from October 27 Meeting
of New Officers
Horsing Around New Mexico
you hear....? (short quiz)
1. Who has been invited to lead a group of US Senators on a trail ride in NM?
2. Who won 3rd place at this years Ranch Horse Versatility Competition
at the State Fair?
3. Who showed a winning pig (6th out of 200+) at the State Fair?
Welcome to the NNMHA Newsletter!
Following are the minutes from the NNMHA General Meeting,
held October 27, 2004 at
JB's Restaurant on Cerrillos Road:
The meeting was held at JB's restaurant. Present were Eldon Reyer,
Patricia Lappe, Tom Johnson, Sandra Benson, Connie-Sue Jessup, Susan Smith
and Lorna Seebohm.
The slate of officers for 2005 was approved.
Eldon Reyer email@example.com
Vice President: Sandy Benson firstname.lastname@example.org 424-7592
Secretary: Lorna Seebohm email@example.com
Treasurer: Patricia Lappe firstname.lastname@example.org
Grounds: Tom Johnson 471-6798
Ridge Riders: Tom Johnson 471-6798
Search and Rescue: Tom Johnson 471-6798
Newsletter: Susan Smith 983-2128 email@example.com
Photographer and Webmaster: Connie Sue Jessup 438-2063 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eldon announced that the county fair board has gotten $180,000 to develop a
master plan for the fairgrounds. They plan to tie into city
water. If they cross the NNMHA property, Eldon would like to see if we
may also tie in.
Tom Johnson volunteered to head the Ridge Riders trail group again which will
meet the first Sunday of each month beginning in February at 9 a.m., at the
trailer on Rodeo Road.
The activities for the coming year were discussed at length and included
shows, trail rides, clinics, and again supporting the endurance ride in the
Caja. Ideas from the membership are encouraged. As Vice President in
charge of membership, Sandy will send out a membership invitation to over 300
local contacts by 11/15. She's also interested in hearing from members any
ideas for guest speakers.
The annual Christmas party was scheduled for December 11th at the Reyer home.
It is a good time and members are encouraged to attend. See Calendar of
Events list for directions and details. RSVP by 12/5 to Eldon.
Tom announced that Search and Rescue has done about nine rescues this
year. Interested members contact Tom at 471-6798.
The meeting adjourned around 8:30.
Calendar of Events:
Day Eve-Monthly Meeting at JB's Cancelled
Show Committee Meeting, trailer on Rodeo Road, 6 p.m., Selecting judges,
classes and a new chairman. Call
Dec 11 -Members Christmas
Party-5:30 Eldon Reyer's on Spur Ranch Rd, call 466-6280 to RSVP by 12/5 at least.
Directions: south on
285 past Eldorado. From the 2nd stop light (Chevron Gas station on left)
go 3 miles on 285 toward Lamy. At mile 3 Spur Ranch Road is on the
right. Turn and go 3 miles straight ahead. Do not make any turns. The
first mile you cross the rail road tracks. At mile 2 you pass Spur Ranch
gates on left. At mile 3 you are in Eldon's yard. There will be signs
reading "NNMHA" and "Reyer Ranch" to
help direct you. Bring a gift with a suggested price of $15.00, wrapped, but
not identified. Numbers will be drawn and gift selected. Once unwrapped the
next person selects a gift. etc. Food: The club will provide meat and drinks.
All others provide covered dish.
26 -Monthly NNMHA meeting -at JB's on Cerrillos Road
& St. Mike's 6:30pm, Guest Speaker President Eldon Reyer on Back Country
Jan 31 -Membership
Drive deadline for reduced rate payment
Feb 6 -Ridge
Riders Trail Ride - 1st Ride of the season. Meet at NNMHA arena 9am, call Tom
Johnson for info 471-6798
Feb 25 -Monthly NNMHA meeting
- at JB's on
Cerrillos and St. Mike's 6:30pm, Speaker TBA
March 7 -Ridge Riders Trail Ride- Meet at NNMHA arena 9am, call
Tom 471 6798
Introduction of New Officers
October saw the partial changing of the guard as new
officers were elected to the NNMHA. Generally, the same folks have been doing
all the work for a long time, and some of them will continue on in their
positions, but the organization now has at least two new people on board:
Sandy Benson, Vice President and Susan Smith, newsletter editor. Sandy is a
Cranial-Sacral Therapist and Equine Bodyworker who schools horses in Santa
Fe. She's put on a number of clinics in the past for NNMHA and is in charge
of this years membership drive.
The other new person is myself, Susan Smith. I've been in
publishing as editor and/or writer of books, magazines and newsletters for
many years. I'm an endurance rider, own two horses, have two grandchildren
who like to ride, and have written some articles for Western Horseman
and TrailBlazer magazines on topics such as Ray Hunt, ski joring, and
the Valles Caldera.
First of all, many thanks to Connie Sue for her years of
wonderful, dedicated service to providing this newsletter and for creating
the Horse-Talk website that is such a valuable resource for all horse people
across the state. Thanks to her also for continuing on as webmaster, and take
a look at her new upgraded site at http://www.horse-talk.com/nnmha.
The new members only site login is: member and the password is: nnmha.
What I hope to bring to the newsletter and NNMHA is some
widespread reporting on what is going on in the horse industry in Northern
New Mexico, with the intention of bringing some of the more exciting horse
activities to be hosted or sponsored by NNMHA. As usual I will include the
meeting minutes each month. The newsletter is an opportunity to keep you up
to date on some events that are coming up and coverage of ones that you might
not have been able to get to.
Horsing Around Northern New Mexico
In this section of the newsletter we will generally cover
horse activities that members have attended. This month I'm profiling a
clinic I attended in Alcalde, NM, entitled Exploring the Traditions of Light
Horsemanship Spanish Vaquero and the French Classical with trainers Ginger
Gaffney and Ron Breines.
Ginger's background is in natural horsemanship and French
classical dressage, while Ron's focus is on the Vaquero traditional approach.
Riding in lightness, collection on a loose rein, are some of the
characteristics of the Vaquero style of horsemanship. This was the style of
the caballeros that came to the New World, and also the beginnings of the
Spanish Riding School and other classical dressage schools of Europe. What
marks this style is time taking the time to train a colt to a point where
it is so light and responsive, it can save your life in battle. Although we
don't fight horseback battles these days, excellent horsemanship is still
highly valued. These two trainers took clinic attendees through a process of
learning a light touch on the ground and in the saddle.
We are in the process of scheduling Ginger and Ron to come
and do a clinic at the NNMHA arena in 2005.
Newsflash! The U.S. Forest Service has cleared part of the Winsor
Trail between the Chamisa Trail and Pacheco Canyon Forest Road. These are off
the Ski Basin Road in Santa Fe. They reported they took out 8 trees! In addition,
USFS cleared a very rocky section of the scenic Sagebrush Flats loop in the
Caja del Rio--thanks to Miles Standish for helping to make that happen!
Check out this article, "Ten Great Places to Romp with the
Horsey Set" http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/10great/2004-11-04-getting-horsy_x.htm,
in USA Today.
You can access this issue here: http://www.susith.com/nnmhapp
Be sure to click on Newsletter.
If you should have any trouble accessing this issue, please contact email@example.com or call Susan
Other upcoming dates....
Dec 4-5 Roeliff Annon clinic to benefit Horse Shelter of
Santa Fe, NM. He will start three rescued horses that have
eluded training so far. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cost: $25.00 to audit per
day. Where: Rancho Allegro, La Villita, NM, 25 minutes north of Santa Fe.(for
directions: email firstname.lastname@example.org) The clinic is open to the
May 7-8 Horse Fair at the
Horse Expo, Abq
May (dates tba) Art Grunig Clinic- 3 days riding, call Sandy 424-7592
May (dates tba) Caja del Rio Endurance Ride
NNMHA sponsored, call Lisa Oberteuffer, 983-3814 or email email@example.com
June 22-25 Rodeo de Santa Fe--will
need volunteers to do stall assignments for all those cute cowboys, call
July 16-17 NNMHA
English/Western Open Show dates (other dates tba)
It's that time again--time to renew your NNMHA
membership. $20 Individual, $25 Family before 1/31/05. $30 after 1/31/05. For
the renewal application, please go to http://www.horse-talk.com/nnmha
and click on membership, then click on membership application. Print it out,
fill it in and send it with a check to NNMHA, PO Box 4124, Santa Fe, NM
Your NNMHA membership card entitles you
to receive the Paddock Paper, the NNMHA Newsletter, reduced class entry fees
at NNMHA Horse Shows, and reduced fee or no fee for NNMHA clinics or other
NNMHA sponsored activities. Your membership also allows you to use the NNMHA
Horse Arena, as long as there are no conflicts with the NNMHA schedule.
(There is a fee for events you may want to put on that is not part of a club
activity). Individuals wishing to use the arena for schooling and practice purposes
who are members of NNMHA are covered under our insurance policy. It is the
member's responsibility to make sure that any individual (who is not a family
member) they bring to the arena also is a member. 471-6654
To make it easier for all the members
to use the arena at their convenience we have put combination locks on the
arena gates. The combination is the post office box for the club. If you
forget the combination look on your newsletter!
Remember that no one can use the arena
unless they are a member. So feel free to use the facilities but if you want
to bring your neighbors to join you, give them a membership form and invite
them to join or leave them at home.
Northern New Mexico
Post Office Box 4124
Santa Fe, NM 87502
to Did you hear? quiz: 1. Eldon Reyer, 2. Deborah Beneson, 3.