I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  Where has this year gone?  I think back over the events that are now fond memories.  The Findlay Swap Meet, Wood Co Swap Meet, Safety Clinic, Higgins Drive, Defiance Co Horsemen’s Council, Carriage Round Up, Wyandot Co Historical Society Carriage Display, York Hills Horse Park, Yost Farm Old Fashioned Days and Riverbend Park.  While we’ve had good attendance, there are so many folks I haven’t seen since our winter meetings.  We have some very nice events coming up yet this year and whether you’re an “old timer”, or a brand new member, we would love to see you.  You don’t need to bring a horse to come and enjoy the fellowship.  This is your club and everyone can make an impact by being involved and getting to know one another.  And, as always, your suggestions are welcome.
I look forward to seeing you all in the coming months.

Sharon Hayhurst – We hope you (and your carriage) are on the mend from your accident.
John Miles –We all keep you in our prayers.
Joanne Shapler - We look forward to your getting out and about very soon.
CARRIAGE ROUNDUP, Lexington, KY – We had a nice turn out at the Kentucky Horse Park, despite the heat and humidity.  The rain held off this year, providing a lovely evening for our “Memories” Theme Tailgate Party / Roger Higgins Sr Birthday Party.  Everyone sure loved Angie’s old saddle (ask her about it), AND, we won an award for “Best Theme”.   Afterwards, Julie hosted a nice campfire and great fellowship.  Julie, we’re sure glad you got your truck home OK.
For those who haven’t been to this annual event, plan for it in 2011.  The Horse Park is beautiful and is excellent for driving.

WYANDOT CO HISTORICAL SOCIETY CARRIAGE DISPLAY – We presented a nice array of vehicles, and our very own lovely lady, Molly Owens, got to show off her new lace parasol.  Is this what they mean by, “a rose between two thorns”?





2010app4YORK HILLS HORSE PARK, Albion, Indiana – Frank and Ruth Hornbeak, of the Carriage and Sleigh Assoc of Northwest Indiana welcomed us to this drive.  While the weekend was hot and steamy, Frank and Ruth are a warm and welcoming couple and are great hosts.  Thank you so much for inviting us.  While Albion is a bit of a haul, everyone who went agreed it was well worth the trip. 
This private park is a very nice, well maintained equine facility, thanks to managers Becky and Dale.  They are very caring hosts, always ready to accommodate your every need.  Thanks for everything.  We’ll look forward to seeing you and your delightful boxer puppy next year (if not sooner).

KENTON OLD FASHIONED DAYS AT YOST FARM - Black Swamp put on a very nice display of vintage vehicles.  Julie Emmons gave carriage rides.  Thanks to all who supported this event.

2010app4RIVERBEND PARK DRIVE, Findlay, OH Thank you hosts Stephenie and John Miles.  After a week of 90 ++ heat, the mid-eighties was a welcomed relief.  This is a lovely park in Findlay with good driving, a covered bridge, and very nice shelter house facilities.  We had a nice turn out, and were joined by several members of the Ohio Waggoneers.  The only downside was parking in a field softened by heavy rains.  Dale Owens got some practice pulling rigs out of the mud – nice job, Dale !


GRABILL, INDIANA, August 14 -This is a day trip to the lovely town of Grabill, Indiana hosted by Will Stevenson. Do not bring horses to this event.  We will meet at the Meijers Store parking lot, 10301 Maysville Rd (which is SR 37), Ft. Wayne, Indiana at 10:00 AM ET.  From there Will plans to show us around Grabill, located in the middle of an Old Order Amish settlement.  There are many quaint shops, antique shops, P & B Harness Shop, Zera’s Mfg., Graber’s  Harness Shop and Vic Graber’s Buggy Shop all within a 5-10 mile radius.  Friends of Will’s plan to have a team of Dutch Harness horses and Halflingers at the harness shop.  For lunch we will stop at Nolt’s Dinner Haus and then Will and Shirley will welcome us to their home to see their Morgans and carriage collection. Please contact Will for more information: Home: 260-422-4846, cell # 260-602-0601.
Directions:  From the East:  From Findlay (approx 90 miles) take 30 west to Ft. Wayne (crossing into Indiana), merge onto 469 N/ 30 W.  Take exit 25 (IN Route 37) towards Ft. Wayne, left onto Maysville Rd (37), Meijer is on the right side.

BACK STREET DAYS, Findlay, OH, August 21 – Held at the Hancock County Historical Society, 422 W. Sandusky St, Findlay, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  BSDC members are requested to bring vintage carriages and sleighs for display (be there by 9:00am for set-up).  We will also be providing carriage rides – contact John Miles if you want to give rides.  In addition to our display, there will be classic cars (pre-1941), antique bicycles, music/entertainment, a quilt show, and an ice cream social.  The museum will be open as well.  Questions please contact John or Stepehenie Miles: 567-208-3322 or 567-208-3094
The Society is also putting on a Chicken BBQ Dinner from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  Price is $8.00 and tickets must be pre-purchased at the Hancock Historical Museum by Friday, August 13, or by phone at 419-423-4433.

PICNIC IN THE PARK DRIVE, INDEPENDENCE DAM, Defiance, OH,  September 12 – Independence Dam is located on St Rt 424 between the Villages of Florida and Independence, along the banks of the Maumee River.  The drive is not a potluck but instead bring your own picnic lunch, drive along the canal and stop at the shelterhouse where we will serve you lemonade, ice tea, and a refreshing dessert.  You can then drive on down the canal and turn around which will be about 4 ½ miles roundtrip from the parking area. Angie has requested “special use event” which would allow the club further access to the trails in the State Park.  “Social Hour” will be 12-1 at the  marina parking lot and then hitch up and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the canal road.  Hosted by Al & Angie Hohenbrink and Jackie & Mike Minges for members of the Black Swamp Driving Club and Henry Co Draft Horse Club.  Questions, please call Angie at 419-274-1122 or Jackie at 734-856-6122.
Directions:  From the North: 75 South to Bowling Green Rd (US 6), west on US 6, left onto OH 109, right on CR-L/Delphi St, continue to follow CR-L, left onto CR-Z, right onto Henry St,left on High (OH 424).  Follow 424 to Independence Dam.
From the South:  75 North, exit 171 towards OH 25, Cygnet.  Left onto Cygnet Rd, right onto Otsego Pike/OH 235, left on Defiance Pike/OH 281.  Continue to follow OH 281, right onto CR 18, CR 18 becomes CR-Z, left onto Henry St, left onto High St/OH 424.  Follow old 424 to Dam entrance.

THE NATIONAL DRIVE, HOOSIER HORSE PARK, Edinburgh, IN, September 14-19 – This very large annual event offers recreational driving, lessons, clinics, vendors  and more. While it is usually held in Lexington, KY, it has moved for 2010 due to the World Games at the Ky Horse Park.  Plan to attend for the whole week, or just a few days.  For more information, go to or call Kathy Blank, phone 270-250-2581  ****If you are going please mark your reservation form to stall with Black Swamp Driving Club*****

COONHUNTERS DRIVE, Tiffin, OH, September, 26 – This is a joint drive for Western Reserve and Black Swamp driving clubs, hosted by Roger and Sue Murray.  Potluck is at noon.  Paper plates, napkins, utensils and drinks will be provided. This drive is on country roads where there is minimal traffic, so you will need an SMV sign.  There are two loops mapped out:  one is about 4 miles and the other approx. 6 miles, but you can drive beyond that if you wish.  It is rolling terrain, so there are some hills (nothing steep).  There is a nice park along the river, with hiking trails, so if you cannot bring a turnout, come for lunch and then go hiking.  This joint drive has drawn a good crowd, and gives us a chance to meet folks from the other club.

Directions:  From east or west, take US 224 to SR 53, just south of Tiffin.  If coming from the north, take turnpike or US 20 to Fremont interchange, which is SR 53, and follow that until you have gone through Tiffin and come to US 224.
Go South on SR 53 for five miles to County Road 6.  Look for the Camp Glen signs.  Turn left (east) on CR 6 and go 0.8 miles to Township Road 131.  This will be the second right.  Travel on TR 131 for 1.5 miles.  Sandusky River Coonhunters' Lodge is the big barn on the left.


WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES, KENTUCKY HORSE PARK, Lexington, KY, September 25 – October 10  For info on this historic event, go to




HANCOCK COUNTY FAIR - Ann Bell will be presenting a BSDC sponsored trophy at Hancock Co. Fair on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 for the Pleasure Single Hitch (horse) - 2 or 4 Wheel Vehicle Class.  You’ll probably see John Miles competing there too.  If you can, go to the Fair and show your support for our club members.

PHOTO SCAPBOOK CONTEST   - Reminder: keep shooting those pictures at our events and other of your outings to share at our annual banquet.

CONGRATULATIONS !  We heard through the grapevine that member Will Stevenson and his Morgans won the “Peoples Choice Award” at Carriage Days, Lagro, Indiana in June.

BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS – Three Board members (two 3 yr terms and one 1 yr term) will be elected at the Annual Banquet in November.  Please consider working for your club.  Contact Julie Emmons at phone: 740-361-3885 if you are interested.

BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB LENDING LIBRARY - Angie has provided a wealth of information in the Library.  How lucky we club members are that she has made this available to us.  Information is on

HELP WANTED – You still have a lot of time to volunteer to help with the different events this year. Your participation makes our club successful, and what a great way to get to know the members better.  Please let Sandy Young, 419-562-4712, or any Board Member know of your interest to help.


SAFETY CORNER – (This is a new addition to our Newsletter.  We plan to include a few tips each issue.   Let us know what you think)



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