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

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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

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*** “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

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*** 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

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***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

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*** 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

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*** 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