The Horseless Horsemen.
Good horsemanship is not only knowing how to ride, but also
involves caring for the animal properly. That's why the Horseless Horsemans'
Association is sponsoring the "adopt-a-Hack" program and a series of lectures
designed to promote good horsemanship. The purpose of the horseless horseman's
association is to provide those who do not have the privilege of owning their
own horse the opportunity to ride, show and learn to take proper care of the
animal. The association will be sponsoring lectures, special programs such
as "adopt a hack" and a musical ride for individuals, or Kur, which is planned
for the spring. In addition to lectures, shows, activities, and special events,
all those who become members of the association are automatically members
of the USDF and receive membership cards and all the benefits of USDF membership.
The "adopt a Hack" program kicked off on Sunday Jan 5 with a lecture by Sue
Mercil. The lecture covered the proper methods for taking a horses temperature,
respiration, and pulse and proper record keeping. The next lecture, Music,
Rhythm and Timing, in preparation for the Kur rides, is to be held Sunday
Jan. 12th at 2pm at Sweet Hollow hall. Upcoming lectures include: Wrapping
and Bandaging with Christine, Long reigning with Laura, Pulling and Braiding
with Diana, Western Showing with Lucy, Safe Loading and Trailoring With Linda,
Teeth and Ageing with Barbara, Shoeing with Jesse, Lounging with Christopher,
Police Horse training with J.D. as well as a surprise lecture by Karen Dvorskin.
Many of these lectures will be scheduled prior to the show season and will
enhance rider performance and safety. In addition to lectures, the association
also has educational field trips planned. We will be traveling to Manhattan
with J.D. to see police horses at work, as well as to an equestrian medical
facility, and also a trip to see how the program for handicapped riders works.
All these lectures, Field trips, as well as the Kur ride and adopt -a-Hack
shows are included with membership in the association. The association is
also sponsoring the "Paint a Rock" contest. Find a rock from the indoor that
reminds you of a person or thing, and get creative! The contest runs from
now till Jan 31st and will be judged Feb 2nd. Prizes will be awarded for the
most creative rocks. Get painting! Yearly Membership in the Horseless horsemans'
association is $50 for individuals and $75 for families, with some of that
fee going to the USDF for membership. For more information on the Horseless
Horsmen contact Sue Mercil or Barbara Margolies or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.