All posts by Carol Blake

August Rides

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AUGUST 18-21  DUFFERIN FOREST/MANSFIELD TRACT –$10.00 fee per person – the CSC rides as a group, sandy footing, forest trail, steep parts, Thursday evening arrival is fine, Friday arrival OK as well, Monday’s ride will be short. Lots of room for big trailers/pickets, ride goes rain or shine, dogs must be leashed.  From Highway 89, go north on Airport Road. The camp is on the east Correctional Site. Emergency # 937513 Airport Road  Don Ruttan 519-335-6948 Click Events

July Rides

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JULY 30-AUGUST 6  WIARTON’S  7 DAY RIDE – NOW the 5 day ride is going to be 7 days of riding! Sunday July 30 arrival NOT earlier. Ride Monday July 31-Sunday Aug 6 & Camp Kitchen opens Tuesday. Hay for horses available Sunday. Register early so you won’t be disappointed. Click FORMS to get registered. Click Events

JULY 21-23   HELMUT’S RIDE -Newmarket – Arrive on Friday evening Helmut has limited parking  so PLEASE RSVP, beautiful trails right from his backyard.  He also will have outdoor washroom and water available.  Most of the trails are hard packed sand and will be well marked through forest, potluck supper on Saturday night.  Helmut Hitscherich  905-473-9329.  Click Events

JULY 15-16   WORK WEEKEND 3    -Wiarton Click Events

JULY 1-2    WORK WEEKEND  2 -Wiarton Click Events Authored by Pat MacRae & Leslie Ball

Hi, I have been asked to share our experiences on the 2nd Work Weekend in Wiarton with you.  I’m not very good at this, so bear with me….

Thursday started out with rain in the morning. Liz R. was there by the time I arrived at the Spring Camp. I thought to myself when I saw her, “hum, she must have decided to park on a different angle.” But when I got out and spoke with her, I saw that she was really, really stuck in the mud. The ground was saturated in spots. Luckily, her son Ryan arrived to save the day. He had her unstuck in minutes. The sun came out and we spent some of the afternoon filling in the ruts and pulling trees from the bush to block access to this particular watering hole. Ken and Virginia S. arrived just as we were heading out for a ride. They decided not to join us, but to set up their campsite. Liz and I had a beautiful ride across the road, in the woods behind the Summer Camp, and we didn’t get even get lost, WOW! We ate supper around 10 that night. A little later than Liz is used to. During the night, there was some thunder and lightning with heavy rain.

We woke up to overcast skies but no rain, yeah! We heard later that it poured south of us and towards Owen Sound. We were lucky! We sat in camp chatting in the morning and rode in the afternoon when the sun was out. Ken and Virginia rode over on the north side of the Waugh Road and checked how deep the beaver dam was, while Liz and I cleared the left side of the Butterfly Loop and further up the trail. We ate supper on time and got to bed a little earlier than the night before.

On Monday, it was a beautiful day. Liz, John P. and I cleared trails on the Two Canoe Ride. We met one of the landowners and she thanked us very much, for the Zehrs Gift Card. (that happened twice this weekend). I’m sorry to say that the Apiary (bee hives, for short), that was in a field we ride through, has been ripped apart and destroyed by bears. It was a sad sight to see. We got back to camp around 3:30 and left reluctantly for home shortly afterwards.

Leslie Ball is going to fill you in on Saturday and Sunday, but before you read her article, I just want to say that we did see a Scarlet Tanager and a Bobolink on our travels. I would like to thank Joel D. and John P. for opening and closing all those gates for us. Your hard work is really appreciated. As for the rest, my motto has always been “WHAT HAPPENS IN WIARTON, STAYS IN WIARTON”.

Happy trails…. Pat MacRae

Authored by Leslie Ball     Arrived at the cleanup camp Friday after noon after a lovely 4 hr drive in beautiful weather.  Unfortunately it didn’t last.  Here is the view from my bunk Saturday lunch time when I went for a snooze.

Our small group of 10 riders did get out about 2 p.m.  A small herd of frisky steers are now familiar with horses, so no worries now about them on the 5 Day.  No pictures as I was a little busy not freaking out.  It was nice we had 2 new(er) members with us for the cattle to make a lasting impression on. I experienced that my first year up there and will never forget it.

Saturday nights fire was splendid; you know it was a great night when your belly aches from laughing more than your backside from riding.  There may have been a couple full recycle bins.

Sunday is always bittersweet.  Beautiful weather, my favorite ride on the Hope Bay route, but also I have to go home.  That’s why I’m so happy that the 5 Day is now the 7 Day…. I just want it to last a little longer. ❤   Leslie




June Rides

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JUNE 17-18   WORK WEEKEND 1 – Wiarton – First weekend for 7 Day Ride clean up.  Bring along nippers and saws.  Be prepared to do some walking to clean rocks and fallen trees from trails.  Bring hay and water for your horse as well as food and supplies for yourself.  Outdoor washroom provided.  Parking and overnight camping is across from the 7 Day Ride site.  Day starts between 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Please remember this is a Work weekend.  Jeff Dibble 519-463-6374 or any trail committee member. Click Events Authored by Sheri Potter Rumball

This weekend, although the forecast called for rain, rain and more rain, was awesome! The Chesley Saddle Club members gathered on Friday to do trail maintenance in preparation for the 7 day Wiarton ride.

We headed out on the trail after dinner on Friday, through a cow pasture, first for me on my spouse’s horse. Thank you Joan Mulholland for riding between myself and the cows! Don Ruttan and a couple others rode between the riders and cows to ensure the cows were kept at a safe distance. The trail was lovely, it wound through open pasture, hardwood and dense cedar. I love riding the single tracks through cedar groves. The sights, sounds and smells were absolutely perfect! The trail meandered around impressive crevices, looped around Bob’s pond and butterflied through true South Bruce Peninsula landscape. The ride offered me an opportunity to get to know new friends, and catch up with old friends.
Folks gathered at various trailers to share stories and beverages. Coyotes sarenaded us after the last of the suns rays reflected off the steal roof of the barn. And the rain held off!

Saturday morning I was woken up by the sweet melody of the Bobolinks and trill of the red winged black birds, as they prepared for their day.
We headed to the river to offer horses the opportunity to drink before the days ride. The river was running fast and clear over a rock riverbed.

Through forests and fields we traveled, sniping new growth from low branches and moving fallen trees from the trail. We split into two groups to cover more ground. Bob Butler guided us along the Hope Bay trail, again through pasture and forest.

A big shout out to Emily and her horse. Her horse remained calm when his hind right got caught in a shallow crevice causing him to fall. He processed the situation, released to pressure and got his foot out of the crevice on on his own without injury! What a awesome horse! In light of this event a small group returned to camp with Emily.

The CSC has developed relationships with local land owners for more than 20+ years, keeping this week-long ride tradition alive and strong. As we approached the trail head at the municipal park entrance we were faced with a “no horses sign” which was very disappointing for the club. Our group turned back, respecting the new sign. Bob’s pack horse, Mack, developed laboured breathing during the ride so we stopped to allow Mack to catch his breath while we ate our lunches. The weather was on our side, light rain for a few minutes here and there, which was good because Joel (aka Bam Bam) forgot his rain gear.

Back at camp we tended to our horses, checked with Bob & Emily to ensure their horses were recovering, walked Penny, and then prepared dinner.

There were severe weather watches for the surrounding area, but once again we were blessed. The rain started about 2 am and stuck around until 4 am.

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JUNE 23-25   HELMUT’S RIDE -Newmarket – Arrive on Friday evening Helmut has limited parking  so PLEASE RSVP, beautiful trails right from his backyard.  He also will have outdoor washroom and water available.  Most of the trails are hard packed sand and will be well marked through forest, potluck supper on Saturday night.  Helmut Hitscherich  905-473-9329.  Click Events

JUNE 24-JULY 7  ALBERTA RIDE – Start riding in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains on June 24. This will be at the Ya Ha Tinda Provincial Horse Campground and will be 5 or 6 days riding. Then move camp south to the foothills of Willow Creek.  Indian Graves Campground. Ride  will be done on July 7. If anyone is interested pm Jeff Dibble on CSC Facebook or call 519-463-6374. Click Events

May Rides

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MAY 19-22     DUFFERIN FOREST/ MANSFIELD TRACK – Authored by John Pyatt  Click Events    The first official ride for CSC was held this past weekend at Dufferin Forest near Mansfield. While the three day weekend didn’t have perfect weather, two out of three ain’t bad.

Saturday the weather was sunny and the temperature was perfect for a ride. About twenty three riders participated with Pat MacRae and Don Ruttan leading us around the Blue trail. The hills and open forest make Dufferin a great place to ride.

Sunday turned out to be a wet cold day but hey, we don’t get turned off by that. We congregated at various times at various trailers chatting and enjoying each other’s company. When things got a little too damp and when the cold started to infiltrate our bones Liz Rowe offered the back of her three horse for the location of party central complete with a kerosene heater. Great idea! Did you know you can comfortably house nine people seated on hay bales in that small a space and have great conversation and fun?

Monday was cool but the rain had stopped. Our numbers had depleted a wee bit but twelve riders headed out again led by Pat and Don. This time we traversed the Red trail. This is a very interesting and variable trail. Wide and narrow trails, hills, deciduous and coniferous forests, this trail has it all.

Our first ride is under our belt. Can’t wait to get to the next one.

Authored by June & Johnnie Cicero – Most campers arrived on Friday with the sun finally showing up in the afternoon. There was a short afternoon ride for those folks that arrived in the morning. The evening fire was toasty…lots of good conversation and a diverse selection of liquid refreshments-thanks Liz!

Saturday morning brought a good complement of day riders, everyone eager to get started. Bella provided us with a spectacular demonstration of the faster gaits of the Canadian horse. Thankfully there were no injuries, and the ride got off after repairing a broken rein. Many of the horses were quite fresh and happily jogged along. Both riders & mounts soon settled in to a steady pace. The trees were coming into full foliage and the trilliums in bloom-what a lovely time of year to be on horseback!

Don had some trail clearing and remounting to contend with-not easy on sandy inclines. But the job got done and the afternoon was as pleasant as the morning. There was some delay…something to do with ticks, Jeff & Margie, but we were too distant to get the clear details…probably for the best.

The Saturday evening fire was much more mellow and quiet than the previous evening. Most riders retired early. We were not anticipating the rain tomorrow, but at least it didn’t seem as bad as earlier forecast. And Monday seems a sure go.

We woke to rain on Sunday morning and so headed home. Hoping that everyone that stayed rode safe and dry! Another successful and fun ride with Chesley Saddle Club-thanks to Don & Pat!

May 5-7  Helmut’s Ride -Mansfield/Dufferin  Authored by cb

The day started with all the signs to NOT go to Dufferin this weekend. Sign #1 Continual rain warnings on the radio for rain all weekend, everywhere.  I called Helmut to make sure the ride was a go and he was leaving at 10am to open gates for noon. We said to each other “Have a safe trip and see ya later this afternoon.”

Sign #2 Just finished packing trailer and somehow locked myself out of the trailer with all the keys inside. So now need to call locksmith to get trailer opened up. Several hours later back on track and driving to Mansfield/Dufferin.

Sign #3  Poured rain for the 3hr drive to Mansfield with wipers on the old Freightliner hardly keeping up.

Sign #4 Arrive to a very soggy campground and find Helmut’s rig pointing outward with his intention to leave and go home.

Decided to stay and found a great spot to park rig without sinking; had lots of wood chips from the log landing loggers had created. Highline up, Dancer fed and in her fancy rain sheet we are now settled for the night. So ready for a beer!!!

I love the sound of rain hitting the roof from inside my trailer; I knew Dancer was warm & dry with lots of feed so she would be fine for the night. The rain did not stop till 6am. By 8:45 we were on trail…oh yeah did I mention we (Dancer & I) were the only campers in camp. So we did not need to attend to anyone’s agenda but our own.  Did a walk, trot, canter on the Blue Trail Loop (12miles) all barefoot on beautiful soft, sandy terrain in the morning. Returning to trailer for lunch/water. The afternoon was the Red Trail Loop (13miles) which takes you along the south east ridge with some steep hill climbing/descending and spectacular views; today was overcast none the less still beautiful. Puddles everywhere for drinks along route; Dufferin is known to be a dry ride.

Grateful to have had the weather gods keeping the rain off us for this unpredictable spring ride weekend. So glad I endured all the signs not to go. Absolutely love the opportunity to ride Dufferin/Simcoe Forest; thanks Helmut for organizing the Ride.

“Till We Ride Again” cb



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MAY 20-22   HELMUT’S RIDE -Newmarket- Arrive on Friday evening Helmut has limited parking  so PLEASE RSVP, beautiful trails right from his backyard.  He also will have outdoor washroom and water available.  Most of the trails are hard packed sand and will be well marked through forest, potluck supper on Saturday night.  Helmut Hitscherich  905-473-9329 Click Events




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Congratulations Paul & Terry on Receiving the Medal of Good Citizenship

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 Wow what a day!!!

 Or should I say extended  weekend for weather. I hope you got out on horseback or walking somewhere today…. Hard to imagine it is February 22 at 16 degrees in Bruce County. I have just got in from an incredible day out with my girls Jess, Mizzy Goat & Dancer they loved it. We played in the Penetangore River which is past belly height; dog & goat had to swim to cross. Up and down the valley hills through the beautiful snow/mud trails. I think I pulled enough hair from Dancer to fill a pillowcase…hope it does not turn too cold again. Won’t be long now till we will be on the CSC Rides. cb
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Cody & his pony. 

Chesley Saddle Club meeting will be at JOAN & DOUG CLOAKEY’S FARM —–84561 Clegg Line RR #4  Brussels, Ontario.  N0G 1H0    Phone # 1-519-887-6617 Sunday February 19th ,  1:00 pm meeting , pot luck to follow.  In case of bad weather the following weekend February 26, 2017. Please bring a chair.

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Condolences to Pat and David McRae on the passing of Pat’s father.
Chesley Saddle Club MEETING WILL BE AT JOAN & DOUG CLOAKEY’S FARM —–84561 Clegg Line RR #4  Brussels, Ontario.  N0G 1H0    Phone # 1-519-887-6617 Sunday February 19th ,  1:00 pm meeting , pot luck to follow.  In case of bad weather the following weekend February 26, 2017. Please bring a chair.
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March 31, April 1-2, 2017

Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week 2017

will take place from Wednesday, January 4, 2017 to Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  The individual days are as follows:

Beef Day – Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dairy Day – Thursday, January 5, 2017

Goat Day – Friday, January 6, 2017

Sheep Day – Saturday, January 7, 2017

Horse Day – Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ecological Day  – Monday, January 9, 2017

Crops Day – Tuesday, January 10, 2017


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Gladys at Holstein Parade

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Joanne, Betty & Laurie at Holstein Parade

Laurie & Joanne at Paisley & Hanover Parade

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Tips for Managing Horses in Winter to Avoid Colic…..Colic can strike at any time and has many known–and some not-so-well-understood–risk factors. The fall and winter seasons themselves are known risk factors and there are several things you can do to decrease your horse’s likelihood of developing colic. As pastures dwindle in the fall and the horse must switch to a different diet, two major factors are at play. One is the fact there is a different diet.


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Happy 80th Birthday Helmut!!

Saturday, November 26th Helmut was surprised when a group of friends threw a birthday party in his honour. Following the potluck dinner and after the gifts and cards were opened Sheila MacDonald and myself conducted an interview with the “man of the hour”. Here are some of our findings. Helmut didn’t start trail riding until 1973. Since that time he has owned eight horses. His most memorable, and one that he still owns, is a Tennessee Walker named Smokey. Helmut purchased Smokey in 2010 and after owning her for only ten days completed a 250 mile ride. (we don’t call him leather butt for nothing). An OTRA member since the mid 1980’s, an active member of the Ontario Trail Riders since 2000. Helmut joined the Board of Directors in 2002. He was on the Board for seven years. Helmut came back on the Board again in 2015 as President. When Helmut first started camping he had a slide in camper in the back of his pickup truck and a two horse bumper pull trailer. He upgraded to a one ton truck and a large goose neck trailer with all the comforts of home. He has put over 100,000 kilometers on his truck and trailer. One of his favourite places to ride and camp, Otter Creek, New York. He remembers fondly time spent there with Frank Bauman, Sheila MacDonald, Ron Keeler, Marvin Haliday, to name only a few. Helmut has rode and camped across Western Canada, from Illinois to Alabama, and all the way down the Eastern and Western Coasts. He was active in getting a camp in Mattawa started. Helmut says the trails were beautiful. He and Marvin Haliday bush whacked their way to their own beach. A very memorable ride for Helmut was the Shore to Shore, Michigan ride, from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. He proudly displays the small block of wood, trophy from the Michigan Trail Riders Association. OSCODA to Empire. The 10 day 250 mile/400 kilometer ride. He will tell you that he and Smokey bonded on this ride. Helmut has made many friends along the way. Carla and Ron Walker, from Michigan presented him 20161126_173219_resizedwith an “Iron Man” trophy, which he proudly displays, after the Shore to Shore ride. Carla and Ron drove from Michigan for Helmut’s 80th on Saturday. Helmut lost an U.S. election result related bet to the Walkers. He is now sporting a “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” cap and is out fifty bucks. Helmut also received a birthday card from Annie and Clay Smith from Texas. More friends Helmut has made trail riding.

The party was busy and it was hard to nail the birthday boy down. We will wait for some quiet time in the future and continue the interview. The number of people helping Helmut celebrate this milestone is a testimonial to the person that he is. Helmut, you an inspiration to all. Happy Trails.

Sheila MacDonald and Lana English




Grey Cup Weekend: posted a blast from the past in 2012 CSC Grey Cup Robbery
 If anyone would like to author horse related info that could help us keep our horses healthy please let me know. The winter month are a great time to read.

As winter approaches, horses may begin to drink less as the water gets cold and freezes. At this time, horses often transition from food with a high moisture content (pasturing) to a dryer diet (dry hay). These two things are at the root of a common winter problem: impaction colic. It is crucial that horses living
outside be given access to quality water at all times as they must consume at least 10 gallons per day. A bucket of half-frozen water or snow is next to useless as it does not fulfill the horse’s basic needs. Moreover,if a horse consumes very cold water, its body temperature will drop and it will have to expend a lot of energy
to warm up. The only way to prevent water from freezing in the winter is to invest in a heated water trough.This is the best way to prevent impaction colic and esophageal obstruction in horses… and to avoid potential veterinary fees, not to mention the emotional toll of losing a valued animal. Research shows that horses drink
more when water is kept at a temperature of about 18 to 20 degrees C (65 degrees F). Even stabled horses may begin to drink less because, even if the water in the trough does not freeze, it may be too cold for the horse to drink. Consider using individual buckets with concealed heating elements to keep water at the
desired temperature. Using hot water to add moisture to feed, especially if it contains fiber, is another great way to get your horse to drink more. Finally, it is important to carefully monitor your horse’s water intake and check its hydration levels regularly using the skin pinch test or by monitoring the texture of the manure. If your horse is still not drinking enough water, adding 1 to 2 ounces of salt (100% NaCl) per meal, in addition to a bloc of white salt, is a great way to increase its water intake.  Marcia Cunningham


October Rides

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October 15-16 John’s Lucknow Fall Ride–  Authored by June & Johnnie Cicero- This ride included everything that you would want in a trail ride: beautiful fall colours & autumn sunshine; dynamic, interesting and sometimes unknown trails; entertainment courtesy of The Strawberry Roan and The Little Black Speed Demon; a camera crew of 1 to catch us at our finest moment; and then a feast of chili, breads, salads & many desserts to end a glorious day! Thanks so much to John & Pat for hosting this successful event!  J&J

The painting that was won in the draw at the Aug. annual meeting is the featured picture for October Rides. The winner chose what they wanted done by either Margaret or Wayne.  The winners were June and John Cicero and they chose a watercolour painting done by Margaret Yeoman.  It is called High Range.  Congratulations to June and John!

Authored by Carol Blake-John gave us a full day of spectacular vistas that captured all the fall colours. One img-20161015-00177of my favourites is this country road. This weekend was a surprise that it was so warm every day. Starting Friday afternoon an easy 20+ degrees as we all gathered on Pat & John’s deck after horses settled and camps set up. Gathering again for the beautiful fire after dinner to tell more stories….it is amazing how we have so much to share in 3 days!!!  Sat. started out cooler but sunny with John leading us out by 9 because he had so much to show us to make up for all his rained out rides. Returning around 4:30; ready for a cocktail which was then followed by a scrumptious chili dinner served in the barn, on picnic tables adorned with vases of fall flowers.  A good exhaustion by all; most retired back to trailers for an early night.  Sunday awoke to warm overcast and the decision to head home was made by most after coffee. Thanks John for all your trail work; loved my rides every time. Cheers Pat for all your energy and for just being you!!   “Till We Ride Again”

14741814_10153817221941671_1447585646_nAuthored by Pat MacRae- For me, the highlight of this weekends’ CSC ride, along with everything else that was wonderful, was the fact that our hosts Pat and John Pyatt provided me with electricity. I sleep in the dressing room of my trailer, which has been converted into a tiny living area with a bed. Friday night was very cold and would have been an extremely uncomfortable night for sleeping, but because of the hydro it wasn’t. With the aid of my electric heater, I felt that I had been put up in a five star hotel. I had a great nights sleep, ready to hit the trails Saturday morning at 9 am. Thanks Pat and John, I mean it!    Happy trails….       pm

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Authored by Liz Rowe- Perfect ending to an amazing season of riding with good friends. The long and winding trail that led us to more beauty. A wonderful ride with all our friends (accomplices in devilry)  involving stories from every walk of life. It couldn’t have been a better day with Mother Nature in full agreement this time favouring us with sunshine and glorious temps. Once again a beautiful bonfire and new cocktails to sample! John and Pat again hosted a beautiful weekend, you are both exceptional people. For everyone riding is freedom and hopefully soon we will be back at our favourite pastime. Liz

Authored by Jan Moulton- What a fantastic ride with the Chesley Saddle Club this weekend . John and Pat were exceptionally fantastic hosts. Riding a full day, 8 hr. Ride thru beautiful fall coloured bush with 18 other riders…can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend. Topped it off with a fantastic to see all the CSC members pull together for a delicious meal….And a huge “Kudos” to the yummy chili that John Pyatt made. Just finished off a great trail ride. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this Club and to ride with such great riders and true friends…our year has come to an end…but…lots to look forward to next year!……Jan 

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Authored by Jeff Dibble- Well here goes my parigraf, please edit it fer me Carol. 14650077_10210341742076924_8283447360330793946_nI’m a poor speller at best and if it ain’t appropriate let me know.
I would like to let everone know that missed John Pyatt’s ride you missed a GOOD one. We started with a great camp fire, Johns hard wood of coarse. Had some good entertainment with stories,lies and I think a dance of some sort!😳 The early departure on Saturday was one HR early, yes CSC left camp at 9:00! Randy Wright’s dream come true! John says we did just shy of 20 miles, my ass didn’t think it to be more than 50!What a perfict ride weather was nice trails just rite some hills, some wide manicured, some not(my style) and very little road! We did have a close call when Don R had to take off a sweat shirt cause of heat. This got some of the “girls at the back” a little worked up! i was more worried he’d blow some buttons and spook the horses! Saturday nites supper was real good too John and his lovely wife Pat had chilly fer us. Some members brought a salid,pies and a carrot cake to. Oh I’m thinkin the sand cougars had fresh buns! Also a big thank you to the land owners, with out them we’re riding in a circle on sand!

Thanks John and Pat fer all your hard work. It takes lots of work and determination to pull off a ride like that!

14492468_10157461522315654_1205918417301887177_nI know the last one don’t pertain to the subject but just a proud dad I gess!

Two of Jeff’s loves Virginia and the Widow Maker….


We had the pleasure to enjoy the hospitably of Pat & John on the weekend of Oct.14-16.The weather was perfect, sunny and warm. The ride on Saturday was also very enjoyable, riding thru the hills and forests, the area around Lucknow is a trail riders paradise. Sunday was a total washout with rain starting early in the morning. Everybody left for home. Well we had a good weekend nothing to good for a cowboy/girl.

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