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Horse Association & Trail Riders News

BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB, OH Wet spring weather made driving difficult, but several BSDC members have been on the move. May 24-26 saw Angie Hohenbrink, Jackie Minges, and Mary Thomas competing at the large Great Lakes Area Driving Series show held at Windy Knoll Farm, Sullivan, OH. In addition to the dressage classes, cones and obstacle courses, and a driving derby, entries had the opportunity for private driving lessons with judge Gary Yeager, Ocala, FL or organizer Stacey Giere. Watching the action were Jon Heffernan, Al Hohenbrink, and Mike Minges. Gray skies cleared up prompting nearly three dozen members of the Black Swamp Driving Club and the Western Reserve Carriage Assoc. to meet at the Carlisle Reservation near Elyria, OH, on June 9. The joint club event was hosted by Jackie Minges and Cathy Rhoades. After a welcome by Rhoades, a strawberry loaded potluck was enjoyed while members had a chance to talk horses, ponies, and driving. Maps of the equestrian area were available and Rhoades pointed out where the trails for carriages were located. Nine turnouts set off for a pleasant afternoon of exploring over 7 miles of byways through woods, along the river, over a bridge, up hills, and skirting meadows filled with wild flowers. In spite of all the rain, the trails were in excellent condition, having been constructed with crushed stone. July 6 will find BSDCers at the annual Wyandot Co. Historical Society's ice cream social displaying antique carriages. Held at the museum in downtown Upper Sandusky, OH, the event hosts large crowds, antique car buffs, and a patriotic band concert, with a light lunch and plenty of pie and ice cream. July 21 is set for the drive at Byers Woods, south of Ashland, OH, a beautiful place to spend an afternoon with driving friends. August will be a busy month, beginning with the Leightey's August 4 drive at their farm near Upper Sandusky, OH. August10 is the Higgins drive at the park in

Meeker, OH, and the Emmons family will be hosting the always popular Parker Bridge drive August 24. You don't need to have a horse or pony to drive to be a member of BSDC. Some members are interested in the history, conservation, and restoration of antique carriages rather than owning an equine. Trips are organized to view carriage collections, watch carriage competitions, or learn about the latest in equine care. Contact an officer, join the BSDC Facebook group, or check the website www.black swampdrivingclub.com for information about becoming a BSDC member.

Fort Custer Horse Friends Association

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! We would like to thank all the trail riders that came to our Spring Camp Out in May! It was a huge success in spite of the crazy weather we have all been experiencing. We had close to 35 rigs join us at the beautiful Whitford Lake event Area. Nature threw everything at us for the 4 days, sun, rain, cool days, hot days, wind and clouds! But riders hit the trails and and loved every minute of it! The pancake breakfasts filled everyone up with pancakes, sausage, eggs and coffee and not to mention Jon and Daryl Ann's real maple syrup! Saturday night was a pulled pork potluck, the tables overflowing with food. We had a fun group of ladies from Indiana attend. Thank you to all of you ladies for supporting FCHFA events! The trails were groomed and even with the rain, the footing stayed good for riders and horses. Thank you again for your support for our efforts to raise funds to make our future campground possible! The next chance to camp at Fort Custer is September 12-15th at our Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out. These 4 days include 2 pancake breakfasts, pulled pork potluck, Sat. night fundraising auction and more. There will be water for horses, manure removal, outhouse (FCHFA donated to Park), picket poles, electric corrals may be used, and a pavilion for gathering. The cost this year is still the same, $45 for members JULY 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. Š2019 (22)

and $60 for non-members for all 4 days! We invite everyone to join and support FCHFA for the coming campground and future trail projects. Just being a member on paper supports the campground project. We understand everyone's limited time. Seriously, $20-$25 for a membership from our trail users will make a big difference for the campground support! Put these days on your ride schedule and ride some of the nicest trails in southern Michigan! Update on Campground: We are waiting on the DEQ to look at and approve the specifications of the site layouts. That said, the Fort Custer Equestrian Campground is already approved! The DEQ is just the final step in a very long approval process with the DNR and the State. A workday will be scheduled to clear scrub vegetation at the back of the 7 sites and mark the rig parking pad layout. Gravel for the rig pads, picket poles, fire rings, picnic tables and everything else for these sites will be paid for and supplied by our FCHFA club. Think about joining to help us!! More news as it develops, soon hopefully. The trails are ready for you and your horse. Mowing is always ongoing, creek crossings rushing with fresh rains with 20+ miles of woods, river trails and prairie grass trails waiting for you! Check our ride calendar on the website www.fchfa.org and join us for a ride/potluck date. Call Nancy Simmonds @ 269-967-3613 for any other questions. See you on the Trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

HBAM Horseback Archery of Michigan

HORSEBACK ARCHERY IN MICHIGAN Welcome to HBAM! We are Horseback Archery in Michigan. Check out our group on Facebook to stay up to date on all of Michigan's Horse Archery happenings. We are an alliance of clubs that believe in working across club and association lines to grow our sport in our state. We cheer each other on in our competitions, and we have a culture of horse sharing. Our clubs operate with transparency regarding clinicians hired, locations and dates, they do not WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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July 2019 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Saddle Up! Magazine, devoted to Michigan and Ohio's equine communities since 1996. Our monthly publication is for all equestrians no matter...

July 2019 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Saddle Up! Magazine, devoted to Michigan and Ohio's equine communities since 1996. Our monthly publication is for all equestrians no matter...