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26/ MAY 2011 THE RIDER

Ganaraska Forest Horse Club BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2011

President: Caroline Thornton Vice-President: Jim Higgs Secretary: Alberta McKibbin Treasurer: Michele Bignell Membership: Larry Melnychuk Correspondence: Jess Brill

– Cynthia Armour

Mission: To develop a fellow- ship with other equine enthusi- asts that allows one to safely enjoy trail riding in the Ganaraska Forest.

Membership: $20 per year

Contact: Email – GFHC- Website:

Newly Elected Board of Directors – 2011/2012

President: Caroline Thornton Vice-President: Jim Higgs Treasurer: Michele Bignell Secretary: Alberta McKibbin Membership: Larry Melny- chuk

Correspondence: Jess Brill

Ganaraska Forest Horse Club

Directors: Bob Coleman Shirley Stapleton

Ex-Officio: Web Master Jacqueline Visconti

Director: Bob Coleman Director: Shirley Stapleton Ex-officio: Web Master Jacque- line Visconti

On March 5th the Ganaraska Forest Horse Club held its 7th annual dinner dance “Cruise Night”.

inclement weather enthusiastic supporters enjoyed an evening of fun, food and fundraising in support of our activities. Pro- ceeds of this event help us fund improvements in the Ganaraska Forest that continue to make it more horse and rider-friendly for all of us. See the list of last year’s upgrades in the March/April 2011 issue of The Rider.


The club’s Annual General Meeting was held April 17th. This educational afternoon was held in the Forest Centre, a


beautiful new facility onsite. Non-members were welcome to attend and some even decided to join that day.

We were treated to three pre- sentations:

Kate Romanenko specializes in barefoot trimming. This approach goes beyond merely removing your horses’ shoes. For more information about her work see her website at m/home.html.

Dr. Kathy Kivi spoke to the group about equine dentistry and the need to have your hors- es’ teeth professionally checked to ensure that they are able to process and digest their food properly. She can be contacted at

Jes Stringer presented on prop-

er saddle fitting which is impor- tant to your horses’ comfort, flexibility and overall sound- ness regardless of what disci- pline you ride. You can find more information on her web- site at http://www.strin-

Each speaker had an opportunity to set up a display table and participants were able to ask their specific questions after the sessions and group Q & A.

The newly elected board of directors is posted above and we’re looking forward to a

strong team leading us forward.

The winner of the draw for a free 2012 GFHC membership was Kathy Higgs.

Upcoming Event

Join us on Sunday, May 29th for the 15th Annual Poker Ride where you locate and answer questions along the way. Always well attended and fun to ride, this year will be a 2-3 hour outing on a marked trail in the Central Forest. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and rides can begin at 9:00 a.m. with the last rider out at 11:00 a.m.

You may become a mem- ber the day of the event for $20. Members ride for $10 and Non- members pay $20 to participate. Half of all entries go into the poker pot and all riders must be back by 2:00 p.m. to participate in the draw. Last year’s winner Jacquie Hansford (pictured with committee members) went home $470.00 richer. All com- petitors may also draw for a prize. Food and refreshment will be available from the GRCA canteen so come out and join the fun!

Fifth Annual Al Humphrey Memorial Ride SUNDAY, July 31, 2011

Pledges raised by this year’s ride will benefit:



*25 kilometre marked course through the scenic winding trails of York Regional Forest * *Top Ten Pledge Earner Awards, Individual, Team & Volunteer **Set your own pace **Radio Checkpoints * * Horse Holders * Wake-up Coffee ** Lunch Stop * Spot Prizes *Overnight camping available** Saturday night campfire * Individual, Team & Sponsor Entries** After Ride Entertainment & Bar-B-Que *

Starting at Al’s Tack Shop Check-in from 7:30 am Start times from 8:00 am 2011 Rider Registration Fees:

Prior to June 25 $25.00 • June 26 to July 25 $45.00 • July 26 to July 30 $65.00 Rider and Volunteer Registration NOW OPEN

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY, LIMIT OF 300 HORSES & RIDERS Please Note: Registrations will not be taken the day of the Ride

Registration Forms and Information available at OR

Al’s Tack Shop,4812 Vandorf Sideroad, Stouffville, Ont L4A 7X5. 905-640-2011,

The Al Humphrey Memorial Ride, in honor of Allan Stewart Humphrey (October 10, 1932 – February 2, 2006,) or as he was known to most “Al” of Al’s Tack Shop, provides an opportunity for the horse community at large to make a positive contribution to the lives of others by raising funds for deserving non-profit organizations. During his life- time Al gave selflessly in support of many deserving organizations and charities. It is in this spirit that the Al Humphrey Memorial Ride has been established. Recipient chari- ties and/or organizations are named on an annual basis.



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