Hope you all at our next membership meeting on Sept 11th!
Monday, September 11th 6pm
Pot Luck Dinner
This month's Pot Luck theme will be
A Comfort Food Potluck with its own unique style!
Invoke feelings of nostalgia and warmth this month with home style favorites like macaroni and cheese, chicken & dumplings, chili, mashed potatoes, pork chops & gravy, meatloaf, apple pie and chocolate chip cookies!
The Natrc ride went really well, weather was
fabulous. Not a drop of rain, couldn't have asked for better. We
started 41 riders from 6 states. All loved our gorgeous valley and
views. Our saddle club members showed up at the crack of dawn (6 AM)
start to help with pulse and respiration checks and to help with gates.
Friday we had great help with getting riders parked and organized.
3 of our members, Connie DeCamp, Barb
Beckner and Laura Varone were secretaries. This was a huge job starting
Friday at 1 and running to 6 each night through Sunday. Both of our
Judges, vet Carri, from Atlanta, and horsemanship judge Sarah from
Nebraska raved about what a great job they did.
Barb's Ron and Connie's Dave, road safety and drove judges and just did what ever was needed.
George and Jim where all over the ride
helping riders set up on Thursday and checking on things on the trail
and ferrying riders from the hill top camp down to meals and briefings
and most importantly back up the hill. The boys and their 4 wheelers
where loved by all.
Elin was a wonderful host, catering Saturday's dinner to the pleasure of all.
We had hoped for a few more riders, but
still cleared over $900 for the club. Will have the final accounting
after returning from our current trip....riding in Tennessee!
Cyn Williams has stepped up to coordinate our Saddle Club Day Rides.
year, the Saddle Club plans to organize day rides for members who want
to hit the trails. We also are considering adding horse camping
opportunities to this riding season. We would appreciate if you
could fill out the survey so that we can better plan the day rides and
When you find yourself riding a hot, nervous horse, what should you do in response? One thing not to do: attempt to hold him in.
* Hush your voice.
If you use your voice, keep it low and slow. "I drop mine an octave or
two and slow it down to match my body language," says Paula.
"Ultimately, calm in the rider equals calm in the horse."
adds that if your horse is excited because he's herd bound (reluctant
to leave or be left by a group of horses), then "that needs to be dealt
with specifically and in a safe environment" (see links below).
But if you can remember these key strategies, you can learn to calm an excited horse in most situations.
This year the Saddle Club
would like to reach out to our members for your feedback. The
Saddle Club Board of Directors will address specific concerns that you
may have as a member.
Below you will find a survey for you to complete and return either via email to email@example.com, or if you wish to remain anonymous, please return at the next membership meeting.
As we move forward together
as a club, an important goal for success is increased involvement from
our membership. Current studies show an average of 40 members out
of over 100 attending monthly meetings. The average number of
volunteers is 10%.
We value our members and realize that your talents and ideas are vital to the growth of the Saddle Club.