September 2014 Black Swamp Driving Club Newletter

By Angela Hohenbrink

I’d like to thank Larry and Sandy Young , Peg Graham and Darel  Zelner for hosting the Unger Park drive in Bucyrus on August 23rd.    Sandy has been a member of our club for a long time.  She had hosted drives for the BSDC with her first husband Don who had their carriage collection.   But in 1993 Sandy & Don were getting ready to host a drive at their farm when Don was killed in a tragic accident cutting down tree limbs after a storm. That was the night before that drive was to take place.  Being a lifelong horse lover, Sandy maintained her love of horses.  She later was lucky enough to find another love of her life and married Larry.  He learned as most non-horsey husbands learn, that horses are a package deal and this one came complete with carriages.   Larry never had a horse but stepped up to the plate and learned how to drive and care for carriages.
Peg has had horses since she was a child.   She kept her appaloosa horse at the fairgrounds.  She saw the Standardbred race horse people drive and decided she’d like to drive her horse too.   She was only 12 years old when she asked them if they could help her fix up a harness and drive one of those carts.   They helped her and told her she better line drive her horse first.  But being a kid and not knowing much about training she hitched up and went on driving luckily without incident……   WARNING…… Peg would be the first to tell you, when you do this things don’t usually end well, but in this case thank God it did.   Now Peg is much more experienced and can help you if you need it.  If you want to start driving please get professional help or come join our club and we can help you get started in the right direction.   Peg had been a 4-H advisor for many years.  Peg is also an avid trail rider and has traveled many places to blaze the trails.

September 14th  is the Parker Bridge Drive hosted by Julie Emmons and family.  This beautifully cared for covered bridge built in 1873 over the Sandusky River will certainly make for a great drive in Upper Sandusky.  Julie said to arrive at 10:30am to visit and the pot luck is at 12:00.  Directions:  US 23 at OH 53 turn right to 67, turn right at the brown Parker Bridge sign, turn left at TH37, go to TH40 (1st road to the right), covered bridge parking is on the left in the big field.  Watch for BSDC signs.  Contact Julie Emmons:  740-361-3885.

  Roger and Sue Murray's drive with joint host Joe and Kim Mack will be held in Tiffin, Ohio on September 28 at the Coonhunter's Club. Try to arrive around 11:30 a.m. with a potluck at noon.   This is a joint BSDC and WRCA drive.   If you see someone there you don’t know be sure and introduce yourself.   It’s always fun to meet like minded people who enjoy talking about our chosen sport. If your using a GPS to get there, the address is 7575 TR131, Tiffin, Ohio.  From the .East or West you can take US 224 or SR. 53. Coming from the North take the turnpike or US 20 to Fremont follow through Tiffin to US 224. So south on SR.53 for 5 miles to CR 6. Look for Camp Glen signs. Turn left on CR 6and go 0.8 miles to TR 131 that will be the second right. Go 1.5 miles and the Coonhunters lodge will be the barn on your left.

On October 19th Mary Elliott and Linda Spears are hosting a hayride, bonfire, and potluck at their farm close to Galion, OH so be sure and save the date.  More information next month.

Our annual banquet will be November 8th in Arlington, Ohio at the Good Hope Lutheran Church.  This will be a potluck.   Please notify a board member what food you’d like to bring.