August 16 General Meeting

August 16 at the St Johns Equestrian Center is a very important General Meeting of the Horse Council.

Lunch Meeting from 12 to 2. Bring a dish to share, main course and ice tea will be provided.

Horse care demo after the meeting. Details to come! Everyone is welcome to come ride before the meeting!

We will be nominating and electing a new President and Vice-President. The St Johns County Horse Council is growing and entering a new phase.

Please view the  working draft of the new by laws. Posted 7/21/14.

With growth comes change, but we need to keep the good things we have use our size and vitality to promote St Johns County as a truly horse friendly community.

Exactly what can YOU do?

First help us encourage good committed people with a vision for the Horse Council and Equestrian Center to run. They can maintain and grow the momentum Terri Perrault and Beverly Foster have begun.

At the August General Meeting the Nominating Committee (NC) is charged with presenting the general membership with a ballot of candidates. The NC is 5 people: Laura Borger (Castle Guard at Picolata Stables), Ginger Dupont (Star Brite Foundation), Mary Farr (Sponsorship Chair), Brenda Jewel (long time member) and Claire Piatt (Secretary). For the next 7 weeks the NC will search for President and Vice President candidates. Nominating Committee members are not eligible for nomination.

If you have any interest in running for President or Vice President or want to suggest someone for us to contact, let someone on the NC know! “WHAT?” you ask, “I can’t do what Terri and Beverly do. I don’t have the contacts they do.” In preliminary meetings NC determined Terri and Beverly are actually doing 4 jobs EACH. It is obvious we can’t continue to grow and expect any one or two persons to do all these tasks. The NC will be identifying new positions and create job descriptions. These will be a part of the by laws. (View the working draft of the new by laws. Revised 7/20/14)

The best news is Terri and Beverly will still be actively involved in SJCHC. In deciding if you want to run you can speak with them about what they have experienced as President and Vice President. They will be here to mentor the new President and Vice President. They will introduce them to the people and organizations in St Johns County who actively support SJCHC. There are many people in the county who share our commitment to the horse community and want to see us flourish. It is as if SJCHC is moving from grammar school to middle school. There are people available to support you through this change.

If President and Vice President sounds like too much, consider stepping up to help in an area you are particularly interested in. I will be posting about a possible new structure for SJCHC. Your ideas are important. It is your energy that makes St Johns County Horse Council the vibrant organization it is. If you are interested in running for one of these positions or would like to encourage someone to run please contact one of the NC members. President and Vice President positions are a 2 year  commitment. Other positions can be negotiable.

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An Update from Terri

Happy summer to all! June 18, 2014

After a long, unpredictable winter and spring, it’s reassuring to have our old summertime weather patterns back.

We’ve had some good times this year and look forward to more as the year moves along.

Thanks to Dee Rudy, Mary Farr, Connie Fosberg, and all the volunteers for working so hard on the third annual Farm Tour. Our demonstration riders @ the Equestrian Center were superb! Kathy Woodward, Janis Destephano, and Carrie Damato showed off the particular gaits of the Missouri Fox Trotter, Tennessee Walker, and Paso Fino, respectively. Ali Smith, Valerie Hopkins, and Marissa Hopkins fired up the spectators with a taste of Western riding precision and speed. And Lynette Wadsworth treated everyone to a musical Freestyle Dressage presentation on her beautiful Friesian, Wietze. The many sponsor and vendor booths offered something for everyone. We are fortunate to have their support and participation. Once again, Janet Monsour served as our announcer with the perfect timing of a pro. Both Sand Spurs and Bella Mia Stables did marvelous jobs hosting the other two stops along the tour. Hats off to all those involved!

I have attached a schedule of 2014 SJCHC activities (See the Events Calendar). We have lots coming up in the fall, and look forward to your participation in an activity of your choice, or all if you’re game!

Judy Simms has been working hard with Greg Dunn of the Forestry Service and private land owners to plan a series of cross county trail rides as part of the area’s 450th anniversary in 2015. It’s her dream becoming a reality.

Look for more to follow on that as it comes along.

As you may or may not know, mine and Beverly Foster’s term as president and vice-president end this year. That brings me to two important points:

1. Nominating Committee – Mary Farr and Claire Piatt are looking for 3 more people to join them on the committee. Your input is appreciated and needed. If you are interested please get in touch with either of them, or let me know, and I’ll pass it along. Mary Farr –, and Claire Piatt –

2. Candidates for president and vice-president – The SJC HC has grown, and the use, and plans for the future use, of the Equestrian Center has kept pace. We need committed people with a vision for the future of the Horse Council to step up and toss their hats in the ring. There will be more about this coming along soon in emails, Facebook, and on the website. We will still be involved and look forward to working with whoever is elected.

There are some Equestrian Center projects in the wings…arena lights, trailer hook-ups, and that long awaited trail head are at the top of the list. It’s going to take that same dedication and vision from all of us to see these things through. However, we’ve come this far and I, for one, see greater things ahead.

We have our first permanent obstacle at the EC! It is a bridge donated by Morgan Olds from SpotLight Show Horses. It’s set up where we usually do the obstacle courses, east of the barns and storage area. Try it out!

The entry gates will be either reinforced or replaced soon so we can, once again, secure access through the gates. We’ll give everyone plenty of notice before that goes into effect.

It is important, especially in an election year, to tell your county commissioners, friends, neighbors, and anyone who will listen about the benefits of the SJC Equestrian Center. It is because of the partnership between SJC Recreation and Parks and the Horse Council that we are able to provide the events, educational programs, and individual and family  access for riding and training at the EC. It is vital for our efforts to promote equestrian interests in our area. We have come to look forward to these events and programs and to rely on the EC. Let the community know what it means to you.

Membership forms and online membership information are available on our website . Or contact membership coordinator, Laurie Newman,

Join us on the St Johns County Horse Council Facebook page, too!

All the best to you and your animals,


Terri Perreault
President SJCHC

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3rd Annual Horse Farm Tour

The Third Annual St. Johns County Horse Council Horse Farm Tour will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Free and Open to the Public!

Farm Tour Directions

SandSpurs Ranch
The tour kicks off at 9:00 at SandSpurs Ranch, 306 Cracker Swamp Dirt Road, East Palatka, Florida. SandSpurs specializes in Western horsemanship, trail rides and their beautiful clubhouse and grounds provide an event destination for weddings, parties and other events. Breakfast will be served.

St. Johns County Equestrian Center
The tour’s next stop at 11:30 is the St. Johns County Equestrian Center, 8200 Smith Road, Hastings, Florida, which will host sponsor and vendor booths, riding demonstrations, prizes and giveaways. Lunch will be served at this location.

Bella Mia Stables
The tour concludes at 2:00 at Bella Mia Stables, 8000 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine, Florida. Carriage rides, pony rides and dressage and jumping demonstrations by trainer, Lora Borger, will be featured at this location. Snack food will be provided.

Sponsors & Prizes

Here is an advance list of sponsors and donated prizes for the farm tour, totaling over $860.00! We still need volunteers for Saturday May 17 at the Equestrian Center. Please contact Dee Rudy or Terri Perrault to volunteer for any amount of time!

1. Jill Morris/Back to Basics Horse Health & Nutrition Consulting – One Free Consult ($50 value)
2. Jeff Klepinger – equine dentist – One Free Float ($100 value)
3. Halle Runk – Origami Owl – Medium Gold Locket with 8” gold bracelet with 3 charms
4. Hastings Equestrian: boarding/lesson – Free Lesson ($35.00)
5. Hastings Library
6. Equi-Cool – Horse Body Wrap ($160 value) Friend of HC Sponsor
7. Feedin Time – Red Sponsor // Bag of Pet Feed $40
8. Cheval Noire – Friend of HC Sponsor– prize TBA
9. ToiCoi Feed Mill – Friend of Horse Council – Sponsor at Bella Mia
10. Shelton Veterinary Clinic – Red Sponsor
11. Bozard Ford – Oil change gift certificates $25.00
12. Two Time Tack – Yellow Sponsor // Gift Certificate for 2 bags of feed
13. Wells Fargo – Friend of Horse Council
14. Farm Credit – Friend of HC Sponsor // providing snacks
15. Lori Wilford Realtor – Yellow Sponsor // Horse Head $50
16. Topline Training, Ginger Dupont – Demonstration/Member
17. Native Plant Consulting – $50 gift certificate
18. Connie Fosberg, Keller Williams Realty Atlantic partners – Yellow Sponsor
19. Futch’s Tractor Depot – Blue Sponsor
20. Ag Pro – Sponsor
21. Linda Dennis – Art – Portrait/Drawing $250.00 value

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SJCHC Updates and Upcoming Events – April/May 2014

The Horse Show at the SJC Equestrian Center on April 5 was just wonderful!!

We had an amazing turnout, wonderful riders and exhibitors, beautiful horses, friendly spectators, and hardworking volunteers!

Champion and Reserve Results  ::::   All Class Results

Huge thanks to all who showed and showed up, either as spectators, supporters, or volunteers. No one could ask for a better group than our local horse folks. And the weather held!! Thank the Lord!


The next BIG EVENT is the Horse Farm Tour. Look for more to come about that. Please contact me or Dee Rudy if you are available to help at either of the facilities, morning or afternoon OR at the Equestrian Center at noon. Dee’s email is deerudy at hotmail dot com

Please get involved with the SJCHC activities. We always a good time and we all benefit from our efforts.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!


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Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters!

Have you met our sponsors?

Huge thanks go out to the businesses and individuals that support our efforts to ensure we all have a horse friendly county! Please visit, shop, and use the services of the St. Johns County Horse Council Sponsors and Supporters. They help make all our great programs and events possible!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? For more information on how your business or service can reach a highly targeted and receptive audience, contact us at

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Miss a play day?

If you have a membership you can head on over to the equestrian center and play pretty much any day. ;D

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