Hi Trail Riders,
It's that time of year again. Time to nominate members that you believe will keep our club running and keep it fun. Remember the people you nominate and vote for represent you in helping to make the decisions that make it fun for you. So, whether you joined to go on local rides, camping, parades or just to support our efforts to keep green areas open and available for horse trails, now is the time to choose our board members.
Yes, people, if you ride the canal greenways, or the trails in parks many of them were opened or kept open by the efforts of SFTR members over the last 36 years.
The club is very active in the community, both horse related and the benefits to children. SFTR hosts fundraisers for South Florida SPCA, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Villa Lyan School for Special Needs Children (Autism Ride), Jingle Bell Jaunt Toy Drive, Homestead Rodeo Books & Broncs Literacy Program, and we have built many paddocks and pavilions in nearby equestrian camp grounds.
We have two beach rides coming up on March 1st & April 26. I hope to see you there! We also have a fish fry coming up in April.
We have a great club, let's keep it active and fun by having more members participate.
Get involved as together we can make anything possible.
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR SFTR OFFICE
It’s that time of year to accept nominations for all of the Board. Positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary (appointed), Treasurer and (7) Board of Directors.
Think about who you would like to nominate and call or email Andrea Sante or Wendy Lewit with their names. You can nominate as many people as you want. We will contact each person and ask them if they would like to accept their nomination.
The Board makes all the decisions for the upcoming year and welcomes fresh ideas. It is a lot of fun and you get to know a great group of people by keeping in touch with the pulse of this organization.
In April we will list all the people who accepted their positions and in May we will VOTE at our General Membership meeting.
We will have the ballot box at one of the rides before the May meeting so everyone will get the chance to vote. Please exercise that option as these are the people who will be running your club. We really need the membership to get involved.
This year we are starting anonymous balloting. You MUST come to the General Meeting to vote anonymously. Our banquet is scheduled for June 14, 2014 at 94th Aero Squadron.
Contact: Andrea Sante (305) 258-7780 or firstname.lastname@example.org Wendy Lewit (305) 248-4858 or
SFTR ANNUAL BANQUET
SAVE THE DATE!
This year we will have a new place for our banquet!!
It will be at 94th Aero Squadron on
June 14, 2014.
The cost will be $35 per person for the Buffet and a cash bar as usual.
This year the food is plentiful and excellent. We will have pasta, meat, veggies, rolls, 4 different salads and an array of desserts.
We are starting to collect items for the raffle. Please contact Debbie Brunson if you have something you can donate.
A Sympathy Card was sent to Manny Alvarez & family on the loss of Manny’s mother.
A Sympathy Card was also sent to Andrea Sante on the loss of her pup, Shadow; and to Phil & Nancy Little on the loss of Phil’s long-time horse, Slick.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
ST. JUDE SADDLE UP TRAIL RIDE
Another New Year and opportunity to have fun and make a difference on a beautiful winter’s day in South Florida: 80 degrees! After everyone registered and enjoyed a donut (a wonderful tradition by Ben Kroner), approximately 28 riders set out for the 21st Annual St. Jude Saddle Up Trail Ride. Trail Boss Augie Saavedra mapped out a great trail with the half-way stop compliments of Andrea Sante and White Star Farms. There was plenty of water, apples and carrots for the horses, and soda and sweet treats for the riders.
Mayra and Maria did the difficult part of organizing all the donations, I had the fun part of announcing the First, Second, Third and Fourth Place Winners! With a donation amount of $1,555.00, the First Place Winner of a $125 gift certificate from ROBBIE'S FEED went to Andrea Sante (FINALLY!!). Second Place with $390 recieved a gift certificate from TEMPLETON & FRANKLIN, DVM, for Coggins and Spring Shots, went to Jennifer Dykes. Third Place with $350 received a $50 gift certificate from ROBBIE'S FEED went to Willie Perez, and Fourth Place and an honorable mention for bringing in $200 went to Mike Maldonado!
After enjoying drinks and treats, it was time to mount up and take a tour of the farm before heading back to Robbie’s Feed for lunch and shopping! Mike Maldonado decided to use a (very) rotten picnic table as a mounting block. As his mount quietly waited for him to climb up and hop on, that devious table played a trick and swallowed Mike! Oh, my horse for a picture! ha! All you could hear was wild laughter as Mike enjoyed his folly! After pulling him out, he found another questionable mounting block before ushered to a safer structure!
Upon a safe return to the trailers, everyone enjoyed turkey, roast beef and Italian sub-sandwiches from The Big Cheese of Homestead. Once recharged with good food and sodas, everyone headed over to Robbie's Feed to enjoy their 20% discount for all St. Jude riders.
There are so many people and businesses to thank for making our St. Jude ride another success. Augie and I would like to start with Robbie's Feed for the use of their pasture for parking, multiple gift certificates, and their 20% discount for all St. Jude riders. A big thank you also goes to Templeton & Franklin, DVM, for their gift certificate of Coggins & Spring Shots. And, to The Big Cheese of Homestead for the delicious sub sandwiches!
All of this is possible only because of our members continued commitment to help children with cancer get the world’s best care regardless of their ability to pay. Because of your commitment and hard work, our Club can add an additional $6,125 to the $108,355.90 raised over the last 20 years.
Once again, Augie and I thank you for another great year and contribution to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital!
Thank you, and see you on the trail!
debi catarineau-priest ;-)
MISS TEEN RODEO FLORIDA
McKenna Andris is the new Miss Teen Rodeo Florida 2014. In addition to winning the title, McKenna also won the Speech and Horsemanship awards. Prior to this title, she was Miss Teen Rodeo Homestead 2013. She is the first girl south of West Palm Beach to win a state title.
McKenna is a sophomore at Miami Palmetto Senior High. She has ridden with the Homestead Everglades Posse for four years, performing at various events throughout South Florida. She has been a member of the South Florida Trail Riders for the past 7 years and is also an associate member of the Homestead Rodeo Association.
McKenna competes in district 05 of NBHA. She won Goat Tying Senior Division 2012 during the Davie Rodeo Summer Series. She also won 1st Place at the 2011 ACTHA Competitive trail riding course.
McKenna has raised $1,200 to help rescued animals. McKenna loves spending time with her horse Mandie and adding bling to her tack. When not riding, she loves to spend time swimming, snorkeling and fishing.
As Miss Teen Rodeo Florida, McKenna will be traveling throughout the state promoting the great sport of rodeo, her love of horsemanship and western culture to everyone she'll meet. She is proud to represent South Florida throughout the state in 2014.
FUNNEL CAKE CITY
Pay here, pick up over here, please. Oh, and Pass the cinnamon. We did it and we had a GREAT time doing it. The Homestead Rodeo is over for another year. We had a very successful fund raising event. Everyone’s efforts on SFTR’s behalf were greatly appreciated.
We had a full crew every night. Our funnel cake team was awesome from our faithful, who are always there, to our new “rookie” to start but “veteran” by the end of the day, members. The weather was perfect and so were the funnel cakes.
Every year there are many memorable moments and this year was no exception. Our booth recorded a new record for the number of funnel cakes consumed buy one person in a single night. The record is now seven. Our cooking crew was joined by a classically trained, professional chef all three days. To my knowledge we have a first also with a whole family unit joining us as team members on the same night. Dad, Mom, the two kids, and even the boyfriend were all fantastic helpers.
I wish I was articulate enough to say thank you in a more meaningful way than from the bottom of my heart. Wayne and I truly wish to thank each and every one of you at the yearly banquet. It’s never enough, but it’s a small token of appreciation for your active support of our wonderful equestrian organization.
I was looking forward to this weekend for a while. A very dear friend was coming from N. Georgia to camp with us. Nancy Krause and her friend Debbie drove down with their horses to visit.
We had the whole place booked with SFTR members and friends of Nancy’s. It was great to see and visit with them.
Augie was our trail boss for the rides. Saturday we rode to the landbridge and took lots of pictures. Most of us turned around and headed back but the “boys” continued riding to the Horse park.
Saturday night we had a wonderful covered dish dinner under the pavilion. Great people, great food and a 30 minute blast of rain made it all the better. LOL. Once the rain passed it was a beautiful night to visit with everyone.
Sunday, we rode to Ross Prairie and had lunch. After lunch we headed to Pruitt. We rode for about an hour and decided to turn around as it was getting late. Again, the “boys” plus Leah kept going to the Pruitt trailhead which was about another hour away. All the riding is shady and beautiful in this whole area. Mostly sand packed trails.
We only had one incident on the way to Ross Prairie, Marion decided it was better riding on the sand than on her horse. Loose girths and hills don’t get along to well. She was stepped on by her horse and got a bruised leg, otherwise at the time it didn’t look too bad. She and Neil headed back to camp to put ice on her leg. Weeks later, she ended up with an infection but is now healing up finally.
Sunday night at camp was a quiet one. Another beautiful night. Monday, some people went for a short ride and others packed up to head home.
I love these weekend campouts. It is so wonderful to just wake up and ride all day, not worry about things back home until you get on the road to head back.
Until next time, see ya on the trail!
CARE PACKAGES FOR OUR TROOPS
The SFTR has a member in the service. She has given us a contact for sending these care packages to. When you make one up to send, put a note saying it was from a South Florida Trail Rider member.
The one thing that they would really like is beef or turkey jerky, flavored water drops, coffee. It’s cold over there now so warm socks, etc.
Remember, when you make your care box, that there are both men and women over there
Post Office has a flat rate box with a special price when you send to an APO.
The mailing address is:
APO, AE 09353
PARADE TEAM NEWS
I want to congratulate our parade team for another job well done! Not only did we look great, but the crowd loved us! I want to thank Wendy and Bonnie for answering questions that I didn’t even know to ask!
Thanks to Ginger Krenz for cleaning-out, washing-up and driving her pretty red truck; the banner and flag carriers who make us proud, and the riders that whoop & holler and really get the crowd going. To our pooper-scooper who we couldn’t do without and steals all our thunder! And lastly, to The Big Cheese of Homestead for those great pizzas!
Thank you all for your support, enthusiasm and commitment to this great tradition!
Key Biscayne 4th of July starts our new season.
Until next parade season, see you on the trail.
LEASE: Owner is looking to lease the best kids trail horse. Quarter horse mare 12 years. If you are looking for beginners kid trail horse, she is it. She camps and is a perfect beginner horse. Call for details 786 286 0617.
FOR SALE: 2010 Ponderosa Bumper Pull Steel Straight Load trailer. No ramp, Small tack area, 7ft tall Hunter Green. $3,400 obo. Call Michelle 305-562-0961.
FOR SALE: Ariat Heritage Western Boots, Black, Woman's Size 10B in like-new condition, $50. Rode in once and had pain from old foot injury. Call 305-773-8227.
FOR SALE: FRESIAN SPORT HORSE. Beautiful 7 y/o gelding, black, very good trail horse but also 1st level dressage, he is extremely quiet and docile, a big puppy dog !!! $6,500 to good home. 305 - 559 - 7868.
CLASSES: Arts and Crafts classes starting in West Kendall in February at Tea n Sanity. Adult classes in watercolor techniques using rubber stamps, altered art, multi-media work, and Artist Trading Cards (ATC). For details see www.artnanimals.com or contact Susan 305 378 5573.
FOR SALE or TRADE: Elite 6 horse GN aluminum trailer, ramp, dressing room. Will trade for 2-3 horse GN aluminum trailer. Call Sage (219) 242-1281. Trailer located in Homestead.
FOR SALE: 2004 Kiefer Genesis XE 173 with full LQ and mid-tack. 3 horse slant, 7’6” tall, 17’ short wall. Lots of extras! This is an RV for you and carry your horses too! $29,900. Call John 352-427-0443.
FOR SALE: Beautiful 5 Acre Redland Horse farm with 9 CBS stalls, living quarters. Quality built and impeccably maintained. $450k. Call 305-496-0107.
FOR SALE: Giant 5lb Hershey Bars. I paid $50.00 each. Will sell for $35.00 ea. or make me an offer. These make great gifts. Call Linda 305-898-2266.
FOR SALE: 12x12 portable horse pen. 8 panels each 6ft, $35 a panel/$280 full corral. Call Laura 305-310-7386.
FOR SALE: Double Reg.8 y/o B&W Spotted Saddle & Racking Horse. Very flashy gelding, 15.3 h/h, looking for a good home w/ exp. rider. Asking $5k. Good home a must. Please contact Bruce Frank 305-205-2211.