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Late Summer 2006 Issue

Hello ORCSA members

It looks like Fall will soon be here with its spectacular color show and cooler days and nights. Fall has always been my favorite season, but it also gives me a sense of sadness - another year almost gone and with that, the coldness and the darkness of another long winter approaching: a reminder of the constant changes in our live, as time goes on, at its usual fast pace.

I hope those of our members who competed and exhibited their Clydesdales and Shires this year, had and are having successful and safe experiences, and those who don't compete, I hope you are taking time to enjoy and utilize your Drafts.

I have enclosed the results of the Ohio Exposition Draft Horse Show and the Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Show for those who might be interested. Also enclosed are the minutes from our August 11 General Membership Meeting. We have nominations for Officer Elections to vote on soon. So your ballots wall be in this newsletter. Please take a minute to cast your votes and return the ballots by November 1 to the address on the ballot. If you'd like to have a "write - in", feel free to do so, as we would WELCOME any one who would like to be an active participant in ORCSA.

Another item to work on this fall is the names of potential judges for the 2007 Ohio State Fair. If you have someone you would like to nominate, forward your names to Tim Myers by November 1. We need to have these people confirmed and willing to do these jobs, prior to the winter All Draft Horse Breed Meeting in December held in Columbus at the State Fair Grounds, so Tim can present our choices to Ron Mack, our Liaison, at this meeting.

A "thank you" goes out to Theresa Hall Shively for, again, overseeing the trophies for the Ohio State Fair. Theresa has done this job for years and has always done this work so efficiently and quietly, it just seems to happen on its own, but I know differently! Thanks Theresa for your help.

Our 2nd Annual Fall Camp out - Fun Weekend is set for September 30 and October 1. This will be at Clearview Stables - Norm and Anita Guiher's farm. A map will be enclosed (HERE)or check with for directions. If you want to set up camp on Friday, September 29, you are welcome to do so. You can come for Saturday and or Sunday or come when you can, even if for just a couple of hours. We want you to enjoy yourselves with good friends, good food and fun. Bring your horses, campers, tents, lawn.chairs, drinks, covered dishes to share at our Saturday night cookout and also for Sunday morning breakfast. For all other meals, you are on your own. There are motels about 8 miles from the farm, in the Norwalk/Milan area on Ste. Rte. 250, if you don't want to camp. Al plans to cook our Saturday night meal in the "big black pot" over an open fire. Last year, Al, Al's mom and dad were our "Cooks" and fed us great fried bread along with "Hobo" stew. The only thing we don't want at this year's weekend, is the downpour of rain that consumed us last year!!

So-1 hope we will see a lot of you at our place the end of September. If you have questions or ideas, call Al Sidell at phone: 419-637-3001, or Norm and Anita Guiher at 419-588-2365. Feel free to bring a friend or two who might be interested in Draft horses and State Association - the MORE -THE MERRIER!!

ORCSA Secretary