February President’s Message

Hello members!!  As I’m writing this message, its very crisp outside but it’s not raining!!   The sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day.  I actually got to ride today at Hunting Hollow.  It was quite a site to see how high the creeks had come,  the multitude of leftover debris deposited where the creek had been and the “extra” creeks that are now flowing alongside the road and sometimes on the road itself!  It was still great to get my horse out and ride.  I hope all of you fared well with all the storms and rain and that you are finally starting to dry out.

The rain has given us a break for awhile but it is still crisp and cold outside.  What great weather for eating hot soup or chili!  Our general meeting is February 10th and we will be celebrating our 2nd annual Soup and Chili contest.  Dig out that favorite recipe and enter the contest.  We will be giving prizes for the soup or chili voted the favorite by the members.  The club will furnish bread and butter and those not entering their soup or chili can bring their favorite salad or dessert.  This contest has proven to be very popular and  fun.  I hope we get a lot of participants.  I’m sure it will be difficult to pick just one as the best!  I also hope we’ll see Ron Lowery defending his title from last year!

Our meeting should be informative.  We have our 2017 calendar to discuss and hopefully the membership will have some additional ideas to add to the list.  I hope to see all of you at the meeting and maybe even bringing a guest!   Remember our goal to boost membership!  Applications will be available at the meeting to make it convenient for you to renew for this year!

In closing, I will leave you with this bit of wisdom :

If you don’t like how things are, change it!  You’re not a tree. –

Jim Rohn


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January President’s Message


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.  At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I would like to say that my goals this year are to:

1)  increase the size of our membership.  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 it!!

2)  I would like to find a way to spark more interest in 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.

Last but not least, we all need to have fun!  Get out there and ride more!!

As you know, there is no January general meeting but we will meet on February 10th  for our first meeting of 2017.  I think we will try to have our annual soup/chili contest so get your favorite recipes ready.  Watch the February Eventer for more details.  I would love to see everyone at our meeting and better yet,  bring a friend!

See you all next month.  I will leave you with this thought:

**      Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.    **

–  William James



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December President’s Message

Well,  another year is coming to a close.   I think the club has some good things to look back on . . ..a successful Playday in April,  another first place  and best overall equestrian group in the Morgan Hill 4th of July parade,  great food booth and representation of our club at the Julie Goodnight clinic at Thorson’s, a very successful June Poker ride and a good turnout at the October Poker ride despite being rained out and having to reschedule and we picked up several new members this year!!  All in all, not a bad year for us.

So let’s get ready to celebrate this great year at our upcoming meeting on December 9th which is our annual Christmas and year end party.  We will have our traditional potluck along with our silent auction and of course, the awarding of the year end prizes! Remember, you must be present to win.  Check the Eventer to see what you are supposed to bring for the potluck as it is designated by alphabet according to your last name.  Also don’t forget to bring non perishable foods for our annual canned food drive for St. Joseph’s.  It always feels good to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We had a white board election at last month’s general meeting so your officers and board members will remain the same for 2017:  President: Bev Vanderweide,  Vice President: Chere Bargar, Treasurer:  Audra Soltis,   Secretary: Pat Scharfe for board and Elaine Alton for general meetings, Membership: Kathy McBride,  Trails: Kitty Swindle, Eventer:  Tim Alton, Webmaster: Christine Amber.  Directors at Large:  Steve Oliveira for Parade, Sandy Voechting for Sunshine and Carolyn Tucker for Historian. It is my sincere wish that more people will step up this year and volunteer to help in these areas as well as bring new ideas to the club.

I’ll end by thanking everyone for all the help and enthusiasm this last year and you all know who you are and extend my invitation to you all to help make SMHA a stronger and more exciting club in 2017!


****  Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.  – Thomas A. Edison  ****

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Halloween Poker Ride

Thank you to all the riders and volunteers who turned out for the Gallopin Goblin SMHA Halloween Poker Ride. Looks like everyone had a good time .

Thank you Steve Stoddard for all the photos: (click on the photo for another 116!)


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November President’s Message

Our year is quickly coming to a close.  Our long sun- filled days are giving way to shorter,  cooler days.   And, did someone say rain?  Yes, you guessed it . . . Mother Nature, once again,  chose to rain out our October 29th Poker Ride.  As of this writing, we are still holding our breath to see if the ride can take place next Saturday on the November 5th rain date.  Hopefully, I will be able to report good news at our Nov 11th general meeting.

November’s meeting is slated for elections.  Are you ready to become a board member?  Do you see a new direction for our club?  This is the time to step up and make the change.  Let’s keep our club fresh, interesting and growing!  And, speaking of voting, don’t’ forget to cast your very important vote on November 8th!   We will also have a guest, Lori Oleson, speaking briefly about her new book on endurance riding.

Next month winds our year down.  Our December meeting is our annual Christmas party and silent auction.  You can bring donations for the auction to the meeting or call a board member between now and then to arrange a pickup.  Watch the Eventer for further details on the December party.


“ When a horse greets you with a nicker and regards you with a large and liquid eye, the question of where you want to be has been answered” Author Unknown

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Halloween Poker Ride

POSTPONED until Nov 5th

See you in your costumes next Saturday.

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October President’s Mesage

For those of you that missed the September meeting, you missed out on some fun!  We all put our thinking caps on and answered some interesting questions on our “Horse Sense” quiz.  Although some of the questions were pretty wild, we all ended up learning something and sharing some laughter as well.  Thanks go out to Kitty Swindle for the “odd” trivia portion of the quiz.

The year is quickly coming to a close.  It’s hard to believe that it’s  already October!  Time to get your Halloween costumes out, dust them off and participate in our upcoming Galloping Goblin Poker Ride.  Although costumes are not required, it is always fun to see what costumes the imagination of our members come up with!  Make sure to tell your friends to join us.  We would really like to have a big turnout for this event.  Also, we are in need of prizes and /or sponsors for the event.  Please call Bev or Chere if you can help with either of these areas.

Tim Alton will be our speaker for our October 14th general meeting talking about fire and emergency situations.  Would you know how to evacuate your animals in an emergency?

October is also the month we take nominations for club officers.  If you want to become a board member or know someone who wants to participate, now is the time to nominate them.   It’s always great to see new board members as it gets new ideas flowing and helps us to become a more successful club!  Elections will be held in November. We can take last minute nominations at the November meeting as well.

Hope to see everyone at the Oct 14th meeting.  The club will be providing pizza.  Members can bring a dessert or salad if they wish.  With that, I will close with a bit of horse humor –


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September President’s Message

Fall is coming!  We officially move into the fall season on the 22nd of this month.  Where did the year go?   Many of you enjoyed the nice weather and beautiful trails at the Jack Brook campout last month.  Although we didn’t get the turnout we had hoped for, I believe all who attended were happy they went and enjoyed the good company,  both human and equine!  We are already booked for 2017 so let’s start spreading the word now so we can have a successful campout next year!

The Randy Benson Sensory clinic is fast approaching on September 11th.  It will be held at South Bay Equestrian on the corner of Masten and Center.  Again, let them know you are a SMHA member and you will save $10 off the registration fee.  This is a great way to help de-spook your horse and have some fun too.

Our general meeting for this month will be held on Friday September 9th 7:00pm at the San Martin Lions Club.  SMHA will furnish chicken and bread.  Bring your favorite salad or dessert to share.  Oh,  you should also bring your thinking caps as I think there may be a reason to put them on at the meeting!  You’ll need to attend the meeting to find out why.  Should prove to be very interesting and fun.  See you there!!


*  The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on.  It is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible,  the change is for the better –  Author Unknown *



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August President’s Message

Wow, I can’t believe its August already. We’re already on the back end of summer!  You still have the opportunity to enjoy our upcoming Jack Brook campout.  Such an awesome place for both relaxing and riding with most of the amenities you enjoy at home along with fantastic trails.  Don’t miss it!  Applications and contact information is in this Eventer.

Congratulations go out to Steve Oliveira and all his SMHA parade participants.  We had a lot of involvement from our members this year and the enthusiasm and hard work paid off.  SMHA took First Place in our division and Best Overall Equestrian Group which awarded us not only bragging rights but put a $300 prize in our bank account!  Great job everyone!  Next year’s theme is “America’s National Parks – 100 Years and Counting”.  Put your thinking caps on for next year!

We also just came off a very successful June Poker Ride and Trail Trial Clinic.  We had a great turnout, tolerable weather and tons of fun!  Our poker rides and other events are getting a good reputation in the horse world and we are getting more participation because of it.  Keep up the good work!  Thanks go out to everyone who helped make this event a huge success.

At that June ride, several of you signed up on the “Are You Interested” sheet for an upcoming Randy Benson Sensory Clinic.  I am happy to report that, in part to our interest, they have set up a clinic at South Valley Equestrian located at Masten & Center on September 11th.  If you let them know you are a SMHA member, you will receive a $10 discount on registration.!  Watch for the flyer in the near future.  Hope to see many of you there.

Our next general meeting is Friday, September 9th.  Watch for details of this meeting in our next Eventer!  Happy riding everyone!!!


***  A life without horses is like taking a breath without air ***

Meghan M.

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President’s Message

We had another great turnout for our June meeting!  Everyone enjoyed Carolyn Tucker’s talk on the county’s new land acquisitions.  Many questions were asked when reviewing the maps she brought which sparked some good discussions. Thank you Carolyn!  We are truly blessed living in an area with so many great choices for riding our horses.  We need to stay involved, both as a club and as individuals, to keep these trails well maintained and accessible and to strive to open new areas to ride our horses.

As is customary, there will be no general meeting in July.  Most of you are off vacationing and hopefully having fun spending time with your family and your horses.  Don’t forget to come down to the 4th of July parade in Morgan Hill.  You can ride in our float or just support your club with a good cheering section.  Let’s hope Steve and his group can bring home another first place for SMHA!

Also, don’t forget to register and participate in our Jack Brooks campout August 8th through 15th.  This year’s date should allow for more of the younger crowd to attend as it doesn’t conflict with back to school dates.  Hope to see everyone there!  We will have a quick get together at Jack Brooks for our August meeting so there will be no general meeting at the Lions Club for August.  We will get back on track with our next regular meeting on September 9th at the Lions in San Martin.  Watch your August Eventer for details on that meeting.  Remember, bring a friend!  We are still striving to build our club membership!  Have you brought a new member to the club yet?

Here’s wishing everyone a fun and safe summer filled with lots of riding and other things you love.  Enjoy!


*            Be wary of the horse with a sense of humor!  – Pam Brown        *

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