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August/September 2015 Journal

The October/November 2015 digital issue is available here

2016 Events

Please see the Calendar of Events page for more events, as well as details and contact information.

February 5-7

Western States Horse Expo

Fairplex, Pomona

March 19-20

March Madness (AMHR/Classic/Modern/ASPR)

Ingalls Park, Norco

April 23-24

California Classic 2016 (AMHR/Classic)

Murieta Equestrian Center, Rancho Murieta

May 12-15

2016 Super Clinic (Driving)

Clay Station Horse Park, Wilton

May 26-27

Emerald Valley Classic (AMHR)

Oregon Horse Center, Eugene, OR

May 27-29

National Area VII Show (AMHR/Classic/Modern/ASPR)

Ingalls Park, Norco, CA

June 10-12

Western States Horse Expo

Cal Expo, Sacramento

June 11-12

June Jamboree (AMHR/Classic/Modern/ASPR)

Ingalls Park, Norco

June 25

Stanislaus County Fair (Driving)

Stanislaus County Fairground, Turlock, CA

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Breyer Holiday Pony2015 Holiday Social

and Annual Meeting

Saturday, December 5
Ranchotel Horse Center, Vacaville

Please join us! We’ll start things off at noon with a “Secret Santa” gift exchange (limit $10), and enjoy snacks and drinks. Please bring your favorite holiday treat to share—coffee, tea, and hot apple cider will be provided. The meeting will begin at 1:30 pm.

Please RSVP by Dec. 3 to Gail Byrnes, (510) 682-4630,
Need more info? Nancy Turner, (707) 433-4346,

Ranchotel Horse Center is located at 5790 Rivera Road, Vacaville

Nominations for 2016–2018 Officers and Directors

Vote! At this meeting, we will present a slate of nominees to the membership, and we'll also take nominations from the floor. We need to fill the following Board positions for 2016:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Director (2)

Descriptions of the duties and responsibilites of each of these positions can be found in our Bylaws.

If you are interested in helping our club by joining our board in one of these positions, please contact Nancy Turner, (707) 433-4346,

If you would like to nominate someone else, please check with them to make sure they are willing to serve, and send the information to Nancy.

Ballots will be mailed to all members the week after the meeting. At our first meeting of 2016, the ballots will be counted and our new officers will be installed.

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Want to Join Area VII?

New members: Join now, and your membership will extend through 2016! Download the 2016 membership form for new members (PDF) and send it with your payment to the address on the form.

Renewing members: It's not too soon to renew your membership for 2016! Download the 2016 membership renewal form (PDF) and send it with your payment to the address on the form.

Questions? Call Michele Nelson at (510) 326-6487, or email

Welcome New Members!

As a result of our 2015 membership drive spearheaded by Gail Byrnes, we are delighted to welcome these new members to our club:

Shelia Bryant and John Gracey of Appy Downs in Marysville

Jacob Elliott and Richard Erickson of Double E Ranch in Galt

Lauren Vucinich, South San Francisco

Eleanor (Nell) Wood, Napa

Cassidy Blanton of Drive 'Em Wild Ranch in Reno

Jean M. Hayunga of Black Mountain Miniatures in Carmel

Pam Brown of Pee Wee Farms in Galt

Cindy and Kimberly Groverman of The 350 Ranch in Santa Rosa

Nancy Resetar, Royal Oaks

Sharon Rapadas, Loomis

Sharon and Bill Duncan of Mini Hacienda Ranch, Martinez

Ron and Sami Scheuring of Sami's Lil Horse Ranch, Santa Rosa

Kristy Pruett of K&K Mini Company, Napa

Dennis and Jan Haney, Half Measures Ranch, Coloma

Danielle and Louise Miller, Morgan Hill

Rebecca Solberg, Taft

Brad, Marcy, Sydney, and Kory Parsons of Parsons Farm in Williams

Yvonne, Cathy, and Ashley Lowas of River Willow Farm in Lemoore

Karen Farlow of Blue Oak Farm in Clayton

Jessica Billington of Williams Ranch in Clayton

Kai Villarimo Moore, Cyndi Villarimo, and Mary Villarimo Gilligan of Redwood Acre Ranch in Carmichael

Jeannie Peterson, Vacaville

Dominic Schroeder, Wilton

Kimberley Hess, Orangevale

Suzette Hutchins of Justa Lil Ranch in Clearlake Oaks

Ted and Becky Horat of 5 Star Miniatures in Lakeport

Corinne, Jennifer, and Cody McLean of CJM Miniatures in Galt

Paul Tarap and Ailene Pritchett Tarap of Stewart Ranch in Napa

Cameron Nelson and Cindy McPike of CoCi Ranch in Sherwood, OR

Rick and Janet Pearsall of Chariot Farms in Lower Lake

Kim and John Sweatt of Mirage Miniatures in Reno, NV

Casey Campbell of Wingate Training Center in Vacacille

Sheryl Rodda of Lazy Daisy Ranch in Valley Springs

Janice L. Kieler of Big Leap Ranch in Penn Valley

Nancy Schmidt of Big Dogs and Little Horses in Paso Robles

Patti Funakoshi of Twice As Nice Miniatures in Galt

Gage Carlsen of Carlsen Minis in Paso Robles

Chris and Madelyn Blanton of Drive 'Em Wild Ranch in Reno, NV

Kathy Courtney and Anna Pisarski of Redstar Ranch in Reno, NV

Bryce Baker and Shawn Hester of Piece of Me Miniatures in Paso Robles

Merlene Olmstead of Albion East MHR in Roseville

Vicki and Bruce Blodgett of Santa Cruz

Dee Dee Zawaydeh of Palo Alto

Quinn Johnson of Marina

Jeff & Tui Powers of Sami's Lil Horse Ranch in Petaluma

Rebecca J. Kelley of B&D Ranch in Yucca Valley

Maxine Richey of Double E Ranch in Galt

April Meckes of Nadja Miniatures in Ramona

Mary E. Swinn of Hacienda Pondorosa in Scotts Valley

Michelle Sharrock of Wesco Farms in Winters

Jackie Jones of Dayton, NV

Lisa and Alie Simmons of Nipomo

Lynne Peleshuck of Silver Springs, NV

Lisa Brostad of Central Point, OR

Sue Rambert-Campbell of Wingate Training Center in Vacaville

Lori Barile of Sonoita Highlands in Escondido

Roxy, Javy, Joseph, and Sofia Cortez of Stockton

Madison and Cheryl Holly of Hill Creek Miniatures in Nampa, ID

Marilyn, Julie, and Joe Harvey of Meandering Creek Equestrian Center in Livermore

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors

Member Sponsors:

Pat and Linda Anastasio • Pam Brown • Gage Carlsen • Christine and Emma Caringello
Casey Campbell • Jacob Elliott and Richard Erickson • Patti Funakoshi
John and Carol Gasparini • Dennis and Jan Haney • Jean M. Hayunga
Kimberley Hess • Jim and Vicki Killfoil • Yvonne, Cathy, and Ashley Lowas
Ken and Julie Mabie • Cindy McPike and Cameron Nelson • Pat Michielssen
Brad, Marcy, Sydney, and Kory Parsons • Kristy Pruett • Penny Radulovich
Nancy Schmidt • Rebecca Solberg • Kim and John Sweatt
Nancy Turner • Marjorie Vliet • Dee Dee Zawaydeh

Company and Individual (Non-Member) Sponsors

Brentwood Feed & Pet Supply
Carriage House Miniature Horse Tack & Harness
Double E Ranch, Jacob Elliott and Richard Erickson
Higby's Country Feed • Kelly and Grady Mykrantz
Brooke Sheridan, "The Clipper Girl" • Western Saddlery, Inc. • Tracy Yost

Please see our Sponsors page for more information about our wonderful supporters

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Many thanks to Larry Connolly and John Killacky.
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