It was so nice to finally see so many of you in person at the annual planning meeting on April 16! Despite the cold, which made for a brief meeting, we got quite a few dates filled in. I am especially excited for Games Day as every-one always seems to have so much fun. A big thank you to those who stepped up to serve the club. Lynn Burns has agreed to take over as LCRVHC treasurer to finish Lynda’s term and hopefully will stay on at election time. Hannah Gossett has offered to fill Lynn’s at-large position on the board of directors. And Bob Bandzes has agreed to fill a long open at-large position on the BPC board. Bob brings hiking and mountain biking experience to the trail sharing table (and did a fabulous job parking trailers at the hunter pace). We welcome and appreciate you all!
Membership renewals—wow—in March 2020 we said “this will be your last newsletter if you have not renewed.” And then the world came to a screeching halt. So . . . we did not drop anyone from the list in 2020 and you continued to get emails, but now it’s 2021. Our awesome member-ship secretary, Alyce, has gone through the list, emailed a final notice reminder to those who have not renewed, and cleaned up the list. A 2021 membership form is included in this newsletter and always available on our website. Please write clearly—especially your email address, since that is how we communicate with you and we hate it when they get bounced back. Thank you to everyone who has renewed. And welcome to new members!
On March 27 LCRVHC held a member-only ride at Bluff Point. Alyce, Liz, Lynn, and I had a nice time exploring some of the interior trails. Our April 18 member-only ride was at Chatfield Hollow. Kristin, Rebecca, Lynn, Julie, Alyce, Liz and I enjoyed a lovely ride followed by lunch at the trailers with cupcakes left from the meeting. Judy Bosco, our “official stalker” showed up for some pictures in the park and many of the ponies were happy to pose.
The Capture the Flag ride planned for May 8 at Machimoodus will be resched-uled. There was interest but Mother’s Day just didn’t work for many. Instead, Liz, Nancy, and I enjoyed a beautiful day in the park and the debut of Nancy’s new horse: Nyha. Nyha (Ny-ya) is a Russian word for moon (for the cute crescent moon of white hidden beneath her for-lock) and can also be pronounced Luna. She is a 12-year-old Missouri Foxtrotter mare. In her former life she packed hunters and their game at a hunting camp in Colorado.
We had sent an email about a possible De-spooking Clinic to be held on June 13 but, due to insufficient interest, we will not be offering it this year. Kristin Elliott Leas does have an obstacle course set up at her farm and welcomes trailer-in lessons to teach these concepts. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the Upcoming Events box on the first page and the Calendar on the last page for more activities. We always need ideas for the calendar—this year more than ever! Any ride ideas are extremely welcome. And if you want to share the calendars from other local horse groups we will try not to schedule on conflicting dates.
I hope to see you soon!
PS LCRVHC membership is really a bargain at only $15 annually for individual, $25 for family. If you have friends you ride with or know people who are interested in trail riding with small groups or working on local trails, spread the word. And please, I can’t say it often enough, tell us what you want to do as a club!
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