Happy June!

Happy June Everybody!

Checkout the call for participants for the July 4th parade entry. Please contact Allene (aliebenberg2000@yahoo.com) if you are interested in participating in this year’s parade, riding, scooping, or decorating the float.

This month’s general meeting on Friday June 14th includes pizza and line dancing lessons. Suggested donation $5, RSVP  by Wednesday 12th : Please reply to this email, so we can buy the right amount of pizza.

June GM: Friday 6/14 7pm  San Martin Lions Club, 12415 Murphy Ave, San Martin, CA 95076

You can find the June newsletter right here:

http://smhorse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SMHA-June-2019-Newsletter.pdf

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Happy May!

We have the great opportunity for a Sandi Parker clinic in the last weekend in August. Club members will receive a $100 discount. Check the newsletter for details. We need a minimum of five participants to stage the clinic. Please respond to this email or notify us by the Friday May 10th meeting.

This month’s general meeting on Friday May 10th includes a presentation from Dreampower and their new programs in equine based therapy. Come and meet the people behind this great organization. Because it is May we will have chicken tortilla soup and all the fixings, you’re welcome to bring a desert or Mexican style salad to share. Suggested donation $5,

RSVP by Wednesday 8th : Please reply to this news@smhorse.org, so we can buy the right amount of food.

May GM: Friday 5/10 7pm San Martin Lions Club, 12415 Murphy Ave, San Martin, CA 95076

http://smhorse.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SMHA-May-2019-Newsletter.pdf

=Checkout the call for participants for the July 4th parade entry. Also included is updated information received 5/1 on the SCC Parks department study on interim access to the recently acquired Coyote Highlands

 

 

 

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Happy Blooming April!

This month’s general meeting on Friday April 12th includes a presentation on local wildflowers which are currently blooming all over the trails. We will have some pizza to go with it, you’re welcome to bring a desert or salad to share. The day after is the Henry Coe wildflower ride, so you will be fully informed to add to your enjoyment of the ride.

This month’s newsletter includes information and applications for our horse camping trip at Jack Brook in Sam McDonald park from August 15-19th. This is a fairly luxurious camp for you and your horse. Book early, space is limited.

Also included is an update  on the SCC Planning Dept. zoning regulation changes for rural areas, with two rescheduled public meetings in Morgan Hill. Also included is updated information on the SCC Parks department study on interim access to the recently acquired Coyote Highlands

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Happy March

This month’s general meeting on Friday March 8th includes a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner in honor of St. Patrick’s Day followed by a complimentary bingo game with white elephant prizes. Bring along something that may be someone else’s favorite thing even if it isn’t your favorite. RSVP by Monday 4th email:news@smhorse.org so we can cook the right amount of food.

This month’s newsletter includes information and applications for our horse camping trip at Jack Brook in Sam McDonald park from August 15-19th. This is a fairly luxurious camp for you and your horse. Book early, space is limited.

Also included is information on the SCC Planning Dept. zoning regulation changes for rural areas. And the SCC Parks department have published their study on interim access to the recently acquired Coyote Highlands

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County of Santa Clara zoning presentation for Equestrians

County of Santa Clara zoning presentation. This affect boarding stables so attend the equestrian outreach meeting.

Monday 2/25/19 6:30PM at Santa Clara County Horsemens Assoc on Mckean Road in San Jose

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Happy February

The February Newsletter is now available.

It contains our provisional calendar of events for the year.

Jack Brook Horse Camp has been booked for August 15th-19th

This month’s general meeting on Friday 2/8 at 7pm is movie night, we will be showing “Dreamer” an uplifting story of a thoroughbred that gets a second chance.

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Happy New Year , it’s 2019

Our January Newsletter is now available.

And check out the Stevie Knepper Chilli & Soup Taste Off at our January 1th general meeting.

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December President’s Message

Hello members!

Well, the year is coming to an end and what a year it was!  I think we can  confidently celebrate a successful year for our club.  We started the year with our annual soup contest, continued with multiple guest speakers on various topics, movie nights, taco bars, enjoyed two playdays, a Clinton Anderson Clinic,  a week of camping at Jack Brook and our ever popular Galloping Goblin poker ride.   We will finish the year with our Holiday dinner and silent auction on December 14th.  Don’t miss it!  It may be your name drawn out of the hat to win one of our fabulous year end prizes and you must be present to win!

I would also like to take this time, at years end,  to thank you for supporting  me and allowing me to serve as your club president for the past 7 years.  Although challenging at times, it was overall very rewarding to initiate changes that helped grow the club and contribute to its success.   We came from a handful of members meeting every other month to monthly meetings with an average of 20+ members each meeting.  We were part of history by participating in the Grand Entry of the first Gilroy Rodeo in 61 years.  We also represented our club by riding in the revived Bonanza Day parade and took Best Overall Equestrian group and/or first place in the Morgan Hill 4th of July parade every year for the last 6 years running.  We also celebrated a milestone for the club this year when we enjoyed our 50th Anniversary as a club!

Finally, I’d like to thank all my board members, many who have held these positions for multiple years.  These people worked tirelessly and unselfishly to help make your club the success that it is!  None of the many events mentioned in this message would have been possible without all the effort put forth by this hard working board.  All the planning, set up and behind the scenes legwork, sign making, float building, etc, etc, etc – all done with the help and drive of these dedicated people.

It was a difficult decision to step down as president but one I felt necessary to help further the clubs growth and success,  both which require new ideas and enthusiasm.  I sincerely hope the SMHA continues to grow and thrive under the leadership of your new president, whoever that may be.

So I won’t say goodbye, just so long, it’s been a good ride!  See you all at the Holiday party on the 14th!!

– Everyday is a new beginning.  Stay away from what might have been and look what can be –  Anonymous

Happy Trails, Bev

 

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November President’s Message

Hello members!
I’d like to thank Mary Anderson, Jayne Perryman, Fire Captain Gene Parks
and the Cal Fire team for their informative presentations on fire prevention
and planning. I think everyone in attendance at the meeting took away
helpful information to use.
We just had our Galloping Goblin poker ride this last weekend. What a
great turnout we had!! We had over 30 riders and numerous riders dressed
in costume. The weather also cooperated with a pleasant 70+ degrees and
a nice breeze. Some folks participated for the first time and expressed how
much fun they had! A big thanks to all the members who helped with the
tasks needed to pull this event together. It definitely takes a village!! Great
job everyone.
Our next general meeting is November 9th. This is a very important
meeting that shouldn’t be missed. We will be taking final nominations for
several board positions that will be open for 2019. We need to fill four
major positions: President, Vice President, Membership and Treasurer.
The existing board members holding these positions will be stepping down
and not running for 2019. Some of these offices have been held by these
board members for several years. It is time for other members to step
forward and take a leadership role in the club. The outgoing board
members will be available to help the new officers so please don’t be
nervous about taking one of these roles. NOTE: If these positions are not
filled, the possibility of the club disbanding is very likely. You need to have
officers to keep a club viable and active. Please come to the November
meeting with ideas to help resolve this issue.
Our last meeting of the year will be our annual Christmas meeting on
December 14th. We are planning our usual Christmas potluck and silent
auction along with some new activities currently in the works. We will also
have our year end prize drawing and you must be present to win. Don’t
want to miss out on some really nice prizes this year so make sure to mark
your calendars to save this date!
I will leave you with two relevant quotes for this month:
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or
accept the responsibility for changing them” – Denis Waitley
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try – Anonymous
Keep Riding!
Bev

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October President’s Message

Hello members!

How fast this year is passing by!  September has come and gone. I can’t believe we are already in October!  We had a fabulously successful playday on Sept 15th. A big thanks goes to Karen Topping and her students.  The girls were able to campout at Blomquist Friday night to get initiated to camping with their horses.  The next day, they all competed on the course with their trusty mounts and a good time was had by all!  Jim Blomquist enjoyed announcing for both the kids competition and our SMHA competition that immediately followed. Thank you Jim!

October brings with it shorter days, cooler weather and the annual Grand National Rodeo!  Check online and get your tickets for this exciting event which will be held October 12-13 and 19-20 this year.

We are also looking for nominees for open SMHA offices in October.  We will need to fill the positions of: President, Vice President, Membership and a Sunshine Chair.  Please consider taking on one of these roles or nominating a capable friend for one of the positions.  It is crucial to the club’s longevity that these positions be filled.  People currently in these positions will be happy to discuss the duties with you.  We will start taking nominations at the October 12 general meeting and through the November 9 meeting when the actual elections will take place.

Another October event is our annual Halloween poker ride. Get out those costumes and dust them off!  This is always a fun event and a good ride.  It’s enjoyed by both horse and rider!  Check the enclosed flyer for details.  See you all there on Oct 27th at Bear Ranch!

Our October general meeting is 10/12.  We will have guest speakers from LAE and Cal Fire.  They will give a presentation on how to prepare your property for fire prevention as well as helping you to develop an emergency plan.  Don’t miss this important meeting!  SMHA will provide snacks.  Please feel free to bring something to share.  See you all there!

“Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success” –  Unknown

Bev

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