Thursday, May 28, 2009

Adopt-A-Horse Benefit Dinner

Make plans to attend a fun event tomorrow evening and help out a worth while project at the same time.

The CCEHC is hosting the Adopt-A-Horse Benefit Dinner tomorrow night at the Clark County Saddle Club. The dinner will be pulled pork on a bun with sides and beer and wine will be available for purchase. During the evening, you will enjoy musical entertainment, a DJ and a silent auction that will be exceptional because these ladies are great at finding really good items. There will also be a raffle for a 5day/4night cruise and one for a set of tack decorated with turquoise and silver by Tina Olsen.

All of that and you will be helping local horses and their foster homes. The Adopt-A-Horse program was created to assist area horses that are in dire need and have been relinquished to the County Animal Control. CCEHC has a network of homes throughout the county that will foster these unfortunate horses until forever homes can be found. Some of these homes can provide the home and caregiving but need financial assistance for the maintenance of these extra horses and that’s where the Adoption program comes in. That group, mainly Lori Harris and Pat Brown, are continually working at raising funds to support this program that assists with feed and supplies for these horses in their foster homes.

Ok that is the why. Now here is the where:
Clark County Saddle Club
10505 NE 117th Ave
Vancouver, WA
Friday May 29th
6:00 pm
Tickets: $15.00 donation per person.

For more information contact Lori Harris – 360-798-3515
Clark County Executive Horse Council

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Watch out for stolen clothing -

This is an email that was just forwarded to me and I thought this would be an effective way to pass on the information.

- If the price seems to be too good to be true, it was probably stolen -

To Our Horse Community Friends

The Hobby Horse Clothing Co. warehouse in Chino, CA was robbed late on
May 22/early May 23rd, 2009.

Thieves made off with approximately $250,000 worth of chaps and show
tops. More than 300 pairs of our popular PMS split leather chaps were
stolen; they had been delivered from our customs broker less than 12
hours earlier. No attempt was made to enter our offices; no computers or
electronic equipment in the warehouse was taken. The thieves appeared to
only be after our chaps and more expensive garments.

My employees and my company are jeopardized by this robbery; we lost
inventory, including Limited Edition garments that cannot be replaced,
that would provide the cash flow to continue our business operations. We
will survive, but this is a serious setback.

I am asking for the help of horse community members in advising me if
they come across ANY strange offers on Hobby Horse apparel. We have not
yet completed an inventory of stolen items but will shortly. We will
post a notice on our website at www.hobbyhorseinc
. com regarding items that were stolen. A
reward will be offered for information in this case.

PLEASE contact me if you suspect someone is sellling our stolen
inventory. We will immediately contact our local police for their
follow-up. Most thieves are never caught, but Hobby Horse chaps and show
apparel is such distinctive apparel to try to fence, we may have a
chance of possibly recovering some of our inventory.

I also ask for your patience and understanding as we work through this
disruption; we appreciate your business more than ever in this tough
time. We'll do our best to fulfill your orders; we know you count on us!

Thank you, and please share this message with others in the horse

Suzi Drnec
Hobby Horse Clothing Co. President
13775 Stockton Avenue
Chino, CA 91710
suzi@hobbyhorseinc. com

Old Farmer's Advice

Not old farmers -

but I've got to show you where Dennis and I were riding this past weekend. We are up in the hills above Lyle, Washington with Oregon and Mt. Hood in the background.

It was an awesome weekend.

An Old Farmer's Advice:
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
* Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
* You cannot unsay a cruel word.
* Every path has a few puddles.
* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
* The best sermons are lived, not preached.
* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.
* Don't judge folks by their relatives.
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.
* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.
* Always drink upstream from the herd.
* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment..
* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
* Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Equine Survey

Hopefully most of you have already filled out the Clark County Executive Horse Council Equine Survey but if not, this is your reminder.
It takes all of about 5 minutes and is very important. The last one is several years old and has been a valuable tool but it needs to be updated to reflect the current population.

The results of this survey will enable the horse community to go to the various county offices and agencies and show them what an enormous economic impact we have in the county - politicians and politics go with the most pressure or biggest number. The results will also show that all the horses are not out in Amboy or other outlying areas, they are all over the county.

This information is also used by the news media when deciding what to cover in their reporting, and what twist to put on the story. It has been used when dealing with horse shows, clinicians and vendors. And finally, the numbers can be used by retailers looking to locate stores or to get financing.

The survey asks about the number of horses you own, if you board or keep them at home and the average monthly upkeep. It also asks for the yearly related expenses and if you have purchased a truck and/or trailer from a county dealer in the past three years. The only identifying question is your zip code.

Now, the only way that this will be truly valuable is if ALL of us fill out the survey. I know that when the last survey was put out, there were folks that were reluctant to fill it out because they were afraid that in some form or another, the county would “know where I live and would tax me”. The people who are doing this survey are in the business of doing market research and they know how to make sure all the information is anonymous. All they want is an accurate as possible count of the horses in the county - this always blows the politians away - and the ENOURMOUS amounts of money that we spend on our horses - another real eye opener for the rest of the folks.

Just click on this link to take the survey.

Now Get ‘R Done and let's put some muscle behind our requests.

(those are our boys this morning while it was still sunny and we do live in the urban area - it just doesn't look like it)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rescued Mustangs need homes

I just got this email from the Mustang Heritage Foundation.
Please pass it along.


The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is assisting with the care and placement of 220 Mustangs that were seized from a neglectful situation in Alliance, Nebraska. HSUS is seeking qualified adopters and horse sanctuaries to provide permanent homes for these animals.

The horses have been under qualified care for approximately two weeks and are current on their vaccinations and Coggins. Many of the mares are pregnant or have foals at their side. The majority of these horses are unhandled mustangs. The horses are currently being temporarily housed at the rodeo grounds in Bridgeport, NE, therefore HSUS would like to place them in permanent homes as soon as possible.

Adoptions are being handled by Front Range Equine Rescue on behalf of Habitat for Horses. Interested adopters should contact HILLARY WOOD of Front Range at 719-481-1490.

Contact Information:
Hillary Wood
Front Range Equine Rescue
phone: 719-481-1490