Black Swamp Driving Club July 2004 Newsletter


A “June 3-6” Event Parking Pass blazing in my pick-up truck window, Chick (my very noisy American Quarter Horse) yelling out from the stock trailer, and a road weary baby in the back seat were the first images that stick out in my mind as I rolled into the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Then, that all went away as I spied the aces of green heaven that lay before me.  My nerves were all surging with excitement as I found the stall marked with a sign: Bonifas. All alone in the humid heat I unpacked what I could while my husband and other daughter sat up the camper in the campgrounds.  So began an almost surreal weekend of driving, exploration, learning, and of course, fellowship with other Carriage Round Up enthusiasts.  For those of you who did not get the chance to make it to the Carriage Round Up 2004, let me try to put your mind there.  Now for the best effect, you should close your eyes and sit by an open window.  It is six-thirty in the morning; the sun is already up but is not too hot, yet. The air is cool and crisp.  You are taking a brisk walk from the campgrounds to shake the sleep out of your head.  On each side of you are well maintained fences, trees in full foliage emitting their earthy scents, intermingled is the aroma of freshly cut grass and moist earth.  In the distance, you can hear the din of far-off traffic, but you are not concerned.  You are here now.  You are in your element. There are no telephones, fax machines, televisions, or other bells, whistles and horns to be heard.  As you reach the horse barns, you can hear a low mix of horses banging their doors and feed buckets, stall doors opening and closing as people clean out the night’s grime, water running, and an astonishing array of horse calls.  People laugh and share stories, undoubtedly about their experiences with horses and driving. So begins each day of your stay.  The days were filled with driving around beautiful private roadways skirted with ivy-covered rock walls and trees that overhang – just letting in bits of sunshine.  Sounds like nirvana, right?  It was. The tailgate dinner under the trees, surrounded by carriages and friends was especially delightful. I am counting the days until next year’s event.  A special thank you to all of those who were responsible for making this year’s Round Up so special.  You know who you are!  Take a bow.

Well, I am back to reality.  This newsletter sent was to the printer before the Secrist drive in June.  I hope everyone made an effort to make it to Fremont to enjoy the famous Secrist hospitality and quiet country roads.

The events in July include the Fourth of July Parade in Kenton at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.   People will begin to gather at the grounds around 1 o’clock.  There will be a cook out hosted by the Newman family.  Please bring your own side dishes to share.  There will also be food available on the grounds.  Drive at will around the grounds until the 4o’clock parade.  Be careful of pedestrians, please.  Some children (and adults) are not accustomed to being around horses and may cause a hazard to you or them. 

Here are the details for our drive on July 17.

The next drive in July is the Amish drive hosted by Julie Emmons and Roger Higgins, Jr. Potluck is at 1:00 P.M. Sandwiches and Lemonade will be provided. The Location of the drive is Hepburn, Ohio. We will meet at the feed mill. Its a small town, so you can you can locate the feed mill easily. Signs will be posted.

           The drive will consist of a total mileage of 8.4 miles, if you do not want to go that far, you can turn around any point and go back the way you came. There is a great turnaround at 3.6 miles into the drive. You can do several things on the drive. There is a General Store, an Amish store that has bulk foods and homemade goodies. There is a Harness Shop as well. The drive will include driving along the river and thru the Amish countryside. There are many things to do if you would like. **Please note** bring water for the horses. We are in a limited area and everything is outside. For those who are planning to attend the drive, "IF" it is raining, please call us to make sure the drive will be held. The contact numbers are: The Higgins, 740-499-2589, or cell 740-360-5958. The Emmons, 740-499-3382, or cell 740-361-3885.          

Here are the directions:

 The village of Hepburn, Ohio is located on the Wildcat Pike or Hardin County Rd.144. It is between Marion and Kenton, Ohio. We will have signs posted along State Rt. 309 to get you to the site.

 From Kenton: Stay on Rt. 309 E. to Hardin County Rd. 144, turn south toward Pfeiffer Station. This will take you to Hepburn. There will be signs posted on 309.

 From Marion: Stay on Rt. 309 W. to Marion County RD. Turn left on County Rd. 33; this will take you to Hepburn. Be patient, stay on this road, it is several miles to Hepburn. There is another option; you can take State Rt. 37 South past State Rt. 309, and turn right on to County Rd. 33 to Hepburn.

If you get lost, give us a call. We want everyone to have a great time. Enjoy.

  August is still wide open for drive dates.  Please, someone step up to the plate so we do not waste a month. If the heat is a concern, maybe we could do an evening drive since the sun does not set until late in the evening. It’s just a thought to keep in mind.

Here is the remaining calendar of events:

*September 11 – Sauder Village drive hosted by Henry ZumFelde

*September 26 – Murray drive (directions will follow)

*October 3 – Emmons/Higgins drive (directions will follow)

*October 9,10 – Corn Huskers drive in Sandusky hosted by John & Sara Hunter


  I hope everyone enjoyed the Topeka, Indiana sale in June.  I am sure some good deals were found by some and fun had by all.

Happy birthday to our members born in July! (By the way, Roger, it was fun to give you a personal happy birthday song at the Carriage Round Up – TOOT, TOOT)

6, Henry ZumFelde; 9,Connie Gillfillan; 12, Dave Kuhlman;

12, Tom Shapler; 14, Doris Fairchild; 18, Darlene Higgins; 21, Laura Yaney; 24, Mariah Stevenson; 25 Randy Scarbro; 27 Dashaw Stevenson.

Here is one last tip for the month.  Garlic is a wonderful herb that, when fed to horses in sufficient quantities, will keep many flying pests at bay.  When fed to people is any quantity, will keep nearly everyone away.