BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB
EARLY SUMMER 2010 NEWSLETTER


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Greetings,
I dedicate this newsletter to our very special founding members Becky and Henry without whom we might not be sharing our reason to be here……good company and a love of our equine and carriages.
Thanks to the Higgins for getting our season off to such a lovely start. We have so many outings planned this year and I hope to share them with many of you. I always appreciate new ideas so please don’t hesitate to call and let me know what you think, and what we can improve. Cell PH: 740-361-3885
Have a great summer,
Julie

p.s. I want to thank Jackie and Mike Minges for all their efforts on the newsletter. I feel it provides our club members a good source for information.


OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Special thoughts go out to the zumFelde family on the loss of their mother Loretta, “Becky”, on May 2. We fondly remember them at Angie and Al’s drive last summer. Becky and Henry will be sadly missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know them.

Linda and Mary, we are thinking of you at this time of grief over the loss of your brother.

Joanne Shapler would like to thank everyone for the cards, phone calls and best wishes during her convalescence. She’s up and about, caring for a new and rambunctious puppy, but is not quite ready to run a foot-race yet.

RECENT EVENTS

HIGGINS FAMILY DRIVE May 8 – Our hearty thanks to the Higgins family and the Beechy/Gingerich families for hosting our first drive of 2010 on May 8. The idea of having a drive at an Amish farm was unique and provided us all a wonderful experience. Although the weather was cold and rainy, spirits were high with great company and lots of good food for the forty in attendance. We really enjoyed our hosts sharing information about their beliefs, traditions, and lifestyle.
Because of high winds we only had three turnouts. Ted and Ruthie did a great job and what a picture to see those four minis in their team harness heading down the lane; thank you Tom and Annetta for bringing them

DEFIANCE COUNTY HORSE COUNCIL May 22 - Molly & Dale, Mary & Linda, Sandy, Jackie & Mike set up the booth, harness demo, and hands on driving at Big Rock Stables, Defiance, Ohio. “Archie” was beautifully presented in the most muddy of conditions. Thank you Mary, Molly, Dale and Archie for the presentation. It was so nice to have our new members Glenn and Tammy Bennett stop and visit with us that day.

COMING SOON

CARRIAGE ROUND UP, LEXINGTON, KY June 4-6 – It’s almost time to head to the beautiful Bluegrass State. The tailgate theme is “memories”. Please bring any childhood pictures that you have to share for our display. We’ll work out what everyone needs to contribute to the pot luck when we get there.
Julie will have a campfire at her campsite Friday evening. Please come for wiener roast, marshmallows, and good company.
Our hosts at the Carriage Round Up would love to have volunteers help them set up their planned activities. Please let Helaine Winfield at the event “office” know if you can help.
*REMEMBER COGGINS AND 30 DAY HEALTH CERTIFICATE*

WYANDOT CO HISTORICAL SOCIETY CARRIAGE DISPLAY June 12 – Saturday, 12-4 PM
130 South 7th Street, Upper Sandusky, Ohio (one block west of the Courthouse)
This is a horse drawn vehicle display with period dress. Please arrive on time for carriages to be in place for display by noon. Antique cars will also be displayed. A tour of the museum is free for members and a donation for non-members. Soup and sandwiches will be available for a donation. Please bring your lawn chairs. Please Note: Although a couple of our members will be giving carriage rides, this is a vehicle display only, not a drive. For questions or further directions contact John and Sara Hunter at 419-348-4436 or 419-306-2086.

YORK HILLS HORSE PARK June 27 - We have been invited to join the Carriage and Sleigh Association of Northwest Indiana for their drive at York Hills Horse Park, Albion, Indiana. Their club is hosting coffe and doughnuts at 9 am Sunday and then a pleasure drive through the 650 acre park with 25 miles of trails. Their potluck is 12-12:30. Please bring a dish to share. Then more driving in the afternoon if you wish. Camping and stalls are available for those who wish to go Saturday, June 26. Julie, Angie & Al, Jackie and Mike are planning to go on Saturday so as to get in 2 days of driving. Please let us know if you are coming. We can plan a pizza get together at the campsite Saturday evening.
Albion is near Ft. Wayne and about 120 miles from Findlay. Fees at the Park are $10 per rider per day and horse-drawn vehicles are $10 per horse & driver, $20 per 2 horse team and driver. Stall rental is $10 per bedded box stall per night. Camping is $15 per night, $30 for site with electric. For camping or stall reservation call 260-564-0305. More information can be found on the park at www.yorkhillshorsepark.com. Other questions please call Julie Emmons at 740-361-3885.
*REMEMBER COGGINS AND 30 DAY HEALTH CERTIFICATE*

KENTON OLD FASHIONED DAYS July 3 – Yost Farm Museum (next to the Hardin Co Fairgrounds) Kenton, Ohio. Time 12-5pm. There will be a carriage and sleigh display (period dress if possible please). A hog roast will be at 5 pm, followed with entertainment provided by the Whitaker Brothers gospel/bluegrass band. The Farm Museum will be open all day for tours. If you would like to drive and/or display a carriage please call Gary Gillfillan at 419-675-3257.

RIVERBEND PARK DRIVE July 10 – Findlay, Ohio (located by the reservoir) hosted by John and Stephenie Miles. The potluck is at 12:30. This is a beautiful drive around the reservoir (approx 6 mi.) and includes a covered bridge. This event just recently “came together” so it didn’t make it into the Corral. Please make sure to update your calendar for this lovely drive. Questions, please call John and Stephenie Miles at 567-208-3322 or 567-208-3094

HOHENBRINK’S FARM DRIVE July 18 – BSDC/Henry County Draft Club joint drive. Potluck starts at noon followed by a Continuous Drive/Scavenger Hunt. We will have an adult and youth trophy for this fun event. (Just trophies Angie doesn’t want to dust anymore) But this is as much chance as it will be skill. It's not a show but will be patterned somewhat like an ADS Continuous Drive. This will be completely explained and no one will need to train extra for it. Any harness or vehicle as long as it's safe and sound. Carts may be better across the field but any vehicle can be used, pair or single.
Hohenbrink’s address is D529 Road 10, Hamler, OH. The directions are as follows: Take State Route 109 to south edge of Hamler, turn west on Hubbard Street (also called County Road E), go one mile, then turn left on Twp. Road 10. It will be the second house on the right side of the road. Questions please call Angie at 419-274-1122. Note: If it has been raining or if it is raining, call or check website for status. Angie will send a postcard a few weeks ahead with RSVP to get somewhat of a head count.

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

ANNUAL BANQUET November– We are still looking for a good restaurant for this year’s Annual Banquet. Please give this some thought and get your suggestions to Julie ASAP.

OTHER EVENTS - We will provide detailed info on events scheduled for August thru October in the Late Summer Newsletter. Till then, check out the BSDC website for event info.

THANK YOU
Dale, thank you for the signs you made and donated to the club. They look great !

HELP WANTED - We would love to have volunteers to help with the different events this year. This is your chance to participate and help make the club successful. Please let Sandy Young know of your interest. PH: 419-562-4712 or Slyoung18@embarqmail.com

YOUR BOARD MEMBERS President: Julie Emmons – PH: 740-361-3885 Vice President: Angie Hohenbrink – PH: 419-274-1122 –groom@carriagedog.com Secretary: Stephenie Miles-PH: 567-208-3322 john_and_steph06@yahoo.com Treasurer: Jackie Minges-PH:734-856-6122- JMinges@hotmail.com Board Member: Gary Gillfillan – PH: 419-675-3257 Board Member: John Hunter – PH: 419-396-6746 jshunter22@verizon.net Board Member: Mary Elliott – PH: 419-468-6016 (our apologies for leaving Mary off this list last Newsletter)

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION - See www.blackswampdrivingclub.com or check out BSDC on Facebook.


What a Summer we have in store ! See you soon in –

Lexington, KY Upper Sandusky Albion, IN Kenton, OH Findlay, OH Hamler, OH