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Spring 2007 Issue

Hello to all our members

It is finally "Spring" in Ohio, but I don't know that it is here to stay! As I put this newsletter together, we are to have snow and cold temperatures again and soon, just hope the Easter Bunny didn't catch a cold this year! I hope all of you who have expectant mares this season are having healthy and big strong foals and also that your mare will breed back for 2008. This will be the first time in twenty years that Norm and I won't be having foals on Clearview Farm, and I think I have mixed feelings on this. I won't miss the long nights watching and waiting and worrying about the deliveries - but I will miss those sweet, curious, happy babies, who love to nuzzle us humans, once they get over their uncertainness of us invading their little worlds. Aw - maybe next year!

I have a few things to cover in this newsletter:

We had our Late Winter/Early Spring get together in Grove City on March 10, 2007. We had a nice tune visiting with each other and sharing our pot luck lunch, which always works out, somehow. We had 19 folks attend this outing.

Our President Al conducted a short meeting, and I have the minutes in this newsletter for you to read.

We have renewed our ad in the "Draft Horse Journal" for another year.

We, ORCSA, will be attending the Equine Affaire in Columbus and representing our breeds with our stall and display. Members will participate in the Breed Demo during this event. We have volunteers to help with this adventure, and I want to say "thank you" to each of you who are making this happen, again. We have good members, who give of themselves, in many ways, and I know our association continues to be solid - because of you. Thanks.

Earlier this year, I put the application in the last newsletter for our 2007 Youth Representative. I hope we will get some returns on this, so we can vote at our picnic on who will be our Rep for this show season and year. Talk with your family and relatives, you might have someone who would be interested, ask the kids who help you with your horses at your farm or shows. I have included the application and rules again for you to look over. Send your application to Sandy Weldy - her address is on the form.

Our Annual Summer Picnic will be at Sam and Angie Borck's home, which is near Delta, Ohio. It will be on June 10, 2007, starting at noon. Don't forget to bring a covered dish to share, an item or two for our "famous" Chinese Auction, your check book, if you haven't paid your dues for 2007, or maybe you will want to sponsor a class for the Ohio State Fair. We have Classes that need sponsorships. A map and directions and information is included for this FUN DAY. I hope you will mark your Calendars and plan to come - it's our best way to stay in touch with each other and share our knowledge and experiences with our fellow Shire and Clydesdale owners.

We are still hoping more members will consider putting their farm and horses on our web site: . Brandon Knapp, our webmaster, will be happy to help and work with you, so you can join the links on our site with your photos and information. It is a good way to show off your horses, your place and/ or business and promote our horse industry. The National Clydesdale Sale is coming up soon - April 27 and 28, in Springfield, Illinois at the State Fair Grounds. This sale is an excellent opportunity to see a lot of Clydesdales in one spot for a couple of days. I think there are about 250 horses cataloged for this year's sale.

The Ohio Exposition Draft Horse Show will be hi late June and held at the Franklin County Fair Grounds. For those of you who show, more information will be coming to your from the show committee and for those of you who don't show - maybe you can go and support our members with your presence, applause and help - some of us, welcome help - some - maybe not! I got an email on a possible treatment for our continuous battle with "Scratches" . We haven't tried it ourselves yet, but it might be worth a try. It is in this newsletter.

This is about all I have for now, so...enjoy this Spring Season and nice weather, and I hope to see you "on down the road" sometime!

I will be looking for you at me SUMMER PICNIC.