BSDC October 2014 Newsletter


What a grand summer it has been, not to hot and not too cold.   Just great for working horses.   Some of our members were busy at their county fairs. The results of the Seneca County Fair show listed a couple of our members. Linda Daniel placed 1st in Ladies Cart Horse, and 2nd in Team Hitch Horse.  Holly Spero placed 2nd in Ladies Cart Horse.  Mary Elliott brought her new percheron pair to the Richland County fair and had a great time.   Sorry if I missed reporting on other members but I did know of these.
September 14th we had a great day at the Parker Bridge Drive hosted by the Julie Emmons family.   We had 5 turnouts and many members enjoying the sunny day.
 Roger and Sue Murray's drive was held in Tiffin, Ohio on September 28 at the Coonhunter's Club. This is a joint BSDC and WRCA drive and is always popular. The Murray's are charter members of BSDC.  They live near Tiffin and have been driving about 25 years.  Their partner in driving is Derby, a 17 year old gray Percheron/Mystery cross.   Murray's interest in collecting, restoring, and preserving horse drawn vehicles has opened many doors for them.  When they are not attending club functions with Black Swamp, they can be found driving the back roads near their home or at Western Reserve Carriage Association events. 
Besides being members of BSDC and WRCA clubs, they are members of the Carriage Association of America.  Roger serves as a Vice President, a carriage restoration judge, and a carriage restoration consultant.  The CAA connection has opened doors for Murrays to travel to museums in Europe and South America.  For over 20 years they have driven horses and carriages in the Alps, along the Mediterranean Sea, and on the Argentine pampas. 
They have published several articles on travel and the role of carriages and horses in history.  Murray's are in demand as presenters for historical societies and community groups.  Sue enjoys reliving their experiences by sharing her photography skills with the public.  Murrays are most grateful to the members of BSDC who helped launch them to pursue a passion for driving and collecting horse drawn vehicles.    
On October 19th Mary Elliott and Linda Spears are hosting a hayride, bonfire, and potluck at their farm at 1181 Stevens Road, Galion, OH.   Just bring yourself, no horses, try to arrive around 3:00pm.   If the weather is bad call Mary at 419-468-6016 to make sure it can still be held.  Directions:  From SR 30 take exit Ohio 61 toward Galion,  Turn left on SR 309, then turn right on Bloomingrove, Rd /County Hwy 47 which is just past the airport, turn left on Millsboro Rd/County Hwy 48, then turn right on Stevens Rd.  Look for 1181 Stevens road on the left.
On November 8th we’ll have our banquet at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S Main Street, Arlington, OH.   Social hour at 5:00 with the potluck to follow at 6:00.   Remember to bring an auction item for the auction which is a big fund raiser for the club.  We will also be electing new board members.   If you’re willing to serve please contact Roger Higgins or another board member.
On December 13th we’ll have Christmas on the farm in Kenton, OH.  More information to follow.