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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org, and Claire Piatt – email@example.com.
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 www.sjchc.org . Or contact membership coordinator, Laurie Newman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on the St Johns County Horse Council Facebook page, too!
All the best to you and your animals,