BSDC January 2015 Newsletter


On December 13th we celebrated Christmas on the Farm in Kenton.    We had one pony pair and one single turnout pulling sleighs on wheels much to the delight of the children.  
Reflecting on 2014 BSDC had a full year of activities.  We’re thankful to all of those who sponsored our picnic drives, our newest drive at Unger Park, hosted by Peg Graham, Sandy Young, and Mary Elliott.  During the winter that never seemed to end, we kept spirits alive by having speakers on horse health.  New activities for 2014 were a social event hosted by Connie and Gary Gillfillan at Indian Lake; a mule drawn canal boat ride and tour of the grist mill at Grand Rapids, hosted by Al and me; and the Halloween Hay Ride hosted by Mary Elliot and Lynda Spears, with the debut of Mary’s Elliot’s new pair of Percherons doing the honors.   For a club of 39 members, 2014 was a year packed with driving, education, and fellowship.  Best wishes to the volunteers who stepped forward to guide the club in 2015.
If you’d like to help with our club’s booth at the Findlay Horseman’s swap meet let a board member know.   It is, Sunday February 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Findlay Equestrian Center, south of Findlay at 14700 US Route 68.  It’s one chance we get to help people learn about driving and our club.
In 2015 we will be holding our winter meetings at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S Main Street, Arlington, OH from 2:00 to 4:00pm.   So mark your calendars for the second Sunday of the month:  Jan. 11th, Feb 8th, and Mar 8th.   If you would like to host a drive and have a date set bring the information to the Jan. meeting so we can start filling our calendar.  The club library will be on display at these meetings so you can pick a driving book to keep busy until we are out driving again.   Check the website: for the library book list.   To keep up with the latest information be sure and look at the Black Swamp Driving Club FACEBOOK page.   Feel free to post and ask questions.
Starting next month I’m happy to turn over our newsletter to Mary Thomas from Clyde, Ohio.   Mary is a retired teacher and an avid sports fan who coached Girls basketball, soccer, and track for 30 years. She has a lifetime of experience with horses.   She wrote the 4-H Side- Saddle book for those that have a Side-Saddle project.  She raises and shows her Dartmoor ponies in some of the top pleasure driving shows and CDE’s in the country. 
If you are interested in recreational driving we welcome interested parties to join us at our winter meetings Arlington.