March 2014 BSDC Newsletter


Yahoo…. It’s almost spring!   While some of our members spent the winter shoveling snow and breaking the ice out of buckets several of them found a way to really enjoy the winter.  Ron & Sharon Hayhurst thought the unplowed city streets would make for some great sleighing.   They called the police to make sure it wouldn’t be a problem and got the OK from them.  They harnessed up the Standardbred that they adopted from New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, hitched to their sleigh, and had a great time sleighing downtown on the unplowed streets of Bowling Green, Ohio.    They fascinated residents with the lovely sleigh that they had restored themselves.   They had found their Portland cutter in Swanton where at one time was used as a display in a storefront.    The dash had to be restored but the rest of the sleigh was sound and they finished restoring it themselves.  Sharon’s great- grandfather had an upholstery shop in Holland before he came to the US.  Sharon was lucky enough to have some antique material that was from his shop.  She used that material to make a heart shaped applique on the seat back to give it a real personal touch.
If you have a sleigh or carriage you’d like to restore join us for a meeting and we can give you pointers on what to do.   The club has a resource sheet of businesses to help you find parts or craftsman that can help you. The club also has a library of books that can help guide you with your project.
We were happy to have Dr. Kerri Thiel, an equine vet from Lexington, Ohio, as our speaker at our February meeting answering any questions we had.    Be sure and get to our March 9th meeting where we will have Marissa Greenslade a Professional Massage Therapist.   She was also a team member of the Hocking Valley Hitch that had been shown all around the country. I’m sure she’ll have a great presentation.  Then at our April 13th meeting we will have Ron Rothhaar, an Equine dentist that has taught at the American School of Equine Dentistry who will be talking about teeth and how it relates to bitting your horse.
While you are waiting for good weather and need something else to do, you might try decorating a hat for our first drive in May on Kentucky Derby Day.  The sky is the limit on what you design.  You might even want to plan decorations for your carriage.  This will be at Riverbend Park close to Findlay, OH.
Check our list of events for details of what else is coming up this year.  We’d love to have you join us.  For the most up to date information check the website at or check out Black Swamp Driving Club on FACEBOOK.  Check often as more events will be added as the year progresses.

List of Club Events for 2014:
March 9th, BSDC meeting at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S. Main Street, Arlington, Ohio from 2-4 p.m.
 April 13: General Meeting with Ron Rothhaar, Equine Dentist. Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S Main Street, Arlington, Ohio 2-4 p.m.
May 3: Derby Day Drive at Riverbend Park, Findlay, OH, Bring your Derby hat and feel free to decorate your carriage. (Noon potluck)
May 17: The Emmons Family will host a drive at the Overland Inn at McCutchenville, Ohio. (Noon potluck)
 June 22 - Picnic Drive, Richwood Lake Park, Richwood, OH (Noon potluck)
July 5: Wyandot County Historical Society, Static Display, Upper Sandusky, OH
August 23: Picnic Drive, Unger Park, Bucyrus, OH (Noon potluck)
September 14: Parker Covered Bridge Drive, Upper Sandusky, Saturday drive hosted by Julie Emmons, potluck at noon
September 28: Coon Hunters Lodge 7575 TR131, Tiffin, OH, Joint drive with BSDC & WRCA
November (date to be announced) Annual Banquet with Auction

Ron Hayhurst and his Standardbred

The sleigh after it was restored.