April 6 Program 7PM Scandia Town Hall - All things Bits.

posted Mar 30, 2011, 3:26 PM by Mary Lawrence   [ updated Mar 30, 2011, 3:30 PM ]

Bits and Bitting (No we are not going to talk about computers.)

Presented by Ginny Pomije

Big Black Horse

Ginny is a rider and a driver, and she and her husband, Jeff,  operate Big Black Horse a supplier of driving equipment. They go to many driving events, and Ginny gets to talk to drivers regularly. She is going to share some of her knowledge with us!  I am sure this program will be very interactive!

If you are interested educating yourself about how driving bits work, and what bit is right for what application (so you don’t amass a collection as big as mine) then come join us for this informative program.   

 You will have the opportunity to ask questions, get answers, and express your opinion!   Hopefully this session will assist those of use who haven't found that illusive "perfect bit".  

 The public is invited to attend this informative program sponsored by St. Croix Horse and Carriage Society.  Bring a friend!

If you aren’t a member, we’ll appreciate it if you drop us a line from the contact us page so we’ll know to bake a few more cookies. 


From our newsletter:


By Cherrie Rose

Have you ever found yourself standing in a store looking at a wall filled with 100’s of bits and wondering, “How do I chose the right one?”  I think most of us have been in this situationand probably more than once. I know I have a plethora of unused bits in my tack area and I’m sure I am not alone.

To help take the mystery out of bits, Ginny Pomije of Big Black Horse will be doing a presentation at our next program on April 6th from 7 to 8 at the Scandia Community Center.  I had the pleasure of listening to Ginny’s presentation on bits at Equifest 2010. Ginny took the mystery out of selecting the right bit.  Do yourself and your horse a huge favor and start the spring out with the correct bit for your horse. You will both be happier for it. 

Goodie break and then meeting at 8:30.

2011 CAA Conference Pictures (and more)

posted Feb 25, 2011, 5:53 AM by Mary Lawrence   [ updated Feb 25, 2011, 6:18 AM ]

  • We just updated the Picture Page with some great pictures of the CAA conference courtesy of Charlie Leck. (Thank You Charlie!)  It was WONDERFUL.
  • Sue Ahonen an avid driver who also builds vehicles is going to present a program about vehicle fit and suitability at our March 2nd program, start time is 7PM.  She has lots of experience and it will be a good talk.  She is bringing some examples of her work.  There are 2 flyers on the bottom of the Calendar Page, one with pony pics and one with horses and ponies.
  • Reminder about the March 19th Tools for Better Communication  Spring Seminar:  If you haven't registered and you'd like to attend - please do so at your earliest convenience!  Why? We need to plan lunch of course!  There are 30 people registered as of today and only a few are club members.  

March 2nd Program Vehicle Fit and Suitability

posted Feb 15, 2011, 4:59 PM by Mary Lawrence   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 5:24 PM ]

Sue Ahonen is the heart and soul of Ahonen Carriage Works.
5285 Markham Road
Makinen, MN  55763  
Phone 218-780-6380

She is the designer and builder of a wide variety of driving vehicles.  You'll see many of her creations at any SCHCSI drive, as well as many combined driving and pleasure shows.

Sue builds vehicles to fit equines of all sizes but a couple of new vehicles at the last sleighing event will be of special interest to Mini and Pony owners.  The deep snow didn’t seem to faze Sue’s trusty Mini Turbo put to a racing sleigh (see bottom picture) and the Albany Cutter turnout was a favorite.

If you are interested educating yourself about buying a cart, wagonette, marathon vehicle, or even a sleigh but aren’t sure about which    might be best suited for your needs, or how to exactly size the vehicle to fit your equine, then come join us for this informative program.   

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers that will assist you with finding the right vehicle.  And, if you like, you can even order one from Sue and she’ll make it to fit you AND your horse to a “T”. 

Hey, why not bring a friend!

Feb 9th Meeting - 2nd Wednesday in Feb. (note date change)

posted Jan 26, 2011, 7:00 AM by Mary Lawrence   [ updated Jan 26, 2011, 7:06 AM ]

February 9th Program 
The 2nd Wednesday in February! (NOT the 1st)
7:00 – 8:00 PM 
Scandia Community Center 
Two and 1/2 programs for the price of one! 

What color will the foal be? Presented by Susan Lockling  and  Oh, What a Weekend that Was! Presented by Marci Ukura 

What color will the foal be?

Sue Lockling is an enthusiastic horse woman and lots of fun.  This is talk is sure to be educational and I’ll bet we’ll have a laugh or two.   Sue will be channeling Gregor Mendel (the father of genetics) and telling us about how color genes in the Sire and Mare affect their offspring.

CAA Conference Recap. 

Marci Ukura will hopefully be recovered enough to share the highlights of the CAA conference.  Also…Marci will share what she learned about Currier and Ives at an estate sale… wonder what she’s got up her sleeve now?   Wonder what she bought?

Goodie break and then meeting at 8:30

Come for the program stay for the meeting!

Seminar: Tools for Better Communication on Saturday March 19

posted Jan 22, 2011, 8:59 AM by Mary Lawrence   [ updated Jan 22, 2011, 12:51 PM ]

Presented by
St. Croix Horse and Carriage Society

Saturday, March 19, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Montrose, Minnesota

Four presenters each well regarded in their field, with four different messages about communication. Every one of us can learn how to more effectively communicate with our horses through hands, voice and body and mind. If you have ever wanted to be more connected with your equine, this is a workshop to attend! Put on by a driving club for everyone who wants to expand their knowledge and develop skills.

Michael Scott is a well known horse trainer and experienced Combined Driving competitor.    Driving Rein handleing basics and problem solving from someone who really knows. 
Renee Hogendorf is an award winning practitioner of equine touch, massage, Reiki and aromatherapy-specializing in horses with behavior and fear issues. Learn some new ways to communicate with your equine. We will have a hands on demonstration. Not us (a horse). www.equinedefined.com
Steve Wood is a well known trainer of horses and their people.Common Horse Problems and how to solve them from the ground. www.wildwoodsleighandcarriage.com
Dawn Huebner a professional animal communicator is also a professional counselor, with an M.A. in Counseling & Psychotherapy.Learn about this fascinating and controversial aspect of interacting with animals. We will have a demonstration. www.animalpsyche.com

Tack Swap! 
Want to start driving? Want to get rid of some old tack or a vehicle that you’ve outgrown?
If you have tack to sell, please have it marked with your name and the price. 
You should plan to arrive at 8:40 – 8:45 a.m. to put you items on the display tables. The sale will be open during the lunch period.

You don’t have to be a member to attend! The public is welcome! Cost $5.00 to cover lunch.
Registration is required. 
To receive a registration form, please send and email to Cherrie Rose: vicepresident@stcroixhorseandcarriagesociety.org

Tack Swap – Bring your stuff!

Horse Trailering and the Minnesota State Highway Patrol

posted Jan 8, 2011, 5:14 PM by Mary Lawrence   [ updated Jan 8, 2011, 5:20 PM ]

Tom Tweeten writes:
We had a MN State Patrol Officer address this issue at our September Minnesota Horse Council Board meeting.  The proper licensing and operations of trailers appears to have become a focus for the Patrol.  

The University of Minnesota Extension Service is presenting a webinar titled  “Is Your Truck and Trailer a Commercial Vehicle?” presented by Jay Sletten, who is a commercial vehicle inspector  on Wednesday, January 26 at Noon.  

To join this free webinar go to: https://umconnect.umn.edu/commercial/ and enter your name 10 minutes before the webinar starts.

January Program: The Perfect Winter Dressing – And I don’t mean your holiday turkey!

posted Nov 23, 2010, 7:20 AM by Mary Lawrence   [ updated Nov 24, 2010, 6:50 AM ]

January 5th at 7:00 PM at the Scandia Town Hall

Janeen “Bobbie” Kleffman will give us some tips on how to choose the right clothing to stay warm in the winter. From head to toe, whether sleighing, riding or spectating, Bobbie will talk about the best clothing choices for staying comfortable in the cold winter wind chills. 

Bobbie lives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and spends her winters horseback riding and sleigh driving.  She is the designer and manufacture of the “Kleffman Cloak”, a lightweight garment specially made for cold weather equine sports.  Bobbie is the current President of the Riders-In-Cahoots, Inc.  She also has a radio program with a Nation Public Radio affiliate (KAXE Community Radio) called All Things Equine.  

 Kleffman works for Itasca Community College as the Director of Applied Learning and College attainment.  She holds a master’s degree in Education. 

Holiday Party

posted Nov 20, 2010, 5:59 AM by Mary Lawrence   [ updated Nov 20, 2010, 6:02 AM ]

Please join us for the St. Croix Horse and Carriage Society Holiday Party!

Friday, December 3rd             

Scandia City Hall   14727 209th St N, Scandia, MN.   

6:00 to 7:00 Social Hour

7:00 – 8:30 Dinner

8:30 – 9:00 Brief Meeting and Annual Board Election

Please bring a dish to share and a donation for the local food shelf.

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