade-ins if you are looking to upgrade. In addition, they carry new and used trucks for trailering. Harrison Trailers is located in Wellington in Lorain County. You can visit them on the Internet at www. harrisontrailers.com. In August, six members traveled to Indiana and stayed at Midwest Trail Ride RV Campground. They rode at beautiful Hoosier National Forest. Jim shared that although a bit hot in the campground, the forest was cooler, making it a pleasurable experience. A group of approximately 10 riders went to Big Elk Lick Horse camp in Elk State Forest with many spending a good part of a week exploring all that these trails have to offer, although the heat and humidity continued. One elk could be seen in the distance, hopefully when we head back this October we will have more sightings. October 2021
Trail maintenance sign in-Jim giving directions to the team. Our Charlemont Trail maintenance work party campout had several members come to do the grunt work, in spite of the heat and humidity. One hardy soul, Bob, actually camped. Three of us rode the trails a week later and admired the fantastic shape the trails were in. I would like to applaud all who offered their time and effort, especially with the hot working conditions they had to endure. Thank you trail maintenance work team! The Quarter Horse Congress continues to run through Oct. 24 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbus. You can find all the details on their website if you are interested in attending. October 1-3, we have an overnight campout at Beaver Creek. Some are planning to venture to Big Elk Lick Horse Camp in Pennsylvania all or part of Oct. 3-10, some for round two! There will be a planning meeting at Wellington Reservation Visitors Center on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. to plan the 2022 LCOHC calendar of events. All are welcome to attend. If unable to attend, certainly feel free to share your ideas for next year with an officer or other council member who plans to attend. Our annual October ride at Hocking Hills will be Oct. 15-17. We will be staying at Pine Creek, located in South Bloomingville, Ohio. Jim Wallace is the contact for this ride. One tip I’d like to share—secure your phone well because phone service is spotty in the area. If you lose your phone it may be hard to recoup, unless you have the good fortune of someone finding it and are in an area where there is service so that your tracking device works and leads you to your phone. Just ask Jim! A true story of horsemen helping horsemen, once again!
Terry at Midwest Trail ride.
Raydeen and Peanut.
Please plan to attend our membership meeting at Wellington Reservation on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. We will hold our annual election of officers for 2022. On Saturday, Oct. 23, plan to ride at Brecksville Reservation for an 11 a.m. ride. The Brecksville day ride contact person is Wendy Gilliund. Saturday, Oct. 30 we will dress up for our Halloween Ride and ride out at 11 a.m. at Carlisle. Please note, Jim Wallace shared that the two weekends prior to Halloween, the Carlisle Equestrian Center parking area will be closed for riders starting at 1 p.m. as the park will be featuring a Halloween event. ~Kathy Duncan
Cuyahoga Falls, on the east side of the road, just south of Wetmore Road and north of Northampton Road, Coordinates 41.210820n, 81.557021w. Look for the horse crossing sign and two posts at the opening to the field. If the weather is not good, we will send out the new location via email blast. Here I think a big ‘Thank You’ is in order. Kathy Schmidt is doing a great job creating our newsletter and sending out timely reminders for meetings, rides and other important information. One of our charter members she really keeps us all informed! Speaking of rides, we still have a few left in our schedule. October 1-3 we will be exploring the trails at Hocking Hills. Malabar Farms the weekend of Oct. 1517. If that’s not enough for you, on Oct. 30 Molly will be riding Edison Woods in Erie County. This may be a camp weekend as well if weather permits. Contact Molly Eastwood at 330/6030820 or mollyeastwood@aol. com if you are coming to any of these rides for more information. Want just a day ride? We got ‘em! Join Barb Vega on Tuesday, Oct. 12 when she will be riding in the valley, beginning at the covered bridge. Contact her at 216/702-1224 or grr8ridinranch@yahoo if you are coming. Thanks again go out to these ride leaders. They are indeed horsewomen helping horse people! Only two work sessions left this year; Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 (weather permitting). Our trail committee works closely with our park personnel and despite some heavy rains and wind, have really kept the trails in great condition. Our thanks go out to Jeff and Kristen from the CVNP staff and Matt and Elise who are doing a fabulous job as a part of the Dalton Family Foundation. Join us at 9 a.m. on
MEDINA We continue to luck out with good weather for our monthly meetings at Robinson Field. There was a nice group of 14 members on Sept. 1. The great thing about this location is that we can do a bit of trail riding and then bring our horse to the meeting. Three cheers for our president, Raydeen Ryden who is finally out of her foot boot and over her last injury. And she has a new horse! We were introduced to Peanut and wish her and Raydeen many happy trails. Amy O’Neil and Ford also dropped in. We also welcomed Karen Pressler, a new member who is looking for riding buddies. Another of our services here at Medina OHC is getting people out on the trails. Meetings are a good place to meet other folks who like to ride and are looking for trail companions. Our next meeting is Oct. 6 and we hope to have a last outdoor meeting in the crisp fall air. Please join us (weather permitting). Robinson Field is at 4831 Akron Peninsula Road,
County Lines these days. Meeting location will be available by one of our email blasts or contacting one of our trail masters. Contact either Greg Monsanty (blackhorsebridge@ aol.com or 330/658-3063) or Raydeen Ryden (email@example.com or 334/663-7361) for information. There’s no place like down in the valley! ~Rosemary
Fun times at the Farm Fest.
MEIGS Meigs Chapter members have been enjoying trails, fun shows, and spending time with friends. The Make a Wish pony, Tex, was donated back to the Meigs Chapter to be auctioned since the children at his new home were not interested in learning to ride. Tex was auctioned off before the Fun Show on Aug. 14, raising an additional $1300 for Make a Wish. There were familiar and new faces as well at the Fun Show. Lexie Bevins rode Tex for the Fun Show and everyone had a great time. Enjoy every minute you are with your friends, family and horses! ~Tonya
Meigs County OHC MONTGOMERY Wow! Where did the summer go? I am not complaining, mind you. Fall is my favorite time of the year to ride, the cooler temps, less flies and beautiful foliage. I love the rustle, rustle of the fallen leaves as the horses walk along. At our September meeting we had an experienced saddle fitter, Michelle Richardson, as our guest speaker. Michelle is a master certified saddle fitter by the MSA (Master Saddler’s Association) in both English and western saddles, as well as an accredited bit fitter. She founded the Happy Equine in 2013, with focus of finding saddles that fit both the horse and rider, no 66
I send a big thank you to Taronna for putting out our club newsletter. It really is useful to keep us all up to date on club happenings. On that note, I am open to any news and/or photos from anyone in the club. Please send them my way. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you all stay well and get in many rides before winter (ugh) arrives. Until next month, ~Jilleroo Karen R-E MORROW
Cindy got to take a spin in a beautifully restored antique Model T.
J.J and an amazing antique steam powered tractor. matter your budget or level of riding. Her philosophy is the horse comes first when it comes to choosing the best equipment for your ride. In addition to saddle and bit fitting, Michelle enjoys teaching educational clinics on proper fit and how to evaluate your own tack. Thank you Karen S. for organizing this. On Sept. 11, Cindy B., Della, Paulette and I attended the Farm Fest held at the Experimental Farm at Sycamore State Park. The Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation hosted the fest. There were many interesting things to see, including antique and modern farm equipment, farm animals, a farmer’s market, sheep shearing demos, hay rides, yummy food and even two live bands. J.J. and I brought our Gypsy gelding, Shandy, Della brought her handsome, flea bitten gray gelding, Ranger and Paulette brought her lovely black and white mare, Calypso. The horses were well admired and loved on. We also brought two little Kunuekune piglets. The small kids really enjoyed the piggies, giving them lots of scratches and pats through the cage. It really was a nice day and the fest had a steady stream of people. I recommend checking it out next year!
Greetings from the Morrow County OHC chapter where the effect of summer is progressing into signs of fall. Some bird species have finished using bird houses to rear young for the year while the Orioles, plus some other species have retreated south for the winter. The Canada goose ‘ugly duckling goslings’ now gracefully fly with their parents, while juvenal racoons/ possums/skunks/deer/foxes are occasionally sighted where the horses graze. The torment of horse flies and other insects are still present, but their days are numbered. Chapter members have done some limited group riding on the trails at Mount Gilead State Park (MGSP) where excessive vegetation growth was obstructing parts of the trails. Floyd, Drew Ann, and Frank did multiple days of trimming work to clear the obstructions with more work to be completed. The MGSP administration has approved our chapter establishing/developing additional equine trails which is on our fall agenda. The trails are day use only, but picnic facilities plus picket lines are adjacent to the staging area off the US Route 42 entrance. President Floyd’s new mule did very well on the MGSP trail ride and also on a subsequent outing at Mohican State Forest (MSF). Byron and Sherill also rode MSF trails while health issues have restricted riding for other members of our small chapter. Some members participated in the Delaware All Horse Parade with the traditional post-parade OHC Tail Gate Party arranged by Knox OHC after being started and hosted by our chapter for many years. After the pandemic forced cancelations, the fall state OHC meeting is scheduled to resume as an in-person November session. Some members plan to attend the meeting, which is being
hosted by the Central Region. Our chapter has volunteered to provide refreshment desserts for the meeting so our culinary skills will be put to the test. With many years of membership by this writer, it will be enjoyable to resume conducting face-toface OHC advancement of the ‘Horseman Helping Horseman’ motto in the presence of so many dedicated Ohio equine persons. Regular monthly chapter meetings have resumed for several months of 2021 at the Mount Gilead Library Annex starting at 7 p.m., the second Wednesday of the month. 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 promise of glorious fall weather becomes a reality. Therefore, until next month I wish you happy trails. Also, stay safe in the saddle/on your horse if you do have an opportunity to ride before the next report and I hope to see some readers on the trail soon. ~DOC PERRY “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Those first words of Lincoln’s infamous speech came to life for a group of eight Perry members who traveled to the historic town of Gettysburg, Pa., in late August. We started the bucket list trip in Benezette, Pa., to ride in the Allegheny Mountains and hopefully see elk in the forest. The drive was beautiful in the mountains. We stayed at the Big Elk Lick and I can’t say enough about the hospitality of the campground owners, Rick and Candy. They are fabulous and it’s a great place to stay. Being the over-zealous member of the group, I was anxious to see an elk and spotted one on the first ride within about 10 minutes from camp. I could see the antlers and the reddish brown body as I led the group closer. Closer, until I discovered my elk was a large tree stump with branches. Dang, now I’m famous for finding Stumpy the Elk! Oh well, we continued to look but never saw elk on the trail, but we did get a glimpse of one at October 2021
County Lines We meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Top Hat in Junction City, 6 p.m. to eat and 7 to meet. Happy Trails! ~Marianne PIKE
Gettysburg monuments. Riding the Gettysburg battlefield.
Kathy Campbell in Benezette. a nearby viewing area where we drove while sight-seeing. We rode into the town of Benezette and enjoyed crossing the river a number of times. Trails were great and I hope to go back. Everyone took home shirts from Candy’s little shop. The only downside was no Internet but I think we were better off for it and you were able to pick up signal at the office. Onto Gettysburg we went, enjoying another scenic drive. Gettysburg did not disappoint nor did the Artillery Campground where we stayed. Large stalls and full hookup was really nice, but boy was it hot. We rode the battlefield twice, the second time connecting with a local historian/guide who met us at various points of interest on the trail. Among all the information we learned I remember there are over 1600 monuments that mark everything from where a certain general camped to where the armies gathered, both right and left flanks, and sadly how short a life span a horse had during battle, as well as how many were killed, as were the thousands of soldiers. I’m glad they’ve been able to preserve the history in Gettysburg given how many statutes have been torn down in the recent turmoil. The fencing style in the photo was called Virginia worm fencing used back in the 1800s to keep free range animals out of crops. Pretty effective I’d say. The town of Gettysburg was so charming, though another guide October 2021
did say a lot of the homes were replicated as they were heavily damaged in the war which raged for three days, July 1-3, 1863 and was the bloodiest battle with more than 50,000 casualties. We toured the national cemetery and saw the monument that marked where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg address. Very moving experience. For a little fun, we partook in a ‘ghost’ tour that was supposed to be in the cemetery. We basically walked the streets for about an hour and a half and listened to a story teller. Nonetheless, it was fun and interesting listening to the folklore. In August we had another group of members who attended the Hocking club’s annual ride at Cowboy Larry’s. I saw many photos on Facebook and it looked like a really good time. Sadly, the dates conflicted with our Pennsylvania trip. Maybe next year. Brenda Lehman’s husband did win the raffle which was $150 in meat or cash. I’m sure I’ll be seeing some new blingy halters and hay bags when I see her next. Now onto actual club news. We had staffers from Wayne National come to our September meeting. We wanted to have a meeting of the minds regarding the trail system at Stone Church and how it can be properly maintained and the illegal users driven out who are tearing up these trails. We also had a work day there in September. Our annual Soup Ride at Dillon is the first weekend of October and will be over by the time this hits the press. We’ve made a few changes to include adding a tack swap in addition to our funfilled auction and we’re going to include club provided hot dogs with the soup and other dishes. Plans are still in the making for our after Christmas party in January. Details forthcoming. If you’re looking for a fun-filled group to horse around with, come join us at the next meeting.
Summer on the Pike Forest trails has been a little difficult because of the heat. I have only ridden 15 miles this month. I just couldn’t face the humidity and bees. Maybe some of you have also had problems with broken, dry hooves, and shoes that wouldn’t stay on. I even reset shoes after only four weeks. That helped some, but only now at the first of September are the hooves on the mend. If you are riding in our area, keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife and three head of cattle. A neighbor had the bad luck of an open gate, and those critters made a break. They probably won’t come home soon. There are too many sweet grassy areas and plenty of water. When the riding gets slow, there is still great fun at our meetings. You can’t beat the food and all of the games we play are hilarious. All is followed by stories around the campfire, even when the evening air is 85 degrees. See you on the trails. ~Debby Sears PREBLE Wow, I cannot believe that I am writing for the October issue of Corral! Where has this year gone? As you may know we hold our State Ride on the first weekend in October, fortunately this year we’re holding it again, but with no restrictions. I want to thank everyone who came and participated and also thank those who donated items for our Chinese auction. Preble OHC will hold their November meeting on the first Saturday in November, we’ll have election of officers during that meeting. I encourage everyone to take the time to rejoin or join our chapter for the 2022 year which is fast approaching, thank you in advance! As more folks are getting vaccinated, things will be getting to a better place. We want to invite all horseback riders to come and enjoy the trails and campground at Hueston Woods State Park. We have been working on keeping the trails clear of fallen trees and making sure that they stay safe for all to enjoy.
John, Dennis, Donn and I have worked on clearing trees on the trails. We have also been doing work over on C trail diverting trails away from muddy spots to higher ground, markings on trees with orange rectangles, white arrows or blue arrows showing the way around those muddy areas. We will be doing some work on C trail with the grant money we received from State OHC. This is a matching grant so the $2,000 we received our chapter will have to match. There are the switch backs on Blue trail and the switch back at the lagoon across from the lodge is another spot we have to get fixed so it is safer for riders and horses. If you have some spare time and want to help improve the trails, give Donn a shout or text at 937/417-4358 or email, email@example.com. Thank you in advance! We have ordered gravel for the C trail project and Donn and Dennis are working with a gentleman who hopefully will be able to help us with the equipment part of the project. As well the Hueston Woods DNR is helping out all that they can. Keeping our fingers crossed, getting gravel back to where we need it on C trail is a huge undertaking. We want to take a moment and thank those who are volunteering their time to help out with any and all projects. With many we can accomplish so much more, as this helps all keep the trails rideable and fun. We are seeing more riders coming back after we repaired the trails so they are not so muddy and unbearable to ride. This gives us hope that with the more folks who come camp and ride the trails, the state will continue to look at our repairs as positive way of how effective our repairs have been for Hueston Woods Bridle trails and campground. Enjoy the fall weather and the dry trails. Remember to bring your cans and bottles out that you take in when riding trails! Help us keep greener and cleaner bridle trails! ~Becky SANDUSKY Hello, fall horse family and friends! October is upon us leaving a crisp feeling in the air and ponies that are starting to get fuzzy. These are some of the best riding days for sure! I don’t like what it brings, that nasty word, winter, but it is what it is and we might as well make the best of it. 67
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This is my favorite time of the year to ride. In October we have the cooler days and nights and the beautiful fall colors. It’s so enjoyable to be out in nature with your horse. Several chapters have some very interesting rides planned this year so I hope you are able to join in and have fun. Take care and stay safe. Until next time, happy trails to you! ~Jo Ellen
Hello from Trumbull County and happy autumn riding! Wow! October already! We hope you had a wonderful summer of riding and have more planned for the autumn cooler temperatures. It sure was good to see so many riders back on the trails; I am certain the trail mile reports will be better than last year! Our chapter members have been riding in many new locations this year; I am looking forward to the tabulations to see where everyone went! Trumbull County OHC lost a friend this summer with the passing of past president and long time member David Gibbs. Dave had been an avid trail rider for many years and an active member of the chapter. To his dismay, his illness hindered his riding abilities as well as his ability to participate in chapter events. His family honored his memory with a beautiful service in Mill Creek Park. Good ride Cowboy! Good ride! Enjoy the cooler temperatures, less insect invasions, the beautiful autumn colors and the bonds of friendship! ~Kathryn Bartow
Trail work—bridge troubled waters.
Fun times at Pleasant Hill. The club had a wonderful time at Pleasant Hill. It is a great place to camp, if you have family that doesn’t ride, it’s a good time for them as well since the campground has a lot to do. The trails are beautiful, most campsites and high lines have shade. There is a beach for swimming, kayak rentals, and activities on the weekend. They have a couple of new shower houses that are very nice and clean. You also can stop on the way back from a long ride at the ice cream store that has high lines and picnic tables for riders. It was a great treat. We had our maiden voyage in our new trailer and gave tours to everyone camping! Sorry for the short newsletter, there wasn’t much to report. With the heat keeping everyone from riding and my husband having kidney stones, we didn’t do much. Enjoy this cooler weather and stock up on hay for the winter. Our meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Brethren Church in Fremont. We meet usually for supper at 5:45 p.m. Visit our Facebook page under Sandusky County Horseman’s Council for up-to-date information. Also, check out the state web page: www.ohconline.com Give your shedding horse a pumpkin spice treat for the enjoyment they give us, life is good. ~Marla Sidell 68
Like almost everyone out there I’m still trying to figure out how the summer months went by so quickly. Word has it that this was the second wettest three months in quite a spell with almost 19” of precipitation. Despite all the liquid sunshine and lingering dew drops, it did not deter our riders from getting away for some special camping weekends at Beaver Creek, Pleasant Hill and Mohican. For those who camp, the hours on the trails can only be topped by kicking back around the camp fire later in the evening after a good meal. There are plenty of laughs and good hearted fun to be had by all. Several opportunities are still available to camp at Hocking Hills Oct. 1-3, Malabar Oct. 1517, and possibly Edison Woods Oct. 30 if you want to join in closing out the year. Meetings will continue at Richfield Heritage Preserve as weather allows. The late fall is always a great opportunity to meet outside to enjoy the breathtaking fall colors, crisp evening air and the fruits of the harvest, namely Ohio’s fine wines and all the bounty from everyone’s favorite pumpkin or zucchini patches. Join us and consider joining if you aren’t a member. Old or new faces, we would love to see you there. Marietta Tromp has been doing a fantastic job on keeping everyone updated on her monthly ‘Trail Report’ in our monthly newsletter. Keep up to date with all the latest improvements. Most of the work involves problem areas at Wetmore, Tabletop and Lange’s Run and the Valley Bridle Trail. All the heavy rains caused damages and required rework of bridges and footing in problem areas. Thanks to all the OHC volunteers and the Metro Parks for their continued work to
History lives in Ohio. keep our horse trails safe and in good order. If we are lucky enough, we might experience the ride of a lifetime; just ask Karen Beres about hers in Richland County. Like me, I’m sure many of you have been out on an especially remote trail and just stopped amid the isolation of tall trees blocking the sky, steep hills and ravines, or running streams. The only other sounds are those of your horse, birds, or wind in the branches. Is this what it was like to ride here 200+ years ago? Then like passing through portal in time, Karen saw for it herself. Six men hiked right out of history toward her. Five were dressed in colonial uniforms of homespun and tanned hides, wore felt hats, and carried muzzle loaders and leather canteens. The sixth was in Native American fur trimmed garb with red painted face markings and topknot. The group told her they enjoyed hiking historic trails and experiencing what it must have been like to serve our country during that time. Being sextant of Bath cemeteries, Karen told them about the Revolutionary War veterans buried in her area and they discussed some of the Ohio’s colonial history. What an experience! Were it not for capturing the moment in a picture, it might have been just a dream recalling a passage from J. F. Cooper’s novel, ‘The Last of the Mohicans’. So, who knows what awaits you when you venture out on Ohio trails again. ~Joann Ulichney
TUSCARAWAS Today, we would hesitate to purchase a promising horse, without a thorough veterinary check and a trial riding session to validate our emotional transaction. However, a naïve youngster, barely six years of age, completely trusted her father’s capabilities and decisions, as she stood in the midst of an entire herd of black and white ponies, trembling with excitement. This was the day. Which one should we choose. With his child’s innocence and sensitivity at stake, my Dad allowed me the final selection. To my astonishment, upon our home-coming, Buster lost a baby tooth that day, as he too was struggling to adapt to this transition. “Hop on, Holly and you and Buster will learn to ride together.” I am still able to conjure up the feel of his slick soft seat and warm breath, as I clung to his back with a fistful of mane in my hand. This is not the method I recommend for anyone. Somehow, three generations of horsemen, displaying fundamentally stubborn natures, and manifested as such, often October 2021
County Lines my mother conceded to allowing Buster to enter our screened in front porch, in safety, despite his bedraggled appearance. I failed to mention, that it was not Buster’s first indoor experience. Best friends share everything! Join us for our monthly dinner meeting, on the second Monday of each month. Contact Holly for information, 330/432-5164. We welcome new members! ~Holly Waldenmyer
Beautiful Sunday in Virginia.
Buster overcame numerous obstacles, and discovered an undeniable lifelong love of horses. The experts proclaim ponies are more difficult to handle, stubborn, ornery, mischievous and inconsistent. All may be true, but Buster was also endearing, versatile, willing, courageous and forgiving. When we tumbled to the ground, slipping on wet tar of a chip and sealed road surface, both scrambled to an upright position with remnants of tar on our hides. We continued home. Buster endured my ministrations, applying turpentine for removal, until the burning sensation increased to pain. Rounding the corner my father found me struggling to breathe, the wind knocked from my lungs, when the pony’s hind feet resounded, hindering my progress. I was aghast with fear for the agony I had created. Warm, soapy water soothed the enflamed and swollen skin. My trusting pony must have understood my behavior was not deliberate cruelty, just ignorance. I cherish the memories of a childhood full of horse related experiences, sharing the remains of the family’s dinner salad tossed in Italian dressing, or splitting my peanut butter and banana sandwich with my pal. We boldly swam in the lake, fighting the current and waves to retrieve a water ski dropped by a passing water skier. Once, during an unexpected thunder storm, October 2021
Happy Fall, everyone! Union County has been busy hitting the trails as much as possible in all the heat. Karen and Blue took a break from the hot weather and met friends down at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia to mark off number two on her bucket list. Weather in the Virginia mountains in August is pleasant with cool breezes and, temperatures in the mid-70s and cooler nights. Grayson is easy to get to albeit it was a seven-hour drive. The views are amazing, and they have several herds of wild ponies and longhorns. However, the trails can be challenging as it is very rocky in the high country. A camping trip to Salt Fork State Park at the end of August provided some more animal sightings of a different kind. Along the blue trail, which is Salt Fork’s wildlife area of the park, Karen saw a beautiful coyote trotting along on the trail towards them before it veered off into the forest. Later down the trail, she saw a bear. Karen was shocked as she had spent five days in Virginia riding at Grayson Highlands where obviously bears are abundant by the quantity of ‘Beware of the Bear’ signs posted and did not see a bear, but she had to come back to Ohio to see one. Unfortunately, their trip to Salt Fork was cut short due to the weather. Jim and Debbie Strayton have been hanging around home this
Susan at Alum Creek.
Wild pony grazing. past month nursing some horserelated aches and pains. New member, Susan has been getting the tour of Alum Creek State Park which she is very much enjoying. We cannot wait to show her more of the horse trails at the upcoming Autumn at Alum festivities as she hasn’t seen them all yet. I hope everyone is enjoying the more pleasant temperatures and racking up the miles. Until next time, Happy Trails. ~Karen Holland WARREN I believe I had said last month that I was curious to see how many hours we spent cleaning up from the storm in June. So I asked Paul Ayers, who keeps track of our work hours, and he said there were about 313 man hours and 690 or so heavy equipment hours! Just from one storm. It was mostly Warren County members, but we had much-appreciated help from Clinton County, possibly another chapter or two, and at least one Buckeye Trail member. Of course, trees keep falling so the work is ongoing, but that number of hours tells just how much damage there was. No word yet on when the creek trail will be fixed, but that’s a bit beyond our scope. I held my endurance ride in August, and received many compliments on the shape of the camp and trails. I think next year I’m going to put out a donation bucket. I always send a donation from the ride, of course, but it’s not as large as I’d like because it’s not a money-making event. The goal is to pay the bills and have a little seed money for next year, which luckily I did. Barely.
Warren County OHC Many thanks to Kris Green, Belinda Snell, Janet Burnett, and Judy Bowman for their trailmarking expertise for the event. No one got lost, the ribbons stayed up (well, mostly; Diane Colvin’s horse did try to eat one but we were able to replace that), and a good time was had by all. Thanks also to anyone who helped unmark the trails. I think as I write this, unmarking is done. All that remains is for me to catch up with people and get the ribbons back. I will be at the next few meeting, if anyone wants to hand them off. Not sure about Founders Day yet. Last month our very own Roger Pawsat was awarded the Gibby award. Congratulations, Roger, and well-deserved! I’ll include a photo from the presentation, taken by Catherine Estill, and another of Roger that was I believe taken by Kathleen Girgis, from the Green Up Day. The third photo is Joyce Grubb, showing off how stylish she and her horse look after unmarking trails (photo taken by Barb Pfantz). I’ll have photos of the trail markers next month. Remember that in October we’ll have a potluck, and in November we’ll be having elections at our usual meeting. ~Mickie WASHINGTON Howdy Partner! Washington County OHC members are happy 69
County Lines fall is here with cooler weather, beautiful rich color on the trees, and hopefully lots of trail riding! Our big club ride at East Fork Campground in Durbin, W.Va., was on Sept. 9-12 in the Monongahela National Forest with gorgeous fall foliage, beautiful rivers, and the scenic Cass Railroad. There were 16 members scheduled to attend the ride with great stories I am sure told around a campfire after a day in the saddle. What a great way to enjoy the company of other horse people after the past year of solitude! Our club had a few other events including the Wayne National Forest Public Land Days on Sept. 25. We had a group ride from 10-12, then grabbed a quick lunch before providing rides for any kids and adults young at heart who showed up from 1-3 p.m. This event has always been very enjoyable not only for the kids, but for us as well to see the smiles on their faces. Upcoming club rides include a ride at Hocking Hills starting at the State Horse Camp Day Ride area on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.. There is a ride at Kinderhook Horse Camp on Saturday, Oct. 23 starting at 11 a.m., and our final club ride will be at Strouds Run State Park on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. Remember November is when we have our election of officers. Please think about how you might be able to step up and serve our OHC group next year. As the saying goes, “It takes a village”. I hope everyone has an enjoyable time on the trails this fall, please be sure to keep track of those miles. We will be starting to collect mileage records before you know it. Happy trails to you all! ~Debbie Johnson WAYNE The dog days of summer are gone and the riding and camping could not have been better. Wayne County OHC members burned up the trails this past August and September. The ‘Mule Girls’ rode the first week of August. This is a loosely organized group of ladies who all share the love of the mule and get together for rides and camp outs. Please note that is not an organization of ‘loose ladies’, just a ‘loosely organized group’. Steve Wickersham is an honorary member of this group and rides with Marilyn Conley and her mules on a regular basis. The picture from Alum Creek says it 70
all. Charlotte Enders hosted a ride at Blue Rock Aug. 13-15 which six members attended. She reports it was hot with lighting storms, dangerous mud and big horse flies. Like all true horsemen, she followed up with assurances that it was balanced out by what a great time was had with great friends around the campfires. What started out to be camp out with 10 members from our club, with entertainment furnished by the Beaver Creek Horseman’s Association for Saturday night, turned out to be five members and one couple from the Beaver Creek Club. The trails were in great shape, especially since it had rained the three days before we arrived on Aug. 20. The river was five feet high and impassable on Thursday, but by Friday, it had subsided enough that we were able to ride the entire Orange Trail with all its river crossings with no problem. Thank goodness Jim and I met a couple of locals on the trail at lunch. Our navigational skill leaves a lot to be desired and had it not been for their directions we would probably still be out there riding! The camp itself has had significant improvements added. A new restroom and water source has been added and the high lines and entire camp were very well maintained. Janis and Tom Moore were the camp hosts and made us all feel right at home. It was also their wedding anniversary and we all enjoyed their cake and a potluck supper with their family. The hot weather and accompanying storms has made the Tuesday night rides rather challenging, several had to be cancelled. Elsie Zuercher was to host a grandparents ride at Pleasant Hill the last weekend of August, but cancelled and rescheduled for October because of the heat. Speaking of anniversaries, Elsie and Dave just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations! Tom and Hope Ashby are busy working on the Tough Enough To Wear Pink fundraiser. Hope is recovering nicely from her hip replacement and we look forward to seeing her and Tom on the trails and in camp soon. Jimmy McGuire is still recovering from his lung transplant. Your continued prayers are appreciated by Jimmy and Margie. The club has been busy working at Malabar and Mohican. A work day was held Aug. 10 at Malabar with nine adults and two children in attendance. There were lots of
Work day at Malabar.
snags. Doug was instrumental in acquiring the equipment we needed to add another cement tile to our rubber tire bridge and with his help, reconstructed the telephone pole crossing. That was quite a task! A big thanks to the trail crew that trudged out in the muddy areas to get the job done. Hancock County Chapter members were out in the heat painting and repairing some of the rusting campsite corral gates. A job well done, thank you. On Sept. 15-19, the New York ride was changed to Beaver Creek, the NW Regional ride was held at Van Buren State Park on Sept. 24-26. Looking ahead, our Annual Hobo Stew will take place Oct. 8-10, Great Seal the following weekend Oct.14-17. Weather permitting, many plan to go to Pine Creek Campground at Hocking Hills Oct. 27-31. I hope those who come to Van Buren State Park like it as much as we do. This heat will end soon, then is the season for ground bees! Stay on top! Happy Trails, ~Barb Oberhaus
Steve Wicketsham trees down that were blocking the trails and underlying brush that was cleaned up. The Yellow Trail at Mohican was blocked by trees after one storm. Trudy and Dave Schmidt cleared off eight trees and cleaned up brush with their ATV. At the camp grounds at Mohican, concrete has been poured for the new restroom at the front of the camp grounds. The Forest crew is doing the work themselves in addition to all their other work so progress has been slow, but we greatly appreciate their effort on this much needed replacement restroom. We are all looking forward to our fall rides and camp outs at Pine Creek and Salt Fork and hope you all feel free to join us if possible. Until then, happy trails to you and be safe. ~Susan Baker
Jon, Matt and Jim, with Doug working in the mud on Van Buren Trails.
Hancock County chapter members painting gates.
It has been miserably hot here in north western Ohio, but some of our members have been riding and going to the local fairs. At East Fork the weather took a nasty turn and stormed hard on us as well as being very hot and humid. Some of us gave up and went home a day early. I think that is a first for me, just saying! As I have not written for a while we have gotten some trail work done but nature has given us some
Savanah at Seneca Co. Fair.
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