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Message from Lynda Zimmerman, President

May 18, 2018

 

 

 

MAPFHA Trail Riding/Camping Season Kick Off 2018

Light rain threatened but didn’t materialize or deter a few diehard Mid-America trail riders for the annual trail riding/camping event at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Rogers, MN, May 4-6. The core group turned out again for miles of trail riding with our beloved gaited horses (Pasos and friends) and a cool but decent weather weekend. A toasty campfire and scrumptious potluck on Saturday night were much appreciated. We rode Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday midday, to the sounds of welcoming songbirds and geese, happy frogs, fresh green grass and budding trees. Trails were dry and in perfect shape; spring was in the air, finally making a later-than-usual arrival! Sunday, Mother’s Day, was sunny, warm and absolutely gorgeous, providing a perfect ending to the weekend.

 

Regular attendees included Chuck Hauser/Koko, Marv and Jan Meyer/Mesa, Sharon Gallagher/Princessa, Helen Funk/Poppy (TWH), Bob and Lynda Zimmerman/Nevado, Chaco & Angelo (CriolloX). New MAPFHA guests, Dale and Pam Farmer/Echo (RM horse) joined us for Sat. afternoon riding and potluck. In addition, members Bill Reding and Nancy Drumsta stopped out for an hour of socializing. A relaxing time was had by all, and we’re off to other horse camping and trail riding adventures!

Mid-America Paso Fino Horse Assn. riders present at the MN Horse Expo

Mid-America PFHA members promoted our beloved Paso Fino horses at the MN Horse Expo, April 27-29, at the MN State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Members included Tracy Porter from WI and her acclaimed pinto trail horse, Caz; Secretary Jan Meyer and her buckskin trail mare, Mesa; new member Erica Woytcke and her new gray Paso Fino mare, Zia (formerly owned and competed in endurance by Lynda Zimmerman); and President Lynda Zimmerman and her pinto gelding, Chaco, who is beginning his endurance career. Riders participated in the Parade of Breeds all three days and performed a choreographed ride pattern to Latin music in brightly colored shirts coordinated to match their horse’s tack for the Breed Demonstrations on Friday and Saturday. It was a first event effort for Mesa and Chaco, but they handled the crowds, commotion, horse-drawn wagons and pony carts like veterans! All represented the Paso Fino breed with excellent, gaited performances!

Light rain threatened but didn’t materialize or deter a few diehard Mid-America trail riders for the annual trail riding/camping event at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Rogers, MN, May 4-6. The core group turned out again for miles of trail riding with our beloved gaited horses (Pasos and friends) and a cool but decent weather weekend. A toasty campfire and scrumptious potluck on Saturday night were much appreciated. We rode Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday midday, to the sounds of welcoming songbirds and geese, happy frogs, fresh green grass and budding trees. Trails were dry and in perfect shape; spring was in the air, finally making a later-than-usual arrival! Sunday, Mother’s Day, was sunny, warm and absolutely gorgeous, providing a perfect ending to the weekend.

 

Regular attendees included Chuck Hauser/Coco, Marv and Jan Meyer/Mesa, Sharon Gallagher/Princessa, Helen Funk/Poppy (TWH), Bob and Lynda Zimmerman/Nevado, Chaco & Angelo (CriolloX). New MAPFHA guests, Dale and Pam Farmer/Echo (RM horse) joined us for Sat. afternoon riding and potluck. In addition, members Bill Reding and Nancy Drumsta stopped out for an hour of socializing. A relaxing time was had by all, and we’re off to other horse camping and trail riding adventures!

 

 

In addition, Tracy and Caz participated in the All-breed Trail Obstacle Challenge Friday and Saturday evenings. Caz wowed the on looking crowd Sat. night by backing through the first four obstacles! Caz had been honored as the WI Horse of the Year the previous weekend by the WI Horse Council for his outstanding trail and entertaining performance awards, and Tracy was pursuing the application to nominate him for a Breyer model horse. Between the two horse fairs, she was able to obtain the required 5,000 signatures of support! Needless to say, Caz was a bit of a celebrity and popular with horse lovers of all ages at our stalls!

 

The photos above are courtesy of MAPFHA member Bob Zimmerman

 

To ride, to ride; oh, what heaven to ride!

 

(Pictures courtesy of Bob Zimmerman)

 

 

Lynda Zimmerman, President

Mid America Paso Fino Horse Assn.

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