Wednesday, February 28, 2007

March 2007 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,
We have had to change the St. Jude Ride to April 7th. It will still be at
Hunters Camp in Fires Creek, leaving camp at 10 am. Purina is doing their
Horse Fair April 14th and so many of us don't want to miss that. So I hope
this does not mess you up. We need your support to make this ride

The 4H club will be selling hot dogs after the ride and they want to donate
the money they earn to St. Jude, also. So even if you don't ride, please
come out and get a hot dog, for St. Jude.
Mike Horseman will be at Chunky Gal Stables on March 19 and 20th to float
teeth and do any dental work your horse may need. This is by appointment,
so please call me and I will set up a time for you. Mike wanted me to make
sure everyone knows that he does sedate the horse. He has come highly
recommended and I hope this will become a yearly stop for him.
March 10 is the Georgia State Parks clean up day; if you still want to help,
please contact me and I will set you up with a park you want to go to.
I was thinking that this year it might be different to have our Christmas Party
at a restaurant. Let's be thinking about that. Also, I hope everyone has
paid your dues; I am working on a new phone list and I want you on there, so
make your checks out and mail to me or Don Gains 486 Double Knobs Drive,
Hayesville, NC 28904. Thanks!!
We had 9 brave riders on our last Family Ride. It was rough getting stated,
but the ride was great and we all had fun. I know we are all setting up
our summer camping trips, so please remember the club meetings and Family
IS SPRING HERE YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Happy Trails, 
MARCH FAMILY RIDE will be Buck Creek/Deep Gap.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

February 2007 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

What a way for winter to arrive! This is even too cold for me
to go camping. Hope everyone is giving the horses lots of hay to
keep them warm.

We are going to have a speaker from Waynesville on April
12th to talk to us about saddle fitting. She will be bringing a few
different trees and a quarter horse saddle and a walking
horse/gaited horse saddle to explain the difference. Should be a
great meeting, so plan ahead to attend. Starts at 7 pm at the bank.
It has been brought to my attention that it may be nice to
meet with other clubs and share a ride with them. We will be
talking about this at the next meeting. We had a very good
Family ride last month with 20 riders. We worked on a new trail
and had some new riders with us. It was one of the best rides
I've been on in a while, thanks everyone!

June 2&3 is the ATHA Offical Ride. I hope those of you that
are interested let me know as I can only take 15 riders. You will
be able to join and do the 7 stamps on that weekend too. Barbara
Kissling and Donna Gains are helping me put this together so
you can call any of us.

We send our deepest sympathy to Lee and Gwen Christian.
Gwen lost her Mother, our thoughts and prayers go out to you
and your family.

Trail Trotters Day is also on June the 2nd. So we will have to
talk about this at the meeting too. I'm sure some members can
work on trails while others clean the road sides up. Start
thinking now for ideas for Trail Trotter Day.

Please get your dues in as I am making the new Phone list and
it will be of current members. Dues are due each January.
If anyone would like to see a chat page again or a "did you
know" page, let me know!

April 14th is our St. Jude Ride, try to help out again this year!
Happy Trails, Esther

Saturday, February 03, 2007

ASPCA Horse Slaughter Alert


Congress is back in session, and so are two crucial equine protection bills!

H.R. 503/S. 311 (The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act) will prohibit the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Americans don't eat horses, but last year alone more than 100,000 U.S. horses were killed for their meat, which was exported to Europe and Asia.

H.R. 249 restores protections for wild horses and burros that were undone by the passage of the 2005 Burns Amendment to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

If you recognize these bills, it's because both of them were introduced in the 109th Congress in 2006. Although both had strong support and advanced significantly through the committee process, Congress unfortunately recessed for the year before either bill could be passed.

Both have been formally reintroduced, but the approval process now must begin anew. If you believe that horses are American icons who deserve a better end than ending up on dinner plates abroad, please contact your senators and representatives today and ask that they support these important bills.

Ask your legislators to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Ask your decision makers to support H.R. 249, legislation that would protect wild horses and burros.

Please visit to take action on these initiatives today.
Thank you so much for your patience and your compassion.

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