March 2017 Newsletter

Our annual meeting was attended by over one hundred people on Feb. 4th. Thanks to all who came and helped us celebrate the beginning of our twentieth year.  Danny Crampton, Pat Brown, Rachael Moreno and Scott Salters sang and played their cowboy songs for us during social hour. Two New Board members were elected- Marsha Korrish and Todd Ring. Volunteer of the Year was Dave Kline for his generous help and making a unique gravel hauler. Chanda Donnan and Scott McCullough were also honored for their helpfulness.  Fifteen charter members were honored with twenty year certificates. Awesome! The donated items were auctioned off by Don Brown, Myron Karsten and Todd Ring.  Barb Drake and I donated the table decorations for door prizes. The following businesses  generously donated items: Tom’s Western Store, The Wire Horse,  Ovid Farmer’s Elevator, Tractor Supply Co. of Owosso and Ithaca, Family Farm and Home of St. Johns and Corunna. The Clinton Vet Clinic donated three farm calls! Thank you to those who setup tables, cleaned up the hall, brought dishes to pass and bought auction items.

Volunteers!!! Saturday April 22  is the date for our first workbee. 8:30 am Sign in at staging area for work assignment areas. Staging area clean up, trail trimming, pickett pole fixing, and graveling low spots are on the agenda. Noon Lunch helpers are always welcome, if you can’t help out on trail work bring a dish to pass. Facebook will have updates. ATVs will be needed weather permitting to get to areas of trimming. Call 989-661-2541 for equipment needs.   Four hours of workbee credit earns one free night of camping.

The Annual Rotten Egg Hunt will be at 2:00 pm April 30th with Host Pat Brown and friends. They will have the wee ones and the young at heart looking for hidden eggs. There will be several types of eggs to look for. This annual family event welcomes youth. All fun activities are on foot in the staging area. Trail riding depends on the trail conditions according to the weather .

Our special event camping weekends allowed by the DNR will be:

Memorial Weekend May 26-29 Free Youth Fun Activities
The Fourth of July Weekend beginning June 30-July 4
Labor Day weekend Sept. 1-4
The Haunt Club Ride Weekend  Oct. 6-8 will have spooky glow rides, decorated trail games, 4 costume contests and Saturday night potluck.
“Explore the Hollow” weekend is Oct. 20-22 will have The Rustic Cabin Open House for anyone to visit and a special ride TBA.  SleazyBarbHorsewear is helping sponsor this event.

For all camping weekends, participants register at the Horseman’s staging area, have a group campfire, a potluck and special riding events. If interested in helping with an event, your participation is welcome. Check the web site at  or our face book page as the dates get closer for specific details.

Sunday September 24th will be the  11th Annual Rangers 4H Club Judged Trail Ride in memory of Kris Kulhanic.  From 10-2 pm this 10 obstacle event draws many participants testing their horsemanship skills. There will be a lunch and cash prizes awarded. There is no overnight camping with this event.

Renew your membership via the website to run off a membership form.

We have fun family events using our scenic 14 mile trail system.

Don’t forget that the rustic and modern rental cabins have 4 picket poles each and are the only equestrian rental cabins in the state system. They are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-44Parks. Get your rental date early as these cute cabins overlooking the lake, sign up fast.

Marsha Putnam