C&O Canal Ride postponed

Sunday March 19, March 26 is the new date – RTR 11:30 am

The ride is postponed from its original date of March 12 because of extreme cold and possible ice. It’s been postponed from March 19 because of suspected ice on the trail, plus some people’s trailers are still snowed in.

*** Wearing of the Green C&O CANAL Trail Ride out of the Brunswick Train Station with Nancy Harmon.
RTR 11:30, Sunday March 19 March 26
RSVP 301- 639-4448 or horsingaroundhoney@live.com
Lunch afterward at Beans In The Belfry Cafe up the street from the parking lot.
Ride:
We will split into different groups if needed. Bring water for your horse and clean up tools. Expect hikers, dog walkers and trains. Great footing on the flat tow path along the Potomac River, but shoes or boots may be needed for tender-footed horses. Planning on riding about 10 miles Brunswick to Harper’s Ferry at walk and slow gait but will shorten it if needed depending on condition of horses. We can also split up to accommodate all riders and horses. And don’t forget to wear your green and I bet we will have horses dressed in their green finest too!

Directions from Frederick area / Interstate 70 to Marc Train Station at 100 South Maple Ave. Brunswick, Md …
1)  Take exit 52 / Rt 340 west toward Charles Town
2)  Take exit for Md 17 for Brunswick
3)  Left onto Md 17 and continue through 4 roundabouts
4)  Turn right following rt 17 onto Petersville Rd
5)  In Brunswick, follow signs for MARC train (around the circle and take E. A street to S. Maple Ave)

 

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Chocolate, Cheese & Wine Trail Ride & Party

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ride, eat, celebrate Valentine’s Day and our friendships:

Conditions permitting, we’ll take a short ride on easy trails suitable for barefoot or out of shape horses and cold temperatures; then retire to the house for the Three C’s – Chocolate, Cheese and Cheer that everyone will bring to share…last names starting with A-M bring cheese and white wine … N-Z — please bring chocolate and red wine — soup and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

Ready to Ride 1:00, so plan to arrive 12 noon on …. feel free to stop at the house on your way in to drop off your items and/or use the restroom, then proceed to the trailer parking area through the white gates, around the big barn, to the grassy area on the right. Bad weather or trail conditions may mean we just eat and party or postpone to the next weekend…… please plan to keep in touch for condition updates if questionable.

WE WILL EAT AT 3:00 … NON-RIDERS and FAMILY WELCOME … you may park closer, at the house or around the big barn just inside the white gates.

We are celebrating Mika’s First Birthday (Jacquie’s B-day too), and their birthday wishes are to benefit the Days End Farm Horse Rescue with donations of new or lightly used horse and stable items … checks and cash work too!

1218 Sunrise Beach Rd * Crownsville, Md 21032 Easy access from I-97, Rt 32, or Rt 3 … gps will get you there, or call for directions … look for the black wooden walking horse
RSVP please to 410-923-6157 / 410-215-4979 jacquiecowan@comcast.net

Please note – the following weekend is for:

Hikers, Bikers, Skiers and Horseback Riders!

The Pennsylvania Equine Council

PRESENTS A FREE

1-DAY TRAIL STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP

WITH BUD AND GWEN WILLS

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Click here for PDF Flyer with details.

Caroling this Sunday (December 18, 2016)

Brrrrrrrr  ….   No doubt that winter is here!

Caroling this Saturday is still on with or without horses …..  we will skip the trail ride earlier in the day and start with the original plan to gather at the house for some pre-caroling holiday cheer to get us in the spirit … we’ll load up and head out on our designated tour to spread the holiday spirit and pick up donations … then back to the house for hot cider and snacks … I will leave it to each of you on whether or not to bring your horse… friends and family welcome.

Updated flyer here!

Please be sure to RSVP so I know how many to expect and how much food & drink to fix … updates Saturday will be available by phone 410-923-6157 / 410-215-4979

We can use some more trucks for caroling … Bring a folding chair for the singing hayride and a blanket.

Jacquie

***Suzanne Anderson’s Birthday club ride at Annapolis Rock

Suzanne Anderson’s Birthday club ride at Annapolis Rock.

RSVP Suzanne at 301-646-0242 / trailsendfarm@verizon.net for directions and ride time.

This year I celebrate my birthday in style, with my horse, my gaited riding buddies, and a BEER! We’re going to ride to the Waredaca Brewing Company (you can find them on Facebook and at www.waredacabrewing.com). Bring a lead rope, bring $$ for a libation and/or local cheese and crackers, bring your id☺.  Outside food is also welcome. We will tie to fence posts (not the planks) in the pasture behind the brewery, and we will take turns going inside and staying outside with the horses at the request of the Farm and the Brewery.

The trails include hills, water crossings, usually some mud, and generally decent footing for barefoot horses. We will be in the saddle at least 4 hours total, 2+ hours to the brewery, 2+ hours back. We won’t race there, but I’d like not to dawdle either.

March 20 Ride Replaced by March 26 Ride

Due to iffy weather, our Club “Wearing of the Green” trail ride on Sunday, March 20 will be replaced by the “Bunny Hop” over the same trail on Saturday, March 26.

Bunny Hop or Wearing of the Green on the C&O Canal out of Brunswick Train Station with Nancy Harmon..rtr 11:00.. RSVP 301-639-4448 orhorsingaroundhoney@live.com … Lunch afterward at Beans In The Belfry Cafe up the street from the parking lot.

We will split into different groups if needed. Bring water for your horse and clean up tools. Expect hikers, dog walkers and trains. Great footing on the flat tow path along the Potomac River, but shoes or boots may be needed for tender-footed horses. Planning on riding about 10 miles Brunswick to Harper’s Ferry at walk and slow gait but will shorten it if needed depending on condition of horses.

Directions can be found on the calendar page of this site.

 

 

CHOCOLATE, CHEESE, WINE TRAIL RIDE (hopefully) and LUNCHEON

Saturday, February 13, 2016!

Don’t forget to RSVP to Jacquie – 410-923-6157 / or jacquiecowan@comcast.net

Alert! Due to cold weather, no ride to be held. Proceed directly to Party Mode!

1218 Sunrise Beach Rd * Crownsville, Md 21032
Easy access from I-97, Rt 32, and Rt 3, GPS will get you there – look for the black walking horse on the driveway … or call 410-923-6157 for directions.

Click the image below for the full flyer (will open in a new window).

CCC-2016

It is Jacquie’s 65th birthday! Her birthday wishes are to benefit Days End Farm Horse Rescue, so please bring a new or gently used horse or stable item – cash or checks are good too!

CHOCOLATE, CHEESE and WINE TRAIL RIDE (hopefully) and LUNCHEON

Alert! Due to cold weather, no ride to be held. Proceed directly to Party Mode!

Ride, eat, celebrate Valentine’s Day and our friendships:
Conditions permitting we’ll take a short ride on easy trails suitable for barefoot or out of shape horses and cold temperatures; then retire to the house for the Three C’s – Chocolate, Cheese and Cheer that everyone will bring to share…

Last names starting with A-M please bring chocolate and red wine
Last names starting with N-Z bring cheese and white wine
Soup and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided
Ready to Ride 11:30, so plan to arrive at 11:00 ….
Feel free to stop at the house on your way in to drop off your items and/or use the restroom, then proceed to the trailer parking area through the white gates, around the big barn, to the grassy area on the right.

Bad weather or trail conditions may mean we just eat and party or postpone to the next weekend…… please plan to keep in touch for condition updates if questionable.

Alert! Due to cold weather, no ride to be held. Party is still on for Feb 13, 1:00pm

NON-RIDERS and FAMILY WELCOME (come around 1:00) …
You may park closer, at the house or around the big barn just inside the white gates.
RSVP please to 410-923-6157 / jacquiecowan@comcast.net
 

Upcoming 2016 Fun

What you will want to know about riding with the Chesapeake gang …
     We always have fun !!!!
     Our Club rides are geared for all riders and horses present, including the least able…we may split into multiple groups or spread ourselves out allowing the faster and stronger riders to move on ahead and meet back up along the way.
     Club activities are posted in the Newsletter and on our Electronic Calendar, which you can check for more details by clicking on the calendar day.
     If you would like help at a ride, let the trail host know when you RSVP so we can pair you with an experienced member.
     Do RSVP for all activities so we can plan well and let you know of any last minute changes or cancellations.
     Please call if you are running late or you will not make it at all.
     Posted Ready To Ride (RTR) times mean you are there, tacked and ready to mount up.
     Always carry a copy of your current coggins, water, and clean up tools … we always leave the area cleaner than we found it.
*** Indicates Club Events & Membership is Required – new memberships are accepted at events so you are welcome to bring friends – just give their membership form and payment to the ride host before unloading – better yet, mail it at least a week ahead.

More plans are in the making for obstacle clinic, beach ride, Valley Forge and don’t forget Fair Hill Oct 6-9. Reservations are open! Share your ideas for more fun – contact Jaquie at jacquiecowan@comcast.net

February 13, Sat ***Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Trail Ride (hopefully) and Party Conditions permitting we’ll take a short ride on easy trails suitable for barefoot or out of shape horses and cold temperatures; then retire to the house for the Three C’s – Chocolate, Cheese and Cheer — soup and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided that everyone will bring to share. Ready to Ride 11:30, so plan to arrive at 11:00. NON-RIDERS and FAMILY WELCOME (come around 1:00) RSVP please to 410-923-6157 / jacquiecowan@comcast.net LOTS MORE details in FLYER (p 6 of Newsletter).
February 23, Tues

2/15/16 update 

Maryland Legislative Day… join fellow equestrians in Annapolis to hear what bills are coming up that will affect us and what we can do about them… meet your legislators and enjoy an evening reception. www.marylandhorsecouncil.com/industryday
March 20, Sat

2/15/16 update

*** “Wearing of the Green” C&O Canal Trail Ride on the C&O Canal out of Brunswick Train Station with Nancy Harmon..rtr 11:00.. RSVP 301-639-4448 or horsingaroundhoney@live.com … Lunch afterward at Beans In The Belfry Cafe up the street from the parking lot.

We will split into different groups if needed. Bring water for your horse and clean up tools. Expect hikers, dog walkers and trains. Great footing on the flat tow path along the Potomac River, but shoes or boots may be needed for tender-footed horses. Planning on riding about 10 miles Brunswick to Harper’s Ferry at walk and slow gait but will shorten it if needed depending on condition of horses.

Directions from Frederick area / Interstate 70 to Marc Train Station at 100 South Maple Ave. Brunswick, Md.
• Take exit 52 / Rt 340 west toward Charles Town and Leesburg
• Take exit for Md 17 for Brunswick
• Left onto Md 17 and continue through 4 roundabouts
• Turn right following rt 17 onto Petersville rd
• Once in Brunswick, follow signs for MARC train (around the circle and take E. A street to S. Maple Ave)

April 9,Sat

2/15/16 update

*** Trail ride at Cedarville State Forest with Shelby Tipton …  (Waldorf, Md) … rustic horse camping available and ride nearby Jug Bay Sunday … this could be our Novice Horse Camping weekend …make your own reservations with the Park by calling 301-888-1410 … RSVP Shelby (before 8:00pm) 301-848-1650
April 22-24, Fri-Sun Tuckahoe Spring Fling in Tuckahoe State Park near Denton, Md … camping on site with home-cooked meals provided … ride the only hilly trails on the Eastern Shore!
April 22-24, Fri-Sun

2/15/16 update

***Gettysburg Weekend at Artillery Ridge Campground … Make your own reservations 717-334-1288 — be sure to mention you are with the Chesapeake Club – group block will be held until March 15 before releasing unreserved stalls, paddocks and campsites to the general public … reservations can still be made after that but will be based on limited availability … Artillery Ridge also has a few cabins to rent — RSVP Jen Black 410-279-4830 / rdtwh2006@gmail.com

▶ Please be aware the riding the battlefields is limited to walk/slow gait/trot only. No cantering or “hot rodding” through the battlefield or campground. The trails are shared by hikers and horseback tours and walking tours so please be considerate to others in the park.
▶ There will be NO historical ride this year. Just camping, riding (at your leisure) and having FUN!!
▶ Pot Luck dinner will be on Saturday night

April 29-31, Fri-Sun PPWHA Spring Gaited Clinic with Elizabeth Graves in Dillsburg, Pa Details in the works!
May 28, Sat

2/15/16 update

*** Suzanne Anderson’s Birthday club ride at Annapolis Rock… south of Lisbon, Md RSVP Suzanne at 301-646-0242 / trailsendfarm@verizon.net …great opportunity to explore this section of Patuxent River Park that has few trail markings, but Suzanne knows the park like her back yard … hills, water crossings, usually some mud, and generally easy footing for barefoot horses … more details to come closer to time
June 25, Sat

2/15/16 update

*** Sweet Air Club ride with Jennifer Mohr…RSVP 443-610-4887 / jenmohr1@gmail.comready to ride 11:00am… this section of Gunpowder Falls State Park offers wooded trail, somewhat hilly and/or rocky in locations. Shoes or boots recommended…. Bring water and clean up tools with you and plan to take your manure with you so we keep the parking lot clean. This is a multi-use trail, and we often see mountain bikers, hikers, and dogs during a ride…Picnic area at trailers, so bring lunch for after the ride….gps or mapquest 2791 Dalton Bevard Rd Baldwin, MD 21013
July and August *** dates to be determined … probably in Patapsco and / Susquehanna State Parks where it is usually cooler, plenty of water for the horses, and fewer bugs.
September Do you have any suggestions???
September 30 – October 2 League of Maryland Horsemen’s Invitational Weekend at their private campground in Patapsco Valley State Park north of Ellicott City, Md.
October 6-9 *** Chesapeake Get-Away weekend at Fair Hill NRMA near Elkton, Md … registration form in this newsletter edition and on electronic calendar.
October 15 *** Rosaryville State Park Fall Festival … we will ride to the historic Mt Airy Mansion for lunch and entertainment.
November 4-6 Tuckahoe Fall Festival and Auction … camping on site with home-cooked meals provided.
November 26 *** annual “Turkey Gait” ride in the Manassas Battlefield Park.
December 10 or 17 *** Caroling On Horseback … with or without decorated horse we serenade Jacquie’s neighbors in Crownsville, Md and collect food, blankets and warm clothing for the Anne Arundel Co Food Bank and Homeless Services.
January 1, 2017 *** Kim’s New Year’s Day Trail Ride.

Also in the works are a fundraiser ride to benefit Days End Farm Horse Rescue and an Obstacle Negotiation Fun Day.
Do you have a favorite place you like to ride, or somewhere you have never been to, or something else you want to do or learn? Send your ideas and wishes to jacquiecowan@comcast.net for inclusion in the upcoming plans. Our calendar is always a work in progress and there are no rules to how many times we can get together during the year. And our membership comes from all over, so we like to get to everyone’s area as much as possible.

*** Indicates Club organized rides that require Membership due to insurance requirements

Happy New Year!

Eleven of us met at Rockburn on 1-1-2016 to start the New Year off right!

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Kim was our ride host and brought toasts for us before the ride – and “Stud Muffin” horse treats for our 4-legged friends after the ride.

We hit the trail at 11 am. A couple of times, we were able to split into faster and slower groups to meet up further down the trail.

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At one point, Karen (maroon vest, on Royal the buckskin) nearly got a bath, as Royal thought the creek crossing was a good place to roll! She quickly pulled her foot out of the stirrup and got him up – Royal had a nice wet belly and Karen never got wet!

A great time was had by all!

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January and February Events

Time to renew your membership for 2016!  $10 for Individual, $15 for Family, or $60 for a Sponsor (Sponsor includes family membership, block ad in the newsletter, and link to your website from ours).
Membership Form download.

***Jan 22-24, Fri-Sun…
We still need your help in the booth at the
2016 MARYLAND HORSE WORLD EXPO..
no experience necessary – just your smile and love of horses – limited free passes available that get you in early without standing in line and better parking opportunities … 410-923-6157 / jacquiecowan@comcast.net NOW please!

***Jan 1, 2016, Friday …
Kim’s NEW YEAR TRAIL RIDE at Rockburn into Patapsco… Friday,
RTR 11:00 from the 1st parking lot on the left in Rockburn County Park … Plan for 3 hours / 9 miles … trails are wooded with hills, creek crossings, some rocky areas and polite mountain bikers… RSVP to Kim 240-423-0359 / ladyhawk06@verizon.net … gps Rockburn Elementary School at 6145 Montgomery Rd, Elkridge, MD.
UPDATE: Weather has not been cooperating this week. I’m still hoping that the sun will come out tomorrow and dry things up. However if we get more rain, we may need to change plans. Perhaps delay to Saturday. Standby for more details.

Directions from Route 100 … take exit 4 for Rt 103 W / Meadowridge Rd…1/2 mile turn right at light onto Montgomery Rd… then an immediate left following Montgomery Rd…within the mile turn left into Park at elementary school…turn into first parking lot on left…we use the grass area on left to park trailers – entrance is in back left corner of parking lot.

Bad weather or very wet conditions may send us elsewhere, so be sure to RSVP and check the electronic calendar for updates.

***January 9, Sat…
POST HOLIDAY GIFT EXCHANGE and PLANNING PARTY … at Donna Almond’s Upper Marlboro home in Prince George’s County at 2:00…please bring a dish to share that goes with ham, your drink, a wrapped gift value up to $15, and your ideas for trail rides, clinics, and whatever else you want to do as a Club this year…RSVP to bigtrot@aol.com / 301-627-6797

Directions to 8106 Croom Station Rd, Upper Marlboro, Md from North starting at Rt 4 / Rt 301 Intersection … travel south on Rt 301 for 4.5 miles going through 3 traffic lights … turn left onto Croome Rd / Rt 382 … continue 1.5 miles … turn left onto Croome Station Rd … almost immediately bear right into driveway just before the railway crossing … pass through gate and turn right into first driveway … follow to house on hill.

From the South starting at Waldorf / Cedarville Rd intersection … Follow Rt 301 north 2.3 miles … bear right staying on Rt 301 … travel 7 miles passing through 8 lights … at 9th turn right onto Croome Rd / Rt 382 … continue 1.5 miles … turn left onto Croome Station Rd … .almost immediately bear right into driveway just before the railway crossing … pass through gate and turn right into first driveway … follow to house on hill.

!!! If you cannot make the party, please pass your ideas and wishes for 2016 on to either Donna or Jacquie before the 9th