Black Swamp Driving Club News from 1998

1998 Board members

President:  Mark Newman

Vice President:  Peg Graham

Secretary/Treasurer:  Angie Hohenbrink

News Report:  Joe Bell

Other board member:  Sandy Knowlton, Linda Spears, and Gene Darbyshire

JAN/ FEB/ MAR/ APR/ MAY/ JUN/ JUL/ AUG/ SEP/ OCT/ NOV/ DEC   Events for 98

 

January 1998, By Joe Bell

I'll bet you had a hard time finding the BSDC news in the last Corral!  Is a very likely possibility that I forgot to write one soon enough to make publication date.  Guess I better make a New Year's resolution to make notes or improve my memory!

November 15 (1997) was the annual meeting at Woodland Restaurant in Findlay.  There was 52 persons in attendance and the meal was enjoyed by all.

The results of the election of officers are as follows:  for 3 year terms, Sandy Knowlton, Linda Spears, and Mark Newman,  For one year term was Gene Darbyshire.

President Gary Gillfillian had an excellent presentation on the 1997 club activities.  I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Gary for an excellent job as president.  

An auction was conducted which raised $219 for the club.  We wish to thank all who participated, either with donations or bidding on the items offered.

I don't know how many BSDC members participated in the Christmas parade at Lebanon, Ohio on December 6, but I will venture my opinion that they were very stalwart individuals.  I think four were intending to go.  We had planned to attend as an observer, but changed our mind and stayed home.  I hope we can get a full report at the January meeting.

On January 11, 1998 there will be a meeting at the Trinity Lutheran church on West Bigelow in Findlay, Ohio at 2 p.m.  Directions from I-75: take route 224 exit and go west to the first traffic light and turn north on Northridge (this is the traffic light at the Shell station) and follow this to the end.  The church is on the right side at the corner.  Please bring snacks for munching, coffee and punch will be furnished by the club.  We will be planning activities for the 1998 driving season.  There will be an organizational meeting for the 1998 board of directors.  This should be an excellent opportunity for members to visit and if you have any driving related videos and wish to share them, feel free to bring them along as there is a TV/VCR available.

If you would like to host a drive for 1998, please make your wishes known at the meeting so your date can be locked in.

 

February 1998

Welcome 1998, I hope it will be as good as 1997.

The first event of the new year was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio on January 11.  There were 43 members and guest present.  The newly elected board of directors selected the new officers for 1998.  President, Mark Newman; vice president, Peg Graham; secretary/treasurer, Angie Hohenbrink; and reporter Joe Bell.  Other members of the BSDC board are Sandy Knowlton, Linda Spears, and Gene Darbyshire.  Please welcome the new directors and officers.  We all wish Mark Newman many successes as president of out organization.

The BSDC owes a deep dept of gratitude to our secretary, Angie Hohenbrink for her dedicated service to the club and due to her perseverance BSDC received the CAA 5 Star award for our display on the Internet.  Angie, many thanks from all of us!

While the board was holding their re-organizational meeting, the rest of the club enjoyed videos of driving events.  I only saw about 30 seconds of one and it looked very interesting.

In addition to the above mentioned, there were plenty of goodies to munch on (I have to maintain our record, FOOD), and a lot of good conversation.

Just a note to all driving enthusiasts, Roger Murray is the Ohio delegate to the CAA.  They are looking for suggestions on how CAA can promote driving to anyone who may be interested in taking up the sport.  If you have any suggestions you may want to give Roger a call.

If you have not paid your 1998 BSDC dues, the time has arrived!  They are now due and payable.

One thing I had forgot to report in previous news, at our annual meeting BSDC voted to donate $250 to the Kentucky Horse Park to help promote driving events there.  I hope they will put this to good use to further driving as a discipline in the equine world.

On February 8, 1998 there will be a meeting at the Trinity Lutheran church on West Bigelow in Findlay, Ohio at 2 p.m.  Directions from I-75: Take Route 224 exit and go west to the first traffic light and turn north on Northridge (this is the traffic light at the Shell station) and follow this to the end.  The church is on the right side at the corner.  Please bring snacks for munching, coffee and punch will be furnished by the club.  We will be planning activities for the 1998 driving season.  This should be an excellent opportunity for members to visit and if you have any driving related videos and wish to share them, feel free to bring them along as there is TV/VCR available.

If you would like to host a drive for 1998, please make your wishes known at the meeting so your date can be locked in.  A few events for the 1998 season are scheduled already!

 

March 1998

 

The Meeting at Findlay on February 11 was attended by 37 members and guests.  Videos were enjoyed by all and president Mark Newman conducted the business meeting.

Roger Murray, Ohio delegate to the CAA reports the CAA has contracted a booth for the Equine Affaire at Columbus, Ohio April 9 through the 12.  This will be to promote driving both at the national level in addition to the state level.  Three carriage clubs from Ohio, Ohio Valley Carriage Association, Western Reserve Carriage Association, and the Black Swamp Driving Club are encouraged to participate in providing personnel for the booth.  Anyone who would be willing to volunteer to work a shift is asked to call Roger Murray at 419/447-0076 to schedule a time.

There will be a clinic at Belbrook, Ohio on March 8.  If you are interested in attending, please call Charlie Poppe at 513/732-3140 for more information.  I do not know if they plan on a potluck dinner at noon.

The Spring Carriage Weekend at Kentucky Horse Park is scheduled for June 5 through 7.  Watch the Corral for further details on this.  This will change the date for the drive at Independence Dam. Watch for more information on the date.

If you would like to host a drive in 1998, please make your wishes known at the meeting so your date can be locked in.

Oh! I almost forgot, the food at the February 11 meeting was excellent!

 

April 1998

 

The meeting at Findlay on February 11 was attended by 37 members and guests.  videos were enjoyed by all and president Mark Newman conducted the business meeting.  The food was plentiful and excellent.  Roger Murray, the Ohio delegate to the CAA reports the CAA has contracted a booth for the Equine Affaire at Columbus, Ohio April 9 thru 12.  This will be to promote driving for anyone interested in our sport.  Three carriage clubs from Ohio, The Ohio Valley Carriage Association, Western Reserve Carriage Association, and the Black Swamp Driving Club are encouraged to participate in providing personnel for the booth.  Anyone who would be willing to volunteer to work a shift is asked to call Roger Murray at 419/447-0076 to schedule a time.

Gary and Connie Gillfillan, Mark and Marla Newman, Bob Voska, and Fred Thompson, BSDC members, attended the clinic at Belabor, Ohio on March 8.  Gary reports a very good turnout and an excellent presentation by the clinicians.  He also report the food was excellent.

The spring carriage weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park is scheduled for June 5 thru 7.  Joe and Helaine Winfield report they will be sending out the information on this in the near future.  Watch the Corral for more information on this.

This will change the date for the drive at Independence Dam.  Watch for more information on the date and time.  Anyone wishing to host a drive for the upcoming season should contact a member of the board to get the date locked in.

There will be a BSDC social meeting in Findlay, Ohio on April 19 at the Trinity Lutheran Church.  Meeting time to be 2 p.m.  Take Route 224 west from I-75 to the first traffic light and turn right and go to the end.  The church is on the corner.  Please bring a snack or munchies to share.  Coffee and punch will be furnished.  If you have any driving related videos and wish to share them at the meeting, please bring them along.

 

May 1998

Not much to report on for the month of March.  no meetings or drives.

Things are start up for the upcoming driving season.  By the time you read this the drive at Spencerville, Indiana hosted by Doris and Harvey Fairchild will possibly be over with.  If it is not, the drive will be on May 3, 1998 at 1 p.m.  The place will be at the Social Center in Spencerville.

Angie and Al Hohenbrink will be hosting a drive at Hamler, Ohio on May 17.  A potluck will be at 1 p.m. with a Poker Run to start after the meal.  There will be five stops along the route for the drive and the persons returning with the highest hand wins.  Hohenbrink's have done this before and it is a lot of fun.  The drive will be through the countryside and Angie said she did not order any rain for the event this year.  Directions:  Take Route 109 to the north side of Hamler and turn west just south of the railroad crossing.  Just follow your nose the food.

The Spring Carriage Weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park is scheduled for June 5 through 7.  Joe and Helaine Winfield report they will be sending out the info on this in the near future.  Watch the Corral for more info on this or call one of the BSDC members.

Anyone interested to host a drive for the upcoming season should contact a member of the board to get the date locked in.

 

June 1998

 

July 1998

As Gene Autry used to sing. " We're back in the saddle again."  Only now it is back in the carriage again.  Age does that to you!  The Carriage Weekend at Kentucky Horse Park was a wonderful affair!  Rained a bit on Friday afternoon, but it sure didn't dampen anyone's spirits.  I was told there were 84 drivers/vehicles signed up for the weekend, I don't know how many were there, but I think it was the best attendance yet.  There were driving enthusiasts from Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, that I know of but there may have been more.

BSDC had 24 members and guest present with nine turnouts.  Many thanks to Colonel Davis and whoever else was responsible for arranging for the group to tour the Walnut Hall carriage collection and barn.  I think a lot of us were as interested in the barn as we were in the carriages.  Ask anyone who has driven at the Horse Park, Walnut Hall is on the north side of the park and is a working Standardbred horse farm.  Mrs. Lore Homer from Maryland put on a driving clinic for anyone wishing to take a lesson.  Lore is a certified judge for the ADS and also the CAA.  She did a great job!

I wish to take this moment to extend a great big "thank you" to Charlie and Susie Poppe and Joe and Helaine Winfield for all of their work and dedication to make all of this possible.  Before I forget, the Saturday evening meal was excellent and Sunday dawned clear and cool and a fun drive was enjoyed by all.  The only downside to the whole event was having to load up and go home on Sunday.  Again Charlie, thanks!  We will look forward to next year.

The drive at Independence Dam, hosted by Zumfeld's was well attended with eight turnouts for the drive and 21 for the potluck dinner at noon.  Ann and I weren't able to attend.  But, I am sure a good time was enjoyed by all.  I'm told the food was excellent.

Don't forget the event on July 4 at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Kenton, Ohio hosted by the Gillfillan's.  The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.  BSDC will have a table set up for snacks and drinks.  Please bring some munchies and drinks to share.  There will be food on the grounds all day.  Our club will set up a display for carriages or sleighs.  Driving at your leisure will be available all day.  At 1 p.m. there will be an auto show, an antique machinery show, and a flea market.  This should be a very relaxing event with plenty of shade if it is hot.

Anyone wishing to host a drive this season should contact a member of the board to get the date locked in.  The lst half of July and the first part of August are voids that would be neat to have filled.

I am told there is a possibility the drive at Sandy Knowlton's may be changed to August 30.  Please watch the Corral for more details.

August 1998

 

September 1998

Last month I didn't have much to report.  This month is worse, nothing to report on!

Some of the BSDC members attended the Ohio State Fair last Saturday to observe the carriage class.  The classes were rather small for a State Fair last Saturday to observe the carriage class.  The classes were rather small for a State Fair but the turnouts were excellent.  Congratulations to Dave and Eve McDonald on their win in the concours de Elegance class.  Very impressive!!

The best driving of the year is in the near future.  The only problem is "winter" follows that.  Mark September 12 on you calendar for the drive at Oak openings near Maumee, Ohio.  This is on Saturday, so we will start earlier in the day.  Plan on being there at 11 a.m. so we can stand a better change of getting a picnic area.  dinner will be at noon.  Henry and Becky zumFelde are providing bratwurst, buns and potato salad.  Every one else is to bring salads, desserts, and drinks.  Plan on starting the drive around 1 or 1:30 p.m.  This should be an interesting area to drive in.  Directions:  Take Route 64 west from Whitehouse, Ohio to Jeffers Road and go north about 3/4 of a mile to the Riding Center.  For more information, please give Henry a call at 419/335-7746.

October 3 and 4 will be Heritage Days at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Kenton, Ohio.  The Fairgrounds are on the south edge of town between Route 68 and Route 31.  The host for this event are Connie and Gary Gillifillan and Mark and Marla Newman.  Stabling will be in the Jr. Fair Horse Barn with room to put the carriages inside the barn.  Camper hook-ups are available and there is no charge for any of this.  You will be able to drive at will on the grounds and the adjoining farm.  There is a parade of carriages planned for each day at 1.p.  Please dress according to your carriage or the Heritage Days theme.  An obstacle course will be set up to try your skills.

On Saturday, October 3 there will be a hog roast at the horse barn.  Bring a dish and your own table service.  Drinks will be furnished.  Following the hog roast there will be an auction to offset the cost of the meat.  please bring a small horse-related item or a "white elephant" item for the auction.

Anyone wishing to display their vehicle, be it a carriage or sleigh,  there will be an area for that.  For more information, give Gary Gillfillan a call at 419/675-3257.

Watch the Corral for information on future events.

 

October 1998

 

Finally!  We have some new to report.

The drive at Sandy Knowton-Youngs was a rousing success!  This event was hosted by Sandy, Mary, Linda and Peg.  There were 45 people in attendance and a delicious basket dinner was enjoyed by all.  There were 15 turnouts for the drive and it is reported that the roads were not soft tar this year.  Wouldn't you know it, when we can't go and get our wheels coated with gooey tar, Sandy arranges for solid driving.  Only kidding Sandy!  Following the drive, the group consumed two freezers of ice cream, which is always a treat.  I am told there were a lot of bells rang at this drive and it wasn't a sleigh rally.  By the way, congratulations to Sanndy and Larry on their recent marriage.  That is the reason for the bells.

The drive at Oak Openings on September 12 was attended by about 28 people and Henry and Becky zumFelde provided the bratwurst, buns and potato salad.  Their grandson-in-law was the chef and my compliments to him on a job well done.  There were 14 turnouts for the drive through the park which was on quiet roads and trails.  One sad note at this drive, our sympathy goes out to Earl and Nancy Bilow who lost their driving mare about 200 years into the drive.  The way they described her actions, I think it was a heart attack.  The only consolation was that she didn't suffer.  I am sure she will be sadly missed by Earl and Nancy and their families, as she was a very gentle mare to be around.

By the time you read this, Heritage Days at Kenton will be history and we will be preparing for possibly the last drive of the season.  Corn Huskers Contest at Upper Sandusky, Ohio.  This event will be October 9 through 11 at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky, Ohio,  The fairgrounds is located on state Route 53 on the north side of town.  There is stabling for the horses in the Jr. Fair Horse Barn and room to store the carriage inside at night.  In the daytime we will have a carriage display.  There will be an obstacle course set up for anyone to try their driving skills,  This will be available both days.  Driving will be available on the fairgrounds and the fields across the road where the Husking Contest are going on.

On Saturday night we will have our Mulligan stew supper.  Everyone is requested to bring something to put in the pot for the stew, no meat though!  The meat will be furnished by the club.

There will be a parade of carriages each day, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.  All attendees are invited to participate and it would be appreciated if you would be in costume appropriate for the vehicle you are driving.

Camping is available on the ground for a small fee per day with electric hookups.  motels are available in Upper Sandusky.  The Comfort Inn phone number is 419/294-3891.  For more information call the hosts, John and Sara Hunter at 419/396-6746

The last planned event of the season will be the annual meeting to be held on November 21, 1998 at the Woodland Restaurant in Findlay. Ohio.   Watch the Corral for more details.

November 1998

Well, sad to say, the last scheduled driving events of the '98 season are over.

Heritage Days at Kenton, Ohio started on October 2 with a steady drizzle starting in early a.m. and continued for the balance of the day.  I don't think it completely quit anytime!  No one did any driving on Saturday evening was wet and cool, so the hop roast and pot luck supper was well received.  The Hardin Restorers, sponsors of the event, were invited to our evening meal and there were a total of 98 persons for supper.  I heard  various comments.  "I never saw so much food,"  Everything is so good I can't stop eating!"  Most of the comments were "I ate too much!"  Many thanks to Gary and Connie Gillfillan for being such good hosts.

Sunday dawned cloudy and dry and all who were present in the morning adjourned to JR Valentine's Restaurant on the north side of Kenton for breakfast, and a few, including me, made a repeat performance of Saturday night by eating too much!

We returned to the fairground and everyone was busy currying, brushing, harnessing and hitching and started to drive around the grounds.  There was a parade of carriages at 12:30 with 13 turnouts participating.  All were encouraged to drive at will through the grounds.  Gary and Connie wish to thank all who came to partake of the meal and/or participate in the driving.

I think the only family attending from other clubs were Dave and Eve MacDonald from the Ohio valley Carriage Association.

Corn Huskers at Upper Sandusky was on October 10 and 11 and the weather was just the opposite of the previous weekend.  There were about 14 turnouts for the parade on the fairgrounds on Saturday with pleasure driving to follow.

This event was very well attended by the public with a lot of events going on.  Corn husking, corn ear toss, back seat drivers contest, a vary large antique machinery display, a lot of vendors of various merchandise to sell as well as a lot of food for sale.  This is in addition to the Ohio Hand Corn Husking contest held on Saturday and Sunday.  BSDC had Mulligan stew on Saturday evening with about 30 persons in attendance.  Our congratulations to John and Sara Hunter for selecting such a lovely weekend to host an event.

Gary and Connie Gilfillan were absent due to Connie being admitted to the hospital for an infection in her tow.  She is home bossing Gary, and on the mend.

When any of you see Willis Bible, one of our BSDC members, with draft horses, congratulate him on his winnings at the Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show in East Lansing, Michigan the weekend of October 15-17.

Willis won the obstacle course, Farm Team class and the "barnyard" Horse pull with his pair of Belgian geldings.  Our congratulations to Willis on a job well done.

The last planned event of the season will be the annual meeting to be held on November 21, 1998 at the Woodland Restaurant in Findlay, Ohio.  The Woodland is on Main Street directly across from the Courthouse.  parking is on the street or in the city lot behind the restaurant.  This event is to start at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed by the banquet at 6:30 p.m., order from the menu.

Following dinner, president Mark Newman will conduct the annual business meeting and the election of three directors for the coming year.  There will be one elected to a one year term and two elected to three year terms.  Any BSDC business which need to be addressed can be presented to the membership.  Following the meeting, we will conduct a fun auction.  If you have any items you wish to donate please bring them to the meeting.  There will be door prizes awarded.

 

December 1998

 

Events 1998

January. 11: Annual Meeting

February. 8: Social meeting at Findlay, OH

April 9-12 Equine Affaire, Columbus, OH

April 19: Social Meeting at Findlay, OH

May 17: Drive & Poker Run at Hamler, OH, hosted by Hohenbrinks

June 6, Driving Weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park

July 3 & 4 - Horse Progress Days at Mt Hope, OH

July 4 - Independence Day at Harding County Fairgrounds, Kenton, OH

August 23 - Picnic Drive at Bucyrus, OH; hosted by Sandy, Linda, Peg & Mary

September 13 - Drive at Oak Openings Park, hosted by zumFelde's

October 3 & 4 - Heritage Days at Hardin County Fairgrounds, hosted by Gillfillians

October 10 & 11 - Corn Huskers at Upper Sandusky, OH hosted by the Hunters

November 14, BSDC Annual Meeting at Woodland Restaurant

 

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