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May 8-10 Spring Season Kick-Off Event Wild River State Park




Message from Lynda Zimmerman, President

Oct 15, 2019




Hello Members and Friends,

Well, short as it was, I hope you got in many hours of riding your fabulous Paso Finos this summer! Hopefully, we’ll get a little more nice Fall weather to continue the pleasure.


Save the date, January 11, 2020, for our next Annual Meeting. The location is yet to be determined, but Chuck is looking into establishments near his home in Jordan/Shakopee area. For all the years he has driven north to our closer locations, it’s time to return the favor and drive his way. We still anticipate offering a free lunch for members.


Membership renewals will be due in January and effective for the full year. You can use the attached application and submit now, or you can renew at the meeting.


Regarding Expo 2020, MAPFHA riders will skip next year. It’s a busy time of year for everyone, and the 4-day time commitment is a big chunk of time to commit to every year. We’ll likely go again in 2021.


Change is also coming to our spring Season Kick Off Event next May. The Board has decided that we will go to Wild River State Park on the St. Croix, on the same Mother’s Day weekend (May 8-10). Each member will pay their own way.  If you plan to join us, we recommend you make camping reservations early as the Peruvian Club has historically held their annual event there on the same weekend. We don’t have confirmation on that for 2020 yet, but camping reservations do fill. I’ve already reserved site #20, so reservations can be made now. All sites at Wild River are now electric with high tie lines for horses. We’ll share another potluck on Saturday night, May 9.


I want to thank Dan and Barb Scherer for their long time MAPFHA membership and support. Their horses have moved to a new home, and they have saddles for sale if you’re looking. We’ll miss you, Dan and Barb, but best wishes and Happy Trails wherever life takes you!


Jan Meyer is looking for one horse to board in. She lost her beloved gelding, Confianza, this fall, and Mesa would like a new pasture companion. Jan lives right across the road from Crow Hassan park. Please contact Jan for details or see her Facebook post on the MAPFHA page.


In my horse family, Chaco started the season strong, but injured his Check Ligament end of June, so missed mid-season. He returned for one competition in late Sept., but the season is pretty much scratched. He’s doing well, though, and has no lingering issues. Nevado is retired from competition, and my new guy, Tori, is adding trail miles to his resume as he adjusts to MN life. He’s pretty laid back rather than competitive so we’ll see where his “career” goes. Both he and Chaco attended Obstacle events in spring and did well. If you’d like to try that with your horse, I can offer a couple resources.


For those who aren’t on Facebook, Bob submitted a photo of Chaco and I from the June ride at Forestville for a photo contest, and it was selected for a new online magazine, Sport & Trail magazine. Their October issues features us on the front cover, and my article about us begins on p. 40 (see link below and attached photo-below). We are both wearing intense expressions: I’m looking for trail markers, and Chaco is watching the horse in the distance (trying to catch up). Regardless of how it may look, we had a lot of fun that ride and rode again the next day, after 6” of rain overnight! I’m pretty thrilled to be featured, though! Thanks, Bob!


As always, we hope to see you at the events! Stay in touch, stay warm and healthy!


For the Board of Directors,


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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