The Rusty Raider
the official voice of
The Rusty Gaits Saddle Club
Being a member of the O.E.F is not required, but is highly recommended – for info, events and forms, check out www.horse.on.ca .
President: Tracy Haines: 519-232-4606 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Mary Dancey Clarke 519-773-5752 ~ email@example.com
Treasurer/Membership: Doug Newman 519-773-2664 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
President’s Thoughts ~
I write this after our show on August 22. I would like to thank everyone who came out and helped, rode and made the day a little brighter. We had a great performance show but due to the rain the night before, the speed events of the day were cancelled as when the locations where the speed equipment had been, were still laying in water. Thanks again to the co-operation and camaraderie that helped make this day run well.
A highlight of this show season for me was having the opportunity to go with the RGSC youth team to Paris on July 31 and August 1 to compete in the Youth Team Tournament. After enduring a lot of rain and cool evenings, the team pulled together many top ten placings and finished 6th overall of 22 teams, a feat to be very proud of! Competitors included: Bria Osborne, Bronwyn Playford, Nicole Hamilton, Nicole McComb, Catrina Johnson, Lindsay Krijnen, Jesse Lambourn, Crystal Johnston, Beth Malott and Madison Dow. The riders, mounted on: Zip Forgot Her Spots, Nu Freckles, One Last Fantasy, Lil’ Flying Sugar, DDD Lil’ Mischevious, Pistol Pete and Too Smooth Okie, made a great showing for the first time of al involved in this event. I look forward to the chance to do it all again next year. Maybe we will have 2 or more teams!
I hoped that I would see the sunshine and many of your faces on September 11 for the Championship Day and then all of you back on September 19 for the final show of the year. Both days the weather co-operated. Hope you didn’t forget your canned goods/ non-perishables for the Aylmer Corner Cupboard (more info further down). I just wanted to say a quick thank you again to all of you ~ your helping out and positive attitudes at the show make it a great place to be! THANKS A MILLION, EVERYONE, President, Tracy Haines
Editor’s Ramblings ~
Well, by the time you receive this missive, we will have been well over Trader Days and 4 shows, and Championship Day, with the final show of 2011 being held on September 19. More RGSC events to follow.
An interesting website www.americashorsedaily.com is free, even to those not members of registered AQHA horses. A lot of interesting info every day from a broad spectrum of subjects. Highly recommended!
Other items in no particular order – not too good yet with the ‘cut & paste’ business!
By the way, thanks for the RGSC for again sponsoring the WP Stakes Class at the MWHS show at the Aylmer Fair. Several club members helped out on Friday and Sunday. Thanx a bunch!!!!! MaryDC
September 19 ~ RGSC Club Show – by the time you receive this, our show season will be done. Canned goods and entry fees will be donated to the Aylmer Corner Cupboard Food Bank. We will have retained the requisite office fee. Hope everyone had a successful day
Sunday, October 17, Rusty Gaits Saddle Club Trail Ride at North Oak Farm, owned by Murray and Donna McEwan, on Eden Line, a bit west of Culloden Road, Aylmer area. Murray’s telephone # is 519-866-3424 or cell 519-670-7201, just in case!! Here are the particulars:
Start time is 11 to noon, and enjoy a 2.5 to 3 hour ride on marked trails around fields, through forested areas and tackle some challenging hills. (And my opinion only, some may disagree.) Editor’s Note: this is indeed a somewhat challenging ride and reasonably experienced riders and horses will no doubt enjoy the experience. Breast collars are a necessity.
Time to dine: about 3:30 p.m. approximately.
Cost: $5.00 to ride, $5.00 to eat (and bring a dish for the community table), $5.00 day pass for non RGSC members. Bring a portable table if available, lawn chair, plates and cutlery and your beverage of choice. Should you forget, we will have disposables as well. Just trying to be ‘environmentally friendly’. A serving utensil for your dish is always a thoughtful touch. Not everyone has a slotted spoon or extra ladle handy as evidence at a recent potluck where one of my 2 serving spoons was liberated by another’s dish. More info – Mary @ 773-5752
November 20, Annual Awards Night, Aylmer Legion, 2nd Floor, John Street North, Aylmer. This annual event will once more be master-minded by Diane Anderson, who is catering the meal. Don’t eat beforehand – there is always lots there!
Tickets are a very reasonably priced $13.00 for adults;$10.00 for children 12 and under; 6 and under special consideration
Mingle from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy your meal, maybe win a door prize or an award and enjoy the rest of your evening by dancing to the tunes of Rob and Brenda Close (519-866-5053) our DJ’s for the evening or socializing who failed the Fred Astaire intro course. Dance only $5.00 at the door.
Door Prizes and Silent Auction Items gratefully appreciated!
For tickets contact Tracy Haines at 519-232-4606, Sherry Black @ 519-200-9475, Doug Newman @ 519-773-2664 or any of the other Executive for your tickets. Check out our website www.rustygaits.ca for more contact info.
Other Events on the Horizon:
October 2-3 – the Christian Cowboys at Turkey Point P.P.; info contact John McDougall at 785-0885 – camp in a remote part of the main campground and discover a gem for trails. I ride there fairly often and still get lost! I need my ‘human backtracker” big time!
October 3, Oxford Trail Riders, at the Carol Jones farm north of Tillsonburg; this is the club’s 55th anniversary year. Dinner consists of Beef & Fixins’, with the usual sides supplied. YOU bring a potluck dessert. Mark this location on your GPS ~~ 432560 Zenda Line, Tillsonburg ~~ ride at 11 a.m. and chow down about 4 p.m. Prices: ages 11-99 are $12.00, ages 5-10 are $6.00 and children under 4 are free; non-members pay a $5.00 fee and there is a Poker Run available for $5.00 per hand. Don’t forget your chairs. For tickets and/or more info, contact Carol Jones at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Really nice, pleasant trails! Excellent for your green riders/horses.
September 21-24 ~ International Plowing Match (IPM), Hwy. 3 between St. Thomas and Aylmer, just west of the Airport. Lots of interesting displays, exhibits, friends to visit with and much more!!!
September 25, Aylmer Stockyards Horse Sale, tack sells at 11 a.m., horses start at 1:30 p.m., horse entry fee $40.00 (includes HST). Contact the friendly office staff at 519-765-2672 for more features.
October 15-16, Bilyea Horse Sale, Ilderton Agriplex, Friday, horses sell at 7 p.m., tack at 9:30; Saturday, Tack sells at 9:30 and horses afterward. I believe these times are approximate! For more info, contact Nelson or Kathy @19-225-2130.
November 5-14, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair , Toronto, ON; click www.royalfair.org for more info. If you order by credit card, the password is RAWF10. Enjoy! A great show, from some people who used to show their Arabians there quite a few years ago. Oh, the memories!!!!!
2009 was the first time we tried a new format of adding candidates for Executive positions at the Awards Night. This seemed to work out very well, as we have a new President and an enthusiastic board; a number of folk volunteered that night and the rest of the Executive fell into place at the AGM. We have quite a few younger and energetic, idea-filled people now and this is a very good thing. May their children retain their horsey interests for many years to come!!!!.
Annual General Meeting (AGM), on Sunday, January 16 – Wiley’s Diner (formerly the Pillar & Post in Springfield), meet if you wish for breakfast or just a tea or coffee in the main dining room at 11 a.m. or so; the meeting will start promptly at 1 p.m. across the hall. This is usually a sparsely attended meeting, or a full house – it depends if club members are content with the way the club is being run or if there is contention. However, this is the ONLY time RGSC members have any voice in the running of their club. Should you have concerns about anything, make a suggestion for changes to the class list, have input about an idea and location for a clinic or trail ride, or just get something off your chest – this is the only chance you will get to do it until 2012! NOTE: you MUST be a member in order to vote – forms and membership cards will be there. Also, we will try to have an updated Membership Form on our website – www.rustygaits.ca in order to expedite this process.
I wish I could remember other things, but sadly, the process in not working too well right now.
For those with a creative journalistic bent , knowledge of desk-top publishing, or preferably both, the Editor of the Rusty Raider will be stepping back in 2011 to being an interested member and trail rider, plus an ex-editor and Director, Past President, Secretary and so forth. My interest in showing a horse is non-existent and I feel I have done my time for a lot of years, like since 1975 as a member and Editor from 1986 onward.. There are lots of younger and more talented people out there who could try their hand. I have just about all our old membership lists, including the very first hand-written one and other contacts. The computer has made this effort way easier than formerly with an IBM Selectric, no address labels and so forth. The most difficult part is the actual writing and constant editing! Also coming up with stuff and events about which to write.
Any errors or omissions, I will take the blame.