March 2000 Black Swamp Driving Club News
by Fred Thompson
Eighteen people showed up to enjoy the sleigh ride at the Gillfillans. You may not be able to see the smiles, but they were there. A little extra grain should go to Homer Joeeph’s draft-cross and Gary’s Minnie for doing the “HEAVY” work for the day
Well everyone, here we are
"MARCHing" into another month. My where is this millennium going
to. The old saying is "March is the month of all months".
Since I already know what January and February are like, it can just go ahead
and get into spring. It wouldn't hurt my feelings at all.
For all you members that have been wondering, I have some good news to report. February 2,2000 may have been just another Groundhog Day to most of us, but to Mark and Marla Newman; it was a day they will remember for the rest of their lives. It was the birthday of their son Chayton Allan. Chayton came into the world at 12:19 p.m. weighing 8 lbs. and was 20 1/2 inch long. I am pleases to report that everyone is doing fine, even Mark. For all of you with inquiring minds, the name Chayton is a Sioux Indian name for Falcon, and in a phone conversation with Mark, he denies all rumor that Chayton will be nicknamed Woody or even Chucky. All joking aside, everyone in the Black Swamp Driving Club would like to congratulate you, Mark and Marla. To Chayton Allan Newman---WELCOME TO OUR WORLD.
The next event of the month was February 6th. . Maybe it wasn't as exciting as giving birth but it was a lot of fun. It was a sleigh ride at Gary and Connie Gillfillan. It was a great day for a sleigh ride with eighteen members showing up. Homer Joseph brought a sleigh and his Belgium cross to help take some of the pressure off of Gary's pony
Minnie. Afterward, everyone was invited in and shared the goodies that was brought. It was a great time. I want to say Thank You to Gary and Connie for sharing their afternoon with us.
The first event for the month of March is our safety clinic. The will be an open safety clinic and will be held on March 12th between 1and 3. Charlie Poppe will be conducting the clinic at the Tom Roberts indoor arena. The directions are as follows: Get on Route 23 west of Toledo and then at Central Ave. turn west. Go to the 4th traffic light, which
will be Centennial Rd. and turn south (left). At the 2nd stop sign, which is Dorr St. turn, west (right) and Tom's place will be about another 1\2 mile. The address is 8602 Dorr St. This is a riding arena so the seating is limited. It might be a good idea to bring a chair or
something to sit on, unless you really enjoy standing.
On March 19th we will be holding a meeting at the Trinity Lutheran Church on W. Bigelow in Findlay, Oh. It will be between 2pm and 4pm. Directions: From 224, go west over I-75 to the first light which is Northridge Rd. (Cracker barrel Restaurant is on the corner), turn right and go to the end. The church will be on your right. Please bring
snacks to share and coffee and punch will be provided. Mike Cook would like all the trustees to come 1\2 hr early for a short meeting.
If anyone is just chomping at the bit to get started with their profile, lets do it. Need a little help? Give me a call. It would be nice to have a couple on hand so I won't have to beg for one each month. Yes, I have lowered myself to begging. Just ask my wife.
If you haven't given me your birthday, again give me a call or something. I'd hate to miss anyone and if I have "Sorry". It wasn't intentional.
On April 26, Mike Cook will be donating a kidney to his wife Joyce. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Cooks during the operation and throughout there recuperation.
The hooves of the horses!--Oh! bewitching and sweet
Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet:
No whisper of lover, no trilling of birds,
Can stir me as hooves of the horses have stirred.
Will H. Ogilvie
AND ANGIE SAYS HELP!
Angie Hohenbrink is looking for some back issues of the newsletter. She would like to archive them back to 1988. The newsletters that Angie is looking for are June, August and December of 1998 and most of 1991-1992. If anyone can help let her know.
A NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT:
As the new president, I wanted all members to know that I'm proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization whose membership includes not only some of the most knowledgeable horse people I've ever met but also the driving skills and knowledge of the sport of driving are the finest around. We, as members, have a wonderful opportunity to learn from our own and pass this Knowledge onto new members and keep this wonderful
sport growing. The Black Swamp Driving Club has enjoyed a history safe outings and I will do my best to keep the tradition going. I ask all the members that if you have any suggestions for clinics or driving events or just plain fun get togethers, please call me and share those ideas with me! I look forward to a fun and safe driving season
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
March 1 Marilyn Rasey
March 2 Janet Burghardt
March 3 Wayne Leightey
March 11 Diana Darbyshire
March 16 Denise Ruffing
April 8 Renee Franz
April 16 Carl Englehart
April 17 Ann Leightey
April 19 Cheryl Evans
April 19 Harvey Fairchild
April 26 Loretta Gschwind
THIS MONTH'S PROFILE: Gary and Connie Gillfillan
Hello everyone. We're Gary and Connie Gillfillan.
We both grew up on farms and have know each other since our High
School Senior year when we went to Gary's prom one night and Connie prom the next evening for our first dates
We've always enjoyed being around horses and ponies and started driving and showing ponies thirty years ago. Our first pony was a welsh mare and we drove her to a wagon. We remember how proud we were the first time we hitched up and drove to Connie's parents home to show off our turn out. Connie's dad come out of the barn and asked how we had make it to his place with the harness hanging off side and not hitched to the wagon in the proper way. So he rehitched the pony and made our way back home happier and wiser. It was nice to have such a well broke mare. (Ha) We hope we've learned a lot more since that first trip to dad and moms. Since that time we have driven and owned Miniature horses, Welsh, Shetland and hackney ponies' Arabian horses and
other mixed bred ponies and horsed. We shown ponies at the Hardin County fair in Kenton, the Hancock County fair in Findlay and been in many parades thur the years. Gary was on the Ed Johnson ABN TV show with a team of miniature mares put to a miniature Marathon Gas hitch wagon. Also they hitched the miniature mares to a mini John Deere wagon.
In 1988, Henry zum Felde held a meeting about organizing a driving club. We were there making us charter founding members of the Black Swamp Driving Club.
Gary spent 2 years in the U.S. Army between the years of 1966-1968. He was in a tank division stationed in Germany. He has worked at Whirlpool Corp in Findlay Ohio for Thirty- two years and Connie is a homemaker and takes care of all the animals on their farm.
We have a son, Chad, our daughter-in-law Amy and two grandchildren Cody and Taylor
We are members of the Carriage Association of America, the Driving Society of America, the Hardin County Draft Horse Club, the Hardin County Historical Society, the
Hardin County Antique Tractor Club, and are members of the Grant Church.
We like to restore carriages and sleighs and have in their collection a Walborn and Ricker Arlington cut under trap made at St. Paris, Ohio, a wicker sleigh, Houghton cart make in Marion Ohio and a Kaiser buggy built in Kenton, Ohio plus several other carriage and sleighs.
We enjoy going to CAA and ADS driving events or any type of horse related events. We like to meet new people who have interest in driving and enjoy being around horses and ponies. We are thankful to Henry and Becky zumFelde for all the help they have given the members of the driving club and to Connie's dad for the help with our first turn out.
UPCOMING EVENTS 2000
March 8...... Mt. Hope Carriage Auction
March 14-17..... Topeka, Ind. Draft Horse and Implement Auction
April 13-15... Topeka, Ind. Carriage Auction
April 26-29... CAA at Williamburg, Va.
April 29..... Harrisburg Carriage Parade
May 7...... Drive at Spencerville Hosted by the Fairchilds
May 21...... Drive at Van Buren State Park hosted by Angie Hohenbrink
June 2-4.... Drive at Kentucky Horse Park
June 15-17.... Topeka, Ind. Carriage Auction
August 27..... Drive at Sandy Young hosted by
September 10.. Drive at Oak Opening hosted by Mike Cook
September 23-24. Longaburger Carriage Classic
October 5-7. Topeka, Ind. Carriage Auction
October 11. Mt. Hope Carriage Auction
October 14-15. Corn Huskers hosted by the John and Sara Hunter
October 18-20. World Singles Champion at Gladstone, NJ
October 29. Drive at Mark and Mara Newman
As the new president, I wanted all members to know that I'm proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization. The membership includes not only some of the most knowledgeable horse people I've ever met but also the driving skills and knowledge of the sport of driving are the finest around. We, as members, have a wonderful opportunity to learn from our own and pass this knowledge onto our new members and keep this wonderful sport growing. The Black Swamp Driving Club has enjoyed a history of safe outings. I will do my best to keep the tradition going. I ask all the members that if you have any suggestions for clinics or driving events or just plain fun get togethers, please call me and share those ideas with me! I look forward to a fun and safe driving season