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Events for 2014

(*) Denote BSDC Events, other events are for information only)

 

* January 19th, BSDC: Meeting at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, On State Route 68 next to the school, Arlington, Ohio

*February 9th, BSDC: Meeting at the Good Hope Lutheran Church Arlington, Ohio from 2-4p.m. Dr. Kerri Thiel DMV equine vet from Lexington, Ohio will be our speaker.

February 16th, Information booth at the Findlay Swap Meet, Findlay College Western Equitation Arena, on Route 68

March 4th: Carriage & Draft Auction, Carriages at 1:00pm, Mt Hope, OH

*March 9th, BSDC: Meeting at the Good Hope Lutheran Church , 300 S. Main Street, Arlington, Ohio from 2-4 p.m.  To be determined ? possible guest speaker Marissa Greenslade, Massage Therapist & Driving& Showing Draft Horses. 

March 14, 15, 16: ADT at Windy Knoll Farm, Sullivan, OH, Great Lakes Area Driving Series

March 27-30: CAA Drivers Proficiency Program (Gayla, Georgetown, KY).

April 10 - 13th: Equine Affaire, Columbus, OH

*April 13: General Meeting, Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S Main Street, Arlington, Ohio 2-4 p.m.

April 25- 26 Martin's Carriage Auction, Lebanon, PA

*May 3: Derby Day Drive, at Riverbend Park, Findlay, OH . Bring your Derby hat and feel free to decorate your carriage. Shelter house with a noon potluck. May 3, 2014 is the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.  Come join us for our Derby Day Drive and welcome Spring with the first drive of the season on Saturday, May 3. The drive will be held at Riverbend Park,16618 Township Road 208, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Come show off your fanciest Derby hat and maybe even decorate your carriage for Spring.  The potluck will be at noon with the drive to follow.  Since we’re celebrating the Derby, bring your special southern dish to share.  We will meet at shelter #5 with parking for trailers directly across from the shelter house.  This is a lovely area with paved, flat roads easy to navigate throughout the park and around the reservoir.
This drive is hosted by Dale and Molly Owen (419-284-3000) and Jackie and Mike Minges jminges@hotmail.com, (734-856-6122).  For more information about Riverbend Park and directions see  www.blackswampdrivingclub.com./events.

From Findlay:

Take East Sandusky Street/OH‐568 approximately four miles to Township Rd. 241 (wooden covered bridge on the right) and turn right (south) onto Township Rd. 241. Township Rd. 241 will dead ‐end into Township Rd. 208. Turn left onto Township Rd. 208 and follow the curve on Township Rd. 208 into Riverbend Recreation Area.

From North of Findlay:

Take 1‐75 South to exit 157 (OH‐568/West Main Cross Street) and turn left (east) off the exit ramp onto OH ‐568/West Main Cross Street. Follow West Main Cross to Main Street. Turn right (south) onto Main Street. (Courthouse will be on your right) and at the second stoplight turn left (east) onto East Sandusky St/OH ‐568. Follow OH‐568 out of Findlay approximately four miles to Township Rd. 241. (wooden covered bridge on the right) and turn right (south) onto Township Rd. 241. Township Rd. 241 will dead ‐end into Township Rd. 208. Turn left onto Township Rd. 208 and follow the curve on Township Rd. 208 into Riverbend Recreation Area.

From South of Findlay:

Take 1‐75 north to exit 157 (OH‐12/West Main Cross Street). Turn right (east) off the exit ramp onto OH ‐12/West Main Cross Street. Follow West Main Cross to Main Street. Turn right (south) onto Main Street. (Courthouse will be on your right) and at the second stoplight turn left (east) at East Sandusky St/OH ‐568. Follow OH‐568 out of Findlay approximately four miles to Township Rd. 241. (wooden covered bridge on the right) and turn right (south) onto Township Rd. 241. Township Rd. 241 will dead ‐end into Township Rd. 208. Turn left onto Township Rd. 208 and follow the curve on Township Rd. 208 into Riverbend Recreation Area.

From OH ‐15 East/West:

Turn right onto OH‐37. Turn right (east) onto Township Rd. 234. Turn right (east) onto Township Rd. 207 to Township Rd. 208 and turn left (north) into Riverbend Recreation Area.

From East of Findlay:

Take US‐224 West (Tiffin Avenue) and turn right (south) onto County Road 236 to the stoplight at OH ‐568 and turn left (east) onto OH‐568. Approximately two miles (wooden covered bridge on the right) turn right (south) onto Township Rd. 241. Township Rd. 241 will dead ‐end into Township Rd. 208. Turn left onto Township Rd. 208 and follow the curve into Riverbend Recreation Area.

From West of Findlay:

Take US‐224 East into Findlay (Exit 156 off I‐75). US‐224 becomes Trenton Ave. Take Trenton Ave. to N. Main Street. Turn right (south) onto N. Main Street to downtown Findlay to the
stoplight at E. Sandusky St. /OH ‐568 and turn right onto E. Sandusky St. /OH‐568. Follow OH‐568 out of Findlay approximately four miles to Township Rd. 241. (wooden covered bridge on the right) and turn right (south) onto Township Rd. 208 until the dead ‐end into Township Rd. 208. Turn left onto Township Rd. 208 and follow the curve on Township Rd. 208 into Riverbend Recreation Area.

May 4: Draft & Driving Clinic, Harry Hughes Equestrian Center, Swanton, OH (Flyer)

*May 17:  The Overland Inn Stage Coach historical site, hosted by Julie, MaryAnn and Travis Emmons’s  McCutchenville, Ohio. Arrival at 10:30 a. Potluck at noon.

MAY 16-17: 2nd Annual Buckeye Dutch Harness & Driving Horse Spring Sale · May 16-17 · Windy Knoll Farm · 511 Township Road 462 · Sullivan, Ohio, Contact: Ray Slabaugh 440-693-4314 · Donnie Schmucker 440-321-0030 ·
Jacob Miller 440-693-4041

May 24: North West Ohio Show Circuit show at Harry Hughes Equestrian Center, Swanton, OH (SHOWBILL)

May 30- June 1:  Spring Fling, National Drive and Ride, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.

June 1st: Infirmary Mound Park, Licking County Park System, East Delaware, Ohio. Hosts: Michele Steven & Sherry Olecki.  This is a joint WRCA and BSDC event. The drive will be June 1, weather permitting.  The Park does reserve the right to close trails to preserve trail footing.  Park at the Equestrian day use trailhead and meet at Shelter #5 at 11:30 for Noon Potluck.  This shelter has electric, potable water and primitive privies.  A short Driver's meeting and distribution of maps will follow the meal.    
 
Trails are wide, 7' -10', with natural surfaces of turf, clay, and gravel in spots.  Trails will be marked because there are a few that are not driving friendly.   Terrain is rolling hills with forest and meadow areas.  Elevation changes are mostly gradual and not very long.  There is one Park road crossing.  Last year this road was closed to cars for the day.  Driving on the Park's roads is permitted.  There are options on length of trail to traverse.  The trails make basically two big loops with a crossover at the middle.  Actual trail lengths are hard to find.  The trail system is multi-use, meaning you may encounter riding horses, hikers, dog walkers, and maybe a mountain bike.  Nothing motorized.  Horses do have the right of way, but nothing is stated in rules about driving vs. riding encounters.
 
Infirmary Mound Park is a fun place to drive.  We hope many BSDC members will be able to join us there.

June 12: Carriage and Draft Auction, Mt Hope, OH

June 21: North West Ohio Driving Circuit Show, Harry Hughes Equestrian Center, Swanton, OH (SHOWBILL)

June 21 & 22 All Breeds Carriage Driving Event, Randolph, OH

*June 22 -  Picnic Drive at Richwood Lake Park, Hosts: Bernard & Pam Baker, Mary E Elliott & Linda Spears. Richwood Lake Park Richwood, OH. Arrival time at 1:00 pm with a potluck to follow.

June 27-29: CAA Carriage Festival & Horse Show, KHP, Lexington, KY

July 4,5: Horse Progress Days, Mt Hope, OH

*July 5: (Saturday) Wyandot County Historical Society & Ice Cream Social, Static Display, World War 2 Theme, Patriotic, 130 S. Seventh Street, Upper Sandusky, OH

July 4-7 2014: 2014 New Vocations Charity Horse Show.Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware Ohio. Contact: Clare Barlow 937-642-3171 at updates@horseadoption.com. See (showbill).

July 12: Darlenes birthday party: It is with much pleasure that the Higgins family is about to celebrate a milestone birthday. Darlene Higgins will celebrate her 80th birthday and we would love to have everyone attend her party. My parents have been active in the BSDC for years and Dad has been on the board of directors and has been an officer. They have met many friends thru the years and we would like invite you to her celebration.

The party will be held on July 12th, from 2-4 p.m, at the Meeker Fellowship Hall in Meeker, Ohio. Meeker is located on State Route 309 between Kenton, Ohio and Marion, Ohio. 
I do realize many are busy, but if you have the time she would love to see you! We look in seeing you.
Thanks, 
Roger Higgins Jr. President

July 19: North West Ohio Driving Circuit Show, Harry Hughes Equestrian Center, Swanton (SHOWBILL)

*July 19: Gary & Connie Gillfillan are inviting the club to a non-horse get together at Indian Lake.  It’s at Cherokee Landing, 10950 Cherokee Drive, Lakeview, Ohio.  They will be giving boat rides at 10:00am in the morning so come early.   The potluck will be at 12:00 noon.  There is an old boat and car show that day with Fishers Flea Market open.  From Roundhead, Ohio, take State Route 235 toward lake about 5 miles to Indian Lake StateCampgrounds, then just past campground watch for Cherokee Landing sign on same side as campgrounds.  Turn left at the drive and follow a short distance till you see a metal gate in the distance.  Park on the grass area to the right and walk past the metal gate.  Club house on left.  If you need help call cell 567-674-0151.

 

*July 26: Saturday Picnic with BSDC and North West Ohio Drafters & Drivers at Providence Metropark, 13200 (old State Route 24) Grand Rapids, OH. Come and ride the Canal Boat pulled by mules like it was in 1876. Picnic is at the Miami Shelter House.

*August 23 or 30th?, Actual date to be determined, the Picnic Drive, Unger Park, Bucyrus, OH

August 28-30th: CAA Convention, Tennessee.

September 8: Delaware’s,ALL HORSE PARADEat 3:00 p.m. in Delaware, Ohio. It’s free.  Bring your fold up chair to set & watch high school marching bands, horse & riders, carriage singles, pairs or teams of mini’s, horses, draft  teams.

September 12-13: 3rd Annual Buckeye Dutch Harness & Driving Horse Fall Sale   Windy Koll Farm · 474 State Route 58 · Sullivan, Ohio.  Contact: Ray Slabaugh 440-693-4314 · Donnie Schmucker 440-321-0030 · Paul Miller 330-606-7609

September 13: North West Ohio Driving Circuit Show, Harry Hughes Equestrian Center, Swanton (Check FACEBOOK)

*September 14: Parker Covered Bridge Drive, Upper Sandusky, Ohio arrival at 10:30 am, potluck at noon, port-a-potty provided, hosted by Julie Emmons’s

September 18th: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Little Brown Jug Benefit/Charity Auction, Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. See web site at: www.horseadoption.com

*September 28: Coon Hunters Lodge & Rural Drive:7575 TR131, Tiffin, Ohio, joint drive with BSDC & WRCA. Hosted by, Roger & Susan Murray, & Kim & Joe Mack assisting. Arrival time at 11:30 a.m. with a Potluck at 12:00.

October 7: Mid-Ohio Carriage and Tacks sale, Mt Hope, OH

October 7 - 12: National Drive, KHP, Lexington, KY. Contact Christy Warrington at tnd@nationaldrive.net

*November 12, Annual Banquet with Auction. 5:00 Social hour, 6:00pm Potluck Good Hope Lutheran Church, On State Route 68 next to the school, Arlington, Ohio

 

December 6th,2014: Lebanon Antique Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Festival. The parade is 1-7:00 pm. 212 N. Broadway Lebanon Ohio, 45026.  Contact the Lebanon Chamber of Congress at: Info@lebanonchamber.org

On December 10th we’ll have Christmas on the farm in Kenton, OH.