March President’s Message

Hello members!

I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house at our February meeting after watching the very inspirational story of Harry and Snowman.  It really showed what an exceptional bond we can form with our horses.  We had a great turnout and I think everyone enjoyed the movie.

The surprise I mentioned in last month’s Eventer was announced.  SMHA has secured Jack Brook campgrounds for August 16 – 20.  Everyone was very disappointed when we previously had to cancel this campout.  The club had a couple of successful events putting us in a better financial position so we were able to book the campground Thursday through Monday.  Hope to see you all there to enjoy the beautiful trails, facility and camaraderie of other club members.

March’s general meeting should be lots of fun. The club will be providing corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings for a small fee.  We’re also going to play a few games of “horse” bingo.  Cards will be $.50 each or 3 for $1.00. Prizes will be fun “white elephant” gifts supplied by your board members.  See you on the 9th for this meeting,

The weather has been spring-like on and off making for beautiful trail rides.  The days are getting longer and longer providing more time for riding. Due to delays in the opening, we were unable to have our March ride at Rancho San Vincente but the SCCHA is having their “Dirty Horse Ride” on the 17th at Calero.  Pull those horses out of the pastures, leave ‘em dirty and win a prize if your horse is the dirtiest.  Since our ride was unable to take place, let’s support our fellow horse club at their Calero ride.  I’m sure they will reciprocate on future events!

We are off to a busy start and this year has a lot of fun events still in the wings.  Keep coming to the meetings and checking your Eventer for all the upcoming fun!

-No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle – Winston Churchill

Happy Trails, Bev

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February Presidents Message

Hello members!
We started off the year with a lot of fun.  We had good  member attendance at our January general meeting along with five guests!  Our annual soup contest yielded a big win for Gene McBride with his Butternut Squash soup.  Ron Lowery came in a close second with his famous chili.  I’m sure Ron will be back to try to reclaim his title  as SMHA#1 Cook next year!

It seems like spring is in the air which is awesome for January!  I am getting excited for a new year of riding and fun.  We have outlined our 2018 schedule and it is posted in this month’s eventer.  Obviously, things can change but we hope to succeed in fulfilling these events.  I will speak briefly about the first couple of events at our February general meeting.  I will also have a little announcement so make sure you’re there!

This months meeting will be our movie night.  We will be providing popcorn and candy for a nominal fee.  The movie will be “Harry and the  Snowman”.  If you haven’t seen this one it is well worth it!  It is a heartwarming horse story of  hope and possibility.

As you know, this is our 50th anniversary of SMHA!  The club was established in 1968.  We are starting to plan a campout to celebrate the occasion.  We hope to have the event on July 28.  We are still determining the location so stay tuned for more information and keep the date open!

I’m looking forward to a fun and successful year for our club.  We are off to a fine start so let’s keep up the good work!  Spread the word about our great little club so others can join in the fun!

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring” . . . Lilly Pulitzer

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SMHA President Bev’s New Year Message!

Hello SMHA members,

Well, I’d like to start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!! I
hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and got a lot of riding in too!
I’d like to thank you all for having the confidence in me to once
again represent SMHA as your club President along with your
outstanding board members. We had a very successful 2017 with
both our events and bringing in several new members.
2018 Goals:
1) At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I would like to
say that one of my goals this year is to continue to push for new
members! We all know that the way to do this is for each of us to
bring in just one new member this coming year. I know you can do
2) I would like to continue the enthusiasm around events and
getting new members more involved in the planning and execution
of those events.
3) The club needs to keep our finger on the pulse of what’s
happening in our area to be able to keep existing trails open and do
what we can to help promote new areas to ride. We need to keep
our horse community “horse friendly” for years to come.
4) Last but not least, we all need to have fun! Get out there
and ride more!!
As you know, our January meeting is our annual Soup/Chili Contest.
Bring your best recipe on Jan 12th and try to take the coveted
trophy from Ron Lowery. I would love to see everyone at our
meeting and better yet, bring a friend! The board meets the week
following our general meeting to set the 2018 calendar. If you have
an idea for an event, let us know at the January meeting so we can
get it planned!
** Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. **
– William James

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December 2017 SMHA President Bev’s Message


Wow! If you ever needed to know anything about shoeing your horse, you needed to be at our November meeting.  Dale Orr gave a presentation that contained a wealth of information on the subject complete with examples of almost every kind of shoe you could imagine!  It was interesting to see and touch (Jeannie McDevitt) all the different shoes and pads.  Thank you Dale for a very educational and fun presentation!

We also enjoyed a very delicious meal of sausage, peppers, beans and salad thanks to Kathy McBride.  Thanks so much Kathy for your expert culinary skills!  The meal was enjoyed by all.

And now, believe it or not, we are only a couple weeks away from our year end Christmas party.  Where did the year go!  We will enjoy music, the silent auction, and the year end prize give away along with turkey and tri tip provided by the club.  Check this Eventer to see what food item you’ll be adding to the holiday feast.  You don’t want to miss this mouth watering meal and fun social experience with your fellow horsemen!  Remember, you need to be present to win the year- end prizes.  Also, don’t forget to bring your canned and dry goods for our food drive so the less fortunate can enjoy the holidays too!  December 8th, make sure you’re there!

After the holidays, pull out your favorite recipes and get ready for our annual Soup & Chili CookOff.  Our January meeting will feature your most tasty creations.  Hopefully, your soup will tally the most member votes which will earn you the title of “#1 SMHA Cook”.  The successful chef will take home the coveted “Best Cook” trophy and bragging rights for the next year.  You may need to pry Ron Lowery’s fingers from around the trophy as he has held the #1 Cook position for two years running!  Who will challenge him this year?  This event has always proved to be fun and we will all be winners because we get to indulge in all the fantastic soups!

One last note of interest.  Elections were held at the November meeting. There were no new nominees so, once again, we had a white board election and all the current board members were re-instated as your officers and directors for 2018. We will do our best to keep the club fun, interesting and growing!  Thank you for your confidence in us!

In closing, I will leave you with some food for thought for the upcoming year . . . .

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book,  write a good one”  –  Brad Paisley

Always go the extra mile, it’s never crowded!


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November President’s Message

As I sit here writing this message, I am still glowing in the successful aftermath of our Galloping Goblin Poker Ride. This was our first poker ride without tri tip so we were a bit concerned how it would go but I am elated to report all good news!  We had 25 riders and some extremely creative costumes. Everyone enjoyed our Halloween trail trivia signs along all 3 routes and the “creepy creatures” were enjoyed by all.  I hear quite a few horses were brave enough to “kiss” the skull therefore earning a bonus card for their poker hand. Congratulations to all for a very fun-filled, enjoyable day with our friends and horses alike!

Its come to our attention that Stewart Ranch at Pt. Reyes on the Marin coast is in danger of being permanently closed.  Apparently, the NPS Commercial Services in Colorado has decided that the ranch doesn’t generate enough money to justify improvements or maintenance.  They want to close it.  We can’t let this happen! This is a fabulous place to camp with your horse.  If you haven’t been there you should definitely visit them. Awesome trails! All correspondence stressing the importance of keeping this ranch open to horsemen should be directed to the Director at the NPS (National Park Service) in Washington, D.C. The address is included in this Eventer (page 10). Please spread the word through the horse community.  Let’s bombard the director with our letters and keep this ranch available to us!

The year is quickly coming to a close.  I can’t believe its November already. We will conduct our club elections at our November 10 general meeting. Have your nominations ready and let’s give new people and their ideas a chance to serve on the board.  If you’d like to vie for an office, speak up and get on the ballot. Remember, shape tomorrow by voting today.

Also speaking at our November meeting is Dale Orr, a local farrier. He will be available to answer your “ask a farrier” questions.  We will be serving sausage sandwiches with all the trimmings for a nominal $5 fee. An important note . . . . the proceeds from our October movie and popcorn night totaled $127.  The club matched that amount bringing the total to $254.  We decided to round up and sent a check for $275 to the Woodside Community Foundation as a donation to help support and aid the fire victims.  It is our understanding that the Woodside group will match any donations up to $5000 so our popcorn and candy dollars turned into $550 to help those affected by the fires. Be proud of what your club has done.  Great job everyone!!

In the spirit of the fall season and November, I’ll leave you with these words of wisdom:

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.” – Gerald Good

See you all at the general meeting in November!! – Bev

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October President’s Message

Hello members.

I would like to start by extending a big thank you to Dr. Angel Fletcher. She was kind enough to conduct an “ask a vet” group discussion at our September meeting.  I think all will agree it was very informative!  I came away from that meeting with two very helpful bits of info that I’ve already put into place.  I’m sure that everyone who attended had a similar experience.  Good stuff Dr. Fletcher!!  Thank you again.

Another big thank you is going out to Jim and Patti Bloomquist for the use of their facility for our September 16th Playday.  Jim always goes the extra mile and grooms the arena, fills holes and hooks up the PA system for us and we greatly appreciate his extra effort!  The weather also cooperated and we had a successful and fun day.  We were excited to have two riders come from Danville to participate.  I think the horses enjoyed kissing the frog, going through the “car wash” and a few other surprises we had set up for them.  All in all, a fun and educational experience for everyone.  We hope Autumn Young is enjoying the chocolate in her giant Hershey kiss she won in the 12 & under category. Save some room for your Halloween candy Autumn!

Speaking of Halloween, mark your calendars for our Galloping Goblin Poker ride on October 28th.  I’m so excited about the fun plans we have up our sleeve for this event.  Due to the strict regulations and fees imposed by the County Health Department, SMHA regretfully will not be able to provide our traditional tri tip lunch.  Participants are being asked to bring a lunch and we will all gather after the ride for a picnic, fun and prizes. There will be prizes awarded for our costume contest too. Shake the cobwebs off those costumes and vie for a prize!  We will also offer three routes this year: a short, medium and a special long ride which includes the Ed Wilson trail!  Whichever route you choose, expect some surprises along the way. Don’t miss this fun filled day. Bring a friend and support your club!

Our October general meeting will, appropriately, be held on Friday the 13th. We will be showing a Clinton Anderson video on training your horse and building a better relationship with your equine friend.  We will have popcorn and drinks available for a small fee to enjoy while you watch the movie.  A reminder that our club elections will take place at our November meeting.  Please bring your nominations for these positions to the October meeting. Consider running for any of the club positions and become a part of the core group, bring in fresh ideas and help keep our club active, current and interesting for everyone!

In keeping with the October theme, I’ll leave you with these few words:

Everything is better with a little magic!  Witching you a Happy Halloween!


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September President’s Message

Hello members.

Is it hot enough for everyone?  Well, the weather was perfect for those of us who enjoyed the week’s campout at Jack Brook this year.  Between the foggy mornings, mild days and cool nights, we couldn’t have ordered better weather!  There were 19 riders and a few extra support campers that participated this year.  No one wanted the week to end.  Thanks to all who attended and supported the club!

Make sure to mark your calendars for the next few upcoming events starting with our “Ask a Vet” general meeting on Sept 8th.  Bring your questions and Dr. Angel Fletcher will be there with the answers!  We will be providing some hearty salads and bread for a nominal fee of $7.00.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to increase your horse knowledge while enjoying a good meal!

Next on the calendar is our Ranch Trail Playday on Sept 16th.  Be at Bloomquist Arena at 9:00am to register, practice 10:00am-12:00noon and the fun competition starts at 1:00pm. We have some new obstacles this year.  I’m sure both you and your horse will love them!  Come help your horse conquer all the “horse eater” obstacles and test your skills.  Maybe in the process, you’ll both learn something fun and new.  Please attend this exciting event.  Bring lots of friends too and help support your club.

After the playday, start pulling your costume together for our October 28th Halloween Poker ride.  This is perhaps our last chance to bring in a few dollars for the club and its always a really fun day full of laughs and surprises for all.  More details to follow on this event as the date nears.

In closing, I’ll leave you with this quote of the week:

“The only BS I need in my life is Boots and a Saddle” – Anonymous


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August President’s Message

Hello members!

We had a very successful July meeting with over 25 people enjoying Martha McNeil’s very interesting and informative presentation on her Dream Power organization.  Thank you again Martha for taking time to share your passion with our club.

We will not have a general meeting in August as hopefully we will all be enjoying the trails at our Jack Brook campout! If you haven’t signed up yet,  well git ‘er done!  If you don’t have time to mail the application so it is received before August 4th, give Kathy or Bev a call and we can make some arrangements.  Bring your friends too and take advantage of the inexpensive cost and awesome trails!

Our next general meeting at the Lions Club will be held Friday, September 8th.  We will be enjoying the knowledge and expertise of Dr. Angel Fletcher with our “ Ask a Vet” program.  Bring your questions and prepare for a very fun and informative meeting.  The club will be providing a salad bar for a small $7 fee.  You can bring dessert if you feel charitable toward your fellow members but its not required.  You don’t want to miss this meeting!

Hopefully, this Eventer reaches you in time for you to plan on attending the Moonlight Ride at Coe Park on Sat. Aug 5th.  We will meet at the Hunting Hollow entrance.  Bring a potluck dish to share.  Ride out time is generally around 7:00pm so arrive early enough to enjoy the meal and the company and be ready to ride at that time.  This is a non-SMHA event but it is lots of fun for you and your horse. Get out there and enjoy the moonlight and cool weather!

  • Show me your horse, and I will tell you who you are. –
  • Unknown Author


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July President’s Message

Hello members!

And summer has arrived!

We’ve had some nice hot riding weather but Mother Nature cooperated with us for our June 24 Poker Ride by turning the temperature down a few degrees to give us a pleasant day at Harvey Bear.  Everyone enjoyed both the ride and the BBQ.  We had some superb poker hands (5 of a kind!) and gave away lots of prizes to happy riders.  The trail obstacles were also very well received.  A couple of riders commented to me how much they enjoyed them and how helpful they were.  Thank you to Tim Alton for setting these up!  I would also like to thank our BBQ chefs, Sal, Steve, Paul and Greg for a top notch meal as well as all the SMHA members who helped with prizes, registration, card stops and event setup and teardown.  It certainly takes a village to put these events together!

As of this writing, we have 6 riders for the Morgan Hill July 4th parade along with Sandy’s miniatures and a pooper scooper.  We hope to have a decorated truck too.  If you want to walk in the parade, show up at 8:00am on the 4th behind Britton school on Monterey (signs will be posted) wearing jeans and a long sleeve white shirt.  EveryBODY counts! Come out and support your club.

Our July 14th general meeting will feature a presentation from DreamPower while we enjoy an old fashioned social with ice cream and hot dogs. We will collect a $5 fee – small price for so much fun!  Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.  It’s always nice to have a good attendance to show appreciation for our guest speakers.

August 7 – 14 is our Jack Brooks campout.  To date, we have 5 pre- registered campers.  Obviously, we need a lot more participation to prevent us from experiencing lost revenue on this event  There is a little over a month left.  Get your reservations in!  Invite friends to join you.  This is an awesome camping opportunity with fabulous trails and facilities. We need more participation to make this event successful.

Let’s all get out and enjoy our horses and the holiday.  I’m looking forward to seeing you ALL at our meeting on July 14th.

“There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse”

–Author Unknown


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June President’s Message

Hello members!

Our thanks go out to Dr. Ann Wimmer for a very fun and informative demo on equine chiropractics and acupuncture.  Her demo was very well attended and enjoyed at our May meeting.  If you weren’t there you missed a great presentation.  You also would have missed a most excellent Taco Bar feast prepared by our own Kathy McBride.  My hat goes off to Kathy not only for the extremely tasty tacos and all the trimmings but for all the hard work it took for her to pull it together. Thanks so much Kathy!!

Circumstances have aligned that make the decision to move our June 9th general meeting to July 14th.  We normally don’t have a general meeting in July but this year it made sense to switch things around and reschedule the June meeting to July instead.  The July 14th meeting will feature a program by Dream Power and also an old-fashioned ice cream social! Did someone say cake walk?  Pie walk?  Sounds like a meeting  you don’t want to miss!  Mark your calendars and watch your July Eventer for further details.

Although we aren’t having a June general meeting, our June 24th Poker Ride is still happening! We will have some ranch clinic obstacles set up prior to the ride like we did last year. Everyone enjoys these and it’s such a good experience for both you and your horse  (it’s also a whole lot of fun!!)  The Poker Ride will be held at Harvey Bear and Chere may even have a surprise in store . . . . stay tuned.  We will enjoy our traditional tri tip lunch and have lots of prizes so don’t miss it.  Make sure to invite all your friends too!  Let’s support our club.

We will not have an opportunity to meet again before the July 4th Morgan Hill parade.  As of this writing,  Sandy Voechting has confirmed that her mini horses will once again represent the club.  I do not have a firm count on how many full size horses we have nor do I have someone who will oversee making sure everyone meets at the correct place and gets decorated properly for the event.  This is a VERY important role that needs to be filled. You don’t have to ride a horse, just be a good organizer!  All the decorations are pre-boxed and ready to go.

Since we won’t have a float this year, this parade leader job will be so much easier. Please call me to offer your help. Also, please call or email me if you plan on riding your horse in the parade so I can get a head count. Let’s have a good showing of horses since this is the first year we won’t have a float.  I believe Sandy has secured a “pooper scooper” for us but we will still need a couple people to carry our SMHA banner and maybe a second banner advertising our event sponsors.  This is really a fun event to participate in whether you are riding or simply helping to get the group ready to win!

Until we meet again,  let’s all get out there and ride and enjoy this beautiful weather!

  • Your horse can only be as brave as you are. – Author Unknown


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