I can’t believe it’s already November. We have had a busy and fun fall season so far. We got a few membership renewals at the hunter pace. If you want to renew for 2020 now and beat the rush (LOL) I have included a membership form in this newsletter (download here).
Some Recent Programs and Activities
The Labor Day Brunch Ride from Julie and Dave’s was a success. Gina McManus led a faster group and went down to Messerschmidtts Pond for a horse swim. The slower group did part of the hunter pace route. Unfortunately Dave’s horse, Calvin, twisted his knee when we were about as far from the farm as possible, putting Dave afoot. We still had a really good time, visiting and chatting, followed by a delicious brunch back at the farm. During much of September and October LCRVHC mem-bers were working on the trails in Weber Woods preparing for the fall hunter pace. The hunter pace is LCRVHC’s only fundraiser and pays for boring but important stuff like insurance. Our turnout was down this year, probably partly due to getting rained out the last two years but I think also because there are so many more hunter paces around these days. We ended up with 27 riders and netted $527 which will pay for most of our insurance. We received many compliments on the condition of the trails and the course marking and jumps. I would like to thank my co-manager, Lynda Perry, for everything she does: answering bizarre Facebook questions, ordering ribbons, arranging the porta-potty, dealing with the caterer (lunches are always a moving target), etc.; all the amazing and generous landowners: The Elliott and Leas families and Dave Beaudette and Julie Ber-man (without you letting us use your property adjacent to the state forest there would be no hunter pace); Liz Kennedy for organizing the silent auction (which raised over $250 for the BPC) and helping with the trail work and course marking; all the other trail workers and markers: Alyce Mallek, Lynn Burns, Dave Beaudette, Peggy Lupone, Bob Bandzes, Rebecca Russell, Kristin Elliott Leas, and Hannah Gossett. Special thanks to Hannah for getting out with me the Friday before the pace for last minute cleanup after the storm on Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you to all who helped the day of the pace: Sigrun Morano for timing; Genie Dethloff for answering my desperate plea and coming out of retirement to do the scoring; everyone who helped with set-up and clean-up and registration and organization and parking and safety check and on and on: Alyce, Lynn, Dave, Julie, Liz, Beverly Torell, Barbara White, Bob Bandzes, Kathy Schuyler for getting the lunches. And thank you to Dave and Bob and Rebecca and anyone else helped take down the markers. This was actually the least stressful hunter pace I have worked on due to all the support. I would also like to thank Lakeside Feed for donating prizes for costumes and special awards.
On Sunday November 3 LCRVHC held our annual Chili Ride at Chatfield Hollow, hosted this year by Emmy Pavelka, we decided to name the ride in memory of our late friend and member Sue Davenport, who organized and hosted this ride (as well as summer picnics and Christmas parties) for so many years. I think there were about 14 riders. We broke into 3 groups—medium pace (walk, trot, small canters); slow (walk, some trot); and pokey (walk only)—for a nice two hour loop. Our friendly equine photographer and stalker, Judy Bosco, showed up at the bridge and some posed for her camera. We finished with delicious chili, sides, and desserts.
All our officers and board members had previously agreed to another term with no new volunteers so we held our annual election to confirm the slate.
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!
I hope to see you soon!
PS 2019 membership was down a bit. It’s 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!