Union County Saddle Club

Union County Saddle Club News
Blairsville, Georgia

July 2014

Hi Kids – In case you hadn’t noticed, June was a very busy month for our Saddle Club! Gospel Fest 2014 turned out to be great success, Josh’s Sorting Clinic & Jackpot was enjoyed by many and the Rodeo was outstanding! I hope that many/most of you all were able to come out and enjoy the month with us.

Let’s talk about the Rodeo: It was the best attended rodeo we’ve ever had (standing room only on Saturday night) and the Circle N and Hendricks folks put on the best show we’ve ever seen. The Club made a few bucks, the sponsors were happy, the vendors were busy and the fans really got their money’s worth. As you know, an event like this takes a whole lot of work by a whole lot of people – selling sponsorships, delivering, picking-up, selling and taking tickets, parking more cars than the grounds could hold, and on and on and on. We had vendors who provided almost everything you can imagine (and some you can’t). Again, I hope most of you were able to attend or help-out – if you didn’t, you missed out!

Let’s talk Trash: If you had looked at the grounds, bleachers and the arena itself after the show, you would know about trash -- it was everywhere! I’m afraid we’ve turned into a “world of pigs” – but, I guess that’s just modern-day life! Although it was raining, we were fortunate enough to locate a few “friends” who did some “undercover work” – they picked-up all the trash, bagged it all up and put it in the dumpster – a huge job – well done! Thanks to Gerald Patterson and his crew (and machinery), the bleachers are all back in position, the arena has been brought back from the dead, it has been plowed, watered, plowed and dragged – it’s all “pretty” again and, as of 4:00 PM last Tuesday, the arena is again available for your use!

Josh Pebbles is going to put on another one of his Horsemanship Clinics & Sorting Jackpot on Friday, July 18 th, from 3:00 PM to whenever – try to come out and enjoy a good time and, maybe, learn something.

Another positive change is being made to our regular, Weekly/Monthly Arena Schedule – Pepper Ledbetter and friends will be re-instating the Tuesday Night Roping Practices – to be held on the 1 st and 3 rd Tuesdays of each month (starting July 1 st) plus they will be holding Line (3 man) Sorting events on the 2 nd Friday of each month. Again, I hope you all will be able to come out and support these new activities.

Our June Business Meeting was again sparsely attended but we got done what we needed to get done! It sure would be great if more of you would put the 3 rd Thursday of every month on your “must attend” calendars – we want and need your input and assistance. If you don’t help, you shouldn’t be complaining!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT THE ARENA FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:

Tuesday, July 1 st Roping Practice 7:00 PM to ????
Friday, July 11 th Line Sorting – Pepper Ledbetter 6:00 PM to ????
Tuesday, July 11 th Roping Practice 7:00 PM to ????
Friday, July 18 th Horsemanship Clinic & Sorting Jackpot 3:00 PM to ????
Saturday, July 19 th UCSC Open Horse Show 10:00 AM to ????
Saturday, July 26 th GOP B-B-Q & Rally 7:00 AM to 5 PM

Don’t forget your 2014 UCSC dues!
It’s not too late – 279 of you have joined-up, so far!

As usual, I invite you all to “send” comments, suggestions, complaints, criticismsand anything else you need to get off your chestto:

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
or E-mail: < keyholz@aol.com>

 

JUNE 2014

Hi Kids – It’s newsletter-time again – I’ll try my best to keep the editorializing to a minimum – but, sometimes I just can’t help myself!

If you attended our NRHA May-Day Celebration (Sanctioned Racking Horse Show) you’re one of the very few who did! The show was a real “bust”. We only had 48 NRHA Class-entries (we expected 90 or more) and our Club-member support was the worst I’ve ever experienced! My thanks goes out to Gerald and his crew, who put the track in “pristine” condition (the best it’s ever been); to the Larkin and Keen families, who did the sign-up booth and gate-collection stuff all by themselves (the girls had to do the sign-ups by hand – the new computers were “on strike” for this show); to our ever-dependable Mary Marcus, who handled the money-matters like she always does; to Old Man Bridges, who bush-hogged the arena-grounds before the show, manned the show-gate (with help from his friends) during the show and helped me pick-up trash after the show and finally to the “ few” who had the courtesy to call me with legitimate reasons why they couldn’t be there to help! To the rest of our Club members, I say “thanks for nothing”! I have informed the NRHA that, unless some drastic changes take place within their organization and ours, I will no longer “push” for this Club to sponsor any future Sanctioned Shows here in Blairsville. It’s a sad fact but true – “lack of interest” is a real killer!

Our Special Invitation Party was a very different story – we had a great time watching all those smiling faces! We had lots of member support, leading our happy guests around the arena and Robert Bridges brought his super-wagon to take everyone (who was brave enough) for rides around the arena grounds. A grand time was had by all! As far as the Open Horse Show that followed is concerned, it came off pretty well, considering the fact that Mother-Nature caused it to “drizzle” on-and–off all day long and the temperature got a little “nippy”. We ran “Speed-events” from 1:00PM until just after 6:00PM and we did the “Judged” events until just after 9:00PM. We did have a few more Rackers than we have been having recently but we only had one of our English folks show. All-in-all, it was a long day but a good day!

Our May Business Meeting was busy and we got a lot accomplished. The plans for the up-coming Rodeo are moving along just fine – look for a great week-end of Rodeo fun! The up-coming “ Gospel Fest 2014” will prove to be a major “happening” here in Blairsville (that will keep the arena off-limits for regular horse-activity from Thursday, June 5 th through Sunday, June 9 th.) We will need Club member assistance with parking for the actual events on Friday & Saturday. Please contact Beth, if you wish to help-out.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT THE ARENA FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:

Friday, June 6 thh Gospel Fest 2014 6:00 PM to ????
Saturday, June 7 th Gospel Fest 2014 All Day
Friday, June 13 th Sorting with Josh Pebbles 4:00 PM to ????
Friday, June 20 th UCSC/Circle N Rodeo 6:00 PM to ????
Saturday, June 21 st UCSC/Circle N Rodeo 6:00 PM to ????

Don’t forget your 2014 UCSC dues!
As expected, a large number of you waited until our first show to renew and a bunch more renewed last Saturday – that’s OK – keep ‘em comin’ and I’ll try to keep up.

As usual, I invite you all to “send” comments, suggestions, complaints, criticismsand anything else you need to get off your chestto:

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
or E-mail: < keyholz@aol.com>

 

MAY 2014

Hi Kids – I hope you’re ready for a big year! Our first UCSC/NBHA Show and our first UCSC Open Horse Show of the year are behind us and we had good turnouts for both (but I can’t help but wonder what has happened to the huge turnout of rackers that we used to have – did we do something to “pucker” them? If so, I sure would like to know what it was so I can get it fixed. We are looking forward to even bigger and better turnouts for the rest of the year – I hope you all will make it a point to play a truly active part in your Saddle Club – the more the merrier!

We had our April Business Meeting last Thursday and it was the least attended meeting yet and we probably set a Club record by having a meeting that only lasted 23 minutes – but -- we did what we came to do and got done what we needed to get done – we just did it quickly and efficiently!

FYI: Our brand new computer system is up-and-running and the arena is now officially WiFi’d. We voted to add a couple “extras” to the computer shopping list – replacement of a couple very old and inoperative battery back-ups/surge-protectors; “real” covers for our new printers (to protect them from the severe dust problem that we have) and official carry-cases for the new lap-tops (to keep them “pretty” & operating).

After our “quickie” business meeting, we had a meeting of our Rodeo Committee – everything seems to be going along smoothly, thus far – we’re just out selling sponsorships and getting everything ready for the big show! If you know of any prospective sponsors (arena or event), please contact them or let Art know who it is and we’ll contact them for you. Every little bit of help is needed and is/will be appreciated!

I just can’t help myself – I have to add an Editorial to this newsletter: I want to personally thank those of you who were responsible for giving me the opportunity to get some real healthy and needed exercise – picking up your trash after our shows ! I thought this was primarily a horse arena, but obviously, a few “pigs” also dropped by! I will never understand how anyone could even consider leaving trash behind -- to muck-up our beautiful arena, bleachers and grounds! It would only take a very few minutes for each of you to pick-up what you dropped (or even pick-up stuff you see that others have left) – or -- better yet, don’t drop it in the first place -- there are countless trash barrels around the grounds for such items. As if the left-over trash problem wasn’t enough, some turkey even walked-off with our official UCSC Pooper-Scooper! I know times are tough kids but, come on ……….….. #*$@^&%?!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT THE ARENA FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:

Saturday, May 3 rd UCSC/NRHA (Sanctioned) Racking Horse Show 3:00 PM to ????
Saturday, May 17 th UCSC Special Invitation & Open Horse Show 10:00 AM to ????

Note: Our “Drill Team” may be practicing on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 PM

REMEMBER – There’s still time to pay your 2014 UCSC dues (if you haven’t already done so)!
As expected, a large number of you folks waited until our first show to renew your memberships (my fingers are still numb) but that’s OK – just keep ‘em comin’ – I’ll gladly “suffer” through the pain! But watch out, one of these days, I’m going to stop sending stuff to you old 2012 and 2013 members….!

As usual, I invite you all to “send” comments, suggestions, complaints, criticismsand anything else you need to get off your chestto:

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
or E-mail: keyholz@aol.com

APRIL 2014

Hi Kids – March Madness is finally behind us (almost) and the worst winter I can remember is also gone (we hope). Maybe the weather gods will finally stop the rain and snow long enough to allow us to start spending our time playing with our horses like we’re supposed to be doing. Our show season is fast approaching, so get ready to come out and enjoy a big year!

We had our March Business Meeting last Thursday – it wasn’t as well attended as we would have hoped for , but those of us who were there got through our agenda just fine:
* Our Donna Carpenter Benefit Show was a roaring success – if you hadn’t already heard, we raised just
at $16,000.00 for Donna & Bone. Thanks to all of you and your friends for coming out and supporting
this totally worthwhile cause. We “done good” and had a great time doing it!
* We held the last of our Winter Barrel Blast Series – they all went very well in spite of a few weather

difficulties along the way.
* Our brand new computer system, to control our shows, keep our records, results, etc. is scheduled to be
installed within the next few days. This should really help streamline our shows and make it a bit easier
for our hard-working sign-up, scheduling and announcing crew to manage our shows.
* We had our first Rodeo Committee meeting and have started the process of getting sponsors for the
show and making all the necessary arrangements to make this year’s rodeo the best ever. Please come
out and volunteer your time and effort, as all good active Club members should do.
* We now have official Union County Saddle Club License Plates for sale @ $10.00 each – be sure to
get yours before we run out (but we will be ordering more, as the demand demands).
* Also, don’t forget to buy your official UCSC Butt Pads @ $6.00 each – they really help keep your
sitting muscles happy.

Chelsey and her crew really did manage to surprise old Josh with a Surprise Birthday Party last Saturday. Can you imagine anyone being only being 31 years old? They chased cows (and each other) all over the arena, ate burgers, dogs and who knows what else and they just had a grand old time. That’s what this Club, and arena, is all about!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT THE ARENA FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:

Saturday, Apr. 5 th UCSC/G-Bone Team Roping Noon to ????
Sunday, Apr, 6 th UCSC Drill Team Practice 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Saturday, Apr. 12 th UCSC/NBHA Barrel Horse Show
Saturday, Apr. 19 th First UCSC Open Horse Show 10:00 AM to ????
Sunday, Apr. 20 th UCSC Drill Team Practice 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Saturday, May 3 rd UCSC/NRHA Racking Horse Show 3:00 PM to ????
Note: Our “Break-a-way” ropers may also be practicing on Sunday afternoons


REMEMBER – It’s
time to pay your 2014 UCSC Dues! – Please don’t wait until the first show!

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014

Hi kids – I know February is our shortest month but, I for one, can’t wait for it to go away – too much rain – too much snow – too much mud – too much stuff getting in the way of doing what we want to do most – play with our horses! We’re getting close – if the weather holds, we can finally start getting serious. I hope you’re ready for a big year with the Union County Saddle Club – we are certainly spooling one up.
Lots of fun-stuff for one and all!

We had another well-attended Business Meeting last Thursday – we got a lot done getting ready for 2014:
* Our Show Committee fixed a few words in the By-Laws that needed work, they came out with the 2014
Show Sheet and they worked on a few last-minute details for the up-coming Donna Carpenter Benefit
Show. Be sure to come out and actively support this very important event;
* We are about to start taking bids for a full-blown, built-in, sprinkler system to keep our arena moist and
dust-free. It should work a whole lot better than the old water truck;
* We are on the verge of finalizing the purchase of a brand new computer system to control our shows,
keep our records and results, etc.:
As I said, we got a lot done at this particular meeting – hopefully even more of you will find (or make) the time to come out for our future meetings (every 3 rd Thursday @ 7:00 PM) – we need and appreciate all of the help we can get to make this Club go in the direction the majority of our members want it to go.

We will be having our first Rodeo Committee Meeting in the very near future – to finalize everything necessary to make this year’s rodeo the best ever. The Dodge Truck folks will again be our prime sponsor but I expect that we (the Union County Saddle Club) will be a co-prime sponsor. It will be a lot of work but, with the help of our friends (you folks), we should be able to pull-it-off, no sweat! Keep in mind, we will need many additional gate and event sponsors – so put your thinking-caps on looking for candidates.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT THE ARENA FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:

Friday, Feb. 28 th Donna Carpenter Ranch Sorting 4:00 PM Practice Session Start
Saturday, Mar. 1 st Donna Carpenter Barrel Race & Roping 9:30 AM to ????
Sunday, Mar. 9 th UCSC Drill Team Practice 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Saturday, Mar. 15 th UCSC Barrel Blast Jackpot 10:00 AM to ????
Saturday, Mar. 22 nd Private Birthday Party Noon to ????
Sunday, Mar. 23 rd UCSC Drill Team Practice 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Note: Our “Break-a-way” ropers may also be practicing on Sunday afternoons


REMEMBER – YOUR 2014 UCSC DUES ARE NOW DUE! – Please don’t wait until the first show!

JANUARY 2014

Hi kids – I decided to write this newsletter a little early this month – no “rants” and no complaints, just a little Union County Saddle Club news and a bit of “team-building”.

Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s up to all of us to actively support Art and his 2014 UCSC Staff . They (we) are all dedicated to making this the best UCSC year ever! The more active (and regular) help we get, the better the year will be.

Our Show Schedule for 2014 is starting to take shape and the dates are filling up. Jennifer has called her first Show Committee Meeting – to happen late this month. If you have any ideas or constructive thoughts to offer, be sure to contact her or any of the members of her committee. Just keep in mind, it’s our collective responsibility to actively support whatever gets decided. If you have a problem with something, let Jennifer hear about it but be prepared to help her work it out.

Our January Business Meeting was well attended and a quite a bit was accomplished: *Our first
Barrel Blast turned-out to be a success – we made enough to cover our $500.00 added money plus a
little more. *The process of purchasing and installing new computers, printers and everything that
goes with them is well underway. *We also discussed the proposition of having a timer read-out at the finish end of the arena – it may be a little costly, but we’re “thinking” about ways to get’er done.

It was decided to hold a Benefit for our Donna Carpenter , who’s really been “through it” these past couple of weeks – we hope and pray that she’ll continue to show the progress she’s shown thus far. We will be having a “Sorting” event on Friday, February 28 th and a “Barrel Race” and “Roping Show” on Saturday, March 1 st . More details will follow as soon as they are firmed-up.

I just have to end this newsletter with a little straight poop (no pun intended) and I hope this is the last time we have to bring it up! Our Official Arena Manure Policy has raised quite a “stink” lately – here it is: “Don’t scrape-out your trailer and then just leave the mess on the ground for folks to walk in! If you make a mess, have the courtesy of using the scoop provided (if you don’t have your own) and throw the mess in the grass. The primary areas of concern are the roadways surrounding the run-out chute, the “entry area” to the arena and the “holding area” just outside the orth-east corner of the arena. It certainly isn’t too much to expect that we all clean-up after ourselves and our horses. Contrary to reports that I’ve heard, we do not expect everyone to “follow their horses around with buckets and shovels!”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT THE ARENA FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:

Sunday, Feb. 2 nd Private Birthday Party
Saturday, Feb. 15 th UCSC Winter Barrel Blast #2 10:00 Sign-up – 1:00 Start
Saturday, Mar. 15 th UCSC Winter Barrel Blast #3 10:00 Sign-up – 1:00 Start
NOTE: The County Mounties will using the arena each Friday from 4-7PM thru February 22 nd
Our “Break-a-way” ropers may also be practicing on Sunday afternoons


REMEMBER – YOUR 2014 UCSC DUES ARE NOW DUE – Please don’t wait until the first show!

 

Physical Address:
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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