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2016 Volume 3

Special Issue: Remembering Lake County Horsemen

Fiesta of the Horse ~ Lake County Fair Horse Show ~ Lake County Rodeo ~ The Making of the HAW Quadrille~ CDS Dressage Show ~ Trail Committee Update

When was the last time you had your horse or stock trailer in for “grease & pack bearings� service? A well-maintained trailer is a safer trailer


Lake County Horse Council Journal ~ 2016 Volume 3

Contact: Lake County Horse Council P.O. Box 1551 Kelseyville, CA 95451 707-263-3899 2015-2016 LCHC Board of Directors Visit www.LakeCountyHorseCouncil.com for Board profiles President: Carol Maxwell ~ cjcmaxwell@yahoo.com 263-3899

Inside this Issue President’s Message, Mission Statement


Trail Committee Update


Fiesta of the Horse


The Making of HAW Quadrille


Dressage Show


Lake County Rodeo


Remembering Horsemen


Pear Festival



Fair Horse Show


Mike Riley ~ themikeriley@gmail.com 279-0343

Fiesta at the Fair


Arabian Assoc. Obstacle Challenge


Business Support


Local Calendar of Events


Middletown Days Parade


Vice-President: Barbara Kroboth ~ Bmerrybey@aol.com 279-2429 Secretary: Jaxan Christensen ~ jaxanc@yahoo.com 489-4382 Treasurer: Alice Chevalier ~ cahorse@sbcglobal.net 349-1929 Directors: Carleene Cady ~ carleenejcady@gmail.com 349-1993 Sally Green ~ baliusfarm@gmail.com Dave Lowrie ~ dalow46@yahoo.com


Dave Roush ~ blueyejan@hotmail.com 235-7716 Carol Thorn ~ drthorn80@sbcglobal.net 349-6847 Donna Thornton ~ 707-987-3964 LCHC Committee Chairs Executive Committee ~ Carol Maxwell Finance Committee ~ Alice Chevalier Membership Committee ~ Kim Riley Trails Committee ~ Dave Lowrie and Karen Sullivan Historian Donna Thornton 707-987-3964 Communications / Social Media Calendar— Kim Riley 279-0343 kimriley58@gmail.com Journal Editor –Brenna Sullivan brenna.reese.sullivan@gmail.com

Highland Springs Equestrian Center

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Cover Photo Joy and Julienne Bennet sing the Star Spangled Banner at the Fiesta of the Horse at the Lake County Fair Photo by: Scott Bennet

Website & Facebook – Kim Riley 279-0343 kimriley58@gmail.com Advisors/Advisory Groups Disaster Rescue -Lynette Bertelli, 279-2125 Dressage –OPEN Dressage/Driving -Sally Green, 279-9595 Trail Safety -Carleene Cady

To stay current with Lake County equine events, check out our Facebook page “Lake County Horse Council”, and our website, www.lakecountyhorsecouncil.com

The Lake County Horse Council is incorporated as a non‐profit, public benefit, membership organization under California Corporations Code sections 5000‐9927 and IRS tax‐exempt status of IRC 501(c)(3). All donations are 100% tax deductible. © Lake County Horse Council. All rights reserved. The Lake County Horse Council is a non-profit volunteer organization. This journal is published for informational purposes only, and has been written and edited in good faith with no willful, negligent, malicious, or fraudulent activity in mind. * * * Please contact us with any errors or omissions. * * *

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President’s Message

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The Horse Council’s sixth year is drawing to a close, but as usual it closes with a flurry of activity. Many of you have generously responded to Kim Riley’s requests for materials and help putting on the Horse Faire at the Kelseyville Pear Festival, September 24th. Others have volunteered to man “trail challenges” along the Poker Ride route up the Old Toll Road, October 15th. And our year-end General Membership meeting and election will bring us together October 25th, 7 pm, at TNT Restaurant in Lakeport.

This election is your chance to shape the Horse Council in coming years. By shaping the council you will affect our ability to influence county policies that relate to our use of horses, both for pleasure and for profit. For example, the county will update the entire zoning ordinance, beginning gradually this fall, and kicking into high gear the first quarter of 2017. With a team of dedicated and capable members, your BOD will represent you during this process. Several seats on the Board of Directors will be vacated next month as members’ terms expire. If you are interested in filling one of those seats, please contact a board member or come to the meeting October 25th and nominate yourself. This is your opportunity to work for your own benefit, and that of your neighbors and friends, through the Lake County Horse Council. Please come early and enjoy dinner among your friends old and new before we get down to business ~ Carol Maxwell

Read the Journal online in full color! http://issuu.com/lakecountyhorsecouncil Hint: bookmark the above LCHC ISSUE HOME PAGE for easy access to current and past issues of the JOURNAL.

We welcome submissions of articles, photographs or any Lake County horserelated topic to the Journal! Please email brenna.reese.sullivan@gmail.com if there is something you would like to see in the next newsletter!

The Lake County Horse Council’s Mission is to:      

Promote and preserve the horse as agriculture, industry, and recreation Inform the public about horse community goals, projects, and events Promote educational programs for the horse industry Support private and public equine facilities and activities Serve as liaison between the horse industry, the community, and government agencies Promote all aspects of the equine industry

Trail Committee Update The Lake County trail committee is dedicated to promoting and protecting equestrian access on public lands in Lake County. In the past year, members of your trail committee have attended BLM scoping meetings for North Cow Mountain Recreational master plan and reviewed this extensive plan.. Committee members also attended the dedication of the Berryessa Snow National monument at Cache Creek Natural Area in April. We are looking for ideas and input from the horse council membership on how to best represent the trail riding community in Lake County. GLEN EDEN TRAIL has been recut by the BLM trailcat!! As of Sept 1, the horse trough about a mile up is full and clean, and the creek crossing PAST goat rock has water in it for horses. The footing and trail are great-but the trail still needs to be brushed back. We encourage all to carry hand snips and help brush back the trail.. The recut part extends past goat rock; we will soon see if the recut extends all the way up to the ridge.

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have funds for the trails. Perhaps the Horse council could hold a yearly trail clearing event and meeting/potluck. Any other ideas? A few years ago, the Horse Council received an AQHA/Tractor Supply grant to recut and smooth the badly eroded backside of the Lake Trail. Geo-textile fabric was installed, but it is failing. Dave Lowrie has been removing this fabric as it comes exposed, and will continue to do so. Please be aware it is an existing hazard. We also need to install gates on the backside of the Lake Trail to close it during the winter. The trail can survive the weather and natural erosion, but not horse or bike use during wet conditions.

BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN: The Forest Service will host community conversations on the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are in the early stages of developing a management plan for the Berryessa Snow HIGHLAND SPRINGS TRAILS: The Highland Springs Mountain National Monument and invite the public to Trails Volunteers shouldered the mighty responsibility of participate in community conversations about the recovering almost 30 miles of existing and overgrown trails monument. The conversations are an opportunity for the from about 2000 to 2014. We held monthly trail clearing public to express what they value in the management of the events and weekly Wednesday night happy hour and trail monument, or BSMNM. The meeting will be Wednesday, clearing sessions in the summer. All trails were GPS’d and Sept. 14 at the Grange Community Center: 9355 trail signs installed with grants from the Sierra club and Government St., Upper Lake. Equestrians are encouraged other individuals. Due to life issues, we could not continue to attend! this effort of work and the trails are growing over again. We really need to hear from the equestrian community and Please send any thoughts, ideas or priorities on trail issues get some feedback on the interest level in maintaining these to Karen Sullivan or Dave Lowrie. We are seeking trails and how to accomplish it. All trail recovery and membership interest, input and direction maintenance has been volunteer driven; the county does not greymare56@gmail.com or dlow46@yahoo.com

Professional Trainer Tip: Any time you’re working with a horse, make sure to end the training session on a good note. Finish when the horse responds positively and does something he knows, and then call it a day. Drilling and drilling on a horse is not the answer. My goal is always to gain the horse’s respect without taking away his dignity; I want the horse to keep his confidence and pride. I give him choices and create situations so that being with me and working with me become his choice. This helps keep a horse fresh and keeps him thinking. I set up everything so the horse wants to try his best to please me. Any time you’re starting a horse, you must give him time to think and “soak” so he can learn. If you push him too hard too fast, you lose ground, rather than gain it. ~ Chris Cox

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Fiesta of the Horse By: Deb Bauman Record-sized crowds enjoyed the 3rd Annual Californio Days at Rancho de la Fuente on June 12. Thanks to the generous support of key sponsors Balius Farm Miniature Sport Horses, Highland Springs Equestrian Center, Hooves and Wheels Carriage Club, RB Peters, and Williamson Hay Company, and additional contributions from the California Dressage Society Lake County Chapter, the Lake County Wine Studio, Rancho Californio and Rainbow Ag, this unique historical-education event remains FREE to the public and is enjoyed by people from all over Lake County and beyond. Festivities kicked off with the Fiesta of the Horse, an exciting, action-and-comedy-packed two hours of fun under the sun. There were a dozen different acts this year, including returning favorites like the Hooves & Wheels Quadrille, Lago Claro Peruvian Pasos, Claiche Family Jousters, Cowboy Mounted Shooting and the Bennett Family Gypsy Horses, plus new additions from the California Dressage Society and White Dog Ranch in Potter Valley and a combination Racking Horse/Endurance riding demo from Brenna Sullivan. This Fiesta marks the debut performance from Lake County's newest drill team, Random Chaos -- a group that proves we are never too old to fulfill our dreams and have fun. Singer Irma Lopez entertained throughout the Fiesta, and following the show, the audience enjoyed good food from Suzie Q's and visited with traditional craftspeople and historic experts. During the afternoon, Intertribal and Pomo contributions greatly enhanced an expanded Californio Days' mission of providing "Edu-tainment" (history education and entertainment combined). Event producer Deb Baumann looks forward to seeing Californio Days expand with involvement from more groups and individuals in Lake County that are devoted to California history, traditional arts and crafts, or agricultural heritage. Hundreds of photos from the June 12 event can be viewed at http://www.californio.us

Angie Meroshnekoff riding side saddle

Garoocha Demonstration

Quadrille from White Dog Ranch

Thank you to Lana Thompson for the photographs! Peruvians of Rancho del Lago

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Quadrille Team of Hooves and Wheels

Random Chaos Drill Team

Random Chaos

Mounted Shooting

Liz Rohnstock and Lynette Bertelli in the “Odd Couple”

Jousting Demonstration

Joy Bennet riding her Gypsy Horse

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The Making of the HAW Pony Quadrille By Jaxan Christianson In 2013, several members of the Hooves and Wheels Driving Club decided they would like to create a musical drill to perform, with our ponies, at The Fiesta of the Horse. None of us really knew what to do, or where to start. We ended up adapting an USDF Dressage Test for our first year. It was a bit awkward and had some long, drawn out and boring moves, so we decided to design our own routines in the future. The designing of those routines now begins on a cold, winter day at Sally Green’s kitchen table where she begins to map out our routine for the upcoming year. She takes into consideration what moves went well, what moves were difficult, and, what moves were crazy fun that we need to do again and mixes in some fun new ideas shared by all and/or seen on You Tube!!! Also during the winter, many of us meet monthly at Sally’s for classes that help improve our driving skills and get better balance and bend out of our little guys. It is great fun , keeps them in good shape and is helpful later on in the year when regular practice begins. Sally has patience and knowledge that we all appreciate. Practice for the Quadrille usually gets underway in about February or March, when we begin to meet weekly. We definitely show our commitment by being out in that arena at that time of year in the wind, rain and hail! Deb Scherrer miraculously puts all of Sally’s notes onto paper with her computer and we see Sally’s carefully designed routine on paper for the first time. Believe me, there can be A LOT of discussion and confusion the first time we go over the routine together!! At this time our Drillmaster, Carol Thorn, steps to the line. We are fortunate to have Carol in this important position. Her 20+ years as Drillmaster for the Clearlake Junior Horsemen really shows. However, she does complain we are much tougher to work with than all those teenagers!! She has had many years of success and it all starts with walking the pattern in the beginning. The walk through seems to go on forever, and, I guess that is because it does. We walk through the pattern for weeks. Everyone, especially those of us with worn out knees and hip replacements begin to scream ‘Uncle’ until Carol finally agrees to move on to driven practice in harness. Our first driven practice can be quite entertaining. The movements, so easy on foot, don’t always transfer well in harness, at first. Even though we are just walking in harness, our ponies often challenge us. But, because we have been made to walk it through endlessly ourselves, it is easy to transfer this over to the ponies. They soon learn the pattern, too, (really!) and within a few weeks, it all starts coming together. As we pick up the pace and blend in the music, there are often some last minute changes. Some movements that work great on paper, and on foot, seem to fall apart at a strong trot. There is often not enough room to keep it looking smooth. We seem to increase in numbers each year, which is fantastic. This year we had 10 and it’s easier to do some of the more complicated moves. If you have a pony 11 hands or under and would like to join in the fun, contact Sally Green or Carol Thorn. We’d love to have you!!!

There are many decisions during the months, what music to choose, and, of course what to wear, and that is often the most difficult! Everyone seems to chip with helpful ideas at the end. This year, Judy Mitchell made beautiful triangle banners for the backs of our carts, and Debbie Scherrer put together beautiful ribbons for our ponies manes. We also have many volunteers throughout the season that go unnoticed. Sandy Davis drove up from Lower Lake each week just to blow our whistle and Phil Scherrer put together our final music choice. As the date of the performance draws nearer, we tighten up our practice times to more than once a week. Sally has been fortunate to be given access to the arena beforehand to work on the footing. And, this year, thanks to the owner, Frank, we were allowed to practice there the week before the performance. An unbelievably great benefit. We seem to grow in numbers each year, which is fantastic. This year we had our largest team with 10 members. It was so much easier to do some fun new moves that really worked well with a larger team. A special thanks always to both Sally Green for all her ideas, lessons and great arena to use in the winter, and Carol Thorn for her diligence during our practices and her mantra that rings in our ears, ‘W atch your spacing, monitor your speed, where is your partner?!?!’ If you have a pony, 11 hands or under, and think you might have an interest in joining our Quadrille, contact Sally Green (349-0367) or Carol Thorn (349-6847). And lastly, congratulations to all members of this year’s team that put in the time to make the performance this year one of the BEST!! This year’s team: Sally Green, our Routine Choreographer, Jaxan Christensen, Barbara Brown, Judy Mitchell, Barbara Kroboth, Lynn Hughes, Tom Hughes, Debbie Scherrer, for Technical Assistance , Carol Maxwell, Carol Thorn, Drillmaster and Sandy Davis, Assistant Drillmaster.

And a great big ‘Thank You’ for all the contributed photos!!

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Dressage Show at Highland Springs Equestrian Center The Lake County CDS Chapter hosted its first rated dressage show of the year on Saturday, June 25, with USEF "r" judge Anne Howard at the Highland Springs Equestrian Center. Both CDS-rated classes and schooling classes were offered, including Sport Horse In-Hand, USDF Introductory Level, USEF Training through Fourth Levels, USDF Freestyle, Quadrille, and Pas de Deux, Dressage Seat Equitation, FEI Prix St-Georges, and ADS Driven Dressage Training Level Tests 1 and 3. The Lake County Chapter of the California Dressage Society was formed in 2002 and meet monthly. For more information, please visit their Facebook page or contact Juliana Vidich of Highland Springs Equestrian Center. A ll photos by Lana Thompson.

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Lake County Rodeo The 87th Annual Lake County Rodeo took place on July 8th and 9th at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The Rodeo was kicked off with the Rodeo Parade down Main Street Lakeport. The Lake County Horse Council participated with an entry with carts and two riding horses in the parade. Lake County locals performed well at the Rodeo taking the top three spots in Local Barrels. Makenna Kidd of Kelseyville won in a time of 15.57 on her mare, MS Blazingly Dynamic. Shauntel Stark of Lakeport picked up second place and Nicky Phillips of Upper Lake was third in 16.04 seconds.

Rodeo Parade with Carol Thorn and Jaxan Christianson

In local Team Roping, Sophie and Hadyn Evans of Lower Lake picked up third place behind two teams from Boonville and Willits. Kelseyville local Cody Jones won money in the CCPRA calf roping and steer wrestling events. The Cutest Cowpoke contest was won by Ronin Partridge, age 3, from Clearlake Oaks and 7 year old Serenity Shores of Kelseyville. The 2016 Lake County Rodeo Queen was Gracie Pachie of Middletown with Elizabeth Walker of Kelseyville as the 2016 Princess.

Clear Lake Junior Horsemen Drill Team

The Clearlake Junior Horsemen showed off their hard work during their drill team performance which was well appreciated by the crowd. Congratulations to all who participated in the 2016 Lake County Rodeo! Grand Marshall, Bob Moranda with Andre Borsma’s team, Scott Bennet

Photo: Scott Bennet

Makenna Kidd, Photo: Scott Bennet

Gracie Pachie Photo: Kymberlee Nelson

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Lake County Equestrians remember Horsemen 2016 has seen some hard-felt losses to Lake County’s horse community. Below, we share memories and stories from local equestrians about Wayne Dunnebeck, Juan Erquiaga, Meredith Gambrel and Dave Claus.

Wayne Dunnebeck (1921-2016) Wayne was a lifelong resident of Lakeport and worked as a farrier for 50 years. He was an avid horseman, rancher and hunter. Wayne, with his wife Ann, established many of the trails at Highland Springs. Throughout his life he inspired many young horsemen and leaves behind warm memories. “I was fortunate enough to have been able to meet Wayne when I was looking to purchase a new horse after being bucked off my horse and was hurt with broken ribs. I was leery. Wayne assured me his big boy Smoke would be a good choice for me so I bought him. Little did I know, that purchase started a great friendship between us. He was truly one of the greatest, kindest, honest men I've ever known. He and Ann (his beautiful wife) would welcome me with open arms at each visit. Sitting under the trees reminiscing, eating their homemade jerky, I LOVED listening to each story he told and will cherish each and every moment I was able to spend with him. It was an honor to have owned and ridden his beloved horse Smoke and Wayne was so right about him, Smoke ended up taking care of me on each ride and had become my favorite horse I've ever owned. You will always have a deep and special place in my heart Mr. Wayne Dunnebeck, I will never forget you!” - Kathy Walton “He used to shoe/trim our horses for many years as I was growing up. He was so patient with me as I was always underfoot asking question while he was working on the horses. I had my first pony was when I was 4yrs old and he would always act as if I was his helper. Once giving me a hoofpick (handmade?) for "helping" him. He would even pretend to put shoes on my little stick horse as well. He always took time to visit with us when he'd come to shoe our horses and we always looked forward to those days. We learned so much about horses, people and life in our lifetime of visits with Wayne. He had a better memory than I and could remember everyone's horses/ponies' names from years of us growing up. He even remembered some of my horses that I had forgotten. A few years ago in one of our visits with Wayne, I was telling him how we were starting to drive our Minis and learning so much. He looked at me and said "you used to drive." I shook my head telling him no, it was new to me (thinking he was getting me confused with someone else which would be a first). He insisted that I had driven one of our old rope horses down Highland Springs

Rd. when I was a teenager. By golly, he was right again. We had an old rope horse, "Ug" that had never been hooked to a cart and must have asked his advice before doing so and yep, drove him down Highland Springs Rd.....and I'm assuming the first and only time we drove that horse. Amazing we survived. Wayne will be truly missed by my family. I feel so fortunate to have so many wonderful memories and stories of him. Certainly a "one in a million." -Becky Horat

“Back in the 90's, I was riding out at Highland Springs on a few open trails and a lot of overgrown old trails created by deer hunters such as Ann and Wayne Dunnebeck. I would run across them on the trail occasionally, or find evidence they were clearing trail. This really piqued my interest as I loved to explore on horse back. Eventually, I started following their evidence and working on widening the trails they had been on. Wayne would find the tools I had dropped on the trail and hold them over for me with some funny remarks. He always hinted at lots of old trails and had them all in his head. When the Highland Springs Trails volunteers started up, Ann would help us on our quest to find these old trails by hanging some blue flags at the entrance of some of the trails. We would follow on hands and knees-following the cut marks made years ago; I think Wayne wanted us to really search out the trails and prove ourselves! Ann had a pretty spunky pony at the time who was a handful. Might have been Trixie. Wayne got a good handle on THAT pony and major attitude adjustment by hitching her to a concrete pulling sled. I remember driving by on Highland Springs road many times and seeing that pony pulling him around the field while he was standing on the concrete sled! When I started trimming feet, I used to love to hear Wayne's stories about some of the more uncooperative horses and how he dealt with them. His knowledge of horses, common sense horsemanship and county trails was amazing. We miss him very much. “ - Karen Sullivan

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Juan Erquiaga (1930-2016) Juan was born in Nevada, moving to Lake County as a boy and graduated from Kelseyville High School in 1949. He had a lifelong passion for horses and was a teacher and mentor to countless horsemen and women in Lake County. “In the 1980's and 90's, there was an annual 4-H Chicken Que held at Kononti Winery. Juan would drive his team over and give free rides all day. My husband, Walt, would give him a break a couple times a day, driving the team. For years the Record Bee would publish a picture on the front page saying, 'Juan Erquiaga of Kelseyville driving his team of Belgians at the Chicken Que.' It was always Walt, wearing his cowboy hat, driving the team! He and Juan would always laugh about it and Walt told him he just needed to buy a cowboy hat. A few years later he gave Juan a hat for his birthday. They loved the fact that only the two of them got the joke!” - Jaxan Christianson “When I was a kid, I used to cross Gross Cut-off to ride behind Juan’s house. He was always so generous in letting the local equestrians ride on his property. Every time I passed down his road, I would stop to admire his huge Belgians in their paddocks. My favorite times were always when he was outside and we would get to talk about them. He would patiently entertain my endless questions about his horses and I always admired his pride in them. I am so thankful for his generosity towards a horse obsessed little girl!” -Brenna Sullivan “We had been working out team at his place one Saturday. There were also some people from Marin County that had come that he was working with using his team. After they left he said, "All these years I've just been helping people with horses and now all of a sudden I'm a 'Clinician'! Heck, I don't even how to SPELL that!!” -Jaxan Christianson Audience listens to presentations

“Juan needed a driver for his annual Christmas caroling party, so he asked me if I wanted to drive his team of Belgians. I had driven a single Arab for years, but never a team of heavy horses. We had two practice runs from his ranch into town, then the big day arrived. I had about 18 people on my wagon for the drive in to Kelseyville and around town to sing Christmas carols to shut-ins. All went according to plan, no mishaps, and everyone had a good time, including me! I was never scared or worried, because Juan had faith in me...he knew I could handle those horses and wagon. He taught by example, showed you what he expected, then left you alone. Lessons we can all use.” -Quincy Andrus “We are all better people for knowing Juan. He awoke the driving gene in us all.” -Carol Biggs

Juan Erquiaga logging up on Boggs Mountain in 1987

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Meredith Gambrel (1931-2016) Meredith Gambrel was an avid artist and one of the founding members of the Lake County Hooves and Wheels Club. She served as Club Historian in the inaugural officer slate. “This is the best picture I have of her. It was taken in the late 80’s while we were vacationing at the Hunewell Ranch in Bridgeport, CA. Hunewell Ranch is a working cattle ranch plus ‘dude’ ranch experience.” -Lynn Hughes

Dave Claus (passed Aug 31, 2016) Dave Claus was one of the founding members of the Lake County Chapter of the California Dressage Society and the Lake County Horse Council. He gave many lessons most recently at Highland Springs Equestrian Center where he will be greatly missed.

“In the year of 2002 Dave Claus moved to Lake County from Sonoma County and established a small horse training facility in New Long Valley, outside Clearlake “Well, one thing about Meredith was her great smile! I can't remember her little pony's name, Oaks. He had been involved with the sport of dressage for a few years and found it to be a very challenging and but, she loved driving him and she was always grinning! I think her spirit of wanting 'everybody to just have fun' when rewarding. After finding no dressage Chapter or club in Lake County he beat the bushes, looked behind trees, we first created this club still permeates what we do!!” turned over rocks, and asked everyone he met, managed -Jaxan Christianson to find a group of people who had the same interests in horses, riding, driving, training and Dressage in particular. “Meredith and I reconnected as sisters at the Hunewell On Saturday, November 9, 2002 Dave called a meeting of Dude Ranch in Mono County. One week filled with daily all interested persons to the home of Janet Russell to rides in the fickle June weather and our nights reminiscing discuss a possibility of starting a Lake County Chapter of over old childhood memories! Meredith and Wayne Dunnebeck dated while she was living with her aunt Maude the California Dressage Society. By laws, activies, shows and clinics were discussed. Dave Claus was selected on Park Way. At this time Meredith got her first horse, a Chapter Chairperson and he applied to CDS for a chapter stallion named Stinky. City born with a country girl soul; recognition. We were accepted. The rest is history.” Meredith lived for 29 years in a house once owned by her - Lake County Chapter CDS aunt. Horses became her greatest pleasure. Her quarter horse, Chula, and her Shetland driving pony, Studmuffin brought hours of pleasure. Guy and Cato, miniature horses, “Dave was a wonderful person as well as being a very kept her busy until shortly before her death. My sister and I skilled horseman and teacher, I shall miss his good heart and cheerful spirit” were 11 years apart in age. Most of her life she was a -John Saint Ryan stranger to me until 1987 when she moved from Texas back to Lakeport. That is when our dude ranch adventure “I have been lucky to have some of the most amazing occurred. I think that she lead a very full and adverture teachers. The times I spent with Dave were some of my filled life. She was a talented fine landscape painter, best.” craftperson, surviror of many trials and a lover of horses. -Paul Marchand It’s hard for me to think of her as gone. I miss her laugh and her smile.” -Lynn Hughes “I remember working with Dave at the first Horse Faire at the Kelseyville Pear Festival. After a western dressage demonstration on his warmblood mare, he stood over on ‘Beauty and the Barn” painted the side answering questions from the crowd. There were by Meredith in 2010. lots of smiles all around.” -Brenna Sullivan

Visit with the horses at the Pear Festival! 5th Annual Horse Faire, Sept. 24

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The Lake County Horse Council will be presenting the 5th Annual Horse Faire at the 2016 Kelseyville Pear Festival on September 24th! Lake County Horse Council Horse Faire Schedule Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:30am Horse Fair Opens 11-12pm Round Pen Breed Demos 12-12:30pm “Going The Distance” Endurance Riding 12:30-1:30pm “Packing for the Back Country” 1:30-2pm “Assessing Your Horse...When To Call Your Vet” 2-3pm Round Pen Breed Demos 3-4pm Open Round Pen 4pm Horse Faire Closes Round Pen Breed Demonstrations 11-12pm & 2-3pm Get a chance to watch and learn about multiple different breeds and riding disciplines as their owners ride and work them in the round pen. Our announcer will be giving breed information along with information about each horse and rider's history. Going the Distance: Lessons Learned at Tevis - 12pm An Endurance ride is a timed test against the clock of an individual horse/rider team’s ability to traverse a marked, measured cross-county “trail” over natural terrain, consisting of a distance of 50 to 100 miles, in one day. Brenna Sullivan will give a demo on her gaited endurance horse, Sky. In July, Sky and Brenna attempted the Tevis Cup; one of the world's toughest 100 mile endurance rides. Brenna will give insights and lessons learned from that experience and will be on hand to answer questions about endurance riding. Packing For the Back Country: You Can Do It! - 12:30pm Does packing into the back country with a horse or mule seem too complicated? Many trail riders are baffled at the idea of packing their camping gear onto a horse or a mule safely and securely for a trip into the back country. The good news is that basic packing skills are relatively easy to learn! Members from the Back Country Horsemen, Lake-Mendo Unit will be giving a Packing Demonstration with hands-on participation for the audience so come learn how you can do it! Assessing Your Horse...When To Call Your Vet - 1:30pm If you own, ride or handle horses, it is mandatory that you educate yourself in taking care of them. You will need to know at some point, how to tell if a horse is feeling well, or if a horse needs immediate veterinary attention. Dana Shackelton, DVM from the Middletown Animal Hospital will be demonstrating how to check your horse's vitals along with questions and answers. Open Round Pen Unscheduled free time in the round pen for any horse and rider in the Horse Faire which may include riding, ground work, or liberty work.

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Lake County Fair Horse Show Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 1 of the Fair Horse Show on August 27th was for riding and halter events. (Photos from left to right, top

The driving classes were on Day 2 on August 28th. (Photos right to left by Becky Horat: Sierra Baker and class,

to bottom: Cheryl Cole and Monet, Karen Sullivan and Tweeky Pie, Sarah Hanson and Riley in leadline, Julie Dunnebeck-Orr and Carol Steiger-Melvin, the Nancy Steiger Memorial class, western pleasure class and Brenna Sullivan on Sky).

Danny Thorn memorial trophy, Carol Biggs and Ty, Sierra Baker, Ted Horat wins inaugural Jessica Thorn Memorial).

Main Street, Kelseyville. Photo: Karen Sullivan

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Fiesta of the Horse at the Lake County Fair Horses were featured on opening night of the Lake County Fair during a presentation of Fiesta of the Horse with many of the same acts from the June Fiesta of the Horse event. Photos by: Scott Bennet

Photos left to right, top to bottom: The Bennett girls sing the national anthem; Rancho del Lago Peruvians; White Dog Ranch quadrille; Hooves and Wheels Quadrille ; Deb Baumann and garrocha demonstration; Angie Meroshnekoff riding side saddle; Bennett Family Gypsy horses.

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Mendo-Lake Arabian Horse Association & Redwood Riders Present

2016 All-Breed Obstacle Challenge To be held at

Redwood Riders Arena, Redwood Valley, CA Saturday, September 17, 2016 Entry Fee $25 Entries available at www.mendolakearabianhorse.com Open and Novice Divisions Prizes to 5th place, High Score award Lunch available for purchase by Redwood Riders, $5

Please Support These Businesses That Support the LCHC A&B Collision (Clearlake) 994-8800 Ag Unlimited (Kelseyville) 278-3131 Animal Hospital of Lake County

(Clearlake) 995-1138


Bamboo and Bit Exchange (HVL) 355-0358 Black Horse Tack (Redwood Valley) 485-0347 Carlton Tires



Clear Lake Redi-Mix (Lakeport) 263-5297 Cole Creek Equestrian Center (Kelseyville) 279-0915 Cowgirl Consignment (Lakeport)

Fischer Development (Kelseyville) 350-0155 Highland Springs Equestrian Center (Kelseyville) 2791903 Holdenreid Harvesting


John’s Market (Kelseyville) 279-2440 Lake County Farm Bureau



Lake County Rodeo Association (Lakeport) Lake County Wine Studio (Upper Lake) 275-8030 Middletown Animal Hospital (Middletown) 9872000 Mt.Konocti Auto Repair

(Kelseyville) 279-1974

Rancho de la Fuente (Lakeport) 263-3160 RB Peters (Lakeport) 263-3678 Soul 2 Soul (Kelseyville) 279-0732 Blue Wing Saloon (Upper Lake) 275-2244 TNT Storage (Kelseyville & Lower Lake) 279-9090 U.C.C. Rentals



Wildhurst Vineyards (Kelseyville)

Middletown Animal Hospital All Valley Equine 707-987-2000 ~ middletownvet.net


Dr. Dana Shackelton completed a year long internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale after graduating UC Davis. She has worked at Middletown Animal Hospital since November 2014 and has a passion for horses. We provide mobile service throughout Lake County 6 days/week. Our truck is equipped with Ultrasound, Shock Wave Unit, Laser Therapy, Mechanized Dental Instruments, Digital X-ray & all the tools and instruments needed for field procedures. The hospital also offers and encourages haul-in appointments where we have stocks/palpation chute, hospital stall, round pen, trained assistants, and expanded inventories. (Ask to borrow our horse trailer to haul in!)

$25 off to new clients!

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LAKE COUNTY HORSE COUNCIL – CALENDAR OF LOCAL EQUINE EVENTS Ongoing or Multi-Date Events LCHC Board Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month, meeting starts at 6pm at Kelseyville Pizza Back Country Horsemen Lake Mendo Unit: Quarterly meetings at Round Table Pizza, Lakeport. Paul Villanueva 263-0147 or villan13@pacific.net California Dressage Society - Highland Springs Equestrian Center. Juliana Vidich 279-1903 Redwood Empire Quarter Horse Association Team Penning - see Facebook page for new events SCE Gymkhanas—Middletown Central Park Arena, Info Vicky Schmidt 707-494-4929 White Dog Ranch Events—Potter Valley 707-743-9973 www whitedogranch com Hooves and Wheels Carriage Club-various events throughout the year for HAW members including summer evening drives at Highland Springs, desensitization clinics, drives at Brassfield Estate Winery and much more! Check out their facebook page!

One-Time Events in 2016 August 27-28, 2016 ~ Lake County Fair Horse Show September 10, 2016 ~ Dancing Horses Dressage, Highland Springs Equestrian Center September 24, 2016 ~ Pear Festival Parade and Horse Faire, Downtown Kelseyville September 17, 2016 ~ Mendo Lake Arabian Association Obstacle Challenge October 15, 2016 ~ Poker Ride, Toll Rd. October 25, 2016~ Annual Election Meeting at TNT’s in Lakeport 7PM

Local clubs are invited to send their entire 2016 calendars for inclusion as soon as available. Send your event information to: Kim Riley (707) 245- 7468 or kimrileya58@gmail.com

Due to frequent updating of the Rolling Calendar, the printed version in any Journal becomes outdated very quickly. Please visit the LCHC website for the most current Calendar information including events held in locales beyond Lake County.


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Middletown Days Parade Riders got in the spirit at the Middletown Days Parade on June 18, 2016. Photos courtesy of Middletown Days

P.O. Box 1551 Kelseyville, CA 95451

Photo: Wild West Days

Photo by: Lana Thompson

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