Our Cowboy Christmas Tack Swap is scheduled for December 4, 2022 at WB.
The events page on the website has been updated to contain known events for 2022 - FCOHC, state OHC and general interest.
Bonnie would like to retire as chairperson of the Christmas party committee. We need a volunteer.
We will no longer be able to ride out of Royers' as they no longer have room for trailer parking.
Jack stopped and checked out the facilities at Beach Ridge on Rt 64. The bar is not open yet but he noticed there are nice restrooms with showers there. FYI
TRAIL MILES ARE DUE TO JO.
Winter Blues Brunch #1 will be Saturday Jan. 22, 9 a.m. Das Essen Haus in Pettisville/Wauseon. Jones Livestock in Wauseon has an auction the same day.
The NW Regional rep, Al Sidell, has stepped down due to term limits. Our new rep is Sharon Smith who ran unopposed. The mentor is Joan Miller. NW district is Fulton, Wood, Defiance,
Allen, Erie, Sandusky, Hancock counties. We will likely not see much change.
The State Membership meeting in March in Delaware is still on at this point. NW region is hosting this one, and we are in charge of the 50/50 raffle. There will be a silent auction. Volunteers needed, contact Jack.
There will be an OHC booth at Equine Affair. Volunteers likely needed.
Jack has been in contact with several people in Kentucky following the devastating storm. Reportedly, the poultry and cattle communities were hit hard and asking for help. There has been no requests for equine help or horse campgrounds help. We feel there is no appropriate donation to be made at this time. NW Region is holding off at this time as well.
A request was received from the NW Ohio Driving Circuit to be a show sponsor. A donation was proposed and approved.
This year is the 50th anniversary for OHC. There is anniversary apparel on the website and Jack is going to see if there are logo stickers. There will be 5 showcase rides in NW Ohio with one at Oak Openings. Date TBD.
Connie is willing to do another poker run but prefers to NOT have it in conjunction with another activity. A scavenger hunt was also suggested. Something may be done in conjunction with our showcase ride.
23 members attended at Bunkers Bar & Grill.
The 2022 club calendar has been started. It is one list at this point with club and other events listed chronologically so that it is easy to plug in things as we learn about/plan them. It will be separated into club and other after Jan. 1. If you have suggestions or ideas, bring them to the club. We will be doing the Derby party, chili cook off and Oaktoberfest events at RRR again this year.
Fat Saturday pics are up on the website, provided by Sandy B. There were 10 riders, mostly new faces for this event.
The email list is being updated for 2022. If you do not renew you will be dropped by Feb.
Christmas boxes will be delivered the week of Dec 13. Snack items are needed, please get them to Jo or Connie by Sunday Dec.12. We don't have much donated and will be doing 2 boxes.
The tack swap went well. Five reserved vendors did not show up but 5 unexpected ones did for a total of 67 spots.
The Christmas party was a success with ~60 people attending. There was good food, fun games and visiting with acquaintances and friends. It was great to see Buster there. Debbie Vaughan took pictures of the event and of all attendees. Suggestions for next year include have it catered, have music like a band, have it at Otsego park.
The State OHC membership meeting is available on Facebook if anyone is interested. Go to the Ohio Horseman's Council facebook page and look for the recorded sessions - I think there's 6.
New Years Day ride will be hosted by Tammy Royer. Ride out at noon, snacks at 3. Need not ride to snack!
Winters Blues brunches are being planned for Jan. and Feb. Jan 22 at Pettisville, Das Essen Haus
is tentative, Jack will be checking on availability. Feb. 20 at Firepit Grill is being considered. Suggestions are welcome.
A bus trip to a rodeo in Mar. was suggested as an activity - Hat Creek Arena, or Owosso MI, or Shipshewana were suggested. We will be looking into this.
Jack provided Buster's address for Christmas cards.
Get your trail miles in to Jo by the Jan. meeting which will be JANUARY 10.
2022 is the 50th for OHC and celebratory events are planned for throughout the year. There is also apparel with the 50th logo which can be ordered through state OHC. If ordered now, it can be picked up at the Jan. 16 meeting in Delaware to avoid shipping. If interested, contact Jack.
Mike Gentry spoke about a fellowship weekend that will be on the third weekend in January at the Berlin Grand Hotel in Amish country.
19 members and guests attended at Bunkers Bar & Grill.
Our Fat Saturday Ride will be Nov. 27, ride out at noon from Royers'. Bring whatever to eat.
Same for the New Years Day ride.
It was suggested to have presentation(s) at the tack swap i.e. Tribute Feeds.
Set up will be Saturday evening, 6 pm. Open to set up Sunday 7 am. Connie and Jo will handle the Chinese raffle, Sandy will handle the 50/50, there may be two. There is a 10% commission on the auction.
The Christmas party invitations were distributed. Reservations due to Jo by Nov. 20. Guests are welcome.
The 2022 Regional Ride will be Sept. 23-25 at Van Buren. This year's ride was a big success .
OHC's 50th anniversary is next year and they are planning showcase rides at various parks in the state, i.e. Edison Woods, Van Buren, Gibsonburg, Oak Openings. These will be day rides.
Start thinking about tabulating your trail miles. They'll need to be turned in to Jo by mid January.
We will be doing 2 Christmas boxes for park personnel. Bring non-perishable snacks to the Christmas party, tack swap or Dec. meeting. Other items, i.e. fruit, can be turned in last minute. Jo and Connie put these together and deliver them.
A bar is being developed in the Wheelhouse at Beachridge on SR64.
We received notice that the State Forest horse trails will be closed Nov. 29 until April. Jack will call to get more info. OHC seems to be supporting this; some members are upset and have contacted
Next meeting will be Dec. 6 at Bunkers.
32 members and guests attended at Bunkers.
Christmas party schedule: 5-6pm happy hour, 6 pm dinner. More info next month. RSVP's will be to Jo.
It was suggested to add questions to the request to join our FB group.
Donation to HHYEC: a pledge was approved.
Donation to Pontiac Lake - approved.
Oak-toberfest dinner - 65 people came. 17 rigs camped. It was a good weekend.
Election of officers: current officers unopposed
26 members attended at Bunkers Bar & Grill
Oak-toberfest schedule: 5pm happy hour, 6pm dinner, 7pm dessert auction
Trina has stepped down from writing the Corral articles. Kathy Brown will pick that up. Submit ideas/info/pics to her.
It was suggested to have a membership booth at the tack swap. Kate R. volunteered.
Tack swap raffles - regular, 50/50 and silent auction were suggested. Sandy B. will facilitate.
A donation to HHYEC was discussed. Katti L. spoke about the announcer bldg. repair/replacement project. A drive in movie is planned for Sat. night after the ride a thon to help raise money.
A donation to Pontiac Lake Horseman's Assoc. to help repair the tornado damage was discussed.
We've been told that, sometime ago, we adopted the trail from RRR to Springbrook to maintain. No one recalls this and we will need to check. Brad Hoven is the person Jack deals with at OO.
Nomination of officers for 2022: current officers nominated
Mike G. spoke about Ghost town in Findlay which is changing to an equine facility, 100 acres, looking for ideas.
Pinkney Ride to Hell is Oct 11-13.
28 members and guests attended at Bunkers Bar & Grill
The Christmas party committee will meet in September. The event will be at the Grand Rapids Legion Hall on Dec. 3.
Tack Swap flyers were available.
Mounting stands at HHYEC, MSF on CR B and 64 have been cleaned up and painted. The stand at the lake needs repaired and painted. Contact Jack if interested.
The bridge on the Rails to Trails near the boy scout camp is going to be replaced. It will be 12 ft wide with a new surface and side rails.
We will do a trail cleanup out of Reed Rd on Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. The chili cookoff will be Aug. 14. There will be a prize chair for the chili winner as well as prizes for 2nd and 3rd. Olympic games are being planned by Jack.
The poker run on Oct 3 will ride to the lake and should be done by 3 pm. Prizes are needed. Volunteers are needed - 2 to check in riders, 2 to mark the trail the night before. Contact Connie.
Help is needed at HHYEC to run shows Aug 21, 22 and Sept 4. Contact Katti Leitner.
25 members and guests attended at Bunkers Bar & Grill.
FCOHC Chili Cookoff will be Aug 14 at RRR (camping Aug 13-15). Prizes will be awarded with a camp chair to first. Activities for Saturday include trail cleanup 4 pm, happy hour 5-6 pm, potluck 6 pm followed by campfire and activities (mystery game by Jack).
Oaktoberfest will have organized dinner/events on Saturday only. The HHYEC Ride A Thon is the next day (Sunday). Connie is chairing a Poker Run which will start at 10 am to be held in conjunction with the RAT as an extra, optional event. Lunch should be 1-2 pm, done by 3. The PR will be on the south loop, $10/hand, $1/extra card. Hands may be drawn before or after the ride and as many as desired. Prizes will be awarded. Volunteers are needed - contact Connie.
10 riders have reserved to go to Farmlane/Waterloo, organized by LeRoy. (This event was cancelled due to weather.)
Tammy will be hosting the Fat Saturday Ride and the New Years Day Ride this year.
23 members and guests attended at Bunkers Bar & Grill
We need to start getting the word out about the tack swap. Sandy B. will handle the raffles. Flo's 4-H group will be there and could sell raffle tickets.
If you have photos, info or 1deas for Corral reports, get them to Trina.
The Christmas party will be in Grand Rapids at old US24 and Yawberg.
A donation of $250 to SHAC was proposed. Vote will be next month.
The mounting stand in the MSF has been painted, will get a second coat. The paint was donated.
OHC event insurance costs us $75/day.
It was proposed, and approved, that we pay $75 to RRR for use of the facilities for our 3 events which are open to non-campers (who pay to camp) - the Derby party, chili cookoff and Oaktober Fest. These events are open to all members, friends and guests.
33 members and guests attended at Bunkers Bar & Grill
Website is getting ~100 visits per month.
Christmas party committee, chaired by Bonnie, reports this year will be like the party planned last year. New activity will be a cookie exchange.
We need ideas to attract shoppers to the tack swap. Ideas suggested include speakers, demos, raffle with big ticket item(s), charge admission which gets an entry in a raffle for $500.
A few members helped at the HHYEC clean-up - Tim and Lisa Line, Jack.
Flower sales forms were collected. Pickup is Thursday - Friday May 6-7 (or later).
The Kentucky Derby dinner at Reed Rd. attracted ~30 diners. Camping and riding was good.
National Trails Day is June 5. A camping weekend is planned at Reed Rd. We need pics of riders on park and state forest trails to submit to state at their request.
A camping trip to Farmlane/Waterloo is planned for July 16-18. Contact Leroy 419.346.2189 by May 8 to be included in the group reservation or make your own reservation by contacting Donnie 734.260.9009.
Volunteers are needed to paint the mounting stand in the state forest on 64. Contact Jack.
The NW Region state ride will be in Sept. and will feature a silent auction, a used stuff table where you can get rid of stuff to be bought for a donation, as well as a 50/50 raffle. Part (40%) of the money collected will be donated to HHYEC.
A suggestion was made to make a pledge to the HHYEC building fund for the replacement of the announcers stand to be paid when the project is underway (to be discussed).
Some members reported on attending the National Drive event in Indiana and said there will be a fall event in October.
22 members and guests attended at Bunkers Bar and Grill.
Jack reported that metropark personnel are supposed to trim the trees at the Rider Center. Some members, well versed in tree maintenance, replied that it is the wrong time of year to trim oak trees.
The April Corral is out; we have a report in the club section.
The Christmas party will be Friday Dec. 3.
The tack swap at WB will be Sunday Dec. 5. Sandy B. is chairing the raffle and 50/50 committee. It was suggested to have speakers to attract traffic.
Old Business - The second Winter Blues brunch was not well attended but it was the same day as the Wood Co. Horseman's Flea market. Next year, they will be in Jan. and Feb.
The Greene Co. state ride at Caesar Creek is open for reservations. Contact Reserveohio.com for reservations. Several members are going.
Jack spoke to park personnel about Rails to Trails. The metropark owns the paved part and horses are expected to ride the horse trail if there is one; otherwise, they can ride the RTT. Driven horses are not allowed on horse trails or RTT but are allowed on park roads.
New Business - National Trail Day is June 5. We will camp at Reed Rd that weekend; there will be a potluck and chapter meeting. Meeting at 6, then potluck on Saturday.
A portapot has been donated to Reed Rd. by __Stange/Gibsonburg Saddle Club.
Forms for the annual flower sale at Sadowskis were distributed and are due back by the May meeting to Connie B. A link to the form is on the event page.
Spring cleanup at HHYEC will be Sat. April 10. Brush clearing and tree trimming will be the main focus. All help is appreciated. Bring chain saws, trimmers, etc.
There are some painting projects that need attention - the mounting stand at MSF Rt 64 and restrooms at HHYEC. Jack will organize these, contact him to help.
There will be camping at RRR Apr 30-May 2. Jack will bring a tv to watch the Derby and mint juleps.
A discussion was held about getting a Cricket for the club. A motion to get one was made and tabled.
We have been promised that our chapter will have more camping room at the Mohican state ride this year.
There is an event at Pleasant Hill Lake on Father's Day weekend.
Marianne S. provided horse treats to members.
POPs (>300) from Tribute feeds collected by members were donated to HHYEC which will be our chosen recipient for this year.
The next meeting will be May 3 at Bunkers Bar and Grill.
30 members attended at Bunkers Bar and Grill