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Summer 2007 Issue

It's Summer Tune - Finally! Today, (6-18-07), the heat is on and hay making time is here - isn't that normal for June? We need some rain to relieve the thirsty crops and help turn the pastures green and the lawns too. Show Season is soon to start and there will be lots of county fairs and big shows to attend and to hitch your horses to compete for those ribbons, trophies and pay outs. I want to wish everyone a "good drive" and don't forget to try and enjoy all this too, while you are working and sweating away, getting the Clydes and Shires ready. It sure takes the love of these big brutes, lots of work, money and good friends and crew to make it all come together - BUT, that's what it is about and why we do it. We all have that "the disease that has no cure"! Good Luck and God Bless you. We had our annual Summer Picnic on June 10 at Sam and Angie Borck's farm, and about 30 some folks did attend and enjoyed a nice afternoon of friendship, good food and those great draft horses. A Big "thank you" to Sam and Angie and Angle's Mom and Dad for allowing us to "invade" their home and farm.

We voted for our 2007 Youth Representative at the picnic and elected Nicole Mitchell from Shelby, Ohio to be our Representative. I have included her photo and application in this newsletter, so when you see her at the shows, say "hello" and introduce yourself. I'd like to thank both Nicole and our other applicant, Ahlisha Kephardt, from Poland, Ohio for seeking this position for the 2007 ORCSA Youth Representative. We'd like Nicole to keep a diary or scrapbook on her experiences this coming year and then share it with us at the end of her term. We hope Ahlisha will try again for next year and also a big "thank you" to Emilee Edwards for serving as our representative for the past two years. This gal loved doing whatever she could to represent ORCSA and, she did it well!

The Ohio State Fair is coming up soon - in August. The Clydesdale and Shire Classes will be August 9 and 10. For those who plan to attend, our next General Membership Meeting will be on August 10 at 9:30 am in the Hospitality Room in the horse barn at the Ohio State Fair. We will be taking nominations for officers for 2008 at this meeting - Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Affiliated Trustee. I do not wish to seek the position of Secretary again, and hope you will consider nominating some one else to take this position.

We want to thank all of you who have sponsored a class or two for our halter and hitch classes at the Ohio State Fair. I know the exhibitors appreciate our efforts to present nice trophies along with the ribbons. Theresa Shively has overseen this project for many years, and I'd like to say thank you for taking this on and doing such a great job for us. Marcella Eaton sent me an email that I'd like to share, about 2 horses. here I can identity with this, as we have an old horse boarding with us since 1997, who is totally blind now and relies on us and his equine pals to help him "see". It is no fun growing old!

Dan and Linda Walker have volunteered to host our 2008 Summer Picnic at their home which is near Marengo, Ohio, north of Columbus and just off 171. Thank you Dan and Linda. I received an email from Dan on the picnic information and have included it in this newsletter.

Our Fall Wagon drive/horse ride will again be at Clearview Stables, with Norm and Anita Guiher as our hosts. It will be the weekend of September 29 and 30.2007. As in the past anyone who wishes to come in on Friday night, September 28, is welcome to come and set up their campsite. At this time, we don't know if there will be any stalls available, but there will be some that can be used, if you plan to bring your horses for the weekend events. We will havr mane an this in the newsletter after the Ohio State Fair. Plan to attend and have some fun with games, drives, good food and Good Friends.

Andy Kavalouskas volunteers at the Carriage Hill Farm Park, near Dayton and wanted to let m know about the Fall Plowing Days at the farm. This is a wonderful place to take your finflyaad enjoy the beautiful park and it's offerings. Andy sent me an email on this and it is if this newsletter.

Well, time to end these rambles and put this newsletter together and out to our members.


P.S. As I finish this, Theresa has notified me that we have all the classes sponsored for the Ohio State Fair-Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it
From a distance, each looks like every other horse.
But if you stop your car or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind.
His owner has chosen not to have him put down but has made a good home for him.
This alone is amazing. If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.
Attached to her halter is a small bell.
It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray.

When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.
Good friends are like this.
You don't always see them,
but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.