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Message from Lynda Zimmerman, President

December 18, 2020

MAPFHA Holiday Greeting!



Hello MAPFHA Members and Friends,


I hope this message finds you and your families all healthy and well, in spite of the pandemic and its related social restrictions. I also hope that you were able to find some peace and respite with your horses and saddle time this ride season! There’s nothing like a couple hours of riding with our equine partners to take our minds off the world’s troubles and to restore our spirits!


It has definitely been an unusual year for all of us with many unexpected disappointments: for MAPFHA, cancellations of the MN Horse Expo, our Season Kick-off, and our fun Labor Day weekend at Bartels’. While we’ve seen some progress containing the virus in Minnesota, the anticipated late Fall surge is upon us. Even with vaccinations underway as of yesterday, it may be several months before the virus is under control and life can return to normal activities. For the health and safety of all our members, the MAPFHA Board of Directors has decided to cancel the Annual Meeting in January. No elections are due in 2021, and we have no urgent business to conduct. Indoor restaurant dining remains closed to the public now and into January, possibly beyond.


Our hope is that we can arrange some kind of outdoor get together next Spring or Summer in lieu of the Annual Meeting. Location and timing will, of course, depend on the pandemic status at that point; but we are hopeful of a picnic, potluck or some kind of catered lunch. Outdoor activities offer more safety measures, and masks magnify that protection. In any event, it will be good to get together, socialize even at 6’, and catch up on other personal news.


At this time, we are uncertain about participating at the MN Horse Expo. It seems the MN Horse Council is planning to have it; but, I have received no official notice or invitation from the Expo Office. I’ll have to update you as we learn more.


In closing, I can share a bit of good personal news with you. Since I didn’t compete this year due to the virus, I was able to do a lot of trail riding; in fact, I accrued miles towards five Endurance mileage challenges and completed over 800 miles total. Most of the miles were at MN state parks and trails, but Pam Farmer, Jan and Marv Meyer, Bob and I also participated in a guided 4-day trip in the ND Badlands near Medora just after Labor Day (Marv and Bob did not ride but held down the camp). We camped at the Sully Creek Campground and rode daily excursions on the Maah Daah Hey Trail and in Theodore Roosevelt Nat. Park, returning to camp every afternoon. Later, Bob and I went on to the Little Missouri State Park in northern ND, where I rode with a new friend from Medora, and we stopped at Ft. Ransom St. Park, ND, for a last ride on our way home. Both trips were challenging but fun, and the scenery was spectacular! We caught early Fall colors at Little Missouri and orange, smoky sunsets from the fires out West. Bob’s pictures of us and my pictures from the trails are posted on his Flickr site. They’re fun to scroll through on a cold winter day while sipping a hot beverage,


Another Paso Fino also joined our horse family in Nov. “Kona” is a 12yr. old, black gelding from TN who has been a successful show horse and experienced trail horse. He is calm and quiet, has been to the park a couple times and has been busy growing more winter hair during the “mild” weather these past four weeks! He’s already looking forward to meeting your Pasos next year!


Jan also added a new Paso Fino gelding to her family early last spring. “Django” is a 4yr. old, black gelding from Michael Gascon’s farm in Mississippi. He’s a cute little guy and is getting along well with her mare, Mesa.


Membership renewal time is also here for 2021, and I hope you will continue your MAPFHA membership. The membership application is attached. Please mail it to Chuck; his new address is on the updated form. I wish you all the very best, and we’ll hopefully see everyone together again in the Spring!


Happy Holidays to all and a Healthy New Year, too!

Lynda Zimmerman, President

Mid America Paso Fino Horse Assn.

Live, Laugh, Love, Ride!


Chuck Hauser, Treasurer and National Delegate

Janice Meyer, Secretary

Sharon Gallagher, Director at Large



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