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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