John Miles – Well what a scare you gave everyone.  So glad to hear you are feeling better and  hope  your latest surgery is successful.  John said he wants to “thank everyone” for all their cards and well wishes.
Darlene, we sure hope the pain treatment you received gives you some relief.


GRABILL, INDIANA -  Will and Shirley Stevenson were the perfect host and hostess (and of course their entire family) for our day trip.  Eighteen members met at Grabill and each farm, harness and buggy shop had something interesting to share with us.  We finished up our visit back in Ft. Wayne to see Will’s  unique carriage collection.  How in the world do you fit them all back into the building?  Shirley, thanks for the great desserts and making us all feel so welcomed. You sure have a lot of beautiful grandchildren ! (See photo-following in Will’s footsteps).

BACK STREET DAYS, FINDLAY – Hosted by John and Stephenie Miles.   Unfortunately rain held the attendance down but they had a nice turn out of members with antique carriages and sleighs and Julie and Ted gave rides while others visited the Historical Museum.

PICNIC IN THE PARK-INDEPENDENCE DAM, DEFIANCE, OHIO- Hosted by Angie & Al Hohenbrink and Jackie & Mike Minges – This is such a lovely park. This joint drive had nine turnouts from Henry Co Draft Club and Black Swamp Driving Club that came and then the skies opened up for the entire afternoon. Thanks to the twenty-one people that visited at the shelter house and the determined ones, Dale, Molly, and Archie, Angie, Al & Ruthie, Julie and Ted who did the entire drive.  Thanks to Henry Co folks Beth Arnold, Neil Bever and Nick Steffel who joined us.  We hope we get the opportunity to plan some other activities together.

THE NATIONAL DRIVE, EDINBURGH, INDIANA – Held in Indiana this year because of the conflict with the World Games.  What a hard working group that puts this week together.  Helpful clinics, fun places to drive, beautiful horses, friendly  people and oh those fancy hats for sale.   The week was not without its’ share of “bumps in the road”.  Mary and Linda had a flat tire on the way, Julie’s truck broke down and she never made it there and Jackie ended up with a concussion trying to do a back dive out of the truck on the pavement in the motel parking lot.
The National Drive returns to beautiful Lexington October 4-9, 2011.

CORN HUSKERS FESTIVAL – October 9-10 – This is a family oriented weekend hosted by John and Sara Hunter.  Held at the Wyandot Co Fairgrounds, 10171 OH 53, Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Activities planned for all ages, Saturday mulligan stew dinner and campfire.  Stalls, camping and driving throughout the Fairgrounds are all available at not cost.

PARKER BRIDGE DRIVE – OCTOBER 17 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 Fall drive in Upper Sandusky.  The drive is approximately 5 miles with an option of driving to Indian Mill for an additional 4-5 miles.  Pot luck is at 12:00. Porta potty on site.  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.

HALLOWEEN HAY RIDE – OCTOBER 30– October will wrap up with a family Halloween hayride at the Emmons family farm, 9863 Harding Highway W., LaRue, OH  43332.  A draft team will take us for a drive around the farm in an antique coal wagon, followed by campfire, wiener roast and Halloween snacks.  Please do not bring horses.  Halloween costumes are optional.  Time: 3:30.  Directions:  From the west Rt. 68 to Kenton, 309 East 11 ½ miles.  After passing the Hardin Co Line it is the 4th house on the right.  From the East: take 309 west (15 miles from Marion).  Big Island is 5 miles, then another 5 miles to Meeker, then 5 miles to the farm.  When you pass the grain elevator it is the 7th house on the left.  Contact Julie Emmons:  740-361-3885

ANNUAL BANQUET AND AUCTION – NOVEMBER 13 will be held at the Golden Corral, 1843 Tiffin Ave., Findlay, OH  45840.  Social time is 5:30-6 PM.  Price: $9.99 plus $1.99/drinks.  No advanced reservations needed. Please remember to bring items for our auction.  All proceeds go to BSDC.  The evening will include door prizes, scrapbook contest and election of officers.   Please call and let me know if you plan on attending the Banquet so the restaurant can plan the seating.  Jackie Minges:  734-856-6122

November 20 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “Light Up The Night” Victorian Horse Drawn Candlelight Parade, time 5 PM.  Member, Julie Emmons will be driving Ted in this parade. Walker?????__________________
December 4 – 22nd Annual Lebanon, Ohio Horse Drawn Carriage Parade-Parade at 1:00 and 7:00 pm

CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM DRIVE – DECEMBER 18-Kenton, Ohio  Come and enjoy the holiday spirit at the Old Schoolhouse on Hardin Co Historical Museum’s Yost Farm.  Gather round the pot-bellied stove for hot chocolate and fellowship.  Sleighs and sleds will be displayed and Gary will be giving sleigh rides (even if there is no snow).  Bring your horses, carriages or sleighs.  This is not a potluck.  Please bring cookies, cupcakes or snacks. Restroom facilities are available and they hope to have the barn available in case of inclement weather.  Time: 1-5 PM.  The Farm will be open to the public.  Directions:  From the North: 75 South to exit 156 OH 15/68 to US 23 Kenton/Columbus, follow 68 South, left at W. North St., 1st right onto N. Main St.  Museum is on the right next to the Fairgrounds.  From South:  St Rt 31 North/ N. Main Street to Museum.  Questions: contact Gary Gillfillan – 419-675-3257, cell #567-674-0151.

ELECTION OF 2011 OFFICERS – Nominations  are being accepted for 2011 Board for a one–one year term and two-three year terms.  Nominations include Sandy Young, Sharon Hayhurst, Annetta Shirk, Roger Higgins Jr., Molly and Dale Owen.  If you are interested in working on the Board 2011 please contact Julie Emmons, 740-361-3885.


“Thank you” Gary  Gillfillan  for getting our new club insurance at a very substantial savings.
“Thank you” Stephenie Miles for all your efforts in writing the column for the Corral. 
“Thank you” Ann Bell for presenting  the Pleasure Single Hitch trophy  at the Hancock Co Fair on behalf of the BSDC to Deb Clevenger, Arlington, Ohio.

Ann Bell again this year will be taking orders for 2011 calendars.  You can order Driving Horse, Mule, Donkey or Draft Horse.  The price is $9.00.  If interested please call Ann at 419-694-2085 or you can place your order at Corn Huskers weekend with Ann (or Connie on Saturday, October 9). Orders must be placed with Ann no later than October 10 and the calendars can be picked up and paid for at the Annual Banquet.  Any questions, please contact Ann Bell:  419-694-2085.