Union County Saddle Club

Union County Saddle Club News
Blairsville, Georgia

APRIL 2015

Hi Kids – it looks like the weather is finally starting to cooperate with our horse activities – trail rides are finally possible and we can really start getting ready for the 2015 show season. As far as I’m concerned, this has been a very forgettable winter – I’m glad it’s gone (I hope).

Our March Business Meeting was about as “well-attended” as most of them have been lately (15 members) -- where the heck are you folks? We really need your input and moral support! Please try to put every third Thursday on your have-to calendars. Don’t let the few govern the many – the few needs your help! Some good news came from this particular meeting – Matt Leonard (the man who owns the Blimpie, Huddle House and American Catch restaurants) has agreed to do our Concessions for this year and he’s willing and able to do and make for us whatever we want (within reason, of course). The Coggins & Vaccination Clinic we just held was a great success. I hope you were able to take advantage of it. We also have a fairly successful Work-day after the clinic. Hopefully you were able to come-out and do your part. If you weren’t able to help-out on this particular day, you will certainly get another chance in the very near future.

Be prepared to come out and help make your Club run. Sign-up sheets have been created so we can all sign-up to do our part in making our shows and events go – with such tasks as announcer and sign-up booth assistance; barrel, pole and cone set-up and removal; gate-keepers; etc.. It takes quite a few folks to put a show on and it shouldn’t be the same folks doing the work each and every time. Help-out once in a while -- you’ll feel a lot better about yourself and your Club.

Our Drill Team will be holding a Fund-Raiser Pony Ride at Zaxby’s on the 5 th of May between the hours of 5 & 8 PM. Come out and support them – the Club will get a kick-back for everything sold at Zaxby’s and the girls will be getting some help supporting themselves.

It has been suggested that we maintain a file of current coggins in the sign-up booth – so you don’t have to bring and present it at each and every show. We’re working out the details to put this in effect. If you wish to take advantage of this service, be sure to bring a clean copy for us to the next show and make sure the copy is good and legible – especially the horse’s name!

A few up-coming Club events :
* Starting in April and through October, Pepper & Co. will be holding 3-man Team Sorting
every 2 nd Tuesday – sign-up at 6:00 PM.
* He/they will also be holding 2-Man Team Penning every 4 th Tuesday – sign-up at 6:00 PM.
* Our first UCSC/NBHA Barrel Race will be held on April 11 th -- starting at 10:00 AM.
* Our first UCSC Open Horse Show will be held on April 18 th -- starting at 11:00 AM.

Your 2015 membership dues are due if you haven’t already done so ( include e-mails please ) .

As usual, if you have any comments, suggestions, complaints, criticisms and/or anything else that you need to get off your chest, please feel free to contact me at:

Union County Saddle Club, Inc.
c/o Jim Holzinger
42 Brumby Run, Blairsville, GA 30512
Cell: (706) 897-0980 / Home: (706) 781-6449 / Fax: (706) 781-1507 / E-mail: keyholz@aol.com

 

MARCH 2015

Hi Kids – We managed to “suffer through” our second business meeting of the year – in spite of the “meat locker” we met in! We did actually get the meeting room system fixed (a “blown capacitor”) but the existing system was never intended (nor is it able) to heat the room with the outside temperatures that we’ve been experiencing these last few days and weeks. One small benefit -- the cold seems to promote shorter meetings.

Our second UCSC Business Meeting of the year did actually come-off OK (with only 14 members in attendance). Dr. Zager talked to us about the upcoming Coggins/Vaccination Clinic to be held here at the Arena on Saturday, March 15 th , from 9:00AM to noon. This will give us all a great opportunity to take care of our horses and get them ready for the 2015 season -- at a reduced cost. Try to get there a little early so you can get properly signed-in and “in line”.

As soon as the above mentioned Clinic is completed, we will all have the opportunity to actively help support our Club – we will be holding our first WORK DAY of the year, to get quite a few maintenance items taken care of around the arena -- before we get into our season. PLEASE do your very best – MAKE IT A POINT -- to come out and help! The more of us who show up, the quicker the work will get done and the better condition the arena will be in. It’s our Club’s responsibility to keep our beautiful arena beautiful and it’s your responsibility to help!

There seems to be some “confusion” about when the arena is open for use – IT’S OPEN EVERY DAY! I unlock the gate every morning between 8:30 & 9:00 (depending on how quickly I can get myself going) and I lock it up every night at dark (or thereabouts). If anyone is there when I come to lock-up, I’ll ask them if they intend to stay for a while – if they do, I turn on the lights and either come back later myself to shut everything down or I make arrangements for someone else to do it. If you know ahead of time that you want/need to use the arena after dark or if you have any “special needs”, just give me a call (ahead of time) and we’ll work it all out (706-897-0980).

Your 2015 membership dues are now due if you haven’t already done so! Please do me a favor and try to renew before the first Open Horse Show (like you usually do). It will certainly make it easier on me if I don’t have to do all those cards, envelopes, stamps and everything in one big batch the day after the show. If your “vitals” or names haven’t changed, just stick a check in the mail and I’ll send-out your new card(s) in the return mail. If something has changed, I will need a new application (you can get a copy off of the web site). PLEASE give me your e-mail address, if you have one. It sure makes it a lot easier (and cheaper for the Club) if I can simply punch a button to send stuff out rather than having to mess with copies, labels, envelopes and stamps.

As usual, if you have any comments, suggestions, complaints, criticisms and/or anything else that you need to get off your chest, please feel free to contact me at:

Union County Saddle Club, Inc.
c/o Jim Holzinger
42 Brumby Run, Blairsville, GA 30512
Cell: (706) 897-0980 / Home: (706) 781-6449 / Fax: (706) 781-1507 / E-mail: keyholz@aol.com

JANUARY 20, 2015

Hi Kids – Well, your UCSC Staff is hard at it preparing for our new 2015 season – I hope you all are ready to do your share to help out and make this the best season ever!

The first item, and a sad one, that I’m sorry to report – Nanon Wiles’ husband Kermit has passed-on to a better place – we are all asked to offer our prayers for Nanon and her family.

On a much lighter note, our first UCSC Business Meeting of the year came-off OK (with 16 members in attendance) and we did get a few things accomplished. Your Staff held a short meeting, before the regular meeting started, to discuss the rather long list of maintenance jobs that need to be performed at the arena on a regular basis. It’s going to take a lot of help from a lot of you all to get these tasks accomplished. Look for a series of “work days” to be announced in the near future. We will also be posting lists at each show asking for volunteers to do all of the various chores that need to be done during the show to make our shows happen. Please look for these lists and add your name as often as your schedule will allow. Also get ready for the “work-days” – you will be notified when they are scheduled.

Hopefully you were able to attend our Year-end Awards Banquet at the beautiful Union County Community Center. A good time was had by all and our congratulations go out to all the award winners – they worked very hard for these very nice awards! It’s worth mentioning that the staff of the Community Center took real good care of us and the Community Center has been reserved for next year’s banquet.

The Show Sheet for this year’s Open Horse Shows has been finalized with one change – our regular, monthly shows will start at 11:00AM – except for the Special Invitation Shows – they will still start at 10:00AM as before.

One other notable change has been made – we will no longer be scheduling weekly practice times for the English, Rackers, Western Pleasure or Runners. Arena usage will be on a “share and share alike” basis. We will still schedule our roping and sorting practices/jackpots as they come up.

One more timely reminder: Your 2015 membership dues are now due! If nothing has changed on your application, just stick a check in the mail and I’ll send-out your cards in the return mail. Obviously, if something has changed, I have a need for a new application to be made. PLEASE give me your e-mail address, if you have one. It sure is a lot easier (and cheaper for the Club) for me to simply punch a button than it is to mess with copies, labels, envelopes and stamps.

As usual, if you have any comments, suggestions, complaints, criticisms and/or anything else to say, please feel free to contact me at:

Union County Saddle Club, Inc.
c/o Jim Holzinger
42 Brumby Run, Blairsville, GA 30512
Cell: (706) 897-0980
Home: (706) 781-6449
Fax: (706) 781-1507
E-mail: keyholz@aol.com

 

JANUARY 1, 2015

Hi Kids – I hope your new year has started-off in a positive way – looking for bigger and better things to happen in this new year of 2015!

I decided to send a “shorty newsletter” to simply remind you all that our first UCSC Business Meeting is coming up one week from tomorrow (Thursday the 15th) and it will start at 7:00 PM sharp” as it always does. We have a whole lot of items to deal with to get the New Year off and running, such as: establishing our 2015 UCSC Horse Show Schedule; dealing with the necessary Arena Maintenance; determining what we are going to do to resolve the Concession situation for 2015 and a whole lot more. We NEED all of you who actually care, to take a truly active part in this process! With help from more Club members, we will be able to get more done. Please don’t expect your Club Officers to do everything for you – it is every bit as much your responsibility to make the Club go as it is theirs – they’re just here to help get what you want done.

If for some legitimate reason you can’t attend all of these (Every-Third-Thursday) meetings, make it a point to contact one or more of your Officers before the meeting and let them know what your concerns are and they will pass it on at the meetings for you. If you don’t know who your 2015 Officers are, take a look at our web site.

One more reminder: Your 2015 membership dues are now due. If nothing has changed on your application, just stick a check in the mail and I’ll send your cards in the return mail. PLEASE give me your e-mail address, if you have one. It sure is a lot easier (and cheaper for the Club) to simply punch a button than it is to make-up the copies, labels and envelopes.

As usual, if you have any comments, suggestions, complaints, criticisms and/or anything else to say, please feel free to contact me at:

Union County Saddle Club, Inc.
c/o Jim Holzinger
42 Brumby Run, Blairsville, GA 30512
Cell: (706) 897-0980
Home: (706) 781-6449
Fax: (706) 781-1507
E-mail: keyholz@aol.com


 

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Union County Saddle Club
73 Saddle Club Drive
Blairsville, Ga. 30512
Mailing Address:
Union County Saddle Club
P.O. Box 2084
Blairsville, Ga. 30514
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