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August/September 2015 Journal

The official publication of ASPC/AMHR has undergone a redesign! Not only does it look fabulous, the content has been expanded as well.

The August/September 2015 digital issue is available here.

Upcoming Events

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

August 28-30

Sargent Equestrian Center CDE

Sargent Equestrian Center, Lodi

September 5

Playday (Driving)

One-Two Carriage Driving, Oakdale

September 17-20

Shady Oaks CDE

Shady Oaks Farm, Lodi

September 19

Santa Cruz County Fair Pony Show (ASPC/AMHR)

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville

October 3

Playday (Driving)

One-Two Carriage Driving, Oakdale

October 10-11

Clay Station Annual Fall Pleasure Driving Show

Clay Station Horse Park, Wilton

October 31-November 1

Clay Station Horse Driving Trials

Clay Station Horse Park, Wilton

November 5-7

ASPC/AMHR National Convention

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center


April 23-24

California Classic 2016 (ASPC/AMHR)

Murieta Equestrian Center, Rancho Murieta

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GREAT NEWS! California Classic 2016 is a go!

The Area VII Show Committee is delighted to announce that we have signed a contract with Murieta Equestrian Center, and we'll host a two-day ASPC/AMHR show there on April 23–24, 2016. Gail Byrnes has agreed to serve as our Show Manager.

We have received sponsorship funds from all of the folks listed at the bottom of this page, largely thanks to the efforts of Gail Byrnes. We'll be working hard over the next few months to find more sponsors so we can host a really great show. Class sponsorships will also be available. More information will be available here soon.

Santa Cruz County Fair Poster 2015Pony Day at the Santa Cruz County Fair

Saturday, September 19

ASPC-Rated Show
Halter and performance classes for registered ASPC Ponies

AMHR-Rated Show
Performance classes for registered AMHR Miniature Horses

Open Pony Show
Classes for ponies and minuature horses up to 48"

Entries close August 29

Download the Pony Show Entry Guide (PDF)

For more information: Julie Mabie, (831) 684-1555

Your Vote Counts

This year, ASPC/AMHR is conducting a National Board election. The Board of Directors conducts the general business of the association. Each area is represented by two directors; one is an Open seat and the other is the Shetland seat. Each term is three years. In Area VII, our Open seat is up for election. The candidates are Jim Curry (incumbent) and Eric Tani. Their biographies are featured in the June/July issue of The Journal.

All ASPC/AMHR members will receive a ballot in the mail in August. Your vote does count. Past elections have been decided by one vote. Please evaluate each candidate and make your choice and, above all, send in your ballot!

…and Speaking of Elections…

Our club will also be having an election this year in November. All of our officers, with the exception of Director Gail Byrnes, have reached their term limits in their current positions, so we'll need to elect a new President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Directors.

If you would like to be on the ballot for one of these positions, please send email to If you would like to nominate someone else, please check with them to make sure they are willing to serve, and send me the information. We'll have official nominations at our meeting in October (date and location TBA), and ballots will be mailed in November. Our new officers will take office at our meeting in January 2016.

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

Horse SmilingMembership

Want to Join Area VII?

New members: download the 2015 membership form for new members (PDF) and send it with your payment to the address on the form.

Renewing members: download the 2015 membership renewal form (PDF) and send it with your payment to the address on the form.

Questions? Contact the Membership Committee.

Buying or Selling?Pony Shopping Cart

Check out the listings on our For Sale pages.

Area VII Members
Advertise your horses, ponies, equipment, etc. 100 words and a photo, only $5 for 3 months.

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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