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The Horsemen’s Corral is the official publication for the following clubs: Adams County Horsemans Association

North East Ohio Arabian Horse Association

Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club

Northern Ohio Dressage Association

Avon Lake Saddle Club

Northern Kentucky Horse Network

Black Swamp Driving Club

Northern Ohio Miniature Horse Club

Buckeye Western Dressage

Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association

Classical Attraction Dressage Society

Ohio Appaloosa Association

Central Ohio Saddle Club Association

Ohio Arabian & All-Breed Trail Riding Society

Colorado Ranger Horse Association

Ohio Foundation Quarter Horse Association

District One National Show Horse Dusty Boots Riding Club

Ohio Gaited Horse Riding Club

Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc.

Ohio Haflinger Association Ohio Horseman’s Council

Geauga Horse & Pony Association

Ohio Morgan Horse Association

Great Lakes Appaloosa Horse Club

Ohio Paint Horse Club

Indiana Mounted Regulators

Ohio Quarter Horse Association

Kentucky Horse Council

Ohio State Buckskin Association

Keystone Saddle Club

Ottawa County Horse Foundation

Knox County Horse Park

Pinto Horse Association of Ohio

Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros

Tri-County Trail Association

Massillon Saddle Club

Tri-State Rodeo Association

Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. Mid-Eastern Farriers Association

Wayne County Saddle Club Western Reserve Carriage Association

Mid Ohio Dressage Association

West Virginia Miniature Horse Championship

Mid-Ohio Marauders

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


Features: ............................. Don Blazer, Eleanor Blazer, Bobbie Coalter, ........................................ Robert Eversole, Steve Lantvit, Terry Myers, ..................................................... Lynn Palm, Michelle Ross, Sarah Vas


Features: ........................................................................................... Tina Ponder


NUMBER 12 ............................................................................ DECEMBER 2017 DECEMBER 2017 DEADLINE .................................... NOVEMBER 10, 2017

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Inside This Issue A Horse, Of Course .......................................................................19 Corral Calendar .............................................................................26 Farrier Friendly ..............................................................................30 Feeding the Stallion .......................................................................38 Finding Louie .................................................................................12 The Last Ride ..................................................................................8 Local Artist’s Painting Featured on Ray Donovan .........................14 Notes from Inside The Corral ..........................................................6 Palm Partnership Training .............................................................43 Ride For Real ................................................................................24 Ride In Sync ..................................................................................10 Trail Meister ...................................................................................20 View From the Cheap Seats..........................................................32 The Way of Horses ........................................................................66

Club News Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club ...............................................17 Black Swamp Driving Club ............................................................33 Central Ohio Saddle Club Association...........................................28 Colorado Ranger Horse Association .............................................39 District One National Show Horse Association ..............................33 Dusty Boots Riding Club................................................................22 Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. .......65 Geauga Horse and Pony Association ............................................39 Indiana Mounted Regulators .........................................................40 Knox County Horse Park ...............................................................18 Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros ........................................................21 Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. ..........................................18 Mid-Eastern Farriers Association.....................................................8 Mid-Ohio Marauders ......................................................................40 Northern Ohio Dressage Association ............................................29 Northern Kentucky Horse Network ................................................36 Northern Ohio Miniature Horse Club .............................................42 Ohio Appaloosa Association ..........................................................36 Ohio Arabian & All-Breed Trail Riding Society ...............................46 Ohio Gaited Horse Trailriders ........................................................46 Ohio Haflinger Association ............................................................45 Ohio Horseman’s Council, Inc. ......................................................48 Ohio Morgan Horse Association ....................................................25 Ohio Paint Horse Club ...................................................................16 Ohio State Buckskin Association ...................................................22 Pinto Horse Association of Ohio ....................................................36 Tri-County Trail Association ...........................................................43 Wayne County Saddle Club ..........................................................42 Western Reserve Carriage Association .........................................14 ABOUT THE COVER: Coalter horses; Special Ed, Angel and Morning Star wait to go the barn after a day of burr hunting. Photo by Michelle Ross.


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Notes From Inside The Corral The Season Of Change


all is truly the season of change and after such a mild October, we could be looking at some dramatic changes here in November. The seasons are not the only thing to change. The Corral has undergone some changes as well. After a rather tough year of challenges with delivery we set out to find a printer closer to home. I am happy to say we have found what we were looking for. We will print a more standard size magazine which will help with postal delivery, we have improved quality with a brighter page and best of all, we will print right here in the Buckeye State. American author, salesman and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar said, “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach

your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” Our goal has always been to be the leader in promoting the equine industry within the region we serve. Simply put, “To be your one source for the horse” in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. We believe the new Corral will help us reach that goal and with one magazine announcing they are all but exiting the business, we are in a great position to reach more people with news and advertising. And speaking of reaching more people, we are pleased to welcome the Ohio Paint Horse Association as our newest ‘Corral Club’ beginning with this issue. Oh, and I have one more announcement...Stacy Westfall will make her return as a feature writer in the Corral very soon. Although we are very excited about the future, I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on a few things from last month. First

of all, Joe received wonderful acknowledgement for his work in announcing the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation fundraiser over the last five years. He received the inaugural G. Jeffrey Fisk Memorial Award in recognition of “extraordinary service contributing to the success of the Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event.” If you are looking for an award winning announcer, we have one here at the Corral! Secondly, I want to say a thank you to the Cuyahoga County OHC for inviting us to the Emerald Necklace, End-to-End Ride weekend at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. We had a great time right up until it came time to put Joe’s horse, Country, on the trailer! I don’t know why, every now and then, Country just decides he’s not going to do it. But thanks to Kevin, Missy, Dave, Josephine and Kathy, he finally loaded and we made it home. Lastly, to everyone involved in the All American

Quarter Horse Congress, you have my respect. This was the longest show on record, running from Oct. 3-29 and the amount of work it took to pull it off was amazing. Joe announced several events and worked with our friends at Cashman’s. Michelle photographed two of the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation (OQHF) Fundraisers and I even got to run the music for the first ever ‘Ladies’ Versatility classes. That class featured some of Congress’s top male trainers dressed like ladies to raise money for the OQHF Crisis Fund. Thanks to the trainers, the volunteers and the fans in the stands, they raised over $10,000. Please let us know what you think about the new look of the Corral and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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

MOLENA’S BAR “DOC” On September 26, 2017 our beloved Quarter Horse Doc received her Angel Wings. She was born April 1994 in Versailles, Ohio. Her human parents were Donn Buckingham and Becky Clifton, we adopted her and her half sister, Sam, in 1997. She was born Molena’s Bar, old foundation Quarter Horse family Doc Bar lineage. She was the light of my life and she is sadly missed, taken too soon by a terrible bout with colic.

She had been fine until Monday afternoon, when I found her down rolling around and sweating profusely. Immediately I got her up, called the vet and had him come to the farm. He told us if she wasn’t better by morning we should make plans to take her to OSU Equine Vet Hospital. We got her loaded up Tuesday morning after being up with her all night, and headed for Columbus. She was immediately taken to the Equine ICU unit where tests were done, blood work drawn and the diagnosis was to immediately take her to surgery. We observed the surgery at their observation area, after two hours we were given the prognosis and it wasn’t good. Needless to say I had to make the awful decision whether to let the surgery continue or not. After much discusion between Donn and I and a lot of answered questions by Dr. Rings I decided to let her go and end the suffering.

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One of the hardest things I have ever had to do. With heavy hearts we headed home to our other equine family members with hopes that they would understand that Momma Doc wasn’t coming home. I would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Rings and her staff at OSU Equine Vet Hospital. The compassionate and professional actions of your staff and especially you Dr. Rings were appreciated. Also to our dear friend Theresa Burke, without your listening to our questions and offering the different options, we would have been at a loss as to what to do. Thank you to all the friends and family for all of your kind and encouraging words. We will continue on with a large hole in our hearts but with the realization that we will meet again and cross the rainbow bridge together for the last time. Donn and Becky (Clifton) Buckingham

ELLEN POLITZER On September 20, 2017 Ellen Politzer lost her battle with cancer. She was one of the original members of Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros. Ellen was an avid shooter on and off a horse. She was also a gifted artist. Ellen is survived by her husband Bruce, daughter Jenny, son Jason and beloved granddaughter Gabby.

********* Email submissions for The Last Ride to Michelle Ross at michelle@thehorsemenscorral. com. Please include a photo if possible.

Mid-Eastern Farriers Association

Free Member Clinic Scheduled for January 2018 PRESIDENT, Roger Howard; VICE PRESIDENT, Dan Carlisle; SECRETARY, Lori McBride; TREASURER, Tim Dodd; PHONE, 330/904-1489. FACEBOOK, www. Farrier’s Association

by Lori McBride Hello local farriers! Some exciting things are coming up here in the next few months. We are gearing up and getting very excited for our annual contest of course. With an added hands on day with our Judge Jonathan Nunn. Spots for the hands on are limited! Hands on will be Thursday, Dec. 7. Contest is the 8th and the 9th.

Contact Mike Augestine at 740/525-0529 for more details or to reserve your spot. All pictures of specimens and the shoe list is on the MEFA Facebook page! Also coming up is our annual free MEFA member clinic featuring Mike Savoldi. We are very excited about this clinic. It will be held at the Cleveland Equine Clinic on Jan. 13. There will also be a hands-on lab offered and it will be limited to 20 people on Friday the 12th. There will be a fee for Friday’s lab. That is yet to be determined. Saturday will be a PowerPoint followed by a meeting and elections for President and a Board of Director. UPCOMING EVENTS DEC. 8-9 — Second leg of the Great Lakes Derby.



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Ride In Sync

Ranch Competition is Alive and Well by Terry Myers I am happy to say that Ranch disciplines and the opportunities to show in ranch classes is exploding in Ohio, the midwest and around the country. You only have to look at the entries in the Ranch Riding classes at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Four years ago was the first year for ranch at Congress. It was then called ranch pleasure and there were three classes (Open, Amateur and Youth) which were all done by mid-day. This year, not including NSBA, there were six classes; Junior (horses five and under), Senior (horses six and over), Level 1 Amateur, Amateur, Level 1 Youth and Youth. Entries in all totaled well over 300 and it took all day! This past year we saw several ranch series shows around Ohio that included only ranch disciplines (with or without cattle). Non-cattle ranch classes are being added to many open shows. American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) shows are firmly established in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and as of next year Ohio. There is the long-standing ranch horse series in eastern Ohio called Ohio Foundation Quarter Horse Association (OFQHA). There are many other ranch horse associations west of the Mississippi including National Versatility Ranch Horse Association and Stock Horse of Texas among them. Each type of show has many opportunities to compete, depending on you and your horse’s skill level. The biggest

attraction for me is that horses can move with a natural headset and forward motion. No tropping allowed! Posing on your horse won’t work, you need to actually learn how to ride your horse. The show tack and equipment should look like clean working tack. No fancy $20,000 Harris saddles allowed. No bling on your show clothes as well. So, if you like the bling, ranch may not be for you! The two disciplines and associations I would like to talk specifically about is Ranch Riding in AQHA (as well as APHA and APtHA) and Ranchmanship in ARHA. These are pattern classes which showcase the extended walk, trot, extended trot, lope and extended lope (breed shows only). Quality of movement is important as well as the natural carriage of the horse. They should look

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like they are willingly moving across the ranch and have a job to do. The quality of each gait should be that of consistency and cadence with softness and a drive from behind. The transitions from one gait to another should be noticeable and concise, like shifting up or down in one of those fancy expensive sports cars (not that I have ever driven one). To do well in these classes you must have a really broke horse with great movement. Also, you need to RIDE your horse and not look like a passive passenger. The other component of these disciplines that should not be overlooked is executing the pattern with precision, working the pattern exactly as written with the gait transitions at the exact points designated in the pattern. Sounds a bit like western dressage, doesn’t it? There are some differences between the AQHA and ARHA classes, but the basic premise is the same. In ARHA, the ranch series shows and the open shows they also have a rail class. In ARHA they call it Ranch Riding. In some open shows they call it Ranch Pleasure. At ARHA you will also find Ranch Trail, Ranch Reining, Confirmation and cattle classes. These shows have opportunities to show at what you are good at, but you can also try new things, such as cattle classes. This is what makes these shows so much fun. With ARHA you need a membership and need to register your horse. With groups such as OFQHA you only need to pay a nominal membership fee.


The attraction of the ranch disciplines is that your horse doesn’t need to live at the trainers for 12 months of the year. With work, knowledge and maybe some help, you can do a lot of the work yourself. With the breed shows as well as ARHA, success adds value to your horse by earning points. But the most important aspect is that these shows are fun! When I was a kid, I watched Roy Rogers, Maverick, Gun Smoke and all the old westerns (truth be told…I still do). All I’ve ever wanted to be is a cowboy. With these ranch shows and ranch classes, we can all be cowboys and cowgirls again! These ranch disciplines are my favorite topics to discuss. Thank you for indulging me and reading this article. The shows and the movement of the horses in these classes reminds me of how horses moved in the 1970s. If you haven’t been to a ranch show or watched ranch classes, there are many opportunities for you. For more information, your breed associations, ARHA and OFQHA all have websites that have lots of information, including rule books. As well, many trainers and clinicians have jumped on board this fastgrowing trend. One final thing to remember… horses don’t make mistakes, people do. Don’t make the mistake of not truly developing a relationship with your horse. Ranch disciplines are a great way to do that. The effort you put in will be returned many times over. Questions about this or any of our articles can be emailed to us at Terry Myers is a national clinician and champion horse trainer with a depth of knowledge developed from over 45 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. or on Facebook. November 2017

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am sure many have heard the story about a young lady, Kristin Puett and her horse Louie, if not let me fill you in.

by Tina Ponder

I cannot say enough about the endurance family and how remarkable they are, Kari Hanes and her team along with her family went above and beyond remarkable for one young lady and her horse at the White River Fall and Labor Day ride. Kristin grew up learning how to ride on a beautiful Arabian mare named Sam and from the stories I have heard Sam made sure you were going to learn the right way or the hard way. Kristin found her and Sam’s true passion in the 4-H competitive trail rides (CTR) and her parents, Joe and Terry Hoelscher did what they could to support her passion. Joe even went as far as riding the CTR’s as a sponsor for Kristin. Her grandparents too were very supportive of Kristin’s love of riding; they would watch her and Sam in county fairs and state fair shows as often as they could. Kristin’s grandpa Lou, knowing Sam was being bred would joke with Kristin, saying, “better not ever name a horse after me.” Sam had been bred twice in hopes of producing an amazing endurance horse for their daughter’s career in the sport she loved so much. Sam didn’t disappoint anyone with her second foal. This sweet little colt was a Bay like his momma. It was love at first sight for Kristin and it just so happened this little guy was born on Aug. 4, her Grandpa’s birthday. Because of the love and bond Kristin had with her grandfather, the little colt was named Louie, TJS Mi Royal Louie. In 2013 Kristin and Louie started their journey in the CTR and Endurance world of riding. Alongside Kristin is her mom Terry. Terry has either ridden beside Kristin, crewed for her or just has been there to support her; either way Terry has been one of Kristin’s biggest fans. Blood, sweat and tears in the last seven years has gone into Louie’s training with the hopes of fulfilling Kristin’s dream of competing in the Tevis as a team. With the encouragement and support she has received from her family and friends within the endurance family Kristen felt she and Louie were ready for their first 75-mile ride at the White River Fall Ride. This is where the story from White River begins: Left: Kristin Puett and Louie. Photo credit: Kristen Warning Photography. Photographer: Kristen Warning. www.



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The road trip started back at TJ Stables in Xenia, Ohio, where Louie was loaded up along with everything under the sun to sustain him, Kristin and her family. Heading north seemed to be going fine until they crossed over into Michigan. They encountered a flat tire on the trailer; which after last year with the number of flats that were experienced I do believe Kristin could be on a NASCAR pit crew! About an hour after the trailer tire incident, Kristin felt the truck shaking. Thinking that there was another flat tire she was surprised to see that the left wheel of the truck had sheared off seven out of eight lug bolts. This is where the first Guardian Angel protected all of them from what could have been a fatal accident. Realizing, she could not fix this Kristin called her dear friend Jinnifer Plummer, who was going to crew for her. Jinnifer was already at White River’s camp so she posted on Facebook the need for help in the area that Kristin was stranded. Terry, Kristin’s mom was able to get a tow truck out to their location but the horse trailer needed to be hauled as well, that’s when the second Guardian Angel came in to help. Jinnifer’s friend, Barb Kerti, who lives in the area arrived and hooked up the horse trailer and hauled Kristin, her husband, her son and Louie to the ride. What was to be a seven hour drive had turned into about 11 hours. By the time they arrived at camp it was dark and late, needless to say Kristin’s nerves and anxiety wereover the top—this is not how you want to start out your ‘first’ anything, let alone your first 75-mile endurance ride. Jinnifer assisted Kristin in getting Louie settled in and reassured Kristin that everything was going to be OK and just focus on the ride. The next day when Kristin registered she found out that two riders opted to not ride in the 75 because the maximum number of riders needed to get full points with AERC was not met. This left Kristin and Louie the only ones competing in the 75. Knowing that Jinnifer was crewing for her (although not knowing the extent of crewing Jinnifer would be doing along with having her husband, Curtis and son Jack back at camp) she knew that all she had to do was complete. We all reassured her she had this! Louie was strong all day and Jinnifer made sure that Louie and Kristin were taken care of out on the trails. Jinnifer would meet them along the trails with water, hay, feed with her constant loud singing of the tune “Louie, Louie…oh baby…we gotta go…yeah, yeah, yeah.” Kristin said, “it got to the point where Louie was always looking for Jinnifer around a corner.” Going into mile 55 Jinnifer said Louie looked amazing. It was around 4 p.m. Kristin and Louie were on their second to last 10mile loop. Kari Hanes, ride manager of White River, was so thoughtful of Kristin that she sped through the awards and held dinner off so that everyone could greet her at the finish line. Around 7:30 p.m. I received a text that they had finished! It was a strong finish at that! Louie came galloping in on the last mile, once across that finish line Kristin fell across Louie’s neck with tears of excitement, exhaustion, and love for the horse that just carried her 75 miles. Her Grandpa Lou was carrying her and Louie on his wings that day. Apparently as many have said 75 miles was not enough for Louie. Monday everyone November 2017

loaded up and headed home, Leah Palastrant was kind enough to bring Kristin’s husband and son back to Ohio because of work and school. Terry, Kristin’s mom, was still waiting for the truck to be repaired so this left Kristin by herself in camp. Louie was in his pen, Kristin, tired from the day before laid down to take a nap. Once up from her nap, Kristin went out to check on Louie only to find that he was NOT in his pen— and the pen was completely intact. Fear, panic, an overwhelming sense of grief and heartbreaking Right: The two lovely lovely ladies that found Louie. sadness set in, Kristin searched the whole campgrounds for Louie but to no avail. Kristin called Jinnifer who was now back home in Indiana. Immediately Jinnifer phoned friends in the area to see if they could help look for Louie. Jinnifer called me and I contacted Kari. Kari said she would get her brother and they would head back out to help Kristin in the search. Jinnifer contacted and they also created a flyer that Jinnifer and I posted on every equine site possible. The flyer was shared over 4000 times. I also contacted several organizations with tracking dogs in Michigan and they posted the flyer on their sites as well. Kari’s husband lined up a helicopter to help in the search if needed. Kari and her ride secretary formed search parties into shifts over the next couple of days, and made sure Kristin and the volunteers were getting fed. So many people gave of their time willingly searching for Louie even fighting with Mother Nature through cold and down pouring rain. Just when Kristin thought there was a lead as to where Louie might be, rain would set in or night fell. Even though Kristin’s heart was broken, her anxiety high and nerves shot, she never gave up hope. With every new hoof print and fresh pile of manure everyone felt confident Louie Kristin and Louie completing their first ever would be found. Terry was able to make it 75 mile ride. Photo by: Jinnifer Plummer. back to camp with the truck repaired and was able to support Kristin in the search. Grandpa Lou had to be the Guardian Angel After 48 hours of hiking, riding quads in that day. They estimated that Louie was about and out of the trails and driving trucks on eight to 10 miles from camp when he was roads adjacent to the trails Kristin received a found. We really have no idea how many call that someone found Louie. Apparently, miles he really traveled, so this sojourn of his he decided to pop his head out of the woods may be why everyone is an agreement that he alongside of the same road that had been is ready for 100-miles. designated as a meeting point amongst the Kristin cannot thank everyone enough for search parties. Two ladies had himback at all their love and support; without that it their trailer waiting on Kristin. I’m not sure would have made a very heartbreaking and if she waited for the truck to stop before she scary situation even scarier. The emotional jumped out to be reunited with her Louie. If rollercoaster Kristin was on that whole you think she was crying before, rest assured weekend was too intense for any one person to she was crying now. I know for a fact tears handle alone. She has made some tremendous were flowing from Indiana to Ohio as well. friendships within the Endurance Family Kristin examined Louie from head to hoof throughout this journey that will last a lifetime. and he was perfect; no scratches or cuts and he didn’t lose a shoe. He was just standing A special thank you goes out to Jinnifer there trying to figure out why his human was Plummer, Kari Hanes and her family, Dale bawling when all he did was run the trails as and his wife Karri, to her loving family and he was trained to do. to all those who put their lives on hold to help Shortly after he was found it rained again Kristin find her boy, her grandpa’s name but this time it left behind a double rainbow. sake Louie! HORSEMEN’S CORRAL


Local Artist’s Painting Featured on Ray Donovan Showtime’s Ray Donovan ‘Horses’ episode, which aired Oct. 1, opened with Abby Donovan, Ray’s wife (played by Paula Malcomson) gazing at a painting. The painting is by Wooster equine artist Karen Brenner picturing wild horses running across a colorful desert. Knowing that a script for the episode of Ray Donovan required a painting of horses, one of the show’s producers came across Brenner’s artwork online. Brenner was contacted in May by the show’s art director, who inquired about leasing an oil painting for the new bar set they were constructing for session five of Ray Donovan. The art director had selected three possible Western horse paintings, and luckily their first choice was

photos Brenner took at a BLM wild horse gathering near Rock Springs, Wyoming. Brenner had no idea how the painting would be used in the storyline. She was happy it played such an important role in the ‘Horses’ episode which deals with a very emotional issue— and was beautifully written and acted by the stars of Ray Donovan. In an article for Yahoo Entertainment, writer Kimberly Potts cites the show as “one of the best TV episodes of the year...”

The painting on set provided by Ray Donovan. available. The 40x30” oil painting was shipped to California just in time for filming. In the show, the painting is labeled ‘Cave Hill, Belfast,

N. Ireland’ which has special significance for Abby Donovan. In reality, the painting is named ‘Mustangs Running near White Mountain’ and is based on

Brenner has been creating oil paintings of horses for over 15 years. Her work can be seen on her website, Horse Paintings by Karen Brenner at www.

Western Reserve Carriage Association

How Do We Attract a Younger Audience? PRESIDENT, Kim Stegh VICE PRESIDENT, Diana Beardsley TREASURER, Ann Petersen MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY, Henry Rish WEBSITE,

by Judy Clark Is the outside of a horse still good for the inside of people, particularly young people? We hear dire predictions that the timeless appeal of horses and the valuable lessons their care and training can provide to youngsters, is being supplanted by the appeal of electronics and couch potato gadgetry. To gain some insight on those concerns and how it might relate to the sport of driving, I spoke with a smart, well-spoken young person with strong ties to WRCA— Caleigh Sullivan. Caleigh was born into a horse family. Her mother, Kristen, is a lifelong horse lover, who was driving a Welsh pony named Bitsy when Caleigh was still toddling around the barn. Bitsy became a leadline pony for Caleigh and she remembers attending the National Drive at the age of six to watch Kristen drive Bitsy as a single. Later another Welsh, named Wings was added to the Sullivan’s horse family, so that 14

Kristen could drive a pair and, as it turns out, so Caleigh could lose her heart. “I love Wings! He is my first love,” says Caleigh. And, Wings is a valuable multi-tasker. He drives single and pair, reliable in the ring and on trail rides, jumps, built confidence in a young horse person over 10 years (and has many good years left!) But, is a dream pony enough to illustrate how young people can be brought into lifelong horsemanship? Let’s add another component: Knowledge. At the age of seven, Caleigh, who is now 20, joined the Bath Pony Club, an affiliate of the United States Pony Club. The USPC uses Standards of Proficiency, with achievement rankings to provide comprehensive horsemanship training and Pony Clubbers may take ‘ratings tests’ under supervision as they feel ready to move to the next levels. Clearly, Caleigh has enjoyed her Bath Pony Club experience. She is enthusiastic about the challenge of acquiring ratings’ knowledge, attending camps with fellow Pony Clubbers, and learning teamwork and cooperation with friends. Now, let’s add another component: Wide open spaces (even in metro areas). Activities for Bath Pony Club are centered at Allardale Park in Medina, Ohio. The park

consists of 300+ acres of land donated by the Allard family and gifted portions of the Firestone estate. The property is set up with a cozy lodge for meetings, facilities for picnics, hiking, nature enjoyment, and equestrian activities (trails, cross country jumps, dressage and jumping area, which are the main focus of Bath Pony Club). Caleigh, who acquired a schoolmaster Thoroughbred when she was 13 years old, has been jumping for seven years, and is now concentrating on dressage. (And, attending college!) However, Allardale Park can also be enjoyed by driving enthusiasts (WRCA holds pleasure drives there). Caleigh reports that when she and Kristen are driving Bitsy and Wings, young eventers are interested and want to know more. And WRCA drivers have been cordially received. (Of course, they know how to act around horses that may be seeing carriages for the first time!) So, that adds another component: Exposure. Despite the growing popularity of the sport of driving, it is still underexposed in the general horse-owning population. Those of us in the Ben-Gay and arthritis crowd have taken it up, but there are many other equestrians, who would love it, if they knew what it has to offer. I asked Caleigh if


she thought thrill-seeking young equestrians, who are drawn to barrel-racing and jumping, would think of driving as boring. She replied that driving cones and cross country at Combined Driving Events has provided her with as many thrills as anything else she’s done in horse activities. Happily, Caleigh is still driving her beloved Wings, mostly at pleasure shows and Horse Driving Trials, where (don’t blush, Caleigh!) she can be a youth ambassador for the sport of driving. In addition to Caleigh’s observations: I’ll add these two thoughts. 1. Growing the sport of driving requires good instruction on safety and training, which should start at Pony Club and 4-H level. Our national organizations, Carriage Association of America and American Driving Association, might consider producing DVDs and other materials to distribute to youth horsemanship programs and to educate their advisors. (Maybe they already do. I’m talking off the top of my head here.) 2. Getting started, in terms of driving equipment, is expensive and requires some knowledge to avoid spending money on inappropriate gear. (That’s a biggie. Unless livery stables make a comeback, I don’t have a solution for that.) November 2017

November 2017



Ohio Paint Horse Club

Memberships Due January 1, 2018 PRESIDENT, Tina Eller; VICE PRESIDENT, Mike Schwendeman; TREASURER, Roxann Rohrl; SECRETARY, Jill Davis; EMAIL,; WEBSITE, www.

by Roxann Rohrl Hello to all our Paint Horse members and friends! The Ohio Paint Horse Club is again sharing our news with you through the Horsemen’s Corral. Our show season is over and so is our Annual Trail Ride, we are now working on 2018 dates. Thank you to everyone who exhibited in our shows, trail rides and also volunteered to help make them possible. Place this date on your calendar. The Ohio Paint Horse Club General Membership Meeting will be held Nov. 18, 2017 at the Bellpoint United Methodist Church located at 4771 SR 257, S Delaware, Ohio. The OPHC Amateur Club will hold their Annual Meeting at 10


a.m. This is always a rather large group that attend to work on plans for the OPHC Awards Banquet and their show in 2018. If you are an Amateur Paint Horse owner or thinking about it you are certainly welcome to attend. The potluck carry in dinner will be served at 12 p.m. Bring a dish to share, meat will be provided by the club. Come enjoy the delicious buffet. General Membership meeting and election of officers will be at 1 p.m., help us plan and bring your ideas to share. If you are interested in becoming an officer or director please come and be nominated from the floor or contact Mike Schwendeman, Nominating Committee Chair at 740/525 5569, and let him know what office you are interested in serving. President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, each are a one-year term. Three Directors will also be elected for a two-year term. To run for office or vote you must have been a member at least 60 days in advance of the meeting. Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship, fun, conversation and the love of the American Paint

Horse...get involved! Place another date on your calendar for a fun afternoon at the OPHC awards banquet. This awards banquet will be held Jan. 20, 2018 at the Coughlin Center, Madison County Fairgrounds, London, Ohio. The committee has lots of fun things in the works. Festivities include carry in dinner, 2017 awards, revolving trophies, SSA auction, silent auctions and a live band! I heard they are calling it a Big Bash! Make sure and set this date aside to honor our 2017 award winners. I will fill you in with more information next month. All are welcome to attend! Are you looking for the photographer who took a lot of photos at the Labor Day Bonanza show held in Ashland, Ohio? Her name is Sarah Gentry and her phone number is 419/651-7573. Congratulations to all the Ohio Paint exhibitors who attended the World Show: Amateur Pleasure Driving Tracy Hull with Big Ones Only, Reserve, also Masters Hunt Seat Equitation and Masters Senior Hunter Under Saddle; Andrea Kegley with LX Just call me Fancy placing 4th in Amat. Sr. Hunter U Saddle and also the Limited; Lisa Kleck with My Lucky Hour placed in Am Masters Horsemanship and Limited and also Amat Sr. Hunter Under Saddle; Cindy Snapp with Lean Machine placing in Masters Jr. Hunter U Saddle, Reserve Performance Halter Mares with Scenery also Masters Amat Jr Hunter U Saddle with Lean Machine; Tim Snapp placing Reserve with his Two Year Old and Reserve with Scenery in Masters Jr. Western Pleasure; Masters Jr. Hunter U Saddle placing Jennifer Heucker with Bigger Yet and also NSBA. Holly Ebelberger showing Good Directions placing in Master Jr. Western Pleasure, Masters Showmanship, Nov Amat Showmanship and Grand Champion Masters Amat Jr Western Pleasure Limited. Jennifer Heucker with Sirtainly Big N Fancy placing in Non Pro 3 Yr Hunter U Saddle; Sr. HUS Limited Rusty Miller with Big Ones Only. Yearling Longeline with Steve Sauder with Count On A Good Machine. Carly and Wade Parks rode quite a few Ohio horses that did really well. If I missed someone please let me know and I will get it in next month. Lisa Kleck, our support and prayers are with you going


through your surgery and the recovery. Let’s talk about futurities! The SSA Futurity and Open Stakes were really the greatest! The Open Futurity paid out $3,725 and the SSA Futurity paid out $6,598. Total paid out $10,323! Do not miss our 2018 Stallion Service Auction. Donate your stallion service or purchase a breeding! We are now accepting stallion contracts…contact Tina Eller for more information, 937/303-3632 or Special thanks to all our sponsors: Robert and Wanda Rasch, Amy Erhardt, Nutrena, Double J Farms, Sauder Pleasure Horses, Nihiser Farms, Monday Creek Publishing, Montooth Underground Utilities, LLC, Joe and Roxann Rohrl, Carol Fille, Hefflefingers Quarter Horses, Sugarcreek Construction, Gary and Lee Streator, JW Construction, Field of Dreams Farm, Leav Agriman Co, ASE Feeds and DAC Supplements. The SSA Auction will be held at the Awards Banquet January 20, 2018. Something New! When you pay your 2018 OPHC membership, which is due Jan. 1, please complete the membership form thoroughly, including your email address. Please write it clearly, because when you mail Lori Hershey your membership, she is going to email you out an OPHC 2018 membership card. Now if you do not have an email she will mail you out your membership card. Hey, mail those 2018 memberships to Chair Lori Hershey, 2023 Heyl Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691. I will have all our show dates in next month. Buckeye Extravaganza will be held again at Champions Center, it did move one week later, May 4-6, 2018. The Scholarship Show, Amateur Show and the Labor Day shows will be held at Madison County Fairgrounds, London, Ohio, Coughlin Arena. Hope you all plan on joining us at this new arena and stalls. New ideas, help us in the planning! Attend the General Membership meeting with your ideas. Always check the OPHC Facebook daily or weekly, that is the fastest way to get news out to you. Also check our website often. Jill Davis is updating it very often, Find a partner for that good mare of yours! SSA is the answer! Have a safe, healthy and happy month. November 2017

Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club

A Note From Your President PRESIDENT, Steven “Chunk” Watts; SECRETARY, Jean Yancer; TREASURER, Ashley Christian; WEBSITE, ashlandpaintandplain. com; EMAIL, paintandplaininfo@

by Chesna Wertz Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of article in the October edition of the Corral, with some end of season shows and just general every day busyness, it completely slipped my mind until after the deadline. Since the AP&P show season is over, not a whole lot is going on at this moment. At this writing, Congress will be beginning this week, and with the crisp fall air, it definitely feels like Congress time. By the time you read this, thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas will be entering our minds. Where did the year go? A big thank you to everyone who came out to our shows this year. Whether you showed, sponsored, or just came by and watched, we appreciate your support! We are working to make next year’s shows even bigger and better than this year’s. I will now leave you with a note from our president, and below will be our 2017 High Point winners. Congratulations to all! NOTE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT Now that show season is starting to wind down, I would like to thank you all for supporting the Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club this year. With a new twoday format, we weren’t sure how this season was going to go. You guys showed us your support, and we had some of the biggest shows in recent history. We can’t do it without you, and you all pulled through and made this an awesome year. We gave out some awesome high point awards, as well as awarding our

Leo Raab presenting the Carol Raab and Keith and Cathy Klier Horse of the Year trophy to Illini Saige. Keith and Cathy Klier and Carol Raab Memorial Horse of the Year Rotating Trophy. For the second year in a row, Illini Saige, owned and shown by Chesna Wertz, dominated the all-around points, and by a landslide, won this prestigious honor. With wins and a plethora of points in halter, showmanship, English, western, driving, and trail, this little pony has proven herself to be a true all arounder. I would like to invite all of you to take a stab at the crown next year. Start practicing now, and clean off a spot of your shelf. This beautiful trophy would look great on your awards display. I hope to see you all in Feburary for our tack swap, and in April for another start to a fantastic show season. Have a safe and productive off season! ~Chunk 2017 AP&P President $100 OPEN HALTER HORSE: Illini Saige AQHA/APHA HALTER: Annie Lost Her Socks ALL OTHER HALTER: Illini Saige PERFORMANCE HALTER: My Invitation N Gold $100 OPEN SHOWMANSHIP: Chesna Wertz LEADLINE & SMALL FRY SHOWMANSHIP: Jadelynn Weisel W/T SHOWMANSHIP: Skylar Herrnstein 19 & OVER SHOWMANSHIP: Chesna Wertz 14-18 SHOWMANSHIP: Jessica Haynes 13 & UNDER SHOWMANSHIP: Grace Murphy LEADLINE 8 & UNDER: Olivia Madden $500 W/T PLEASURE: Shes Pure Gold

$100 HUS: To Be Reasoned With SMALL FRY W/T HUS: Jemma Weisel SR. HUS 6 & OVER: To Be Reasoned With $100 W/T PLEASURE: Illini Saige W/T HUS 10-18: Emma Haynes SMALL FRY W/T EQUITATION: Isabella Campanelli HUS 19 & OVER: Julie McDonnell W/T HUS 19 & OVER: Chesna Wertz HUS 14-18: Bailey Van Driest JR. HUS 5 & UNDER: Expect Me Late HUS 13 & UNDER: Macy Belmont GENERATION GAP WT: Only Hot N Winning W/T EQUITATION 10-18: Jessica Haynes W/T EQUITATION 19 & OVER: Chesna Wertz

EQUITATION 19 & OVER: Olivia Born EQUITATION 14-18: Bailey Van Driest EQUITATION 13 & UNDER: Grace Murphy OPEN DRIVING: Lady Gabrella of Chesterville OPEN W/T TRAIL: Machine My Assets OPEN TRAIL IN H&: Illini Saige REINING: Snapper RANCH HORSE PLEASURE: Snapper OPEN DISCIPLINED RAIL: A Chocolate Lazy $500 W/T PLEASURE: Shes Pure Gold $100 OPEN WP: The Elite Touch SMALL FRY W/T WP: Jadelynn Weisel SR. WP: A Chocolate Lazy $100 W/T PLEASURE: Illini Saige SMALL FRY W/T HORSEMANSHIP: Jadelynn Weisel WESTERN PLEASURE 19 & OVER: Julie McDonnell W/T WESTERN PLEASURE 19 & OVER: Chesna Wertz WESTERN PLEASURE 14-18: Bailey Van Driest JR. WESTERN PLEASURE 5 & UNDER: Shes Pure Gold WESTERN PLEASURE 13 & UNDER: Grace Murphy GENERATION GAP WT: A Good Temptation W/T HORSEMANSHIP 10-18: Jessica Haynes W/T HORSEMANSHIP 19 & OVER: Chesna Wertz 19 & OVER WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP: Olivia Born 13 & UNDER WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP: Grace Murphy



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Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc.

August 2017 Family Ride fry bread including another apple pie. The swimming at the bridge in McKinley was superb!

PRESIDENT, Chuck Fanslow; 1st VICE PRESIDENT, Al Davis; SECRETARY, Kathleen Moss; TREASURER, Mindy Ellis; WEBSITE, www.mtra. org; EMAIL,; PHONE, 989/723-1425

by Jan Wolfin The 2017 MTRA riding season has come to an end leaving us with great memories. We would like to highlight our 2017 August Family Ride in this article written by Chris Rayner. If this sounds like fun (the entire ride was fun, fun, fun!) start thinking about and making plans for the 2018 August Family Ride or any of the 2018 MTRA rides. Start by visiting our website, www.mtra. org, or contacting the MTRA office at or calling 989/723-1425. AUGUST FAMILY RIDE 2017 This year’s Family Ride was blessed with great weather, fun

activities and lots of great food. Beginning at Luzerne Trail Camp, folks arrived on the first day and kids could make leather arrowhead shaped name tags with Sherri Jacobs. They used yarn to thread beads on their necklaces as well as made ‘bear bells’ for their horses to wear around their necks. And that was just the beginning. Some more activities at Luzerne Trail Camp were campfire cooking with Sherri including ‘walking’ tacos, fruit filled crepes, and apple pies by Chris Rayner. Al Davis taught everyone how to make string halters for their horses and Chris and Al did a talk about


After riding around Luzerne for a few days, the riders moved on to McKinley where Sherri Jacobs made campfire soup with Indian

Knox County Horse Park

Have an Idea for a Show? Let Us Know PRESIDENT, Linda House VICE PRESIDENT, Ken Niner TREASURER, Pam Niner SECRETARY, Courtney Letts PHONE, 740/973-3059; WEBSITE,

It is hard to believe as I sit here writing this article in October with my windows open that by the time we get them in the mail it will be November and winter will be on its way. With that in mind I hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Your equine relies on you throughout the year to insure hooves are trimmed or worn shoes replaced. Likewise, OHC relies on you, too. Not for trims or shoes, but membership. Now is the time to renew, or if you’re not a member, join. You are important to Ohio’s bridle trails and the equine programs OHC sponsors through their chapters around the state. Membership runs January to December along with the competitively priced equine liability insurance many members purchase. For your convenience, use the form in this issue of The Horsemen’s Corral or go to to sign up or renew. 18

safety and first aid on the trail, how to pony a horse and things to carry while riding. Many folks went kayaking/canoeing on the AuSable River having tons of fun!

Moving to South Branch on the next day brought more adventures around the campfire including bacon, egg and cheese muffins, ice cream which became shakes, and another apple pie! Riding around the South Branch area was more fun with activities in the afternoons including ‘fly’ whisks for the horses made with dowels, yarn and beads. It is safe to say that all of the kids had a wonderful time along with the parents and grandparents. Sherri and Chris want to thank all of the participants for all of their help with the activities! More fun is planned for 2018! Special thanks goes out to Vicki Swainston for sharing these pictures.

Our first ever tortoise and hare event turned out well. Everyone who participated really enjoyed the trail. A few participants even asked if we would have another one next year. We will discuss this idea during our planning meeting for the 2018 show schedule. The Dusty Boots 4-H show had a good turnout even with all the rain. The arena was a little muddy but that did not stop anyone. We had a good turn out of both 4-H kids and adults. There was plenty of laughter and support for each other. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated and helped with the event. Stay tuned to the December article to see how our Copper Horse Crusade benefit and our annual Halloween Fun show turned out.


I stated in last month’s article now is a great time to join the horse park. If you join now you will get the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 for one price. If you would like a membership application you can get one at our monthly meeting or you can contact me either through email at kchpknoxcountyhorsepark@ or call me at 740/9733059 and leave me a message, I will get back to you. We will be starting our 2018 show schedule planning soon, if you have an idea for a show please let us know. You can either come to a meeting and tell us or you can reach out to us on Facebook or email me. Our November meeting will be located at the shelter house at the horse park with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. With that being said, with winter just around the corner we will be moving our meetings during the winter months. Please watch our Facebook page KCHP (Knox County Horse Park) or our webpage, www., to see where our meetings will be located. I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe summer and fall. I also hope everyone is prepared for winter. Until we meet again, ~Courtney November 2017

A Horse, of Course

Equine Eye by Don Blazer

The farther out the eyes are placed on the side of the head, the Does your horse have a feather more the horse must concentrate in the eye, a glass eye, a pig to achieve frontal vision. eye, a pop eye, a smoky eye or Distractions limit his ability to a walleye? concentrate, which in turn makes The equine eye is unique. him slower to learn, or, as some They have both monocular and might say, less intelligent. On binocular vision. The horse learning ability scales, animals uses monocular vision to view that have only frontal vision separate things with each eye at generally rate higher than the same time. These objects are animals with monocular vision. to the side and rear of the horse. But this is only one of the Binocular vision, for the horse, is horse’s vision-related limitations. frontal vision, and when using it Research has shown the horse the horse concentrates both eyes can see limited color variations. on the same object. (To know Horses have two different classes where a horse is looking, look of cone cells (dichromatic) – blue at his ears. A horse is looking and yellow (they lack the red cone where his ears are pointing, cells). Two different cone cells is whether together or separately.) the minimum number required for some color vision. Humans normally have three different cone cells (trichromatic). Humans BINOCULAR who lack the red cone VISION cells are considered ‘color blind’. The horse’s eye does not focus well on objects that are closer than four feet, and when a horse has his head high in the air, he cannot see the ground in front of him. MONOCULAR MONOCULAR And while the horse has VISION VISION a wide field of vision, B he does have two blind L spots. They are close to I N his face, directly in front D of him; and the width S of his body, directly P behind him. These blind O T spots are the cause of A many problems for both R horse and man. (We E A are usually in one of those spots when we get bumped by the horse’s head or kicked.) The M L A RG INA RG ZONINAL horse must be able to MA ZONE E move his head to focus on objects in front and directly behind him. The horse can see to the front, All the special advantages and the side and the rear. In fact, limitations of the horse’s vision he has a field of vision of up to have a great deal to do with the 300 degrees. But his wide-angle way the horse behaves. Imagine vision may adversely influence the riding horse that is not allowed his ability to learn or the level of to move his head out of position— his intelligence, or both. Large he is, in essence, blinded by the eyes, set well out to the side rider. of the head have always been Or just imagine what a young considered a mark of quality in horse sees the first time he is taken the horse. And while the horse on a trail ride or to a horse show! should have large eyes, having There is the excitement of a strange the eyes placed too far to the place, cars, motorcycles, people, side may be a handicap—from a noises and all sorts of unknown learning point of view. objects. Moreover, at any one November 2017

time there is always something happening on each side of the horse. In many cases, the action isn’t in focus, and even if it were, the horse wouldn’t understand it. To see what is going on in front of him the horse must concentrate his full attention straight ahead, but how can he do that when there is so much new and interesting to see on each side of him? Seeing is certainly disbelieving for the young horse. He must be asking himself, “How could my partner put me in such an incomprehensible world?” Can you blame him for being a little flighty? Most of us do, and consequently try to jerk, spank or force him into being calm when he is upset. Such action will not work. Only understanding how the horse sees will help. Now take a peek at some other eye-openers. A ‘feather in his eye’ refers to a visible blemish on the eye. The blemish may be the result of an injury or a natural defect.

In either case, it is considered a fault. A glass eye lacks color and may be the cause for disqualification by some breed registries. A pig eye is a small squinty eye, and a horse that has pig eyes is generally considered stubborn and hard to handle. A pop eye is the opposite of pig eye; it is the description given to an eye that seems to be too large and protruding from the head. A smoky eye is an eye that is cloudy in color, almost smoke gray. A walleye is another term for an eye without color and is sometimes referred to as a China eye. Visit www.horsecoursesonline. com to earn certification as a horse trainer, riding instructor or stable manager, or work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies. All courses online.

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Four Things That Can Save Your Life When Riding Horses by Robert Eversole and My summer of trail rides and horse camping was wonderful. Until it wasn’t. You might have heard that I took a tumble recently. It’s true. I was riding in the Three Sisters Wilderness in central Oregon when I joined the unplanned dismount club. Although I don’t remember all of it, I got to visit the hospital ER, met some great doctors, toured the surgery, and now I have a shiny new shoulder! Fun times. I can’t tell you with certainty what went wrong, although I think it was bees. One moment I was in the saddle taking pictures and the next my head was impacting a tree followed by proof that Newton’s law of gravity is true. As I’m finding that narcotic fueled dreams are anything but pleasant, I’ve had plenty of time to ponder what went right during my misadventure.

Riding with a partner. The first thing that I did right was ride with a partner. Kim McCarell, author of the series Northwest Horse Trail Books, was my Oregon riding companion and guide as we rode and horse camped around

the Three Sisters area. Kim was not only excellent trail company; she gave me a second set of eyes on my injury and was able to take care of my mule as we made our way off the mountain. Had Kim not been nearby to help I might still be out there. She helped get my floppy arm stabilized and generally watched me like a hawk during the long slow walk out. She even arranged transportation to the emergency room while we were still on the trail. Your life may depend on it, so choose your riding partner wisely.

Carrying first aid kits and having the knowledge to use them. The second thing I did right was carry a first aid kit and have the knowledge to use it. When we found that I couldn’t move my arm, we were able to stabilize it with the first aid kits that we both carried. Between the two kits we were able to get an oddly floppy arm stabilized enough that I could make my way off the mountain. The emergency room staff was quite impressed with our efforts and the ER nurses made a point of saying we did a good job of improvising in using a belt to immobilize my shoulder. They also made of point of mentioning that most people don’t know how to help themselves in an emergency. The incident may have had a different outcome if we hadn’t carried first aid supplies and taken the time and effort to learn how to use them, before the ride. Having the knowledge to use a first aid kit, and improvise if needed, is just as important as carrying the kit.

Carrying a Communications Device. Being able to call for help is a good thing. Having good communications is the third thing we did right. Kim and I both carried tools to contact help in an emergency. We used them that day. Between the two of us we had cell phones, a personal locator beacon, and a Garmin InReach. With these tools at her disposal Kim arranged for emergency transportation and even let my wife know that there had been an accident. I was awfully grateful that I had options other than sitting on the side of a hill hoping that someone would come along. It’s important to carry communication devices that work in the area you’re riding. Cell phones don’t work everywhere and not all messengers are created equally. I’ve tried others and I’m very glad that I could rely on my Garmin InReach.

Wearing a Helmet. Lastly, I was wearing a helmet. If scars are sexy my helmet should be in a pinup calendar. According to my helmet, my head hit a tree on my way to the ground. I certainly don’t remember it. Having a multitude of plates and pins in my shoulder 20


November 2017

Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros

Wonderful Memorial for Original Member Ellen Politzer PRESIDENT, R David Davis; VICE PRESIDENT, Brian (Doc) Hric; SECRETARY, Karen Davis; TREASURER, Nancy Virzi. EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Nancy ‘Go Forward’ Virzi On Sept. 20 I lost a very dear friend and Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros lost one of it’s original members. Ellen Politzer lost her battle with cancer. Ellen was a competitive shooter long before finding the sport of Mounted Shooting. She has the medals to prove it. Ellen went through a number of horses until finding her partner Sitarra. Together they were a classy pair. Ellen was extremely artistic, she painted on rocks and even feathers. Some of us shooters are in possession of the beautiful beaded hat bands she made. She had just begun making fairy houses out of twigs and other natural materials. They are very detailed with windows, doors and even lights. Every time we trail rode she was looking for rocks and other materials for her various projects. We came back from numerous rides with saddle bags full of rocks. She was a very brave and independent lady, driving to shoots all over by herself. She was a retired EMT and served with the Troy

Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros original member, Ellen Politzer. Fire Department for a number of years. She leaves behind her husband Bruce, daughter Jenny, son Jason and her beloved granddaughter Gabby. She will be greatly missed by all of us. At our September shoot we held a Chinese auction and 50/50 to raise money for Ellen’s family. I would like to thank all who donated all the beautiful objects for the auction. Thank you to Trumbull Locker for the meat basket and the candy basket they donated. The shooters had a beautiful memorial for Ellen at our September shoot, lining up in two lines on horse back, Karen Davis then led Sitarra to me with boots in the stirrups backwards as Taps was played. Ellen’s family decided to gift Sitarra to me. It is quite an honor. Sitarra and I will try to make Ellen proud when we compete. Ellen was a wonderful friend and I will miss her greatly. Thank you to all who came and made our September shoot a success Congratulations to all our winners:

SATURDAY Overall Overall Charles Brown, Reserve Overall Overall Dave Riley, Reserve Overall Ben Clark, Reserve Overall Senior James Urbanski, Overall Cowgirl Carla Spackman, Reserve Cowgirl Kelley Forster, senior Overall Cowgirl Beth McKee, Reserve Senior Cowgirl Rhonda Brown. Class Winners: L1 Chastity Smith, L2 Stephanie Berry, L3. Karla Durnell, L4 Kelley Forster, L5 Carla Spackman, M1 Tim Brown, M2 Dave Riley, M5 Fred Conniff, SL1 Karen Davis, SL2 Diane Schmidt, SL3 Maryjane Angelo, SL4 Beth McKee, SM1 Rich Workman, SM2 Glenn Eaton, SM3 James Urbanski, SM4 Charles Brown. SUNDAY Overall Overall Charles Brown, Reserve Overall Tom Rock, Reserve Cowboy George Hampe, Overall Cowgirl Kelley Forster, Reserve Cowgirl Candice

Conniff, Reserve Sr Cowboy Dave Edwards, Sr Cowgirl Rhonda Brown, Reserve Sr Cowgirl Beth McKee, Classes: L1 Chastity Smith, L2 Carissa Broennle, L3 Karla Durnell, L4 Kelley Forster, L5 Candice Conniff, M1 Tye Alleshouse, M2 Tom Rock, M3 David Riley, M5 George Hampe, SL1 Karen David, SL2 Diane Schmidt, SL3 Maryjane Angelo, SL4 Rhonda Brown, SM1 William Hummel, SM2 Glenn Eaton, SM3 Dave Edwards, SM4 Charles Brown.

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Four Things That Can Save Your Life Continued from page 20

is plenty. I’m glad I don’t have shiny hardware in my head as well. If you choose to wear a helmet (and I hope that you do) make sure that it’s ASTM / SEI certified for equestrian use. My Troxel Sierra model took the beating so that my head didn’t. I guess it’s time for a new helmet. Well, that’s about it for now. As you can see I’m still typing, slowly and with one hand but typing! I’ll be back in the saddle as soon as the docs give me the OK. For more trail riding tips, and the world’s largest guide

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to horse trails and camps, visit Robert ‘The TrailMeister’ Eversole owns and operates the largest horse trail and horse camp guide in the world, www. 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.



Dusty Boots Riding Club

Put the Dusty Boots Banquet on Your Calendar PRESIDENT, Holly Carr; 1ST VICE PRESIDENT, Ruth Stimburys; TREASURER, Donna Rohrer; SECRETARY, Deb Koffel; EMAIL, WEBSITE, www.

by Deb Koffel September 17 was the setting for the last horse show of the 2017 season for Dusty Boots. It was a beautiful day after the fog lifted and the beautiful sunshine came out. Great awards, lots of exhibitors and outstanding judges Vickey Dunn and Jim Bower. The ‘Ride For A Cure/Cause Class’ had great prizes and money. This year’s winner was Tabitha Sargent from Windham, Ohio, riding Socks Gone Wild. Tabitha rode for the Wounded Warrior Project. Second place went to Kim Brewster from Madison, Ohio, riding Lope In The Cash Bar. Third place and the winner of the Highest Placing Youth Award was Haely Allison riding Kiss My Invitation. Fourth place was Rachael Shymanski, fifth place was Grace Costello,

sixth place was Casey Kotanchek and seventh place went to Zoey Brown. A special thank you to our Cure/ Cause sponsors, without you this great project would not be possible Thank you! Basic Equine Health; Gut Health, Tom Hall; DK Showhorses, Dawn Koffel Allison; Schneider’s; Big Dee’s; Michele Bates, At The Barn Tack and More; Kim Brewster, Performance Horse Feed; Janet and David Scott; Tractor Supply of Warren, Ohio; Family Farm and Home of Warren, Ohio; Darlene Louks, DAC Distributor; Holly Carr; Donna Rohrer and Deb Koffel. Other show sponsors for the show were, Cathy and Terry Bryan, Jason Brown Family, Tammy Minor, Bill and Alta Wendell, Jacki Davis, Mary McMaughlin, Wildside Bar and Grill, Jerik Show Horses, Rebecca Burk, Bad Hair Day, Jason Carr and Carriage House Beer Distributor of Jamestown, Pa., and always Penny Nichols. A lot of new projects are in the works for 2018. Discussions on bringing back the futurity, new classes like EWD, more ranch, great awards and judges, family atmosphere, new locations...all this at affordable prices and great

Haely Allison riding Kiss My Invitation, with Naomi Stimburys Royalty Queen and Dawn Koffel Allison. people to do it with. What else could you ask for? Be sure to be with us on Facebook and our web page. Remember to mark your calendar for the banquet on March 24, 2018 at Garden Brook Banquet Center in Cortland, Ohio. Best awards, music, dancing, photo booth, multiple tables of Chinese auction items, 50/50, crowning of the Sr. and Jr. Royalty winner, Schneider raffle, and always good food, and an evening with your friends. Can’t wait! SEPTEMBER 17 HIGH POINT WINNERS 10 & UNDER: Zoey Brown riding

Tabitha Sargent riding Socks Gone Wild. Presenting the award is Naomi Stimburys, Dusty Boots Royalty Queen 2016 and 2017. Dodgers Lucky Strike. Reserve High Point, Sydney Klein. 11-18: Haely Allison riding Kiss My Invitation. Reserve High Point, Brooke Locy. 19 & OVER: Kim Brewster riding Rock In The Cash Bar. Reserve High Point, Jeanette Graham. RANCH HORSE: Sponsored by Top C Stables and Liz Phillips: Brenda Hanson riding PVF Frosted Ace. Reserve High Point, Rose Socher.

Dusty Boots Riding Club thanks all our sponsors and a special thank you to Schneider’s and Big Dee’s for their sponsorship throughout the year.

Ohio State Buckskin Association

Show Dates for 2018 Set PRESIDENT, Carmen KellenbargerPorter; VICE PRESIDENT, Ben Grandstaff; SECRETARY, Brianne Mathews; TREASURER, Meg Powell PHONE, 740/403-4551 WEBSITE,

by Carmen Kellenbarger-Porter I hope everyone had time to go and enjoy the Congress or even show this year. OSBA show dates for 2018 are as follows; May 26-28 and July 7-8 both shows at Eden Park in Sunbury, Ohio. We are working on having them approved with ICPHA and MVHSA so everyone can bring the other non-buckskin colored horses to the shows because we have classes for just about everyone! IBHA World Show is July 24-38 in Cloverdale, Ind. Our 2017 awards banquet will 22

be Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at The Virtues Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio 43830. Directors meeting at 4 p.m., general membership meeting 4:45 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the award presentations. RSVP by Dec. 29, 2017 to 740/877-1910. Mark your calendars, we have an exciting year ahead of us! Our trail ride at Mohican was a great success. Special thanks go out to Chris Coudret for putting this ride together. The month of November hopefully will give us some nice days to do a little more trail riding so we can get ready for that Thanksgiving dinner… yum! Don’t forget to give your horses an extra treat too. Congratulations go out to our IBHA World Show Grand Champions: Shannon Courtock/ Goodtime for Chicken-Added Money 2 YO western pleasure; Kendra Courtock/The Boss Whodunit-13 and Under YA western pleasure.

OUR RESERVE CHAMPIONS Carmen Kellenbarger-Porter/Luckys Lil Miss Tinkerbell-Mini Halter Mares. Amy Brockman/Rockin the PotentialSelect Am Hunt Seat Equitation. Kendra Courtock/Dunup N Did It-13 and under western showmanship. Lauren Montgomery/Ima Dynamic Breeze-13 and under YA English showmanship. Brianne Mathews/Will She be Dynamic-Jr Hunter under saddle. Patricia McKinley/Handy Little BugSelect Am western trail-hunt seat equitation-hunter under saddlewestern horsemanship. TOP FIVE Connie Lechleitner/Im Good at This, Carmen Kellenbarger-Porter/Luckys Lil Miss Tinkerbell, Dakota Diamond Griffith/Im Riding Solo, Tamera LePage/ Twist Open th Patron, Kenzie Goddard/ Mos Hot Jezza Belle, Amy Brockman/ Rockin the Potential, Brenda Alliman/ CD Mr Legs, Kaleigh Courtock/Gary Brown-Get my Lazy on, Patricia McKinley/Handy Little Bug, Lauren Montgomery/Ima Dynamic Breeze, Maleah Nigg-Heather Nigg/Sheza Royal Norfleet, Emily Powell/Rawhides Reno, Shannon Courtock/The Boss Whodunit, Brianne Mathews/Will She be Dynamic. Top Ten; Amy Brockman/


Rockin the Potential, Brenda Alliman/ CD Mr Legs, Gary Brown/Dolly Dun Won It, Katherine Memmen/Mohigins Buck D Bar, Kaleigh Courtock/Dunup N Did it/The Boss Whodunit, Lauren Montgomery/Ima Dynamic Breeze, Connie Lechleitner/Im Good At This, Emily Powell/Rawhides Reno, Maleah Nigg/Sheza Royal Fleet, Shannon Courtock/The Boss Whodunit, Angela Foust/True Blue Dynamic.

This is something Ohio members are to be proud of and all of them placed several times in the Top Ten. OH-IO…and when our own Emily Powell stepped down from being IBHA queen she passed it down to another Ohio queen, Katherine Memmen. What a world show to remember! If you have a Buckskin, Dun or Grulla in the barn—big or mini size—what are you waiting for? Give me a call, don’t miss out on all the fun! Until next month... remember keep your eyes forward, you don’t need to look back because yesterday is gone and tomorrow is a brand new day with new adventures!

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Ride For Real

Understanding the Movement of the Horse by Steve Lantvit In our journey to become better horsemen we must understand the movement of the horse and the mechanics that he uses to propel himself forward, backward and turn. Once we know how nature intended the horse to move, we can then use it to our advantage, or change it to suit our needs. The horse pulls from the front, turns in the middle and pushes from the rear. He naturally carries more of his weight on his front-end, not the rear. It is this basic understanding that we need to help us position the horse to do the task at hand. When we watch a rider move effortlessly around an arena or field, and the horse seems to float and steer with the slightest touch, we are watching these concepts being put to use. The rider is working with the horse and not against him. Understanding footfall patterns and feeling the rhythm and


timing help us to become better horsemen. There are different gaits in which the horse uses to move himself around. Walk, trot, canter and gallop. These gaits have a different feel and beat. Learning the rhythms and timings of these gaits will aid in controlling the horse more effectively. Experienced riders ride in rhythm with their horse, creating a harmony they can use to help control speed and direction. Practice at different gaits moving freely with the horse, encouraging him to move faster. Then at the same gait slow your body rhythm and the horse will start to slow down. Think of riding as a dance. The gait sets the beat and the horse and rider is the couple. It becomes the rider’s job to take the lead and set the pace. When a horse continually breaks gait the problem is usually the rider being out of timing with the horse.

The first of these gaits that a rider must learn is the walk. The walk is the slowest of all the gaits and has four beats. When we refer to beats we are referring to the footfall pattern it takes the horse to move one stride. In other words, each foot is striking the ground separately, so the rider is feeling four separate beats. The footfall pattern starts off right hind, then right front, then left hind and finally left front. Learning to distinguish the different beats and footfall patterns will aid in controlling the direction the horse is going. For example, at this gait start making a turn when the inside front leg is off the ground. That is when the horse has the ability to move the leg and reposition the foot. How can the horse make a direction change when he is bearing weight on the leg he needs to move first? When the rider is out of timing giving the cues for a directional change to the horse, the horse will appear heavy and clumsy in his steering. The trot is probably the hardest gait to learn for a new rider because it is a diagonal, two beat rhythm. The footfall pattern starts with the right hind and front left striking the ground at the same time, followed by the left hind and right front. Depending on how high the horse lifts his knees, will determine on how bouncy the trot feels. For example, a horse that moves his knees flat has a smoother more western jog then a horse with a lot of knee action. While posting the trot you can start to learn the diagonals by glancing down. Do not shift your weight forward, because this throws off your balance and causes the horse to accelerate. Begin rising with the outside shoulder, trotting in a large circle. Be careful not to develop a crutch by visually checking all the time. Instead, teach yourself to feel for the correct diagonal by closing your eyes and feeling for the outside rear hip as it lifts and drives you into the post. After mastering both the walk and the trot, and being able to stay in time with your horse, start to work on the canter. The canter is a three beat gait which can have either a right or left lead. The best way that I can describe the importance of the correct lead,


Steve Lantvit is to have a rider dismount and skip a circle to the left, with the left leg leading through the turn. Then I have them try the same exercise on a left circle with the right leg leading the turn. Once you feel how awkward that is to do, you will understand the importance of getting the correct lead. The footfall pattern for the left lead starts with right hind, followed by left hind and right front striking the ground simultaneously, then left front followed by a moment of suspension. The right lead footfall pattern is left hind, followed by right hind and left front striking the ground simultaneously, then right front followed by a moment of suspension. Again, feeling the rhythm and timing is important to controlling and turning the horse. Directional changes should happen when the front legs are off the ground. At this time the horse has no weight on his front legs and it is possible for him to redirect them. Safety and riding in control are key to advancing your horsemanship. If you are out of control slow down and go back to the trot. Again, circles are great exercises to practice this technique. Start off with a large circle and redirect the horse with a gentle hand making the circles smaller, then redirect him back out the same way. Remember to keep in mind all of your natural aids; hands, seat, legs and voice. All of your aids should be working in unison to communicate effectively. The gallop is the fastest of all the gaits and should only be done by riders who demonstrate total

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Ohio Morgan Horse Association

Banquet and Annual Meeting Saturday, November 11 PRESIDENT, Claudia Grimes; VICE PRESIDENT, Louise Fraser; SECRETARY, Lois Magisano; WEBSITE,

by Susan Walker Our annual meeting and awards banquet will be taking place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Galaxy Party Center in Wadsworth. Depending on when you receive this issue of your Horsemen’s Corral, this event may be just about to take place or it may already have happened. If this reaches you before Nov. 11, I hope to see you there. If not until after, then I hope you were there to partake in the fun. Next month’s article will fill in the details on the meeting and the award winners. This being November, I am looking forward to and thinking about Thanksgiving at the end of the month. I have so very much to be thankful for, but this week,

I am extremely thankful for all the generous sponsors who have made Internet streaming of the Grand National horse show available. It is great to be able to keep up with the action as it happens or to review a class or a session one has missed. Of course, nothing is the same as being there. But for those of us who didn’t make the trip to Oklahoma, the live streaming at least keeps us up to date with the latest news and a chance to view all the beautiful horses. The fact that all four show rings are being videoed allows someone to keep track of their favorite discipline and to also check out some of the events with which they might not be as familiar. As usual, many OMHA members are bringing back ribbons and bragging rights to the Buckeye state. The interviewer from Richfield Video Productions catching the winners as they exit the Coliseum has been asking almost everyone about what other shows they attended in 2017. Our Buckeye Morgan Challenge is

getting lots of free publicity, as a large number are mentioning that they attended the Buckeye. It is also fun to spot familiar faces in the crowd when the camera pans the audience during lulls in the action. Many of our members have made their cameo appearance on the ‘jumbotron’ and on the Internet. Don’t worry, none of you did anything super embarrassing. It is also great fun to see all the dogs settled into the arena seats. For the most part, they really seem to be enjoying the show. Dr. Lori Sargeant posted that her malinois, Levi was very intent on judging the in-hand stallion competitions and she had the photos to prove it. Does he help you with the stallion and mare pairings when it comes to breeding season also, Lori? By the way, I’ve always thought that a dog who could scent and alert for a mare in estrus would be a wonderful thing. If Levi develops that skill set, please give me a call. Long time OMHA members and Morgan owners, breeders

and exhibitors, Tim and Carol Selinsky of the Stables of Fieldcrest in Massillon have turned the page on another chapter of their Morgan and equine adventures recently. Due to family health concerns and time constraints, the Selinskys made the difficult decision to downsize from their 35-acre luxurious showcase farm property to a home where the lawn only needs to be mowed and trimmed, not baled and stored. They remain highly active in the Morgan horse and horse show community, retaining 13 horses. They are just leaving it to someone else to do the feeding and the mucking and the maintenance. In fact, their dynamic young homebred stallion, Fieldcrest Captain Eclectic, was named reserve world’s champion stallion on the first evening of the Grand National show. Join me in congratulating Tim and Carol on this prestigious win and wishing them sincere housewarming wishes as they settle into their new home.

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control. The gallop is a four beat gait similarly to the canter but in the diagonal beat the feet hit the ground with a slight timing separation. Understanding how the horse moves and the pattern in which the feet strike the ground is an essential part of horsemanship. Practice feeling the rhythm of your horse, and as you become better in tune with your horse communication lines between the two of you will start to open. This feeling will give you more control and enable you to guide and correct your horse more successfully. Communication requires an open mind between horse and rider. Listen to what he is telling you. Award-winning trainer/instructor/ clinician, Steve Lantvit, holds

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multiple World Champion and Reserve titles in Ranch Horse competitions. Steve believes in training versatile, well-rounded, capable horses and riders through confidence, mutual respect, and solid communication. He promotes versatility through cross-training and a variety of experiences to improve both performance and attitude in the show pen or out on the trail. Steve provides training, instruction, and conducts clinics year round at his facility in LaPorte, Ind., and other locations across the US. Steve’s knowledge and expertise is shared nationwide, on his TV show, ‘Steve Lantvit, Sure in the Saddle’ on RFD-TV, Thursdays at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST. Visit for more information.



Corral Calendar 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”. NOVEMBER 2017 NOV. 1-5 — RSTPA Finals, Mountain Springs Arena, Hamburg, PA. FMI: 516-639-6666,, NOV. 3-5 — WPYRA Youth Rodeo, Crooked Creek Horse Park, 467 Crooked Creek Dam Rd., Ford City, PA. FMI: Lori Stoffel, 412977-0578, www.crookedcreekhorsepark. com. NOV. 3-5 — Barrel Racing Trailer & Saddle Series, Diamond 7 Ranch & Arena, Dillsburg, PA. FMI: 717-309-7143, www. NOV. 4 — IBRA/NPBA Series, 12 p.m., Smoke Rise Ranch & Resort, 6751 Hunterdon Rd., Glouster, OH. FMI: 740767-2624, NOV. 4 — Breyer Fun Day, Big Dee’s, 9440 St. Rt. 14, Streetsboro, OH. FMI: www. NOV. 4 — IBRA, Cowtown Arena, Williamstown, KY. FMI: Jessica Fox, 859991-2151.


NOV. 4 — SE Ohio Model Horse Show, Southgate Hotel, 2248 Southgate Parkway, Cambridge, OH. FMI: www.seohioshow. NOV. 4 — Circle K Ranch Open Show, 9 a.m., Camp Kern, 5291 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia, OH. FMI: 513-932-3756 x1531, NOV. 4 — IBRA & NPBA, Porchview Stables & Arena LLC, 406 Meteor Rd., Acme, PA. FMI: Melissa Moore, 724-640-6087. NOV. 4 — Run ‘N Fun Open Speed Show, Washetenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI. FMI: Gerry, 734-429-7615, NOV. 4 — Equine Educational Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., MSU Horse Teaching & Research Center, Lansing, MI. FMI: Paula, 517-3557484, NOV. 4-5 — Ride with Tom Pompei/ Tournaments (4th) and Lesson Day (5th), H and P Equestrian Farm, Centerville, OH. FMI: NOV. 4-5 — Horses & Hounds presents Fall Charity Horse Show, Eden Park Equestrian Complex, Sunbury, OH. FMI: www. NOV. 4-5 — Patrick King Classical Horsemanship Clinic, The Ranch Outback, Port Clinton, OH. FMI: 419-341-2372, NOV. 5 — Sapphire Sky Stables Preschool Session, 1 to 2:30 p.m., 6810 Barrett Road, Geneva, OH. FMI: Leanne, 440-813-9478. NOV. 5 — Think Pink Trail Ride, 12-4 p.m., Sycamore State Park, 4675 Diamond Mill Rd., Dayton, OH. FMI: 937-417-0783.

NOV. 5 — NBHA Ohio 02 7th Annual Tack Swap, Blue Lakes Farm, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: Amy Snyder, 440-4798503, NOV. 5 — MSU Green & White Fuzzy Show, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI:, www. NOV. 9-12 — US Dressage Finals, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-9712277, NOV. 10-12 — On The Road with Dawn & Clea 2017/2018 Winter Half Baked Series, The Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: 330-592-5745, www. NOV. 10-12 — Barrel Racing Trailer & Saddle Series, Diamond 7 Ranch & Arena, Dillsburg, PA. FMI: 717-309-7143, www. NOV. 10-12 — MQHA Harvest Classic Horse Show, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: 616-225-8211, NOV. 11 — Northern Kentucky Equine Conference, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Boone County Enrichment Center, Burlington, KY. FMI: Jim Mayer, 859-496-4976. NOV. 11 — Ruggles Arena Speed Show, 2651 Township Rd. 155, Cardington, OH. FMI: 419-210-6952. NOV. 11 — Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, OH. FMI: 330674-6188,, NOV. 11 — MK’s Team Sorting, 12 p.m., Double B Arena, 12578 N. Gasburg Rd., Mooresville, IN. FMI: Mike, 317-440-8439. NOV. 11 — Rocky Fork Rodeo Co. Youth Rodeo End of Year Banquet, North of Cambridge, OH. FMI: Tonya Venham, 740350-0027, Find us on Facebook: RFRC Bulletin Board. NOV. 11 — IBRA, Buckhorn Ranch Arena, 108 Simmons Lane, West Sunbury, PA. FMI: Karen, 724-290-1859, www. NOV. 11 — Sorting Clinic, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Porchview Stables & Arena, LLC, 406 Meteor Rd., Acme, PA. FMI: Mellisa Moore, 724-640-6087, NOV. 12 — Wood County Horseman’s Flea Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wood Co. Fairgrounds, Bowling Green, OH. FMI: Kelly Adams, 419-466-9316. NOV. 12 — Smoke Rise Ranch Fun Show, 6751 Hunterdon Rd., Glouster, OH. FMI: 740-767-2624, NOV. 12 — Tack Swap, 10 a.m., Sapphire Sky Stables, 6810 Barrett Road, Geneva, OH. FMI: 440-813-9478. NOV. 12 — Open Horse Show, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, NOV. 12 — Jackpot Sorting, Porchview Stables & Arena, 406 Meteor Rd., Acme, PA. FMI: Melissa Moore, 724-640-6087. NOV. 13-15 — 70th Fall Speed Sale, Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, OH. FMI: NOV. 14-16 — Dressage Clinic with Jeremy Beale, Bridlewood Dressage Farm, Medina, OH. FMI: Sherrie, 330-805-1538, NOV. 17-19 — 3-Day Ranchmanship Clinic with Steve Lantvit, Lazy L Ranch, 4330 Butterbridge Rd., North Lawrence, OH. FMI: 330-418-1096, info@LazyLRanch. com.


NOV. 17-19 — Southern Michigan Fall Quarter & Paint Horse Auction, Michigan State University Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. FMI: Tom Moore Sales, 517-467-7576, sales@tommooresales. com, NOV. 18 — Winer Series Contest Show & “Beginners” Fun Show, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, www. NOV. 18 — Wyandot County Equine Rescue Fall Fun Show, 4660 OH-199, Carey, OH. FMI: Caitlyn, 719-367-1257, wcertrainers@ NOV. 18 — Snowbird Dressage, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: www.kentuckydressageassociation. com. NOV. 18 — IBRA, Buckhorn Ranch Arena, 108 Simmons Lane, West Sunbury, PA. FMI: Karen, 724-290-1859, www. NOV. 18 — Country Roads Barrel & Pole Horse Association Approved Show, Porchview Stables & Arena, LLC, 406 Meteor Rd., Acme, PA. FMI: Melissa Moore, 724-640-6087. NOV. 18-19 — Champions Center Fall Open Horse Show, 9 a.m., 4122 Layborne Road, Springfield, OH. FMI: Judy Peters, 614-4021260, NOV. 18-19 — Jack Frost Jubilee Winter Fun Show Series, Crescendo Training Centre, Elphrata, PA. FMI: Kriss, 717-4753047, NOV. 19 — Equine Wellness Clinic, Porchview Stables & Arena, LLC, 406 Meteor Rd., Acme, PA. FMI: Amanda Sabol, 412-977-3333, Amanda.sabol@yahoo. com. NOV. 19 — ShoMe Moore Horse Show, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: Ericka Utz, 248-212-8890, showmeshowoffice@ NOV. 24-25 — Big Dee’s Black Friday Sale, 9440 St. Rt. 14, Streetsboro, OH. FMI: NOV. 24-26 — IBRA Preferred Thanksgiving Barrel Show, Circle G Arena, Lewisburg, OH. FMI: 502-239-4000, NOV. 24-26 —RSNC Thanksgiving Turkey Sort, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: www.facebook. com/ NOV. 24-26 — 12th Annual Cowboy Christmas, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: 989-763-3276, cowboychristmas@ NOV. 25 — Henderson’s Wild Turkey Barrel Race, Henderson’s Arena, 830 Van Fossen Rd., Jackson, OH. FMI: Jerry, 740-710-1515, NOV. 25 — IBRA & NPBA, Porchview Stables & Arena LLC, 406 Meteor Rd., Acme, PA. FMI: Melissa Moore, 724-640-6087. NOV. 25 — Autumn Leaf Model Horse Show, 5105 Old Georgetown Rd., Georgetown, IN. FMI:, NOV. 26 — Thanksgiving Fun Show, 10 a.m., Sapphire Sky Stables, 6810 Barrett Rd., Geneva, OH. FMI: 440-813-9478. NOV. 26 — Turkey Trot Dressage Show, Lititz, PA. FMI: Stephanie, 717-270-9696. DECEMBER 2017 DEC. 1-3 — Barrel Racing Trailer & Saddle Series, Diamond 7 Ranch & Arena, Dillsburg, PA. FMI: 717-309-7143, www.

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Corral Calendar DEC. 2 — Annual Geauga County OHC Banquet, 6 p.m., Huntsburg Community Center, 12406 Madison Rd., Huntsburg, OH. FMI: Sue, DEC. 2 — 2017 Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade & Festival, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m., 212 Broadway St., Lebanon, OH. FMI: DEC. 2 — Southern KY Team Penning, Bowling Green, KY. FMI: Dee Daniels, 270792-3868. DEC. 2 — Jackpot Sorting, Porchview Stables & Arena, 406 Meteor Rd., Acme, PA. FMI: Melissa Moore, 724-640-6087. DEC. 2-3 — Christmas at the Ranch, 1-6 p.m., Buckin’ Ohio, 8154 Garman Road, Burbank, OH. FMI: 330-624-7205, www. DEC. 2-3 — Lesson Day (2nd) and Ride with Tom Pompei/Tournaments (3rd), H and P Equestrian Farm, Centerville, OH. FMI: DEC. 2-3 — Champions Center Fall Open Horse Show, 9 a.m., 4122 Layborne Road, Springfield, OH. FMI: Judy Peters, 614-4021260, DEC. 3 — Fulton County OHC First Annual Winter Tack Swap, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., WB Ranch & Arena, 1640 County Rd. B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Cheryl, 419-270-8916. DEC. 3 — Open Horse Show, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, DEC. 6 — 2017 Barrel/Pole IBRA/NPBA Fall Series, Crazy Woman Ranch, 6450 Lancaster Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. FMI: 614-595-1850. DEC. 7-10 — USEF Rated A Horse Show, Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. FMI: 440-543-7233, DEC. 8-9 — Tack & Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 SR 241, Millersburg, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, thurman@mthopeauction. com, DEC. 8-10 — On The Road with Dawn & Clea 2017/2018 Winter Half Baked Series, The Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: 330-592-5745, www. DEC. 9 — IBRA/NPBA Series, 12 p.m., Smoke Rise Ranch & Resort, 6751 Hunterdon Rd., Glouster, OH. FMI: 740-767-2624, www. DEC. 9 — IBRA, Cowtown Arena, Williamstown, KY. FMI: Jessica Fox, 859991-2151. DEC. 9-10 — Jack Frost Jubilee Winter Fun Show Series, Crescendo Training Centre, Elphrata, PA. FMI: Kriss, 717-475-3047, DEC. 9-10 — Snowball Series Mounted Games, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI:, www. DEC. 15-16 — IBRA-NPBA, Bill Cherry Expo Center, 2101 College Farm Rd., Murray, KY. FMI: Bailey Jo Angelo, 724-415-8319.

DEC. 15-17 — ShoMe Holiday ShoDown, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: Ericka, 248-212-8890, showmeshowoffice@yahoo. com. DEC. 16 — Maple Crest Farm Open House, 1-5 p.m., 6530 Miller Road, Brecksville, OH. FMI: Stacey, 440-292-7198, staceygiere@ DEC. 16 — Winer Series Contest Show & “Beginners” Fun Show, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, www. DEC. 16 — Snowbird Dressage, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: www.kentuckydressageassociation. com. DEC. 16 — IBRA & NPBA, Porchview Stables & Arena LLC, 406 Meteor Rd., Acme, PA. FMI: Melissa Moore, 724-640-6087. DEC. 16-17 — Horsin In The Holidays, Champions Center, 4122 Layborne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Kathy Lloyd, 937-2063945. DEC. 17 — Christmas Fun Show, 10 a.m., Sapphire Sky Stables, 6810 Barrett Rd., Geneva, OH. FMI: 440-813-9478. DEC. 27-28 — Holiday Show, Norristown, PA. FMI: Katherine Benson, 908-534-8833. DEC. 27-29 — Dutch Cross Classic Christmas Sale, Topeka Livestock Auction, Topeka, IN. FMI: James Yoder, 260-593-3210. DEC. 29-31 — New Year Barrel Bash, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: DEC. 31 — New Years Eve Fun Show, 10 a.m., Sapphire Sky Stables, 6810 Barrett Rd., Geneva, OH. FMI: 440-813-9478. JANUARY 2018 JAN. 5-6 — IBRA-NPBA, Bill Cherry Expo Center, 2101 College Farm Rd., Murray, KY. FMI: Bailey Jo Angelo, 724-415-8319. JAN. 6 — Winer Series Contest Show & “Beginners” Fun Show, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, www. JAN. 6-17 — Champions Center Open Show, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: JAN. 13 — Mid-Eastern Farrier Association Free Member Clinic, Cleveland Equine Clinic, Ravenna, OH. FMI: 330-904-1489. JAN. 13 — Wayne County Saddle Club Annual Banquet, American Legion, Wooster, OH. FMI: www. JAN. 13-14 — Youth Equestrian Development Association, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: JAN. 14 — Open Horse Show, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, JAN. 16-17 — Pennsylvania Draft Horse Sale, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA. FMI: Dale, 717-940-4412, www.

FEBRUARY 2018 FEB. 2-4 — On The Road with Dawn & Clea 2017/2018 Winter Half Baked Series, The Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: 330-592-5745, www. FEB. 3 — 7th Annual Ashland Paint & Plain Swap Meet, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ashland County Fairgrounds, Ashland, OH. FMI: Ashley, 419-606-8383, achristian386@ FEB. 3 — MQHA 16th Annual New & Used Tack Sale, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: 616-2258211, FEB. 8 — Premier Draft Horse Auction, 20933 Mulebarn Rd., Sheridan, IN. FMI: 317-983-6569, FEB. 10 — Pinto Horse Association of Ohio Awards Banquet, Quality Inn & Suites Rainwater Park Hotel, Sandusky, OH. FMI: FEB. 10-11 — Champions Center Open Show, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: FEB. 10-11 — Jack Frost Jubilee Winter Fun Show Series, Crescendo Training Centre, Elphrata, PA. FMI: Kriss, 717-475-3047, FEB. 11 — Open Horse Show, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303,

FEB. 12-13 — Winter Speed Sale, Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, OH. FMI: www.bloodedhorse. com. FEB. 16 — IBRA-NPBA, Bill Cherry Expo Center, 2101 College Farm Rd., Murray, KY. FMI: Bailey Jo Angelo, 724-415-8319. FEB. 17-18 — Buckeye Reining Clinic, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: www. FEB. 18 — 35th Annual Great Lakes Appaloosa Swap Meet, University of Findlay Western Farm, 14700 US 68, Findlay, OH. FMI: Jason Moore, 937-5700701, FEB. 24 — Winer Series Contest Show & “Beginners” Fun Show, Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-564-7303, www. FEB. 25 — ShoMe Moore Show, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. FMI: www. MARCH 2018 MARCH 3-4 — Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: www. MARCH 9-10 — IBRA-NPBA, Bill Cherry Expo Center, 2101 College Farm Rd., Murray, KY. FMI: Bailey Jo Angelo, 724-4158319. MARCH 9-11 — 2018 Michigan Horse Expo, MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. FMI: Marilyn Graff, 231-8212487,, www.



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Central Ohio Saddle Club Association

Thank You to All Who Helped at The Round Up PRESIDENT, Jennifer Markley; VICE PRESIDENT, Shannon Dillinger; SECRETARY, Mandy Dacek; TREASURER, Theresa Whiteman; WEBSITE,

by Mandy Dacek As I sit to write this, we have just wrapped up the 2017 COSCA Championship Horse Show. It was a great weekend, and for the first time in a while, the weather was great for the majority of the weekend! There were a lot of great rides, great times and

great laughs (especially during the ‘stick horse class’ Saturday evening!) Thank you to the exhibitors who showed with us at the Round Up. Thanks as well to those who volunteered their time, whether being a ringmaster, running the gates, handing out ribbons, or helping set up or take down the booths in the Merchants building. Congratulations to all of the year-end award winners. Keep an eye out for some of our champions in future issues of the Corral. We love to shine the spotlight on our members and their champion horses. We would like to congratulate our scholarship contest winner,

The 2017 Central Ohio Saddle Club Association officers and directors. Toni Varrecchia, on being named the winner Saturday evening at Round Up. Toni is a student at Youngstown State University and the proud recipient of a $500 scholarship. Keep an eye out for information for our 2018 scholarship contest soon. We have our annual Election meeting on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Community Room at the Buehlers on Route 18. If you are interested in running for a director position, please contact our Nominating Committee

chairperson, Deb Kitzmiller. We also have the annual rules meeting the following Friday, Nov. 10. This is the meeting where rule proposals for the 2018 rule book are presented. Proposals may be brought to the meeting or emailed to Mandy Dacek at Please have any proposals written up as you would like them voted on. Thank you to all who have showed with us this season. We hope to see you in 2018!


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Northern Ohio Dressage Association

An Update from President Dee Liebenthal PRESIDENT, Dee Liebenthal; VICE PRESIDENT, Christine Thompson; TREASURER, Nancy Danielson; SECRETARY, Patti Valencic. EMAIL,; WEBSITE,

by Dee Liebenthal As I write this, the weather has felt more like July than the end of September. It’s hard to accept the coming of fall and winter when my favorite seasons are spring and summer. I am not complaining about the warm weather, however, as the harsh winter will be upon us before we know it—and I heard that the wooly bear is not indicating anything positive. Congratulations to all the NODA members who competed at the September USDF Region 2 Championships at Majestic Farm in Batavia, Ohio. We are proud of all your accomplishments. Good luck and congratulations to all NODA members who qualified for the U.S. Dressage Finals to be held in November

at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. We will be thinking of you, and we wish you all the best. On Sept. 22 we held NODA’s Annual Open Meeting at Topline Stables. This meeting is required by NODA’s bylaws to give us the opportunity to take nominations from the floor for our elected offices, and occurs every two years. Many thanks to Janeen Langowski-Grava for letting us use her facilities for the meeting. I am happy to report that we had a good turnout and we were very pleased to see quite a few new faces. I am excited to announce that we have a full slate of candidates, and even a few extras vying for the five Director-atLarge positions. The process of installing a new Executive Board is almost complete. Members will be voting by mail and the new Board will be announced at the banquet in November. You may already have received your ballot, and we ask that you please vote and return the ballot by Nov. 6. It’s important that you participate because even though some offices only have one candidate, we elect

only five members as Directors At Large. Directors at Large are voting positions that represent the interests of our members, so they are very important members of our Board. You are asked to vote for five of the seven candidates. The candidates for elected office NODA Board for the 2018 and 2019 are: President, Barbara Soukup; Vice President, Arielle Brodkey; Treasurer, Dee Liebenthal; Secretary, Patty Valencic. Nominees for Director At Large (only five elected): Christine Thompson, Kathy Kirchner, Judy Jacobson, Niki Sackman, Dale Lappert, Mary Lou Gallagher, Mary Dana Prescott. I want to thank all those who stepped up to run for office. I am especially grateful to Barb Soukup and Arielle Brodkey for offering to be candidates for president and vice president respectively. Even though Christine Thompson and I are running for other board positions, we plan to be very involved with the organization. We are both dedicated to working on the future of the Recognized Shows, supporting new education ideas,

and working hard to continue NODA’s future to be of benefit to its members while carrying out NODA’s mission. I also want to thank the current board for their complete support of me the last six years. I appreciate, love, and respect all of you. We got a lot of good work done together. I know there will be many more good things ahead under the direction of our new board. NODA’s annual Brunch and Awards Celebration will be held on Nov. 19 at the Holiday Inn in Independence. We are always excited to try something new. Once again, our annual celebration will have a fabulous silent auction and raffle, a slide show, and a great brunch menu. To find out more please go to www.nodarider. org for this year’s Silent Auction Donation Packages and Program Advertising opportunities. We use this event not only to hand out NODA’s annual awards, but also to celebrate all NODA members and the families and friends supporting them. Please join in the celebration and come with your family and friends.

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Miniature Horse Hoof Care: He’s Still a Horse of Course by Bryan S. Farcus, MA, CJF

Substance vs. Superstition?

Whether it is miniature horses or draft stock, attitudes fueled by the misunderstanding of horseshoeing or horsemanship always leads us to poor decisions. The approach to hoof care, in particular, has always been in the spotlight for debate and I suppose that it will always be. In my view, this alone can be reason enough for some to exercise a negative attitude. Attempting to dispel such attitudes and slow the spread of superstition remains a challenge and, again, I speculate that this will always be. Several years ago, while doing a little research, I happened to discover somewhat of a surprising deliberation from a farrier of many years gone by. According to E.G.Lafosse, Jr., an exclusive farrier to an 18th Century King of France, the general attitude held by most people at that time was described as follows: “The errors of farriery are as ancient as farriers. These errors are the prime children of ignorance; and through ignorance they are perpetuated”. It is quite obvious that this declaration suggests the existence of harsh practice and, surprisingly enough, it is still an attitude held by some even to this day. Perhaps, it would serve us well to remember that true and honest education, along with improved technology, has a way of improving one’s intuition and at the same time disproving any superstition. For the remainder of this article, allow me to attempt to do just that; as it pertains to your miniature horse.

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Common to all, big or small…

The hoof structure of all equine, regardless of breed type or size, is anatomically similar. Each hoof has within it a main connective component that is the tissue responsible for maintaining a strong bond between the external hoof wall capsule and the lowest digital bone in the horse’s foot (the third phalanx). In medical terms, this tissue is often referred to as the laminae. If the blood flow is compromised to the laminae (approx. 500-600 of these connective tissues make up each hoof), they begin to die, triggering a series of infectious events that can result in a horse’s inability to support his own body weight on his feet. In the worst case scenario, it can lead to death of the horse if not managed properly. In my experience with spring grass laminitis, which is the most common threat to a horse’s hoof tissue, I actually see more undetected cases occurring in pony types and mini horses. I believe these cases are often easier to overlook, due to the fact that many of these horses experience less stress since they are normally not burdened by the weight of riding and often spend little time at work. A major myth that may still exist in some circles is the notion that miniature horses’ hooves are somehow different and, therefore when trimming you must conform to ‘special guidelines’. For years, many thought that a trimmer should always shorten the toes and never remove the heel of the hoof. However, modern science has proven that in many cases this theory has no real merit. The reality is that the hoof structure

horses can be barefoot if they are in a controlled environment. Some may need shoes for any of these three reasons: 1) weak hooves (protection) 2) weak hoof/pastern angles (support) 3) the job of the horse (performance)

and the hoof growth process of a miniature are influenced by the same factors as their larger equine relatives. When trimming the hooves of any horse it is best to visualize each hoof in a three dimensional plane; this is a must if you are to maintain long term soundness of any horse. To summarize, you can visualize how an airplane stays in flight. A pilot must maintain three dimensions: ‘pitch’ (slope of aircrafts nose and tail), ‘roll’ (evenness or tilt of right and left wings) and ‘yaw’ (the ability of the pilot to control the aircraft from inadvertently twisting in mid-flight, flowing forward in a directed line of travel). In terms of farrier work, the ‘pitch’ is analogous to the slope or angle of the horse’s lower digital bone column, compared to the slope of the hoof wall. The ‘roll’ represents the inner and outer edges of the hoof wall (medial/lateral balance). And, the ‘yaw’, just as in the situation of the pilot, is to maintain the previous two aspects, in order to prevent a disruption of a flowing forward flight. In horse terms, we can relate the flight concept to the path of a foot while in stride. Hence, the view of hoof balance must include dynamics (the movement and landing phase of the horse’s entire limb). This is a direct influence on how all expert farriers will interpret ‘true balance’ of a hoof.

When to call a Farrier?

Generally, most horses, whether shod or not, should have the farrier call on them routinely. Most farriers recommend a visit anywhere from six to eight weeks, varying among each horse and each season. Most healthy 30


A good farrier should also consider this: 1) what science wants (for soundness) 2) what the rider/driver wants (for performance) 3) and what the horse wants (for a lifetime of humane horseshoeing and handling in general).

A shared solution…

Miniature horses are, indeed, one of the noblest breeds of horses. They possess the heart, purity, strength, and unwavering endurance of those early, industrial era, coal mining rail horses. This breed has been and will hopefully continue to be a part of the fabric that makes us who we are. For the well-being of all our equine friends, it should always remain a priority that we continue to seek the necessary knowledge to care for them. As I mentioned in my opening comments, many of our most ingrained attitudes come to us through long standing tradition. If it were not for our innate desire to cultivate new technology, superstition would never be challenged and that would only lead to disaster. I believe that it is the responsibility of all horse people (owners, trainers, veterinarians and farriers) to test the possibility of any new idea and to challenge the legitimacy of all those older ones. By working together, the future of all our horses need only be bright. REFERENCES & RESOURCES: • Principles of Horseshoeing (P3) III, Doug Butler PhD, CJF and Jacob Butler, CJF • A Handbook of Horseshoeing , Jno. Dollar. M.R.C.V.S. and Albert Wheatley, F.R.C.V.S • Breeds of North America, J. Dutson and B. Langrish • The Nature of Horses, S. Budiansky

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November 2017



View From the Cheap Seats

Mere Mortals Need Apply by Sarah Vas Growing up, I always imagined marrying a fellow horse person and becoming a husband-andwife training team. We’d be a professional super duo and model horse show parents to our own well-adjusted, horse-crazy kids. The Universe knew better and graciously bequeathed someone much more perfect for me albeit SO NOT a horse person. While my brother and I were watching spring foals entering the world in the wee hours of a school night, my husband Kevin was growing up in suburbia with sidewalks and ice cream trucks. He has what we refer to as a ‘real job’ complete with civilized work schedules and steady deposits to our bank account. His work clothes aren’t scrounged from the local Goodwill store nor permanently stained with bodily fluids from another species. He’s a heck of a sport about the whole horse

thing, though, and it’s about time we heard from the non-horsey spouse, dontcha think? Kevin and I discussed how he’s survived my crazy life and here’s what I’ve gleaned from his reality. Equestrians cannot reliably make or keep social plans as the needs of The Horse will always take priority. Vacations are few and far between. Hobbies, family time, grocery shopping, and holiday gatherings are stuffed into the leftover minutes of the 24/7 Equestrian lifestyle. So, jump into the madness because you have to Fly Solo a lot, even at your in-laws’ holiday dinners. If you have a ‘real job’, squirrel away large chunks of every paycheck for impending Equestrian Emergencies. And please, don’t argue over the semantics of what an emergency is, exactly. Obviously, the Vet is an emergency but funds withdrawn without question or argument can cover other

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critical expenditures including but not limited to high tech arena footing, custom saddles, bigger trailers, another horse, a younger horse, a more talented horse, and a puppy. Buying horse-related gifts for your Equestrian is tricky, too. Your only defense is to purchase an item on the spot and declare it a gift when your Equestrian is still drooling over the dreamy display. It’s just easier this way. Equestrians also have a knack for buying you gifts that somehow circumvent the receiver and end up in the trailer or on the horse. It’s the thought that counts. If your Equestrian competes, be prepared for pre-show nerves. Move about the vicinity with an air of purposeful calm. Observe, be efficient and helpful, but only complete tasks you are absolutely sure you have the security clearance to do. Only speak if spoken to and DO NOT tell your partner to just relax. In fact, just keep any coaching or opinions to yourself. This leads to the next learned skill. Recognize your role in the post show recap. Your Equestrian will repeatedly recite every single detail of their recent riding accomplishments and/or failures. If the show went poorly, listen intently while interjecting gentle praise. If the show went well, listen intently while interjecting enthusiastic praise. The horse should receive honors in the form of richly monogrammed blankets, a gold-plated name plaque on the stall door, and a private photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz. You will be expected to praise the horse, too, even though you might be absent from the life size glossy banner of the Equestrian gazing adoringly at the horse draped in its championship finery. Be the bedside nurse to every horse show hangover. Your Equestrian may need to sleep off the fatigue and adrenaline let down from all that physical and mental effort. Keep your tired soldier hydrated, well-nourished, and for heaven’s sake, take extra special care of Mother’s Precious or Daddy’s Girl out there in the barn while the Equestrian gathers strength for the unpacking of the trailer. If there are children in the home, keep them on lock down. No one is to speak, touch, or


Sarah Vas look directly at your Equestrian until he or she has emerged from the bedroom, showered, teeth brushed, and seen by the chiropractor at least once. Running parallel to this horse show craziness is the reality of your private existence together. Accept way more of your share of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, yard work, bill paying, problem solving, and kid-raising. Horses came before you. Horses may always come first. When your Equestrian is out of the home (translation: at the barn, a show, a clinic, the tack shop), you wear all the hats. When your Equestrian is home, it’s only to grab a meal, a shower, and fresh clothes while planning the next trip to the barn. So just keep all those hats on. They’re your hats. Here’s the good news. If you and your Equestrian mate are the perfect relationship match, other than that pesky third wheel, the horse, then understand this: you can’t get fired from the job of stall cleaner, trailer packer, lead rope holder, hay stacker, kid raiser, dish washer, or check writer. You can’t drop enough plates or clean stalls badly enough to get fired. You’ll get cuffed on the nose, shown the Equestrian-approved method again, and sent back into the fray. It’s actually worth perfecting the art of stall cleaning exactly like your partner does, even if you think you can do it better. Why? Because you are vital to the Equestrian’s existence. When you signed on, you brought normalcy and naïve enthusiasm. Those traits still anchor your Equestrian’s foot firmly in the real world. You stuck around,

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District One National Show Horse Association

Watch for Dates for Night At The Races/Spring Tune Up Clinic PRESIDENT, Jane Malmsberry; VICE PRESIDENT, Jan Passell; SECRETARY, Kristin Detwiler; TREASURER, Barb Wright; EMAIL, FACEBOOK, www. DONSHA

by Barb Wright NSH Finals and U.S. Nationals are over. If anyone has anything to report from any of these shows please send it along to me for the December newsletter before Nov. 10.

For most of us show season is drawing to an end for 2017. As fall begins and winter is around the corner, DONSHA is already planning another Night At The Races to raise funds for the clinics and activities we hope to co-sponsor in 2018. 2017 has been a very successful year for our club. We worked with several different organizations to promote equine learning and success. We had a fantastic response to the Spring Tune Up Clinic we co-sponsored with North East Ohio Arabian Horse Association and Buckeye Horse Park Association so look for our date for 2018. Our club continues to collect

Nutrena feed tags and the proof of purchase labels from Tribute feed bags. On the lighter side Jane Malmsberry has a visitor in her barn and he is to be creating quite the stir. Ameigo (pictured) is making friends. Please consider joining our club for the 2018 year and be in on planning our activities, clinics and fundraisers. If anyone has any good show clothes they would like to donate to our club so we can sponsor some beginning riders (youth as well as adult) please contact Barb Wright at barbwright4100@ Please help us sponsor clinics

Ameigo by sending Barb your Nutrena feed tags and/or your proof of purchase with scan code from feed bags of Tribute. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Black Swamp Driving Club

Busy Fall for Black Swamp Driving Club PRESIDENT, Julie Emmons; VICE PRESIDENT, Greg Leidel; SECRETARY & TREASURER, Susan Murray. WEBSITE,

by Mary Thomas With construction all around Upper Sandusky, Ohio’s Parker Bridge, the Sept. 17 drive was moved to Ann and Wayne Leightey’s farm, just down the road from the historic covered bridge. Their shady backyard provided space for trailer parking and a tasty potluck lunch. The hosts grilled a mouth-watering pork loin roast along with other delights. Several of the farm’s tom turkeys strutted around, entertaining the gathering. President Julie Emmons called a brief meeting to order to discuss upcoming events, especially the fast approaching Holiday Banquet, scheduled for Nov. 11 at the Good Hope Lutheran

Church, Arlington, Ohio. She asked for items for the silent auction. Sue Murray explained that a Chinese auction would also be held with tickets available for ‘bidding.’ Several members said that they had not received an August or September Corral. Other members complained that the digital version would not download on their computers. Options for the club newsletter will be explored. Six turnouts had the choice of driving the various farm lanes or a route around the local roads. Although the day was unseasonably hot, members had lengthy drives around the farm and down the road before returning to the shady, cool backyard. Continuing the series of fall drives, Sue and Roger Murray welcomed Western Reserve Carriage Association members along with BSDC regulars Sept. 26 at the Coon Hunters Lodge, rural Tiffin, Ohio. After yet another great potluck lunch, turnouts had the choice or a 4.5 mile or 6.5 mile drive following

the scenic Sandusky River, along quiet country roads, and up and down a couple of hills. Jackie and Mike Minges hosted a joint drive with the Michigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association Oct. 1 at the Crosswinds Wetlands/ Wildlife Preserve near New Bolton, Mich. This 4,000 acre park sports a 4.5 mile equestrian trail that circles the area, featuring wide gravel and dirt paths bordered by grass verges and two bridges. Drivers were on the lookout for all kinds of birds and more than 40 species of mammals that call the park home. After the usual delicious potluck, a call for three members to run for the BSDC board was made. Members interested should contact President Julie Emmons or one of the other board members. The election will be held at the banquet Nov. 11. The problem of Coggins and health papers was mentioned. Ohio members had to have these in order to cross into Michigan legally for the Crosswinds drive. Plans are being made for the

Angie Hohenbrink enjoying a drive with her mare. January, February, and March meetings. Topics and programs are needed and suggestions can be given to any of the board members. New board members will be in place by the January meeting. Interested in learning about driving equines? Guests are welcome at all Black Swamp Driving Club events. Make plans to attend an upcoming meeting and discover the fun of carriage driving as well as connecting with like minded carriage enthusiasts.

View From The Cheap Seats Continued from page 32

morphed, sacrificed, settled, learned skills you didn’t need until you met your Equestrian. When your Equestrian came to you with yet another self-created emergency, you always said yes when you should have said no. You solved the problem, helped the kids with their homework, November 2017

and unloaded the hay wagon. Equestrians may seem super human to you, oh mortal citizens of the civilized world, but to us, you’re the unsuspecting hero in this dynamic duo. To all those partners along for the ride, We Thank You, We’re Sorry, and Boy, Do We Love You!

Sarah Vas, second generation horsewoman, owns and operates Winfield Farm & Forge in Grafton, Ohio. Even as a selfdescribed Little Guy trainer, her depth of knowledge and list of accomplishments have gained the respect of many prominent professionals in the industry. She


has quietly worked her heart out finding a niche in the Arabian ring as well as a multitude of other breeds and disciplines. Keep up with Sarah’s schedule, clinic dates, and innovative educational programs via Facebook.




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November 2017



Ohio Appaloosa Association

Interview with a Show Mom

PRESIDENT, Kelly Engle Thompson; VICE PRESIDENT, Sarah Koss; TREASURER, June Levy; SECRETARY, Denise Smith. PHONE, 937/725-4862 WEBSITE,

by Denise Smith What does it take to be a Show Mom? I never showed and being in a club that has a lot of youth and adults that are involved with showing, I thought I’d ask. So my first interview was with a ‘new’ Show Mom, Sarah Koss. My first question to Sarah was, “how did you get started in horses”? Sarah’s grandparents raised

Appaloosas and she got to show lead line as a young girl. Sarah, now married with a young family, five years ago her 7-year-old daughter Maria asked for riding lessons. So mom, with the horse blood flowing through her body said yes to her young daughter. Maria started receiving lessons at a rather large barn where students were just a name on the schedule. After a few years Sarah later moved to a smaller barn where student and instructor ‘hit it off’. Rider and horse confidences increased and the instructor felt Maria and her horse Tank of Dreams were ready. Maria and Tank showed for the first time at our club’s annual Dazzling Spots Horse Show. Maria showed in several classes.

Before hitting the arena Sarah explained to Maria not to be unhappy if she didn’t do well. Well not only did she have fun, she placed in several classes. What I took away from this is that parent’s support is important, but having a ‘good instructor’ who believes in their students is

just as important. I’m hoping that one day my very young granddaughters will get the horse bug and ask for lessons. Thank you Sarah for humoring me in writing this article. I wish the best to our club’s young riders and the parents that write the checks (grin).

Northern Kentucky Horse Network

Preparing for the 2018 Show Season PRESIDENT, Trisha Kremer VICE PRESIDENT, Charles Poppe SECRETARY, Monica Egger TREASURER, Judy Arkenau; WEBSITE, EMAIL,

by Nancy Kissinger Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you all have been blessed with a safe riding season and enjoy this Thanksgiving with

family and friends. Our 2017 show season has come to an end and what a successful year it was. Our show committee is already making preparations for the 2018 show season so stay tuned as there may be additional shows added next year. Visit our website for all the up-to-date information. Speaking of our website, Karen Denham-Mayer has been working very hard on NKHN’s new website. Karen has spent several months updating our website and making it more user-friendly. She

has agreed to take on the task of constantly monitoring the website and to keep it accurate and upto-date. Thank you, Karen, for taking on this big responsibility. We know all who visit the website will notice the improvement. The website is: Last month I wrote about NKHN member, Steve Spenlau, and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting event at the Alexandria Fair. As an update, I would like to let you know that Steve went on to win the Kentucky State Championship in Limited

Shotgun which was held in September at the Kentucky State Finals Shoot which is hosted by the Kentucky Cowtown Rangers at Cowtown. Congratulations Steve on your win. We are so very proud of you. We would like to remind everyone about the Northern Kentucky Equine Conference to be held on Nov. 11 at the Boone County Enrichment Center. For additional information about this and any NKHN events, please contact Jim Mayer, jimwmayer@ or call 859/496-4976.

Pinto Horse Association of Ohio

Fall Wind Up Show Results PRESIDENT, Megan Herner; VICE PRESIDENT, Amy Leibold; SECRETARY, Nancy Bredemeier; TREASURER, Patti Wittensoldner; EMAIL,; WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, PtHAO-Pinto Horse Association of Ohio

Madeleine Stockman and Buckeye WCF Tanchico. by Amy Leibold As the 2017 PtHAO show season came to an end, exhibitors got to enjoy the late September heat wave at our Fall Wind Up Show. PtHAO would like to say thank you to all our exhibitors, judges, clinic presenters, and sponsors for a great year... PtHAO couldn’t do it with you! 36

Congratulations to all exhibitors. Special congratulations to our PtHAO Weekend High Point award winners: OPEN HORSE: Kaylee Altman and Good Sultry Time OPEN PONY/MINI: Kaylee Kuns and Reeces Thunderstorm NOVICE AMATEUR: Richard Cribbs and Krymsun and Gold JR AMATEUR: Megan Schott and Rosies Sharper Image

Janice Brockway and CWF Dun Got My Assets.

Roger Altman and Good Sultry Time.

SR AMATEUR: Traci Bousman and Vested Sensation ELITE AMATEUR: Debbie Slocombe and Zips Sacred Asset YOUTH 14-18: Kolten VanHuizen and Hot Krymsun Lady YOUTH 13 & UNDER: Julie Knapp and Scent To Be Fancy W/T 11 & UNDER: Kimberly Bowers and Peek At This Page

all taken by Eye Of The Horse Photography. For all your Fall Wind Up photos please visit www. Save the date—PtHAO’s 2017 awards banquet is set for Feb. 10, 2018 at the Quality Inn and Suites Rainwater Park Hotel in Sandusky, Ohio. More details to follow closer to banquet time.

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Feeding the Stallion by Dr Tania Cubitt Performance Horse Nutrition


he goal of any breeding program is to produce strong sound foals. To do this there are several factors involved including genetics, environment and nutrition. Nutrition is a critical piece of any successful breeding operation and must be considered at every level: stallions, mares and foals. In this article we will focus on feeding the stallion. The stallion is expected to be in top health, physically fit and able to perform on demand when a mare arrives at the breeding shed or when semen is artificially collected. Nutrition certainly plays a key role in maintaining the health and condition of the stallion, before, during, and after the breeding season. Stallions generally have higher nutritional maintenance requirements than mares or geldings. The energy requirement of the stallion during the breeding season depends on his breeding or collection frequency. Breeding stallions, on the average, have daily nutrient requirements that are 25 percent above maintenance of a mature stallion during the off season. To meet the increased nutrient requirements associated with the breeding season, stallions should be provided a properly balanced concentrate. On average stallions will need a combination of roughage and concentrate ranging from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent of bodyweight daily. It is important to select a concentrated feed, that when fed at levels to maintain weight and support activity, will also meet protein, mineral and vitamin requirements. THE IMPORTANCE OF BODY CONDITION Routine evaluation of your stallion’s body condition can be an effective tool for determining if you are underfeeding or over feeding your stallion. An extremely thin stallion may not have the energy stores needed to make it through an active breeding season without compromising performance and fertility. Fat-supplemented concentrates can be very practical and beneficial for old stallions that may tend to be thin and for horses that are extremely active. The fat supplemented feeds provide more energy than a traditional cereal grain based concentrate. It is important not to have the stallion too fat going into the breeding season as obesity can decrease libido and fertility. Other problems can arise due to the mechanics of having to place all his weight on his hind legs during breeding. If the stallion is overweight this weight shift can lead to joint soreness and possibly joint damage. Ideally, stallions should be maintained in a moderate body condition year round (5 to 6 on a scale of 1-9). A moderate body condition will provide enough fat cover over the ribs, making them hard to see, but still easy to palpate. The withers will appear rounded and the shoulders and neck will blend smoothly into the body. Some stallions may lose weight during a breeding season while others are able to maintain themselves in good condition. For stallions that tend to lose condition, a higher degree of body fatness should be established before the breeding season to ensure stallions do not become too thin during the season. THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL STALLION NUTRITION During the off season most stallions can be maintained on good quality forage and a concentrated vitamin and mineral pellet as their nutrient requirements are the same as that of a maintenance horse. During the breeding season most stallions require additional grain supplementation to maintain body condition and energy levels. Their energy and protein requirements are similar to a horse undergoing moderate exercise while their mineral and vitamin requirements are slightly less and equivalent to a horse doing light exercise. 38

The stallion should be fed high quality hay at a minimum level of 1.5 percent of body weight. This amount is the minimum level of forage needed; the more hay, the better. Depending on the time of year, good quality pasture may furnish some or all of the forage the stallion needs. Stallions expected to cover a significant number of mares will also require energy-dense concentrate to ensure weight maintenance and stamina throughout the breeding season. Top-dressing the grain mix with one or two cups of vegetable oil is another effective way to provide extra energy. Substituting a portion of the grain ration with oil may help reduce the risk of colic and laminitis associated with high grain diets (1 cup of oil can = 3lb oats). Fat-supplemented concentrates can also be very practical and beneficial for old stallions that may tend to be thin (BCS = 4 ½ or less) and for horses that see extremely active, such as those that walk the fence line of a paddock, those being pasture-bred and stallions in training. The breeding stallion also has increased requirements for quality protein. Many of the amino acids which make up the body proteins in horses must be supplied in their diets. These amino acids are classified as being essential for growth and reproduction. Sources of feed protein which contain an assortment of amino acids are considered high quality. Alfalfa and other legumes such as soybean meal provide high quality protein. Cereal grains contain low amounts of amino acids. A 1100lb stallion during the breeding season requires at least 789g of protein per day and 34g of the essential amino acid lysine. Feeding a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals along with good quality hay and adding some alfalfa as either hay or pellets/ cubes is an ideal diet for those stallions that maintain their weight easily throughout the breeding season. For those that need extra calories adding oil is a simple way of doing this without eliciting any excitable behavior. THE BENEFITS OF OMEGA 3 Cooled-shipped semen has been routinely used in horse breeding for about 20 years. Today, the majority of horse registries approve the use of artificial insemination, and horse breeding has widely taken benefit from this technology. However, a variety of problems still exist. Most important, not all stallions can be used for cooledsemen production as in some sires fertility will decrease when their semen is processed, cooled and transported. This seems to be mainly related to their seminal plasma composition. Semen lipids play a major role in motion characteristics, sensitivity to cold shock (loss of viability of cooled-stored and frozen semen) and fertilizing capacity of sperm. Recent research has revealed the benefits of supplementing stallions with Omega 3 fatty acids. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA; an Omega 3 fatty acid) has been shown to significantly increase the number of sperm per ejaculate, increase motility of sperm and decrease dead and abnormal sperm compared to non-supplemented stallions. Supplementation with DHA also increases the number of motile sperm after cooled or frozen storage. In 48-hour cold-stored semen, increases in the percentages of sperm exhibiting total motility, progressive motility and rapid motility were observed when stallions were being fed an Omega 3 supplement. A further improvement in stallion semen quality (motility, longevity, morphology as well as total sperm count) has been shown after dietary intake of antioxidants in combination with Omega 3 fatty acids. Vitamin E is the major fat soluble antioxidant in cell membranes and plays an essential role as an inter- and intra-cellular antioxidant. Antioxidants in seminal plasma may protect spermatozoa against oxidative stress associated with reactive oxygen species, which may be induced by the cooling and freezing process used in the transportation of equine semen. The most important aspect of stallion nutrition management is feeding a balanced diet and realizing that there are huge variations in energy intake required to maintain adequate body condition from one stallion to another. A balanced ration of good quality hay and grain fed to maintain optimum body condition is the key to successful stallion nutrition management. Check out the dac Facebook page for weekly brainteasers and other tips, Visit our website for more information about our feeds, Contact us if you have any questions regarding any of our products, 800/921-9121.


November 2017

Colorado Ranger Horse Association

CRHA 44th National Show Results

by Monica Doddato

exhibitor took home a coffee mug and cinch bag (full of goodies) with the show logo. Special thank you to Steve Knepp and Wayne Ellis for once again providing an amazing spread for Saturday night’s dinner. After the meal and of course desserts, members and their families had some fun bidding on the large selection of auction items with proceeds benefiting the association.

The Colorado Ranger Horse Association’s 44th National Show was held Sept. 16 and 17, 2017 in Lock Haven, Pa. It was a beautiful (warm) September weekend and a great time was had by new and returning members and their families. Thanks to special fundraising by President Toni Lukavich and First Vice President Charmaine Wulff, each


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


Victoria Lavalley and Clearly Fashionable took home the High Point Walk/Trot Award at the 44th CRHA National Show in Lock Haven, Pa. Zip N Brite Eyes; RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GELDING: Totally Stylin. GRAND CHAMPION JUNIOR MARE: PRR Hot Fancy Pants; RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION JUNIOR MARE: Zipitup Suga Britches. GRAND CHAMPION JUNIOR STALLION: Holi Spots Galore; RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: PRR Dapper Dan.

Geauga Horse and Pony Association

The Year in Review PRESIDENT, Niki Barry; TREASURER, Shauna Gingrich; SECRETARY, Elaine Sonnie. WEBSITE, www.

by Paige Belew Our show season high point winners have been posted on the website. Congratulations to all! Our improved contesting classes were a huge success this year. About 25 of our members participated throughout the year. The mini classes are growing in size, too! We enjoyed all of our exhibitors, no matter what their size. Our banquet committee is in the planning stages of our 30th Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction. This being the 30th year, it should be a wonderful celebration. Members are encouraged to begin thinking about possible donations they could make to earn two hours of service. The show committee is already working on securing show dates for the 2018 show season and making it the best year yet. We will also be looking for 2018 show sponsors. We hope to see you next year! The last two obstacle challenges with Rich Bradshaw turned out to be challenging and exciting events. The costume class was November 2017

filled with hilarious and festive ideas. Thank you Rich Bradshaw for putting on these popular events. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and are able to enjoy the beautiful fall weather with your horse. Be sure to get your winter blankets ready so you are prepared for the cold winter ahead. These fall days are wonderful opportunities to snap Some pictures of your horse with a stunning background. Check the GHPA website,, for final show points and updates. You can also find membership forms, rules and links to horse related topics. Information on our two youth groups is also located on the website. The Silver Spurs youth group is run by Natalie Knop. The newly formed The Mane Attractions is headed by Melanie Young. If you are interested in joining either of these groups the contact information is available in the scholarship/youth groups section of the website. Join us for general membership meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Geauga County Fairgrounds Education Building. Other ways to follow Geauga Horse and Pony Association is to like us on Facebook, Geauga Horse and Pony Assoc.; Twitter: @GHPAhorseshows; Instagram: GHPAhorseshows. As always, GHPA would

like to thank Big Dee’s Tack and Schneider’s Saddlery for their generous support of


our organization. We really appreciate all that both of these fine companies provide for us.


Indiana Mounted Regulators

October Shoot Paid Out Close to $3000 PRESIDENT, Connie Rickets, VICE PRESIDENT, Marcy Luttrell, SECRETARY, Jonella Beale, TREASURER, Lanae Kline, EMAIL,; WEBSITE,

by Lanae Kline Happy Fall, y’all! The end of the shooting season is upon us and 2018 is beginning soon! Where did the summer go?! We had an awesome time at our October shoot in Edinburgh, Ind., on Oct. 7 and 8. The weather was perfect, the horses were fast and the competition was top notch! After the smoke cleared, we had paid out close to $3,000 cash and awarded divisional winners with very nice bridle racks sponsored by Terry and Tammy Martin. Hamilton, Ohio’s Ian Boettcher shot his way to the top of his class on Saturday, clinching the last win he needed to move up to a Men’s Level 2! Janessa

Hill was the Overall and Ladies Overall winner Saturday, with Dennis Clevenger taking home the win for Men’s Overall. Joyce McKinney took the Ladies Reserve win and Terry Martin came in Men’s Reserve. Sunday, the competition was on again! Dennis Clevenger took the Overall and Men’s Overall title with Cary Barrow sliding in the Men’s Reserve spot! The ladies brought their game as well! Joyce Nelson shot her way to Ladies Overall and Lori Montgomery followed for Ladies Reserve. Our Divisional winners for the weekend were:

Ladies Limited: Angela Bennett Mens Limited: Matt Campbell Ladies Express: Beth Brown Mens Express: Rodney Greene Ladies Open: Lanae Kline Mens Open: Dennis Clevenger We would like to send out a very special thank you to our sponsors for helping to make our 2017 shooting season a success! Terry and Tammy Martin Troyer’s Saddlery Dr. Brad King Veterinary Clinic Shane Pickens Roofing Discount Boots and Tack Another very special thanks

to everyone who pitched in to help keep the weekend running smoothly! Your efforts do not go unnoticed! Congratulations to all the class and overall winners! Even if you did not take home a win, we hope you accomplished a special goal you were working to achieve. Sometimes, just being able to shoot is a victory in itself! We look forward to seeing you all next year and hope to see some new faces as well! Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in getting started in mounted shooting, we would love to help you!

Mid-Ohio Marauders

How Cowboy Mounted Shooting Came to Ohio PRESIDENT, Mark Wright VICE PRESIDENT, Tim Calvin SECRETARY, Judy Foster TREASURER, Dawn Wright PHONE, 740/206-7214 EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Renee Calvin The first organized Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition was held at Winter Range the second week of February 1992, at Ben Avery Shooting Range north of Phoenix. There were a total of three contestants Jake Johnson, Todd Madsen and Jim Rodgers. The sport grew quickly and crossed the Mississippi into Ohio. The dream of Cowboy Mounted Shooting in Ohio began at a Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) cowboy ground-shooting event held in Indiana. Dan and Connie App attended along with Ron Pope and Dick Ulen. There was a lot of talk around Big Rock Camp that day about shooting pistols off the back of a horse. Don and Kay Burress, Denny 40

Shewell, Darius Ward, Mike and Barb Bryant, Butch and Lee Bryant, Tom and Linda Miller all had heard about the event and had ideas about what they’d heard or seen. Cowboy Mounted Shooting was something exciting, new and different. Two mounted shooting clubs were born that day, 1st Ohio and the IOK (IndianaOhio-Kentucky) Rough Riders. Dick Ulen and Dan App thought mounted shooting sounded like a good idea; Dan App had the horses and Dick had the guns. Several Ohio cowboys met the following week to test this new idea in an open-ended polo field. The first mounted shooting get together required a large area and resembled more of a rodeo than a CMSA event, but the Ohio cowboys were hooked. The Apps hosted two CMSA events at their Oakwood Run Farm in 1999, 3 Stages on Aug. 29 and 3 Stages on Sept. 19. 1st Ohio and IOK Rough Riders worked together to host the September Stampede at the JB Ranch in Miamisburg, Ohio, on Sept. 25 and 26, 1999. The Stampede started a tradition of giving, with the competition

proceeds supporting Candle Light, an organization providing services for children with cancer. On Nov. 6, 1999, 1st Ohio Cowboy Mounted Shooters hosted its first CMSA World Point Qualifier at Miamitown, Ohio. There were 25 competitors. 1st Ohio CMSA has been holding CMSA sanctioned events in Miamitown ever since. Ohio is the home of six active mounted shooting clubs: OH1 First Ohio started in 1999, OH3 Northern Ohio Outlaws started in 2006, OH4 Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros started in 2009, OH5 Black Swamp Bandits started in 2012, OH6 Mid-Ohio Marauders started in 2017, OH7 Southern Ohio Mounted Desperados started in 2017. OH2 Sacket Raiders has not been active since at least 2009 when CMSA records went digital. Three CMSA Hall of Fame members call Ohio home: Robert Ruwe (2005), Barb Ruwe (2011), and Dan App (2013). The All American Quarter Horse Congress held its first mounted shooting competition in 2012 and was hosted by the Northern Ohio Outlaws. The Northern Ohio


Outlaws hosted the Congress Shoot until February 2017 when the club voted to no longer host this event. The founding members of the Mid-Ohio Marauders believe that Cowboy Mounted Shooting should be a part of Congress and started CMSA OH6 to support this cause. The demand for a shooting club in central Ohio and the focus on supporting new shooters has led to the rapid growth of the Marauders family. Growing from 19 members at the first meeting held in February 2017 to 89 members as of Oct. 1, 2017. I hope you get the privilege to meet many of the people I have mentioned in this article. They have a wealth of knowledge they are glad to share with those who are willing to listen. I would like to give proper credit to the sources I used to write this article: CMSA website history page http://www.cmsaevents. com/history.cfm and 1st Ohio CMSA website history http:// page. I encourage you to visit these sites for a more detailed account of CMSA history. November 2017

38 Acres of Scenic Beauty!

8544 River Styx Road, Wadsworth, Ohio Medina County Opportunity to purchase horse farm/boarding facility, Trails End Farm. 30 stall barn with indoor arena, attached to bank barn with heated lounge, office, tack room, wash rack with hot and cold running water, heated foaling stall, plus one bedroom apartment with enclosed porch! Free heat to barn from gas well! 2 hay fields, riding trails in woods, 2 large pastures, 3 open pastures (one has run in shed, the other 2 open to stalls in barn, so horses can come and go as they please. 2 covered paddocks connected to barn - one is 60x104, one is 30x150. The large bank barn holds 5000 bales of hay and has 2 storage rooms. Separate garage. New roof & siding on bank barn. Newer metal roof on house. Also includes a 3 bedroom farmhouse. Newer furnaces and hot water tanks. New well drilled for barn 2014. All appliances stay, 3 stoves and 3 refrigerators. Washer and dryer in barn. Hot tub in enclosed porch at farmhouse works, but is not currently being used. Free gas provided to one building on the property (Currently bank barn and apartment).

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November 2017

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Northern Ohio Miniature Horse Club

Being Thankful For Good People PRESIDENT, Sharon Substanley; VICE PRESIDENT, Karen Taylor; TREASURER, Pam Fritz; SECRETARY, Tiffany Fritz. EMAIL, PHONE, 440/839-9023

by Sharon Substanley

Elly Magyar and Lola.

Northern Ohio Miniature Horse Club exists because of the willingness of many people to give of their time, talents, and resources. I would use up all my allowance of words for these articles if I began naming everyone who has helped this club be successful in putting on top quality, fun shows for 20 years! We are thankful for our sponsors, who donate money and many items for our show raffle. Without them, we could not afford to pay for the fairgrounds and all of the other expenses needed to run a show. We are a small group, but we have a dedicated group of officers and show committee members who

work very hard year after year. On June 3, 2018, we will have our 21st show. All preliminary tasks have been accomplished, mainly by Pam Fritz, who graciously took over the job of show chairperson last year, after the untimely death of Becky Hillis. The show committee met at her house in October and revised the showbill just a little bit for 2018. We will have two new classes: obstacle driving and a special halter class for 9-12 year olds. Elly Magyar has been very active in the club since its beginning, when her mother, Sandy, and a group of her friends founded NOMHC. She

Linda Korosi with Shadow and Sharon Schreiner. has served in many capacities, and continues to do so this year by being co-chairperson for the show. She hosted club members in October at her Prairieview Farm for the monthly meeting, potluck lunch, and an opportunity to practice driving. She and Sharon Shreiner had a warm-up in the pasture and a brisk trot all around the property. Elly was getting to know her new mini mare, Lola, and Sharon was continuing to improve her rapport with Shadow. Nominations for 2018 officers were: Elly Magyar, vice president

and Sharon Schreiner, secretary. I will stay on as president and Pam Fritz will continue as our treasurer, unless we have other nominations this month. Our November meeting will be at Georgetta Meyer’s farm on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. We will have a potluck lunch, a members’ tack sale/swap, and election of officers. As usual, guests are welcome. Just contact one of the officers listed at the beginning of this article, if you think you would like to join this small group with a big heart.

Wayne County Saddle Club

Annual Banquet Planned for January 2018 PRESIDENT, Rich Gortner; VICE PRESIDENTS, Rachael Adamson and Katy Amstutz; SECRETARY, Bobbi Jo Mackey; TREASURER, Beth Eikleberry; WEBSITE,

By the time you receive this, the official season at the ‘Hollow’ will be over except for preparing the buildings and grounds for winter. Even though a couple activities are still to happen as of the writing of this, I feel it’s safe to say we’ve had another great year here at the Wayne County Saddle Club. (The only things left as of Oct. 10 are/were the Camp Meeting with its two day shows and the last Friday night fun show.) I can tell you the Oct. 7 Open Speed show went well and we had great weather and some stiff competition. As I’ve already noted previously the annual banquet has been set for January. Distant news! The banquet is Jan. 13, 2018 at the American Legion in Wooster. We’ll have more 42

details as the time approaches. The date was moved to January (where it had beforehand been numerous years) thinking more folks will enjoy it more after the holidays are over and done. We hope you’ll all join us for this event. It’s always a great time to reminisce and look ahead to next year at the ‘Hollow.’ I may be a bit premature for specifics but, traditionally, the banquet is a carry-in dinner (bring one hot and one cold dish, the club usually provides a meat and plastic dinnerware, coffee and a punch.) Dinner is at six followed by election of officers, presentation of 2016 awards, raffle prizes, a drawing of cash for those who worked and put in tickets, dancing and just plain good conversations. Any questions feel free to call your favorite officer or director. We hope to see you there! With 2017 concluded and we look ahead to 2018, please take a moment to think about who may possibly be a great addition to the board. Remember, officers are elected each year and directors’ terms are three years alternating so we elect two every year. It

was a bit disappointing not to have anyone step forward to fill the job of youth director in 2017. We hope to have someone for 2018. Consider running and/or suggesting someone to run for any or all of these vital offices. All the great activities at the saddle club don’t just materialize. They take dedicated, determined, hardworking folks to make them happen. However, don’t let me run you off with my comments. This hard work I’ve just described is also accompanied by a wonderful sense of accomplishment and, life-long friendships often grow out of the time spent together producing our various ventures. It’s a really good feeling to have been an integral part of ‘making it happen.’ And, this is definitely how our


club has survived—flourished, even. We have persistently nurtured new and often younger folks as our leaders. So, consider stepping forward into the rewarding challenge of leadership at the ‘Hollow’ this coming year! The worship group continues to meet all year at 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. Everyone is always welcome to attend. And, last and most important— Best wishes and prayers to you for the entire holiday season! Ie. Happy Thanksgiving! Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year! We sincerely wish you the very best of joy during these upcoming days! Thank you all for an excellent 2017! Why not join us for 2018?! ~Stan November 2017

Palm Partnership TrainingE

Aids Communication: The Seat by Lynn Palm I am going to discuss one of the rider’s most important, yet often, overlooked aids. Can you guess which one it is? If you said the rider’s Seat, you’re right! I will explain how the rider uses her seat by using the example of upward and downward transitions. As the rider puts weight in the saddle, the rotation and movement of her hips gives the horse the indication to go forward. When this rotation and movement decreases, it signals the horse to slow or stop. Let me explain how this works using simple exercises you can use at home to improve communication using your seat. WALK-JOG/TROT TRANSITIONS USING THE SEAT The goal of this exercise is to use your seat, rather than hand or leg aids, to signal requests for upward and downward transitions from walk to trot. Start by asking your horse to walk forward on a large circle. Gently follow his movement with your hips as he walks forward. Prepare for an upward transition to the jog/trot using your seat as the main tool for communicating to the horse. Do this by first

putting more weight in your seat. As you do, rotate your hips to follow the horse’s movement and encourage to him to increase his speed through the action of your seat. Support this action by lightly applying leg aids (if needed) and slightly releasing the reins to encourage his forward movement. If needed, reinforce your requests with a ‘cluck’. He should pick up the jog/trot. Continue following his motion with your seat. Jog/trot a segment of the large circle. Then turn him to make a smaller circle within the large one. We will use the smaller circle to ask him to for a downward transition back to the walk. Jog/trot a portion of the small circle and prepare for a downward transition using the seat. Once again put weight in your seat, but this time decrease the movement and rotation of your hips with the horse’s movement. He should make a transition from jog/trot to the walk in response to your seat aid. Praise him. Do this exercise in both directions. As you practice this exercise, your seat aid will become more effective and your horse more responsive. You’ll notice that less leg and voice aids are necessary to achieve the transitions.

JOG-LOPE/TROT-CANTER TRANSITIONS USING THE SEAT When the horse is comfortable and understands the aids communication you are giving him for the walk-jog/trot transition, it is time to try a jog to lope/trot to canter transition. This exercise should be done in a large fenced paddock or pasture. Be sure the horse is warmed up before starting this exercise. Repeat the walk-jog/ trot transition exercise (above) to reinforce the effectiveness of your seat, leg, and hand aids. The exercise starts with trotting the horse on a large circle. The rider should post to the trot even if using a western saddle. Encourage the horse to depart into the canter by using the word command ‘Canter’ (he should have already learned this voice command from ground training on the longe line, liberty, or round pen). At the same time use seat and leg aids to encourage him to move forward into the canter. Keep a loose contact on the reins, lightly positioning him on the arc of the circle. Continue following his motion with your seat while posting as he increases his speed and makes a transition to the lope/canter. At his point, it is not important which lead he takes, just

Lynn Palm that he canters. When he begins loping/cantering, sit and follow the rocking motion of the gait with your seat and hips to encourage him to continue cantering. YOUR NEXT STEP… Most often when a horse has problem picking up the correct lead, the rider is not maintaining the proper form and balance. When the horse has problems, the rider is not properly controlling his body position during jog-lope/trotcanter transitions. To achieve this requires an understanding of the rider’s turning aids. Before I can go into more details about perfecting transitions, refer to my previous articles on turning aids and how they are used to position the horse. It will help you improve your transitions and may change your riding forever! Until then, follow your dreams…

Tri-County Trail Association

New Location for the Winter Meetings PRESIDENT, Jim Mike; VICE PRESIDENT, Leroy Wilson; SECRETARY, Neva Gibson; TREASURER, Sally Roush. EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Cindy Krumm Wow, it seems as if time is slipping away faster than I can keep up! I hope everyone has had a fantastic fall riding season. Perhaps you even spent some of that riding with Tri-Co at the Fall Ride or Halloween weekends! By the time you read this we will have buttoned down the pavilion tarps in preparation for Ohio’s November 2017

upcoming winter. Remember that if you decide to come to Tri-Co for day rides this winter that only the main water hydrant located in the lower section of the open camping area across from the flag pole will be working. The other lines will be turned off during the winter in order to avoid freezing pipelines. Our fundraiser weekends are over for 2017. We would like to send out a huge thank you to all who attended any of our events. Your attendance was appreciated. We hope that you enjoyed visiting our camp as much as we enjoyed having you visit. There will be a no charge Thanksgiving potluck dinner on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at the camp in the pavilion. We will have

heaters on to ward away the November chill. We only ask that you bring a dish to share. There will be the last monthly ride of the year that morning at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Come ride with us and then enjoy a great dinner and share in the fun times with the Tri-Co membership. Also, if you decide to attend any of our meetings from now through March, the meetings will be held at the East Sparta Community Building, located at 9516 Chestnut Avenue SE, East Sparta, Ohio 44626. All general meetings start at 6 p.m., except for our Dec. 3 meeting which will start at 5 p.m. The early start for the December meeting is because we hold our elections and Christmas dinner at that time. Please plan to bring a


dish or dessert to share along with your appetite! Speaking of elections, if you have been a member of TriCo for one year, you may vote in our elections. A member of our nominating committee will call all members and ask them for nominations before the December meeting. This year that committee is lead by Candy Werstler and includes Wanda Ring, Jasmine Sambroak and Ray Dippolito. Please take or return their call when one of them reaches out to you. If you are interested in running for one of these offices, or nominating someone for one of them, please let them know and be sure to come to the December meeting and elections. 43





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Ohio Haflinger Association

OHA Members Representing the Haflinger Breed PRESIDENT, Paul Sutton VICE PRESIDENT, Stan Norris TREASURER, Duane Stutzman SECRETARY, Judy Winkler EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Mae Yoder Hi friends! Where has the summer gone? I guess it’s a pretty good indication that it was a good one, if it flies by the way it did around here. Fall is one of my favorite seasons here in Ohio, with the leaves changing, schedules slowing down (at least a little) cooler temperatures although I personally would take the summer heat over the biting cold of winter any day! Most of the summer horse activities have come and gone in the Haflinger world. A few highlights of 2017 here at Twin Maple Farm with one of the bigger ones being the achievement of the Haflinger Championship Challenge ‘Versatility Award’ given to our stallion Nunavik GF! This award is won when a horse earns 100+ points in all disciplines western, English, driving and 25+ points in halter, each horse placed lower in standings in each class is worth

Heather and Noble at the Indiana CDE. one point. It is no small feat and there are very few Haflingers that have the honor to add this award to their name. Nunavik GF is the only stallion to ever achieve the Versatility Award! A huge thank you to Emily Hummel for your time and dedication in showing Nunie for us the last four years! Congratulations on a job well done you both deserve it! Selling our team of half sisters Me Oh My TMA (Nunavik GF x Molly TMA) and Malaysia TMA (Nordtirol x Molly TMA) to Mike and Ilene Keatly of Vass, N.C., this spring was also a pretty exciting time here on the farm. Both girls are thriving at their new home and Mike and Ilene are very pleased with them. We also sold a mare to Iron Stone Farm, a therapeutic riding operation in MA. We make all our own hay here at Twin Maple using our Haflingers. This year like most

Making hay at Twin Maple Farm. the horses earned their keep. We made around 4,000 bales in three cuttings, plenty for the winter and some to sell locally. I had the opportunity to tag along to the Kentucky Classic CDE held at the Kentucky Horse Park on Oct. 6-7. Emily Hummel was navigator for Sterling Graburn in the marathon portion of the CDE. It was so nice to see quite a few Haflingers competing at this event with some of the best! It was a very enjoyable, as well as educating, weekend seeing the ‘behind the scenes’ action of one of the best drivers in the country! Slowly but surely the golden horses are making their way into the combined driving world! OHA members Emily Hummel, Lou Sutton and Heather Raw all of Walnut Ridge Farm competed

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Garden of the Gods at the Shawnee National Forest by Richard Anderson This was our third trip to High Knob Horse Camp in the Shawnee National Forest of Illinois, and it continues to remain as one of my favorites. For starters, it is a dog friendly camp, where dogs are not required to be on leashes, and can enjoy their own version of a vacation away from home. Our dogs loved it and so did we. One of the owner’s dogs, Sissy, followed riders leaving camp every day. I thought she would stop after a short distance from camp and go back, but she was determined to follow riders wherever they went, and she has even been known to follow riders to other camps, where the owner, JoJo, had to go and get her by car. I would buy that dog in a New York minute if she were for sale, but she would be heartbroken if she could not travel the outback every day with any party leaving camp. Secondly, High Knob has some great places to visit by horseback, such as the ‘Garden of the Gods’, the ‘Buzzard’s Roost’, the ‘Twin Towers’, the ‘H Cave’, and the ‘Circle of the Golden Knights’

encampment, just to name a few. It is also on the River to River trail, which leads from Battery Park on the Ohio River to Cape Gerardo, Missouri, on the Mississippi, some 200 miles distance, over portions of the trail of which we have traveled many times. It is also known by another name: the ‘Trail of Tears’, made infamous by the forced march of a proud and successful Indian people, the Cherokee Nation, from North Carolina to Oklahoma, where thousands died on the march. It all began when a little Indian boy offered a small nugget of gold to a white man, and that solitary act marked the end of the Cherokee nation. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And it took no time at all for Andrew Jackson to draft up a phony treaty to force the Indians from their homes, many times at gunpoint. Indians were ordered from their homes, many barefooted and improperly clothed, and not being allowed back into their home to dress properly, were forced to begin the disastrous

Members of our trail riding party leaving from High Knob Horse Camp for the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest of Illinois. 1,200 mile march westward, where an estimated 5,000 Cherokees died from starvation, typhus, cholera and dysentery. By 1840, tens of thousands of Native Americans living in the area had been driven from their lands, where their families had lived for generations. It was truly a sad tale in our nation’s history. But we loved riding at High Knob Horse Camp, which is conveniently located directly on the River to River trail, and would recommend it to anyone. The 150 campsites with water and electric are great, the horse stalls are excellent, and the rates are

Meeting place of the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secret society of the 1800s, on the ‘River to River’ trail at Shawnee National Forest. extremely reasonable. We are back home again, but I miss the camp already. For information contact JoJo at High Knob Campground, 2245 Knob Hill Lane, Equality, Illinois 62934 (618/275-4494) or for more information. You won’t be sorry. We are ready to roll out our final expedition of 2017 with a trip to Mammoth Cave, Ky. Meanwhile, please feel free to join us next year. Just call us a call at 614/436-9002 if you would like to learn more about our riding schedule. We’re looking for fun.

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Two More Rides Left in 2017 PRESIDENT, Mollie Krumlaw-Smith; VICE PRESIDENT, Mickie Newnam; SECRETARY, Maureen Fehrs, DVM; TREASURER, Jo Murray; EMAIL,; WEBSITE,

by Tina S. Ponder Every ride seems to have its share of unexpected events and I’m pretty sure Manager Kari Hanes of the White River Fall and Labor Day ride would attest to that. Lining up search parties to find a horse that weekend was not on her list, but other than that the ride went well. OAATS riders seemed to have a good weekend. Mary Mast rode 55 miles on Synnonym finishing 10th out of 11 riders. Sunday’s 25 mile competitors, Robert Plummer and Khory came in 6th, with Leah Palestrant riding Dante in 8th and Noelle Snyder on Jordan finished 9th. Due to the low number of entries for the 75 and AERC point rules with less than 10 riders in a ride, 46

Kristen Puett was competing against herself. Her and Louie came in first and received BC. What an awesome way to do your first 75-mile ride not to mention a great crew, Jinnifer Plummer and Curtis Puett. Noelle and Jordan competed on Sunday earning a 5th place finish. Nice job everyone! From Michigan, we headed to Indiana where Maureen Fehrs had the great Salamonie Stomp! Salamonie proved husbands and wives have moments where they can ride together, Robert and Jinnifer Plummer tied for 9th out of 25. Teresa Searcy came in 16th with Jessica Seacrest not far behind in at 18th. Kelly Frank led the way on her beautiful Ima Bit Omagic in Saturday’s 50 coming in first place! Mary Mast and Synnonym finished in 10th then went on to ride Sunday’s hot and steamy 25 on Indigo with a 5th place finish, directly behind Mary, Jessica was 6th and Teresa in 7th. Our mother daughter team, Shannon and Morgan Loomis battled the heat in the 50, thankful they didn’t sign up for the 75. Morgan

had a great ride finishing in first and Shannon second and received BC. Us moms can’t let the kids get all the glory...Great job to all of you ladies! Now we have headed back to Wolverine country to the Metro Park Express where Mindy Nagy managed her first ride and I have to say she did an amazing job! Beautiful trails and the fun part was through town and waiting at the traffic light so we could cross in the cross walk. Too bad we didn’t have time to get an ice cream at the Dairy Queen. Sixteen were entered in the 30 and 14 completed. I had the pleasure of riding with Mary Chmielewski, I’m not sure if she picked up on it or not but she gave me a lesson on patience. Mary and Silver came in ninth, Rio and I in 11th with Noelle and Jordan hot on our hooves in 12th. Mary Mast was 13th and her riding buddy Amy Yatsko 14th. Amy was on a new horse and I would have to say her and I learned something on the trail that day! Future article on those lessons to come. I can’t believe our riding


Dante and Jordan at Metro Park Express. season is coming to an end and the holidays are here. OAATS has two more rides on the schedule that pre-entry is required so please go to OAATS. org or to obtain ride information. NOV. 11 — Gobble Til’ You Wobble at Elkins NOV. 25 — New Ride! Frozen OAATS Crunch, 40 rider limit. Let’s work off that turkey dinner! Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Happy Trails! November 2017

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Ohio Horseman’s Council, Inc. Member of American Horse Council RECORDING SECRETARY Barb Gerard 330/262-4537

MEMBERSHIP Del Stanbeck 216/392-5577

PRESIDENT Arden Sims 740/350-2339

TREASURER Jo Ellen Reikowski 330/806-3146

VICE PRESIDENT Eric Estill 513/899-2267

NEWSLETTER EDITOR Theresa Burke 614/329-7453

OHC CORRAL NEWS Becky Clifton 937/417-4359

Greetings From Your President As this year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our chapters for the tremendous job their members are doing on behalf of our organization. From hours spent working to maintain existing bridle trails, advocating for the creation of additional trails, organizing and hosting state and chapter rides, and performing community outreach activities, OHC members have been actively engaged in furthering our motto, “Horsemen Helping Horsemen”. One such example involves the Horse Daze event hosted by Butler County in collaboration with Metro Parks of Butler County. This year’s event held in September, drew an estimated 2,500 people. In their sixth year, this free, family-fun event features the participation of many

volunteers not only from Butler County, but all around the State. As Bill Ison of Butler County explains, “This amazing free event continues to grow in popularity each year and draws attendees and volunteers from great distances. As attendance has increased, it has become a bigger and bigger challenge to solicit enough horses and volunteers with horse experience. In the spirit of “horsemen helping horsemen”, for the past two years, members of Pike County OHC have rose at 5:00 a.m. to begin preparations for the 110mile drive to Butler County to provide much needed horses and to volunteer their time at our event. This unique event, which is filled with many horse related activities as well as other fun activities provides opportunities

for children and their families to ride and interact with horses in a manner that few people have the opportunity to experience nowadays.” Bill invites other chapters who may be interested in hosting a similar type of event in their county to contact him or any representative from BCOHC for more information. Speaking of events, Claudia and myself had the opportunity of attending the very FIRST State Ride hosted by the Northwest Region chapters. This threeday event featured camping at a private campground with access to the beautiful and unique bridle trails of Oak Openings Metro Park. 20 miles of bridle trails weave through a unique ecosystem of sand dunes, oak savannas, and pine forests. I

must say that my gelding, Digur, certainly enjoyed the soft, sandy trails! The Saturday evening potluck and festivities were enjoyed by over 100 attendees. If you have never ridden or visited this part of Ohio, you are missing out on a really great experience. Congratulations to NW Region on a very successful inaugural State Ride. In closing, I want to remind and encourage all members to renew your OHC membership for 2018. Don’t pass up an opportunity to recruit new members amongst your horse-loving friends and acquaintances. Until next month, Claudia and I wish you and your family a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! ~Arden Sims OHC President

still using the old email address, -Wrong email do not use. You can go into your email and find the contact part, click on it and look for my name Becky Clifton or Corral Liaison and make sure that the wrong email is not under my name any more. Please add this email to you email contact list Becky Clifton or Corral Liaison and it should be

I will or should always get this email from this address. It also stores it under my Corral Liaison title so we will always have the emails from the different chapters. If you want a backup email address use – ohc.corral.editor@ this one also comes directly to me. After I am all done and have the months County Lines editing done and sent off I will check every couple days

to make sure nothing has come in that needs attention. You can always reach me on my phone 937-417-4359 you can either call or text me. This is important so please take the time to make sure the email address is correct, I thank you for your cooperation and sure hope you all have a great Thanksgiving Holiday! ~Becky Clifton Corral Liaison

Whew! The ride for Homesafe was a success and we were able to present the organization with a nice check. All expenses were absorbed by our chapter, enabling us to give most of the proceeds to them. Of course, they were thrilled. Thank you to all who came out to support Homesafe whose sole purpose is to keep adults and children safe from domestic violence. The

day of the ride was beautiful and everyone seemed to be having a great time. A special thank you to Shannon Tackett who collected 16 door prize gifts even though she is not yet a member. Also, I want to acknowledge the club members who cancelled a previously planned event to attend our ride. You know who you are, girls, and so thank you all for the support. You are a blessing.

Our end of the year party will be held at Scooter’s on Nov. 11. We’ll have dinner and a gift exchange. Several people have signed up already, it should be a blast. We will be accepting new and current applications and will turn in our mileage for the year. The Regional Ride took place on Oct. 14 during the Covered Bridge Festival. All OHC members from other chapters were welcome and we had chili

County Liaison I recently had some of you question why your article was not in the Corral. Some of your comments were “Well it said it sent it.” “I don’t know what happened I know I sent it to you.” And I need to reaffirm that, you need to make sure that you get a “Reply” from me stating that I received your article for the appropriate month as well as your photos. Also I found several of you are

County Lines ASHTABULA I am sorry about the lack of publication in September. I didn’t get the notification that the email address had been changed and was totally surprised when there was nothing for Ashtabula County in the latest Corral. So I spoke to Becky Clifton who set me straight with the new email address. This should not happen again and I feel back on track. 48


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for 2018. Can’t believe 2018 is right around the corner. ~Stacia BUTLER Butler County’s Annual Horse Daze event took place on Sept. 16 and all I can say is Wow! The weather even cooperated by giving us a warm and dry day. Let the numbers speak for themselves; over 2200 visitors enjoyed 67 horses (the most ever) and over 250 awesome volunteers, who helped provide smiles and foster the love of horses. Several educational and fun things where included in this event. Never before have we had so many non-OHC members and first-time volunteers to make this an incredible event. A big thank you goes to Greater Cincinnati square dancers who not only gave demonstrations but also contributed in several volunteer positions. With much appreciation to the Boy Scout Troop 914 who built the popular straw mountain, and distributed cold drinks to all the volunteers. Horse Daze 2017 was the sixth year as a collaborative event with Butler County Metro Parks. We wish to thank the Metro Parks event staff for all their support. The Warren County Search Team provided a great demonstration and a horse dressed in uniform. Valerie Langston’s 4-H Drill team once again put on a wonderful demonstration of their riding skills, and several other educational demonstrations were exhibited.

Horse Daze straw mountain.

Raegan Wards first pony ride was at Horse Daze.

Horse Daze fun. I want to recognize the event coordinator, Kimm Nicolay, who orchestrated all the pieces to produce this successful event. Please take a look at the hundreds of pictures of smiling faces—go to our Facebook page and type in search bar ‘Butler County Ohio Horseman’s Council’, or MetroParks of Butler County click on the event Horse Daze 2017. Thank you to all whom shared their time to volunteer! ~Mary Pope CARROLL Carroll County OHC sponsored a ride at Jefferson Lake the last weekend in September. It was a beautiful weekend and the trails were excellent. There were riders from Carroll County, Jefferson County including several from Pennsylvania, Stark County, Columbiana County, the Dayton area, and several trailers from Knox County. The Knox County folks had seen my article encouraging folks to give Jefferson Lake a try in the Corral and decided to come up and ride Jefferson and Harrison State Forest on the same weekend. Theresa Hepner and Pat Nicholson decorated their trailers for Halloween. One of Theresa’s pictures appears in this article. The decorations received a lot of attention, especially the large skeleton. There was a road apple horse bingo game used as a fundraiser and a scavenger hunt with cookies baked by Kristin Davies presented as prizes for the winners. The items used in the scavenger hunt were all Halloween related and were fun to locate. During the early hours of Sunday morning, a horse decided to leave the picket line and go exploring. The hunt was begun on foot around camp and expanded to a 4-wheeled vehicle and riders on horseback. The entire park trail system was searched and residences near the park were canvassed with no luck finding the horse. About


Mary Alice and Yuma on top of Crystal Ridge at 8000 ft.

Big River Meadows camp view of The Continental Divide. 5:30 Sunday evening, the horse was safely located on Route 59 about three miles away. OHC is all about horsemen helping horsemen. Phil and I saw this motto put to use for our benefit when we were traveling on Route 30 outside Wooster on our way to the Lorain County OHC Regional Ride. It was rush hour and the Wayne County Fair was just around the corner when suddenly, without any warning the engine in our truck stopped running. We coasted to the edge of the road next to a guard rail and immediately called 911 asking for assistance to keep us safe in the traffic while we contacted US Rider for their guidance. A tow truck was ordered to tow us back home. The very helpful Wooster patrolman suggested that we might be more satisfied if the tow truck took only our truck and we located a friend to pull our trailer and horses. The first names that came to mind were Mike and Barb Gerard as they lived 11 miles from where we were located. Mike answered his phone and never once hesitated to say he would be right over. His son-in-law Earl Gress, came first and moved our truck ahead so when Mike arrived he could immediately hook to our trailer. Mike towed us to his farm where we found Barb and daughter Deb busily preparing stalls for our horses. It was decided we would spend the night at Gerard’s and Mike would haul us home Saturday morning in the daylight. This was the weekend Mike and Barb were putting final preparations together for the Ashland County 49

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Theresa Hepner’s trailer decorated for Halloween. Chili Cook-Off, but they dropped everything and helped us out. We were not surprised because that is just the way the Gerard’s operate. Another thing about Mike is that he is a big tease so he warned us never to call him again. He suggested we call someone else in OHC because everyone should have the pleasure of hauling a trailer to our house hidden in the back roads of Carroll County. There aren’t words to describe how thankful we are for Mike and Barb’s help. Carroll County members Steve and Mary Alice Kuhn have heard stories about packing into the mountains in Montana and the beauty in that part of the country. This was the year they decided to go and selected an outfitter who took them into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, which is 1.5 million acres of trees, mountains, rivers, alpine lakes and the highest population of grizzly bears. The Bob is located south of Glacier National Park and in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The Bob has no roads, no wheeled vehicles, no cell service and the only transportation allowed is by hiking or equine. If there were an emergency, you would be taken out via helicopter. There is much to learn about the Bob and the efforts to preserve the area. The eight-day trip included four different camp areas, covering about 90 miles of trails. The group rode from one camp to the next going deeper into the Bob. The outfitter packed camping equipment, guests’ clothes, food, tents, etc. on his gorgeous mules. There were 15 riders on Quarter Horses and 15 mules packing the necessities. Steve and Mary Alice are hooked and planning another trip to a different part of the Bob in July or August 2018. They invite you to join them if you’d like. There are pictures attached. 50

It is time for CCOHC members to think about assembling their trail miles, saddle hours and work hours for 2017. The club website has all the instructions and forms as drop downs under trails. Visit Our upcoming events are also listed in the calendar on the website. Our November meeting is Nov. 12 at Classic 57 in Minerva eat at 2 p.m., meeting at 3 p.m. There will be a program about CPR presented by a member of the Minerva Rescue Squad. Officers for 2018 will be elected as this meeting. The CCOHC Christmas party will be Sunday, Dec. 3 at Classic 57. ~Ronda Urbank

surgeries and are recovering well. Bonny Knull drove her pony Bucky in the St. Paris Parade. Future parade dates are as follows: Piqua Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., Sidney Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Greenville Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Urbana Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and Lebanon Dec. 2 at 1 and 7 p.m. A reminder dues were due in October. You have to use the new Champaign County OHC 2018 membership form available on the State OHC website, www. ~Cindy Glaser


The weekend of Sept. 8-10 we had our fall camping event at Buck Creek. What a great weekend to enjoy being outdoors, riding and visiting with friends. Saturday evening was a potluck dinner, as usual we had delicious food. This was the first time we utilized the website ‘’ and we had good results. The event was well attended with many coming to ride, as well as campers. After dinner folks gathered around our large bonfire enclosure, at individual campsites and by the pavilion for live entertainment. Included are pictures of work that was completed at the horsemen’s area prior to the event. We are proud of our facility and hope our guests enjoy it. The November meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Please refer to our website, for location. The council Christmas party will be held Sunday, Dec. 3. Plans will be discussed at our next meeting. Again, I ask that

We had a late meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9 at the St. Paris Subway due to the delayed start of the Pony Wagon Parade. Nine members gathered for a late dinner and quick meeting. Vice-President Brenda Brunotte ran the meeting due to President Lori Long’s recent double knee replacement surgeries. Cindy took attendance and read last month’s meeting minutes and gave the treasurer’s report. We donated $50 to the Tipp Monroe Community ‘Fill the Truck for Texas’ fund drive for the flood victims. We received another $7 invoice for the porta-potty rental, which will be paid by part of the deposit we made when we rented it. Janet Roop said it has been used, but is not in need of cleaning yet and probably won’t need it until we have it picked up the end of September. She will call to schedule a pickup then. Brenda received payment from Glaser’s and Linda Imke for three decals at $10 each and donated $15 of it back to the club. Thank you Brenda! Ralph Monroe has two blue Champaign County OHC parade saddle blankets if anyone would like them since he won’t be riding in future parades. Members Sara Cron and Lori Long both had knee replacement

82-year-old Bonnie Knull driving her pony in the St. Paris Pony Wagon Parade on Sept. 7.


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you check the website for details. I’m writing this following an after dinner walk with my dog. Autumn is in the air. This time of year it’s nice to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. Until next month, Happy Thanksgiving to our council members and their families. ~MaryEllen CLINTON Now that fall has arrived and the weather has been absolutely incredible, lots of riding has been taking place among the Clinton County members. In late September a group of Clinton County riders including Clinton County OHC members Kay Preston and Belinda Snell spent four glorious days at Three Reasons Campground and went trail riding at Hocking Hills. The weather was beautiful and the trails were dry. It was the first trip to Hocking for everyone in the group and they all really enjoyed the challenging trails and beautiful rock formations. Each night they were treated to gourmet cooking done by Stephanie Manriquez and Crys Wilson. The only mishap during their trip was a brief encounter with bees in the box canyon. CCOHC President Susan Lamb and CCOHC Vice President Ann Elliott enjoyed some camping at Caesar Creek with Warren County member Marion Landis along with the grandkids. Couldn’t have asked for better weather and everyone enjoyed the relaxing fire each night. I believe the highlight for the kids was Marion’s pony, Popcorn as she gave them rides and pulled them around the compound in the cart. Clinton County OHC members Marybeth Norton and Belinda Snell volunteered at the Butler County OHC 2017 Horse Daze at Sebald Park in Middletown. Marybeth and Cricket in her unicorn costume, worked in the photo booth and had their photo snapped all day long with a variety of young riders. Belinda and Dallas worked in the horse ride area taking many young and older riders for a short loop through the woods. For many riders it was their first experience riding a horse. Other attractions included a straw mountain to play on, pony rides for smaller children, hands on demonstrations from a farrier, a grooming area, and much more. The event included a variety of November 2017

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Popcorn pulling cart.

Kay Preston Hills.



groups including OHC, 4-H, the career center Equine Students, Miami University riding team and many others. Horse Daze 2017 had 2,225 visitors, 280 volunteers and roughly 80 horses. Marybeth and Belinda are already talking about volunteering again next year. We have been very spoiled so far this fall with the weather but we all know nothing lasts forever. The bitter cold days of winter will be here before you know it. Don’t forget to get your winter preparations for all your equine friends as well as any other outdoor animals you cherish. Happy trails and have a wonderful month! ~Ann Elliott COLUMBIANA Greetings from Columbiana County! It appears that fall has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier! I love the cool, crisp mornings and my horse definitely enjoys the fact that the cooler temperatures mean less bugs and, even more importantly, less ground bee activity! If you’ve been on the trails recently, chances are you’ve noticed the overwhelming presence of bees this year. It seems that everyone I’ve talked to has had the misfortune of this unpleasant encounter regardless of where they’re riding. Luckily, I’ve been fortunate enough to elude those little buzzers and I’m hopeful that the cooler temperatures will detour their aggressive nature moving forward. November 2017

On a more positive note, we’re thrilled to report that, in addition to the break that our trails were graciously given by most of you this year, we were blessed with some unseasonably warm temperatures the last few weeks which has resulted in greatly improved trail conditions here at Beaver Creek! We’re most appreciative of everyone who has done their part this year to preserve the trails at Beaver Creek. There are still some very muddy areas that we realize needs attention as quickly as possible. Our trail committee is working hand-in-hand with the state park officials to determine the best long-term, cost-effective and mutually acceptable approach to alleviate these issues. Our trail marking committee is also hard at work determining the best way to re-route a section of the yellow trail. They’ll be implementing those changes as soon as the undergrowth dies off enough that they can perform this task safely. Our next work day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 (weather permitting). Please get in touch with Howard Milhoan (330/6925653) if you plan to join us so we can organize and plan our projects accordingly as we work to maintain the trails and horse camp. We’ll be meeting at the horse camp at 10 a.m. to tackle the tasks at hand. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. We’ll also be meeting at the pavilion at 5 p.m. to enjoy soup and sandwiches provided by our members followed by fellowship around the campfire. In the event of inclement weather, we will announce the cancelation and/or re-scheduling on our Facebook pages. Our trail committee is working diligently behind the scenes to prepare material price lists for several large projects that we plan to tackle after the first of the year. The log trail is definitely on our radar and is at the top of our priority list. We believe that this section currently has the potential to pose a safety risk to both horse and rider. We have also prepared a materials price list so we’re able to work on improving the tie lines in the horse camp during the ‘off-season’. We are currently seeking price quotes to have the grading work done around the tie lines to allow water run-off. Once this work is performed, we’ll be ready to purchase the material to

improve the footing under the tie lines. We’re busy putting the final touches on the plans for our annual Halloween Weekend Event/Membership Drive, which will have already happened by the time that you receive this article. This is an awesome event that we all look forward to each year and we’re excited to introduce some new activities to this year’s event. The prize give-away for anyone who joins our chapter at this event is growing thanks to the gracious donations of our members! Howard is excited to unveil a haunted trail walk to our event this year. He’s shared some of the details with us and it definitely sounds like it’s going to be something you don’t want to miss! I hope you were able to join us for this weekend full of fun! We’ve reserved the VFW in Lisbon for our annual Christmas party which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9 and have confirmation that we will have a DJ playing for us after supper. Be on the lookout for the details to be announced at a later date. Tickets will be on sale soon. Mark Your Calendars: The 4th Annual Night at the Races has been planned for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at the VFW in Washingtonville. Details will be announced as the time gets closer. Happy Trails from the members of Columbiana County OHC. ~Kim BCHA COSHOCTON Chilly evenings, warm sunny days, it’s perfect for riding, camping and smores on the fire. We are down to our final scheduled ride of the year, the end of the season ride and roast. I hope I put the date in the October issue because I know it’s early in the month and it will be over before the November issue is out to most of the people. Our club had a great turnout for our hog roast and as always the food was awesome. Thank you John Bash for cooking the pork! So many people put in a lot of effort to make this event go so well and we appreciate them all. Thank you John and Lisa Kries for making the auction fun and profitable. There are so many to mention and thank for countless hours of their time and equipment and trail maintenance. It is very rewarding


Jelly selling tickets.

Lenny, Clay and Bryce.

John Bash, cook. to belong to a club that works together and gets along with one another. I hope everyone is out there enjoying some of the final nice days to ride before old man winter hits us. ~Gigi CUYAHOGA What a weekend! Unbelievable! Cuyahoga OHC assisted by OHC members from Lake, Geauga, Lorain, Medina and Summit County Chapters, presented an OHC State and Emerald Necklace End-to-End Riders Weekend Event on Oct. 6, 7, and 8 that will be remembered as one of the best events for horsemen ever. Trails were marked with the help of Lake County OHC’s president Michelle Sheliga and Cuyahoga County OHC’s president Penny Passalacqua. Guides were also available to lead trail rides. Friday and Saturday, after being greeted by Chris Slavik, visitors headed to Trail Boss Ken Skoczen who had marked trailer spots and guided the trailers in. Carolyn Sullivan of Summit OHC and others kept busy all weekend helping to welcome and sign in riders. Friday supper was served at 6 p.m., with pizza, salad and dessert, followed by a question and answer period as to what would take place over the weekend. 51

County Lines Saturday morning at 8 a.m. riders enjoyed donuts and drinks. Geauga County OHC brought apples for people and horses, donated by Patterson Fruit Farm. Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Rangers, along with Trainer Rich Bradshaw offered an Obstacle Course from 10 a.m. to noon, with two separate rings for inexperienced and experienced horses and rider teams. The final experience was the challenge of riders riding three by three calmly through flares and a smoke screen. There was plenty of time for visitors to purchase Chinese auction tickets and the tables were filled with wonderful items donated by OHC chapters and area business supporters. Lunch was served at 12 p.m. with Foster Brown banjo/guitar and pal Ray Eaken on fiddle playing all of our favorite cowboy songs. They were awesome! Members loved it. Larry Mathews even danced around the tables. The lunch was BBQ pork sandwiches, salad, chicken, pasta, and cakes and cookies for dessert. The cakes had fullsize frosting photos of riders as they chalked up the miles. Joe Coalter, announcer of radio and rodeo and owner of Horsemen’s Corral magazine took command, who was sometimes totally serious and then mischievously teasing, and called out the winners of the multi-items in the Chinese auction. There were also prizes for the oldest horse, youngest horse, youngest rider (being 12), oldest rider, the rider driving the farthest, and the most ill behaved horse (per the owner) who won the ‘for sale’ sign. Then riders could question Rich Bradshaw regarding specific problems with their horse and how to deal with and cure those problems. The Mounted Rangers were also available for guidance. Then riders were off to ride some more of the trails. At 6 p.m. riders were treated to meatballs, rigatoni, salad, rolls and desserts. Each night a campfire, built by Medina County Molly Eastwood and with the help of Jack and Linda Weese, comforted the riders and prepared them to settle down for night. There was some wind and rain but nothing could have dampened their spirits. After a full Sunday breakfast organized by Kathy King, the riders who wished to ride North Chagrin loaded up and headed 52

north to that reservation to ride on their own or join guide Michelle Sheliga while others stayed to ride more trails in South Chagrin Reservation. Schneider’s Saddlery was a major donor for this event, and others who also contributed to this delightful weekend were Tractor Supply, Clipp-ity Clop Western Wear, Big Dee’s Tack, Carl Casavecchia Jr. Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Rangers, Joe Coalter of Horsemen’s Corral magazine, Rich Bradshaw— trainer, Foster Brown and Ed Eaken—musicians, Jill Chuha— embroidered jackets and vests, and Mary Mehwald—Ranch Rollers. There were many other individuals who donated to make this event successful and fun. Due to weather not conducive for hot air balloons, Greg Miller was not able to present the planned balloon glow. Special thanks to OHC Chapters: Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit Counties. Very special thanks to Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation Manager Ryan Shalashnow and his crew, who had trails, arenas, grounds, and shelter in perfect order. To top it off, their enthusiastic and professional manner made our event most enjoyable. We were able to present Ryan with a check for $3,000 toward the new horse trailer trailhead at Richmond Road and the Parkway. Now riding from that far end of South Chagrin Reservation toward the Shelter House Trailhead or on to the Polo Field Trailhead will be a welcomed ride. Volunteers in bright safety yellow shirts, led by Cuyahoga Chapter Penny Passalacqua were Mary Kay Dessoffy, Molly Eastwood, Carole James, Joy Keco, Kathy King, Helen Knapper, Judy Loya, Cathy Rutti, Michelle Sheliga, Maureen and Ken Skoczen, Chris and Lou Slavik, Josephine Wardle, Pat Wilczenski and Margaret Wolfe. All helped guide the day and we thank them for their dedication. ~Margaret Wolfe DEFIANCE Hi everyone, finally fall has arrived and the second-best season is here to enjoy. The cool mornings are awesome to work out in the barn. I think even the horses are happier since the horse flies have left

the area. The evenings are great for sitting around the campfire with or without the hotdogs and marshmallows; of course, you lose one occasionally, to the campfire! The leaves are starting to turn colors, and there is a different smell in the woods as you go riding. We had friends come over the other Saturday, and Addie, who is 9 years old wanted to pet the horses. John surprised her and saddled up Velvet and we got to see the joy and expression on her face. “It’s so high up,” she exclaimed. That memory for her is priceless, and that is what life is all about. Now everyone who has seen Velvet knows she is only a bit over 14’3. Then I walked her up and down our half mile lane, after a quarter of a mile she was enjoying it, and just talking a mile a minute. Sure enough, after going back and forth twice she mentioned her legs were getting tired. So back to the barn we went, and one happy little girl went home that evening probably dreaming of horses. Our Defiance Chapter meeting held their meeting at Brenda and Clayton Vance’s home. A lot of our members turned up for a weekend of riding and camping and enjoying the river trails which our chapter is helping to maintain along with the local neighbors who are also horse owners. The new members got a chance to ride with us, and we also invited those who were interested in joining. It was a great opportunity to have fun and get to know everyone better. The trails will be one of our big focus for the 2018 year. Some of our members participated in the Harry Hughes Ride-AThon, and then the Regional Ride at Oak Openings. What a great opportunity it was to meet other chapters and get ideas from them, especially on how to get more members. On our next meeting we will be discussing our Christmas party, hard to believe it is just around the corner. We will also be making the riding schedule and planning events for the upcoming year. I am hoping John and I can be more involved since my work schedule will be part time. I am so excited that I am giddy. Our chapter would like to give a big thank you to every veteran and their family. Without you our country would not be the great country that it is. God bless America! Happy trails! ~Connie Hasch


DELAWARE Wow! It sure has been a funfilled autumn for the members of Delaware Chapter. The fall season was ushered in with several of our members participating in the Delaware All-Horse Parade held in early September. This parade is the largest non-motorized, all-horse parade east of the Mississippi and serves to kick off the Delaware County Fair and the running of the famous Standardbred harness race, the Little Brown Jug. Our chapter hosted our first annual chapter ride and potluck in late September. Mother Nature smiled on our plans and provided beautiful weather without any rain! The weekend festivities got underway on Friday evening with members enjoying themselves while roasting hotdogs for dinner and partaking in a delicious array of desserts at our dessert buffet all the while admiring our brandnew campground shelter pavilion. The next morning saw quite a few members enjoying the bridle trails at both The Flats and the main trails of Winterhawk, Hunter’s Hollow and Maple Glen. In addition, Theresa and her mare, Prada, report that camping at Alum Creek Equestrian campground was super fun especially with OHC friends from Licking County. Thirty members attended a seemingly endless potluck dinner Saturday evening. Following dinner, member Bob Sweeney, our ‘auctioneer extraordinaire’ presided over a lively auction that even drew in the participation of other fellow campers. Our auction raised a very respectable sum of

New shelter pavilion at Alum Creek.

Prada and Theresa at Oak Openings. November 2017

County Lines 7 p.m. (Please note the time change). We will have a potluck dinner followed by a secret Santa gift exchange. Come early and come hungry! Until next month, wishing everyone, including your equine partner(s), a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving! ~Theresa Burke

Ruth Kimpel on Hunter’s Hollow Trail. money which will be put towards future trail improvement projects. Thank you to all members who volunteered to help make our first annual chapter ride and potluck such a tremendous success. Our members would also like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to ODNR for completing our new shelter pavilion in time for our event. Speaking of riding, if you have never visited Oak Openings Metro Park, near Toledo, you are missing an opportunity to experience a very beautiful and unique park. Known for its unique sand dunes, oak savannas and pine groves, this park features over 20 miles of trails all with soft, sandy footing. Private campgrounds are nearby and just this year, the park established two horse-friendly campsites. Theresa and Prada attended the NW Region’s very first OHC State Ride at Oak Openings and will definitely be putting this event on their list for next year! In other news, several members joined forces to complete our chapter’s 2017 community service project of litter pickup along our adopted stretch of roadway on SR 36/37. Participation at the last two litter pickup events has been very gratifying. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate. It is much appreciated. It is possible that by the time you read this article, our chapter will have already held its November election of chapter officers for 2018. If not, won’t you consider ‘throwing your name in the hat’ as a nominee for an officer or committee chair position? Positive energy and enthusiasm along with fresh ideas and a willingness to work together are what keep our chapter moving forward with entertaining and informative activities for everyone. Members, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our chapter Christmas party scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at November 2017

Erie County poker ride.

Saturday ride at Dean State Forest.

ERIE Greetings from Erie County! September brought in good riding and camping weather. Also the first day of fall with cooler night temperatures and shorter days. But Mother Nature decided she wasn’t ready to give up on summer just yet. Temperatures in the high 90s had me looking for my shorts and turning on all the fans in the barn much to the delight of my horses. September is a busy month, as we hold our annual poker ride. This year we dedicated our ride to the memory of Leon Hoernschemeyer. He was a longtime OHC member, past vice president, and dealer of the cards at our annual event. He raised Texas Longhorns and was often seen with them at various fairs and community events. His enthusiasm on the square dance floor will be remembered, as he was a dear friend. Our poker ride was well attended despite the high temperatures. The ride was even enjoyed by the horses, as carrots were discovered when the riders found their chips on the trail. The great food, music, door prizes, and tremendous raffle items had everyone enjoying the day. Of course, an event of this size can only be pulled off by a great team! Members Jim, Lorna, Lynn and Tim, got the chance to attend the Ty Evans Mule Horsemanship Clinic with their mules and one horse. Although extremely hot and surviving a flat tire on the highway, they were still able to get a ride in at Hueston Woods.

In memory of Leon. Sparky is definitely getting a few more notches under his cinch. Our president, Colleen, found a great new horse. A bay, Missouri Fox Trotter named Brandy. She is only 4 years old and I heard a dream to ride already. I think she will be on the trail for years to come. Joyce and Bill took off together to celebrate Joyce’s birthday! This included a 326 mile bicycle ride! Riding the Ohio Erie Trail and camping along the way, they were able to see a lot of countryside from Cleveland to Cincinnati. They were gone seven days. Starting out at 50 miles a day, they made it to the Purple People Bridge in Cincinnati. What a trip! October brings in pumpkins, apples, and harvest happenings. Hear more about the Community Harvest Festival and our participation next month. Join us on Nov. 9 for our monthly meeting. Remember to fill out your new registration forms and turn them in this month. Start adding up your riding miles, as everyone has been riding a lot! November 12 we will ride Mohican. Meeting at 12 in the parking lot. From our camp to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! ~Shelley FAIRFIELD

Tim and Lynn.

Last month I was bragging about the modest temperatures and great riding we had in August. Guess what? Karma raised its ugly head and decided to make the last week in September the hottest week of the summer. The activity level of our OHC chapter slowed down after our Labor Day ride at Scioto rails. A ride at Shawnee had originally been scheduled, but the date


New mounting Hocking.



Completed road at Hocking group camp. was moved to August because of conflicts. The only other scheduled ride is due to happen at Mohican State Forest the last weekend of September. I will bring you up to speed on that next month. Dean State Forest is another park in southern Ohio with great trails for day riding, but there is not a campground available for overnight camping. In our case it is a little over 100 miles from the house to Dean SF, making it less than practical to day ride on a regular basis. Jim McKenzie and Lisa Malone are friends of mine and own a farm that boarders Dean State Forest. Thanks to their generosity, 12 of us camped at their farm in mid-September and enjoyed a three day weekend exploring Dean SF. The trails are well maintained and water is readily available at numerous creeks. Another great weekend in the memory bank. Thanks Jim and Lisa. One of our members, Sam Underhill, built and donated a mounting block to our OHC club. On Monday, Sept. 11 we organized a work detail and set the steps plus a blocking rail at the Hocking SF group camp. It is our goal to place a couple more mounting blocks on the trails at strategic locations at Hocking. Thanks Sam! Earlier in the spring our OHC chapter had received a $500 53

County Lines matching grant. We used the money to erect an additional tie line at the Hocking group camp. There was a small amount of money left over which we applied to limestone screening placed around the mounting block. The balance of the screening as well as another truck load of larger stone were applied to a new entrance road at the Hocking group camp we had created a year ago. The new road greatly enhances the traffic flow through the group camp. If you are in the area check it out. Not too shabby for a bunch of hillbillies. Sorry this is short but promise to do better next month. ~Chris FULTON I don’t know how much this is going to be an actual article as much as a thank you note. Our wonderful chapter hosted the Northwest Region Ride on Sept. 29 through October 1. So many great people made this incredibly fun event possible. Here goes... first off, Jackie Romaker, I believe you were in charge of all this. You made the incredible T-shirts. All the raffle tickets, the 50/50, the trivia game on Saturday night—Connie, I’m going to take you to the Toledo Museum of Art so you can see a Van Gogh—and anything else I may have missed that you did, Jackie, you did such a great job! Thank you! Oh my goodness, the food! Thank you so much to Tammi Royer for hauling your smoker over to the event. That smoker is really something to see! It was like the ‘salla-ka doola,

Cutest cowboys around!

I haven’t had my coffee yet! 54

website: If you want to have fun and meet lots of great people, come join us! There are no evil step-mothers, and we promise you won’t turn into a pumpkin at midnight! Happy Trails, everyone! ~Trina Houser

Just a chick magnet. mencha kaboola’ song in ‘Cinderella.’ Tammi was the Fairy Godmother; all of us little woodland creatures came out and stood around her and the warm, great-smelling smoker on Friday night. Thanks to John Rendle for setting Tammi’s alarm so she would wake up at 2:30 Saturday morning to get everything started for dinner that night. What if the alarm hadn’t gone off? Thanks so much to the management of the Reed Rangler’s Campground; wow! Did it ever look great! There was no danger of ever running out of firewood! Toilet paper, maybe…. but there were still plenty of leaves on the trees so that really wasn’t a problem, either. Sandusky County and Defiance County, you both brought such great prizes! The silent auction had lots of bids and the raffle items were a big hit! Thank you! To those of you who brought your dogs, thank you for keeping them in control and pleasant to be around. If you have horses and people then you’re bound to have dogs, and we had some of the best this weekend. And thank you, everyone, for coming! Thank you to all the chapter presidents for getting the word out. The old cliché is true, if it hadn’t been for you then we wouldn’t have had such a great event. I got to meet so many nice people and their horses. Speaking of great people and their horses, a special thank you to Tammi for letting John ride your gelding. All of you who brought extra mounts so everyone could ride, how wonderful you are! Anyone else I may have missed—thank you! I had so much fun this weekend. This is a couple days later and I’m still high as a kite. I hope you all are, too. Don’t forget about our next monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, at Route 64 Pub and Grub. Our Christmas dinner is Friday, Dec 1. More details to follow. Sunday, Dec. 3 is our Tack Swap Meet at the WB Ranch in Swanton, Ohio. Check out our Facebook page and our

GEAUGA A beautiful, sunny day welcomed 28 horses and riders to the Geauga Park District’s Trail Horse Nature Challenge at Swine Creek Reservation in September. The riders came to demonstrate their skill at trail challenges and to test their knowledge of nature. Among those participating were our own Geauga OHC members Machelle Maloney, Julie Fredrickson and Lorraine Steiner. In first place was Linda Cooley, followed in second place by Allison Robbins, and tied for third place was Beth Colville and our own Machelle Maloney. All attending had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the day. A big hand goes to Dottie Drockton, GPD Naturalist and GOHC member, for planning and organizing this fun filled day. Thanks also go to Linda Dion and Catherine Ullman who assisted Dottie with the planning, setup, judging challenges and takedown. And this challenge could not have taken place without our wonderful GOHC volunteers Fran Cverna, Joy Keco, Linda Golding, Cecilia Hanish, Sue Lunstrom, Ann Poshedly, Nora Stanton and Lisa White assisted by GPD volunteers Neomi and Michael, photographer Jim, and Leslie. Trail mix for the trail riders. That is some of what we snacked on at our fun monthly meeting on Oct. 3. We met at the Affelder House. Lewis and Ruth Affelder donated their beautiful getaway home and 80 acres to the Geauga Park District. That was the nucleus of West Woods Park. A beautiful park full of family fun events and great well-maintained

Joy Keco, trail challenge.


Dottie Drockton, trail challenge. trails for horses and all. We met and laughed and conducted business while enjoying a beautiful view of nature looking out of the floor to ceiling windows. Thank you Dottie Drockton for enlightening and educating us about the Affelder House. Thank you Cecilia Hanish for modeling our new GOHC Regional Ride T-shirts. It’s almost time to take off the muck boots, get dressed up, BYOB and come to our annual GOHC banquet on Dec. 2 at the Huntsburg Community Center. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese and silent auction. Please mark your calendar, reserve your seat to Sue Mulhall at rmulhall@ by Nov. 18 and come and kick up your heels. GOHC not responsible for fun overload. And leaving you with one last thought: “You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.” (Will Rogers) ~Linn Walker and Catherine Ullman GREENE Things have been slow for Greene County, as far as I know. I’ve been a little out of touch. Hopefully a lot of our members have been getting a lot of riding in. I know Kandy has been out every chance she gets. I’ve gotten out some, though not nearly as much as I would have hoped. Meanwhile, since the weather has improved, there has been a lot of work done at both Sugarcreek and Caesar Creek. I haven’t seen the work at Sugarcreek first hand yet, but have heard great things. I have been involved with the Caesar Creek work, and while it’s ongoing, there’s a huge improvement. I would advise staying off of the newly re-opened trail to the lake (the one without the sign). The old one is decent, but the new one is still pretty mucky. It will be fixed November 2017

County Lines is sacked up and bigger than a barrel. I fear they will all want to come at once. Well the chickens are locked up and it’s time to say goodnight. God Bless and be safe, ~Dorothy Glover JACKSON

Herb can sleep anywhere.

September meeting.

Saying goodbye to Sally and Don.

Old Timer’s Days. eventually, but other projects are taking priority right now. We again had a presence at the Xenia Old Timers Days with a tack booth. I wasn’t able to be there, so thanks to all who worked it, and thanks to Jerry for the photos. November 20 is our date for the monthly meeting and elections. I don’t expect the officers to change, as it’s all working well. Though I am hoping to find someone to take over as secretary. I don’t mind doing it, but I’m gone nearly half the time, so it would be better if we can find someone who is present more often. December 15 we’ll once again have our Christmas party at the Golden Corral. More information on that next month. Short and sweet, but that’s all the news I have this month. One of these days I’ll remember to call or email a few people the week before the article is due to see what is going on. At least when I’m not able to make the meetings. Happy trails! ~Mickie HARRISON It’s November, a time for Thanksgiving. All too often we take our good fortunes November 2017

for granted. Take time this November and always, to give thanks. It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy. Harrison County OHC is saying goodbye to two of our members, Don and Sally Fisher. They are moving to Licking County to be near family. Although it is a wonderful move for them, they will be missed, not only as members; but as friends. Don was our trail maintenance coordinator and Sally was our secretary. Judy May will be filling the secretary position and Bob Glover and Alan VanCuren will be overseeing trail maintenance. Several rode at Jefferson Lake State Park in September and Beaver Creek in October. The days are cooler and shorter but my favorite time of the year to ride. Our November meeting will be at the Mine Restaurant in Cadiz, Ohio, dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. It is time to get your membership renewals in for 2018 so there is no lapse in your liability insurance. New applications for membership will be on hand at our meeting. You can also access them from the State OHC page and click on the Harrison Chapter and download the form. We need to start thinking about our Christmas party and what gifts we will be creating for this year. So many in our club are very creative. Also we need to inquire as to who wants to ride this year in the Christmas parade in Cadiz, Ohio as we did last year. Well, fall lambing has started at our house with two sets of twins and two singles so far. Everyone

I hope everyone is enjoying this fall weather. My horses are glad to be free of the flies, but I hate to see summer go. September 30 we had our poker run fundraiser. The turnout was great and everyone had a good time. Lunch was provided and consisted of beans cooked outside, cornbread, hot dogs with sauce, soft drinks, and dessert. There was also a 50/50 drawing, and the weather was perfect. What else could you ask for? It’s time again to join up for another year as an OHC member and we welcome new members. To attend and/or join our club join us at Ponderosa on the fourth Thursday of each month. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. but some of us go in early to eat. Ride safe, ~Margo JEFFERSON Thank you to all of you who have made the trip to Jefferson Lake State Park and have ridden the trails! Sorry about all the mud. This is one of the areas in the state that has received much rain when everywhere else it has been drier than a bone. Several members of Jefferson and Carroll Counties and a few others have been busy putting in drainage pipe and gravel, building turnpikes, etc. to get the water off the trails. The park is busy installing newer restrooms and doing other work in the park. Camping has been great! Thank you! Remember at the end of the year to turn in your trail miles for all the places you ride. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Best wishes for a good ride at Jefferson Lake State Park! ~JoEllen KNOX On Sept. 16, Mary and I traveled to Sebald Park to monitor and volunteered at Butler County’s Horse Daze event. The organization and dedication of the OHC volunteers to put on such an event was most impressive.


Horse Daze.

Jefferson Lake. There were long lines at the hay ride we were working. The huge number of children with giant smiles on their faces was our reward. I was touched by one lady’s story when I ask her why, if she lived in Texas, was she there for such an event, and she replied, “For Sarah’s Chemo.” She had traveled to Ohio so her little girl could take advantage of some of the best doctors in the States, and had that morning checked her daughter out of the hospital so she could ride a pony. They were to return to the hospital that evening. At that moment, the distance traveled and the hours Mary and I spent, the good Lord had just paid off. Keep up the good work BCOHC! A lot of you have seen KCOHC on Facebook in the past few months and are aware of our many activities. Parades, fun events, and trail riding has made summer pass too quickly. While we officially only have one ride a month on the calendar, we have had several groups in many different locations most every weekend. Our organized ride at Salt Fork had 28 members in attendance over that weekend. Pike Lake saw another good turnout. We have ridden AEP Conesville, Hocking, Malabar and we’ve recently had riders 55

County Lines two weekends in a row at Tar Hallow. We rode to the new High Country Store for pizza. We had riders in the Fredericktown Tomato Show followed the next day by the Delaware All Horse Parade. We also had members in attendance at the Mt. Vernon First Friday event with horses and a mule or two, showing what KCOHC has to offer. With just a bit of luck, a few of us elected to ride at Jefferson Lake this past weekend, unaware that Carroll County OHC was having an event there. We were proud to represent KCOHC even though there was no such plan to do so. Other KCOHC riders were again gathered at AEP Conesville. Both Jefferson Lake and Harrison trails were well maintained and easy to follow. OHC is a great, active organization and Knox County is a very active OHC chapter boasting over 100 members to date. As the attached picture shows, as Mary and I grow older, it would appear our friends grow thinner. Just joking around at Jefferson Lake. We have in hand trail markers and geo-tech cloth purchased towards trail maintenance at Thayer Ridge Park for which we will be seeking volunteers to help with additional repairs. Hopefully, we’ll get to this in November. Beaver Creek is the final KCOHC scheduled ride. Sorry if you missed out. Summer is gone, winter is coming on. But do not despair, be aware, we have a Winter Bash to plan, there should be a New Year’s Day ride and there is a planned Tack Auction in February. My horses stay shod all winter with the anticipation on a spur of the moment unplanned ride in the works. November means elections for 2018 KCOHC officers is at hand. New blood is always welcome. Step up, volunteer, take charge, and keep KCOHC rolling. And along that line, don’t forget to renew your KCOHC membership. Come on over to Knox County OHC where the gates are wide open, the grass is greener, the horses leaner, because we do ride them, and everyone is welcome. KCOHC meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Long Branch Pizza in Centerburg. ~Terry L. Baker LAWRENCE Our St. Jude ride was a big success. We collected a total 56


The Mary Toothman Memorial.

The St. Jude auction.

Mike Wall our auctioneer. of $5200 which is $2000 more than last year. Yeah! I want to say a special thank you to Darla Young for pulling off one of the best St. Jude’s events ever. We had a good ride, great food and a fun and profitable auction. “Darla, we know that you were about to have a major melt down when the caterers were late but that only made the food taste that much better.” I want to also thank Mike Wall for donating his time to be our auctioneer. He did a wonderful job and helped us to collect more money than ever before. Thank you Jerry Elliott and Nick Strow for helping him pass out the items that were sold. Thank you Wanda Crowe and Angie Elliott for keeping the tally on all of the money. Cheryl Strow decorated the Mary Toothman memorial table. It was really a humbling moment when you read the story and looked at the memorial stone with her and her horse on it. She would have not wanted us to make such a fuss but deep down I know that she would have loved it. Thank you Cheryl for a wonderful job. Our club may be little but we all came together when it counted. All and all, everything went very well and a big thank you to everyone else who helped behind the scenes. Happy Trails, ~Susan White

Hello from Licking County OHC. Great weather here in central Ohio, at least today. When you receive the Corral it should be November, right. Since August had September weather and September had August weather, not sure of October weather yet, what is November going to bring! Our September Fun Show was another success. Not only did we have a lot of entries but also three new members for 2018. A table was set up at the show to promote the advantages of OHC membership. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped put the show on, even one of the new members was out there helping! Diana Wheatley, Show Chairman, received an email, it stated: “Just wanted to give all of you a big thanks for the fun show. It was well run and so much fun. I am not sure which class my daughter liked the most, bareback equitation or hula-hoop race. Thanks again.” Now that email made us feel that all the work that went into putting on a fun show was worth the effort. You are welcome Miss E-mail person. Craig Santee and his work party did a great job installing a culvert and rerouting a trail at Taft. This was a big job, not just a one-day job; Craig arranged several days just to get everything in order to call in the work party to finish the job. There were 10 members and help from the park to do all the work. Why join a gym, just get out and help maintain the trails. The Licking Park District has ask our group to help with a project next year at Lobdel Park, a trail which follows the creek needs rerouted, so don’t feel bad if you missed the September work party, there will be more to come. Thank you Craig and all who helped. At the September meeting the new Licking Park District Director attended, Rich Campitelli. We welcome Rich and his family to Licking County. Thank you Terry Drummond and husband for the refreshments. I hear and read stories about the members that have been riding out on the trails at home or in other states, some have been showing or driving their equine. I’m keeping track and you better submit a mileage report! Don’t you want your name in the drawing for the $25 gift card? Please check our website for


Work party at Taft.

Installing a culvert at Taft.

Great job at Taft. rides in November, never sure what the weather is going to do here in Ohio. It’s time to drain my water tank on the horse trailer and take all the food out, and grain, hay, etc. Then start checking on the Internet for trails to ride on next year for my bucket list. We are asking members to start thinking of any activities you would like for the group to do in 2018, any and all ideas are welcome. If you are interested in our group please go to our website and check out the newsletters, you will get some insight of what we are about. Horsemen helping Horsemen, the OHC mission. or on Facebook. Our meetings are usually the last Monday of the month, 7 p.m., location at the Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Please check the website for dates of the November meeting, due to the holiday the meeting may be canceled. There will not be a December meeting. You can still get your 2018 OHC membership application from the Licking County OHC website. Happy Thanksgiving to all. ~Deborah Sheka LOGAN September was a busy month November 2017

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been super active this summer learning mounted shooting. The first of October Sarah Relyea competed with the Mid-Ohio Marauders Cowboy Mounted Shooters. She rode two different horses in the three day competition and on Sunday had a clean shot earning her a Clean as a Whistle award. Way to go Sarah! We know how much time and training you have put into this and we are so proud of you! With the storms rolling through trees continue to go down across trails at Kiser Lake, so Mike and I meet up with Dan Imke for another trail cleaning day. We cleared several trails then worked on widening a trail. Mike and I rode Kiser a few weeks later and were pleased to see that all the trails were still clear. Until next month, enjoy the beautiful weather and the colorful trails. ~Diana LORAIN

Sarah Relyea for our club. Seven members attended the Clark County OHC camp over at Buck Creek, six rode in the Delaware All Horse Parade, and two members joined the 14 others riding at Barb Corwin’s ride. We also had a good turnout at the Mohican chili cook-off. Nine members stayed the weekend and another two came to ride on Friday night. Thank you Jeanie Boswell for making the chili for the cook-off, word is it was delicious. Our October meeting was full of activities also. Dr. Ashley Applehans from Diamond M Veterinary Clinic in Kenton, Ohio, spoke about vaccinations. She talked about which ones should be given, when and how they should be given. After answering questions on this topic she then talked about emergency situations, when you should call your vet and what you should do while waiting for them to arrive. For the second year we presented Marmon Valley Ministries and Discovery Riders with checks from the money raised by our pork raffle. This year we also presented funds to our youth group to assist in covering costs for our youth to attend OHC events. We have one member who has November 2017

November is here with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sneaking up on us really quick. What a fabulous fall riding season we have had. Our Regional Ride was wonderful this year with sunshine abounding. Many thanks to all who helped to make this a great weekend including: Nate Reader, our coordinator; Bob Budi, Jim Wallace, Bob Jackson, Vince Mollica and Lee Shaw for setting the poles; Tom Tomes for mowing and for the endless supply of campfire wood that kept us warm on those nippy nights; Carole Kenyon, Lisa and Dennis Cutnaw, and Karen Norton our scavenger ride committee who provided special treats for riders and horses; Vince and Sue Mollica, Carole Kenyon, Jackie Rock, Brenda Lang and Cheryl Muhek for helping with the sign in and prizes; Cheryl Muhek and Cheryl Garnes for the beautiful hand-made quilt

Reagan with the ‘wanna be’ minnies at Regional Ride.

Horse-drawn princesses at Pleasant Hills camp out.

Lee cooking pancakes at the Regional Ride. that was an awesome fundraiser; Rodney Harrison and Jo Lucki for our tasty meat that fed us all weekend; Chefs Nate Reader, Tom Tomes, Val and Lee Shaw who made sure our bellies were full of delicious food; Becky Lehane and Bob Gullett, who provided great entertainment Saturday night; Pastor Brian Kenyon who provided Sunday worship; Bob and Judy Budi for their wagons to haul supplies and everyone else who helped set up, tear down, or helped in other ways to make this a fantastic weekend. The warm days in late September were a blessing for sure. Some of us who camped at Pleasant Hill enjoyed our horses as well as our boats. Some even kayaked to the Mohican Lodge for morning breakfast while others were whooping it up on jet skis and inner tubes in the late afternoon. (I’d say we are a wellrounded group of horse campers). We even bowed and curtsied to the queen and her princesses that traveled by the horse camp in the horse-drawn carriage as we enjoyed our potluck. Our November calendar sponsor is Willow Creek Veterinary Service. They specialize in the care of horses, dogs and cats and may be reached at 330/410-4899 or www.willowcreekveterinary. com for further information. Weather permitting; we will camp at Findlay State Park Nov. 3-5. If not up to camping, please come for the day ride on Saturday. Jim Wallace is the contact. Sunday, Nov. 5 there is a State OHC meeting at Delaware at 10 a.m. Inquire to Jim Wallace for further details.


This month our Christmas display will be installed at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle Visitor Center on Nov. 18. Please plan to help if you are able. Santa is watching to see who is being a good horse council helper or not. Val and Lee Shaw are the contacts for the set up. We will have our membership meeting on Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Visitor Center. A potluck will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please bring chili or a side dish/ dessert to share. The Turkey Trot Day Ride will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Carlisle Equestrian Center. Carole Kenyon is the contact. In December, we will hold our annual Christmas party at the Lagrange United Methodist Church located at 105 W. Main Street (Route 303), LaGrange. Appetizers begin at 6 p.m. and dinner 6:30 p.m. Please bring 1.5 dozen cookies to donate to the Lorain County Park employees. Contact Cheryl Muhek with inquires. Please help out with this event if you are able. Please watch for a flyer with more details regarding what type of food item to sign up for if coming to the party. It is a wonderful evening, plan to come and enjoy an evening of food and fellowship with your horse friends. Feel free to dress up or dress casual but we may all be more joyful if you leave your muck boots in the barn for this event. Have a fun Fall, just not off your horse! ~Kathy Duncan MADISON What a beautiful fall we are having. Many members have been taking advantage of this beautiful season. Of course by the time this is published we will have concluded our 2017 Gymkhana season. We have had a good year considering the setbacks from the construction of the new arena cover. We have

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Madison County OHC met lots of new competitors, got a few members as well. The Deer Creek project is steadily coming together. Again this is a long term project. We are pretty confident everyone will benefit from this long overdue project. Elections will be taking place in November. My husband and I have been active members for about six to seven years. We renew our membership because we believe and support what OHC stands for. The success of OHC would not be if not for the numerous volunteers. We work hard, give a tremendous amount of hours. I can’t encourage you enough to get more active in your chapter. Go to meetings, get to know each other. Share your ideas. The success of OHC depends on what you do and what you don’t do. Patches, attended our Open Show in September. I was busy working and a bit nervous about showing since I have absolutely no show experience under my hat, my trainer showed her for me. It was a great day. Patches, was absolutely perfect and earned many ribbons. She thoroughly enjoyed herself and I think she will make a good ranch class pony. I now just need more time to spend with her. She has really come a long way in her trust in me and we are becoming friends. I hope she will one day love me as much as I love her. Banjo has not been too well. It was getting scary. I think I’m becoming pretty good about hoof 58

problems. Although I hate when Banjo has setbacks and is in pain. I do enjoy doctoring him up and making him feel better. On my Facebook page I posted a picture that my friend and club member Tammy Whisler took a few years ago. It was one of the last few rides Banjo and I had together. I had a baby ride with Lady Friday. Then rode Banjo Saturday. I hope I can remember everyone. Marsha and John Pierce, Duke and Debbie, Gene Pierce, Brian Roudabush, Tammy Whisler and myself were lost. Our afternoon ride turned into an allday into the evening. We were at Elkins in Lawrence County. Well about this picture that popped up in my memories, it was taken after Banjo decided to cool himself down. I got off in time and kept him from rolling. What is so funny is I’m short, I don’t like getting off my horse because I may not be able to get back on. Well I did find a little rock, it could have been bigger but it worked. See Banjo is a tad bit lazy, a whole lot ornery and was quite content to just stay where he was in the middle of the creek. He has had no desire to take a side step to the left so I could mount up. So in the picture it shows me trying to pull him by the stirrup. Brian Roudabush was pushing his head, neck my way and John Pierce using his horse to try to push Banjo over. It was a funny moment. One of the pictures I’m submitting this month is a picture of three little girls. Callie Jenkins and Kayla Miller are both members and great friends. Mya, Callie’s Paint pony has not only taught Callie to ride but with Callie’s help they both have taught Kayla. This picture was taken at our last Gymkhana in September. Last year Callie and Mya did lead line classes with Kayla as she was learning. In this picture it shows the tradition being carried on. Kayla on one side, Callie on the other introducing a little girl to horses upon none other, Mya. Well I’m going to stop here. I hope you enjoy my writings. It’s amazing for me to not have something to say. ~Dee MEDINA The was after Sept.

weather cooperated and perfect. I was worried our Mill Stream ride on 23. We rode 17 miles in

90 degree weather which took six hours. Martha Ross and Jan Spelling have now completed the Cuyahoga OHC challenge. Michelle Crew and I have a few more to complete but will wait for cooler weather! Dianne and Jim Weaver and Reuss Griffiths did a great job planning the clambake. The tables looked beautiful and the food was fabulous. Many hands make light work and our members always step up to the plate to help! ~Molly Eastwood Our members love a good trail and especially a new one! The Richfield Heritage Preserve (formerly the Crowell Hilaka Girl Scout camp) 336 acres of beautiful woodlands, streams and historic buildings is being restored. The Friends of Crowell Hilaka along with the Summit Chapter of OHC have asked for help in restoring bridle trails that were used up until a few years ago. Molly Eastwood, Greg Monsanty who helped design the new trails, Dianna Weaver, Raydeen Ryden and family and Rosemary Young lent their hands and rakes and clippers on Sept. 16 and 17 towards this great cause. Thanks to Summit Chapter’s Roxanne Owens, Carolyn Sullivan and Marietta Tromp for the much needed lunch. Don’t forget to join us at our November monthly meeting at Boston Store in the Cuyahoga Valley. It’s election time and your vote counts! Social time starts at 6:30 (bring something to share) and meeting at 7 p.m. Our annual joint work session with the Trails Council in the CVNP is on Nov. 18. Please show your support of the trails we love with other great volunteers for the park. Meeting place and time TBD. Watch for email blasts from our trails committee or contact one of them for details. This is our last official work party (whoo hoo!) of the year and lunch will be served, so come on down! For more information contact one of our trail leaders: Patricia Vance ( or 330/836-9358), Mike Andrea ( or 330/592-5953), or Jack Weese ( 440/234-9668 or 216/780-9668). ~Rosemary Young MEIGS What beautiful weather, a little dry but you better enjoy this


Eddie Wolfe and Libby at St. Jude’s Ride.

Darla Stanley at St. Jude’s Ride.

Tom trimming trees. because I heard that we are going to have a bad winter, after all I did see two black wooly worms and they were all black. That is a sign of a bad winter. We have been very busy working on our camp getting ready for our events this month. Seventeen members showed up at the camp with mowers, weed eaters, clippers, chain saws, four wheelers and flowers to plant. It looked like a bunch of busy bees at the camp, it looks really nice for our events. Club member Isabell Dill’s St. Jude ride was a huge success. This was her 21st event for St. Jude’s and they raised $20,000. Several of our members’ rode the ride and members Ed, Larry, and Kenny Turley always provide the pork and cook it and then our members help pull the pork. This is for such a good cause. Club members Dale and Darla Stanley invited fellow club members to come camp and ride their trails at their farm. Several members showed up and had a fire by the lake along with some good food to eat. Darla made some ice cream, of course we sat near the fire after we ate the ice cream. This was so wonderful of them to invite us. Everyone November 2017

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Karen and Buddy.

Mick and Fawn.

Kim and Raven. helping people and horses feel better. And best of all, it works! What a great start to September with lots of riding, but then the heat. Hope everyone is making up for it in a cooler October and November. The Hueston Woods Campout was so much fun and the carry-in dinner was delicious. Jeanette and I learned a lot about the horse trails from Becky Clifton and Don Buckingham. We also learned that Preble County OHC has put in 400 work hours on the horse trails, with 300 of those hours being from Becky and Don. The dedication of just two people makes such a difference in the enjoyment of all the other riders. Kiser Lake has Champaign County and Linda Imke and her husband Dan. Sycamore State Park has Jerry and Mary Ann Bashams, and I am sure that there are two people in other counties that do the same. We really need to do something special for these dedicated members and make sure you say thank you when you see them. I received a call from Five Rivers MetroParks saying that

the horse trails in Englewood will not be closed. Thank you to all who called in to request they not be closed, and to Kim Wall who contacted a government official for help. On Nov. 18, we will be trimming the Englewood horse trails from 9 a.m. to noon. If you can, come and help and bring your own loppers, no chain saws needed. We will meet at the Frederick Pike trail head at 8:45 a.m. A free luncheon will be provided. Check out the picture of our Vice-President, Mick Retman! Mick is in equine therapy at Eagles Wings Therapeutic Riding Center in Piqua and making great improvements. Deb is very grateful to the center for getting Mick back in the saddle again. Mick says that the staff is caring, compassionate and that they push him to get stronger. In addition, I just had to take pictures of Kim Wall and her horse Raven; Karen Spencer and her new horse Buddy enjoying their time together at Sycamore State Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It’s hard to believe but the holidays are just around the corner. Piqua is having a Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, starting downtown at 7 p.m. Arcanum is having their first Christmas in the Park (all day) and Horse Parade Saturday, Dec. 9, parade begins at 7 p.m. In closing, our December meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Faye’s Dog Training Center in West Milton. This will be our Christmas carry-in dinner meeting with a gift exchange. Happy Turkey Day! ~Shirley DeWinter MONROE It’s time to put the hay equipment in the shed and settle in for fall/winter, my favorite time of year.


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Bill Scribb and Barb Magyar. We have made considerable progress on our new trail system at Wayne National Forest. The trails are all cut and ready for some work days to finish up some small details. Hopefully by spring 2018 we will be ready to break in the trails. On Oct. 21 and 22 MC-OHC is planning a working/riding weekend. We will be camping at the Magyar Farm. Contact the Magyars for more information 740/934-2239 or email magyarrick@yahoo. com, At our September meeting we received the bad news that our favorite venue (Grizzle Ridge Arena) will not be available for Fun Horse Shows for a time. We will be putting our Points Show on the back burner till we can come up with a plan. We will be having our awards 2016-2017 Christmas party slated for Nov. 19 at the Lewisville Community Center. The prizes have been ordered and the food, friends and fun are always the best. Check our Facebook page for a list of winners for the 2016-2017 Winter Fun Show Series and for updates! ~Sami MONTGOMERY

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takes place the first weekend in December. Traditionally, our chapter provides on-street support for horse control during the two parades. Check out the pictures of recent local rides. Karen S. has a new horse, Buddy and Suzy L. has a new horse Whiskey. Linda F. also has a new horse named Darlin. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and come ride with us! ~Ann MORROW

Meeting at Sycamore. the always fun event at Hueston Woods, Preble County chapter on the second weekend. A few of our members had to choose between events to attend because there was a new state ride at Chagrin Falls, near Cleveland that same weekend. What to do, what to do? Some great choices. The State meeting will take place on Nov. 5, check out our online resource www.ohconline. com for events, places, times and contact people. Also this resource has online membership forms for 2018 as well as individual trail mileage forms. The Corral seems to be making a big push for using more online tools, like most periodicals, because of cost. Our November event will be on Nov. 14. Our always popular event of the big chili cook-off will be followed by our meeting at the church in New Lebanon at 7 p.m. Come have some fun with us. We will most likely be discussing the Lebanon Christmas parade which always

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Greetings from the Morrow County OHC chapter where the unusually warm early fall weather sharply contrasts with the cool late summer weather discussed in last month’s report. This area of Ohio received well timed rains since the excellent early August second cutting which allowed a good third cutting hay harvest that our herd considers horse candy! The Labor Day period of cool weather provided excellent conditions for the Delaware All Horse Parade (DAHP) and post parade tail gate party. Health issues kept me grounded for the first time in 15+ years so I watched the entire parade of 170+ horses/ponies/mules plus some very colorful/loud marching bands. The large Knox County OHC group looked very sharp in their matching blue shirts as did some other units with colorful clothing plus attractively decorated steeds. Thirty-five plus persons enjoyed the tail gate party complete with the traditional hand cranked homemade ice cream. Byron and Cheryl missed the DAHP to ride with some friends at Mohican State Forest. Cheryl has been very happy with the trail stability of her new horse while Byron is glad to be back riding after some knee surgery had him grounded for much of the summer. Gerald did a Knox County Horse Park Fun Show while Floyd is back riding since the broken foot in early June. He has lost some confidence in his mule since the June accident so he is shopping for a replacement mule. Ted and family did the Labor Day Smoke Rise Ranch program while Dave and Mary explored the Malabar State Park trails. Ted also participated as a Shriner in a Columbus area parade along with Chris. Ted and Gerald plan to participate in the annual Fall Buckeye State Mounted Deputies ride at Wills Creek riding the excellent trail

system developed/ maintained by the Coshocton OHC chapter on AEP lands. Gerald did a local ride with some retired/visiting WA friends which dated back to 1966-70 Iowa State University graduate school days. Gerald, Ted and Floyd plan to attend the early November State OHC fall meeting in Delaware while waiting for fall harvest to be completed so local fallow fields are available for weekday/ any day riding which requires no trailering. Hopefully all readers will be able to enjoy some great riding of their trusty steeds with like-minded equine friends during the remaining fall riding season before the end of 2017. Until next month, let us continue to ride, ride, and ride while we can or at least have great dreams. Happy trails to you and stay safe in the saddle/on your horse if you do have an opportunity to ride. ~DOC PERRY The Perry County OHC has had several trail rides. Elkins Creek was a whole lot of fun. We sure do encourage everyone to visit! Several of us rode in the 4th of July Parade in Lancaster, Ohio. Our group has been busy all summer and fall riding at various places. Even though it will already have passed by the time this is in print, our Annual Soup Cook-Off is always in October. This year it was Oct. 14. This year two of our members have donated very nice items for the State OHC meeting in November in Delaware, Ohio. Henry Doyle donated a beautiful dark leather bridle and reins to be auctioned off. Terry Newman donated a very nice, portable fire ring to be raffled. Perry and Hocking OHC chapters are selling raffle tickets for the fire ring, $1 each or $5 for six. The ring consists of six to eight square metal plates that are hooked together to make the ring. When done, simply unhook and stack the plates. They take up very little room and are easy to transport. Each metal plate will have a cut-out, horse-related design. See members of those two chapters if you’d like to enter the raffle for the fire ring. It is a $60-$80 value. Our group cannot stop adopting horses in need. Another one of our members has adopted a Kill Pen horse from Kentucky. Kim Brown is now the proud owner of a lovely palomino Tennessee


Roxanne and Johnny 4th of July Parade. Walking Horse gelding. He is coming around nicely. That gives our club members a total of five this year. Heather and Ben Stengle (2), Kim Brown (1) and me (2). Speaking of new horses...congrats to Brenda Lehman and Marianne Hartley they have one newbie each. An update on Perry Woods. Yes, you can still park at the old gun club, if the gate is shut, they probably have a special event coming in and need the parking spaces. Perry County Soil and Water Department are in charge of the old Gun Club grounds. We will try to keep everyone updated on what is happening at Perry Woods. If you want a nice day ride or an overnight come visit our horse camp at Burr Oak. We have a shelter house with a brand new permanent fire ring. We have water for your horses, picket lines and several camping spots. Happy trails and God Bless you and your equine partner as you enjoy the tail end of riding for 2017. ~Roxanne Drake and Kim Brown PIKE Hello to everyone from Pike OHC. Fall has officially arrived. The trails and fall colors are so beautiful with the leaves changing. All these colors just don’t seem to last long enough. Our club members have several destinations planned to ride and enjoy the trails. Cave Run and

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Tracey and Terri Crothers spent many hours giving horse rides to happy little faces at our Pike County Horse Daze event. Knott County, Kentucky and Elkins Creek are a few on the list. Our monthly club ride will be at Doug and Debby Sears’ Painted Hill Farm at Pike Lake. Several members are camping overnight that weekend. We’re planning a fish fry after our ride on Saturday and later an enjoyable evening around the campfire. Several of our club members are retired employees now which makes life more relaxing and there’s also more time to spend in the saddle. Recently one of our members, Paul Buser, retired and was awarded a T-shirt by one of the club members at our club meeting. The T-shirt read, “Under New Management, see my spouse for details!” Paula will be keeping him busy! Paul and his wife Paula have enjoyed Pike Forest for several years and now have a residence here. Our Pike County Horse Daze event this year was a hot 90 degree day and not the typical temperature for this time of year. We did have about 97 attendees with children and adults. There were many smiling faces. The event began with an opening ceremony and prayer. Six of our youth members did a flag presentation on horseback to the song ‘God Bless America’ by Lee Greenwood. After the flag presentation Riley Welch sang the National Anthem. It was very special! This opening ceremony can be viewed on and then type in ‘Pike County Horse Daze 2017’. Following the opening ceremony, we had a club picture taken which shows November 2017

all the club support. Some of our members were unable to attend the day of the event but came the evening before and helped set up displays, fencing, and the event stations. Paul Ewing graciously drove the John Deere tractor which Dennis Martin loaned to us for that day. Thank you also to Dennis, owner of DKM Construction, who was one of the many sponsors and he also prepared the arena for our horse event. Good job to Randy Wittkugle and the Horse Daze committee for all the planning they did. The committee included Jim Forman, Doug and Debby Sears, and Tricia Welch. Most of all, we’d like to give a big thank you to our club members and volunteers for the many helping hands that made this event possible. One of our club members, Betsy Darling, photographed and videoed the event and has a wonderful talent for putting all these pictures on a DVD to music. Her DVD’s are so heartfelt! Trail maintenance is always ongoing. One of the club projects was too eliminate some of the muddy spots on the cabin trail at Pike Lake. It involved using a bulldozer and then adding some gravel. With a lot of hard work the trail is much better now! Good job to everyone involved. Pike Forest still has some logging on the orchard trail too. Our Vice-President Jim Forman is building a kiosk for our day parking area. Our Pike Forest bridle trail maps will be available here, soon. Several club members are also busy on a weekly basis clearing trails from fallen trees and picking up trash which was left on the trails. I have a couple humorous quotes to share with you about your horse. The first one is what your horse may be thinking, “I’m not always groomed to perfection….. but when I am, I immediately roll in the dirt!” Here is another quote that I thought you might appreciate, “If you believe horses don’t know how to count, put three carrots in your pocket and only give him two.” We all know what happens next! God Bless, be safe and as always enjoy your ride. ~Teresa Wittkugle PORTAGE I’m sure you all know that black snakes aren’t poisonous. I wasn’t so sure when I met one face to face. See the rest of my story below.

A cool drink at the water hole. Get your calendars ready for next year and schedule a weekend at West Branch State Park. The Portage OHC worked extremely hard during the 2017 trail riding season making major improvements on trails. We rerouted around muddy areas and remarked trails. We re-opened water sources that needed maintenance and are now good to use. Campers and day riders report they are enjoying our trails more than ever and social media reviews on our work are ‘through the roof’ positive. We also put up new signs so you won’t get lost. In September the park maintenance crew had time to dig postholes for our new signs. It was late in the day when we gathered a crew together to plant the posts and put up signs. My job was to haul and distribute the signs along Camp Road. Illuminating the work site with our headlights, Ray, Ken and Ron, the guys with the drills, finished screwing up the last sign long after dark. We cleaned up our tools and excess lumber and loaded up my Jeep, not knowing we also loaded a two foot black snake. Our West Branch campground is secluded and quiet, located on a peninsula two miles off the main road. There is water for the horses in the form of a water buffalo and other water holes on the trails, but riders must bring their refreshments. We have sturdy picket lines behind every campsite, clean latrines, picnic tables and fire rings for your campfires. What more could you want for a relaxing horse camping weekend? Unless you want to kayak, go fishing, or swimming, and you could do that too. West Branch Lake encompasses over 2600 acres with many miles of coastline, has 20 miles of horse trails and is a very popular spot for boaters, hikers as well. We hope to meet you there next season!


My view from camp PCOHC camp site. I’m sure you all know that black snakes aren’t poisonous. I wasn’t so sure when I met one face to face. But the snake? Two days after the trail work session I was driving along a highway when the snake raised its head from my dashboard, right in front of my steering wheel and slithered down onto my foot. Yes, I was wearing sandals. I lost the snake in my Jeep. After a sudden stop and exit, I searched all through my Jeep for my slithering hitchhiker but he had disappeared. I reluctantly got back in and headed to my destination several miles away. I drove cautiously, constantly searching my surroundings. A few minutes later I saw his head poke up by my center console as he started climbing up across my radio. Suddenly he dived into the air conditioner vent! “Oh, no,” I thought, I can’t let him in there! So I grabbed his tail and held on. Yes, this is true. I saw a garbage truck stopped ahead of me so I punched the gas pedal and slid in front of that truck as slick as Smokey and the Bandit. The three sanitation engineers looked in my window and laughed as I screamed for help. One brave man wearing huge orange gloves pulled the snake out and deposited him in the garbage truck where I hope he survives and has a good life. Wow! Did we have an exceptional trail-riding season! As the autumn draws to an end we look back at the beautiful spring, summer and fall riding season. We were very lucky in northeast Ohio. I believe we only had one or two rainy weekends all summer. We are going to miss the Saturday potluck dinners, Cowboy Church on Sunday morning, the community campfire by the lake, and not to forget the sunset rides. For now, we are going to shake out 61

County Lines our cold weather riding gear and wait impatiently for those few beautiful winter trail riding days when the sun is shining on new fallen snow. If you would like to join in on the fun, meet us on the third Wednesday of the month at the Atwater Town Hall, State Route 183, Atwater, Ohio. Come with us and ‘Ride the WB!’ ~Shannon PREBLE I really cannot believe that it is October and we are writing for November County Lines. It has been a busy summer, Donn and I, Ellen King, Tom Doak and Vicki Dodson, Pat Thompson, Nick Thompson, Clark Stacks, Doug Bulach and Mike Jackson have been a big help this year with trail work and arena work as well. Ellen, Tom and Vicki, Doug Bulach, Pat and Nick and Donn and I have accumulated over 500 work hours on trails alone. A special thank you for all of you, without your help the trees would still be there and the honey suckle would be a big problem. As some of you already know I lost my QH mare on Sept. 26 to colic. It has been a sad and trying time but things are better. Our State ride will be over and I believe it will be a huge success and will help us to raise funds to continue work on the bridle trails at Hueston Woods. Many folks do not realize that the OHC chapters are the ones who maintain and repair the trails in the many state parks. It is possible that by the time you read this article, our chapter will have already held its November election of chapter officers for 2018. If not, won’t you consider ‘throwing your name in the hat’ as a nominee for an officer or committee chair position? Positive energy and enthusiasm along with fresh ideas and a willingness to work together are what keep our chapter moving forward with entertaining and informative activities for everyone. It’s hard to believe but the holidays are just around the corner. Piqua is having a Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, starting downtown at 7 p.m. Arcanum is having their first Christmas in the Park (all day) and Horse Parade Saturday, Dec. 9, parade begins at 7 p.m. Please be sure to renew your membership before Dec. 31 62

so your insurance does not expire. That is all that I have for now, I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving and spend some awesome time with your families. ~Becky SANDUSKY November is a month many families get together and are thankful for all that they have and maybe reflect on friends and family. How lucky we are as a nation to be able to freely celebrate these things with our loved ones. Hopefully the weather is holding for us to still be getting some riding time in! I know we are every chance we get! We had a great time at our 10 year anniversary event at Peninsular Farms in Fremont, Ohio. It is a 480 acre family farm that is as historical as it is beautiful. The weather was spot on perfect. We met in the morning for a cool morning ride throughout the large family farm. Seeing eagles and deer and going along the scenic Sandusky River. After the ride the Don Miller family let us use their barn for the lunch and also gave us a private viewing of his historical motorcycle collection! We of course had a delicious lunch of pulled pork, side dishes and desserts that made us glad we didn’t plan the ride after lunch! Hope talked about some founding members that are still current members and how much our chapter has grown and how

Group at Peninsular Farm.

much we have accomplished together throughout the years. We also had some wonderful guests spend the day with us. Kelly, a founding member, I believe drove the farthest to spend the day with us and was able to ride and share memories. It was great to also see Arden Simms, Jackie Romaker and guest from OHC drive quite a ways to celebrate with us! Jeff and Adam, our Sandusky County Park representatives, were impressed with how much trail riding impacts Ohio parks. The committee that put this together worked tirelessly and did a fantastic job! From organizing the food, decorating, making sure every past and current member had a personal invite, and coordinating with the Don Miller family to make it all come together smoothly, what would we do without these wonderful members?! We rode for the first time at Hueston Woods. It was a pretty easy drive and the trails were nice except for a few that were very muddy. In the middle camp sites there is electric but no shade for horses. The outer edge sites are primitive but shady. We found the trails to be well marked and lots of little loops so you can go out for a long while or just an hour. They had very clean pit toilets that are cleaned daily and a new shower house that was very clean and had hot water. Our meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Brethren Church in Fremont and often we eat at Casa Fiesta for dinner beforehand. For more information give one of our members a holler, we would love to see you! Visit our website at and our Facebook page under Sandusky County Horseman’s Council for up-to-date information. Give your horse a hug, life is good! ~Marla Sidell SCIOTO

Carols anniversary cake.

Ride at Peninsular Farm.

The Scioto County OHC will hold their next meeting on Nov. 7 at Arby’s in Portsmouth. We will be discussing upcoming events. On Sept. 30, 2017 we held our annual pony rides at Tractor Supply in New Boston, Ohio. The rides were held from 1 until 4 p.m. The Silhouette Riders 4-H club helped us walk the horses as part of their community service. Attending from Silhouette Riders


Annual Pony Rides Tractor Supply, Silhouette Riders 4-H club helped. were Morgan Eick, Addy Eick, Anna Stepp, Emily Stepp, Kevin Stepp, Courtney Stotridge, Jalyn Williams, Austin Gorman, and Holly Blevins. Thank you Silhouette Riders for your help. We also had a bake sale. We received donations that covered our insurance costs. Fun was had by all. ~Sandy STARK Joanne Smith with the Ohio Wagon Train Association came to our September meeting and told us about their organization and the events they hold. Established in 1966 they have over 200 members. It is a family affair with many generations of families involved. The Wagon Train holds one yearly ride the last full week in July. There are 25 to 35 wagons with many outback riders taking part and they travel about 50 miles during the week. In the past several years they have been staying in one area and travel out from it on November 2017

County Lines their daily trips. Wednesday is an ‘off day’ with games and other activities planned for the day. On their trips they have point riders that ride ahead or are bringing up the rear to control the traffic on the roads they travel. Many Amish are members and when they are in charge of the road, much of the road riding is eliminated as they will travel across fields, etc. Joanne brought several albums showing pictures of the participants and rides they have held. It was a very interesting meeting. This month we will hold our annual banquet and will welcome our new officers for 2018. Blessed wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We continue to keep in our thoughts and prayers all the people who suffered damage and lost love ones in the horrible storms that went through our country the past few months. Our hearts go out to them. Until next time, happy trails! ~Jo Ellen TRUMBULL Happy November from the members of Trumbull County! The 2017 Chili Cook-off weekend was heartily enjoyed by many members of the club. Tom and Joann Yoder, John and Ellie Clower, Dave Shook and Marcie Rester, Dave and Patti Bush and Nancy Shook camped in the new area. The trailer parking and the new road around the center tree area is a fantastic addition to the trail head. The new tie lines are in and the trail repairs are progressing. Saturday we had 11 riders: Terry Davis, Tom Yoder, John and Ellie Clower, Dave and Patti Bush, Dave Shook, Marcie Rester Allen Smith, Nancy Shook and Kae Bartow. Sunday Allen didn’t ride nor Patti and Dave. Nita Brdek and Gavin Clower joined the troupe. Terry Taylor and Mark Myers judged the Chili Cook Off; this year there were eight entries! First place was the Turkey Asiago no bean entry by Kae Bartow, second place was a chili mac no bean entry by Linda Davis and the third place winner was a venison with beans chili by Ellie Clower. Many family members and guests enjoyed the dinner and fellowship around the campfire. Teresa McKenna and Russ Stolba rode in on horseback for the dinner and returned later to join us around the fire. November 2017

Chili cook-off, Saturday group.

Chili cook-off, chili dining.

Chili cook-off, on the trail. It was a blessed and wonderful weekend of riding and friendship. We are happy to note that after a lengthy recovery period from health issues, Nancy Shook was in the saddle for both days of riding! Speaking of riding, the Trumbull County Chapter will have the Annual Veteran’s Day ride at Beaver Creek State Park Saturday, Nov. 11. All are welcome. Ride out time is 10:30 a.m. Bring your lunch and join us! Remember, the time is quickly approaching to submit your trail miles to your chapter! Proving our continued use and support of our trail system is vital in our efforts to retain them. Each of our members wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. ~Kathryn Bartow UNION I can’t believe the summer has flown by. Everyone has been busy enjoying the weather and trying to get as much ride time as possible. Debbie Strayton had a high school friend visit her in July and they rode at Glacier Ridge. They enjoyed the afternoon riding and reminiscing about old times when you could ride your horse down the road into town and not worry about getting run over. Katrina Strayton is currently getting ready for the Richwood Independent Fair and has been enjoying herself showing over the summer with her horse,

Joey. Becky and Stephanie Petee are busy racking up the miles now that Becky is back in the swing of things. Karen Holland and secondary member Theresa Burke went to Warren County’s State ride at Caesar’s Creek in June. Warren County always puts on an excellent ride. It was a great time with great food, great people and karaoke. Karen had an especially great July when she and her youngest son, Liam went to visit her oldest son, Shae in Colorado. She managed to talk Shae, who hasn’t ridden in many years into a trail ride in the Rockies. Karen and her sons enjoyed a beautiful ride up into the mountains where the views were spectacular. The Continental Divide ran alongside the trail and was phenomenal. The trail horses were as sure footed as mules which was a good thing considering the drop offs on parts of the trail. Shae kept Karen and Liam busy during their week stay but the high point of the trip was the trail ride in the Rockies. She can’t wait to go back. Until next time may everyone have safe rides and many adventures. Happy trails. ~Karen Holland WARREN Warren County was busy in the month of September. Two Over the Hill Gang work days, as usual (though the weeks varied slightly from normal), and two camping events at Caesar Creek group camp. First was the Ladies’ Weekend. Several of us camped: Scarlett, Aubrey, Arla, Shelly, Denise, Susan, Vickie, and I. Quite a few more came in for the dinner. I won’t try to remember all of them. But it was a gorgeous weekend (after a fair amount of rain last year, we were glad to see that!) and we had a blast. Thanks to Denise for ‘babysitting’ Cooper and Journey while I ducked out after dinner for a few hours, for a concert.

Paul and Kris presenting Ruth Ann with Most Valuable Member.


Founder’s Day

Great fire! Then the last weekend of September was our Founders Day celebration. There were a fair amount of us in the group camp: Rick and Karen, Barb, Bill, Roger and Chris, Paul (Ana came in for the dinner, but after a fall a couple weeks ago, she opted to sleep ‘in a real bed’ instead of camping, and I can’t blame her for that), and I. Again, there were many more for the dinner. We were surprised that more people didn’t camp, whether with OHC or not, in the main camp. Marion and Mike camped there with friends, rather than in the group camp as they had grandkids with bikes, so it was easier. But there were only two or three more trailers there. Surprising as the weather was perfect, but maybe people were busy camping elsewhere. Karen and I were talking about next year, not reserving the group camp for Founders Day. I know we usually camp in the main camp for that, since the dinner is there. So that will be a group decision, obviously, but it makes sense. As usual, a lot more showed up for the potluck. The pig from Davidsons’ was great and Karen made sure we had all of the extras (BBQ sauce, buns, pickles, etc). With all of the sides brought by members, it was quite the feast. Diane brought cupcakes, and used one to put a candle in so we could all sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her dad. We also, of course, had the presentation of the Most Valuable Member. This is determined by nominations from members, and then voted on by a committee. All who were nominated were deserving, so it was not an 63

County Lines easy decision, but the decision was made. The Most Valuable Member for 2016 is Ruth Ann Nagle. Ruth Ann works tirelessly to keep all the vendors straight for the Great Tack Exchange, so while you may not see her on the front lines of projects (except when she’s working in the consignment booth), she’s definitely busy behind the scenes. Congratulations, Ruth Ann, it’s well-deserved! After the dinner, we cleaned up and had a great fire in the group camp. Rick Johnson can build a heck of a fire! Nathan (the park manager) wanted us to try to burn quite a few of the big chunks of wood there, and Rick gave it a good try. Including one hollow piece that made a great effect. I hope to see more people there next year, it’s always a great time! ~Mickie WASHINGTON Greetings from Washington County! We cannot wait for April 15 to get here! Not because of Tax Day, but the new A, B & C loops in Wayne National Forest, Kinderhook trailhead, will officially open! It has been a project of more than 20 years, with many bumps and detours, but we have arrived. We can now spend a day of riding without being forced to ride the road at Kinderhook! The new trails are beautiful and are a cooperative effort of Wayne National Forest, Washington County OHC and the State OHC. We received grants from the trails committee of OHC, plus matching grant from Wayne to go with our club money to help finance the new trails. Without assistance from Wayne and the State OHC these trails would not be possible! Thank you to all who have worked to make this a reality! Wayne has provided all of the layout and grading work to this point on top of our initial clearing of the proposed trails. Our Washington County workers will now go in and finish the work so on April 15 we will be able to celebrate on new trails. Of course, the welcome mat will be out for all of our friends from across the state to come visit our South-East corner of the state for some outstanding riding and hospitality! September 30 we gave rides to 38 children for National Public Land Days. We had a nice turnout from our club (nine horses, and more people than horses) and Wayne 64

Brent DeWees’s Lady. Marlene Smaley and Elsie Zuercher with one happy customer.

Tom Schultheis walking Josie with a child. National employees Ashley and Jeff were wonderful to work with. Everyone enjoyed seeing the smiles and joy the children gained from the free rides. Fall has been a busy time of riding for our club. We had a great ride at Hocking and several members have been keeping trails warm. A good group traveled to Camp Creek in West Virginia. Others rode at the Mohican Saddle Club near Bladensburg, Ohio. And of course, our home trail of Kinderhook is receiving attention as well. Others have been busy with wagons and such. Our largest project now looming is our Horse Apple bingo on Oct. 14. We will give a full report in next month’s Corral! We will also be finding a new place to meet next year. After meeting in the same place for years the host has decided to charge a fee we simply cannot afford, therefore move we shall. The new meeting place will also be communicated as soon as possible. Washington County is certainly busy and looks forward to several rides yet this year, Nov. 4 is Stroud’s Run, Nov. 11 and 12 is Kinderhook, and our final ride of the year is scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 and 26 at Zaleski, the riding season is getting longer every year! We are also looking forward to our holiday party Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., which is typically our largest meeting of the year. We still have a lot to do this year, but April 15 is coming…ride safe, ~Rita V. Schultheis WAYNE For many people, fall is the best time of the year for trail riding.

Trudy Schmidt and friend with Ramey and Ralph at Ashland. Cool crisp air, colored leaves gently falling, dry trails. Wait… temperatures in the 90s! No rain for weeks! Early leaf fall with little color! Well that didn’t stop our members from riding and showing. Many of us camped with Holmes County at Mohican for the weekend. The weather was beautiful but the bees were very bad. One of our members suffered a fall and severe injury when her horse was stung by angry bees. She is recovering now but riding is over for this year! Heritage Days at Malabar, our biggest fundraiser was a success despite low crowds and hot weather. We gave pony and horse rides both Saturday and Sunday. Due to the new liability insurance requirements we needed twice as many volunteers. Thanks to all who helped out. We camped at Malabar Friday and Saturday night. Thanks to Elsie and Dave Zuercher for the wonderful fish fry and all who brought side dishes. Saturday night was chicken dinners from a local restaurant. Thanks to Nancy Strayer for coordinating that dinner. I think I speak for everyone when I say I was just too hot and tired to cook anything when we got back to camp. All the hard work was well worth the smiles we got from the kids who rode. Some of them come back every year and remember and ask for the horse or pony they rode the year before! Several members attended county fairs and did quite well


in their competitions. Pam Miller and her Haflinger Pete took Reserve Champion at the Wayne County Fair in Grade draft pony, stallion or gelding. Trudy Schmidt showed her Fjords Ramey and Ralph at the Ashland County Fair. She placed second in draft pony gelding and second in matched pairs. She placed fourth in draft pony mare class. Just for fun she showed in the fun show and placed in egg and spoon, walk trot barrels, walk trot and run, and walk trot pleasure class. She had an exhibit of the Fjord horses at her stall with brochures and pictures. It is nice to see these all round horses that can trail ride for 20 miles a day and place in a show ring. Congratulations! Trail riding continues despite the hot weather with some members camping at Wills Creek with the Coshocton County Club for their annual hog roast and at Dillon State Park. Both camps were reported to be great and the trails were in good shape. No mud this fall! We are all looking forward to finishing out the camping and riding season with the Hocking ride and the Holmes County Club’s Halloween ride. The costumes for the parade in camp are always fun and the kids have a great time playing games, riding and trick or treating at the trailers in camp. Until next month, be safe and hope to see you on the trails. ~Susan E. Baker WOOD In a couple of days we help the Friends of Van Buren put on the Hobo Stew. A year sure goes fast these days. Our horse camp is full and we have overflow in the family camp. This is the only time they allow us in the family camp and it is much appreciated. We have been to Hocking and the NW Regional ride since I

Dave on Caesar at Hocking. November 2017

Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc.

Fun and Productive Summer and Early Autumn for Flatlander Members PRESIDENT, Kelly Mehallow; VICE PRESIDENT, Diane Foltz; TREASURER, Mary Lou Paxton; SECRETARY, Sarah Potts; WEBSITE,

So far it’s been a fun and productive summer/early autumn for the Flatlander’s Dressage and Combined Training Club. The challenge is taking the time to sit down and write about it. Our July meeting was cancelled, as several of us, including me, had flooded roads due to seven inches of rain the day before. That only stopped our riding for a short time though. We did have a fun show in July, hosted by Pat Boutwell with Allison Keeran as our judge. It was a beautiful, sunny, but not too hot day. There were seven horse and rider teams showing and several other members on foot helping and just enjoying the day. The August meeting was hosted by Rose and Max Hosafros at their farm. Rose introduced us to her newest horse, barn name Rusty, a handsome gray

warmblood now in hi dressage semi-retirement. She did a longeing demo with him, then three of our members rode him briefly to get the feel of an advanced dressage horse. We also met Shannon Beck’s baby boy for the first time. Little Shawn Christopher got lots of oohs and aahs. So fun to see our members families grow, both human and horse. We even made time that evening to have a business meeting. Sarah Potts and Errin Boyer provided an interesting program for us in September at the Potts farm. They had designed a course and did free-jumping on Errin’s mare through that to help her straighten and work symetrically. It was nice to see the improvement as she repeated

the exercises. After that we enjoyed snacks, had our meeting, and lots of good ole horse conversations. We all wished Sara well on her venture west to advance her education in equestrian therapy. Future plans are underway to travel as a group to the Quarter Horse Congress in leau of the October sit-down meeting. We hope to see lots of jumping that day and can watch and learn... always more exciting to watch horses with our horsey friends than to attend a meeting. In November Jill Christopher has again invited our members to what has become an annual trail

ride at their farm, with dinner to follow in their beautiful restored Victorian home. This is always an enjoyable day that seems to be as relaxing for our horses as it is for us. December has us gathering for our combined Christmas party and awards presentations at Pat Boutwell’s home. As with most of our gatherings, there is a lot of great food and fellowship. Looking back over the past months and forward to the future, it makes me appreciate the family, friends, and horses that God has provided me. Happy horsin’! ~Mary Lou Paxton

County Lines wrote last. We ran into several areas of ground bees at Hocking and the weather was warmer than usual but we persevered. At the regional ride the nights were cold but the days were refreshing and no bees that I heard of. Our last ride for the year is in Kentucky Oct. 30 to Nov. 5. We have lots of ideas for next year on places to go but no final

decisions have been made yet. Our trail workers are still hard at work sawing the never ending Ash trees that fall. It has been a grinding year for them and we give them a big thank you for their time. Until next month enjoy the end of summer into fall. Barb,

Jon, Diane, Cindy and Judy taking a break at Hocking.

Brenda and Shad at Van Buren.

November 2017



The Way of Horses

Does Your Horse Have a Taste for Acorns? by Eleanor Blazer have a higher concentration than Does your horse eat like a pig? ripe acorns. Squirrels, birds and deer Yes! Then acorns are one porcine eat acorns with no apparent delicacy he should avoid. Acorns are seeds or nuts problems. These free roaming produced by oak trees. There are species search out the less bitter more than 60 varieties of oaks tasting acorn varieties (less bitter in the continental United States. means a lower tannin level). Stored and ripe acorns The bark, leaves that have been soaked and acorns contain due to rain will also an acidic chemical be lower in tannin. commonly known as Tannin is water tannin. soluble and leaches Tannin has a out. It is important bitter taste and is an to note these animals astringent (contracts have access to other tissues and draws out foods which will help Live Oak fluids). It can damage buffer and dilute the Acorns the liver and kidneys tannin. of horses. Tannin Poisoning due to the ingestion also interferes with the utilization of acorns is rare in horses which of protein. All plants contain some level of have access to plenty of good tannin. Oaks contain high levels. quality forage. An occasional Within the family of oaks, red acorn throughout the day should or black oak varieties contain not harm a healthy horse with the most tannin; white oak a digestive system full of longvarieties contain the least. Buds stem fiber. The ingestion of buds and spring and early spring leaves have a leaves should be avoided. Make higher concentration of tannin than mature leaves. Green acorns sure low hanging or broken

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branches are removed before they can be eaten. Providing plenty of forage will help deter horses from eating these forbidden windfalls. Occasionally a horse will develop a taste for acorns. Such an individual would rather eat acorns than good quality forage. If your horse is one of these fanatics you will have to remove the horse from the pasture which contains the forbidden nut. The signs of acorn poisoning can be: loss of appetite, excessive salivation and blood in the urine or manure, colic-like pain, slow or irregular heartrate, elevated temperature, pale mucous membranes, watery eyes and a depressed attitude. In the early stages manure is hard and dark in color; the horse may be constipated. Often, in the later stage, the manure changes to diarrhea. Mouth ulcers may form; salvia may escape from the nose. In extreme cases liver and kidney failure ensues and other organs begin to hemorrhage. Some poisoned horses may develop laminitis. In addition to the toxins created by the tannin in the acorns, there may be toxins released into the horse’s system due to the sudden introduction of a ‘new feed’. When the balanced microbial population in the large intestine is disrupted by the sudden introduction of different feeds laminitis often results. Large numbers of beneficial bacteria die and poisonous endotoxins are released into the bloodstream. Blood flow to the hoof is restricted and the connective tissue (the laminae) between the hoof wall and coffin bone begins to die. If the inflammation is prolonged the coffin bone will rotate downward. The rotation of the coffin bone results in a condition called founder. Horses that are extremely sensitive to tannin or have eaten large quantities of oak leaves, bark or acorns may die. If your horse develops acorn

Eleanor Blazer and My Kustom Kruzer poisoning there is no antidote. The common treatment is supportive care. The affected horse must be removed from the source of the poisoning. Your veterinarian will probably give intravenous fluids to help flush out the toxins. Mineral oil and charcoal may be given to help rid the digestive system of the tannin. Hay and water is made available, which also helps dilute the poisonous material in the digestive system. Your veterinarian may also give pain killers to help make your horse more comfortable. The best thing for the health of your horses and trees is to protect them from each other. Horses are hard on trees. They disturb the root system, chew the bark when bored and rub the branches. Forests or woods do not make good pasture. Fence off any trees. If the trees are providing shelter or shade erect a horse-safe structure, such as a three-sided loafing shed. There is nothing more beautiful than a majestic oak tree and a horse —they just shouldn’t be in the same picture. You can get a Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies or certification as a Professional Horse Trainer or Riding Instructor online. Visit for information. 66


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Horsemen's Corral November 2017