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Jan 11


Annual Meeting

The Jordan Supper Club & Tap Room

Jordan, MN  

FREE lunch and a non-alcoholic beverage

at the Jordan Tap

for members attending the Annual Meeting!

Fri, Sat, Sun

Apr 24-26

MN Horse Expo MN State Fairgrounds

Fri, Sat, Sun

May 8-10

Spring Season Kick-Off Event Wild River State Park

Fri, Sat, Sun

Sept 4-7

Fall Trail/

Camping Event

Bartels Farm,

Rochester, MN


All Event details in message below




Message from Lynda Zimmerman, President

December 13, 2019




Hello Members and Friends of MAPFHA,

Winter has arrived, horse trails and campgrounds are mostly closed, so it’s time to get together to review the fun we had this year and plan for next season!

Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars; the date and location are set for our Annual Meeting. Thank you, Chuck Hauser, for making the arrangements:

Sat., January 11, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (social time starting at 11)

The Jordan Supper Club and Tap Room, Jordan, MN (directions below)


As previously, we will begin with a social time at 11 a.m. Lunch will begin at noon; we’ll order off a limited menu. The Business meeting will begin about 1 p.m., and we’ll have raffle items available, too.   FREE lunch and a non-alcoholic beverage at the Jordan Tap for members attending the Annual Meeting! You can, of course, purchase your own adult beverage. ;)



The Jordan Supper Club and Tap Room, the location for the 2020 MAPFHA Membership Meeting is very easy to locate. We will be in a meeting room on the Tap Room side of the business. Their address, for those that will use their GPS, is: 20201 Johnson Memorial Dr., Jordan, MN 55352. For those that drive the Minnesota highways by directions: The Jordan Tap Room is located along MN Hwy 169, also known as Johnson Memorial Highway, between Jordan, MN and Belle Plaine, MN approximately 2 miles south of Jordan.



Elections of two Board positions will be held at the Annual Meeting: President and Secretary. We will take nominations and vote at the meeting. I have served two terms as President so can’t “run” again, but can be appointed if the membership agrees.  Jan Meyer has done a fine job as our Secretary her first term and can run for re-election. In addition, if anyone is interested in the Membership Coordinator position, please contact one of the Board members for consideration. This is an appointed position but will be involved in the Board meetings. Our Vice President/Treasurer, Chuck Hauser, is currently handling the membership duties but would like to offer the opportunity to another member.


Membership Renewals

It’s that time of year, too. MAPFHA memberships follow the annual calendar now, so renewals are due January 1 for the 2020 year. The membership application is attached.


Also, if you want to join or renew your PFHA membership, you can join/renew at the Recreational Rider level for $35 annually. You’ll have to write-in that detail on their form, but it is available.


MN Horse Expo

Our Expo plans have changed, and we will participate/perform after all. I learned in early Nov. that Paso Fino trainer, clinician and performer, Michael Gascon, from Mississippi will attend and perform at the MN Horse Expo. This is exciting news and will highlight our b fareed to the general horse public! MAPFHA certainly needs to be there also, and I am planning a special performance, too!

April 24-26, 2020; Minnesota State Fairgrounds


Gascon focuses on trust, respect, reading the horse for clear communication, based on each horse’s individual nature. Known as the Horse Guru, he has won many National and Grand National Championships, but he also believes in a multi-purpose horse. His farm, Horse Haven, show horses are exposed to trail riding, herding cattle, mounted shooting, barrel racing and various activities. A fifth generation of Paso Fino trainers, Michael is the renowned showman who presented four Pasos and riders in a grand exhibit under a Chinese dragon costume, and you may have seen him in the hilarious Facebook/You Tube video riding in the Tyrannosaurus Rex costume. See more info on his website at:





II am trying to connect with his manager (his mother) to learn his schedule, whether clinics and/or performances, and I hope to arrange a social event for us with him at the horse barn. I’ll share more details as available, but please plan to attend.


Expo Donation

The MAPFHA Board also agreed to donate two mounting blocks to the Minnesota Horse Council to be used at the Horse Expo. We noticed that none were available either outside the horse barn or at the entrance to the Coliseum, which are essential mounting locations. So, seeing the need, we decided to fulfill it.


Season Kick-off Trail and Camping Event

MAPFHA will again hold a trail riding/camping event as a group in spring; however, it will be held at Wild River State Park in 2020, along the beautiful St. Croix River, east of North Branch, MN. Participants will be responsible for their own reservations and fees. Overnight camping attendance has just been too low the past three years to continue paying the rental fee for the Blue Stem campground at Crow Hassan park.


Jan and Marv Meyer, Pam Farmer, Bob and I have all made campsite reservations already, and I urge you to do the same soon. Many sites offer electricity, tie lines, picnic table, fire ring and a parking pad. We are in sites 18-20 if you want to be close to us. We will hold a potluck Saturday night and welcome all who want to come just for day riding or the potluck. The day parking area is right across from our sites in the middle of the campground; very easy in/out.


Reservations can be made at:


Dates: Fri.-Sun., May 8-10 (check in at 4 p.m., unless the site is open). This is Mother’s Day weekend again, which works best for most members. We hope you will join us for all or part of the weekend!


Fall Trail/Camping Event

Our event this past September was cancelled due to trail damage from heavy rains at the Bartels farm. However, gracious hosts that they are, Jim and Susan are inviting us back for another attempt in 2020. We’re moving the event back to Labor Day weekend, as that offers the most flexibility for member attendance, and the weather has historically been more conducive that weekend.  It should be a delightful time again of trail riding their wooded hills and corn/bean fields, socializing, playing a few games and sharing good food! Susan has dreams of installing a few trail obstacles next year which should liven things up for the horses. Their trails are beautiful that time of year with crops ripening, trees beginning to turn color, and low-water creek crossings; Jim’s trail maintenance skills are always excellent. We may do a theme of some kind, so stay tuned for more details. You won’t want to miss this one!


Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, 2020

Bartels’ Farm, just south of Rochester (location/directions posted later)



Happy Holidays and Safe Travels to all of you this wintry season! We look forward to seeing you in January!


Lynda Zimmerman, President

Mid America Paso Fino Horse Assn.

Live, Laugh, Love, Ride!


Chuck Hauser, Treasurer and Membership

Janice Meyer, Secretary

Sharon Gallagher, Director at Large



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