June 2002 Newsletter

By Fred Thompson

   Hi everyone.  Well June is finally here.  I sure hope it is better than May.  I'm sitting here typing and watching the ripples moving across the lake that I once called my back yard.  What a mess.  My poor horses haven't been out for way too long.  Out side, in what I call our mud pasture, they would literally be standing in water. At least in the barn they are dry.  I don't want to turn them out into the main pasture because I know what a mess they make out there.  Besides I can't believe that all that wet grass can be good for them.  Maybe I'm a little overprotective of them. 

   I hate to be the one to " beat a dead horse" but I'm going to continue to talk about this miserable wet weather and our first drive of the season at the same time.  Yes, Renee and Randy Walker threw in a very wet towel and called off their drive April 21st because of rain.  I really hate to see this happen because these folks that host our drives go to a lot of trouble to put on a good drive.  Then when the weather doesn't co-operate, it's a disappointment for them (and us).  To Renee and Randy, thanks for trying.  We all appreciate your effort.

   Our next drive of the season had better results.  May 5th was our drive at Spencerville, Ind.  This drive was once again hosted by Doris and Harvey Fairchild.   The weather was a lot more favorable with plenty of sun to warm the spirits.  There were twenty-two members present to enjoy a wonderful potluck and the famous Doris Fairchild finger lickin,
lip smackin, lets go back for seconds chicken.  Like one member said, " The chicken is worth the trip all by it's self."

   While everyone was still gathered for the potluck, President Roger Higgins called a small business meeting.  Earlier this year the Bell and the Gillfillan volunteered to search for a place for this year Annual Banquet and Meeting.  Well, they succeeded in their quest.   It was voted that this years BSDC Annual Banquet and Meeting would be held at the Schnipke Inn in Ottawa, Ohio.  This will be on Saturday November 16th.  There will be a three-meat buffet with a full Salad Bar served. We'll have more details later in the year.  I would like to mention also that Anna Belle Bible just got out of the Hospital.  We wish her a speedy recovery.  The drive followed the potluck and meeting.

   Now we are moving onto our up and coming drives and events.   The first event of June will be the Kentucky Horse Park Carriage Roundup. This annual event was held May 31, June 1 and 2.  By the time you read this, the drive will be over, so I hope everyone that made it had a great time.   I wasn't there again this year so if anyone has pictures
or stories to share, please let me know.

    The first club drive this month will be hosted by the Hohenbrinks. This drive will be in conjunction with the Henry County Draft Horse Club fun show on June 16th. They have classes for draft horses, draft ponies, and regular ponies under 49".   They did add two special classes for light horses.   The Black Swamp Pleasure Horse Cart Class (says cart but 4 - wheeled vehicle may be used).  They also added a Black Swamp Pleasure Horse Obstacle class.   Both of these classes are open to anyone, they don't have to be Black Swamp members.   We will still have a potluck and pleasure drive along the Maumee River that afternoon.   At least if somebody wants to show they have a chance at winning back some
gas money since the classes have payback.  The show bill will be on the BSDC website if anyone wants to look at it.
For more information on the show itself contact Charleen Morrison 419-875-6665 or Cindy Casserly 419-758-3174
   I got a call from Mary Elliott and there has been a change in plans
for her drive that was scheduled for June at Malabar Farm.  She could not make the same arrangements in June that she had last year.  So she had to make it for September 22.  More on this later. 

   I think I will mention one more event.  Gary and Connie Gillfillan will be hosting the drive for the Kenton 4th of July Parade.  It will be held at the Hardin County Fairground in Kenton, Ohio. There will be a Carriage and Sleigh Display set up at 10:00 am.  There will also be a Parade through down town at 1:00.  Everyone will be able to hitch and drive on the fairground at will though out the day.  Since there will be so many food concession on the fairground this year, no potluck will be planed.  The fairground lies between State Route 31 South and State Route 68 South.  Watch for the sign for the fairgrounds.  Any questions call Gary and Connie Gillfillan at 419-675-3257.

   I received this e-mail from Sue Murray the other week and I would like to congratulate these three BSDC members.

 News!!! At the CAA meeting in Hot Springs, VA last weekend, not one, but two, Black Swamp members were elected to the Board of Directors! Roger Murray and Pat Kimura were made Directors at Large, as announced at the dinner/dance on Saturday, 4/20.  They will serve one-year terms. Also, BSDC member, Clifford Crabs, will be taking over the job of Membership Representative for CAA that Roger held in the past.  Next year's meeting will be held in Lexington, KY on June 18 - 21.  All three will be busy working to make that conference a very special one for everyone.

Welcome New Member:
   I would like to take this time to welcome Heather Bonifas and family as new members of the BSDC.  Heather is from Delphos, Ohio. Heather was at our April Safety Clinic. Come on Heather and join the fun.


June 5      Roger Higgins Sr.
June 11    Nathan Strasbaugh
June 12    Sue Thompson
June 13    Pat Burghardt
June 18    Sean Crossman
July 6      Henry zum Felde
July 9      Connie Gillfillan
July 10    Gay Porter
July 12    Dave Kuhlman
July 12    Tom Shapler
July 14    Doris Fairchild
July 18    Darlene Higgins
July 21    Laura Yaney
July 25    Randy Scarbro


*June 16   Drive hosted by the Hohenbrinks in conjunction with the Henry County Draft Horse Club fun show
  June 21 Carriage Auction at Topeka, Ind.
*July 4     4th of July parade at Kenton with the Gillfillans
*July?     Summer Picnic hosted by the Bells
*Aug 25   Drive hosted by the Young's
*Sept 15         Drive hosted by the Murray's at Melmore
*Sept. 22 Drive hosted by Mary Elliott at Malabar Farm
  Oct 4 Carriage Auction at Topeka, Ind.
*Oct 12 -13  Cornhuskers with the Hunters
*Oct 27        Drive hosted by the Newmans