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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