Greetings from BAHA's 4th Annual Falling Leaves Trail Ride, in Mammoth Cave National Park, KY!
With fall comes less daylight but it also brings cool crisp air, brilliant colored fall foliage, trail rides, fields full of pumpkins for carving and making pumpkin pie. Who can resist the small ghost and goblins that come trick or treating and just around the corner thanksgiving?
BAHA's 4th Annual Falling Leaves Trail Ride was held at the D Bar K Horse Riding Camp on the edge of Mammoth Cave National Park October 3-4-5.
Sixty plus BAHA members and friends took full advantage of the perfect weather to do what we all say we wish we had time to do, ride our horses for fun.
Many started out early in the morning and came back to camp late in the day, while others took short rides coming back to camp to rest, visit with friends and saddling up and taking another short ride.
That night everyone gathered to enjoy a BBQ rib dinner and while all the food was great the hit of the meal was the fresh roasted corn. BAHA president, Rick Tosch knows how to roast corn and if you don’t believe it just ask Terri Rettura for a testimony!
The BBQ Rib Dinner on Saturday night!
Thanks to all who helped put the meal together, it was a team effort. After the meal many stayed and played bingo. Instead of numbers on the cards each square had the name of a horse that BAHA members have breed, owned and showed throughout the years. It was a wonderful tribute to some very special equine friends. There were very nice prizes for the winners and the grand prize was a 27” TV. Thanks to the Henderson’s of Firelight Arabians for all the work they did designing the cards!
The winner of the trail course was Neil Henderson, who finished the course in one minute and twelve seconds with no faults. The horse riding ability of the Henderson ladies are well known but Neil has been keeping his talents hidden. Way to go Neil! If an award was given to the person who traveled the most distance to attend the trail ride, the award would have to go to BAHA member, Jenese Briegel’s mother who made the trip from Iowa to be at the BAHA Falling Leaves Trail Ride.
Several camped out Saturday night and hit the trail again on Sunday. It was a great weekend; make your plans to join us next year!
Relaxing at Firelite Arabians’ campsite. Neil Henderson, standing, is the 2008 BAHA Trail Champion
Katie Briegel borrows her daughter’s horse & tries her hand at closing the gate in the trail class.
Our condolences to BAHA member, Billie Dunavent, upon the passing of her father. A speed recovery to Joe Waits, who fell and broke his leg while helping clean up the storm damage from the high winds that came through Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Jason Reed will be BAHA's delegate to the Arabian Horse Association annual convention.
BAHA’s annual awards and election meeting will be held January 24, 2009. All BAHA directors will be elected at this meeting. The director’s term is for two years. Directors must be a member of the Arabian Horse Association and have been a member of Bluegrass Arabian Horse Association for a least one year. If you would like to run for one of the director’s positions please submit you name and a brief write up of why you would like to serve as a director. Your name and write up will be forwarded to the nominating committee. Please send your info to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 1, 2008. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the meeting. Detailed information regarding the time and place of the meeting will be sent at a later date.
New members Larry and Calvin Grant, ready to hit the trails in Mammoth Cave National Park!
Above: Scholarship checks presented to BAHA youth members Jennifer Henderson and Heather Perez
Don’t forget to Contact Jenese Briegel regarding the Stallion Service Auction. It is not too early to make plans for your 2009 breeding season. We have Purebred, Half-Arabian, Anglo-Arab, Quarter Horse, Saddlebred, Thoroughbred, Friesen, and many other breeds available. What better opportunity to breed to an outstanding stallion at a reduced price while at the same time supporting the BAHA futurity. We are still accepting new stallions for the 2009 stallion service auction.
A picture is worth a thousand words and these pictures taken at BAHA's 4th Annual Falling Leaves Trail Ride speak volumes. Sixty plus BAHA members and friends spent the first week in October at D Bar K Riding Camp on the edge of Mammoth Cave National Park doing what they love, spending time with their horses & friends.
A very happy group of BAHA members and friends after a great day of riding at BAHA 4th Annual Falling Leaves Trail Ride held at D Bar K Riding Camp on the edge of Mammoth Cave National Park.
BAHA member, Jenese Briegel and her mom, Katie Briegel, who traveled all the way from Iowa, enjoy a very special day at the BAHA trail ride.
“See you next year!” Says Katie, “It was an Awesome trail ride”